Rejoice in your Neediness

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Rejoice in your neediness.

At the end of most days, Missy and I share with one another what The Lord had shown us, spoken to us, or allowed us to be a part of. Today was no different as we got home this evening and began supper.

It turns out that Missy’s morning devotion today really spoke to her. When she shared it with me it spoke to me, as well. She said she wept as she prayed in the Spirit, crying out to God after reading her devotion.

Instead of skimming over it and cutting it short I will put the entire devotion here…

Your needs and My riches are a perfect fit. I never meant for you to be self-sufficient. Instead, I designed you to need Me not only for daily bread but also for fulfillment of deep yearnings. I carefully crafted your longings and feelings of incompleteness to point you to me. Therefore, do not try to bury or deny these feelings. Beware also of trying to pacify these longings with lesser gods: people, possessions, power.

Come to Me in all your neediness, with defenses down and with desire to be blessed. As you spend time in My Presence, your deepest longings are fulfilled. Rejoice in your neediness, which enables you to find intimate completion in Me.

Rejoice in your neediness…Rejoice in your neediness.

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She said she began to cry out to God…

“I rejoice in my pain.”

“I rejoice in my sorrow.”

“I rejoice in my broken heart.”

“I rejoice in my longing to hold my son.”

“I rejoice in that empty place where he used to be.”

“I rejoice because my neediness causes me to seek Your face, causes me to draw close to You Jesus, and that makes me complete.”


What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Jayd

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A dear sister in Christ encouraged me to share some things regarding my son, Jayd; our journey through the ups and downs of his two and a half years with cancer; our belief he would be healed, and ultimately our letting him go to be with The Lord.

One thing that took place…

Many people brought food and love and prayers over to the house the last couple of weeks Jayd was still with us. Some of those people came back to Jayd and Jacee’s room to join us in worship.

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Yes, WORSHIP.

We had some very powerful worship times in their room. We would begin to sing and lift up our hands, hearts, and voices to The Lord. Before you knew it, the Spirit had filled the room and we were praying in The Spirit. Tears flowed down our faces, not over Jayd’s condition but simply from the Holy presence of God being so thick.

Another thing that took place…

The last couple of nights Jayd was still with us we prayed in shifts. Jacee’s Mom took 10pm to 12am. My wife’s Aunt and Mom took 12am to 2am. My wife and I took 2am to 4am. Another couple (a wonderful couple that drove 14 hours all the way from Fredericksburg, Texas simply because God told them to) took 4am to 6am.

One thing I’d like to say about this prayer vigil; on the Monday night/Tuesday morning, two days before Jayd left, Missy and I went into the small room where we were praying. There was a heaviness in the air. We could not ‘get going’ for anything. I cannot describe to you how difficult it was to begin praying. It was like pulling teeth.

Finally, after about the first hour, we broke through and it began to flow.

The next morning we were talking to the couple from Texas and they had experienced exactly the same thing. There was a dark and heavy spirit over the house trying to keep us from praying. We did not give up and all eventually broke through.

The next night, the night before Jayd went home to be with The Lord, it was completely different. As soon as we entered that room we began to flow in the Spirit in our prayers. There was such a sweet peace over that house, completely opposite of what it had been the night before.

We found out in conversation that morning that the couple from Texas…you guessed it, experienced the very same thing.

Then on September 7th, after 2 solid days of being nonresponsive and eyes glazed over, Jayd spoke!

Suddenly out of nowhere, he began to say over and over, “It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s gonna be alright.”

The past couple of weeks Jayd had been in and out of consciousness. He would say things while he was out of it. One time, out of the blue, he said, “We’re almost there.” Jacee asked, “Where, Babe?” Without ever opening his eyes and coming to, Jayd said, “The River.”

We just wonder what God was showing him during those times of unconsciousness? The Jordan river?

Once he mentioned ‘Abraham’ and once ‘Jonah’. One time he blurted out, “What’s the purple for?”

Was Jesus showing him robes of royalty?

Then on that last day, after he had said, “It’s alright” over and over he suddenly sat up in bed, his eyes wide open. His eyes had not been wide open for some time but they were W-I-D-E open now and not just staring off into space. He was focused on something.

The lady from Texas, Cecilia, asked him, “What do you see, Jayd? Do you see angels?”

As clear as a bell, Jayd said, “I do see an Angel. I do see and Angel!”

Then he laid back, his breathing slowed, and then stopped.

We wanted Jayd to be physically healed. We wanted this for selfish reasons.

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God had much bigger purposes for Jayd and Jacee.

Someone who doesn’t know God might ask, “What good did all that praying and worshipping do? What good did it do that you stayed up at night, lost sleep, and cried out to God?”

I cannot begin to list all the good it did.

  • It prepared us to accept His will and not be so focused on our own will.
  • Jayd was supposed to be in terrible pain. He had none. He was not even taking pain meds at the end.
  • Look at all the beautiful gifts God gave us in the things Jayd said above.
  • Jayd and Jacee’s story (which I call a ministry) touched so many lives and is still touching lives after He has gone.
  • I cannot mention names because it is personal to those to which it happened but emotional and relational healings took place, even at the graveside service, through Jayd and Jacee’s ministry.
  • We the family, as well as some others who came in, felt the tangible love and grace of God that had been prayed down into that house.

I could go on but I’ve written enough for today.

Thank you, Ms. Peggy (Ms. Piggy 🙂 ) for encouraging me to share some of what happened with Jayd. I pray that someone is encouraged by something in all of this.

It is hard to say, “See you later” to a child. It is not nearly as hard as it was for Jesus to go to the cross, knowing what He was about to face. But for the love of you and me, He cried out, “…Nevertheless not my will, but Thine, be done”.

Can you say that to God?

If so…

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Things Are About to Get Back to Normal

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Normal as defined by God.

Wow! What a week of revelation and how blessed I was to be able to share it with the Church.

Do you want to be a part of a great last-days revival and soul harvest?

Do not answer that too quickly. If you look at history and the great revivals you will see a pattern. Every time a great revival took place, it started with people who were absolutely broken and humble before God. I am talking about on their faces with tears streaming down their faces over the realization of their sin before a Holy God and being so hungry for more of Him they gave up themselves to Him.

Such a remnant of people in the church exists NOW.

God is bestowing upon man a ‘last act’ grace, a sovereign move of His Holy Spirit upon all mankind; a last chance to heed His call; people’s last opportunity, God’s last call.

Can the world that has rejected God, rushing head on into judgment expect to see the fires of revival?

Strange as it may seem, the greatest revivals have always come at the darkest hour.

The rain of the Spirit has fallen at different times throughout history when and where a people are open to Him, but the Lord has reserved the best wine for last.

More people have been saved in the last decade than in the previous two thousand years combined! You will not hear about it on the news but I have a personal missionary friend who is seeing hundreds of Muslims having visions of Jesus and being born-again.

A church within a church is rising up; a remnant group of believers that were hidden for a season, while they were being trained and tested in the fires of affliction. These warriors of God will make the powers of darkness tremble, turning the world upside down (or as my Brother Dennis says, ‘right-side-up’) as the harvest of souls begins to takes place.

Believers and followers of Jesus Christ were never intended to be mere spectators who come to church once a week to hear a sermon and watch one man fulfill the role of ‘minister‘.

The doctrine of the Nicolaitans (power over the laity; Revelation 2:6; 15), which was already operating in the days of John the Apostle, has become entrenched in the Church today.

The Lord wants His house to be a training center for His people, where they are perfected, trained, and released for the work of the ministry (service).

A radical shift in our attitude toward ‘having church’ has to take place. Pastors and leaders must transition from just preaching/teaching to equipping; developing leaders; investing in people; focusing not only on the needs of the church but also focusing on the needs of the community.

The Lord wants His church back, and He is calling all of His people to find their place in ministry.

Every believer is called to ministry (to serve), but it is going to take mature congregations, who are not afraid or intimidated by the abilities of others, to place each person in their set place, develop the gifting and callings inside of them, teach them how to function and then release them to operate there (Ephesians 4:11-16).

The full revelation of Christ through His body will only come as we begin to function in unity as a body; each believer doing what he has been gifted to do by the Lord.

God has chosen earthen vessels to manifest His glory and power on the earth, it behooves us to learn and understand Him, His kingdom, His power and His glory, and how He desires to reveal it through us.

I have a hard word…

There are too many people out of place in the Church. People with no anointing, doing things they were never called by God to do, and highly anointed godly vessels sitting in the pews doing nothing.

Every ministry and every believer need to become aligned with God’s will for their lives so as to maximize their fruitfulness and usefulness. None of us is worthy to be used of God like this, but we understand that it is only by the grace of God that He uses us. Therefore, our focus must always be on Him, and not ourselves.

Are you ready to stop watching and start participating?

Humble yourself before God, repent and do the first works, and return to your first love. God will not reject a broken and contrite heart.

If you are ready, if you do this…

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

BE BOLD

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If you will notice in my last post I stated I didn’t know when I would be back, if ever. One of the things that were drawing away so much of my focus is no longer there. My son has gone home to be with the Lord.

There is so much I could share with you regarding all God spoke to us and showed us through that. I may do just that in coming weeks and months, we’ll see.

The bottom line is; life is short.

My son was 26 years old. I just spoke at a funeral this past week of a lady who lived 94 years. Either way, these years are not a drop in the bucket compared to eternity.

There is so much on my mind I fear it may sound like gibberish. With that in mind, I will keep it short.

Recently God has been speaking to me quite a bit. I have been praying quite a bit more…so go figure.

So many times God will speak to someone and they are afraid to share it for various reasons.

  • Was it really from God or did I just ‘think’ it?
  • Will anyone really care what I have to share?
  • If I tell people God spoke to me they will think I’m nuts.

Need I remind you… 2 Timothy 1:7, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

You can think I am crazy all you want, in the meantime, I will continue to pray, hear God, and walk in the joy of it.

A prophetic word from God is not for our entertainment or to puff up the one that received it.

A prophetic word from the Lord is for three things;

  1. To edify (to build up and instruct),
  2. To exhort (encourage),
  3. To comfort (strengthen, cheer, enliven) 1 Cor. 14:3.

The Spirit said to me,

“A word is not a word unless it is spoken”.

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A word is not a word if you keep it to yourself.
A word thought is just a thought.
But a word spoken is a powerful weapon against your enemy (the devil). A word spoken is a powerful tool to strengthen and build up the church.

There is enough outside the church in this sin-fallen world to tear us down.

Let us be sensitive (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) to the Holy Spirit of The Living God and build one another up.

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

 

Word Up

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Well Hello There! It’s been a while.

September 22nd, 2015 to be exact. Where have you been, Bro. Kyle?

Right here where you left me.

There was a time when I posted an article every Monday. Truth be told, I am not certain when I will post another one after this…if ever. In fact, I am allowing the ekministries.org domain to expire in March.

A lot has happened since about August of last year. Changes and adjustments. I simply do not have the time I used to have and blog posts get pushed to the back burner, as it were.

However, I do want to share something with you. Last Sunday I challenged the congregation to…

“Get in The Word until The Word gets in you”.

“Get in The Word until you get a word”.

Of course there was quite a bit more to the sermon but those statements stuck with me.

This has been on my mind since. In fact, Wednesday night I gave us all some homework to do.

“Get in The Word until you get a word”.

Then come back next Wednesday night and, if you feel led to, share what the Lord showed you.

It could be a nugget of truth you have never seen in the Bible before. A revelation of some deeper understanding of a passage you have read 100 times before, yet The Lord showed you something new from it.

It could be a verse or passage that encouraged you right where you are now.

Whatever it is, share it. Believe it or not, what you have to share is encouraging to your brothers and sisters in Christ.

I know some people who think to themselves they have nothing worthy of sharing. They believe their revelations from the Lord are not that deep or inspiring.

Not true.

Whatever you have received of The Lord, whether you think it is big or small, will encourage and build the faith of someone who is listening.

This is one of the reasons we assemble ourselves together to worship. We need one another to learn from, draw strength and encouragement from, and to pray for.

May I issue the same challenge to you?

Get in The Word until The Word gets in you; until you get a word!

Then share it!

 

 

The Vanishing Preacher

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Some of you have noticed I haven’t posted a blog post in three weeks or more. Normally I post every Monday or Tuesday. Well folks, I simply have not had time to write. There have been some shifts in principles in our business and, as a result, I have been covered up.

Today however I am taking just a moment (before sundown) and posting a small note to my friends and followers.

At sundown today (September 22nd, 2015) the holiest day on the Jewish calendar begins and runs through sundown tomorrow, Wednesday the 23rd .

Yom Kippur (pronounced: yohm kee-poor). Translated it means, “Day of Atonement”.

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This is that one day most ‘church folks’ have heard of wherein the High Priest alone would go into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for his sins and the sins of Israel.

It is a day of fasting and repentance. It is a day of introspection, of reflection, of confession, and of getting right, and accepting the forgiveness and restoration of God.

It also sets the tone for the year. Do you want to start the year off in humility and repentance before God? Do you want to start the year off in a state of forgiveness and restoration? Yeah, I thought so.

(Start of the year? But this is September. Yes, on our calendar. Rosh Hashanah, the Head of the Year, was September 13th-15th. The beginning of the Jewish New Year)

If you would like to read more about this observance, please see this link…http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Yom_Kippur/yom_kippur.html

At this point, I’m not sure when I’ll write again. Thanks for waiting to see.

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

Seek The Lord

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I don’t like to bother you and post two in one day, however with the advent of Teshuvah tonight lets start out the season of repentance with some Scripture.

Read this tonight and pray with your family or friends.

Isaiah 55:1-7, Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.