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ENCOURAGEMENT PART I
A Personal Testimony

This lesson is going to be a little different than most. The Lord has shown me that many of His people
are going through some stuff!……not understanding. I am going to be very blunt and right to the point
because I believe all those who are hungry and thirsty to see God do marvelous miracles are saying:

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON???!!!

Listen to my struggles and see if you do not relate in one, two or even all three ways. This morning I was
reminded of the Lord being sent to the desert to be tempted of the enemy three major ways:

1)     of the flesh Lust

2)     Lust of the eyes

3)     Pride of life

I John 2:16
For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the
Father but is of the world.

I am going to take you through the fires with me so you can see how satan has tried to destroy me and
keep me from my destiny.

Spiritually it has been like a woman who is pregnant. She goes through three (3) trimesters before
giving birth to a ‘new’ born.

As I write this Bob, my partner in life and Marilyn, my prayer partner, both being partners in ministry,
have shared in these ploys of satan, but I am relating to you what happened to me and how I handled it.
The Lord wants me to share with you for the next three weeks my encounters and my victories.

I had come down into our home sanctuary to pray. I began listening to some worship music. As I sat
there I realized that my mind was straying to different thoughts. I stopped and began to analyze what
had been happening in my life since the new year began. The following is what I saw:

In January of this year, which on the Jewish Calendar is the year 5768.

*****Notice*****

When I heard the Jewish date for this year my spirit leaped within me….this is what I saw:

1)     The number five (5) stands for GRACE

2)     The number seven (7) is God’s number for COMPLETION

3)     The number six (6) is MAN’s number and SATAN’s number

4)     The number eight (8) is for NEW BEGINNINGS

5 – GRACE    7 – COMPLETION   

6 – MAN         8 – NEW BEGINNINGS

Digging deeper we see:

1)     FIVE - We are living under God’s time of Grace and Great Grace through His Son Jesus Christ.

2)     SEVEN - We have completed the times of testing, trials, storms and fires.

3)     SIX – God gave man His power and strength and told him to ‘Go and preach the gospel to all
mankind.

4)     EIGHT – Is God’s number for NEW BEGINNINGS

Now let us dissect this further:

God’s Grace through Jesus Christ has taught us and brought us through the desert times of testing and
preparing us for our destiny. Those who are hungry and thirsty for an intimate relationship with Jesus
have passed through the fires and storms and are ready to cross over to the other side……go up higher
with Jesus.

Man has been given the ‘keys’ and the tools to win the lost for Jesus. Man has failed in many aspects of
ministry. Not intentionally, he has put rules and regulations and his own interpretations upon his flocks;
hindering their growth……putting them back into bondage…man’s time has ended.

God is rearing up a ‘new’ generation. A generation who refuses to be bound; a generation who will not
bow to man’s rules and regulations, but listen to the Holy Spirit. This does not mean they abuse
authority over them, it means God’s Word is to be ultimately obeyed. This generation will not be afraid of
the enemy; they will run into the enemy’s camp and take back what has been stolen from them with
boldness and authority; things like:

1) Time              2) Peace           3) Joy             4) Money

5) Family           6) Jobs             7) Promises   8) Liberty

God is building an Army; a generation who will put on God’s suit of Armor and demand the enemy to give
back what he stole. They will run fast and hard into his camp…..fearing nothing for they understand who
walks before them. They will be given new revelations, new dreams, new visions, greater sermons,
greater music, greater prophesies. They will march with the fury and power of the Lord and everything
and anything that tries to hinder them; the bondages that satan will try to bind them with will fall like
dust to the earth.

This, my friends, is the ‘New’ generation of believers. And those of us who are hungry and thirsty will be
in this number…..In this army there are no wimps. They will be strong in faith. This army the Lord is
preparing, I believe will see His Glory upon the earth once again.

I just had to share that with all of you before continuing to share the three ploys or pit falls satan
prepared for my destruction.  It all fits together as we travel this road for the next three weeks.

On several occasions the Holy Spirit spoke to me telling me I would speak to many nations. I believe
every trial, test, and fire was preparing me for the destiny He had planned from the beginning. God will
never send you out without preparing you first.

Every woman who is pregnant goes through some scary, emotional, dramatic changes. Some of these
changes may even threaten the life of the baby in the first, second or third trimester.  As moms or
moms-to-be we will fight for the life of our child with all our strength….it works the same way spiritually.

When satan comes in to destroy you, we are to fight with all our strength….knowing ‘our strength is in
the Lord and He has already won the war!’

During the first of this year. 2008, the Lord spoke to us and said, “It is time for you to go and reap the
harvest.”

Now if the Lord had spoken to you about preaching to the nations and your heart was hungry to preach
the Word wherever, whenever the opportunity arose….wouldn’t you think it is time to be released into
your destiny? That would be the natural reaction.

We knew the Lord had been teaching/training us for service; and felt we were being launching
forward….but there were more lessons to learn more rivers to cross.

We discontinued our services on Sunday so we could begin visiting other churches to see what and/or
where God would place us to minister. We did not want to abandon our services completely; because of
those who might need encouragement. So we continued to have services on Thursday night in our
home.

For the last three years, or so, God has been speaking to us about changes….great changes were
coming….suddenly(s) and quickly(s) were coming….be prepared. Naturally, in our carnal minds we are
thinking: EXPLOSION IN MINISTRY! All the things He had been teaching/training us for; all the talents,
gifts, ideas He had been giving us were for this hour……we were about to be launched forth.
Excitement filled our hearts with expectations we could hardly contain.

During the first few weeks we visited several churches. Although we enjoyed worshipping with many of
them no place had settled in our spirit.

During this time Power In Unity Ministry had been planting seeds into the good soil of other ministries
and through the writing of Sermon Books. The Lord had told me to write the books putting a CD in the
back of the preaching; which we gave away freely…..sowing the Word of God into other lives.

…..SUDDENLY…..

The well of finances dried up. I had never heard of that happening before. Because I know God NEVER
divides nor subtracts…..He always adds and multiples ‘abundantly’.

We had also been given the opportunity to plant seed into five (5) different countries if we could get a
program costing $900.00, to translate into different languages. We were planting and plowing the
ground for new territories. The doors were seemingly expanding our ministry.

My thoughts immediately went to: What have I done wrong? I must be out of God’s will. I have really
missed God’s plan, etc, etc, etc..

Than I stopped…..realizing my Jesus does not accuse me….He encourages and strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

John 15:4-5
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither
can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches, He who abides in Me, and I in him,
bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

That helped me to see that prophetic Words from the Lord are always what I call Love Letters. They
come with promises, revelations and warnings.

So I realized that the ‘suddenly(s)’ and ‘quickly(s)’ are also warnings of the enemy attacks to weaken
our faith and keep us from our destiny and/or tests to see what we will do.

Satan would have us forget the Word; such as Matthew 6:33:

Matthews 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Or this one in Hebrews 13:5-6

Hebrews 13:5-6
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself
has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: The LORD is my helper; I will
not fear. What can man do to me?”

And this one where He says He is closer than a brother:

Proverbs 18:24
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

And how about Isaiah 60:2 where He warns us about the coming darkness:

Isaiah 60:2
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise
over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.


This scripture not only warns us about darkness on the earth, but about the ‘deep’ darkness that will
come over His people…..but it comes with an amazing promise. THE LORD WILL ARISE ‘OVER’ YOU AND
‘HIS GLORY’ WILL BE SEEN ‘UPON’ YOU!

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Promise.

Here my spirit began to be lifted higher and higher. I also began searching my life to see what I could
have done. I am not perfect by a long shot, but to my knowledge I had followed His lead to the best of my
ability; separated myself unto holiness and walking in His Righteousness.

Isaiah 45:24
He shall say, “Surely in the LORD I have righteousness and strength….

Luke 1:75
“In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

Romans 1:17
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “The just shall live by
faith.”

So……in spite of the negative thoughts flashing through my mind I had the right to claim God’s Word
into my life. Words such as written by the Prophet Isaiah 53:5

Isaiah 53:5
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement of
our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

And scriptures like I Peter 2:5:

I AM PART OF HOLY PRIESTHOOD

I Peter 2:5
You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

In Deuteronomy

I AM BLESSED COMING AND GOING

Deuteronomy 28:6
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

In II Corinthians

I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE KING

II Corinthians 6:18
“I will be a Father to you and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”

In Romans

I AM AN HEIR

Romans 8:17
And if children then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we
may also be glorified together.

In Deuteronomy

I AM THE HEAD ONLY

Deuteronomy 28:13
“And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if
you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today and are careful to
observe them.

And in Psalm 23:5 He says:

Psalm 23:5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

Then there is in Matthew where He says He has given me the ‘keys’ to bind and loose:

Matthew 16:19
“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in
heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

And in Psalm 91:7 He tells me that ‘nothing shall harm me’:

Psalm 91:7
A thousand may fall at your side; and ten thousand at your right hand. But it shall not come near you.

Then He tells me I have ‘authority’ in HIM to trample all my enemies:

Luke 10:19
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the
enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

I have all this because of this Jesus, whom the Father raised from the dead:

Ephesians 1:19-23
And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of
His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His
right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and
every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things
under His feet and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of
Him who fills all in all.

Now I have been strengthened by renewing myself in His Word:

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall run and not be weary, they shall
walk and not faint.

I now realized that the enemy was trying to steal my joy, peace and strength through lies and
deceptions….so I stood up put on my Father’s suit of Armor, drew my sword out and prepared for battle.
Now I understood the battle was not carnal, where I could fight with earthly weapons, but a spiritual war
for my soul:

Ephesians 6:13-18
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having
done all to stand, therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of
righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, above all, taking
the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take
the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

II Corinthians 10:4-6
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting
down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every
thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Ephesians 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

I also learned that God’s time table is usually not my time table; at the same time I heard Him say to me
Acts 1:7-8:

Acts 1:7-8
And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own
authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be
witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

This reaffirmed my destiny to speak His Word around this world. How He is going to bring it about is His
business…..mine is to walk the walk in obedience, faith and love.

It made me understand even more He IS Alpha and Omega. He knows the beginning to the end of the
picture; for He IS the Beginning and the End. He has always been and will always be.

He IS God Almighty, El-shad-di, the All-Sufficient One who wishes none to perish but all to come to
repentance.

II Peter 3:8-9
But beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
but is longsuffering toward us, not willing any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Now I asked myself:

1)  What have I learned?

Answer: That satan will use the scripture, turning it around and upside down to cause you to stumble
and/or fall. But here again the Lord taught us to use the Word against him:

Jude 24-25
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence
of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior; who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion
and power both now and forever. Amen

Psalm 91:11
For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall
bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone.

2) When given visions, dreams or prophetic words what should I do?

Answer: Pray and ask the Holy Spirit for the ‘full’ and ‘complete’ understanding; because the carnal
mind does not understand spiritual things:

Isaiah 11:2
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, and Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of
counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

I Corinthians 2:10
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep
things of God.

Romans 8:6-8
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal
mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then those who
are in the flesh cannot please God.

I Corinthians 2:12-14
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know
the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which
man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But
the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can
he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The first attempt to destroy me and kept me from my appointed destiny…..my first trimester…..has
been defeated by the Word of God

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