Let All Striving Cease!

Blessings Friends,

The word of The Lord Most High in August, 2016, to His chosen, those called according to His purpose.

“Let all striving cease. I have heard your cries, I have seen your needs, and I will answer. Be still now and know that I AM GOD (Ps. 46:10). Stand in awe and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah (Ps. 4:4).

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.

“A new season is upon you. Now is the season when I will glorify My bride, and she will shine with the brightness of the firmament and like the stars forever and ever (Dan. 12:3). Amen.

“Do not trust in what you see, for what is seen is only temporary. What is unseen is eternal (2 Cor. 4:18). There are trials and tribulations in the world, but you are not of the world. Your reality is not the reality of the world. Trust in ME alone.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.

“Worship ME!” declares The Lord your God. “Come before ME with thanksgiving and praise! For I, Adonai, have heard your cries and supplications and I am moving on your behalf. Cease from your labors. I alone will do this. Not by your works, but by MY Spirit, that all the world  may know that I AM GOD!” Amen, and Amen!

Rosh Hashanah rapidly approaches, the Jewish New Year, bringing an end not only to another Shemitah, but a year of Jubilee. The question on every believer’s mind is-or should be—will the new year bring with it a blessing—or judgment?

I have had a very clear word from The Lord that our striving is to cease. The Lord has heard our prayers and is answering them. I was very excited about this at first. All of our intercession and fasting has touched The Father’s heart and moved Him to action.

Then reality sank in. This would change everything. I hadn’t realized how ingrained intercession had become in me. It was all laboring for the Church, my family, my nation, the world. ..

Now The Lord was saying, “Stop.”

It didn’t seem natural. Everywhere you look you see pain, sickness, violence, confusion, rebellion… We are told in The Word to pray without ceasing. What does prayer look like without intercession?

The answer came swiftly. “Worship ME!”

Of course. It made perfect sense. After all, He knows everything that is happening in my life and in the world. As He told me, He knows our every need, even before we ask, and He has heard every prayer and seen every sacrifice.

I realized that what God is doing in this season is no longer about what I do or don’t do as a believer. It’s all about what I believe. Am I willing to take Him at His Word, to trust Him to do what He said He would do? Do I trust Him enough to share this word, to spend my two hours with Him each morning solely in praise and worship, and to stop fasting? Or, do I hedge my bet and continue to plead for mercy and fast…just in case?

As with every other thing The Lord has asked me to do, this directive was one more opportunity to choose between what feels safe to me, and what God is telling me to do. I knew which one I would choose…I just didn’t realize it would be so hard.

Such a word from The Lord is not unprecedented. We see it with Israel at the Red Sea, we see it at the battle of Jericho, we see it with Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, and Gideon, and with Paul and Silas in prison. God is God. His ways are higher than my ways, His thoughts higher than my thoughts. I will take Him at His word.

To those who choose to join me, I say this,

Now more than ever we must press into The Lord with praise and worship, believing that He has all things in His capable hands. Believing that He has provided for our every need and receiving it in faith, even when it doesn’t readily manifest in the physical realm. Even if it doesn’t look like we expect it to!

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4

We must also learn to be silent before Him and wait on Him.

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

Only by waiting patiently on Him will we be able to hear His voice and be directed in our prayers and actions. Only by surrendering completely to His Spirit can we rise above the chaos around us and move in the realities of God’s kingdom.

Only by focusing solely on The Lord will we recognize Him as He comes along side us on the road to Emmaus.

So, let us worship The Lord our God and Deliverer! For He is good, and His Mercies endure forever! And then be still and wait for Him to reveal His Glory to you in a very personal way. Amen and Amen!

God’s grace and peace be yours,


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