“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.
It was early morning when the Lord began this rapid fire succession of the seven things we should do if we want to finish 2017 strong.
As He was revealing these seven things. . .it was clear that our success for the remainder of 2017 depended on not growing weary or give up doing certain things ...if we wanted to finish this year strong.
# 1 Don’t Stop … believing
Sometimes you can get weary in the battle...but we must keep believing and we must keep walking it out in faith
There is an old saying. . .if you don’t believe in something you’ll fall for anything.
More properly said, if you don’t continue to believe that the Word of God is true for you… then you’re more likely fall for the tricks, traps, lies, deceptions and wiles the enemy throws your way.
The word believe is found in 131 verses in the King James Bible. However, I feel led to share with you seven things you must believe.
First, You must believe He is a miracle working savior.
Matthew 9:28 says:
“And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.”
Second, He wants you and your family saved.
If you’ve been trying to stay afloat in the storms of life. . .if you need encouragement for the battles you’re in. . .then. . .this teaching is just for you.
Mark 4:35-40 in the Amplified Bible says:
“35 On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake].
36 And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him.
37 And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled.
38 But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing?
39 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).
40 He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?”
No matter how spiritual you are or aren’t. . .there will come a time in your life when the storm clouds will fill your horizon, darkening the view of your destination, beating up your ship of state. . .making you wonder whether you will survive the howling winds and blowing rain of adversity.
If you draw a breath. . .you’re considered dangerous to the devil. . .you will face a crisis in life from time to time.
The question is not whether or not you will face a crisis but rather how you will respond to it.
Sunday morning during our Rich Thoughts for Breakfast call the word increase was in the text four or five times and so was the word capacity.
Later, as I was meditating, the Lord led me to Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 in the Message Bible which says:
“After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.”
As I’ve read and re-read these verses. . .I was stirred by Ecclesiastes 5:19 which says:
“Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it.”
The word capacity ignited in my spirit and God showed me seven ways to increase our capacity for success as we move in His blessing flow.
But first, let’s lay a foundation for this teaching.
If it isn’t obvious that we’re living in the end-times. . .just read the headlines in your local newspaper or on your favorite internet news source.
There’s an old Ray Charles song entitled “Born to Lose.” One refrain of the song says: “Born to lose, I've lived my life in vain; every dream has only brought me pain.”
The news media has adopted that philosophy and terminology that bad news sells a lot more than good news. The worse the news … the better in their opinion. They produce a constant stream of bad news for you to wallow in.
We’re not minimizing the troubles in the world. . .they are plentiful. . .but we don’t need to get caught in despair over what’s happening around us or even to us.
There’s still a lot to be thankful for … and a lot of very good people doing miraculous things to change people’s lives for the better. No doubt you are included.
Here are seven ways to overcome troubled times. It may take some doing … but the end result is worth all the effort.
1. Don’t RSVP to the Pity Party
Have you ever been late to an appointment or perhaps you overlooked one altogether?
I know people who have lost their jobs. . .or didn’t get a new job because they were late to an appointment.
When you’re going to meet your children or grandchildren’s teacher for the first time . . . that’s not a good time to be late for an appointment.
Of every appointment you’ve ever had. . .there is one appointment you are not going to want to miss.
God scheduled this appointment for you before you were ever born. It’s a part of your destiny. . .His purpose and plans for your life.
Let’s talk about two scriptures in Jeremiah as we begin to understand God’s plans for our lives.
First, Jeremiah 1:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
If I were to ask. . .how many of you reading this want to be blessed? I'm sure everyone would enthusiastically say Yes! And some would even say. . .I'm already blessed.
Here are seven keys to being blessed. . .or not. We decide.
1. Learn to receive.
John 1:12 in the Amplified Bible says:
“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name.”
According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for receive is H2943 and it means:
“to take with the hand, lay hold of, any person or thing in order to use it; to take what is one's own, to take to one's self, to make one's own; to receive (what is given), to gain, get, obtain, to get back”
Salvation is a gift. . .but we must receive it.
Healing is a gift. . .but we must receive it.
God’s promises are a gift. . .but we must receive them.
Holy Ghost power is a gift. . .but we must receive it.
You would be amazed at how many times I’ve heard someone say:
"If I could just meet the right people."
"I don't even know where to look for someone who knows how to help me."
"Maybe, I just need to give up."
I have a revelation for you. . .unless you step out of your comfort zone. . .you’re never going to meet the right person.
Here are seven keys to building a strong leadership team.
1. Expect to build strong friendships.
Everywhere you go. . .you need to expect to make new friends.
As we’ve taught for years. . .expectation always leads to manifestation.
Hebrews 13:2 in the Amplified Bible says:
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