Love you all, praying for you.
Incredible day of testimonies yesterday. God is doing so much in so many hearts. People are walking together, they are growing! The Word of God is being planted, obedience is becoming a habit. Testimony to overcome, and prayer that moves mountains. The Word is changing the hearts and minds of people who are seeking Him at a whole new level. Only God could do this.
On my Daily Call as I shared all the testimonies and open doors my Daily Call Partner pointed out something I had missed… “That’s exactly what you put on your PiVAT yesterday, what you needed most from God today.” Progress. That’s what we prayed for. God did it! Wow. How many times in your Daily Call have you seen that – exactly what God told you – you needed most from Him today, He went ahead and did it! (or revealed it in your PRISM the next day!) Crazy stuff! And it’s hard to tell what is a greater blessing. The ridiculous answer to prayer, or the ridiculous love of a loving God who loves us enough to tell us exactly what we need most – cause He’s about to do it!! What kind of God is that?!!!
Jeremiah 1:12 The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching over my Word to perform it.” Another version says – I am watching to see that my Word is fulfilled, I am watching and I will certainly carry out all my plans." Praise God! Would you please pray with me… for God to increase PiVAT Small Groups. So that many more people that He loves so dearly could grow like crazy in hearing His voice, obeying completely, and growing like crazy in everything He has planned for them…
God revealed something in my spirit today. How easy it is to say stupid stuff – because others say it, or because it is commonly accepted as truth. It proves what God says: Proverbs 12:13 – The wicked are trapped by their sinful talk (the transgression of their lips), but the righteous escape from trouble. Why do the righteous escape from trouble? Because your lips determine what you will get… experience… walk in. And if you speak things “less than true” you cannot escape what you trapped yourself in.
Sinful talk – is not just planning evil, but repeating things that aren’t true. Sinful talk: less than true, not true. It’s not a “God bringing punishment” verse. But a gravity verse, an observation verse, a natural result of something. Watch what you say out of your mouth! Be sure it’s from God. Wisdom isn’t always God’s wisdom. There is also a wisdom that comes from this world (James 3:15) That’s not what you want to repeat out of your mouth. That’s what happens without thinking, without discernment.
“The only thing to fear is fear itself.” Wow, that sounds so wise, but it is rather silly. The devil is laughing when people repeat this. Because they will actually start believing it’s true. This is a perfect example of things people say, that even we could say - if we are not discerning… "The only thing to fear is fear itself"… that’s still fear! Fearing fear. That is even a deeper trap than the fear itself. Fearing fear, is fearing the fear that hasn’t even happened yet… but is surely happening now… (the devil is rolling)
He’s the one who tries to send fear. It is a spirit… Fear will paralyze you. Under the influence of fear, an enemy can easily defeat you. Even an enemy not as strong as you. (More accurately – not as strong as Jesus within you) Actually fear is not the enemy, the enemy just uses fear against anyone who will receive it. Mere recognition of the ill effects of fear doesn’t help you defeat it, avoid it, escape it, or be delivered from it. Only God has authority over fear – not man. So don’t fear - fear itself. Through Christ we cast out fear. (Fear of death, fear of judgment, fear of accusation, fear of failure, fear of lack, any kind of fear)> Here’s what God told Timothy:
2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
We don’t receive what comes from the other guy. Fear is a spirit, the exact opposite of the Holy Spirit. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” Power is a force. The power of the Holy Spirit to cast out fear. Love is a deep affection, but love is obedience. (which is empowered by the Holy Spirit).
A sound mind, is a safe mind, a settled mind, not a double-minded mind. Delivered from the influence of uncontrolled, un-surrendered emotions, or even spirits of fear, doubt, or unbelief. So if the spirit of fear is defeated by the Holy Spirit within you. How do you experience it? Look at the verse just prior.
2 Timothy 1:6 "For this reason I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift which is in you, by the laying on of my hands. " Many received the Holy Spirit as the “gift my Father promised.” (Acts 1:4) - That’s what Paul was talking about, not some unique to Timothy gift, the words Paul used, referred directly to the gift the Father promised… Paul was giving Timothy practical instruction on how to overcome the spirit of fear – maybe Paul knew that this was something Timothy struggled with…
We overcome by the Holy Spirit, and we do this by fanning into flame(s) that gift. Fan into flame. He’s telling Timothy, Make it a habit to pray in the Spirit – fan that gift into flame. Then when the devil tries to send you the spirit of fear – you can overcome in the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of power, obedience, and a protected mind. So we don’t fear, neither do we fear - fear itself.
Praying for you, that you would only say things that are true. That God would give you discernment by His Holy Spirit that you keep in flames. Praying that you would establish the habit of Paul and Timothy. Praying in the Spirit. That you would fan into flame the gift the Father sent you, praying in the Spirit, so you will walk in the Spirit in power, love and a sound and established mind.
Love you all,
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