Generosity Verses

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Our Blazing Trees Wellspring Streams project is about generosity. We believe everyone has a calling and destiny to live generous lives by receiving whatever our Father wants to provide and giving joyfully and freely to needs our Lord plants in each of our paths.

We hope you enjoy these Scripture verses about God’s faithfulness to provide.

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Abundant Blessings > Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV)

Desert Streams > See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. (Isaiah 32:1-2 NIV)

Heaven’s Generosity > What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32 NKJV)

Satisfying Provision > The LORD supports all who fall down, straightens up all who are bent low. All eyes look to you, hoping, and you give them their food right on time, opening your hand and satisfying the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, faithful in all his deeds. The LORD is close to everyone who calls out to him, to all who call out to him sincerely. God shows favor to those who honor him, listening to their cries for help and saving them. (Psalms 145:14-19 CEB)

Thirsty Cries > Some wandered in the desolate wilderness, finding no way to a city where they could live. They were hungry and thirsty; their spirits failed within them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; he rescued them from their distress. He led them by the right path to go to a city where they could live. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all humanity. For he has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things. (Psalms 107:4-9 CSB)

Wealth’s Origin > Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor come from you, and you are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. (1 Chronicles 29:11-12 CSB)

Zion’s Windows > “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in  my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies,” I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight.” (Malachi 3:10-12 NLT)

May our Heavenly Father abundantly bless you and your family according to his perfect plans and sovereign will today in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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Sunday November 18 Event

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Please save the date!

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A personal invitation to you and your family

Father Brian McVey and Church of the Advent are hosting our first official Blazing Trees event.

We will begin with a worship and prayer concert at 4:00 pm. Immediately following the concert will be a dessert & coffee fellowship with a presentation of our mission and vision for 2019.

Hal Lentz, our new Chief of Development & Communications, will be joining us from his family’s home in Sterling, CO and facilitating our gathering and presentation.

You will hear stories of how our Awesome Father is moving all over the world in nations like Russia, China, India, and Mexico. You will hear how the Holy Spirit is innovating resources in this generation. You will experience one simple way to share Bible stories with your friends.

We will share very specific ways you can pray and participate in our mission:

    • Ambassador – Spread the word about Blazing Trees.
    • Companion – Sign up to receive our communications.
    • Giver – Be generous to our team and mission as the Holy Spirit leads.
    • Intercessor – Pray daily for us. We will send you prayer cards.
    • Teammate – Volunteer with a project/mission or join our staff.

Thank you for listening, and I hope to see you at our Celebration Dessert next month!

(We will provide childcare from babies to 2nd grade)

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Maranatha Vision Video

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Maranatha Vision

We heard our Father say, “Keep holding fast, my beloved sons and daughters. 

You have been faithful to embrace the hope of your ancestors: a promised homeland where you will dwell together in my presence forever. 

For now, you see this paradise from a distance, but soon you will enjoy the firstfruits of your perseverance. 

You cannot imagine the beauty and majesty waiting for you, because today you wrestle temporarily against temptations and painful trials.

I am your Resurrection Life and Blessed Restoration. 

Reflect on my revelation and consider what I am about to do. 

You are following Jesus at the end of a long succession of generations. 

I have been preparing the nations for thousands of years to meet you and discover my truth through your prayers and testimonies. 

Many will reject your message; yet, I have set apart some who will listen, believe, and receive my Messiah. 

Stay alert and keep your eyes open for them.

The homeland where you are going is perfect and holy. 

You will live safely in my presence and see all my creation, delighting in the indescribable joys of my kingdom. 

Everyone will be surprised and in awe of Zion, because everyone born under the curse of Adam and Eve have only been able to experience righteousness partially. 

When you are home with me, you will see fully for the first time. 

You will be overwhelmed by my glory; you will truly be completely free.”

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What does the Holy Spirit want us to see today?

We foresee our Future Homeland in Hebrews chapter 11, verses 13 to 16.

‘These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 

But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.’

We foresee our Resurrection Reunion in 1 Thessalonians chapter four, verses 13 to 18.

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 

According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. 

And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.’

We foresee Zion’s Perfection in Isaiah chapter 62, verses 1 to 5.

‘Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. 

I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch. 

The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. 

And you will be given a new name by the Lord ’s own mouth. The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see— a splendid crown in the hand of God. 

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” 

Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his bride. 

Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem, just as a young man commits himself to his bride. 

Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.’

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Let’s pray.

Father, we love you! Blessed be the name of the Lord! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Maranatha!

Father, you made a way where there was no way for all creation to come home. Our home is wherever you are. 

You are our Abba Father, and we are your sons and daughters adopted out of earth’s cursed orphanage into your eternal splendor. 

We do not have words to describe your amazing love. Who is able to write a song that captures your glory?

All the swirling galaxies scattered across our immeasurable universe move and breathe, and discover their identity and purpose alone in you. 

You are our Creator, the Lord of heaven and earth. Our planet is your footstool, and all the stars have sung your praises since creation’s first breath.

You know every hair on each of our heads, and you name every star. You count every grain of sand, and you measure every drop of water in the oceans. 

We will never know you fully, for you are infinitely powerful and mysteriously wise. We surrender in faith and rest in your amazing grace.

Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening. We seek first your kingdom and righteousness, keeping our eyes fixed always upon you. 

You are the Ancient of Days, our Faithful Shepherd and Wonderful Counselor, our Risen Glory King.

Father, you are Mankind’s Patient Potter. Jesus, you are Heaven’s Missionary. Holy Spirit, you are Heaven’s Blessing River. 

You came to seek the lost and save those forsaken in darkness and bondage. We declare resurrection life, salvation, and deliverance over every tribe, tongue, nation, and people, in Jesus’ name and for his glory we pray, amen.

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Thank you friends, for watching our Blazing Trees videos, and thank you so much for all the love, prayers, and generosity. 

Maranatha! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! 

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Episode 017 Maranatha Vision

We love you, and we praise our Messiah King Jesus Christ for this amazing opportunity to publish content here on YouTube for his global renown.

Thanks for listening, and thank you so much for all the love, prayers, and generosity.

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LICENSING

Hebrews 11:13-16 is read from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Holy Bible and used with permission.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 is read from the New International Version (NIV) of the Holy Bible and used with permission.

Isaiah 62:1-5 is read from the New Living Translation (NLT) of the Holy Bible and used with permission.

“Mountain, range, water, and cloud” photo on unsplash.com by photographer Mens Jia taken in Nam Co, China used freely with permission through a CCO license.

Overlay photo text created with iPhone WordSwag app.

Video mixed and produced on a MacBook Pro with iMovie.

Song #1: “With Love” by Flux licensed and used with permission from our paid account with soundstripe.com

Song #2: “Open Eyes” by Caleb Etheridge licensed and used with permission from our paid account with soundstripe.com

Song #3: “Quiet Strength” by Moments licensed and used with permission from our paid account with soundstripe.com

Soundscape: “Lake water ebb and flow” by Richard Humphries licensed and used with permission from our paid account with soundsnap.com

Any further questions about licensing and permissions, please leave a comment. Much love and grace everyone!

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Breakthrough Blessings

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Chasing Faith – “And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:22-24 NKJV)

Hannah’s Outpouring – “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:15-17 NIV)

Perfect Will – Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 HCSB)

Persistent Widow – Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:6-8 NLT)

Prayer Endurance – “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NLT)

Powerful Strength – May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in him. (Colossians 1:11-14 HCSB)

Rushing Stream – They will fear the name of Yahweh in the west and his glory in the  east; for he will come like a rushing stream driven by the wind of the Lord . “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those in Jacob who turn from transgression.” This is the Lord ’s declaration. “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord : “My Spirit who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouth of your children, or from the mouth of your children’s children, from now on and forever,” says the Lord . (Isaiah 59:19-21 HCSB)

We pray that these Breakthrough Blessings will minister encouragement and hope to your heart today. Please pass along these blessings to others as the Holy Spirit leads.

Maranatha!

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Storytellers Bible Project

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Announcement > We just published a new page on our website showcasing the Storytellers Bible project.

story drawing circleThe Storytellers Bible project is one innovative approach to Bible storytelling. We believe that all anyone needs to make disciples is God’s presence and power through the indwelling Holy Spirit and the stories of the Bible.

After a lot of prayer and discussions, our team was led by the Holy Spirit to begin developing these simple drawings that anyone can use and adapt to their own style of art and tribal cultures.

Our vision is to equip this generation to become a host of mobile, Spirit-filled storytellers scattered across all the nations. Maranatha!

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Story List > Free Lesson Downloads

Below, we will add new story lessons often for you to use in discipleship with your family, friends, neighbors, and whatever harvest field you find yourself in each day.

All we need to do is walk in the Spirit and ask him what story he wants to tell to each person around us. Each story is a spiritual key from heaven to open up hearts and align lives to his kingdom.

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The following activities will help you remember each story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Listen to the story.
  • Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Draw a map of your family and friends and pray for them.
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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This project is supported by generous patrons like you.

Blazing Trees is a 501(c)(3) charity organization based in Nashville, TN that innovates mission resources and provides prayer, encouragement, and coaching to leaders and their teams scattered across the nations.

Thank you for all the love, prayers, and generosity

Maranatha!

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Tunka Valley Prayer Video

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Please enjoy this one hour prayer video featuring some of the many names of Yahweh.

All the videos were captured by an iPhone 7S in Arshan, Tunka Valley, Siberia.

This video is our first production in a new project of Blazing Trees called Digital Sanctuary.

We will be developing peaceful videos for relaxation, spiritual renewal, and meditation on the goodness, beauty, majesty, mystery, and glory of God.

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2018 Restoration Year Prophecy

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2018 is the Year of Restoration!

This year is very special, just as every year is unique, beautiful, and sovereignly crafted by our Divine Potter, our Sovereign Savior, and our Sustaining Spirit.

We heard our Father say, “This is a year of restoration!” 

God will heal many lives this year, and he will usher in many souls to his family.

He will awaken his people wherever they have lost vision, and he will draw many wandering in darkness towards his shining light.

We heard our Father say, “You will see restoration unfold this year in three ways: repositioning, realignment, and resurrection.”

Some of God’s people are in the wrong place, so this year, he will reposition us into a new place.

Others have been in the right place for a season of their lives, and this year that season comes to an end. Our Father will move us to our next assignment with fresh vision.

Some of God’s people are planted in the right soils, but they are facing the wrong direction. This year, our Father will realign us towards the right path that he has prepared for our faith journey.

Still others of God’s children are currently investing their lives and treasures in pursuits that seem good or strategic, but ultimately they lead to spiritual death.

This year, our Lord will shine his light on those hidden idols of our hearts to expose them.

Once exposed, he will grant us spiritual clarity to see these idols and the hidden rebellion and poisonous pride to which we were previously blind or deaf.

The Holy Spirit will teach us how to repent, to ask forgiveness, and to renounce their control and influence over our hearts.

We will receive forgiveness and a new hope. We will leap courageously into an unpredictable adventure with Jesus Christ’s Holy Spirit.

The word we received for Restoration is Galatians 4:1-7.

“Now I say that as long as the heir is a child, he differs in no way from a slave, though he is the owner of everything. Instead, he is under guardians and stewards until the time set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were in slavery under the elemental forces of the world. When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (HCSB)

This passage teaches us to view our position in heaven and earth as God’s adopted sons and daughters, and anointed, eternal heirs in Jesus’ coming kingdom.

Father, thank you for visiting us in hell’s slave market and purchasing our freedom with your Beloved Messiah Son’s blood.

No one has ever suffered like Jesus Christ. It is our joy and delight to share in his suffering because we love you, and we want every soul to hear your name, discover your majesty, and worship you forever in the endless waves of ages to come.

Father, help us see how you are restoring us. Please give us eyes to perceive your restoration work in our lives, in our communities, in our cities, and in all nations!

The word we received for Repositioning is Acts 16:6-10.

“They travelled through the region of Phrygia and Galatia because the Holy Spirit did not let them preach the message in the province of Asia. When they reached the border of Mysia, they tried to go into the province of Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So they travelled right on through Mysia and went to Troas. That night, Paul had a vision in which he saw a Macedonian standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” As soon as Paul had the vision, we got ready to leave for Macedonia, because we decided that God had called us to preach the Good News to the people there.” (GNB)

This passage teaches us that our time, plans, and resources cannot rest on manmade strategies and innovative ideas. As your Word says, “If we say we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with your Spirit.” 

Father, we repent of our great ideas and crafted tools. We make our plans, but you direct our steps. So, we surrender our plans and lay them down at your feet, Master.

Please teach us how you are repositioning us. Where do you want us to move? Where are you already at work, Lord? For wherever you are, that’s where we long to be.

The word we received for Realignment is Colossians 3:12-17.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (NIV)

This passage teaches us that Jesus Messiah’s kingdom fruit is above and beyond anything we can produce or count. 

You are compassion. You are patience. You are love. You are unity. You are peace.

Father, please teach us how you are realigning us with your heart, recalibrating our minds with your holy will. We stand ready for pruning. Have your way, Wonderful Counselor, oh have your way in us, Messiah Glory King.

The word we received for Resurrection is Isaiah 61:4-11.

“They will rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They will start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new. You will hire outsiders to herd your flocks and foreigners to work your fields, but you will have the title, “Priests of God,” honored as ministers of our God. You will feast on the bounty of nations, you will bask in their glory. Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever. Because I, God, love fair dealing and hate thievery and crime, I will pay your wages on time and in full, and establish my eternal covenant with you. Your descendants will become well-known all over. Your children in foreign countries will be recognized at once as the people I have blessed.” I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara. For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, so the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.” (MSG)

This passage teaches us that our Father has already promised to awaken our hearts, shape our minds, heal our lands, and unify all nations around his glorious presence.

Father, you are our Great Commission Architect. You are our Devastated City Redeemer. You are our Every Nation Rescuer.

Father, please teach us how you are raising the dead to life. Expose our idols, touch our blind eyes, sing into our deaf ears, and breathe over our dry bones.

We receive the fullness of your flowing resurrection life river into our lives, our marriages, our households, our family vineyards, our communities, our cities, our states, our nations, our regions, our world, our generation.

Please, God, baptize the earth in your glory. You’re welcome in all the earth, Father. You’re welcome in this beautiful world you created.

We are ready for you to finish what you started millennia past, and we are ready to step by faith into whatever you have prepared for us to receive in the future.

Let the nations surrender their banners at your feet in Jesus’ name! Let all world governments kneel at your throne in Jesus’ name! Let all remaining enemy strongholds be crushed and obliterated from memory in Jesus’ name! Let every voice in every tribe sing praises in every language in Jesus’ name!

Thank you for giving us the name “Restoration” for 2018. We stand ready to witness this year unfold before our eyes, a glorious story we have never heard before; a life-changing tale we could never imagine in our wildest dreams. We love you, Lord.

Though we are prone to wander, here’s our hearts, Lord. Take, and seal them for your heavenly courts above in Jesus’ name, amen.

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Thanks for listening, and thank you for all the love, prayers, and support.

Let’s keep making healthy disciples in every nation until there’s No Place Left.

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Direction Clarity Passages

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Guiding Shepherd > The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-3 NIV)

Listening Ears > O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. (Isaiah 30:19-21 NLT)

Mind Renewal > Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 HCSB)

Open Door > Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock. Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? (Matthew 7:7-9 GNT)

Perfect Provision > Now may the God of peace – who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood – may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21 NLT)

Right Direction > Show me how you work, God; school me in your ways. Take me by the hand; lead me down the path of truth. You are my Savior, aren’t you? Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God; rebuild the ancient landmarks! Forget that I sowed wild oats; mark me with your sign of love. Plan only the best for me, God! God is fair and just; he corrects the misdirected, sends them in the right direction. He gives the rejects his hand, and leads them step by step. (Psalm 25:4-9 MSG)

Truth Spirit > When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to  you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:13-14 HCSB)

Will Alignment > Therefore, do not be like the world. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:8-10 NKJV)

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Greater Glory Letter

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Greater Glory Letter

Take heart, my friends, because I have overcome this world, and remember that I am with you day and night even to the end of this age. I will never leave you, I will never forsake you, and nothing can ever separate you from my love. My salvation work is finished, and this good news of eternal freedom is spreading all over the world even now. I know how to equip you with everything you need for knowing my sovereign will and fulfilling your destiny.

I am God of all the earth. The stars shine because I give them light. The sun rises because I call it forth. The oceans move because I stir them up. The rains fall because I open up the heavens. The soil brings forth fruit because I bless the earth I created. I am your Good Shepherd. I know what is best for my flock, and I see beyond what my sheep need today to the future journey of their entire lives, and the waves of generations beyond until the end.

Seek my greater glory, my beloved children. As you go, set apart time to listen. My Spirit of Truth is always speaking, revealing what is on my heart, guiding and counseling you in the paths I have prepared and set before you. Let striving cease, replaced with patient endurance, courageous faith, and a fountain of joy bursting forth from deep wells drawn from pure springs of living water. Believe me, walk daily in my Holy Spirit, and live abundantly forever.

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Heaven’s Warrior > He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soars on the wings of the wind. He made darkness his canopy around him – the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth. The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. (2 Samuel 22:10-14)

Gentle Whisper > The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:11-13)

Spiritual Wisdom > But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s  thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. (1 Corinthians 2:10-12)

Prayer +> Heavenly Father thank you for the gift of this year, for all you have taught us, and for all we have learned. We celebrate your perfect love and faithfulness, and we surrender our lives for your greater glory in the new year in Jesus’ name we pray, amen. So be it.

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Enter My Rest Story – Hebrews 4

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After Jesus sent out seventy-two of his disciples on mission teams into local villages, they returned with joy, reporting that demons submitted to their authority. Though they were excited to witness signs and wonders of Christ’s advancing kingdom, Jesus gently warned them not to delight in miracles, but instead to ground their joy in salvation and eternal life. (Luke 10:17-20) We are all just like our ancestors: prone to wander and quick to forge our own destiny apart from our Messiah. (Isaiah 53:6)

The master art illustrates the battle between self and surrender. In the west, the people of Israel reject the rest of God. Moses parts the Red Sea with his staff and Joshua leads the nation by a pillar of blazing fire. Both leaders modeled restful faith in the Lord while the nation they led eventually rejected God’s glorious rest. The dead tree along the path leading away from restful pastures illustrates this rejection. The Father’s hand in the north is a barrier preventing the people from entering his rest because of their lack of faith and obedience.

In the south, Jesus stands upon the Father’s hand as our Great Shepherd leading the people out of striving and spiritual exhaustion, over the Father’s blessing bridge, and into the green pastures and quiet, living waters of his abundant grace. Families relax carefree by the river of the Holy Spirit flowing from heaven to earth who helps all God’s children experience him in loving communion and refreshing peace.

The cherubim angel stands guard between our King’s sabbath pastureland and the warrior dragon who seeks day and night to deceive God’s people and force them into chains of bondage to the law of righteous works or signs and wonders obsession. The sword in the center pierces each of our hearts illustrating how Jesus shines his light into our darkness, exposes the intentions and motives of our thoughts, speech, and decisions, and leads us to fully surrender all we have and all we desire unto him.

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Enter My Rest Story Sketches

Sketch #1: Open door & river – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates God’s creation of a special, sanctified place of rest for us to enter in and receive.

Sketch #2: Cloud & dawn – This sketch illustrates God modeling sabbath rest for his people. He created everything in six days, and then set apart the seventh day for rest.

Sketch #3: Crown, barrier, & heart – This sketch illustrates a person rejecting God’s command to rest. We do not only listen to him, we also love, obey, and enjoy his Spirit.

Sketch #4: Sword & heart – This sketch illustrates Jesus Christ as God’s Word. His truth and resurrection life penetrates our hearts, reveals sin, and sets us free!

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