Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It's interesting that the spies were sent in to spy out the Promised Land when the first grapes of the season were ripe. I sense the Lord wanted all twelve spies to focus on the fruit of that land and not the giants. I am sure Joshua and Caleb kept hearing how big the giants and walled up cities were from those ten spies while they were taking their tour. I believe Joshua and Caleb got to thinking, "If the giants are really that big, can you imagine how big that fruit must be?" Joshua and Caleb were obsessed, looking for the fruit of the land of promise. What we look for is what we will find. They came back with a cluster of grapes so big, it took two men to carry one cluster on a pole out of the valley of Eschol.
GOD CALLED THE LAND THAT WAS FULL OF HEATHEN GIANTS AND UNGODLY CITIES, WALLED UP TO HEAVEN "A GOOD LAND THAT FLOWS WITH MILK AND HONEY!"
Psalm 27:13 "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
THE "CLUSTER" OF GRAPES WAS THE KEY TO GETTING BACK INTO THE PROMISED LAND!
I noticed that Joshua and Caleb still stuck it out with that unbelieving bunch of "sour" grapes that eventually dried up in the wilderness and became raisins. God separated Joshua and Caleb from them, later in His timing, and they finally got to enter into their inheritance. But they hung in there, for they knew the key to get back into the Promised Land was to stay together and let the process prepare them for what was ahead.
Isaiah 65:8 "...as the new wine is found in the cluster, destroy it not; for a blessing is in it."
God has a corporate vision right now for His Kingdom in the earth, so we must be in a cluster of believers, and we must connect with churches, tribes, tongues, and nations--for God is too big for just our ministry, church, or home group. I sense that what God has in mind is beyond us. This new wine cannot be made from just one grape--one ministry, one church, or one vision. Without connecting to the cluster, your life and ministry is bound to dry up.
I SAW THE HANDS OF GOD COMING UPON THIS CLUSTER OF GRAPES OF THE NATIONS...HIS HANDS ARE ABOUT TO BLESS US BEYOND MEASURE!
I saw some pressure coming upon this huge cluster of grapes where you and I were placed by the hand of God. We first thought this pressure was coming from the enemy or other grapes in this cluster. But I clearly saw the hands of God begin to squeeze this cluster to make the best new wine that He was saving for this last, end-time, harvest revival.
You can always tell when God is about to make new wine from the cluster where you are placed...some grapes will begin to "wine."
IT'S TIME WE SAY TO THE GRAPE NEXT TO US...GOD IS SMARTER THAN YOU AND I!
As His hands continued to put pressure on us in this cluster, some grapes began to cry out, "Oh, God, I can't handle this bunch You put me with. Please get me out of here!" The Lord responded, "I will, My way, just hang in there!" As more pressure was put on this cluster, some grapes began to cry out. "Lord, I am not being appreciated here. These grapes around me seem to be hindering my gifting, calling, and dream You have given me. I seem to be losing my identity." The Lord says, "You are right on schedule. You have been too thin-skinned, and your brokenness is a must for what I am about to do. If you lose your life, you will find it in Me!" Most of the grapes in this cluster had no idea what God was really up to. More than our dreams, plans, and ministries, God seems to be after something more than we could understand. I think it is time we say to the grape next to us, "God is smarter than you and I!"
"THE ANOINTING FOR THE HARVEST OF THE NATIONS IS IN THE 'CLUSTER' OF GRAPES!"
As the hand of God kept squeezing this cluster, many grapes were being broken to pieces. The tears, producing the juice of the grapes, dripped down from the cluster onto the earth, becoming the new wine for the great harvest of the nations.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
"YOUTH SEEMINGLY BORN AHEAD OF THEIR TIME, WITH FIRE IN THEIR BONES, ARE NOW BEING RELEASED INTO THE MARKET PLACES!" Psalm 128:4,5
Psalm 128:4 "As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5. ..."they ( the youth ) shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate."
I was sitting on the passenger side of our car as my son, eighteen years of age, was driving home from school. He was mentioning something about his small business of 'media promotions' when all of a sudden I experienced like a raging fire burning inside of me that I have never felt in my whole life. I said to the Lord, "What is this fire that is burning me up on the inside as though it would consume me?" I sensed the Lord saying, "I am allowing you to feel your son's passion to promote businesses that is burning like a wild fire inside of his bones. He represents a generation who will be used like no other generation in the market places of the earth! My fire inside of this chosen generation is burning up every mold and every boundary of limitation that has been ingrained in them by this present world. I can only allow you to experience a small flickering of the flame of that fire, for any more would literally consume you!"
"I WILL GIVE THEM WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE BEYOND THE ELITE OF THIS PRESENT GENERATION!" Psalm 119:98-100
Psalm 119:98 "Lord, through thy commandments, you have made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me. 99. "I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy testimonies are my meditation." 100 "I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts."
I sensed the Lord saying, "My fire is burning up the molds of generational thought patterns that have told them, "you must do it this way or that way." I am going to use them in unusual, unique ways like no other generation. I will scatter them into the highways and byways and market places of the earth. I will give them wisdom and knowledge beyond the elite of this present age. I will use them to break open the fountain of wisdom of witty inventions and things not yet created. Some will begin to lead leaders of this present generation at a young age in the fields of technology and industry."
"THEY WILL BE USED AS 'BATTERING RAMS' TO BREAK DOWN THE WALLS BETWEEN THE OLDER AND YOUNGER GENERATIONS!"
These young firebrands will seem to have the blood of both the young and older generation mixed in their DNA. Their zeal of child-like faith and simplicity will produce a re-firing in the older generation while their ancient wisdom will infuse spiritual stability and maturity into the younger generation. This will act as a cohesive agent igniting love and understanding, bringing both generations together in unity. This younger generation will begin to see visions of older people's dreams and will help their dreams come true.
Recently, my great nephew who is twenty-one, went with me on a ministry trip to two churches. I thought I would let him get his feet wet since he has never shared his testimony out side of the little church he attends. As he stood up and began to share a five minute testimony, his countenance shone as the glory of the Lord came upon him. He shared how he had been raised in a terrible disfunctional family, yet influenced by praying grandparents. God had kept him and used the brokeness and struggles he endured to create the fire of God he now carried. An anointing of deliverance fell like lightning upon the people, breaking whole families free from their bondages and prisons. It seemed that that whole church had families who were struggling with loved ones in bondage to sin. Since my nephew was an overcomer, his prayer carried the key of God's power to unlock the prison doors for many of those families, setting them free.
PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS MUST RELEASE THE YOUNGER GENERATION...THE LORD HAS NEED OF THEM!
Don't expect your children and grandchildren to be used the way God has used you. There is already one of you. The Lord loves variety. Many children right now are not even aware of the call of God on their lives. But as they follow their burning passion that God has placed inside of them they will discover God and His favor upon them. Many will be catapulted into renowned, strategic positions to take dominion over the kingdoms of this world to become the kingdoms of our God. Release your children and let them go free!