Troublesome Clouds On The Horizon

Dear Revival-Fire Church Family,

Thursday night, as with every night, I was praying before going to sleep. When I had finished praying for everyone, I laid there & just couldn’t sleep. After some time, I realized that the Lord did not want me to sleep. The next thing I knew, He began to give me a prophetic word for a brother in the Lord. So, I got up & went into the other room & began to type the word on my laptop. As His powerful words flowed unto me, I knew that this was a word that He wanted me to share with His people to hear also. I am posting this word below, so each of you can receive it for yourselves as the Lord speaks to each of your hearts:

“I love you, My son…be of good cheer! Everything will be alright, as you will continue to seek after Me. I need you to know that there are clouds forming on the horizon & even now, the fog of despair is beginning to creep in & disturb many who are not aware of what if going on. Do not allow yourself to fall into what is coming on the Earth…for confusion is already beginning to be released & you will see people begin to get angry & frustrated over such simple things…for fear is taking hold of all those who will succumb to the tactics of the evil one. But, as My people will stand in this hour, looking unto Me, the author & finisher of their faith, I will uphold them with My hand. Know this for yourself, My son…for I need you to get this deep within your heart…for soon you will truly need to know that I AM able to keep you from falling.

Be of good cheer, My son…for though things have begun to change silently around you, very soon there will be an increased awareness of that which I am speaking to you. For just as with a frog on the top of a hot stove, so many are being lulled asleep…not knowing that it is to their death. You must guard your heart, My son…you must take a strong stance knowing that I am greater within you, then what is going on in the world. Do not be fooled into becoming fearful, as you see many doing so all around you…for only as My people stand in faith…the faith that I have given them…will they be able to withstand what is coming in the evil day. For My people must now walk more circumspectly, than ever before. I tell you these things to prepare you, so when this begins to happen, you will not be taken by surprise or fall in with them.

Hear Me, My son & know that I have chosen you for this time, that you might be a vessel of My honor, in this last day. For I have tried your faith over time…I have hand picked you to stand in what is coming. I need you to know that you have more than enough ability to stand in all that there could possible be, walking towards the end. I know that in yourself, you do not feel that you have this strength, but I assure you, that you do…you just have to begin to access it. And this I say to help you…for the strength that I speak of will not be seen, while there is no need for it. That is why it seems to you, something that just cannot be true…but when the time comes that this strength is needed, you will be able to access it & you will see the difference in your life. For where there is no real need, there is no demonstration of My great power.

Look in My word & you will see this truth in action…for all the miracles…all the signs & wonders…they all came because there was a need for them & you will see this, as you will just trust Me & keep your eyes & heart fixed upon Me. For I tell you this now…that if people are already becoming angry & frustrated, losing their tempers while things are still good…what will they do when things become bad? For if they do these things in the green tree…what will they do in the dry? Things are still good, though much change is happening all around. A great majority of people are totally unaware of there being anything wrong…these are ‘sheeple’ who have been lulled to sleep by the media. But those of Mine have kept their eyes wide & have their ears open…not falling into the trance that most people are…these will see My power come.

For this I say so you will know it for yourself…that where sin abounded, My grace did much more abound…even so, in the time ahead…as things get worse & worse…My grace will MORE abound, as My people will continue to look only unto Me. They cannot allow fear of what is happening on the Earth to deter them from the faith that I have given to them…they MUST stand strong in Me & in the power of My might. That is why I keep telling you…you must seek My face & spend time in My presence. For as you will do this now…it will greatly benefit you, in the time ahead. This is because I am doing a great work within your heart…& you really need Me to do this! I must prepare you completely, so that you will be able to fully withstand all in the evil day & flow with My love, joy & peace, regardless of what is happening around you.

For I desire you to be a beacon of light in a dark place…so let My love surround you & take you fully unto Me. I am working on things that you are only knowing a small portion of…but the end result will be greatly shown when it is really needed. For I am creating within you a great peace, to ride out the storms, as they come…I am creating in you a great joy, that cannot ever be taken away from you…no matter what may happen…I am creating a great love within you, so that you will not only be unmovable in your heart, regarding My love for you…but you will also be able to minister this same love to those who will be drawn to you down the road. I am doing this, because I have not given you a spirit of fear, but one of power, & of love & of a sound mind…for truly a sound mind will be few & far between in the coming days.

Be of good cheer, My son…for nothing shall be able to take you out of My hand…no matter what happens down the road, you must remember this. For it is by the prophetic words that I speak to you, that you will be able to war a good warfare. You must not let them fall to the ground…for even My servant Peter knew this, as he was bound in prison awaiting to be executed the next day. So,what did he do…he slept! How could he sleep, when his “execution” awaited him in just a few hours? I tell you why…because I spoke prophetically to him & told him that when he was old, someone else would carry him where he didn’t want to go. So, how did that help him to sleep? Because he believed My words to him, were more real than what man could do unto him…he knew that somehow, he wouldn’t die the next day, but would live.

For I am not a man that I should lie, My son…My words will not return to Me void! That is why you must hold on to what I say unto you & embrace My words, for they will keep you, even as they kept Peter. For Peter did not die that next day…he trusted me to somehow free him, because he knew he would live until he was old. I had things that I needed him for…many years later! Even so, My son…I need you for the time ahead…you must stand strong in Me, trusting Me for everything to be alright. Just trust Me to take you forward & lead you in the way that you are to go. For as you will obey Me, you will have nothing to fear. Let My love, joy & peace take hold of you & carry you forward unto what is ahead. You just need to do your part, My son…obey Me & stay sensitive to My will & everything will turn out alright, says the Lord”.

We are truly living in exciting, but also troubled times. God’s people must now truly take heed to what the Lord is saying & seek Him while there is still time. May the Lord touch each of you & bless you, as you receive what He has for you, from this word!

In His great love & blessing,

Pastor Mark

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Remaining Strong Unto The End

Dear Revival-Fire Church Family & Loved Ones,

The Lord spoke this message to me back in Nov. but He did not release me to share it until now. Though this message is not given as “thus says the Lord” format, it is very “prophetic”…He wants His people to be encouraged & remain strong to the end. Part of the desire of the Lord’s heart for His people is this…that:

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20 Which He wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that fills all in all.

There is quite a bit of illumination for us in that desire of His for us…but much of this is missed by many…because we tend to think on things from the material, physical standpoint & not the way it was intended…spiritually. He tells us in Col 3:1-4 that SINCE we ARE risen with Christ, we are to seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. We must KEEP our affections set on things above, not on things on the earth, for He says that we ARE dead & our lives ARE hidden with Christ in God. So, when Christ, who IS our life, shall appear, then we also SHALL appear with him in glory.

The point being, that God intends that we live our lives “seated with Him in heavenly places”. As we “stand in the victory in which Christ has made us free, we will not be entangled in any yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1), but we will remain seated with Him in Heavenly places, which is where our real victory exists. I know that when most read this, they are thinking that this speaks of “in the sweet by & by”…but really it is speaking about here & now. NOW is when we “need” to seated in Heavenly places. NOW is when we need to make a difference in this world. God wants us to understand things on a different level…on His level. That is why it is so important that we SEEK those things that are above!

1Jo 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.
1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

When we read this, we only see this as being when the Lord comes to get us. But, we do not have to wait until “He appears” at the “catching away” for us to “be like Him”. He wants us to be like Him NOW. That is why we MUST SEEK HIS FACE & spend time in HIS PRESENCE…for it is there that we will become LIKE HIM. For when we will become like Him, we shall SEE Him as He really is & then we will see things as He sees them. This is where the refining can come, in a way that is MORE beneficial & powerful, than by any other means.

And by that, I mean “the hard way”…learning obedience through the things that we suffer. Yes, the word tells us that Jesus learned things this way too, but we ALSO know that He spent a great portion of His life on Earth…in His Father’s presence, seeking His face. Time is quickly running out here on the earth…we are seeing things as they are swiftly being setup for the end. We, (those who are really looking) are seeing this with our own eyes, as the world is becoming just as our Lord Jesus Christ declared:

Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Someone might says…”well, what is wrong with ‘eating & drinking’ & ‘marrying & giving in marriage…aren’t those a part of normal life?”. Yes, but Jesus was speaking about specific people…He called them “THEY”. This “they”, as it was then, so are they today…THEY are “eating & drinking” to excess\gluttony. The truth is, the majority of the civilized world’s population are becoming “obese”. Here in the USA “obesity” is such an “epidemic” that even young children 6-8 years old are becoming obese & having heart attacks, needing open heart surgery & developing diabetes, etc. at such a young age.

The world has become wanton into “consumerism”, as people “consume” & consume & consume. More & more restaurants are “buffets”, where you can eat “all you can eat”. Consumerism & gluttony have become the norm…even the Church is coming under the influence of these things! Now a days, even pastors & ministers are getting fatter & fatter, thinking that they are “blessed & prosperous”…when God says they are living a sinful lifestyle.

The world is also becoming more & more “perverse”…people’s “morals” are falling more & more into depravity…sin is running rampant. Just as Jesus said…as it was in the days of Noah…”they” were marrying & given in marriage”. Let’s be real now…ONE major reason God destroyed the world with the Flood was because of the depravity & perverseness of man. There was no morals & “they” didn’t take care of the poor & needy…they were killing their own babies. This is same today…the “they” people of today have become so “perverse”, that “they” are beginning to “marry” animals.

Believe it or not, there is actually a perverse agenda that is also working to legalize “pedophiles” as being “normal”…not to mention all of the “gender confusion” this exists today! But, amidst all of this “confusion” Medical Experts will say that “this” is nothing but a “mental illness that needs “therapy”, but the “they” of today are pushing for laws against even “treating” it.  This is ALL just “confusion” & it is destroying the very fabric of humanity & beckoning for God’s judgment to fall upon the world. Yes, judgment IS coming…actually judgment is already here. All that we are seeing is the evidence of God’s judgment upon the confusion that is running rampant in the world. How can I say this? Well, it really isn’t me saying it at all…God is saying it:

Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Enough said! There are millions of people that do not accept what God just said in THAT passage & this is why it is important that God’s people learn to” see as He sees, so they can walk as He walks”…for as society continues to fragment & dissolve we will see Him usher in the “fullness of judgment” in these last days. Yes, He will also send GREAT revival in the days ahead…His people are going to see a great release of favor, grace, power & anointing, but much of it is not going to come as most would think. He said that “where sin abounded, grace did much MORE abound (Rom. 5:20). We will “need” this for the time ahead. But God says that revival will come as He sends His refiner’s fires to refine His people.

Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:
Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
Mal 3:4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
Mal 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

As much as I do not like having to share this…much of this refiner’s fire will come in the form or “persecution” upon God’s people, because sadly, most of His people have not been truly establishing HIS kingdom on the Earth…they have really only been establishing their OWN. If we will truly be honest to ourselves, we will see that none of our lives are not truly His…really only parts of our lives are. Basically, we have our lives situated & structured, according to how we want them to be…they are REALLY just our own little kingdoms. For the most part, His people are not remaining seated in “heavenly places”…but are more fixed on the things that below…OF this world.

Here in the USA, the majority of the populous has for the most part turned their backs on God…in this nation & also against His nation of Israel. In time this will be the cause of the USA to be destroyed. We should all shudder in disbelief as people who claim to be “His” are beginning to “embrace” other religions, thinking that Christianity can coexist with them & inter-mingle, when they are like oil & vinegar, which will never mix. God said in 2 Cor. 6:17: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”. So, how can Christians join hands with those who blatantly are against the faith that we hold dear!

God said that we His children, ARE the light of the world (Matt 5:14)…He said that LIGHT OVERCOMES darkness (Jn. 1:5). Many years ago, He told me that the reason the world is SO dark today, is because His people are NOT really shining HIS light…they are REALLY only shining a religious “light” of “compromise & complacent hypocrisy”.

Now is the time for His church to stop burying God’s “talents”…His church must stop hiding “His candle” under a bushel & SHINE HIS TRUE LIGHT in the present darkness. For, as things progress in the time ahead, many will lose their lives because they choose to hold on to things, the way they want them to be – many will not be willing to let go of their compromise & complacency. But even in this coming time, He will be gracious & allow those time to repent, before they fall of their own will, into their own destruction.

It has already begun…but soon we will see a great measure of people falling away. For the church for the most part, as it is today, has really just become the Laodicean church. We all know that that means & this should thrust each of us to all turn to the Lord in repentance! God will have HIS remnant in this end-time & they will accomplish His will unto the end…for the time of His appearing is soon coming & then we will “see Him” fully. But, before the “catching away” happens, there will be much destruction on the earth, as we witness the judgments written in Rev. Chapters 8 through 11. For it is then He will send His angels to gather us…at the last trumpet…the 7th blast spoken in Rev. 11:15:

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Rev 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
Rev 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

We all look forward to the day that we will finally “meet the Lord in the air”…but until then, we must continue to walk in His grace & yield to Him so we will see His glory & power released. This is what He desires us to receive from Him, day by day. We must allow Him move & direct us, in our daily steps to do what He desires & to go where ever He wants us to be. This is not just speaking about where He wants us to be in the natural, but also in the spiritual…for He wants us to be seated…in Him. We must remain strong in our faith & stand firmly in His goodness & love – unto the end, knowing that as we continue walking in the Lord with obedience, that our lives are fully hidden in Him.

Love & blessings,

Pastor Mark

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A timely Message For Today

Dear Revival-Fire Church Family,

Last night, as I was praying & seeking the Lord regarding a prophetic word request that I received, the Lord took me aside & began to speak to me a message that He said we all need to hear. He said that it is very much needed in this day & will be even more needed in the days to come. It is a message about “faith”. No, not one of those “word of faith” camp, where people “name it & claim it”, thinking God will give them a new car or home, etc…but a REAL word about FAITH…something that is MUCH needed today. What I am about to share, may not be coming in the form of a “thus saith” word from the Lord…but it IS definitely very PROPHETIC & will speak INTO each of your lives, as you will receive it!

Many today, are dealing with impossible situations, where in the natural, things look hopeless. Things are changing & many are being hit by the enemy with things & they just do not know what to do. Our gracious Heavenly Father wants us all to remember & to know that He will “never leave us or forsake us”. Most of His people will say that they know this is the word of God, but the real “proof is in the pudding”…in our lives. In other words…how we deal with pressures…with our current situations shows us where our “real” faith is. It is our trials & circumstance really that show us how strong “we” really are. God has taught me that what we do “in the trial” is where our faith really is. Someone once said…I think it was Bill Gothard… “Trials are opportunities for others to see our true character”. The Lord told me that we will either “react” allowing our flesh to rule…or we “respond” by submitting ourselves to God’s Spirit.

What I am about to share WILL encourage you & it WILL stir up your faith to trust the Lord…no matter what you may be going through. Yes, God has promised that He will never “leave or forsake” us…but did you know that His faithfulness goes much deeper than THAT? The Lord showed me a “3 fold confirmation” of a much deeper truth that we can ADD to His never leaving or forsaking us. Sure, knowing that God is ALWAYS with us is comforting…but many still feel “alone” during their trial…many feel helpless & even though we know what the word says, the enemy will attempt to convince people that God HAS forsaken them, even though He has already promised that He never would. So, the Lord wants to encourage us today…He wants us to “know that we know, that we know” that He will never leave or forsake us…but, He wants to add to this already powerful truth, something that He said THREE times in His word. He promised us that He will never forsake nor FAIL us:

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

This in itself is SO powerful & comforting…for God has promised us that He will never FAIL us!!! WOW!!! And, if we will look back on our lives, we will see that no matter what has happened to us…no matter what ordeal or situation that we have had to endure…He never failed us…He ALWAYS has brought us through to the other side of what we were going through & what a comfort to know this. Yes, I understand that there are times that we have suffered the consequences of our actions, for the things we have done & we have brought difficulties into our own lives, by what we have done…but even then, the Lord has been there…never leaving us…never forsaking us…& never failing us. He has always taken us from where we have been & made all things work together for good, because we love Him & are the called according to His purpose.

He says that we need to “know” this for ourselves…He IS with us..He will NEVER leave, forsake of FAIL us. He will always carry us forward through what ever is to come. But, we must learn to be like David, for David endured such horrendous trials & circumstances…but in them all, he never gave up hope…he never doubted that God wouldn’t take care of him. For David had something that kept him in line & trusting the Lord to take care of him, no matter what was to happen…because David had victory over the lion & the bear. So, David could face Goliath knowing that God was faithful to give him the victory over Goliath. I am sure that facing a lion & a bear as a young boy, must of been a frightening & terrifying situation! Surely, none of us would want to do that!!! But David knew that just as God gave him the victory over the lion & bear…he would have victory with Goliath also. Even so, as with each of us, in our own lives…there are unique things that God HAS brought each of us through & each of THOSE things are God showing us that He keeps His promise to us too! So, if He “did it before”…we must believe that He will do it again. With each of these things He has done, we can have faith & trust Him, no matter what may come our way!

He wants us to never lose track of this reality…for this is OUR true reality, as His children & we must know it for ourselves in our own lives. Sure, we know that He gave “so & so” the victory…& He delivered “him or her” down the street from their situation, but what REALLY matters is what He has done for US…for this is what builds OUR faith! We all know the Faith scripture in Heb. 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Wow…thank you Lord! As I wrote that, the Lord illuminated something to me about faith that will help each of us in a way that we may have never seen before. He prompted me to go back & look again at the Greek words. In the past, most everyone I know (as well as myself) has always looked at those 2 words “substance” as meaning “confidence” & “evidence” as meaning “conviction”. When I looked at those 2 Greek words again He showed me something I have never seen before…the word “substance” actually goes much, much deeper than “confidence”. The thing is, I have studied the Greek since 1977, but somehow I have missed this until now. It was right there from the beginning, but somehow I have overlooked it all of this time. This “substance” actually means “FOUNDATION”. What a revelation:

Substance – 5287 hupostasis {hoop-os’-tas-is}
from a compound of 5259 and 2476; TDNT – 8:572,1237; n f
AV – confidence 2, confident 1, person 1, substance 1; 5
1) a setting or placing under 1a) thing put under, substructure, foundation 2) that which has foundation, is firm 2a) that which has actual existence 2a1) a substance, real being 2b) the substantial quality, nature, of a person or thing 2c) the steadfastness of mind, firmness, courage, resolution 2c1) confidence, firm trust, assurance

Evidence –  1650 elegchos {el’-eng-khos}
from 1651; TDNT – 2:476,221; n m
AV – reproof 1, evidence 1; 2
1) a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested 2) conviction

Faith being a substance is powerful, but now understanding that it is speaking of being the FOUNDATION…of things we hope for…the conviction\proof of things not seen…this IS phenomenal. I prefer seeing the word “evidence” in the original KJV, as “evidence”, instead of “conviction\proof” because “evidence” is MORE impacting…EVIDENCE…faith is the “evidence” of things not seen. Now lets look at all of this…no one would ever think of building a house without a foundation. Even so…in our life with God, we must have a foundation that is based on His words…His promises to US. Faith IS a substance…it is this substance which our foundation…our very faith walk must be built upon. This substance is of the things we “hoped for”. The things we hope for, are the “outcome”, ie, the end result of what  our current trial\situation will be, based on the conviction or proof…actually from the REAL evidence of things not seen. This “evidence” IS from our past experiences in life…& just as with David, it is all of the victories that He has brought us through, that is the very proof…the very “evidence” of things not yet seen. Those things are “not yet seen”, because God has not yet fulfilled them for us “yet”…but at His appointed time…they WILL be fulfilled…for just as with David & the lion & the bear…our Goliath will be taken down also.

Now, after Goliath, David also experienced many, many hardships & trials later on through life. And we read that it was in times such as those that he “encouraged himself in the Lord”. So, what did he do to encourage himself? His encouragement came, as he reminded himself of God’s faithfulness to give him the victory through out his life. His life experiences were the evidence of God’s faithfulness to never leave him, forsake him or fail him. Many of us are going through very difficult times right now. God wants each of us to not get side-swiped by what is going on in our lives…but for us to stop & take a good look at EACH victory that He has even given us in life…whether it is big or it is little. He says that EACH of these are the very manifestation of His promise to us, that He will never leave, forsake or FAIL us. He wants us to realize that it is these victories that our own “personal” faith MUST be built upon, for they are our “evidence” of His working in our lives. These ARE the FOUNDATION that our lives must be built on. We must NOT be paralyzed by the trauma & ordeal that we may be experiencing right now in the present…& instead, be encouraged by the EVIDENCE that we have, from our past.

Faith IS the foundation…it is the substance that our lives must be built upon…our foundation…this substance, is the experiences of victory that we have had in life…victories from our past. As we walk forward in the things that will be coming…we will need a STRONG faith to endure. We need to take the time now & go back to our previous victories…all of our previous situations, where we have SEEN God pull us through…where we have WITNESSES Him give us victory In our current situations. We must encourage ourselves with these things & hold on to those things, they are the victories of our past. For as we will remind ourselves of these things they will help us to witness our miracle for what is still unseen, in our present dilemmas. For these things of our past are His victory…they are His evidence of bringing us through to the other side…of what we are going through NOW.

I hope this encourages each of you!
Love & blessings,
Pastor Mark

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Guarding Our Hearts In These Last Days

The Lord has been speaking to me about posting this. We must all guard our hearts in these last days. As I have been ministering to people from all over the world, the Lord spoke to me that this is something that is needful for His people to hear. This is not just something that we always have needed to do…it is a NOW word for today. More & more people are having terrible things happening to them…they are suddenly experiencing severe health problems & many other problems going on in their lives.

While it is true that things will go wrong in life, people usually never understand that the strong negative feelings…the wrong mindsets that they bottle up inside of them WILL produce negative things in their lives. Pro 17:22 says: “A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones”. It is vitally important that we do not harbor strong negative feelings in our heart…for those things WILL have an effect on us, if we continue in them for very long. Science & doctors are now confirming what God has already said in His word. They have found that strong negative feelings, such as depression, rejection, or bitterness, etc.  is what leads to many chronic disease today.

God says that what is “in” the heart will either make us healthy or sick! The thing is, we are spiraling unto the end & things are escalating & evolving very rapidly now. These negative things used to take a very long time to develop before, but now they are changing very quickly. God has said: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1Pe 4:17). The closer we come to the end, the faster things will begin to escalate. This will escalate because the Lord is bringing all things to fulfillment & we are now seeing His word manifest in a much quicker way then before. As we look at the picture of “communion” of the bread & cup of the Lord, Paul, the apostle gave the Lord’s instruction & we find this:

1Co 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29 For he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Many of God’s people have grown soft…they have “let go” of much of what the Lord has said in His word. We must be careful to walk circumspectly in these last days, as God is not wanting us to be destroyed by what is coming…He wants us to be conformed to the image of His Son. This “judgment” that is spoken about here, God intends the trials & hardships we experience in the days ahead to move us towards Him. The thing is, that many will not do this, but because their heart is controlled by “self” & is divided…they are not truly surrendered to the LORD & they will end up “falling away”. We always were to be careful in life before, but even more so from now on!!

Pro 4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Pro 4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
Pro 4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

It is interesting that we see the word “keep” twice, but each time it is a different word. In verse 21 the word means: “guard, keep watch, protect, save life, observe, retain, treasure up” & the word “keep” in verse 23 means: “to guard, watch over, keep, to preserve”. They meanings are very similar, but if we look closely, we will see that the Lord wants us to guard, protect & TREASURE His words in our heart, but at the same time we must also guard & PRESERVE them there. This is very important, as if we do not treasure His words, we will not preserve them there. And, these words are a command…something that we are responsible for carrying out. If we do not do this, we will be subject to what that may bring upon our lives. It is also very interesting to see here that the word “issues” means: “outgoing, border, end, extremity (of border), source (of life), escape (from death). So, it is the condition of the heart that our lives will either see borders which will limit our “source of life” or “escape from death”.

Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

The point being…the elements of life & death are found in what we speak. They are IN the power of the tongue & it says, “they that LOVE it shall eat the FRUIT thereof”. The “IT” is whichever words we choose to LOVE….word of life or words of death. Something that few ever recognize is, that whatever is the abundance within their heart is what they will be speaking. People usually never realize that their lives are being built & conformed by the very words that they SPEAK. They create the FRUIT that will be seen in their lives. Jesus spoke about this:

Luk 6:43 For a good tree brings not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Luk 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
Luk 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Over the past 35 years of ministry, I have many times seen those who always seem to have problems in their lives. Nothing ever seems to change for them…they continue to stay sick or they continue to live defeated lives. The sad thing is, that most of these will try to “confess” the scriptures, expecting their lives to change, but they never do. Most of these people will think that if they will just speak out the word of God, that doing so will “magically” make everything “better” for them…but as I write this, the Lord just now gave me revelation on the real reason why this did not & will not ever “work” (I gave you a hint, above). It is because, these people were merely “trying” to confess what they wanted for themselves, but what they said was NOT the abundance of their heart! They may have been saying the right thing, but it had no POWER…it had no “hand or no strength” to bring forth the manifestation. For it is ONLY the abundance that is in our heart that will generate which fruit will be manifested.

Now, I want to bring this on home, as this message REALLY is a important spiritual lesson…one that the Lord says few have grasped the real concept of what He says regarding the importance of what we speak…for it is the importance of what we nurture in our hearts. What store up within our heart is what we will tend to be “speaking”…out of the “abundance” that is there & will thus bring “destiny” into our lives, by those very words. Here is the reality of what Jesus says about words:

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

This is a revelation that the Lord gave me some time ago – our “words” ARE spirit! That which we speak, out of the abundance of our hearts…they are spirits! The words we speak ARE either spirit of LIFE or they are spirit of DEATH. We choose which spirit they are by what we allow to come out of our mouths, by the abundance we fill up on within. We can SEE the importance & power of this, as we will acknowledge that in the Creation, God SPOKE out “words” & those words “created” whatever was spoken. Of the things He spoke in Creation, He said that we are made in His image…& we see in the Garden, as Adam SPOKE & gave everything names. Remember, every time God spoke, He said “it was good“.

We cannot escape the reality of knowing that we are to speak right things! We need to set a “guard” on our hearts & be mindful of what we allow to come out of our mouths, by changing the abundance that we allow in our hearts…for as it says above in Prov. 18:21…they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof & we will be sowing seeds for our future into our lives. We will be speaking into our own destiny. But, if we are not careful, we may some day look back & regret what we have allowed to come forth & manifest into our lives. We must actively CHOOSE which “spirit” we will allow out in our words, by staying filled with the right abundance. For they will be the words that will shape our lives.

And be sure to understand this…this is NOT talking about the “name it & claim it” nonsense that has consumed the apostate churches these days. It has nothing to do with the foolish confession of certain scriptures for GAIN, covetousness or greed…this is talking about living as Jesus said we SHOULD…when He said “follow Me” (He said this numerous times in the scriptures).

John 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

The words of His Father was His abundance & we are to be like Him…so, we must FOLLOW HIM. We must speak the words that God gives us to speak & as He said above in John 6:63 that the words that He speaks are words of spirit, which are LIFE. Just as He only speaks the words that He hears His Father say…we too must follow Him & speak also.

For, just as God spoke unto Peter, James & John, when they were with Jesus on the Mount during Jesus’ transfiguration, God said: “…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Mat 17:5)…we must hear Him & do as He said we are to do. For then we will know that it is good in His sight & we will walk out His will for our lives.

In His great love & mercy,
Pastors Mark & Julie Moore

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