Many prophets have been prophesying that God is cleaning house, in the church, in the nations and in our lives. We are seeing ISIS being driven out of their strongholds, we are seeing brick and mortar companies shutting their doors, we are watching churches lose members daily and if you look closely you can see God is wanting to purge our own personal lives as well. The purging is not hard to see. Dictionary.com defines purge as follows:
- to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify.
2.to rid, clear, or free (usually followed by of or from):
to purge a political party of disloyal members.
3.to clear of imputed guilt or ritual uncleanliness.
4.to clear away or wipe out legally (an offense, accusation, etc.) byatonement or other suitable action.
5.to remove by cleansing or purifying (often followed by away, off, orout).
6.to clear or empty (the bowels) by causing evacuation.
7.to cause evacuation of the bowels of (a person).
A friend of mine asked me to help her purge her house of needless things and little did I know how prophetic this activity was going to be for me. Being able to see this house before and now to see it after is extremely encouraging. Her family feels safer, thinks clearer and is proud of where they live again. They swallowed their pride, asked for help and we purged this house. It was hard at times, because we get attached to things we don’t realize were attached to, we have habits we did not realize we have and when you purge you see how much money you wasted. Purging brings about repentance which leads to life, so even though it was hard for her emotionally and me physically, we made it through this purging and all of us are proud of the final result.
God is purging the United States government, some don’t understand it, don’t like and have many opinions about it, but the purge is for the surge. The Lord is doing the same thing in our churches, He is purging the house of God for we have exchanged training for entertaining, we have exchanged holiness for donut holes and coffee bars. Mark 11:11 says, “Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.” One-day Jesus entered the temple to look around, I believe we have been in this day for longer than many realize. Jesus has done an inspection of our lives, of His house and of our nation and now we are living in the next day.
The next day, according to Mark 11:15-17 “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” I believe we living in the day of the purge, it is not going to be easy, nor is it fun, but it is necessary. If you want to enter the third day, the day of the surge, you must go through the day of the purge. The purge is not punishment, it is promotion, because the purge is for the surge.
Dictionary.com defines surges as follows:
1.a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep
2.a strong, swelling, wavelike volume or body of something
3.a sudden, strong increase or burst
4.Military. a significant increase in the number of troops deployed to anarea.
5.the rolling swell of the sea.
6.the swelling and rolling sea
7.a swelling wave; billow.
The prophets have been telling us a wave is coming, a harvest is coming, an increase is coming, what they have been prophesying is the surge that is coming. However, before the surge, there has to be a purge and that is what we are seeing, the purge, but take heart, rejoice, get ready, because if you are experiencing or experienced the purge, that means God is preparing you for the surge, the purge is for the surge!
Love is Kryptonite to the Enemy
Have you ever had a frustration conversation with the Lord? You know one of those prayer times where somethings off, you feel stuck, heaven seems silent on an issue? I had one of those talks with the Lord just the other day. During this, let’s be honest, one sided conversation, I was doing all the talking, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Follow the yellow brick road”. Now for religious people that will be hard to believe God would say that, but to relationship people, they totally get it. God said, “Follow the yellow brick road.” I had just bought the movie the Wizard of Oz, as someone I met is doing a prophetic project in Kansas and asked me to watch it. I grabbed my pen and paper and sat down to watch the Wizard of Oz like I would a sermon. What I didn’t know was how prophetic that movie would be for me.
“Jesus called a little child to stand among them. “Truly I tell you, He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4). As I watched this movie the Lord began to speak to me from go. First of all, Dorothy was living with her aunt and uncle, so she was either orphaned or some other situation happened to her parents. Next, she had a dream, which is what put her into the land of Oz and she knew she had gone over the rainbow. Upon arrival in her house, which was the vehicle that took her to the land of Oz, she landed on the wicked witch of the East and killed her. With instructions from the leader of the munchkins, she took the ruby red slippers off of the wicked witch of the East and put them on her feet and was told these slippers would protect her, so just follow the yellow brick road. (There are so many prophetic things right here for you to consider).
The story goes on and she meets three men on her following of the yellow brick road, a scarecrow who needs intelligence, a tin man who needs a heart and a lion who needs courage. As each joins her on following the yellow brick road, to Emerald City to meet the Oz, she encounters along the way the wicked witch of the West. The truth that hit me like a tidal wave was, that because she was wearing the ruby red slippers, the wicked witch of the West could not lay a hand on her. When the Lord highlighted this to me, I remembered that in scripture rubies mean passionate love. The Lord spoke to me and said, “Lisa, passionate lovers are kryptonite to the enemy, because he has no love in him”.
Immediately, I began to weep, as I knew that love is the answer to victory in our lives as believers. When we are lovers, the enemy cannot touch us, love is kryptonite to the enemy. No wonder Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). Our love for God and for one another is what keeps the enemy at bay, for if we are lovers of God and lovers of people, he has nothing in us to work with. No wonder the enemy had nothing in Jesus (John 14:30), Jesus was a lover of His Father and of us as people. This is powerful to me, for I knew love was the answer, but I did not realize how powerful it actually was.
As the movie came to an end, they arrived at the door of the Emerald City and finally met the Oz, who did not grant their requests as presented for a brain, heart, courage and a home, but he gave them more than they asked for. Not only did love keep the enemy at bay, love kept them on the yellow brick road that led them to the place where they were given more than they could have asked or even imagined (Ephesians 3:20). When we are wearing the ruby red slippers of passionate love for God and for people, the enemy cannot touch us, for love is kryptonite to the enemy.
Can you feel it in the atmosphere? Can you sense it in your spirit? Can you recognize it in what people are saying? 2016 is sounding like a year like we have never seen before. I have never sensed the leaders in the body of Christ have so much excitement about what God is about to do. Kenneth Copeland is calling 2016 “The Great Year!”; Reinhard Bonkke is calling 2016 “The Year of No Restrictions”; The Hebrew Calendar calls 2016 “The Year of Ayin Av (Look Again at the Tent Peg)”. Everywhere you turn, every prophetic voice you listen to is proclaiming good news about this year, Max Lucado just released his newest book called Glory Days. Cindy Jacobs has yet to release her word, but from what she has hinted at, it is going to be alignment with all the other words spoken so far.
So, with a year so pregnant with promise, what are you prepared for? The promise for this year will not just blanket everyone with prosperity, healing, restoration, or whatever promise has been made on a general level. The promises of God are an invitation to everyone, but they are not RSVP’d by everyone. Promises, prophecies, proclamations are invitations for preparation. In Matthew 25 there were 10 virgins, all 10 were virgins, but only 5 were prepared when the Bridegroom came to the door to begin the party. What are you prepared for? Prosperity is not coming to everyone, healing will not flow through everyone, preaching a reformers message will not be heard through everyone. Why? Because to be a leader in what is coming, you have to be prepared. Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people and when heaven comes to earth, the way people are sensing it is coming, it is coming to a prepared people.
Now this does not mean you will not receive a healing, a financial breakthrough, or some other manifestation of glory, but will you sit back and let it come to you, or will you be prepared so you can be one who is sent to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out the demons? Mark 16 and Matthew 28 says all believers are to experience this as normal Christianity, and many are not, because they are not prepared to carry the authority it takes to do exploits. We don’t let people drive who have not prepared in driver’s education or have taken a driver’s test; we don’t go to doctors who do not have a degree that showed they prepared themselves to do surgery; we don’t put our money in banks that are not prepared to protect our money. So, how much more is God not going give His authority to do exploits to those who are not prepared?
Love is not permissive in the sense that we let everybody do whatever they want, love protects, love empowers, love matures, love develops, love trains, love prepares us to do exploits. Our Father is about to release a measure of His glory on the earth, it is going to blow our minds, but it is not going to be given to everyone, Isaiah 11 says there is a remnant that has been prepared for this hour. Many will be surprised at who has been preparing and who hasn’t. For what we do in secret will be rewarded openly, and some have been preparing in secret, not fully understanding what was coming, but now that it is here to some measure and about to be very near in a major measure, the clarity of preparation is evident.
As the Parable of the Workers (Matthew 20) says, it doesn’t matter when you start working, we are all going to be paid the same, but I sense this is the last hour to prepare for what is about to be poured out and many are ready with oil in their lamps and extra in their vale, but for you that did not prepare, it’s not too late to start. The workers are few and the harvest is plentiful, so this blog is my prayer for the Lord of the harvest to send out more workers into His harvest field. We need your help, we can’t do this alone, this job is beyond a remnant, it is for a body, I plead with you get prepared for the kingdom of God is about to invade the earth and we need your help.
As I sat in on an Intercession and Warfare class taught by Heather Eschenbaum, author of the book, Fasting Is Not About Food, she made mention of her time growing up on a farm and spoke about a combine. It was like an arrow that was turned to lightning that flashed across my spirit as the word combine harvester was spoken. I studied this word out and the Lord began to minister to me about the combine harvesters that are coming and what they will do.
Combine harvesters are machines that harvest crops, combining three separate operations of harvesting into a single process. The three procedures include reaping, threshing and winnowing of the grain. It is one of the most economically important, labor saving, inventions of our time and God is making teams of people into combine harvesters.
Luke 10:1-3 “Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go, behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.’”
Combine harvesters will speak and their words will separate the grain, which is weighty, valuable, and portrayed as people in Scripture, from the stalk, which is light, weightless and which the Lord revealed to me as systems (political, religious, educational, worldly). The Lord is going to send in teams of people to harvest fields that are ripe but still connected to the stalk. Once the grain is separated from the stalk, the Lord will store the grain in places that it can be processed (discipled) and then sent out to produce more grain.
In John 12:24 Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Jesus was the original grain that went into the ground and died, we are the much fruit, but there is more grain to be harvested. Many of us are like grain that has been hidden in the ground and has died, but the Lord says, your death to self and systems is going to produce much fruit. We are the combine harvesters.
God has hidden us in the secret place, while He created us into an invention that is economical and labor saving. As we are sent out into the harvest fields, it is to gather grain. Grain is people and people are the only thing that is eternal. Our job is to speak the TRUTH, which will set the people free from the world’s system, religion’s system and the other systems. I wish you could hear me shouting…The Combine Harvesters Are Coming!