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Isaiah 40:26

Isaiah DeclarationsWednesday, August 26, 2020

“Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.”

Personal note: OMG as the saying goes! Can you just imagine anyone on this earth in all its ancient and recent history being able to do something like this? No way, no sir, couldn’t happen. Only a GREAT God could do something like this! I close my eyes and just imagine His throne room as He looks upon our night sky and says: “Come, Orion, Ursa Major-over there and Ursa Minor-just there, give Little Dipper a little more room and make sure your North Star is visible to the sea vessels. Leo, you roar over this area and Crux, shine your southern cross the brightest tonight.” (See 5 Constellations)

  • Oh Lord, how magnificent you are! You determine the number of the stars and name each one. (Ps 147:4)
  • We bow our heads in amazement that out of the billions of souls now living on this earth, You see each soul individually and You’ve tracked them all day long, moment by moment and have thought about each and every one of them. (Ps 139:18)
  • Forgive us for making You so small. Forgive us for losing sight of Your power, Your creativity, Your marvelous ways. Forgive us for taking Your creation and our world for granted.
  • Help us to be mindful of You throughout our days and nights. Don’t let one day pass without acknowledging our gratitude for what You’ve given to us.
  • Just as You’ve named each star, You know the names of every person-past, present, and future. Today we call upon Your mercy to draw each lost soul to You. As they look up into the night sky, let their wonderment be new again. Let them ask “If there is a God…” and You answer, “Yes, I am.” Holy Spirit, speak to their hearts about Jesus. Cause divine appointments, speak to them in dreams, use a song, a conversation, a message, whatever will speak to them.
  • We marvel at Your world and ask for Your mercy on those areas facing natural disasters from fire, wind, floods, and hurricanes. Protect first-responders, cause provisions to be sent, guard lives and property, and be a help to Your people.

Isaiah 40:25

Isaiah DeclarationsTuesday, August 25, 2020

“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

Personal note: The key in this verse to me is actually the name of God: Holy One. It’s the Hebrew word, qadosh, meaning sacred, holy. Of the 118 times it’s used in the OT, 50 times it’s translated “holy” and 44 times it’s translated “holy one” where God Himself or others describe Him. I immediately thought of Isaiah 6 where Isaiah had a vision of God on His throne with the seraphim above the throne crying out, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts; all the earth is full of His glory.” Wow. These angels had 6 wings, but note, 2 covered their faces and 2 covered their feet. Can you imagine if we saw the Lord in all His holy glory? I shake my head to think of it as I’m sure I would be flat on my face! And really, isn’t that the point?

  • Who are we that You should look upon us and care for us, and yet, You do, Lord. Our hearts are so grateful. We magnify Your Holy name with our own declaration of holy, holy, holy.
  • Forgive us, Lord. Forgive our nation. Forgive our leaders, both religious and secular for failing to recognize You as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. We stand in the gap and ask You to heal our land.
  • Awaken our eyes. Help us to see why it is so dark today in our cities, in our schools and in our homes. Grant us discernment so that our prayers are targeted. Partner with us, Holy Spirit, as we pray in our prayer language.
  • For all those who have had failed relationships, poor parenting, abuse, and ill-treatment from any source, we ask YOU to be their Source! May Your love bring comfort, guidance, healing, and provision as their Holy One.
  • We continue to stand against the darkness, the evil doctrines, the false narratives of this present world. Be high and lifted up, Lord. Show us Your glory. May Your goodness and mercy be seen and honored. (Exodus 33)
  • There is none like You! (Song)

Isaiah 40:24

Isaiah DeclarationsMonday, August 24, 2020

“They hardly get started, barely taking root, when he blows on them and they wither. The wind carries them off like chaff.”

Personal note: I could go in three directions with this verse. First, at the Lord’s obvious derision for “great people” or princes of the world from the previous verse. Second, the Parable of the Sower and Weeds in Matthew 13. But I zeroed in on the word, “chaff”. I looked up the definition: 1) the husks of corn or other seed separated by threshing or winnowing, 2) chopped hay and straw used as fodder (feed for cattle and other livestock, 3) worthless things, trash. The Hebrew word is qash and means stubble or chaff and in this verse is used as a simile for driven by wind.

  • Oh, Lord, there is nothing of merit or long-standing value that can stand against Your hand or Your breath if You aren’t in it. Forgive us when we try to do things in our own strength. We recognize Your gifts of intelligence, skill, and talent, but most especially the “heart” to do or create that’s given to us through Your DNA.
  • Monuments age with time. Treasure gathered and horded is eventually lost or buried, left to be found by someone else if at all. This life can be meaningless or filled with purpose. Give us insight, courage, and fortitude to put our hands to the plow in what You’ve called us to. Keep us on Your path of righteous living. Provide opportunity and materials, tools and training, vision and design.
  • Your greatest gift to us is Your love. Magnify Yourself in us, Lord. May Your heart beat louder in us. How can we express our love back to You? Teach us to number our days. (Ps 90:12) Help us to pay attention (Prv 2:2). Give us a heart for others (Heb 12:14) Abide in us, that we may love others as You love us. (1 Jn 4:16)
  • In the end, we recognize that it’s not how much we have, nor what we accomplish, but we will be judged on how well we loved one another as well as the stranger. We’d rather be judged in this life! Correct us. Convict us. Caution us. Guide us daily. (Mt 7:2)

Isaiah 40:23

Isaiah 40

Sunday, August 23, 2020

“He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing.”

Personal note: “The great people” in other versions is translated as princes with the Hebrew word, razan, meaning weighty, judicious, or commanding. My thoughts immediately went Daniel 2:21 where it says he removes kings and sets up kings and gives wisdom and understanding as He chooses. How many times in the Word have we seen this very thing? Saul/David, Adonijah/Solomon, Ahab/Jorem, Babylon’s King/Cyrus, to name but a few. I am reminded as we are in the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic that those who “rule” over us set the rules and regulations that govern our lives and families. I would bet that many in charge–whether local, state, regional or national–have no clue that they will be judged on how they have cared for us during this time. I am also reminded of Paul’s letter to Timothy with its exhortation to pray for kings and all those in authority. (1 Tim 2:2)

  • Lord, it is our greatest wish to live tranquil and peaceful lives with all godliness as Paul advised Timothy. Help our hearts to look past their failures and pray for our leaders’ successes. For our sakes, give them wisdom and heavenly strategy.
  • We ask for Your wisdom and authority over our educational system particularly. Spur these educators into excellence, especially in communication. Mothers and fathers have been whipped-sawed over how to help their children in this confusing, scary, overwhelming time. Pour out an even greater anointing upon these parents to raise their children in this environment. Provide the necessary tools whether back to class, home-schooling, video-training, pod classes, or tutors. Guide their teachers and administrators. Defeat their own fears with faith. Let those who know You shine with brightness. Give them Your perfect solutions to help parents and children.
  • We stand against the father of lies and the author of confusion, “the forever loser” as Pastor Tim Sheets calls him. He was defeated at Calvary. Jesus now has the keys and He’s given the key ring to us, His church on earth. Ignite our hearts with Your prayers, Holy Spirit, as we operate with the authority You’ve given us. Help us to pray alongside You for righteousness, freedom, courage, strength, vision, and prosperity of our souls as well as our spirits and bodies.
  • Help us especially to watch our mouths in the days ahead. It is so easy to have opinions on how things should be done. Give us a nudge when we’re about to go too far. Let no word curses be heard from our mouths. (Psalm 59:12) This is especially true in the election season we are in, with the unrest in our cities, with false narratives being published, and with two sides to every decision of our lives: work, school, church, finances, leisure. Every area of our society has been affected and infected. Help us to remain humble and pure of heart that our prayers would be heard AND answered. You show Your favor to the humble. (James 4:6)

Mary and Martha, Arise!

AriseA Dream This Morning

I woke up from a dream snippet. I think it was a conversation with someone who was listing attributes and I said, “I know what that is! It’s a FEMELINO.” And then I felt like ducking and apologizing like it was too radical. I felt embarrassed.

I kept repeating that word, femelino, in my head so I wouldn’t forget it when I really woke up. While I put on the coffee, I looked up the word. It appears to be Spanish, but I couldn’t find a definition. I checked images and found this image for femelino. It’s a poster for International Women’s Day, March 8. The background is pink and there’s a large sign of the female with myriads of butterflies flying out of it, especially at the top. Later I did a Spanish to English translation: femelino means feminine.

After I wrote all of this in my journal, I heard this from the Lord:

“I am calling My women prayer warriors to rise up in that meek and gentle spirit to prophesy to the bones. They are equal in My Kingdom. They are light and beautiful, not dark and sinister. Men do not need to be afraid of them. Their cries kiss heaven and I hear each one. Butterflies represent metamorphosis and resurrection power. Mary and Martha, arise! It’s time to evangelize and prophesy.”

I continued in my journal…

I just realized it’s 8/22. 8 is the # of new beginnings and 22 is the # of governmental authority (Isaiah 22:22) — “I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.” (NLT) In my Jesus Calling devotional for 8/22, this phrase stood out: “Remember that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Me.” And in my Prayers on Fire devotional for today, “You bloom through my dreams with whispers of love that awaken my heart.”

Last night I watched a YouTube program called “Breaking the MUZZLE off the rising voices & shaking off fear” by Nate Johnston*. The video is a pleasant view from the clouds over mountains and valleys with his voice giving this powerful prophetic word. The video is 22 minutes long.

My Thoughts

Since this Covid shut-in began March 19th, I have been engaged in a personal revival. I have had dreams, words from the Lord, significant revelation in Scripture, and in general, an over-powering excitement to get engaged, especially in prayer and intercession. I have been introduced to international and national ministry teaching, videos, and newsletters and books that I felt were “heaven-sent.” During these past five months, I have had some incredible insight into past wounds as a child and some later ones that have kept me quiet, reserved, timid when it came to my faith, but no longer. Ezekiel 37 (The Valley of Dry Bones) has been a “landing spot” for me and more so with the April launch of the song “Rattle” by Elevation Worship.

In general, the world sees authoritative women as controlling, bossy, too strong, and well, a little hard to take. But what I’ve been learning is that authority, especially in prayer, doesn’t have to be loud or brassy, but it still can be the Lion of Judah’s roar through us. It can have punch because it’s the Spirit firing us up inside. It’s His breath. They are His words. Whatever heaven reveals, we can pray back to it and know we have that authority.

So I say… Mary, Martha, Susie, Cathy, Karen… whoever you are… you were made for such a time as this! The world needs your voice in prayer. Your families, your kids, your brothers and sisters need your voice. Father’s ears are open. The angels are waiting for heaven’s orders. All that’s needed is some time and some heart-felt prayers. It’s time to live your life outloud. Be all that you were made to be.

*info Nate & Christy Johnston live in Australia. This video on YouTube 3 days ago was actually written on their site on July 6th “Letter to the Muzzled Voice: it’s time to encounter the Lion & shake off the fear of man”. At the end he’s written a list for Symptoms of Being Muzzled in a Roaring Season and How You Can Be A Voice in This Season. Excellent.

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