Be A Barnabas

"Peace and Love" - Photographed by my granddaughter,  Shiloh Boivin when she was 5 years old

A few days ago I read a very sad article posted on a news website about some Mexican tourists who were shot accidentally by the Egyptian military.  Apparently, these military men thought the tourists were terrorists.  As troubling as that was to read what I found  shocking on top of this news item was the response of readers in the comment section below the article. 

The article itself was written sympathetically which, for me, made the responses even more startling.  There were over 200 comments making jokes and spewing racial hatred about the victims of this accidental shooting.  Truly, I was so shocked I could hardly believe my eyes.  Just when I think nothing could surprise me in terms of the fallen nature of this world something comes along and takes my breath away.'s just words, right?

No.  It's far more.  It speaks of what's in the heart and conscience.  "Whatever is in your heart determines what you say."  Luke 6:45 (NLT)  So naturally, it follows that when a heart is full of the fruit of the Spirit the mouth will speak words of love and kindness, words that are gentle, expressions of faith and patience and will have the wisdom to use self-control.   Of course the opposite is also true and if a heart is filled with envy or jealousy, anger or bitterness, uncleanness or lewdness, these things too will find their way to the surface in the form of words.

We have all spoken carelessly at times and if our hearts are God-ward we find ourselves repenting very quickly.  We know that words have, and are, LIFE and we must use them to communicate, build up and bless others.

Many years ago I heard a woman named Betty Maltz talk about her experience of dying and seeing heaven.  I have never forgotten hearing and meeting her.  All these years later I clearly recall her sweet spirit and the presence of the Holy Spirit while she was speaking.  She said one of the things she saw in heaven was the prayers of God's people and the words themselves were three dimensional -- the words were living entities.

Since that time I have on a number of occasions been made truly aware that all our words have life.....or death.  "Life and death are in the power of the tongue." Proverbs 18:21  We either speak life into someone's life or into a situation or we speak death because words have power. Kind and encouraging words are like a soft hand soothing a fevered brow whereas cruel words are like claws that shred a person's back.  Nice Christian people would never consider shredding the skin of someone's back literally but think it's nothing more than a guilty pleasure to have a 'good gossip.'

We all know that from the way people's words have hurt us in our lives or the way a stinging insult can stay with us for years and subsequently affect how we make decisions because words have a long term effect.  If you were hurt badly by a cruel comment perhaps it's created fear that has prevented you from confidently progressing or even shut you down.   

Think of an example of the child who is constantly told he is stupid.   Does the child progress as he could have?  Does he feel he's too stupid to apply for further education?  Did the world just lose a fine doctor or scientist?   That's only one possible example of how words can speak 'death'.

We really need to understand our words are a very big deal to God and that includes what we say about others and what we say about Him.

Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, 
and the Lord listened to what they said.  
In His presence, a scroll of remembrance was written
to record the names of those who feared
 Him and loved to think about Him.
Malachi 3: 16   

Did you read that?  The Lord is listening to what you're saying!!  Surely you already knew that but perhaps you need this reminder.  We all need a reminder and quite regularly.  If you were to walk through your day with the following verse on a post-it note stuck to your nose how would you change your speech?

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account
for every careless word they speak
Matthew 12:36

Does it make you cringe to consider that?

If we think of everything we've said being recorded to hear played back to us in eternity it's enough to make us clap our hands over our mouths isn't it?  I know when I look back over my own life there have been times when I've said things that now embarrass me horribly.  Perhaps because I've learned (and continue to learn) this lesson the hard way I'm writing with such earnestness.  I want you to avoid the painful consequences.

A number of years ago I had a lovely friend and both of us were in an exciting time when the Lord was revealing wonderful things to us from His Word.  We would get on the phone most mornings and share with great enthusiasm what He'd been showing us.  However, at times the conversation would turn to things that were happening at church and then devolve from there into gossip.  We recognized this and made a pact that the moment either one of us would find the conversation descending into such negative territory we would say 'Gossip!' and instantly stop.  We were training ourselves to recognize what we were doing and to stop doing so immediately.  It was a life-changing  training exercise and one that continues to stay with me. 

But there's more. 

Jesus said, "If you call someone an idiot you are in danger of being brought before the high council.  And if you curse someone you are in danger of the fires of hell."  Matthew 5: 22 (NLT)

People don't curse other people these days do they?  Certainly, they do.  The example of the child who grew up thinking he was too stupid was, in essence, living with a curse because his belief about himself was so greatly affected by words.

And what about the dreadful racial slurs I read on that website article?  Are racial slurs  not cursing?  What in the world are people thinking when they say these horrible things?

How many times have I heard it said with a prideful attitude, 'well I just have to speak what's on my mind."


Just because you have a negative opinion doesn't mean you should necessarily offer it.  In fact, for the sake of blessing in your own life you'd be a lot safer learning to control your tongue.

Okay....this is beginning to sound like a rant but only in the hope of making a point and that point is that we all have  power to bless or curse with the words we use. 

Look at what happened with Ezekiel and the dry bones in Chapter 37.  The Lord only told him to speak to the wind in order to breathe life into them again. When Jesus was healing people often He would speak words of life and they were healed.  It was the Lord Himself who spoke the world into being.  Words have, and are, life.

We say to young children who are frustrated and on the point of a tantrum, 'use your words.'  We want the child to express what she's feeling so we can help her through her emotions as well as learn to communicate.  However, she's only a very small child and is in the process of learning HOW to use her words.  As adults we should have learned by now not only how to communicate well but also to do so with empathy--even when we're frustrated. 

Christians are very quick to speak of the abomination of sins in the lives of others but what about this verse from Proverbs 6:

There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to Him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers. 
Proverbs 6

Three of these things listed involve the tongue and it says that not only does God hate them but they are an abomination.  We simply must be honest with ourselves more often and recognize that we all have times when our words betray the darkness that still resides in our hearts.

So perhaps I need to turn the searchlight inward on myself with this post.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, 
we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, 
into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together 
by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is 
working properly, makes the body grow 
so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4: 15

Am I writing in love?  This question is vital. I know what I'm feeling as I write this is a kind of desperation to say that we all need to be aware of the power we wield when we speak because it's so important to the Lord.  However, if I search my heart and find I'm speaking what could be considered a rebuke and I'm not doing it with genuine love then I'm no better than a self-righteous  hypocrite.  We need to remember to ask ourselves that question when we feel the urge to 'speak out.'

Use your imagination for a moment and think of ways that your words can build others up. Think of the ways you can speak blessing and hope into their lives, the way your words can breathe life into a troubled soul with encouragement. Think of ways you can speak life over a situation you see as a problem.  Cultivate an attitude of mercy and speak in a merciful way.

Be a 'Son of Encouragement'

Be a Barnabas.
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 16: 23

Something BIG

We can sense God is doing something.  It's not only that we've read Scripture or seen the various things said by men and women who have spoken out.  It's isn't only the onslaught of news and financial prognosticators either.  It's that we can sense fundamentally in our spirits that God is doing something BIG.

We can feel it.

We can see it in changes in our households or families.

There's a rumble in the Spirit--an anticipatory rumbling that urges us to cross every 't' and dot every 'i' in terms of obedience to what we know God has spoken to us.

So just what is coming?

Life has taught me that with God things are never quite what we expect.  When He answers prayer to sort out difficult situations in our lives He does so in ways that are best for everyone involved. He weaves solutions that create a harmonious whole from a variety of elements that appear, to the human eye,  to be at odds with one another.  Often we are left slack-jawed in amazement. I have found myself so many times marvelling at His awe-inspiring ability to create perfect solutions that take into account things we could never know about others or the entirety of circumstances.

Now when I am waiting to see the answer to prayer I find myself saying things that sound more like a kid waiting for a special gift -- "I wonder what amazing solution God is going to come up with for this situation?!" 

So in this time when there are so many markers indicating that we as individuals, and the world as a whole,  are on the cusp of something BIG I find myself at times trying to understand what it will be and then I stop myself because there's just no way my mind is big enough or my creativity elastic enough to ever even begin to anticipate how the Lord will do something.

I think the most significant example of that surely has to be His Son, Jesus Christ.  Everyone was expecting the Messiah but no one was expecting Him to come the way He did.  In the minds of the people the Messiah was supposed to be a conquering hero who would subdue the Romans and free His people.  Well, Jesus was The Conquering Hero and He did free people, without a doubt, but not in the way the they anticipated at all. 

So it is with the times we're in presently.  We expect God to act in a particular way because we're trying to fit Him into our own ridiculously limited understanding.  God is GOD and desperately trying to find out the details of how and when He is going to act tomorrow or next week is fruitless.  Just doing what He has indicated for today is enough and trusting Him to take us along the correct path for our lives really is the walk of faith.

Having said all that, which I truly believe, I am also of the opinion that He is presenting us with a preview of what's to come in Psalm 50:  

Psalm 50 
A Psalm of Asaph

The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets.
From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance. Our God approaches, and he is not silent.  Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him.
He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his people.  "Bring my faithful people to me—  those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices."  Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge.   

"O my people, listen as I speak.  Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
I am God, your God!  I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer. ut I do not need the bulls from your barns
or the goats from your pens.  For all the animals of the forest are mine,
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know every bird on the mountains,
and all the animals of the field are mine.  If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for all the world is mine and everything in it.
Do I eat the meat of bulls?
Do I drink the blood of goats?

What I want instead is your true thanks to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High.  Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory."

But God says to the wicked:  "Why bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant?  For you refuse my discipline and treat my words like trash.  When you see thieves, you approve of them, and you spend your time with adulterers.  Your mouth is filled with wickedness, and your tongue is full of lies.  You sit around and slander your brother— your own mother's son.  While you did all this, I remained silent, and you thought I didn't care.  But now I will rebuke you, listing all my charges against you.  Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you. 

But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honours me.
  If you keep to my path,
  I will reveal to you the salvation of God."

May the Lord bless you and keep you, 

Vision: Sea-Change

Pressing Toward the Goal - Sea-Change


Jesus was standing by a river and as I watched He turned to me, held out His hand and said, "Come."

I followed Him as He led me into a dark hall with curved walls of stone and a door that looked medieval with the way the wood was formed with iron hinges, nails and handle.  He opened the door and we went into a dingy, dimly-lit room.  The first thing I saw was a man lying on a table in the centre of the room.  He was extremely thin, his face had a grey pallor and I knew he was either dead or very close to it.  His eyes were barely open and the bones of his cheeks were prominent.  I also noticed he was wearing shabby clothing indicative of the early 19th century with a dirty white neckcloth.  He was older but his illness made it difficult to guess his age.

I asked the Lord, 'Who is this man?"

The Lord replied, "Seymour."

That was all He said.  I glanced around the room and noticed there were boxy looking things on benches but they were draped in brown and covered in dust.

Jesus moved toward the end of the room, opposite to where we'd entered,  and I followed Him, relieved to move out of this sad and rather awful place.  The end of the room opened up into a beautiful vista of the sea.  Jesus walked a little further and stood on the edge of a cliff looking out to sea and waited for me to come up beside Him.   When I stood next to Him he raised His arm with a bit of a flourish as if presenting the view to me and then He said,

"See More."

The play on words/name made me smile slightly.

Jesus then said,  "Behold."

He raised His hand and pointed to the sea and it began to churn with dark, grey waves roiling into the shore below.  We watched for a time and then He began to walk away from the cliff's edge through shore grasses.  Again, I followed Him until we came to a very weathered beach hut.  It had a ledge and looked as if it had been used as a refreshment stand at some point but had since been abandoned. 

There were two stools at this beach hut counter and we both sat down and then Jesus asked me what I'd like to drink.  I thought for a brief moment with the inherent knowledge that I could have anything I wanted but somehow I knew the 'right' answer was water.  The moment I told Him I wanted water it became the one thing I wanted most of all.

When I finished the water, Jesus got up and walked past the hut into the nearby town.  It was odd.  All the storefronts were boarded up and there was not a person in sight.  However, it was entirely pristine with everything painted white or pale sand or aqua.  The old theatre predominated over the town with its high frontage and it, too, was painted in a perfectly clean light beige.

On a building at the end of the street I noticed there was an aqua-coloured insignia.  I couldn't make out what it was precisely except for the colour.  As I looked at it suddenly the insignia came to life and swooped off the building and zoomed into the centre of the street where it formed itself into a small airplane.  It was unusually small and in the shape of a jet with an open cockpit and almost entirely aqua in colour.  I had the thought that it looked like a flying convertible.

Jesus got into the front of this plane which looked far too small for him and I stepped in behind and then we were flying.  At once we were very high and yet the ground was still quite visible.  As we flew the jet released a very large bright, white plume.   Initially, I thought it was smoke but as I looked more closely I realized the plume was made up of many, many particles all descending toward the earth.

The vision ended there.

Needless to say, when this vision concluded I was a bit stymied as to its meaning but in the hours since the meaning has been emerging.  Having said that, I am the first to admit that interpreting a vision can very easily be influenced by the person doing the interpretation.  However, I do believe I have this mostly right and I can see two interpretations to this.

I've often discovered that as time passes there is more understanding to be gleaned from a vision.  I shall update 'when' and 'if'.  :-)

First Interpretation


I believe the dying man in the dusty, medieval room is the vast majority of the universal Church today.  Christians have been fed false doctrine (ie: the prosperity gospel), idolatry in the form of materialism or gospel 'stars' on stage, sin considered abhorrent in the past is now accepted (ie: people living together without being married and no sense of shame for the sin) and there is simply no time or room for the Holy Spirit in many church services today.  The list could go on but I'm sure you have the general idea.

Christians have become starved, seen in the boney and sickly face the man.  The man's clothes were filthy and the state of many Christians is exactly that given the way they've come to believe that almost anything 'is okay because we live in the age of grace and God forgives me' an attitude known as 'cheap grace'.  (An expression used by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the book, "The Cost of Discipleship.")

As for the dying man's name, Seymour, I discovered it means 'mighty at sea'.  Not only was there a play on words:  "Seymour and See More" but the reference to the sea in his name as I was about to see Jesus stir up the water was also interesting.


Jesus pointed to the sea and it began to churn.  I thought of the expression 'sea-change' and looked that up and it's used to mean metamorphosis or alteration.  A metamorphosis is a complete change of form or structure.  I believe part of the message of this vision is that the Lord is going to effect a major, structural change in the worldwide Church.  He will no longer allow His people to be misled and underfed.   They will 'see more' and have more understanding of the cost of discipleship and what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Churning water stirs up the sediment and brings to the surface all that is underneath, both the good and the toxic.  As the Lord churns up what is in the Church (in each of us) the toxins will surface and can be filtered and purified.

Beach Hut

It was here, drinking the water and transitioning from the dying man into the town that I was aware of the purifying effect of water and how we are washed in the Word.   The beach hut was a simple structure and, to me, represented the simplicity of the Gospel as well as simply following Christ wherever He leads.

The Aqua Jet

Apparently, the word aqua, which means water initially meant 'royal water'.  It seems remarkably fitting given the fact the jet was this colour and Jesus was the Pilot.   Water in the Bible not only means spiritual cleansing but also refers to salvation and eternal life. 

Vehicles in dreams and visions usually mean ministries. In this case, the jet seemed too small for Jesus,  which makes sense to me.  The ministry is not more important than the Lord!

The white plume that was coming from the jet to cover the earth below was the Gospel being carried by believers.  Each particle was a Christian going into all the earth to make disciples.

We are on the cusp of a sea-change.  The Church (believers worldwide) is going to look different and most of all, BE different.  We need to wash in the simplicity of following Christ and remember that our mandate is to 'go and make disciples.'  We're all disciples (students) and we're all learning.  As others have helped us learn, it is up to us to pay it forward.

Second Interpretation

Seymour, the dying man, is our earlier Christian selves.  The 'self' that the Lord has been purifying with various situations and trials.  Seymour represents the process of dying to self and his age suggests that it's taken a number of years for the Lord to bring this about in His followers.  However, there is a sea-change happening now and they are transitioning into revealed sons.  As He increases and we decrease we can, therefore,  'See More'.  His plan for those who have withstood the tests and trials is that they will be given extraordinary grace to bring in the harvest.

For a much better understanding of this concept read Christine Beadsworth's, "Mighty Men Emerging."

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

The Test Of Breakthrough

Pressing Toward the Goal-Test of Breakthrough - Holly Cawfield

The Test Of Breakthrough
(from 2012)

Breakthrough finally came.  For years I wondered how it would come and, even more, I wondered how I would react when the day finally arrived.  It wasn’t a primary concern through the crucible of course because each day had its own struggle to learn the lessons of faith and perseverance.  How I’d react when breakthrough finally came was only a mild question that floated through my mind occasionally and was really the least of my concerns.

Yet I did wonder.  Would I find myself wreathed in smiles and rejoicing in the victory of the Lord?  Would I be humbly grateful?  I just didn’t know and could only leave all the outcomes to God and take the crucible, as well as the breakthrough when it came, one day at a time.

Throughout the years of The Great Test in my life I read countless times that the victory of the Lord would come.  I read it in the passages of scripture about Joseph or the Psalms or Paul and especially the Resurrection.  I read it in the encouragement the Lord would send through His contemporary obedient people like Olivia Reitz Long, Becky Porter, Mrs. C. Cowman (Streams in the Desert) and others.  Each day I would dig through the scriptures and pray, listening for the voice of the Lord as to the strategy for that day and He would lead me as He did His people in the wilderness.  He would speak through His Word and His Spirit and He would speak strategically through people like Marsha Burns or Christine Beadsworth or Henry Falcone or Glenn Jackson, to name only a very few.

Finally, the day of breakthrough came just a few weeks ago and full confirmation of it only days ago.  My reaction has been unexpected.

At first, I didn’t dare believe it.  It just didn’t seem as if the long-awaited breakthrough could be real and so I walked through the initial days as if on eggshells.  A couple of weeks later there came a day when it seemed as if the breakthrough was going to fall apart and I would be sent (metaphorically) back to my prison.  I paced and prayed and found myself doing a whole new form of warfare that I’d never experienced before.  I was alone at home and began to yell “NO”.  At that moment I didn’t realize it was a form of warfare.  I only knew that I was seeing the potential of victory being snatched away by a decision made by someone else.  I yelled ‘NO’ so loudly my throat was sore for two days.  And while I was doing that the Lord was speaking ‘NO’ to the person making that decision. 

I began to dig in the garden.  Quite literally, digging a new foundation bed around the house and I repeatedly heard “take back the land” in my spirit.   So I kept digging in the garden and digging in the Scriptures until the day came when the breakthrough was officially confirmed.

And that was the day when my reaction and breakthrough test came unexpectedly.  I wept.  I couldn’t understand why and what was happening to me.  Shouldn’t I be rejoicing?  Was it grief? Relief that the ordeal was finally concluded?

The Lord took me back to Joseph and a part of the story that I’d known but never really understood.  When he came face-to-face with his brothers who had betrayed him so many years earlier and had created for him all the years of slavery, prison and servitude, he wept.  His weeping was heard throughout the palace.  Was he grieving? Relieved that he was finally re-united with his family?  Both?

There is a time for this grieving.  For those of you who are in the crucible  your breakthrough IS coming.  You’ve been through a time of testing that you haven’t even been able to properly describe to anyone and only the Lord knows how difficult it has been.  You may well find yourself surprised by the extent and depth of grief for the years of pain or betrayal or loss you’ve experienced and if so, give in to the tears.  Let them flow for out of them will come the release of love and forgiveness.  You know Joseph was able to forgive his brothers and comfort them in their own remorse by telling them what they meant for evil God used for good.

Perhaps you’re at the point where you just don’t want to hear that breakthrough is coming.  Toward the end of the test I could barely read anything of hope because hope deferred truly did make my heart sick.  I just couldn’t bear to read of it and could only keep my head down and get through one day at a time.  But the day DID come and the hope WAS fulfilled.  Yours will be too but keep in mind that in victory there is another test.  There is pride or complacence or perhaps some other area of your life where you are particularly vulnerable.  This is the time to watch and pray with all diligence.  I particularly remember Joyce Meyer saying something many years ago:  “When you get your breakthrough seek the Lord like a desperate person.” 

As Job was coming to the end of his awful crucible the Lord spoke to Him by asking numerous questions.  They all pointed to the power and might of our God, the One who creates, delivers and saves.  Then comes Chapter 42 and the Lord instructs Job to pray for his friends who had made his test even more difficult.  In this we see the echo of Joseph’s forgiveness and it points to the words of Christ on the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” 

During the time of our Great Test the Lord has been purifying and refining our hearts.  I recall Christine Beadsworth writing about our blind spot and we each have at least one.  Only the Lord can reveal what it is but perhaps one of the most common may be bitterness which can take root so easily after a prolonged trial.  Be on guard and keep your heart wide open to the Lord.  Perhaps the most important thing we’ve discovered during the time of trial is that we are not our own.  It’s a hard-won lesson.  I’ve found myself saying, “finally, I can get my life back.”  Even as I type this I see how inappropriate that is because I actually don’t want my life back, at least not as it was.  “Not my will but Thine be done” has to be the bottom line lesson of this crucible.

During these years of trial seeking the Lord daily was my primary focus and a full-time job.  It’s probably yours too.  I’m discovering that in a time of breakthrough it’s even more necessary.  The flesh is always weak and will be until we shuffle off this mortal coil.  “Take heed when you think you stand, lest you fall” is a constant reminder but so is “My grace is sufficient.” 

Yes, when your breakthrough comes, as it surely will, seek the Lord like a desperate person.  Just as He sees us through the trial of difficulty, He will see us through the victory…..victoriously.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Rise Up continues with this theme of breakthrough.

Pure Kernel Of Faith - prophetic word

Pressing Toward the Goal - Pure Kernel of Faith

My unfailing and constant love is ever-present in your life and has kept you safe as your enemy has attempted to destroy you.

Continue to re-build your Temple and know that I will not allow anyone  to disturb this re-building for it is My work taking place under My direction.  Examine yourself and remember that it is My will that you pass this ongoing test.  Stand for truth at all times.

Your enemy (satan) knows he has little time left but he is defeated by Me and by your testimony [the words you declare/the choices you make].

All of what has happened is working together in your life to prepare the way for My coming in you and to you.  You have declared to Me that you have surrendered your life as a burnt offering.  I have heard this and My heart is moved by this choice offering. 

With My permission there will be further sifting in your life as I purify you and leave only what is the true and pure kernel of your faith in Me.  Do NOT be alarmed for I am with you.  I will be your Defender and Vindicator.  You will know My discipline [training to improve strength or self-control or obedience] because this is My love, mercy, protection and preparation. I am measuring you against My plumbline as I am doing with all those who are Mine for your protection in the Day which is fast approaching.   

You will call upon My name and I will answer you.  I will say you are My son and I am the Lord your God.  You will be pleasing to Me and I will display My holiness in you.  I will restore to you all that has been stolen.

Be courageous for I am with you.  My Spirit is with you and I will bless you.

Safety In Battle

Pressing Toward the Goal- Safety in Battle

Safety In Battle

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16: 13

We’re all at various stages of experience with the spiritual battle in which each of us are engaged.  Some of you are generals or commissioned officers with extraordinary campaigns in your war history.  Others are in the ranks struggling with the fatigue of long and arduous days of training or perhaps even a bit shell shocked from the battles.

What each of us fight to varying degrees is fear.  Fear of outcomes, fear of pain, fear of the unknown….many things but perhaps the worst fear comes from our imaginings of what might happen. 

Over the weekend I felt almost compelled to watch two movies and this morning I believe I understand why.  The first movie was Gettysburg and there was something said by General Robert E. Lee that struck a chord:

“We did not seek out this war, it was thrust upon us.”

The second movie I watched was Gods and Generals (the prequel to Gettysburg) and in that movie Stonewall Jackson was asked by a subordinate who was surveying the carnage of Bull Run, “Sir, how is it that you can remain so serene?”

Jackson’s answer was,

“With God, I’m as safe in battle as I am in bed.”

And that, I believe, is the word the Lord has for some of you battle-weary soldiers today. 

Obedience to what you know the Lord has told you to do, or not do, closes the doors the enemy uses to slip in and assault you with fear.  Keep those doors closed and stay in the peace and serenity of the Lord.  Leave the outcomes to Him for He has promised you deliverance and victory.

We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, 
so that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt we had received 
the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not 
rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.  
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, 
and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope 
that he will continue to deliver us,  
as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks 
on our behalf for the gracious favour granted 
us in answer to the prayers of many.
2 Corinthians 1: 8b-11

"Fear knocked at the door
Faith answered
No one was there"...........Anonymous

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Olivia Reitz Long - A Violent Wind

Pressing Toward the Goal - Olivia Reitz Long prophetic.

When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast,
and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.
Acts 2:2

I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from her My people so that
you do not share in their sins, neither participate in her plagues.
Revelation 18:4

I have separated a remnant for Myself, those who have been obedient to My will. My Overcomers, called out for My purpose. I have asked you not to just leave something, but to conquer it. But you found out it was not enough to just come out of it, you had to undergo the treatment of the Holy Spirit - to be cleansed from old religious ideas and influences - before you could understand what I Am doing. For those who chose to not remain standing due to the wilderness pressures, they are cut off from what I am doing.

I am anointing for service, priests and kings, to do great exploits and with power. I shall reveal My Sons of Glory to an amazed world. They will show power unspeakable and be full of glory. You wonder, will you be accepted or be rejected, as My Son was? Be assured of one thing, My Glorious Beloved, creation will welcome you with open arms. The world is about to see a ministry coming forth from the wilderness, bringing the restoration of holiness and truth AND a restoration of all that was lost.

Nothing shall stop My Chosen Ones. And nothing can stand before My judges, for once more I shall have judges in the land. You have wondered if you would ever leave this wilderness? You have My assurance that I have been working out everything for your good! I have a wonderful plan for the world and for you. Plans made in eternity! You shall discover that I have worked out everything in your life out to the tiniest detail.

I have taken out of them, a people for My Name. I will return again, the Tabernacle of David rebuilt - the fullness of My Glory in a people.

Yes, I have called out a people for My Name - delivering, purging, purifying and maturing them, slowly bringing them into the full stature of Jesus Christ. I am calling out My people, bearing My Name, My Nature, My Power and Authority throughout the earth. Kings and Priests after the order of Melchizidek to bring forth My Kingdom to pass on all the earth.

Stand firm, My wilderness people, stand firm - for My promises are sure! You are crossing into the promised land and you shall take the land and the enemy will be put under your feet.

Pentecost was the day the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples and they were empowered to go out to preach the good news. Once again you will hear the blowing of A Violent Wind coming from heaven and My remnant from 'every nation' shall be called forth.

By Olivia Reitz Long