At some point the church of Jesus has to stop pursuing the presence of God and start hosting Him. Can we get beyond, “Keep going after God,” and stay with Him?! Don’t move away from your hope in the Gospel because it’s the presence of God that will make a tangible difference in the world around us as He manifests Himself through our hearts, through our voice, and through our hands. A prophet is someone who has invested their own heart in Presence. Who God is for you must govern you.
(from Making A Prophetic Impact)
There is only one thought to have in any situation. That is the one that Jesus is having about our identity in our circumstances. In all of our life situations we are primarily challenged to see like the Lord; think like Him; and speak into our circumstances the words of release, power and favor. Only when these three things are present and working can our behavior change to become like Him in our actions.
(from Keys To Brilliant Focus)
Rejoicing is a key ingredient in moving in the power and presence of God. Many Christians have been conditioned to think that they enter God’s presence with prayer, but Scripture is clear that thankfulness is the door to His presence – “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name,” [Psalm 100:4].
(from Approaching The Heart Of Prophecy)
Our message to a sin sick world is we are here. We are the champions of Heaven here on Earth and we have to tell you that the ruler of this world has been judged on your behalf and you can be set free. That’s the gospel message.
(from Living Your Truest Identity)
We have to enjoy the life that God has given us. He lives in everlasting joy, and He draws us into that joy. In the end, we have to count everything as joy because to God, it is! There is a joy in everything. Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning and kicks it out of the house! All negative emotions are temporary. All the fruit of the Spirit is eternal, and joy is in everything. Count it all as joy!
(from Radical Permission 1: The Place Of Encounter)
If you are in mourning, you have the opportunity to worship in the most powerful way possible: lamentation. This worship isn’t done in order to have God remove the pain. It simply recognizes that God stands in the moment with us. Lamentation elevates God in the presence of our enemies. It brings out a side of God that other forms of worship simply cannot touch.
(from Beholding & Becoming)