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2,000 year old Isaiah Scroll, Jerusalem

I was so inspired by the message of our Pastor David Crone brought to our church The Mission on Sunday January 1st that I thought I’d share it with you. My prayer is that it will cause a shift in your present mind set as you consider the place of freedom Jesus has already provided.

In Luke 4:19 (a quote from Isaiah 61) Jesus read his own mandate to those gathered in the Synagogue. The last verse reads:

“And to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

This refers to the year of Jubilee – which is actually God’s favorite year (David Crone points out). How do we know that? Jesus proclaimed what the King of Heaven had already decreed because of the finished work of the Cross. He was proclaiming that from hereon, we are forever living in the year of Jubilee – the King’s decree!

Ancient Scroll of Isaiah, Jerusalem

In the year of Jubilee, slaves are freed, debts are forgiven, the lost inheritance is returned, etc. The year of Jubilee set everything back in its correct order. Everything shifted in a jubilee year. Jesus made this announcement to us 2,000 years ago, and faith is the only provisional act needed to receive its full benefits.

Consider the possibilities that would change the way you presently live your life if you applied the freedoms made possible through Jesus’ blood — starting today: No more debts, no more enslaving bondages, all losses are restored. Wow. New liberties! Permission granted to start over…yes, a fresh start!

Below is a proclamation David Crone wrote, and I encourage you to take it to heart and apply it to your own life in a very intentional manner. Determine to walk this year in the full freedoms decreed by the King of Heaven for you. Make 2012 your year of jubilee! God has already commanded His blessing over you and your household!

Ancient Scroll of Isaiah, Jerusalem

PROCLAMATION OF THE YEAR OF THE LORD :: JUBILEE!

by David Crone, January 1, 2012

We declare 2012 a year of Jubilee.

We declare 2012 a year of unprecedented opportunity: Doors wide open, treasure chests unlocked, and fresh divine adventures awaiting us.

We declare 2012 a year of unparalleled increase: Increased revelation, increased community, increased prosperity, and increased God encounters.

We declare 2012 a year of unequaled redemption: What has been lost will be recovered, what has been stolen will be restored with interest, and what has been abandoned will be reclaimed.

We declare that in 2012 our past failures and wasted opportunities will become stepping stones into new levels, unexplored territories, and incomparable victories.

We declare that we are letting go of what was, embracing what now is, and reaching – with anticipation and expectation – for what will be.

We declare that we now live in the acceptable year of our Lord – a year of His commanded blessing, His favor, and our jubilee!

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Year of Jubilee – David Crone

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“Walk With Me!”


I love the fact that God walked with Adam in the Garden, and Enoch walked with Him too. Noah and God talked about building a big boat one day out on a stroll together. Centuries later, God spoke to Abraham, “Come on…let’s get out of this place! How about we take a long walk together? I have this beautiful Land I want to show you.” It was a lifelong journey with God thereafter.

I feel like my life is a long walk with God. Whatever I do, wherever I go, it is hand in hand with God. Every walk with Him has been an adventure of the unexpected; no matter the situation, it is always an opportunity for me to explore another facet of His incredible goodness in my life.

In 2009, I felt God saying, “Come take a walk with me for about 50 days…let’s go through Europe.” Nine months later, we did that. (Read our Europe: 40-days-2-pray Blog). It was an amazing experience to walk the 4 corners of Europe from Finland near the Arctic Circle, to Wales, to Tarifa Spain and into Morocco, weaving throughout the continent of Europe by Eurail and finally to Istanbul Turkey during Ramadan. The people we meet along the way are the souvenir treasures we carry home in our hearts….much better than trinkets.

Last October, God whispered, “Hey, let’s go walk through Egypt…I want you to meet my people. I really love them.” Two months later, everything exploded — and the reason to go began to unfold. Our plans were full speed ahead, and here we are, nearly 1 year later, our dream being realized.

A walk with God allows you to see from a heavenly perspective. Here’s the vista of the God-highway that stretches from Egypt through Israel into Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran…Ron and I see it as is a river of God’s light.

A river of light stretching from Egypt into Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq (NASA photo)

That’s what we see as we go into Egypt, even though they immersed in a sea of political instability and religious chaos with rising tensions in Libya, Sudan, along the borders of Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and the nations along Red Sea.

Opened Eyes

I have been meditating recently on the way the Prophet Elisha prayed in 2 Kings 6: “Lord, please open his eyes and let him see” (vs. 17). And again about the army of the Arameans: “Lord, open these men’s eyes and let them see” (vs. 20). It is a good way to pray. Elisha was not focused on what could be seen with the facts on the ground. No, his eyes were focused above — on the chariots of fire that surrounded him personally!!

“He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (vs.17).

Yes, he was in a fiery hurricane of Heaven’s protection that nothing could penetrate- not even the “massive” army of military might sent to kill arrest him. In this situation, I see Elisha resting in his easy chair inside his house completely unfazed at what had just been launched against him.

His view was from a much higher level.

Above all the facts on the ground of the region, we see evidence of something huge unfolding that is full of God’s goodness. We go in with our eyes wide open and fully expectant of what God is already doing, and we want to partner with Him.

Tomorrow, 14 September, we will be carried along on our journey into Egypt in a fiery hurricane of heavenly chariots! We expect explosions of God’s brilliance to be revealed in the nation of Egypt…because of His great love for them.

The sun in Cairo...consider God's glory exploding over Egypt one day!

The 30-Day No-Kvetching Challenge!

From today, Ron and I have initiated our customary traveling “no kvetching” rule for the next 30-days in an intentional way. That means, no complaining about anything or anyone at any time. This ensures we maintain a heart that is thankful so that joy is released wherever we go, and our travel experience is so much more enjoyable.

Please consider yourselves as part of our support team as we embark on this exciting adventure to be with those God lovingly refers to as “Egypt my people” (Isaiah 19). And why not also join us for the 30-day “no kvetching” (no complaining – only thanksgiving!) challenge as well! It will surely be an upgrade in your walk with God!

A Sound in My Soul


Singing my song in Qumran at the Dead Sea in Israel

There is a sound in my soul that must be released! It is a sound – an ancient song – heard generation after generation. I hear it in the night in the whisper of the wind, a poem, a song, in God’s presence. Something in me responds – no, it resonates – so that I must sing, dance, play my instruments, laugh, write, meditate, cry, paint, cook, knit . . . I must respond to this familiar sound.

I heard it long ago . . . so long ago . . . before the tears came, before I was sent away.

The first day my brother strummed his guitar, it took my breath away: It was the sound in my soul! A distance sound . . . a song . . . a memory flashed across my soul . . . I remembered . . .

Singing my song in Jerusalem

I too had to play guitar. I didn’t know why . . . I was compelled. I was only ten years old, but, it came so easily for me, as if I was born with the skill . . . it was love at first sound. It fit . . . like my favorite party dress.

My talented Uncle Ray and my Mother Rose with the beautiful voice holding me.

My voice in harmonic poetry complimented its sound so that with every rise and fall on the scale, my soul found its delight.

Every day I must sing a new song to express the sound of my soul.

Yes, my soul sings . . . it must sing . . . It is compelled to sing the melody. My soul remembers the lullaby to sleep . . . Mama singing harmony to the radio. . . Uncle strumming long into the night. It remembers the sound of home . . . before the great sadness came.

I close my eyes and see beyond – to galaxies and a realm so far away, where Father dwells in joy and light and song – and I lift my heart in a rhythmic-rhyme to Him in gratitude. He sings the lullaby over me now . . . a healing sound in my soul that welcomes me home.

For, it was He who taught the stars to sing their songs . . .  and all created things respond. So too when I sing – when I play – my voice joins the ancient song of that sound in my soul, and I am home again.

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Wheat fields in Egypt

Not long ago I dreamed I was walking through a huge field. It seemed to go on for as far as the eye could see. It was at night, but the full moon was so brilliant and so huge, it took up much of the sky so that it seemed to be as bright as day.

Full moon over the ripe wheat fields

I was walking within the field of ripe wheat, my hand stroking the tops of the kernels. In my mind I knew that tomorrow the combines would come and harvest all the ripened wheat. The stars above me were so brilliant, the sight of them took my breath away. They seemed unusually close to earth.

Passing through the field, I came to a dirt road where a large white van was parked, the side door opened. I climbed in, closed the door, all the while my eyes never left the white field of grain.

Why didn’t I take a few stalks of wheat with me? I thought as we pulled away from the field. I could have kept some with me as a reminder of this place.

Upon awakening, I immediately thought of the symbolism in my dream. I considered their significance. I also felt God was showing me the harvest fields of the Middle East that were on my heart, particularly Egypt. It seems when God puts a nation – or nations – on your heart, He will make sure that you receive all you need to fulfill His purposes.

Egypt is certainly on the verge of an incredible harvest, even in the midst of their storm.

We believe this harvest will affect the whole of the region and we are privileged to be engaged in this process.

In addition, we have been engaged with the people of South Sudan for several years now, beginning in Israel when refugees began to flood in. Since the birth of the Republic of South Sudan recently, God is highlighting this nation with its potential in the whole of Africa as well as the coming harvest.

African Wheat Harvest

Whenever God highlights a nation, I believe it is always an invitation for us to be engaged with God’s purposes.

Ron’s Vision

At breakfast, I began to describe my dream to Ron. Then he relayed to me what happened as he awakened just that morning. He had a vision of a ripe wheat field that was completely white – ready for harvesting! Because he grew up in Wichita, he recognized a ripened wheat field.

Ready for Harvest

We both sat there stunned at the realization that God had given us the very same image within a few hours of each other. This was truly significant, and God had our full attention!

Green Light: GO!

I like what Graham Cooke says: “You have a green light from God, unless He gives you a red light!” In other words, permission has been granted to you, unless you hear otherwise.

In regards to the nations of the world, Jesus already gave us a green light.

Anything other than a fully engaged response to this mandate is an excuse!

I read a blog entry this week by David Sitton that really arrested my attention in regards to our partnering with God’s purposes in the nations.

I was never called to be [a Christian worker in a foreign land], nor was I drafted. I volunteered. No special call was needed. I chose to go; I wanted to go; I was compelled to go. And where I go is always determined by an open Bible and a stretched-out map of the regions where Christ is still unknown and un-praised!

I chuckle when I hear [foreign Christian workers] and pastors talk about “surrendering to the call” of ministry. I always want to ask, “After you surrendered, were you water-boarded, or just hauled off in handcuffs and leg irons?” Was it really necessary for you to be abducted by a heavenly vision before you would go into the work of the gospel?

The [foreign Christian worker] call is not like a prison dog that tracks us down, sniffs us out, and hog-ties us for the nations. That is silly-talk and really bad theology. Nowhere in Scripture is a mysterious (supernatural) call a prerequisite before we can respond to the Great Commission. The opposite is actually true.

No aspect of mission is more bogged down with extra-biblical baggage than the “…call.”  The clear command of Christ “to go” should be, by itself, sufficient to set you on your way “into all the world . . . proclaiming the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). You can’t go wrong by trying to go. Trust the Lord to direct your moving feet . . . If you have it in your heart to go, then go. Then, lean on the sovereignty of God to get you where he wants you in the harvest. Don’t worry about “running ahead of God.” You aren’t that quick! (Read full article. Note: David Sitton is the founder and president of To Every Tribe Ministries.)

The Wheat fields in Ethiopia

What’s Your Nation?

God has put a nation (or a people) on your heart . . . I know He has because He wants to love people through you. Perhaps you are unable to go to that nation, but, if you ask Him, God will bring the peoples of that nation to you!  And, with technology today, you can easily plug in and find the peoples on your heart! God will do this for you in surprising ways, but you have to go after it.

I’ve learned that when you are intentional about following through with what God shows you, you can expect to see Him answer supernaturally.

Yesterday I was considering that everything in my life given to me by God is for this intent and purpose: The Harvest. God has provided every possible thing I could need to be succesful in this task that He is passionate about. And Jesus set the example:

“Then Jesus went to all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and every sickness” (Matt 9:35).

Jesus’ whole message was about good news; He didn’t frame God’s intentions to Israel with a description of how undeserving they were. Rather, He gave them the good news of the kingdom, and then demonstrated it by healing everyone of their disease and sickness. The kingdom of Heaven had just showed up to displace the enemy’s kingdom of darkness and suffering. That’s our message too: The Good news of the kingdom of God, and healing the sick and oppressed.

“When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd” (vs 36, 27)

Jesus was compelled to displace their sadness and misery with joy and healing from His kingdom.  Satan had worn them down long enough.  When Jesus showed up that day, he didn’t wonder if God wanted to heal anybody! It was his mission to destroy the works of the enemy. He demonstrated how to lead like a Good Shepherd: Lovingly care for the sheep by anointing them with healing oil, and lead gently them to eat to their satisfaction.

“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest'” (vs 37, 38).

In other words, the fields are white, boys! Let’s go! Come on . . . Get out the combines . . . put on your work clothes! Gather the volunteers, hire some workers to get this harvest in! And, pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out the workers into the hot, dry fields to finish this work!

Lord of the Harvest: Send out workers into Your harvest! Fill them with your compassion!

Then pray this prayer:

Here I am!! Why don’t you send me?

Compelled by Passion!

I volunteered to go to the nations and serve in the harvest over 40 years ago. My service has led me to many, many nations and people groups. Over the years, I became much more motivated by a deep compassion and love for people of all nations, tribes, and languages. Today, I have to say that I am compelled by Jesus’ passion to mine the fields for the treasures that are His inheritance alone. I long to see people love Him passionately and exclusively with all of their mind, heart, strength, and soul.

My passion is to create an environment where His presence and healing are manifested.

When I see the fire in His eyes, I want to embrace someone with that  love. There is no valid excuse not to go when you have a fresh revelation of who He really is.

Unless I see a red light, my bags are packed, my passport is current, and I am volunteering to harvest the next ripe field.

Children From Bethel Church, Redding California, praying for the nations.

A beautiful song called “Serving You.”

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A Royal Upgrade


We are often limited by our own perceptions and self-image. The playback in our minds is so powerful, that it will actually create an inability to rise above the negative image that we believe ourselves to be. We get stuck in a self-perceived disqualifying cycle that disables us from the full life God intended for us and made possible by Jesus.

I saw this illustrated as I read 2 Samuel 9 about the story of King David and Jonathan’s son Mephiboshet. By this time, King David is well established on his throne and he remembers the promise he made to his best friend Jonathan, the royal son of former King Saul.

David asked, “Is there anyone remaining from Saul’s family I can show kindness to because of Jonathan . . . Is there anyone left of Saul’s family that I can show the kindness of God to?”

Ziba said to the King, “There is still Jonathan’s son who was injured in both feet.”

The King asked him, “Where is he?”

Ziba answered the king, “You’ll find him in Lo-debar . . .” King David had him brought from the house of Machir . . . in Lo-debar.

I was struck by the fact that David was not eaten up with rage to take vengeance on the descendants of King Saul. He could have been . . . Saul hated him and sought to kill him all those years. This former king of Israel became possessed with an evil jealousy that consumed him with hatred and finally, a murderous spirit. From the time David killed Goliath, Saul was offended even by his presence and he ultimately became obsessed to kill his perceived enemy.

David, however, was a man of a different spirit: He refused to allow the foul-spirited environment he lived and worked in at the king’s palace affect his heart. Rather, he chose to live safely secure in God’s Presence, trusting Him for his full protection. He never considered King Saul to be his enemy just because he was hated; rather, David went after the enemies of his God and of his nation.

The nature of a shepherd protects the sheep from wolves whose intent is to kill. A shepherd does not see other sheep who need discipline as the enemy.

David was a man of his word: He made a covenant to Jonathan to bless his household, and now, as king of Israel, he was in a powerful position to follow through on what he had promised.

Nothing Town

We can only imagine the changes that took place for Mephiboshet after his grandfather and father were killed in battle. At this news, and fearing for the life of the little royal child, his nursemaid ran with him from the palace, falling on the child and permanently disabling him. In one day, Mephiboshet lost his family, his royal position of privilege, and he became permanently disabled. It was a life trauma indeed.

The king of Israel finds Jonathan’s son living in a city called in Hebrew “Lo-debar (לו דבר),” which loosely translated means “nothing,” or, “[land of] nothing” (9:4,5). It pretty much sums up the attitude Mephiboshet about how he felt about himself – his own self image – “I’m nothing.” Living in “Nothing” Town seemed to fit the story of his life.

Out of nowhere, Mephiboshet is summoned to the royal palace to stand before the King; but, he cannot stand because of his disability. So, in humility, he prostrates himself before the King. After all, he knows who he is – a disabled nobody from Nothing Town.

“Mephiboshet son of Jonathan son of Saul came to David, bowed down to the ground and paid homage [to the king of Israel]” (9:8).

Now I’m sure as Mephiboshet is on the ground, his life is passing before him. He knows the reputation of Grandfather Saul and how he mistreated David. He knew what he deserved. What he did not know, however, was the covenant of deep friendship between his father Jonathan and the present King of Israel. David and Jonathan had to keep their alliance very secret or it would have cost them both of their lives!

King David was a man of covenant faithfulness; he was a man after God’s heart! But, all the while, and face down on the floor, Mephiboshet may have been thinking, I deserve whatever punishment the king chooses to give me. I am worthless – a nobody.

Status Upgrade: A Royal Son

Just at the moment when he is most terrified for his life he hears the King shout his name: “Mephiboshet!”

As his name reverberates across the palace halls into the courtyard, Mephiboshet scrambles to “stand” on his disabled, deformed limbs before the King – as eye level as he can manage.

King David & Mephiboshet

The King steps down from his royal platform –where justice and mercy rules – into the courtyard of servants and peasants, kindly reassuring Jonathan’s adult son:

“Don’t be afraid,” David says kindly, taking his hand and leading him through the line of governing leaders bowed low as he passes along the interior stone walls. “Long ago I determined to show kindness to your father’s sons. This day I am restoring to you all of your grandfather Saul’s fields, and, you will always eat meals at my table.”

In this moment, the king restored to Mephiboshet his full inheritance, farms that would bring great wealth, the power of being a landowner, influence as an elder in the city and his tribe, and a royal sonship position in the palace with a life-time reserved seat at the King’s table! He was moving up from Nothing Town to Jerusalem, God’s city!

Dead-Dog Mindset

Instead of excitement at the king’s words, Mephiboshet became weak-kneed and down he fell again before him. He was accustomed to groveling with a lowly “I’m-not-worthy” slave mindset:

“Mephiboshet bowed down and said, ‘What is your servant that you take an interest in a dead dog like me?’” (vs.8)

Here are two contrasting profiles: Royalty, and a dead dog. King David saw Mephiboshet as a royal son of the palace, but Mephiboshet saw himself as a dead dog who lived in Nothing Town and who felt he deserved life-long punishment.

We often find ourselves in agreement with the negative whispers in our ear: You know, you really are nothing but a dead dog . . . you’re never going to amount to much. Look what your family has done! The best you could ever hope for are some crumbs from a rich man’s table and a resident address in Nothing Town.

There is only one power that the enemy of our souls has to use against us and that is to lie to us. He actually has no power over us; Jesus gave us all power and authority through his name. So, the only power Satan actually has over us is what we relinquish to him. And, that only happens when we agree with the lies that the enemy feeds us.

So, here is Mephiboshet, tuned in to the I’m-a-dead-dog-livin’-in-Nothing-Town lies of the enemy – a mindset that is hard to change. His self-talk was convincing him to refuse the king’s offer.

We have to press into our breakthrough opportunity if we ever hope to break out into the person God created us to be.

Upgrade Someone

I believe God showed David the real person of Mephiboshet– how he is known in heaven – and David went after it with his shepherd nature. Mephiboshet was eventually convinced of the king’s kindness and he did move to Jerusalem to eat from the king’s table.

I believe we too have the opportunity to upgrade someone in our life. We’ve all met people who communicate an “I’m not worth anything to anyone” attitude. But God has given us the power to encourage people – or discourage people; to empower people with courage or to take it away. We have the power of words that either bring life and health, or sickness and death. Our words are so powerful they can kill a spirit – or, give it life and see a dying spirit live again.

I always want to be the kind of person who breathes life into people with words of encouragement.

David was just that kind of man. God had breathed life into Him at his most desperate hour and now he wanted to release mercy and kindness with the same generosity as God had shown him.

The greatest expression of mercy and compassion is that which we give to someone who does not deserve it.

Determine to upgrade someone today. We can do this by reminding them who they are – their heavenly identity – and watch a transformation take place. Determine that your words today will bring life and health to someone’s spirit. Lift them up off the floor from their groveling I’m-good-for-nothing attitude, and look them in the eye as you remind them that, they are, in fact, created to be a royal son of the Living God through the blood of Jesus, with great purpose and destiny to glorify the Lord. Tell them that they were created to move from Nothing Town to Jerusalem, to eat at the King’s table. Demonstrate honor to them in a tangible way, and watch them emerge into the person God created them to be.

Words of encouragement call out the genuine person who is buried beneath a weight of guilt, shame, and a lifetime of disappointments.

Extravagant Kindness

David operated out of a core of extravagant kindness and deep compassion. Mephiboshet lived in Jerusalem because he was expected to eat at the king’s table every single day.

The king called Mephiboshet up into his true royal identity that was hidden under his own personal shame and physical disabilities. Mephiboshet had been identifying himself by the shame of his grandfather who had betrayed God and caused his family to be ravaged by the enemy.

And, he had been identifying himself by his physical scars that he carried from that fateful day of sorrow and grief. Mephiboshet had come to associate that trauma and his handicap as something he deserved. He branded himself as a dead dog (something truly hated as evil in the Middle East) and even referred to himself by this name.

Mephiboshet had grown to identify with his disability and life of shame with a resigned this-is-as-good-as-it-gets attitude.

But, God did not see Mephiboshet that way. I have come to learn that God will often find one in a family that he can demonstrate mercy and love to, and God intended to show his kindness to Jonathan’s family through Mephiboshet. You see, God saw him still as royalty; he felt deep compassion for Mephiboshet’s grief, and planned to restore everything he had lost when his father and grandfather died in battle. He’s just good that way.

David – always close to God’s heart – went after the treasure he saw in Mephiboshet. He purposed to create the environment for him to live as a royal son of the palace – yes, even to thrive! – though he no longer had any legitimate claim to the throne.

And, David saw what God saw: The heavenly identity of Mephiboshet. He set out to extend kindness by honoring him because of his covenant of friendship with Jonathan and his descendants.

Jesus did that for us. He went after us like King David went after Mephiboshet with his dead-dog-living-in Nothing-Town identification and gave us an upgrade through his blood because of his great love. As a result, we became royal sons with a full inheritance through Jesus, along with the kingly status to rule and reign with Him in heavenly places. We eat in the Palace with the King of the universe every day – bread and wine served up from His table.

We now live in a perpetual more-than-enough state of God’s extravagant abundance.

Identity is a Mindset

How easy it is to define ourselves by the circumstances of life. We mistakenly identify ourselves with our physical or economic situation – even long after our situation has improved for the better – because we developed a wrong mindset. For instance, a person with a long term illness who recovers or gets healed by God’s supernatural power may continue to have the mindset of an ill person. While ill, this person was very limited in what they could or could not do. Now, without the limitations of that illness, they are no longer bound and can lead a normal life. But the mind has to change its behaviors and unconscious habits in order to catch up to the new, improved state, and that takes time to make the adjustment.

To change a wrong mindset, we must partner with God in an intentional manner.

A person who has grown up in a very poor economic state, for instance, but has gone on to improve their circumstances considerably later in life, very often has a difficult time making this change in their mind. They still have a poverty-mindset that does not allow them to fully function as a person who has not grown up in those circumstances. So, even with an abundance of financial provisions, this person will continue with a poverty mindset – often unable to really enjoy their abundance. Their new economic situation requires a new mindset – and with it, a new identity.

Our inheritance is the mind of Messiah Jesus. We can appropriate Heaven’s thoughts.

A Poolside Transformation

I often think of the mindset issue when I read the account of Jesus healing the man who had sat by the pool of Siloam for 38 years waiting to be healed. In one moment, Jesus walked over to his poolside spot, had a short conversation, healed him, and that was it! He was healed! No more infirmity! Okay. Now what? For 38 years he had been identified as “the disabled man who sat at the pool of Siloam and never had anyone to help him into the waters.”  In an instant, he was no longer that person. From here on he would be known as “the man who had been healed by Jesus as he sat by the pool of Siloam.” (And, as far as we know, he was the only man Jesus healed that day at the pool that day.)

The Pool of Siloam

Prior to the healing, his relationship to God was no doubt a daily, desperate, pleading prayer for a change of circumstances. He may have used pitiful gestures in his attempt to convince someone – anyone – to aid him into the waters as they were “stirred.”

Now that his circumstance had changed, his mindset had to change! In order to maintain his healing and experience the full life Jesus intended him to live, this man had to create new patterns of thinking in his brain that agreed with his healing. He would need an after-the-healing mindset shift that would also upgrade his relationship with God.

Thanksgiving and gratitude establishes an atmosphere of joy in an upgraded relationship with God.

I’m sure after he was healed, his prayers were no longer whiney and pitiful, but rather, were full of joy. His face would have revealed this transformation!

Legally Disabled

I have a personal interest in these stories that I use as illustration, because like the man at the Pool of Siloam and Mephiboshet, I too was legally disabled for many years. My natural Mother Rose was born with a joint and cartilage genetic degenerative disease called Ehlers-Danlos which severely deformed her hips, legs, and knees. My siblings and I have suffered with various forms of this same disease which has required surgery for several in the family. I personally have had 2 major surgeries on my knees, and a third surgery that complicated my joint mobility, along with years and years of painful, slow rehabilitation. Many of those years I used the aid of crutches, wheelchairs, canes, walkers, and I too sat at the pool everyday utilizing warm-water therapy. I got used to people staring at my brother and I on crutches and braces everywhere we went. We were definitely an oddity to look at. I know what it is to be labeled “disabled” and to walk around with that mindset for decades. In my own mind, I excluded myself from most things –even from that which was physically possible – because my mind had already disqualified me with fears.

Disabled > Healed!

From the first weeks of coming to faith in Jesus as a seventeen-year old, I experienced God’s healing touch on my body. My first experience was at a Kathryn Kuhlman Crusade at the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles California. It was a miraculous healing in my knees – and everyone in my life knew it. This began a 40-year journey of learning to walk with Jesus touching my body and healing me as I needed it. Many times he came to me as I sat by the “pool” and I sensed Him saying to me: “What is it you want me to do for you?”

“I need your healing Jesus!” And, He has always answered; and with His healing, I had to move through a mindset shift yet again. Jesus has always been my Healer – through all of my surgeries and painful rehabilitations. I continue to depend upon His total and complete healing of my body every day.

I am the most unlikely person to travel the world and walk in the nations, praying for God’s blessings. By all rights, I should be unable to walk at all without great difficulty and intense pain. Oh, I do experience pain in my hips and knees and feet, but it is never a deterrent to God’s purposes for my life!

I am a walking miracle, and God’s love overwhelms me!

I was legally disabled, and now I am not!

Now I release healing in other people’s bodies and have seen scores of people healed in their joints. I continue to experience healing as I need it.

Jesus is everything I need . . . and so much more!

The King’s House

To experience the full life of healing and abundance God has for us, it will require an intentional mindset shift to our heavenly identity where we will exchange our disability for healing, poverty to royalty, beggar to adopted royal son, etc. Whatever your situation today, understand that you have been upgraded to live in the King’s Palace! He expects that you will:

  • Move from Nothing Town to Jerusalem (City of the King – the place where He dwells)
  • Eat at His table every day
  • Make an exchange from your old identity
  • Receive His royal treatment as his adopted son/daughter
  • Carry yourself as royalty: Dress, act, talk like Kingdom royalty
  • Represent the Kingdom as His Ambassador of love
  • Take from the King’s treasury all that you are entitled to
  • Take advantage of the freedom to go into the King’s private chambers and treatment rooms
  • Have an expectation that you will receive all you need from the King today
  • Expect a personal encounter with the love and kindness of your Shepherd/King

My prayer is that the revelation of God’s glory will displace any lying perception that has kept you from receiving your full healing and inheritance today . . . to the glory of His Son, Amen.

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NOTE: I’d like to thank the leadership of David Crone, Dan McCollam, and Graham Cooke at The Mission for such powerful impartation of these principles that have come alive in my spirit and for creating a safe environment in which to thrive and mature in my journey with God. For more resources on your identity in the Messiah, check out The Mission online store and Graham Cooke’s online store.


“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

–C.S.Lewis

Something special is happening around the world today . . . something never before seen.

Brian McLaren’s book A New Kind of Christianity brings clarity when he writes about the emergence of the Modern Era in the 1500s. Modernism began as the Middle Ages were ushered out. Many great things were exchanged replacing those less desirable. It is good that fear and superstition lost out to logical thinking. However, much was lost as Modernism’s Age of Reason stole imagination, intuition, and the arts under the sway of rationality. Imagination was ripped from the Church and enshrined in Disney-like children’s theme parks and labeled “insignificant,” particularly in the arena of religion.

A new generation is now moving beyond modernism to a new way of looking at the world. One of the advantages of the move called Post-Modernism is a move toward restoring the good that suffered at the hands of rationality.

The Age of Reason killed imagination, intuition, and the arts. This generation is taking back all that was stolen. Though I’m not young, I must join them in the restoration because it will usher in a move of God never before seen in the history of the Church.

I have determined to loose over myself the following declarations:

  • I declare anointing and liberation for my imagination in the Holy Spirit.
  • I loose and anoint my feelings.
  • I  loose and consecrate my intuition, turning it to the prophetic and the Seer in me.
  • I will embrace mystery.
  • I will hear from God, not just daily, but constantly (i.e., as did Brother Lawrence who wrote the book Practicing the Presence of God).
  • I will walk in the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • I will impart what is freely given me into the hands of others for ministry.
  • I declare my love like white phosphorous for Jesus alone.
  • I am a prisoner of hope (Zech 9:12); stolen things will be returned double.
  • I will imagine day and night how to “walk out the Kingdom on earth.”
  • I will mentor men who are burning with the fire of God.
  • I will entertain angels who stomp the backs of enemy forces because their defenses have been removed (i.e., Caleb in Numbers 14).
  • I will dance with Him as He dances and sings over me (Zeph. 3:17).
  • I will spread out to the right and left (Isa. 54).
  • I will dispossess nations.
  • I will be inflamed by holiness.
  • I am God’s fire.

The final declaration over myself came as I sat on the beach overhearing the conversation of a wind surfing instructor. Sometimes, I get Holy Spirit instructions from the most amazing sources. This instructor was physically moving the body of a student to make him feel how he needed to lean into the wind toward the nose of his board.

“You have to eat the nose of your board!” he said. “If you hold back, you’ll be on your back in the surf.”

With those words ringing in my mind, I determined that:

  • I will lean hard into Him until I pass the point of no return; either He saves me, or I self destruct.

It is not time to hold back. The Spirit is saturating the atmosphere with an unction to press forward into a fullness not yet seen at any time in the history of the Church. That unction is being felt in the most unlikely places and the feeling is electric, out of control, and otherworldly.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, and that one thing I seek…to know You…

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–This post by Ron Cantrell

First Responders


There is coming a day – and is already here – when others will look to us with an expectation that we lead them to safety. It will be a time where we will already be dressed and ready to serve the needs of many. I call us “First Responders.”

“Be ready for service and have your lamps lit” (Luke 12:35-4 HCSB).

Who are the first responders? These are the ones who have been trained, equipped, ready to go into any situation and rescue the injured. In Israel, the first responders were everyday people who went about their jobs; but in an emergency, they were easily identifiable and ready to move into their trained position – night or day.

We are spiritual first responders. We will be those who have practiced living as victors and not victims in each and every crisis exercise that we have walked through thus far in our life. Our mindset is well established so that no matter what comes along – economic or political shifts, natural disasters, wars, earthquakes, famines, floods, “accidents,” illnesses – our eyes are fixed upon the Lord and we are full of faith for His salvation, healing, deliverance, provision. We know that we live in a different Kingdom, under the economy and provision of Heaven that sets us apart from earthly kingdom’s circumstances.

With recent world events, many of us feel that we have been called to a special “high” alert in these days.

“Those servants the master will find alert when he comes will be blessed…If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn, and finds them alert, those servants are blessed” (Luke 12:37-38 HCSB).

Seek the Lord!

About three and a half years ago, I had an urgent appeal in my heart from the Spirit of the Lord: “Seek the Lord while He may be found!” It was an urgency that came with a sense that I needed to drop everything and be shut away with the Lord to hear what He had to say to my heart. I did that, and the results were nothing less than transformational in my heart and life. I dealt with many issues of my past and present that made way for the future God was moving me into. It was an intense transitional phase of my life.

I got the sense then that only as we heed His urgings to come apart for awhile to seek the Lord will we be adequately prepared for what is ahead that we cannot see, but He can. Whenever the Lord says “Seek my Face!” it is because He intends to show us something valuable in His character that we desperately need. As we see Him with more clarity, this revelation of His character has the ability to transform our heart and be established deep within our core to alter the course of our life by changing our ways, and not simply modifying our behavior.

I have found that a season to seek the Lord opens my spiritual ears to hear Him with a new clarity and opens my eyes to see him as He is. I have come to appreciate a fresh, daily revelation of who God is to me, which fuels a momentum towards His Presence.  Faith to trust Him in today’s impossible situation will be strengthened as we measure it against the greatness of our God.

Called Into His Presence

One particular night in recent weeks, I did not sleep well. I kept waking up about every 2 hours. I was curious about that because normally I sleep very well. But I have come to learn that in such times, I simply commune with the Lord and am drawn directly into His Presence as I worship Him. I was taken by surprise at the intensity that I felt in God’s presence all night long. I got little sleep this night, and when I did fall asleep, the dreams were about the Lord. I awakened with such a sense of the Presence of the Holy Spirit that through many tears, I rededicated my life to Him as I lay on my bed. I was still puzzled about this amazing night in the Presence of God as I got up at 6:30 that morning.

Passing by my office, I noticed that my phone had messages waiting from my eldest daughter in Hawaii. That’s odd . . . Her text from around 1:00 am read: “Evacuating up to the highest point of the island!” My mind could not take in what would have happened that she was being evacuated on Maui! I rushed to my laptop in the living room and read the news headlines about the 9.0 earthquake in Japan and the Tsunami warnings issued all around across the Pacific. Oh no!! There was no cell reception as I tried to reach my daughter.

In that moment, I understood my night. There is a posture that we take in the Presence of the Lord 24/7 that allows God access to our spirit where we come into agreement with Him. Most times as we pray, we really have no concept of the power that is going forth as we are postured before the Lord. I have come to realize that God will intentionally draw us into His presence into a deep season of worship, adoration, and intercession, and only later do we understand the significance of that time spent alone with God in the secret place. In such times, the shalom of God settles upon our hearts that holds us through the stress of the unexpected.

Upgrade Needed

I determined to receive an upgrade from the night of the Japanese earthquake when I laid awake in God’s presence. I would like to have much more sensitivity to what is on God’s heart. So, I came up with a list of questions to ask the Lord in a future similar situation:

What do you have for me at this time?

  • A specific family member?
  • A nation? A city?
  • Is there something you would like to speak to me about?

In this way, we are more intentional as we wait in God’s presence to see the focus He may lead us into. I have learned that a period of adoration of Jesus, and exalting Him above all earthly kings and kingdoms establishes an atmosphere of a high level of praise that is productive against the plans of the kingdom of darkness – routing the enemy of our souls, and our families – without me even being aware of anything specific.

I have had times where God awakened me with a clear impression to pray for a specific family member, only to learn the reason the next day – or days following. He’s just good that way.

In this moment, however, I felt I was in need of an upgrade. I truly want a keener sensitivity to the Spirit of God – with ears to hear, and eyes to see (Revelation 2:29).

The Nations

Following the initial news of the catastrophe unfolding in Japan, I began to move into my familiar pattern of praying for a nation in crisis. Having lived in Israel 20 years, I learned how to “watch and pray,” which often meant, watching the news live, while reading my open Bible with my spirit engaged praying. I prayed this way through countless bus bombings in Israel, wars on Israel’s borders, the Iraqi war, 9/11, etc. In addition, maintaining a 24/7 vigilance in the presence of God as we pray for a friend or family member through a crisis or illness is a solid way of standing for them. Praying in faith means that we often pray opposite of what we see with our eyes! We are crying out for God’s mercy and for Him to work miraculously in the midst of distressing impossibilities.

I have a particular interest in Japan. When I was 18 and in Bible School, I became best friends with an Okinawan girl and since we were both musicians and singers, we often sang together. She went on to become a well-known Christian recording artist in Japan. My friend invited me 3 times to minister and sing with her throughout Japan. I also traveled with her on the West Coast and Hawaii ministering and singing in the Japanese churches. So, this earthquake in Japan was not just statistics for me, but rather, I had specific people I was concerned about. I continued my vigilance every day praying as God led. I’m still praying for Japan, and I know you are too. God loves the Japanese people and I believe they are about to experience His manifested presence in a powerful way. Let’s continue to pray for God interventions on all fronts – spiritually as well. That has been the heart cry of the Japanese for decades as they have never experienced a national spiritual revival.

I believe God wants us to have a heart-engagement with the nations. He loves the people of these nations and we are His connection to them. There have been numerous times when God has given me dreams about nations – prior to some catastrophe, disaster, or war – and I realize it is to bring a prayer focus for the people of that particular part of the world. Weeks before Egypt erupted, for instance, I had two dreams – one about the sun exploding. Around the same time, I had a dream about a huge tidal wave that broke over a coastal city. I’m learning to pay closer attention as God continues to show me things about nations, cities, and families. And, I’m going for an upgrade.

Friends of God

As we mature in our relationship with the Lord, our intimate communion with Him in the secret place as the friend of God allows Him to impress upon us the urgent needs on His heart. We can train ourselves to become very responsive to the Lord. By turning our hearts towards Him 24/7, we are telling Him: “Here I am . . . just to be with You.” God longs to share secrets with His friends in the secret place.

His friends become the first responders.

And, how desperately the world needs expressions of God’s merciful compassion as the first response to disasters, famines, earthquakes, and injustice.

This is dedicated to all the silent heroes who are selflessly serving those in desperate need . . .

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