Dear Faithful Friends and Partners in the Ministry of the Gospel!
As you know, the word the Lord gave me for the year 2014 was: Listen … The Sound of the Lord. Just to recap a little, the Lord is making a sound. If He is making a sound, we, His people, need to have ears to hear. Some key concepts / words about His Sound for 2014 and what we need to be listening for:
– Alliance: pay attention; listen because 2014 was a year of forming alliances; some might seem very unusual.
– Prayer, Praise, & Prophesy: Are we declaring His Word when we pray? Do we praise Him for who He is? Are we speaking life?
– Inheritance: Do you know your inheritance? The Holy Spirit? Eternal life! It is for now!
If you have attended any of the Point To Hope Conferences this year, you will know there is so much more that can be written. The PTH Conferences are still available via audio online. www.pointtohope.org
I was excited about 2014, but I must confess, I am ecstatic about the word for 2015. It is about “Raise the War Cry: His Redemptive Rest” (Is 8:9). His seal is upon us with new beginnings, compassion, covenant, our first love, communion, and priesthood.
Several months ago, the Lord started speaking to me about the Navy SEALs. He is continuing to reveal His mysteries, but I wanted to share a few key characteristic & phrases with you about the spiritual type and shadow of what the Lord is saying for this next year.
The Navy SEALs:
Navy – complete body of warships, vessels, equipment, & personnel. Spiritually speaking, ships pass through seas and rivers and provide essential things for life. Ships are carriers. Did Paul, Jonah, & yes Jesus, not travel by means of vessels upon the waters to carry the truth? The Word? Are we not ships? … Carriers of the gospel? Carriers of the Spirit of the Living God? Romans 8:15b “…the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. The Hebraic view is more than an orphan being adopted; Rather, it about coming into maturity whereby the Father’s inheritance is bestowed upon him / her – including authority. Navy SEALs are elite and mature warriors and they know the authority they walk in. They believe who they are … and they serve according to their creed – their “Bible”
SEAL – “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm…” (Song of Songs 8:6a)
“He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Cor. 1:21b)
“When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” (Eph. 1:13b)
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:20).
We are His elite troops! “With Your help I can advance against a troop (a barricade); with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s Word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.” (Ps. 18:29-32).
The Navy SEALs’ maturity is forged by adversity. Our first inclination would be to shy away from adversity. Yet, the Lord is saying, it is MY adversity and when My warriors battle according to My Spirit, it will be by entering My rest, an active rest. “Rest” as in action! “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Zech. 4:6b).
I also hear the Lord saying that 2015 will be a year of “going back to school – school of the Spirit.” He is saying, if we want to enter this active rest, He has some new in-depth trainings and requirements for His saints. If we are entering into rest during a war cry season, it is not surprising to consider that He will fully equipping those who enlist in His armed forces; His school of the spirit.
“Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.” (Heb. 4:1). “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” (Heb. 4:10 & 11) The key word in that verse is “their” … we will enter this active rest when we surrender from “our” work and enter His work BY HIS SPIRIT. This yielding from our work takes our focus off our labors and draws us into His presence; a place of freedom. It is a willingness, a choice to engage in His rest. In Exodus 31:16-17, this rest is called “a perpetual covenant” between God and His people. Perpetual is never ending, never changing, repeating so frequently that it is uninterrupted! This is what work … rest …. work … rest should be like – they are one in the same when “work” is according to His work by His Spirit … that is our active rest! Are you willing to enter His covenant rest for 2015. It is a choice!
Back in 2013, the Lord showed me He was removing the “fence line.” This removal was a demarcation line; No more luke warm – make a choice. As Joshua announced: “Choose for yourself this day whom you will serve” (Josh. 15b). It is not difficult but our fleshly feathers get ruffled. Still, the War Cry is sounding. A War Cry to rally the soldiers to battle. A war cry to prepare soldiers to be Navy SEALs, an elite force by His Spirit.
There is a war cry to enter into His rest, being willing to be trained and equipped by His Spirit AND not forsaking our first love. This is key for 2015 from Rev. 2:1-5. God knows our works, labors, patience and perseverance. He knows we have not embraced those who claim to be apostles but have been found to be liars. He knows all this has been done for His name’s sake and we have not become weary. Yet, in doing all these “deeds” we have left our First Love! We have forgotten how far WE have fallen! We can operate in spiritual gifts, faith, and knowledge, yet without love, we are a resounding gong (1 Cor. 13). Grace and mercy have been given to us. Not because we deserved it. God is saying 2015 is abut compassion! Freely giving what has been freely given to us (Matt. 10). Loving the unlovely … loving our FIRST LOVE so much that we never forget where we have fallen from and we give up ourselves – completely yielded to our First Love. Choosing to let our flesh die! Knowing this, we will have sufficient courage so that Christ, our First Love, will be exalted in our body; dying to gain! (Phil. 1). Yes, the onset of giving in to “self” is always a struggle because that ole’ flesh just wants to hold on! However, once you give it up and let flesh die and live in that place of “rest” in the Spirit, looking back to yesterday is easy. Like the motto of a Navy SEAL: “The only easy day was yesterday.”
One of the ways the Lord speaks to me and reveals His mysteries to me personally, is through numbers. So let me share with you what He told me by His Spirit about 2015:
20 = redemption
15 = rest
God’s Redemptive Rest
20 + 15 = 35 (Hope)
2+0+1+5 = 8 (New Beginnings)
New beginnings – Quit looking at yesterday; what ever you did yesterday, don’t worry about it; you can’t do it again. New Beginnings today!
5775 Jewish Calendar year (for 2015)
5 = His Grace (or God’s goodness)
7= Completeness, Spiritual; Perfection
5+7+7+5 = 24 (The Priesthood); you are His royal Priesthood
5+5 = 10 (Testimony – Law of Responsibility)
7+7 = 14 Deliverance or Salvation
8 (2015/ 2+0+1+5) + 24 (5+7+7+5) = 32 (Covenant)
(New Beginnings) (Priesthood)
Let me close with this simple yet profound truth as we move into this year of 2015, “Raise the War Cry! God’s Redemptive Rest.” Believe and Obey! We must believe with the evidence of obedience. Trusting fully in Him! “He is a shield to all who trust in Him,” (Ps. 18:30b). We don’t have to strive or work in our own strength – it is by HIS Spirit! The Spirit of our First Love!
Let us enlist ourselves in the school of His Spirit and yield to His elite training; Open up and compassionately give what has been freely given. Activate our belief by faith!
Therefore, I close with these words with sincerity, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” I remember you in my prayers at all times and I pray now at last by God’s will, the way has been opened, for PTH will be coming to you Soon! AND, I sincerely long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong…”
Blessings and Prayers,