1Mar, 2021

Prophet: Worshipping God Through Uncertain Times

By |March 1st, 2021|

Today’s world is filled with so many uncertainties! Life seems to be more like a turbulent roller coaster ride with no clear end in sight rather than a nice walk in the park.

Many things are not turning out the way we thought they would. We have a lot of choices to make in how we live our lives in the midst of on-going issues such as:

  • — COVID-19.
  • — Political unrest.
  • — Chaos and confusion
  • — Economic upheaval.
  • — Social media censorship.
  • — Values in education.

I have personally lived through a lot of uncertainty. I have felt like a boat tossed around by choppy waves and blown around by the winds of change. I knew how to pray until the bottom fell out. Then I had to adapt to the new turf. I learned to worship God in new ways. Some ways were deeper, others more stripped-down.

In fact, I discovered, you do not have to call out to Jesus in a prescribed way, using special religious language. You certainly do not have to figure out a preset pattern. When you call out to Jesus, you can bring anything to him, even your unresolved questions. This can actually be a form of radical, pure worship.

Worship God With Your Questions?

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22Feb, 2021

How You Must Properly Steward Prophecy

By |February 22nd, 2021|

Much has been said in recent weeks regarding prophecy and its accuracy in the body of Christ.

My intention in this article is not to call into question any particular prophetic word given or its interpretation or application—but rather it is to give solid scriptural principles by which we can grow and mature in stewarding prophetic revelation, interpretation and application moving forward.

Years ago, when I was in Kansas City with Mike Bickle and others, Bill Hamon (a mature prophet who is the founder of an extensive ministry called Christian International) taught us about the meaning and importance of these three basic prophetic principles, which build upon each other:

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15Feb, 2021

James Goll: God’s Remedy for Healing Your Persistent Wounded Spirit

By |February 15th, 2021|

Jesus has come to heal the inside as well as the outside! In my walk with the Lord since childhood and having been in full-time vocational ministry for over 45 years, I found that one of the most common needs among believers and non-believers alike is the need for inner healing. I have needed Jesus to heal my wounded spirit and broken heart in different seasons of my life. I am sure that you can relate.

Scripture often uses the terms “heart” and “spirit” interchangeably. One thing for sure; we each need to tend to the condition of our heart, because out of it flow the issues of life. Let’s get healed up on the inside now so we will not blow up later when pressures of life increase. So go on a journey with me into this sensitive and greatly needed subject of healing the wounded spirit.

Primary Scriptures to Consider:

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8Feb, 2021

What the Body of Christ Desperately Needs Most in This Hour

By |February 8th, 2021|

The spirit of wisdom is one of the seven Spirits of God as wisdom is one of the primary qualities or characteristics of God’s Holy Spirit.

He is wisdom personified, and “God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself” (1 Cor. 1:30a, NLT).

To exist above the turmoil in the days in which we live, increased wisdom is needed for every member of the body of Christ.

But I would especially emphasize to all of our graciously gifted prophetic people: more than divine revelation, we need an increase in wisdom, understanding and application so we can handle the Word of the Lord in a more excellent and effective way.

Without the bridge of wisdom in place, along with the motivation of love from a pure heart, our precious cargo of prophetic revelation might simply end up as a bunch of dumped out excessive verbiage.

Luke 2:52 (MEV) states, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and men.”

Bottom line—if we are going to follow in His footsteps, and if Jesus grew in wisdom as a part of maturation process, then none of us are exempt.

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1Feb, 2021

Prophet: The Unlimited Power of Prophetic Intercession

By |February 1st, 2021|

While the term is not found anywhere in the pages of Scripture, “prophetic intercession” is powerful because it allows you to lean into the heart of God and then pray His heart back to Him in accordance with His will.

Finding Words for Scriptural Principles

As far as I know, airplanes are not in the Bible.

School buses and bicycles are not mentioned, either.

The book of Leviticus does not say anything pro or con about contact lenses or television.

The term “Trinity” is not found anywhere in the Bible. Were you aware of that?

“God in three persons, blessed Trinity.” It’s in one of our greatest church hymns, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” It’s in some of our recited church history creeds. It has to be used in the Bible, somewhere, right? No. It isn’t.

Neither is the phrase Sunday school.

Now some of you just said, “I knew it the whole time!”

Does that mean Sunday school is unscriptural?

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25Jan, 2021

Prophet: Why It Is Vital to Welcome Holy Spirit Into Your Daily Life

By |January 25th, 2021|

It is vital to welcome the Holy Spirit into your everyday life! He is the one who connects us to heaven.

Without Him, not even Jesus could have known what the Father wanted Him to say or to do. (See John 5:19.)

Oh, how I love the Holy Spirit! He makes Jesus real. He makes the Father enjoyable. I roll out the red carpet to this precious dove of God every day.

I say, “Holy Spirit, You are welcome here!” In fact, pause and declare this right now along with me. “Holy Spirit, You are so desperately needed, and You are so very welcome here, right now!”

If you want to know God, you absolutely must get to know the Holy Spirit, who works tirelessly to connect heaven and earth.

Getting to Know Holy Spirit

One of the dimensions of the Holy Spirit described in the Scriptures is the “Spirit of knowledge,” which means that He is the Spirit of knowing and of being known.

In other words, the Spirit has been given to us to make God known and to make Him knowable. In fact, as our helper, one of the primary functions of the Holy Spirit is assisting us in getting to know God.

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18Jan, 2021

Why Holy Spirit Loves Messes

By |January 18th, 2021|

In order to move with the Holy Spirit, you must first learn what He loves and how he operates.

The Holy Spirit loves messes.

How do I know?

At creation, as the Holy Spirit was lingering over the formless nothingness, God spoke into being the world as we know it.

Genesis 1:2 (AMP) says, “The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.”

The Spirit of God “loved” the chaos to life, transforming it from mess to magnificence.

The Moving, Renewing Spirit of God

Many Bible scholars apply “the law of first mention” to their study and interpretation of the Scripture. This principle maintains that the first time a word, concept or doctrine is found in Scripture fixes its characteristics from that point forward.

In the verse above, which is the second verse of the entire Bible, you see that the Holy Spirit moves.

And that is how He operates to this day.

All the time, He keeps moving across the surface of the earth, and He brings light into darkness wherever He goes.

11Jan, 2021

James Goll: What Promises Are You Believing God For?

By |January 11th, 2021|

Faith matters. Faith is the constant, abiding trust in something. True faith is the constant, abiding trust in God Himself.

By that we mean faith toward God, not faith in our feelings, our circumstances or other people, even leaders.

True faith is in the present tense as distinguished from hope, which is future-oriented.

Faith comes after repentance and is of the heart, not of the mind.

Where Is Your Faith?

Some of us are able to believe wholeheartedly more readily than others.

I have been through some major disappointments in my life, and I have had to bring those disappointments to God so that He could readjust and refresh my faith.

I am sure I am not alone.

I have come to this conclusion: I am not going to lower the bar of my expectation or faith just because of my present (temporary, difficult) circumstances.

By the grace of God, I am going to keep growing in faith as long as I live.

Faith comes and keeps on coming.

What Is God’s Word to You?

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28Dec, 2020

Prophet: The Holy Spirit Told Me, ‘I’m Going to Teach You the Highest Weapon of Spiritual Warfare’

By |December 28th, 2020|

Prayer—in all its forms—has played a key role in my life and ministry for years. I want to see the works of the devil destroyed with the least amount of backlash. So I have pondered deeply on various understandings and perspectives concerning spiritual warfare and how to deal with territorial spirits. I’ve met with different revival leaders around the world to increase my understanding on issues dealing with principalities, powers, and spirits of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12).

A gigantic breakthrough came to me one day when the penetrating voice of the Holy Spirit spoke, resolving the whole dilemma, “I’m going to teach you to release the highest weapon of spiritual warfare.”

Stunned, I marveled at the thought, “the highest weapon.” That one statement made my spiritual antennas go way out! My initial response of gratitude was soon replaced by curiosity and anticipation. What could the Holy Spirit mean? What is He referring to?

At first, the Lord simply gave me an invitation, “I’m going to teach you to release the highest weapon of spiritual warfare.” But finally He added, “I will teach you to release the brilliance of My great presence.”

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21Dec, 2020

Prophet: Why Everything Changes When God Draws Near

By |December 21st, 2020|

When God draws near, everything changes!

Your agenda changes. Your program changes. Your opinion changes.

And most importantly, your heart changes.

When God draws near, your hunger and quest for greater intimacy with God is forever changed.

You desperately need God’s manifest presence.

Do you desire His presence more than anything else is this life?

It is often stated that His presence with you is His greatest present to you. In this season of giving and receiving gifts, I can shout a loud “amen” to that statement.

“Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer” (Ps. 27:4, TPT).

The Quest for Greater Intimacy

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14Dec, 2020

Prophet: God’s Remedy for Healing Your Wounded Spirit

By |December 14th, 2020|

Jesus has come to heal the inside as well as the outside! In my walk with the Lord since childhood and having been in full-time vocational ministry for over 45 years, I found that one of the most common needs among believers and non-believers alike is the need for inner healing. I have needed Jesus to heal my wounded spirit and broken heart in different seasons of my life. I am sure that you can relate.

Scripture often uses the terms “heart” and “spirit” interchangeably. One thing for sure; we each need to tend to the condition of our heart, because out of it flow the issues of life. Let’s get healed up on the inside now so we will not blow up later when pressures of life increase. So go on a journey with me into this sensitive and greatly needed subject of healing the wounded spirit.

Primary Scriptures to Consider:

  • Proverbs 18:14: “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
  • Proverbs 15:13: A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
  • Proverbs 14:10—”The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share its joy.”

Hurt, Wounded, Rejected

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7Dec, 2020

How You Can Position Yourself to Receive Spiritual Gifts

By |December 7th, 2020|

Since the beginning of time, the Holy Spirit has been looking for people through whom He can manifest Himself.

At the time of the creation, He “hovered” like a hen over her baby chicks (see Gen. 1:2).

After the Exodus, Moses said, “Oh, that all the people of the Lord were prophets” (Num. 11:29b).

The prophet Joel foretold a day when prophecy, dreams and visions would become widespread (see Joel 2:28-29).

After Jesus came and the Spirit was given to the church, Peter announced that the day prophesied by Joel had arrived (see Acts 2:14-21).

Today, we are still living in that day, and God is ministering His gifts to those who will receive and release them to raise a dying world to true life. God wants to give us gifts so that we can spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

How does He do it? Can we position ourselves receptively? How can we activate our faith here and now?

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30Nov, 2020

How You Can Receive Divine Insight by Praying in the Spirit

By |November 30th, 2020|

Praying in the Spirit activates the grace of God to pray perfect prayers in any situation. These prayers go beyond our own agendas and beyond our rational understanding.

When we pray in the Spirit, divine insight enlightens our hearts so that we can hit the mark when we pray.

Praying in the Spirit With Eager Expectation

The book of Jude has only one chapter, but it is full of revelation and divine insight about praying in the Spirit:

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life” (Jude 20-21, NASB).

The wording catches my attention: “waiting anxiously.” That does not contradict the Scriptures about casting your anxieties upon the Lord (see 1 Pet. 5:7, Phil. 4:6, Matt. 6:25-34).

“Waiting anxiously” means waiting with expectation, hardly being able to contain your eagerness. Praying in the Spirit releases a supernatural atmosphere and enables you to walk continuously in the love of God.

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23Nov, 2020

God has secrets He wants to share!

By |November 23rd, 2020|

Really? Yes, secrets are waiting to be revealed.

Amos 3:7 tells us, “Surely the Lord God does nothing without revealing His purpose to His servants the prophets.”

Some would have us believe this should read, God does nothingas far as the supernatural goes and especially concerning the voice of God speaking today.

But while we do agree that the canon of scripture is closed, God still speaks today, and the prophetic nature of God is alive and active.

Notice what else this single verse points out:God does nothing unless He first reveals His secret counsel.” Secrets are for the purpose of being revealed. Secrets are to be shared.

The secret counsel of the Lord is to be shared with His intimate servant friends.

With whom do you share your secrets? Do you share everything all at once, or do you reveal your innermost thoughts in parts at a time?

Is trust required? Do you share some now and another piece later? Are there pauseswhen it seems that you need to digest what you have just givenbefore more of the secret is shared?

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16Nov, 2020

Prophet: Why Hope Restores in Every Situation

By |November 16th, 2020|

Every one of us goes through dark valleys and troubled times. But in Christ Jesus we have hope. And hope restores in every situation—no matter how dark it may seem.

To say the last year has been challenging would be an understatement for most of the world.

On a national level, almost everyone has experienced a COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty. Added to that, you may have walked through political volatility or personal struggles like a job crisis, health challenges or relational struggles.

After you have walked with the Lord long enough, you begin to see the truth that the place of trouble always, always leads to a door of hope.

Always.

God takes your deepest valley, your valley of Achor, and he transforms it into a door of hope.

After the door of hope, Hosea says, comes joyful celebration: “She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt” (Hos. 2:15b, NKJV).

You will sing and celebrate as Miriam did when God had worked a miracle and delivered the Israelites from Egypt, right through the midst of the Red Sea (Ex. 15:20).

Don’t Stop in the Middle

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9Nov, 2020

Prophet: No Matter What Comes, Remember This Unquestionable Truth

By |November 9th, 2020|

Have you ever felt like things were so difficult in your life that “no one cared” about what you were going through? I have.

But the truth is, you always have an advocate—because God C.A.R.E.S.!

You are never alone. And at His very core—God is good!

Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus! Regardless of the terrifying storms of life surrounding you, it is vital to anchor your soul in Christ and keep your eyes fixed on Him.

The wind and waves of today may look frightening, but when you fix your eyes on Christ, you only see His goodness and you can trust His words, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid” (Matt. 14:27, NASB).

As you remember who God is and put your trust in Him, you can say with confidence like David in Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom should I dread?”

One of the best ways to shift your focus and see God’s goodness in your life is by using the acronym God C.A.R.E.S.

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4Nov, 2020

James Goll: 3 Vital Principles for Understanding the Prophetic

By |November 4th, 2020|

Early in the modern prophetic movement in 1988, I remember learning the importance of the three-stage process of properly handling revelation. These three basic but essential principles each build upon one another: (1) revelation; (2) interpretation and (3) proper application.

Without discovering that framework, we might have continued to take every word literally, never realizing that God might sometimes speak in symbolic language. These three principles have become vital building blocks for understanding the prophetic.

We also learned there is a trifold nature of the prophetic. It is: 1) partial; 2) progressive and 3) conditional. So, let me build on these foundational principles with some additional understanding to unpack the anatomy of a prophetic word.

  1. Discerning pure revelation. How can we know if a word is genuine? It is too easy to dismiss a word as being “off” simply because we do not consider all of the factors.

First, we must evaluate the source of the word. We must learn to discern the difference between three different primary voices that come our way: God’s Holy Spirit, our own thoughts and flesh, and the demonic noise thrown to us by demonic forces.

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26Oct, 2020

Why You Must Take Part in This Mighty Convergence of Prayer

By |October 26th, 2020|

The Holy Spirit is divinely orchestrating a symphony of prayer and worship in these days. God’s desire is that every section of His Prayer Band be in tune with Him while in tune with one another as well.

The Word of God is our score as we each follow the lead of our conductor, the Holy Spirit. Though we play a diverse variety of instruments, two of the hallmarks of God’s united sound are unity of heart and harmony. Isn’t this simply glorious? Praise the Lord!

This month, I have asked God Encounters Ministries’ prayer director, Jason Ford, to share with you his heart and thoughts of what the Lord is doing in the prayer movement. He and his wonderful family recently spent 10 days in prayer at our nation’s capital.

So, let’s read as Jason shares on “A Convergence of Prayer”:

A Convergence of Prayer

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19Oct, 2020

7 Ways to Shorten Your Seasons of Struggle

By |October 19th, 2020|

Battle is part of the Christian life. There is a real enemy and you were born into a war. So, seasons of struggle are a given.

But can you shorten your seasons of struggle? I believe you can, and I believe that the Bible is filled with good advice toward this end. You do not need to prolong the agony. You can arise and conquer.

One of the enemy’s ploys is to make you roll over into a passive position. When that happens, you are no longer actively engaged and the devil can roll over you. It is important to daily arise, speak to your inner man and remind yourself of the foundational truths in the Word of God! As you rise up, these truths become weapons that drive the enemy back and make quick work of the battle.

Even if you have been through a few skirmishes before, you can’t just slide into automatic pilot. It is vital to use your most effective weapons, ones that are tried and tested. These are weapons that work—but you must work them. Did you catch that? For the weapons to work, you must work them!

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12Oct, 2020

Prophet: 15 Keys to Interpreting Your Dreams

By |October 12th, 2020|

Walking in the prophetic language of dreams is a form of tapping into the mind and heart of God and can be an exciting and exhilarating journey. But understanding and interpreting your dreams and other revelatory spiritual encounters can often be a complex and even confusing process.

I encourage you above all else to keep interpretation simple! Keep the big picture of the dream and overarching theme in mind.

With too much detail you could miss the interpretation. This is a lot like not seeing the forest for the trees.

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