Prophecy Isn’t a Formula

a sure pathThis day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. – Dt 30:19-20

Many of us would like to think that prophetic words (1 Cor 14:3) — spoken to us by God through listening prayer or through other believers and then confirmed to our spirits by the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 5:19-21) — are like this sure path.

In the hundreds of prophetic words and messages Father has had me deliver to His children over the course of my ministry, I have seen this principle play out again and again.

God is always looking for someone to satisfy His desires. God does not give prophecies to people just so they will feel good. He wants something to happen. He has a specific purpose that He wants to have fulfilled.

But His purposes can be thwarted. Prophecy is conditional. People can mess it up. They can drop the ball. They can delay or derail an important part of God’s plan for their lives and for others. – Mickey Robinson, Adventures in the Prophetic

God is sovereign and He has given us free will. As Job affirms, ultimately no plan or purpose of His can be thwarted.

Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked,‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. – Job 42:1-3

Throughout the Old Testament, you read God giving His children If/Then outcomes based on their obedience or disobedience to the prophetic promises He sets forth for their lives.

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. – Dt 11:26-28

The same is true today, we will receive blessing if we obey and are receptive to Father’s directives and prophetic promises over our lives. If we disobey and reject Father’s directives and prophetic promises over our lives, we will miss out in some life-impacting way.

Notice the phrase “miss out” instead of “curse.”

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” – Galatians 3:13

Missed opportunities, forfeiting gifts God has set forth for us, squandering callings He has equipped us to boldly live out, and not experiencing the full measure of His blessing over our lives are all realities of our disobedience and unbelief on this side of heaven.

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. – Revelation 22:3

Until heaven, we need to be very careful to live not as unwise but as wise (Eph 5:15).

daily choiceProphetic words (1 Cor 14:3) — spoken to us by God through listening prayer or through other believers and then confirmed to our spirits by the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 5:19-21) — are much like this picture depicting two paths or outcomes.

Our response to prophetic words are a part of our dynamic, living relationship with Jesus regardless of our spiritual background or church denomination.

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. – Revelation 19:10

What are you doing with the prophetic words that have spoken over your life and confirmed by the Holy Spirit?

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Red Moon Rising: 24-7 Prayer Movement [book review]

red moonWhat feelings are evoked in you when you see a red moon?

Awe, fear, wonder, anxiety?

Joel 2:28-32 talks of a red moon in the last days:

I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.

The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

God is carrying out His plans and purposes spoken of in Joel in our day.

Many of us were unaware that in September of 1999, IHOP (International House of Prayer) in Kansas City as well as groups of believers throughout Europe began to establish 24-7 rooms of prayer. Today there are over 100 groups in over 60 countries who are praying 24-7.

Ponder that fact for a moment, since 1999 believers worldwide have been engaging in 24-7 prayer . . . that’s the equivalent of:

  • 13 years
  • 4,745 days
  • 113,880 hours
  • 6,832,800 minutes

God is doing countless miraculous works of healing, rescuing, redeeming, restoring, and raising up of men and women to live out their callings and to walk in the power, strength, and might He has given us to be His ambassadors in these last days.

If you’re like me, you’ve heard the rumblings, you’ve caught snippets of the story, but you’re on the periphery of the 24-7 prayer movement, I encourage you to do two things.

1. Check out the below links:
Red Moon Rising - Greig & Roberts24-7 Prayer International

24-7 Prayer USA

Kansas City (KC) IHOP

2. Read Red Moon Rising: How 24-7 Prayer Is Awakening a Generation by Pete Greig and Dave Roberts.

In an interview, Pete shares how it all started:

We were inspired by the 18th century Moravians who prayed non-stop for 100 years in shifts and in the process rewrote history, converting John Wesley along the way. I knew that God was calling his church to pray and that ‘we were bad at it’. After a chance visit to Hernnhut, the German village in which the 100-year prayer meeting, I figured that if the Moravians could do a century of 24/7 prayer, we could at least try for a month in our church back home. – Christianbookpreviews interview

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In Red Moon Rising, you will journey alongside Pete, his wife Samie, Dave and others as God plunges them into the adventure of living in abandon to obeying Him regardless of how risky or crazy it seems to us at them time. As a result of theirs and others obedience captives are being taken from warriors and plunder retrieved from the fierce and God’s dearly Beloved children (Is 49:25) are being saved.

For more, read The 24-7 Prayer Manual: Anyone, Anywhere Can Learn to Pray Like Never Before by Pete Greig.

No matter where you live, in some way you can join in the 24-7 prayer movement. How is God asking you to partake?

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Is God Perfectly Faithful in Everything?

When things are going well, it’s easy to affirm that, “Yes, God is perfectly faithful in each and every circumstance.” And yet, when our lives are filled with difficult circumstances and trying situations, it’s harder to believe.

Even still, God either is perfectly faithful in each and every circumstance or He is not.

Isaiah 25:1,9: O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Especially in the tough seasons of our lives, it’s easy to affirm that God has been perfectly faithful in the past, but affirming it in the midst of hard circumstances is more difficult to do.

When your . . .

  • friend or family member doesn’t get healed though you’ve prayed fervently for their healing
  • bills seem insurmountable with the money you make
  • job applications get rejected one after another
  • health continues to worsen though you continue to fully believe in and ask for God’s healing
  • best attempts to heal and mend the broken relationships in your life seem to bring more agony, distance, and strife
  • prayers seemingly go unanswered
  • attempts to be freed from the depression, emotional turmoil, or grief you’re going through seem leave you unchanged

The list could go on and on, and yet in every difficult and hard circumstance our continuing forward steadfastly in faith or falling into doubt and despair lies in our choice of perspective.

Go back and read the full text of Isaiah 25:1-9, and notice the phrase that introduces verse 9:

In that day they will say. . .

2 Corinthians 5:7 affirms the reality that, “We live by faith, not by sight.”

Many circumstances of many days, we will have to choose between affirming by faith that God is being perfectly faithful in a circumstance that seems to our human eyes that God has forgotten, overlooked, or left us on our own to deal with it.

Bethany Hamilton shares her story of learning to walk by faith, not by sight in her movie Soul Surfer.

Nick Vujicic lives each day without arms or legs and still lives a vibrant testimony of walking by faith, not sight.

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lion restingJesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. In The Chronicles of Narnia, the person of Jesus is depicted by the character of the lion Aslan. One of the most poignant quotes made in the movie is spoken by the character of Mr. Beaver:

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

We want Jesus to oversee our lives in a safe, predictable way, according to our comforts. Yet, what we will find instead is that His goodness is what we ultimately desire.

For in His goodness, regardless of what the seen circumstances around us scream, we come to know that He truly is the Blessed Controller of all things and He does everything in perfect faithfulness.

And so we look to that day when we will see with 20/20 eyes of faith. In that moment, we will fall to our knees in praise and in awe and worship say along with the rest of the saints:

“Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

And until that day, we will walk by faith, not by sight with the tenacious and unyielding belief that He is perfectly faithful in everything.

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What’s a Prophetic Intercessor?

Angela Intercedes

It’s the kind of question people don’t ask – they’re afraid the answer could open a can of worms. But it’s on their minds: What is a prophetic intercessor?

A great book definition of it:

Prophetic Intercessor – seems to hear from God almost as much as they speak to God.  Exhortation, faith, wisdom, words of knowledge and discernment flow from the prophetic intercessor.

With those who are “eyes” and “ears” (prophetic intercessors), God often shares the secrets of His heart and the strategies of His work.  God reveals His plans to them.  At times He reveals the plans of the enemy, as well. (Jeremiah 33:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21) – Beyond the Veil by Alice Smith

Your burning question may still be, “But what does a prophetic intercessor do beyond pray lots?”

Father has a job description to fit His unique and specific calling on the life of a prophetic intercessor. Yet there are also similarities amongst the differences. Below is what living out Father’s calling on my life looks like:

Ministry Leaders and Friends

Connect with and Encourage Ministry Leaders

Over the years, Father has had me encourage and connect with ministry leaders all over the world. Some connections become a long-term partnering, some are for just a season of ministry, and some are for the length of a phone or email conversation.Through these relationships and connections, Father has me live out the heart of Hebrews 10:24 to His Beloved shepherds and leaders.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Onsite Intercession

Teach and Train

I teach about intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare at churches or small group gatherings.

I train short-term mission teams through a training called Luke 10 Training to prepare the teams to effectively intercede for the people and the country they are traveling to as well as how to knowledgeably battle the spiritual warfare they will face there.

Sometimes, I lead mission teams in intercessory prayer on-site on the mission trip.

ministry leaders of today and tomorrow

Come Alongside Churches, Ministries, and Individuals

 . . . in dealing with long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare in their church body, ministry, or in their personal lives.

I have given you authority . . . to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare is an opportunity to join Father in believing His promise to us in Psalm 20:6-8 and countless other verses.

Precious Stones of IntercessionNow I know that the Lord saves his anointed; He answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

I detail more stories of churches, ministries, and individuals experiencing freedom from bondage and from long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare in my book Precious Stones of Intercession: Specific and Persistent Prayer on Behalf of Others.

Speak and Write

Angela Speaking

Our churches, ministries, families, and world are in desperate need for us as believers to daily walk in the power and authority we have been given and to actively and boldly fight against the spiritual warfare that attacks us on all fronts.

My mission in speaking and writing is to help build up the body with practical strategies to make the above a functional reality in their church, ministry, and family life.

Even I Have Asked the Question

As a prophetic intercessor, I have the honor and the privilege to intercede, and to strengthen, encourage and comfort the body of Christ through Father’s words (1 Cor 14:3).

It is a calling I never thought of having. It’s a calling I and others have questioned. It’s a calling that invites both the curiosity and critique of others. It is a calling I wouldn’t have chosen for myself.

And yet, in submitting to Father’s plan and living for an audience of One, I increasingly find that there is no greater honor and no greater privilege than to be who He has called you to be and to do what He has called you to do (Eph 2:10).

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Is Your Prayer Effectual?

Tearful PrayerBoundless and countless are the circumstances and situations in our lives in which Father waits on “the edge of His seat” for us to pray with unwavering and longsuffering faith and to not be afraid; just believe (Mark 5:36).

Longsuffering can be defined as long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation.

The King James translation uses the word “travail” in speaking of a woman in childbirth.  Travail means pain, anguish or suffering as a result of mental or physical hardship”.

We think nothing of a woman “travailing” in childbirth; and yet how often are we willing to travail in prayer — to persevere, to endure, to continue calling out to our God who hears, and to embrace the belief that He is the God who gives life to the dead?

James 5:16 (KJV), “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

To be effectual, one is producing or capable of producing an intended effect to be adequate. To be fervent, a person has or shows great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, or enthusiasm.

Can any of these words be used to describe our prayers:

  • Effectual
  • Fervent
  • Faith-filled
  • Longsuffering
  • Travailing
  • Unwavering

Travailing prayer equals prevailing prayer.

Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala [book review]

I just read Jim Cymbala’s and Jennifer Schuchmann’s new book, Spirit Rising. It brought many great questions to mind:

  • Have you ever felt something was missing from your walk with Jesus?
  • Have you ever sensed in your gut that there was more?
  • Have you ever been saddened by your complacency and disturbed by your apathy, but still felt powerless to make the necessary changes you’ve tried 1,000 times to make on your own?
  • Do you feel that you’re always missing the mark?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I encourage you to read Spirit Rising by Jim Spirit Rising Jim CymbalaCymbala available via Kindle, Audible, or hardcover.

I have walked with Jesus for 33 years, served in ministry, and taken a theology class. In all those years, I have never heard the clear, concise teaching on the Holy Spirit and His role in our lives that I read about in Spirit Rising.

The personal testimonies that Jim, pastor at Brooklyn Tabernacle since 1971, intersperses throughout the book are miraculous and encouraging testimonies of what the Holy Spirit is able, willing, and overjoyed to do when we are yielded to His leadership in our lives.

One of the most visited pages on my site surround dealing with personal spiritual battles. In many cases, half the battle is we aren’t living in the power of the Spirit.

Father has given us the Holy Spirit as:

  • Author of the Bible — Acts 4:25, Acts 28:25, 2 Peter 1:21
  • His Gift to us — Luke 11:13, Acts 2:38
  • Helper — Romans 8:26, Philippians 1:9, 2 Timothy 1:14
  • Teacher — Mark 13:11, Luke 12:12, Acts 14:26, Hebrews 10:14-16
  • Convictor — John 16:7-9
  • Guide — Acts 13:2-4, Acts 16:6, Acts 20:23, Acts 21:11
  • Spiritual Gift Giver — Hebrews 2:4
  • Power Source — Acts 1:8, Acts 10:38, Acts 11:24, Romans 15:13, 1 Thessalonians 1:5
  • Leader — Luke 4:1, Acts 20:28, 1 Corinthians 6:19
  • Joy Giver — Luke 10:21, Acts 13:52, Romans 14:17
  • Love Infuser — Romans 5:5
  • Counselor — John 14:26, John 16:7-9
  • Enabler — Acts 2:4, Acts 4:31
  • Someone who we can resist, grieve, & treat with contempt — Isaiah 63:10, Acts 7:51, Ephesians 4:30, Hebrews 3:7-8, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
  • Encourager — Acts 9:31
  • Prophecy Giver — Acts 19:6

Do you have consistent personal experience with knowing the Holy Spirit by these traits in your life?

If not, I highly encourage you to read Spirit Rising. It will invigorate your faith, embolden your witness, strengthen your spirit, and renew your faith in our God who still moves mountains.

Hear Jim’s interview on the 700 Club on Spirit Rising.

Obeying and Precious Stones

Precious Stones of Intercession

Coming this Summer. . .

It was September of 2008 when Father impressed on me that He wanted me to write Precious Stones of Intercession: Specific and Persistent Prayer on Behalf of Others.

I reacted much like Gideon, “Who am I?”

I made excuses much like Moses, “But I’ve never written a book.”

I had thoughts much like Jonah, “I don’t want to.”

I had misgivings much like Jeremiah, “There’s already a lot of great books on prayer. Why would the world need another one?”

I felt like David, standing with fives stones, amongst the well-armored, well-known, well-respected, & widely read soldiers of faith of our day.

In the end, I knelt and surrendered my insecurities and fears and prayed like Mary,
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” – Luke 1:38

The last four years have been ones of seeing Father carrying out His promise in Isaiah 46:11:

What I have said, that will I bring about;
what I have planned, that will I do.

In that time, Father has connected me with the people, resources, strength and inspiration to carry out a task that was difficult, hard, and not really something I wanted to do.

What about you?

It may not be writing a book, but what is it that God has been laying on your heart and calling you to obey Him in?

  • Speaking to someone about your faith
  • Seeking to build a bridge with someone at work who you really don’t get along with
  • Taking a step of faith that will affect your time, resources, and even your future
  • Trusting God for the impossible, the improbable, the difficult and hard-to-reach challenges He loves to ask us to trust Him with and walk by faith in
  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone in a way that will impact the eternity of others

In speaking with a book marketing consultant, she pointed out the fact that, “thousands of books get published every year.”

It is tempting with almost any step of obedience to lean on our own understanding and fix our eyes on what we see and understand, instead of submitting our insecurities, fears, and unknowns to the One who rules all eternity:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9

The success of Precious Stones does not lie in how many copies are sold, its success lies in the fact that God called me to do something and I obeyed.

And that’s what matters with the choices of obedience we are faced with every day.

Father isn’t looking for perfection, He is looking for our availability, willingness, and humble faith that submits to His plan whether or not we understand it or feel qualified to carry it out.

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. – 2 Corinthians 8:12

What gift of obedience is Father asking you to give the world around you today?

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