1/31/19 Mary Martha.
Betty Love. Look and Look Again.
Danette Riley. Good evening ladies. We welcome you to Mary Martha Ladies Ministry.
Father, we thank you for this time and for every woman who is gathered here. We thank you that you have called them in from the north, the south, the east and the west. We thank you for those that are called here, for those who have an appointment, not with us but with you.
We thank you for this night and for Betty, for what she means to you and to the body of Christ. We thank you for this apostle, the founder of Miracle City and Love Ministries, that she is an apostolic prophet and that she is sent. I thank you that she is true blue, that she is your daughter and your handmaiden.
I thank you for the word that is in her. We make a demand on the anointing that is in her and that tonight she has a now word. Lord, we’ve all come in one way but I thank you that we will go out another way—changed. I thank you that as she preaches the word that signs, wonders and miracles follow. We just thank you for that.
We thank you also Lord, that this is good ground. And as your handmaiden, Nancy, talked about earlier, Lord, she brought the word in remembrance of years ago. I thank you that there are those of us who stand here who have been a part of this ministry and received from it for years, some of us 25, 28 years. This is good ground.
And Lord, as we pass the basket, I thank you that what is given is given into good ground, that it multiplies. Your word does not return void, but it accomplishes the purpose for which it is sent. And as these ladies give, you said to give and it would be given unto us, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over would you cause men to give into our bosom. And I thank you that as we give tonight, as we pour into, Lord, you said that you would open the windows of heaven and pour out onto us. And Lord we thank you for it in Jesus name. Amen.
Anna Love. ?I raise a hallelujah in the presence of my enemies, louder than my unbelief. My weapon is a melody. Heaven comes to fight for me. I’m gonna sing in the middle of the storm. Up from the ashes, hope will arise. Death is defeated. The King is alive. Our King is alive.
Oh Spirit of the Living God come blow on us, come breathe on us. Come stir the waters. Stir up your waters on the inside of us tonight. Where you are, there is life.
Stir it up. Living waters. He wants to stir our waters and send his rain. He wants to drench us in his living waters, from the top to the bottom, from the surface to the deep.
He wants to bring life back to your waters. Holy Spirit breathe on our waters.
Oh we make an exchange tonight. To never be the same. Forever changed.
What was torn you mend again. You redesign the tattered thread by thread. What was weathered by the storm, You rebuild. You make whole.
Joy, begin to rise. Hope, begin to light the dark. Our God exchanges old for new.
We are exchanging old for new. We make the exchange. Old for new. You’re giving us new things. We receive your new. Guilt and shame got to go. You make all things possible.
?There’s nothing that your love won’t do. Not a mountain faith won’t move. There’s power in the blood, the power of the cross. He brings us back to life, to purpose, to joy, to destiny, to who we are and whose we are. You know me.
You brought me to the end of myself. You gave me a new song and I’m letting go. Falling into you tonight. We let you have control. Do whatever you like. Do what you want to do in us.
Betty. Here we are Lord. Here am I. We’ve come to look and look again.
Anna. Here we are. We’ve come to look and look again. And God I look to you. You give me visions to see things like you do. You’re where my help comes from. You give me wisdom. You know just what to do. You know me. You satisfy me. I fix my eyes, my gaze, on you Lord. I won’t look away from you. I’ll set my heart on you.
Oh your love is strong, Jesus. Let love rain on our hearts tonight. I can feel his rain. He’s raining in this place. It’s raining down. We’re seated tonight. I will stand in your rain and let you wash away anything.
Betty. You can have it all. Every part of me.
Anna. You can have it all Lord. Every part of my world. Take this life and breathe on. This heart is now yours. You can have my whole heart. Undivided.
Betty. I’m gonna look to see in this place tonight. I’m gonna look to see what He will say to us. Gonna look to see what He will say to me. You’re gonna look to see what He’s gonna say to you in this place tonight. Every hope deferred place He’s gonna remove. Every hope deferred place.
Betty Love. The Word of God says a longing fulfilled is the tree of life. Hope deferred makes the heart sick. But a longing fulfilled is the tree of life.
I was in my office yesterday and Anna was in hers. She called out to me and asked, Do you know what you’re speaking on tomorrow? I said, Not yet; but I will. As soon as I said that, He said, “Look and look again.” So the word to us tonight via Holy Spirit from the heart of God is, “Look and look again.” And I believe with all my heart there is an impartation here for you tonight. I believe that there is going to be a willingness for you to go again.
He is going to breathe the breath of life into you and He is going to rain on you in this place. He’s going to revision, he’s going to renew, he’s going to refresh us. He’s going to do for you and me what we can’t do in our own strength.
Father, I thank you for your presence. Not only your presence but heaven is here. This is your house. We are your house. Holy Spirit, I thank you that your breath, your Ruach, rain, rivers are in this place tonight. And Lord I thank you that you’re going to work with us to confirm your word with signs following.
I thank you Lord that you are going to the very depths of our being; Lord, in our hearts, our mind, will, emotion, our thinking, our reflection, the determination of our will, the seat of our appetites, the seat of courage. Everything that the Hebrew word LEB, the heart, means. The Lord is going into those places.
More than anything, I believe the Lord is going to empower you. He is going to energize you. He is going to quicken you to be able to go again again. To be willing to get up and go and look. And go again and again and again and again and again and again and again until you see.
And Father, I thank you that in this season and in this new era that you are mantling us with a fresh mantle of the apostolic prophetic anointing. And Lord I thank you for the prophetic destiny that is stored in every believer in this room, even those that are watching by facebook, that it is for such a time as this.
I thank you Lord God that we have come. Some of us have been waiting on the promises of God for years and years and years. Some of you in this room maybe have felt like you’ve been in a drought or a famine, or you’ve been in a land where it appears to be desolate. The very word the Lord brought me to is out of I Kings 18:1-2, during the third year without rain. This is the time and season when, because of Baal worship, the heavens had been shut up. Jezebel and Ahab were in charge, so to speak. Then there was a great showdown.
I believe we are in a season where the kingdom of God is going to hit head-on with the kingdom of darkness. I believe the word of the Lord that he has spoken to us, The hand of the Lord is stretched out and he is pushing back the resistance. And I believe you are in this place tonight because the things that have buffeted you, the things that have worn you out and worn you down, the things that have made parts and pieces of your land dry, or there’s been a famine, I hear the Lord saying there’s a breakthrough. There’s a cloud the size of a man’s hand that is approaching.
And the Lord says you’re going to see simultaneously and instantaneously things restored. And where it has been dry, where it has been burned up, a scorched-earth policy, you going to see a rain in the spirit; you’re going to see things come alive again.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life.
One of the meanings for the word Heart in Hebrew is LEB. One of those meanings is the determination of your will. I believe that any place you have been wounded in the determination of your will, the Lord is coming tonight and He is going to restore that.
When you and I get wounded in an area or in that, hope deferred, it doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen. It just means that it’s been so long. If something is deferred, it’s delayed or put off.
Many times the enemy will start the business of, Did God really say? And you begin to doubt. The Lord is saying to doubt your doubts. I’m not a man that I can lie or the son of man that I can change my mind. My promises are not yes and no. They are Yes in Christ and it is through Him that we say the Amen. It’s through Jesus that we say Amen. I want you to know this afternoon I heard “Amen.” And it came out of heaven first. I’m hearing Amen. Let it be. When God says, Let it be, it’s coming. Amen?
I Kings 18:1-2. The Lord spoke this word to Elijah. ‘Go and meet King Ahab and I will soon send rain.’ So Elijah went to meet Ahab. When the Lord says, I will soon do this, or I am soon going to do that. He is going to do what he said he’s going to do. Our part when he instructs us or he tells us to go, we do what he says to do.
So Elijah responded and then we have the great showdown on Mount Carmel between the prophets of Baal and the prophet of God. They called on their god and he called on his God and he said the God who answers by fire, he is God. Choose whom you’re going to serve. It was a national showdown.
I’ll tell you what we have become aware of and what our intercessors have picked up in the spirit realm. It’s the truth. It’s on a national level. It’s on many levels in the mountains of society in this hour; but there is a big seducing spirit of Absalom and Delilah that’s coming to try to move people off their purpose and their destiny.
The Lord is raising us a Josiah Company, a Josiah Generation. He is raising up Josiahs who will bring reform. I believe you are in this place because God has given you a vision and a purpose and a destiny and you are part of a remnant God is raising up in this hour.
The Lord says it’s time to shake the dust off your feet and forget those things that are behind. It’s time to press on toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus because you’re it. You have a calling and a purpose and a destiny so He is reaching out His hand to break you out of hope deferred places. And restore your hope and revision you and renew your dreams because they really do come true.
Then Elijah—now they have their showdown and we know who won—God is God and there is no other. He is the God of the heavens and the earth. And Jesus said, All authority is given unto me in heaven and on earth. The promise that is made to you is good from the One who made it and He will back it up.
And every true word of God that He has spoken to you—every word of God is not without power. His word has power to create and accomplish what He sent it to do. And I hear the Lord say, “I’m working it. Because I work all things to the good of those that love me and are called according to MY purpose.” He is working it, now. He even works in us to will and act for His good pleasure.
So the showdown has come and then in I Kings 18:41, Elijah said to Ahab, Now go eat and drink because a heavy rain is coming. So Ahab went to eat and drink. At the same time Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel where he bent down to the ground with his head between his knees.
Some of you have been bending down. Some of you have been face first crying out to God, bent. Some of you have cried like me, Bend me Lord. I heard one of our intercessors saying that as they received the word of the Lord, they had to go low. That’s what Dottie was bringing last night. I had to go low. I felt like I wanted to get down.
So King Ahab went to eat and drink and the prophet goes to the top of the mountain and he bends down to the ground with his head between his knees.
Then Elijah said to his servant, go and look toward the sea. The servant went and looked, I see nothing, he said. Elijah told him, Go and look again. This happened seven times.
The Lord is saying to you and me, “It’s time to look and look again.” He is saying to you in this room, you need to look and look again because it’s coming. And the determination of your will—if you have been wounded in the determination of your will, it’s hard to get up or get out of bed or get out of that place and go and look again. Because you’ve done it again and again and again and again and you haven’t seen anything.
But the Lord is saying to you tonight. It is a now word for you in this room. I’ve not spoken this anywhere else. It is time to look and look again.
And seven times the servant of Elijah went. It says in :44, the seventh time the servant said, I see a small cloud the size of a man’s fist or his hand. Think about it. I’ve stood on Mount Carmel and you can see Jerusalem. It is a high place with miles of view.
So it has been three years and no rain and no clouds. And the servant goes again and again and again. Look again. Look again. Look again. Look again.
The hand of the Lord is stretched out and he is pushing back the resistance. And whatever has prevented or diverted or perverted the rain of God coming and raining upon you and upon your land, I hear the Lord saying, “Done deal. It’s over because my hand is stretched forth.”
Elijah told the servant, Go to Ahab and tell him to get his chariot ready and go home now. Otherwise, the rain will stop him. After a short time the sky was covered with dark clouds and the wind began to blow and soon a heavy rain began to fall. Ahab got in his chariot and started back to Jezreel.
The Lord gave his power to Elijah. It says the Spirit of the Lord came upon Elijah. Who tightened his clothes round about him and ran ahead of King Ahab all the way to Jezreel. He outran the chariot. You can’t make that up.
Deuteronomy 4:29. But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
The Lord has called you and me to look and look again. And we’re not looking out there. We are looking to Him. Fix your eyes on Me. Fix your eyes on Me. I’m the Author. I’m the Perfecter of your faith. I’m the Finisher of your faith. Set your heart and your mind on things above where you’re seated. Look and look again. Because if you seek me with all of your heart and soul, you will find me.
Our answers are in Him. Every question, every desire that you have, every true desire from God, He put it there. So the answers that you need are going to be found in Him. He created you. He knows what your purpose is. He’s got your next. He’s given us HIs Spirit to show us what it is. He will locate where you are. God knows exactly where you are and where you stay. And where you are in your destiny and your walk.
Sometimes we need Him to locate us for us. I don’t know where I am. I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know where I’m supposed to be. Locate me. You’re going to locate who you really are when you fix on His eyes and you look into His face.
I believe out of all the scriptures I could have pulled tonight to look and look again, He has given us these words. There are some of you in this room tonight and you are at a crossroads place.
Jeremiah 6:16. This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
Look. Ask for the ancient paths. Ask where the good way is and walk in it. And you will find rest for your souls. Stand at the crossroads and look. Let me tell you something. I’m not looking directionally. You know where my ‘look’ is? I’m going to raise my gaze. I’m going to fix my eyes on Him. I’m not going to move until I hear the voice of the Lord in my ear saying, This is the way. Walk in it.
There is an ancient path. There are God’s ways and then there are man’s ways. I don’t want man’s way. I don’t even want my way. My way doesn’t work. Most all of you in here are seasoned enough or old enough to know; been there, done that, don’t want to do it my way. There is a way that seems right to a man but it ends in death. I want a robe of life, so I know that there is an ancient path. There is a way in God. There is a path that is already cut out for my destiny.
And He is able to put us back on path, recalibrate, reset, refocus, revision, renew, refresh, all of the re re re re re. We’re going. I believe that’s why we’re here tonight.
“I want to give you a fresh perspective. I want to give you a new heart and mind. I want to bring you out of the weary places where you have been worn down in your soul. And you are tired of dealing with life and circumstances and situations. And I have seen that you have come again again. Look and look again and see what I’ve ordained for you because it’s good. It’s life-giving.”
Some of you are stepping into places that you will say, I was born for this. See, I know that when I stand up here and I minister and I teach and I hit that ‘clothed’ mode, I know that I have been destined for this my entire life. I’m in the right place at the right time doing what He has called me to do. The Lord says He is setting you in your places, renewed, revisioned, refreshed, and ready to run.
You’re not going to have a famine of the word of God in your life and you’re not going to have drought in your land. I don’t care what you see happening in this nation, happening in your city or your sphere of influence, there was light in Goshen, you hear me? You can either come up in God and see the way He sees or you can stay down below. But there is a much better view up high. And we’re not trying to get there. We’re seated there in the heavenly realm.
Habakkuk 2. This is an invitation. I believe with all of my heart that you’re about to have vision open up to you like never before. There is a book sitting back here on this table. I wrote this book; well the Lord wrote this book, honestly. It’s a 50-day devotional. It’s called Catching an Early Flight with the Lord.
There was an event on 7/7/07 called The Call. Many ministries converged together. It was a call to repentance to our nation and a call for us to divorce Baal. It had been 40 hears since the 60s. There were churches across the nation, there were individuals outside of this country, that were fasting and praying for the Lord to restore this nation. And that the altars of Baal be torn down. We were serving a divorce certificate as an apostolic army to Baal as a nation.
So we gathered on 7/7/07 at Titan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. It was the most awesome gathering. Misty Edwards sang, You won’t relent until you have it all. My heart is yours. Everybody in Christiandom knows that song. It was the first time.
We had fasted as a church. Kimble, Anna and I had fasted a 30-day Daniel fast. The Call was on a Saturday. The parade we marched in through the city was miles long. It was a silent prayer walk. No one shouted Jesus or Hallelujah. There was no sound.
But we marched 3 or 4 miles and everybody knew who was marching through the streets, through downtown to Titan Stadium. You would top a hill and see a sea of people. The street was covered with colors and skin colors and clothing. People were weeping, tears rolling down faces, walking through the street, standing for our nation. It was incredible.
I can hear the sound of rain. So many prayer initiatives. So many prayers that you’ve prayed, prayers you’ve been a part of for your territory, for your region. And we’re not quitting. But God is going to do what He said. He’s not through with this nation. And He’s not through with you and He’s not through with me.
I heard the Lord say right before Christmas, We’ve only just begun to live. We’ve only just begun.
I woke up on Monday morning after The Call and I would have told you I was on top of my game, now. Forty day fast, right? And I realized when I woke up on that Monday morning and could hear surround sound Misty Edwards and the guy who sang it with her, like it was going through my house on the best speakers. I said, Lord what is this? Then He began to dig in my heart. And He began to show me that I had boarded-up places.
Sons are a heritage from the Lord. Children are a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gates. I hear the Lord saying, “You’re about to take your gates.”
Father is calling his children up into his throne room in order to heal our hearts. Many of us have wounds, hurts, broken places, baggage, boarded-up places, walls in our life, and Father God desires to bring healing and restoration to you through Jesus and by His Holy Spirit. He desires to release in your life a revelation of the spirit of adoption and sonship like never before. This will only come through a revelation of the Father’s heart and the completed work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. It is time. Revelation brings transformation.
Revelation brings transformation. Revelation of this? (looking down) No. Revelation of this. (looking up) Look and look again. When you look into the face of Jesus, transformation takes place. We all behold with unveiled faces, as looking in a mirror, the glory of the Lord. And we are being transformed by the Lord who is the Spirit. He is doing an inside-out work in your life and my life.
And I hear the Lord saying, not just in regard to this (word), but in regard to this (word), residue that has remained in you from past seasons, tonight in this place He is going to wash it away. You’re not going to have fruitful places and barren places in your life anymore. He’s saying, Look and look again, and look at Me. I’ve got this. I’ve had it since before the foundations of the earth. I know where you are. I know what season you’re in. I know the places where you feel weak but I am strong. I know the conflict within and the conflict without. But I’ve got this.
Now, I’m reading what He told me that I wrote down in that moment. What I realized on July 9, 2007, when I got up and got in my spot, surround sound, I got on the couch because I couldn’t stand up. I was overwhelmed with the power of God. I thought, Oh this is going to be really good. You know what He did? He stuck His hand in my heart and I realized I had anger places. I was so mad. I was fire hot mad. I was so mad that I cried. Have you ever been so mad at somebody or something that you cried? I had no idea I had that level of pain or anger in me.
When I stand before you or I stand to minister I want to be clean. So we are going to be repented up as far as we know. So if you had asked me, Do you have unforgiveness? Do you have bitterness? Do you have anger in your heart? I would have said, Absolutely not, now, come on! I didn’t know it was there until He said, I won’t relent until I have it all. Your heart is mine. We’re going to do some heart work and I’m going into some places of wounding and hurt. And where you have boarded up those places, I’m going to uproot, tear down, destroy and overthrow; and I’m going to heal your heart.
And I’m going to do for you what you’ve not been able to do for yourself. And plop plop fizz fizz won’t take care of it. It’s the truth. And then He said. And I’m thinking, Oh dear God! I’m undone now. So I write:
‘Recently I had an experience with the Father during a time of prayer. On the Monday morning after returning from The Call in Nashville, Tennessee, I awakened to the song that Misty Edwards led with at that event and I sang it over and over: You won’t relent until you have it all. My heart is yours. ?You won’t relent until you have it all. My heart is yours.
I was caught up in visions and I saw myself in the Father’s lap wrapped in a baby blue receiving blanket. My ear was pressed to the Father’s chest and I could hear His heartbeat. Immediately I began to experience hurt in areas of my heart that I didn’t know existed. These were areas that had been boarded up, walled up, in my life. And the pain and the anger was tremendous. The hurt took my breath. It was shocking to me to realize that it was there.
I cried out to the Father, I hurt. I could hardly say the word. And the Father said, Allow the rhythm of my heart to calm your heart. I could literally hear the heartbeat of the Father. I began to experience the Father’s love, comfort, calm and rest in a particular area. Then another place would be revealed causing me to cry out, I need the rhythm of your heart to calm my heart.
I continued to see the vision of myself in His arms, and the Father was holding me. (And he wants to hold you.) And the word of the Lord came clearly to me, We, the Godhead, understand hurt.
Do you know the Godhead understands hurt? He understands pain. He knows what it is to be grieved. He talked about it Sunday. He is wicking out wickedness out of His people. And one of the first things we see in Genesis is He says, I am grieved that I have made man. It hurt His heart. He was in pain. He understands.
We, the Godhead, understand hurt. Then Jesus said, I understand the human side. (Now I’m hearing this. I’m hearing God.) Have you ever heard someone say, If I could just get inside your brain? If I could just get inside that piece of machinery and see what makes it tick, see the broken places? He said, I got inside humankind.
Philippians says He became like us so we could become like Him. This encounter tonight is about you and me becoming like Him.
The Lord continued to speak. He said:
Too many people go into the heavenly places and then they come down and go right back to the baggage claim area. Betty, what’s the first thing you do when you get to the airport when you’re going somewhere? I said, You check your baggage. He said, What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at your destination? Well, you get off the plane and you pick your baggage back up.
He said that’s what people do. They come into the house and worship me. They enjoy my presence and just open their hearts. Then they pick their stuff up and go back out. Or they never get rid of it. They just squash it down. He said, Enough. I am going into those places. This is an invitation for 50 days to catch an early flight with me and I’m going to begin to work in your heart. That was on July 9 and He worked with me.
He said, This is not just for you. It’s for the body of Christ. I’m writing a devotional. On August 1, 2007, we posted the first session that I got. I want you to know there were places that I came to the first go around that I could not get beyond a day. And I would have to stay two or three days. In the devotional it was, We’re going to stay here a few days. I did that numerous times during the writing of the 50 days and that lead I had from July 9 until August 1, got swallowed up.
At that time I was speaking every week in Jackson, Mississippi. I had picked up a whole group of people who were following, waiting. They were working it every day with me. So I was under the gun. If you know me, I’m not one to let it fall to the ground unless God just doesn’t let me catch it. There was no way there was not going to be a devotional. The only way it wouldn’t be was if I did not let Him do it. He had made a commitment. 50 days, I’m going to work in your heart and I’m going to do for you what you can’t do.
Some people, because of trauma and drama and stuff in their life, have a real issue with authority. Sitting in His lap—I don’t think so. That’s just freaky. But what it does is put you in a place to be healed. It puts you in a place to be able to interact with God, with Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit and to know them. It’s the revelation that brings transformation.
So a book came out of a forty-day fast, and a healing. I’m saying all this to tell you that you’ve come in a time and season where the Lord is saying, Look and look again. There are promises. There are witty inventions. There are things that God has put within you through dreams. They’re God dreams. And He is saying, Don’t let go. It is time to look and look again.
That brings us to Habakkuk and I’m going to look to see what He will say to me. Then I’m going to write the vision and make it plain. He has models coming out of the heavenly realm for you, blueprints, manuals, mantles so that you can carry it; the means and the manpower to get the job done. So we at Miracle City ended tonight at sundown a 21-day fast.
We’ve had a request for a book. I’m so thankful for Danette. She is doing some revisioning on our books. We will be ministering next weekend in Yazoo City and there has been a request for 25 books, so I brought it. Sitting back there I realized I brought it for another purpose. That was eleven years ago. I’ve been hearing the last few days, ?I’m raising up righteousness. He is raising up righteousness.
It dawned on me that just yesterday, on the 20th day of the fast, the Lord told me, Betty, you are going to write a 70-day devotional. Eleven years ago out of a 40-day fast came a 50-day devotional. This time out of a 21-day fast, wasn’t looking for it, comes another devotional. I believe with all my heart it is going to pack a punch.
We are in the last year of the 5770s, ending a decade of the 70s. It is the Hebraic year 5779. 70 has to do with coming out of captivity and being restored to your land, to your birthright and your destiny.
The Lord said, I am raising up righteousness in this nation. Righteousness exalts a nation. For the next 70 days, Betty, you are going to invite anyone that will do it, you’re going to invite Miracle City/Love Ministry families, anyone they’re connected with, as far as it will go in this nation. And for the next 70 days you are going to present yourself to Me, your self, your territory, your tent, your treasury, your sphere of influence, and you’re going to release the righteousness of your God in Christ Jesus. Release it into the atmosphere, in the earth and under the earth—the righteousness of Jesus.
And it is going to deliver. It will loose things. People are going to come out of captivity. So it is a 70-day devotional of release and coming out of captivity. And it’s all about the righteousness of our God. Eleven years. Happy Day. If you haven’t done the 50 days, I can tell you it is life changing. It changed my life.
This is a call to you in this room. There are those of you in this room who have books in you. You have ministries. In this year of 5779, this Ayin year, Ayin Tet, it’s the Hebraic letter number 9 and it’s in the shape of a womb. There are things you are going to birth in this year. It’s a time to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. We have a good good Father. God does not bring to the point of delivery and not birth.
Habakkuk 2:1-3. I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts. I will look to see what He will say to me and what answer I am to give to this complaint.
Then the Lord replied, Write down the revelation (or the vision) and make it plain on tablets so that a herald my run with it. For the vision (or the revelation) awaits an appointed time. It speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it. It will certainly come and will not delay.
I am hearing just like with Elijah and the children of Israel, the heavens were shut for three years and there was no rain. But in a moment, the Lord said, The rain is coming—soon. So go. And Elijah was in the right place at the right time and he obeyed the Lord and look what God did. He sent the rain.
Habakkuk means Embracer of God. I believe if you are in this room tonight you are an embracer of God.
He said, I will stand at my watch. That word ‘stand’ is abide. Coming into your birthright and the fullness of your destiny is about abiding in Him as He is in you. I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts. You need to get in your place. You need to get in your spot with God and look to see, and do not move from that place until you hear the voice of the Lord.
As surely as I am standing here before you, flesh and blood, I am telling you, the word of God to you is, Look and look again. And you’re going to see. In fact, I call the Seer anointing, visions to be activated and functioning in you even now.
In the last days I will pour out my Spirit. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams. Even on my menservants I will pour out my Spirit and they will prophesy. It is given unto you to know the heart, the mind, the counsel of God. And He is going to do a new thing in you and me.
Psalm 34:4-5. I sought the Lord and he answered me. He delivered me from all of my fears. Those who look to him are radiant. Their faces are never covered with shame.
I believe that any place that you and I have been in fear, the Lord is coming to uproot it, tear it down and destroy it. I know in the 21-day fast that we have been in, the Lord has done multiple things in my life.
I had a dream Saturday morning. I had no idea I had an area of trauma or fear because I don’t operate that way. I’m not nervous. He did that work a long time ago. So I had no idea that I had a trauma from years before and a dread in me. So the Lord gave me a dream. He showed me it was an end to that, a death to that, and a new beginning. He was going to do some things in our lives, and when I saw that coming not to fear it or dread it. It was going to be the right time and the right season for it. And it would not end how it had in the past. So that I needed to embrace.
I sought the Lord and he answered me and he delivered me from all my fears. When I woke up from the dream I asked, Lord what does this mean? Because I could see how it could go and I was like, oh dear God. The Lord said, You’ve had a fear there. It’s been produced by trauma that’s not of your doing; but when you see these things happening, it strikes fear in your heart.
And he said, We’re not going to have it this time. I’m uprooting it. I’m removing it. And he did it. He did it. Because he does what he says he will do. He watches over his word to perform it.
Psalm 34. I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me: let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
That’s a promise to you.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
I hear the Lord saying even now out of Isaiah. I announce I will restore twice as much to you. Instead of your shame you will inherit a double portion in your land. He is a God of restoration. It’s time to get over your past failures. It doesn’t matter what it was. I don’t care if it was yesterday. He is well able to bring you out and away from it. When he removes it, it is as far as the east is from the west. He says, Your sins and lawless acts I will remember no more. Sometimes he just wants to say to you and me, Get over it and come on. I don’t see it, so you just come on. He’s removing shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
If you’re in trouble tonight I’ve got good news for you. Look and look again because he is a God who saves you out of your troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
This is the Word. This is your word. This is my word. It’s like, Will you take Me at My Word? I know I’m in a room full of people who fear God. That you are worshipers. That you love Jesus with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, and you’re doing the best you can. And He knows that. Sometimes we feel like we’re treading water. And sometimes we feel like we can run through troops and leap over walls. But whatever place we’re in, God knows it. And He doesn’t give up on us because He knows the end from the beginning. He says, I’ll take you there. I’ve got it. Don’t sweat the small stuff or the big stuff because I’ve got this.
:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
The tribe that goes with the Hebraic month of Shevat is Asher. It’s literally about tasting and seeing that the Lord is good. This is an entire year that means, seeing the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. That means Hebraically that when God intersects in your path, when you have an opportunity and you’re at a crossroads, when you choose God and you choose life, the whole path opens up and the goodness of the Lord comes into that place and He puts his provision and his fullness in your path. It’s there.
The Lord is saying, Look and look again. I’ve got it. Just keep moving. He is calling you out of paralysis. He is calling you out of the stuck places, physically, mentally, spiritually. Whatever has held you bound, he’s saying, Come out and be free. You in the last year of the 70s. It doesn’t mean that he can’t deliver on any given day, but this is a kairos fullness of time, end of the end, to come out and be free.
Come out of captivity. I will take you back to your land. I will restore you. I will. In fact, when I started working on the word, I was looking for all the ‘I wills.’ I was just praying and studying yesterday, and I wanted to see every time He said, I will give you, I will bless you, I will do this. You can imagine from Genesis to Revelation every time it’s about Him doing. We just need to do this, (arms outstretched) Here I am. Hit me with your best shot. I’m so glad he loves me! He is a good Father. And He’s fun. He can be serious. And He knows where we stay. And He knows what floats our boat and what sinks our ship. He just does. And He knows where we shoot ourselves. But He keeps on keeping on. He’s relentless. His love is relentless.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his saints, holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.
This is a worshiper in awe of Him. He is all that. He is Wonderful, the Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Living God, the Alpha, the Omega, the Beginning and the End, our Bright and Morning Star. He’s the Cornerstone and the Sure Foundation. He’s Abraham’s ram, the Glory and the lifter of our heads. He’s Aaron’s rod that budded. He’s never late and He’s Joshua’s sun that stood still. He’s King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And He’s my friend, and He’s your friend. He is something now. He is God. He’s Jehovah Jireh and Jehovah Rapha, and Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness. He’s Yahweh and Adonai Elohim.
Elohim is the plurality of God. In the beginning God. In the beginning Elohim. He is Wonderful. And He’s our Father, our Abba.
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Come my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. And that’s your word. Look and look again. ?My deliverer is coming.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous man may have troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The Lord will redeem his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
Psalm 105:4. Look to the Lord and his strength. Seek his face always.
Psalm 145:15-16. The eyes of all look to you and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
Psalm 145:13. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving to all he has made. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up those who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you and you give them their food at the proper time. He will open his hand and satisfy you with good things. Because He’s a good good Father.
Psalm 105. Give thanks to the Lord. Call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. (Look and look again.) Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
He remembers his covenant forever, his word (the promise) he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.’
When God says, This is your land, it’s your land. When He gives you something, He does not take it back. He does not lie. He does not change His mind.
When we talk about Look and Look Again, words that relate to that. I don’t know in every area of your life but I believe it has a lot to do with your vision, your purpose, and your destiny. It has to do with your next. He will revision you. I believe that He is going to pro-horizon you. When you stand and look, you might have been able to see a short way or six months from now. I believe He is going to bring you to a place and He is going to extend your ability to see.
Where some of you have thought, Am I done? Am I finished? Is this all? Is there anything else? He is about to surprise you. He is going to open your eyes to see and your ears to hear, your heart to understand and he is going to reset you and recalibrate, and renew and give you that second wind to run. It’s more than running this time. You’re going to soar in places. You can walk. You can run. And you can mount up. It’s time to fly.
When I looked at synonyms ‘to look at again,’ it means to brush up, to call to mind. For times sake I wasn’t going to read this, but there are so many places in songs that the Lord has them remember the miracles, review what the Lord has done. We need to remember what He has done for us. We need to rejoice.
How many of you have had the Lord heal your body physically? Most everybody in here. How many have had a financial breakthrough where you had a great need and He came through? All of us. And then we find out He’s a Provider and that He’s on time. Then we go through a series of times where we are riding in the hot seat every time and then we break through and realize, You know what? He is faithful and He will take care of this. It’s a good thing to hit that place where you know that you know that He’s my Healer. You know He’s your Deliverer.
He is saying, Call to mind and bring to remembrance what I’ve said. Yesterday morning when I was sitting with the Father, I had a vision and I saw Him take a book and scrolls and He opened it up. I saw incense come off the page and He breathed it in, and he enjoyed it. He said it’s like when you get a card and you go back and read it.
I had done this the day before. Our fast was TV and I had read and prayed and sometimes you just need to ‘Be.’ I don’t know if I want it back on. But I opened my desk drawer and there were cards. There was a card from Anna and there was a card from Kimble III in his handwriting, writing to Mom. I read those cards and they blessed me. How many of you have cards?
The Lord said, You know how you opened those cards? He said, Betty, I have every prayer, every place you laid your life out before Me, every broken place, every act of worship. I remember when I understood the call of God on my life. I would walk out and look up at the stars and I was like, You picked me? YOU picked ME! ME! I wouldn’t pick me. YOU picked me. I was overwhelmed at His goodness. That the Creator of the universe would look into the earth and pick the most unlikely, the most unlovely, and He chose me. And when you get a glimpse that He chose you, and He feels the same way about you, and you get that revelation that He loves you and He chose you and He picked you and it doesn’t matter about your past because He can deal with the past, He’s Everything.
He said, I’m opening the books of my children, every place that they’ve worshiped me. He said, I opened your book, Betty. It’s the truth. It’s the truth. I can tell you that I know that I know. He loves you and me and He’s saying, Don’t just be a hearer of the word.
James 1. Humbly accept the word inborn by nature because you’re a son of God, a daughter of God, a child of God. Humbly accept the word that is already inborn by nature.
You’ve already received everything you need from Him for life and godliness, and it’s through your knowledge of Him. It’s intimacy. It’s in the worship place. It’s in the when you look and look again and you look into His face, and He transforms. And he writes on the tablets of your heart. And He causes your thoughts and my thoughts to become agreeable with Him.
So don’t merely listen to the Word, but hear it and do what it says. Don’t be like one who looks in the mirror and goes away and forgets what you look like. He says, I haven’t forgotten what you look like. I’ve got original intent. I know what I ordained for you to be and you’re getting there because I’m going to see to it. I’m going to keep working and I’m not going to relent. He will not relent until He has it ALL.