Repost: How Great is Our God!


I’m continuing with my reposting – trying to get myself back into the swing of regular posting without having to strain my brain looking for more content; as well, I get a chance to show of the ridiculously good God we have. Enjoy this – and keep on praying! (first posted in 2008!) 

How great is our God / Sing with me how great is our God/And all will see/How great/How great/Is our God!

God is awesome!!!!!

Had a deliverance session last night – it was awesome watching the Lord work and demons fleeing at the mention of the name of Jesus! It was a long session, but really rewarding – God moved sovereignly as I commanded the evil spirits out. It was even more awe inspiring to watch the Lord touch her as the evil spirits were removed and the presence of the Lord came in to fill the vacant spaces – I commanded out a spirit of heaviness and declared Isaiah 61:3, that the Lord gives the ‘oil of joy for the spirit of heaviness’, and she started to laugh; as I commanded out anxiety and spoke in the peace of God, based on Philippians 4:6-7, she visibly relaxed and you could physically see the change in her appearance as God’s peace entered her.  As I commanded out doubt and unbelief, the Lord had me release supernatural faith in its place – you should have seen the power of God hit her!

As I called out multiple personalities and commanded them to tell me their names, four identified themselves and were removed. As I broke ungodly soul ties and canceled curses of words spoken, tears flowed. Surprise was registered on her face as the Lord supernaturally revealed things that she didn’t even realize were there. After the 3 hour session, I laid hands on her and prophesied her destiny – released God’s call on her life and the power of God hit her; she could barely stand at one point. God is just awesome!!

So I’m rejoicing! One more victory for the Kingdom of God!

Prophetic Word: Commissioning over MSN


Forgive me, I have neglected my blog as of late… I have not written anything in such a long time.  What I will do, starting from next time, is bring you some old posts from my archives to give the blog a kick start as well as to not lose some of the great testimonies that are in this space.  What follows is part of an MSN conversation I had a while back that I was supposed to post, but I never got around to it.  Enjoy seeing how God moves across the interwebs once again!

In the below excerpt I gave my friend (Name changed to L) a few prophetic words, which she confirmed, and I prayed with her over MSN – and she spoke in tongues out loud for the first time!   (That’s just for those who are too lazy to read through the whole conversation – and I only included the relevant bits…. hehe

PS – I did not alter the text – in the sense of checking for spelling or getting rid of instant-messaging contractions, (like ‘u’ for ‘you’, etc.) I’m expecting that most people will be able to understand it as written. At least, I hope so 🙂  Enjoy!

BajanPOET says:

I was gonna ask u how ur relationship with God was going    God interrupted me and gave me the word, “Fire-carrier”  ….  with the sense that you should ask him for ways to extend the reach of his Spirit beyond the church building and carry it to those around u, as it is inside you already    Your passion for him is radiating off of u… I can see it from here!

That doesn’t mean u don’t have bad days   JUst that God sees the direction of ur heart and it is still towards him, no matter what’s going on right now

L says:

 wowww   as usual God is always on time and i really thank God for u and even more for ur openess to allow God to use u as a voice piece…i have something on my mind (cant share it as yet) but that is jus some confirmation

BajanPOET says:

don’t have to share it with me, dearie…. just know that whatever the issues of your heart, be comforted in the fact that he has your heart in his hand.  Remember – u are encouraged to cast ALL your cares on him BECAUSE he cares for you!

His presence is around u like sparks …. u need to stop doubting who HE is in YOU and ACT

L says:

 uhhhumm i keep getting that … i need to get up and do something i am a bit too relax

BajanPOET says:

“well maybe u need to do something about it”  That sounds familiar ….

hahaha

L says:

   yes it does … but i am trying but i am horrible at manageing my time

BajanPOET says:

well, I know exactly what u mean

L says:

 and it feels as thoa i have soooo much to do and no time to do it in

BajanPOET says:

Same here

so I’d encourage you with the same thing I’m encouraged to do… just ask God to help u with it, give it to him and then do what he says!

He will prompt u to start a project right now, stop in 5 mins ….

all u need to do is obey then

and the pressure is off u

coz God has your Blackberry lololol

and thus ur timetable

Hey I’m talking to myself here too

L says:

  uhhumm

 and ya know what i set out my timetable that i have all evening classes except on tuesdays maybe thats for some reason .(mine was that if i get a job i wud have time … but so far no job so i guess God has a better plan for my days. As i said i have something in mind that God birth in my spirit on monday on my way to school or in one of my classes so i kno i need to do something about it

 it is about time

BajanPOET says:

yes it is

L says:

 cuz i have done nothing so far and this is the 2nd time that it came back to me and the urge is stronger

BajanPOET says:

The Lord is telling you to GO FOR IT

L says:

 uhhumm

BajanPOET says:

He set your timetable

Cast off the self doubt and the “I don’t know…’ and JUST DO IT

It will not be on ur own

seek him … the ppl who u will work with are under ur nose

but he wants u to stop being scared and step out of the boat …. watch him and u won’t sink!

L says:

 yes yes

 well i will start to get things in order

 i done waste time

BajanPOET says:

good girl

Ok … prophetic encouragement for the day!

even thoa we mess up at times  God is always there with arms wide open says:

   oooo ok

 well i will give u a call , need to get a charger for my cell phone which i plan to buy as soonas possible and i will give u a call

BajanPOET says:

yes please.

I know that there’s a reason I connect with ur spirit every time we talk

so I want to keep u close lolol

L says:

 uhhum telling me and it always leaves me in awe because it encourages or re-affims and it is jus when i need it

BajanPOET says:

lolol

I want to see u step out coz I am sure that u have a prophetic streak in u that u’re afraid to use …. or don’t know it’s there.  I feel like u get thoughts about others but never say it coz u’re afraid u might be wrong … u know what? I started out like that too! Just have to jump for it and take the risk… and realize that u don’t miss it as much as u think u would!

L says:

 OOMMGG (g=goodness) ROBERT u need to stop it!!!!! no i am jus kiddin

BajanPOET says:

hahahahahaahha

laughing out loud here ….

u can close ur mouth now, sweetheart lolol

L says:

 if u cud only c

 BajanPOET says:

who says I can’t? rofl (ok THAT one’s tongue in cheek) lololol

But I’m not prophetic for nothing … whenever we talk the prophetic flows freely

that shows me that there’s a like spirit there

shows me that u’re open to it

shows me that God has plans for u

L says:

 uhhumm

 now this is profound

 wowwww

 but Lord i thank you

BajanPOET says:

u have gifts that Father wants to nurture

and release – not only back into your Wesleyan context – but outside into the world

there are people who are not going to grace the inside of a church but will meet God as u speak into their souls, revealing what God has shown u

what is happening with u is that u are seeing – for urself – that God is real, his VOICE is real and HE KNOWS YOU

so that u can use that as testimony to others when u tell them what God is showing u for THEM

When others challenge u, u can say, I know it’s real – it HAPPENED TO ME

L says:

 uhhumm but as u said what have me is that i doubt my self so much and i think i am wrong

 but from this day no longer will i allow doubt keep me back from saying what the Lord has placced on my heart

 i will be bold because God has given my a spirit of Love power and a strong mind

BajanPOET says:

I’m praying in tongues over u right now.  As I type this u will feel the heat of the Spirit of God wash over u

And if u feel like yawning, go right ahead

I command the spirit of Fear to loose her NOW

I command the spirit of BOLDNESS to come and flood her spirit

I release the FIRE OF GOD through her

and say that the rivers of living water are CHURNING in her BELLY right now

Be released!

As Treebeard said in the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – “Break the dam! RELEASE THE RIVER!”

And I release the river of the anointing of GOD OVER and through LEYANN in JESUS’ NAME

Tell me if u feel anything   coz I know something was released    Spirit of God moved when I prayed

and my hands are still warm

I release the prophetic call.  L… according to the Word of God, the young men will see visions and the old men will dream dreams…

I give u permission to speak the word of the Spirit

I break every shackle of fear NOW

INSECURITY leave NOW

SHYNESS leave NOW

FEAR OF FAILURE leave NOW

Fear of RIDICULE leave NOW

Fear of MAN leave NOW

Fear of RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION leave NOW

I release the BOLDNESS OF THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH

Roar, my darling

ROAR with GOD’S VOICE

lay hands on the sick and they shall recover

prophesy to the breath and let the Spirit revive those slain (Ez 37)

God has a mighty work for Leyann to do

Do not fear the uninformed. Those who are tied to Wesleyan tradition (in ur context) will think u’ve gone mad!

God breaks you from your tradition NOW

in the name of JESUS CHRIST

He wants to be able to move you wherever, whenever

give him ur allegience

AMEN, LORD lolol

Come on, tell me what’s happening lol

L says:

 well i even as u prayed i prayed and believed God with u and yes i yawned and i felt a release and i started shaking and said something i did not understand and i kept saying Jesus is Lord

BajanPOET says:

u spoke in tongues, too? WOW

L says:

 i am still feeling as thoa something is sticking me

BajanPOET says:

Sticking u, where?

L says:

 in my side

 amen

BajanPOET says:

Well I rebuke that now… whatever is sticking her in her side, LEAVE NOW

U have no right to her

SHE IS UNECUMBERED

TOTALLY FREE

L says:

 amen

 well i have spoken in tongues in my head but i have never said anything out loud that was the first time

BajanPOET says:

Sweet

Keep practicing it, darling.

It’ll get more fluent

You’ve been refilled again    Empowered for ministry

One Word 2011


In an earlier post I mentioned my friend Alece who shared her concept of focusing on one word as the guiding post for the entire year, rather than coming up with a laundry list of New Year’s resolutions.  Last year her word was RISK, mine was RESURRECTION.  This year, she chose to LOOK more to find Christ in even the mundane things, I have had a personally rough year and have chosen to move forward, gaining MOMENTUM along the way.

As I was perusing my Facebook page just now, I realized that this concept has been extended to Facebook!  Alece has created a One Word 2011 page at  http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Word-2011/182416081777208?v=wall.

This concept seems to be taking off! It seems so much easier to focus on one word rather than a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’.  I can attest to the fact that ‘resurrection‘ has yet to manifest itself in my life in a full way – but you can’t resurrect something until it is dead.  In fact, I would say that there’s been a lot of death in my life recently – emotionally, relationally, even spiritually – but I would also say that that is the reason I chose my word for this year as MOMENTUM.  In order to get the resurrection I seek, I have to find a way forward; I may start with baby steps, but intend to pick up the pace as I continue.

So here’s my plug for this concept – Even as Alece exclaims “Holy Crap!” at the explosion around this concept – I’m doing my part to spread the word!

So come along! Focus on One Word tis year… and be revolutionized by God!

True Church


For all who want to see the Church of God in action – go here.

That is all.

(Shortest post on record!)

Personal Devotions – Trusting in the Power of the Resurrection


A couple of days ago I was stuck at this Scripture verse – 2 Corinthians 1:8-11  (MSG)

8-11We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation—I don’t want you in the dark about that either. I can see your faces even now, lifted in praise for God’s deliverance of us, a rescue in which your prayers played such a crucial part. (emphasis mine)

These verses have struck me ….  I really HAVE felt as though I won’t make it, that it is all over for me …and OH how I’ve felt like a death row inmate over my past indiscretions.  But the concept of the fall out of my actions forcing me to trust God totally – that spoke to me.  There’s nothing else without God.  And he is the God that raises from the dead! He is the God of the resurrection!

This Scripture gives me hope, because God rescued in the past, and he’ll do it again – “… as many times as we need rescuing!”  That is so awesome to me, because I’ve been in a cycle of trying to get out of needing rescue, and then needing it again, for a while.

And “[you] and your prayers are part of the rescue operation.”  I would probably be much further away if I didn’t have so many wonderful people praying and interceding and standing beside me….. I am humbled by the support of so many I have never seen face to face, as well as those I know personally.  “I can see your faces now, lifted in praise for God’s deliverance of [me]….”  Well, okay, not physically see your faces – yet – but I can see them in the Spirit… and I am grateful for each one of you….  And just like Paul said, I don’t want you in the dark about that, either.  Your prayers HAVE played a crucial part in my life – and I am eternally grateful.

Please continue to pray for me – and for a couple other people who need it:

  • Amy Woodell – suffered a stroke at 24  (more details here)
  • Mandy Thompson – recently finished a blog series on her struggle with infertility –  read her blog series “The Waiting”, and pray!
  • Lost Sheep – My friend who is going through a major set of oppression, and recovering from spiritual abuse.  Read her blog here.
  • Darla – Also going through some internal struggles …. read some more here.
  • Alece – Not only personally, but for her ministry at Thrive Africa – I wrote a post about her and her ministry.  Read it here – and go over and support the Ten Buck Tuesday initiative.
  • And anyone else the Lord lays on your heart today.

Personal Devotions: Faith in Action!


Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? (James 2:14-17, MSG)

I’m reading through the book of James with a friend.  This morning, while reading James 2, the concept of faith being inextricably linked to works was highlighted.  The fact is, you can’t have one without the other.  As the Message Bible continues:

18I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”

Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.

You need both.  It’s so important that both faith and works be together that The Message has a word picture of a corpse if they are separated:

Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands? (vs 20, MSG)

and

The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse. (vs 26, MSG)

So, here’s my action!  James also mentions what ‘religion’ means  to God…

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27 (NIV)

My friend, Alece, is the president of a ministry Thrive Africa, whose mission, from their website, is to “disciple Believers, equip leaders, and strengthen the Church in Southern Africa.”  She continues, ” We accomplish this through AIDS preventionpastoral development,discipleship classesyouth camps,mission trips, and more.”

I placed a banner to their store on my blog, and I’ve been folllowing Alece’s story on her personal blog Grit and Glory.

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

She has become a blog friend – one who I connect with through her words on her blog, and through her story… but reading this Scripture today I am inspired to DO SOMETHING.  I am thinking about my finances and what I can do to help her ministry, but the SOMETHING I can start with is free… highlight her, her ministry, and their need here.

Thrive Africa needs assistance. Here’s part of the need from their website:

We have set a goal to raise $80,000 in new support by June 1.

$60,000 in one-time gifts by April 15

to get us up-to-date on our operating expenses

$20,000 in new monthly commitments by June 1

to continue our programs at current levels.

It is a God sized request for a God sized vision.  I want to help.  And I’m asking all to help as well.  Let us not just hear what the word says. Let’s do what it says, and help.

For more information, go to Impact South Africa, from Thrive Africa.

And get to know Alece, and her inspirational and authentic story at her personal blog – Grit and Glory.

Gestation


Coming off of my last post and the thought of being hidden away in the secret place, I found a chapter in this book I’m reading that resonates along that line.  The book is “Living Water” by Brother Yun – the second book from this author.  He is a Chinese Christian who detailed his testimony of being persecuted in his home country in his first book “The Heavenly Man”.  This, his second book, is a collection of his own teachings which, as the book says, “have evolved from his life experiences of persecution and revival in China.”

This book is deep. So much so that I can only take it in small doses!  In fact, I’ve gotten this book as a gift (thanks Phillip!) since January 13th this year, and I’ve only just gotten to chapter 6.

I have been stuck for a while on chapter 5 – “The Pregnancy of the Holy Spirit”.  Yun starts off with the account of Jesus’ incarnation – of him taking on human form to be our example.  He comments how God the Father orchestrated this event and protected his Son from the evil Satan was throwing at him in Herod’s murder of thousands of baby boys to get rid of him.  Yun mentions the shepherds on one end of the social scale  and the Magi on the other – all come to worship Jesus.  Next, he recounts the meeting of Mary with the angel Gabriel.

After this account, he states this:

Do you realize that God wants all Christians to be pregnant with the Holy Spirit today? He wants to give you a vision of His kingdom that originates from heaven, not from yourself.  He desires that all of His children would be overshadowed by His presence in such a way that they are changed and give birth to something in their lives that brings many into His kingdom.

He also comments that, “The message I want to share with you is that you must be willing to become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. When a heavenly vision comes to dwell inside your innermost being, the entire direction of your life will be changed.”

This is the season I am in.  I am crying out to the Lord for his birthing in me as I stay in his secret place.  I’m in a period of gestation.  I am seeking God to be formed in me, so that I can express his life through mine!

Brother Yun next speaks to the effect of people allowing themselves to be pregnant by the Spirit.  He starts of by speaking of the persecution of the Chinese Christians after the Revolution in 1949, where churches were destroyed or turned into “gymnasiums, granaries or government offices” and where all of the foreign missionaries were expelled.  The Christian church was forced underground.

Then God started to move in the 1970’s.  Yun used the analogy of seeds scattered on the ground and growing into thousands of trees as a few believers became many.  He said, “Thousands of believers became millions as revival swept our nation, and millions turned into tens of millions, and now even 100,000,000!”

He comments that, “This great revival happened after God found people who were willing to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit.  They were available and willing to preach the Gospel to every part of China.”

He complains that much Christian activity “seems to originate with our human plans, and it is then carried out in human strength, with human results.”  He mentions that “God is only interested  in His work, not our work. He oversees and empowers those things that originate in His heart.”

This is why I have come to a place of peace concerning this season in my life. Where I was champing at the bit like an over-eager stallion, now I am learning to rest in him and let him do the work in me.  I am not wanting another thing to spring up that is “our work.”  I’m only interested in “God’s work.”  I’m seeking his rest, as he builds me and forms me in the secret place.

I like what he says here:

If you become pregnant by the Holy Spirit, it is very important that you go and visit someone else who is also pregnant by the Holy Spirit.  Only people who are going through this experience can provide encouragement and comfort when others are attacking you.

Mary visited Elizabeth, who was also pregnant.  And what happened? Elizabeth blessed her, and the unborn John the Baptist leapt in the womb at the sound of her voice!

He continues:

When you become pregnant with a vision from the Holy Spirit, seek out your Elizabeth.  Such a person will not mock or condemn you for obeying God’s call on your life…. Spend as much time with others who are pregnant by the Holy Spirit. I know that each time you see them, something will jump in your spirit!

Brother Yun warns next that birth is a very painful process, but he encourages us not to be afraid, for “God will sustain you and complete the birth of that which is inside of you.”  He says that for the “joy of being pregnant by the Holy Spirit, I have been called to endure persecution and torture for the sake of the gospel”, but “[a]ll of this was worth it for the great joy of seeing God glorified as he blessed and saved people through that which He placed inside of me.”

This gives me encouragement, and I am ready to go forward – whatever the cost.

He ends his chapter with a challenge:

Our loving heavenly Father is looking for people who are willing to become pregnant with His presence, vision and power.

Are you willing to surrender control of your life into the hands of God?

Will you be like Mary, and pray, “I am the Lord’s servant; may it be to me as you have said”?

You will never regret such a prayer.

Lord I am willing.  Make me pregnant by your Holy Spirit.  May it be unto me as you have said.  Hear my heart’s cry, Lord JESUS! As you have hidden me, I submit to your hand upon my life.  I pray for all those reading this as well, that they will be moved to cry out in the same manner – Be it unto me, according to your word!!!!! May those that read this also become contagious, so that the revival fires will continue to rage, and many more will know the Saviour of the World!  AMEN