“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 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:
How do you want to be known?
Saved. . .successful. . .effective steward. . .great spouse. . .visionary. . .excellent parent. . .wonderful son or daughter. . .the list could go on.
Frankly, I’d like to be known as all those things. . .but I’d also like to be known as the man with the pitcher.
The key to your success in the remaining six months of 2017 is to become: the man/woman with the pitcher.
Mark 14:12 in the Amplified Bible says:
“On the first day [of the Feast] of Unleavened Bread, when [as was customary] they killed the Passover lamb, [Jesus’] disciples said to Him, Where do You wish us to go [and] prepare the Passover [supper] for You to eat?”
This was a significant day in the life of Jesus. . .it was the last time that He would share a meal with His disciples before his arrest, persecution and crucifixion.
Mark 14:13-16 in the Amplified Bible says:
“13 And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, Go into the city, and a man carrying an [earthen] jar or pitcher of water will meet you; follow him.
We can’t control the global monetary system and economic policies of foreign capitals.
We can’t control the lunacy of terrorists or anyone who will randomly take the lives of innocent people.
We can’t control what happens on Wall Street but we can control what happens on our street.
We can’t control what happens in the White House but we can control what happens in our houses.
John 16:33 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”
In school, whether it was high school or college, I must confess I always liked multiple choice questions the best.
Door # 1. . .has perfect peace and confidence.
Door # 2. . .has tribulations, trials, distress and frustration.
Moses is dead. . .but you’re not.
You are called to be a part of the Joshua Generation … ready to claim your Promised Land flowing with milk and honey. . .having every need met. . .with more than enough to share and bless others.
Joshua 1:1-8 fires me up and fills me with an incredible, never-ending expectation.
I strongly encourage you to put these eight verses in your smart phone, iPad, tablet, on a note card or whatever tool is available to you. Refer to these verses frequently. . .get them engrafted into your spirit. They will take you from just living to soaring with the Lord.
Joshua 1:1-2 in the King James Version says:
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
A new chapter is about to unfold in the lives of the children of Israel. The leader they knew. . .the deliverer they followed … is dead. . .but the promise, the vision is not.
Never base your pursuit of a vision on the man or woman of God who taught it but on our great God who promised it. It will mean the difference between failure or success.
The verse simply says “arise.” According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for arise is (ko mmm) quwm (H6965) and it means:
Failure is an event. . .it’s not who you are. Failure is never final if you have the God-given desire and direction to change your destiny.
Here are the A to Z’s on how to turn failure straight into success.
A-Admit it when you mess up. The best way to overcome failure is to face it, learn from it and move on.
Proverbs 28:13 in The Living Bible says:
“A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.”
B-Boldy refuse to accept failure as final regardless of how badly you may have messed up.
On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmond Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest . . . 29,000 feet straight up. He was knighted for his efforts.
People remember his triumph but few people know that he failed in his first attempt a year earlier.
Later he was asked to speak to an audience that recognized his first attempt at greatness even though he failed. But Edmund Hillary didn’t see himself as a failure.
He walked to the edge of the platform, made a fist and pointed at a picture of Mount Everest. Then he said in a loud voice:
“Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow… but I’m still growing!”
When you and I can accept failure as a learning experience. . .we will keep growing and ultimately succeed.
C-Concentrate on what you want to accomplish.
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