July 19th, 2017

All-In Discipleship

Zeal for the Lord should consume us (John 2:17): zeal for Jesus, zeal for our Heavenly Father, zeal for His Kingdom on the Earth as it is in Heaven, and zeal for more of Holy Spirit living in and loving through us. The King of kings and His Kingdom IS this life’s goal. He should be the desire of our hearts individually, and also His command to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19 AMP). There is no way to obey that command apart from His supernatural love.

Some in obedience to His command were used to dramatically change the course of my life when I was saved at a Lay Witness Mission, sponsored by several churches on behalf of the youth in our small community, at the age of 14. I have served the Lord with the music He placed within me in the church and in ministry from the age of 11. In my late twenties, I began to sense the Lord drawing me to a wholehearted, 24/7 lifestyle of living for Him that only continues to increase in this NOW time.

We are living in times of Kingdom preparation. There is an urgency to train up this generation to live eternally NOW. How we invest this life matters for all eternity. This generation is called to possess a testimony of having always known and walked with the Lord. You see, when we comprehend at an early age that our identity is rooted and grounded in Christ alone, and that nothing and no one else can ever define us, we become empowered to live for the glory of His name alone and for the advancement of His Kingdom on the Earth.

What are we going to do to prepare our children and youth to live with a personal zeal for the Lord that consumes them? Churches have asked this question amidst the multitude of cultural distractions and diversions. A Willow Creek REVEAL Study by Russ Rainey, Ph.D.. states the following: “Before the research, Willow Creek had been assuming that “the more a person far from God participates in church activities, the more likely it is those activities will produce a person who loves God and loves others.” However, this assumption was found to be invalid by the research. To quote the study: “Does increased attendance in ministry programs automatically equate to spiritual growth? To be brutally honest: it does not.”1

Additionally, 2017 Barna Research states, “Millennials are the least likely generation to regularly go to church; less than three in ten (28%) attend weekly. Only 11% of today’s women see church or religious ‘activities’ as a top priority. However, the research also reveals that people who are disconnected from church – even those who self-identify as Christian – are less likely to engage in other faith activities that include Bible reading, prayer, volunteering, and charitable giving. ‘Whether we want to admit it or not, church attendance roots believers in regular faith rhythms and increases many other related faith practices.’” Barna states, “Millennials are seeking life-shaping relationships, vocational discipleship, are drawn to serve, and desire more of Jesus.”2

The world offers an infinite array of exciting fun, activities, distractions, and diversions. The church, in an attempt to attract attendees, oftentimes tries to offer a vast array of activity options. Realistically, church activities are not the answer. Jesus is the only answer the world is searching for. The church is supposed to be the place where the lost can go to connect with the love of Christ and to encounter more of His living Presence. In searching the Scriptures and the research, however, the bottom line is that activities are not creating disciples who love the Lord and others with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. It’s all about His love living in and flowing through His sons and daughters on behalf of those needing to encounter Him.

It’s time to raise up a generation who are all-in for a discipleship journey of being laborers of love, in the midst of a broken and lost harvest that is plentiful. Our Heavenly Father is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, but we do know there are different seasons in our lives and for the body of Christ (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14). In that way, as believers we can look ahead with the hope of Christ in us to navigate in a new way that looks much different than we have in the past (Isaiah 43:18-21 AMP, “Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. “The beasts of the field will honor Me, Jackals and ostriches, Because I have given waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. “The people whom I formed for Myself Will make known My praise.”)

This generation needs to possess an intimate personal relationship with the living God, i.e. with the Word that is “living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]; sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 AMP). This generation has been created and called to know intimately their identity in Christ, the Word, and how to recognize and fervently obey the leading of Holy Spirit. It is vitally important they learn how to press into worship and prayer, and how to BE vessels of His supernatural love to a hurting world. The few hours per week spent in church on Wednesdays or Sundays, if attendance is even regular, must be focused on awakening these truths. Equipping their spiritual lives – their spirits – is paramount in the times in which we live.

Jesus exhorted His disciples to “Leave the children alone, and do not forbid them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14 AMP). Jesus instructed the children in the exactly the same time, place, and manner as He instructed the adults. I am thankful and blessed someone responded to Jesus’ instruction, and took the time to lead me into an intimate relationship with my Heavenly Father, His Son, my Savior, Lord, and King, and with Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of Truth who guides us into all the truth [full and complete truth], and does not speak on His own initiative, but He speaks whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He discloses to us what is to come [in the future]” (John 16:13 AMP).

We are called to be in the world and not of it. Jesus is worthy of a multigenerational, multicultural Bride who has set herself apart solely as His and His purposes on the Earth as it is in Heaven…wholehearted, 24/7…all-in. It is through this lens I passionately seek to be His vessel of preparing this generation for such a time as this. This is the heartbeat and calling of my Heavenly Father on my life. All glory to Him as His Body co-labors as His hands and feet in the lovingkindness of Him who first loved us!!!

  1. http://www.christiancoachingcenter.org/index.php/russ-rainey/coachingchurch2/
  2. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barna+trends+2017
May 26th, 2016

Make The Switch: A Language Change

If there is one thing I have learned from the journey our family has traversed, it’s that Believers must speak at all times through Heaven’s lens, releasing our Father’s eyes, ears, heart, mind, dreams, and will on the Earth, for such a time as this. By doing so, we become His vessels of releasing all that is good, loving, life giving, redeeming, and restoring! The atmosphere of Heaven contains no darkness, no evil, no negative reports, no anxiety, no fear, no lack, no bad thing…period. Rather, Heaven contains only the truest nature of our Father and King – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, holiness, abundance, and most importantly, the reverential fear/awe of the Lord, which is the beginning of the needed wisdom to navigate these times in which we have been chosen to live.

Neither cultural transformation nor preparing for Christ’s return will manifest through Believers releasing the negative frequencies of the kingdom of darkness, i.e., the lens and language of the culture. Life and death are released through the power of the tongue. New Agers comprehend this. How much more should maturing sons of the Kingdom make the switch from speaking the language of the seen, natural realm, to creating and releasing the abundant life that exists eternally within us through Christ in the unseen realm, i.e., the culture and language of His Kingdom, on the Earth as it is in Heaven, while fasting the speaking of anything less. This is precisely the revelation James addresses in Chapter 3, as well as that which Habakkuk prophesied in 2:14 (AMP), “But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”

We do not have to compromise the Word in order to BE light amidst the darkness…in order to BE His Truth amidst all of the deception – in order to BE all that encompasses the attributes of His grace, love, mercy, redemption, and restoration. This will not manifest by might nor by power, but by His Spirit. We must wholeheartedly align with the leading of Holy Spirit, yielding to His guidance into ALL Truth in the True nature of our King, which is ALWAYS creating and releasing Father’s love and life eternal – ALWAYS turning to good that which the kingdom of darkness intended for harm! Father is searching for those He can show Himself strong on behalf.

In this year where the fog of darkness ‘appears’ to have its ugliest grip amongst the nations, things are never as though they seem. Sons and daughters of the Most High Jehovah, let’s purpose to be Esthers, Daniels, Deborahs, Josephs, Davids, etc. and the vast company of Biblical heroes in our NOW time, i.e.,  those who lead and influence not as the world chooses to lead and influence, but rather in the opposite spirit – through the Words of Christ Himself in Matthew 5 – always grounded in His perfect love, always casting out fear, and always destroying the works of darkness by BEing His Light and Life in both WORDS and deeds.

May 14th, 2016

Fruit That Remains

This morning while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed I stumbled across a Lance Wallnau coaching video. On the video he urges listeners to think back over the times and things they were most passionate about in life. He also exhorted pondering any regrets if taken from Earth today.

In reflecting, the season I was most passionate about in life was the hours and years of intimate daily devotions, prayer, and worship with our six children during our homeschooling years. We also ministered as a family throughout those years in worship, children’s, and family ministries at churches, camps, and conferences. The fruit of choosing to wholeheartedly invest myself and my career/education into our six children is manifesting in our young adults in ways that are beyond abundantly blessing us as parents, and honestly, deeply humbling. I have shared a number of posts about both our sons, who are professional musicians, and the awesome doors the Lord continues to open for them as Kingdom leaders in the music industry. Our second son is currently preparing to step out with his music in ministry leadership as well. I have not shared as much on our girls, therefore, I would like to share the following videos and posts because they are worth your time, watch, and read. My only regret would be if I would stop at this juncture and not share what our Father put in me to invest in our own children with those needing to be set free to discover who they are in Christ, along with the gifts Father has placed within each one to be an expression of Heaven on Earth in this NOW time. There’s an entire generation needing what our own adult children have chosen to take hold of for their journeys. Our latter season will be even greater than our former, as we seek to enlarge our tent. At the same time, we get blessed over and over again watching Holy Spirit propel our own children into their destinies!

Jessa (age 23)
https://www.facebook.com/jessa.sore… (video: cultivate the discipline of trust)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T4…

Joci (age 21)
https://www.facebook.com/ToDreamers…

Jenna (age 24)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J_…

Jadan (age 23)
https://www.facebook.com/jadansoren…

I don’t have any current links to our son Jaran (age 26). He spends much of his time in the studio working on other people’s projects or on the road drumming. He is a master of sound, an amazing songwriter, and an incredible drummer – he was born to drum! He plays all instruments on studio recordings with the exception of lead guitar and vocals. I believe Holy Spirit with even surprise Jaran with where his journey is headed and it’s all good!

Our youngest son (age 19) traveled through kidney failure and transplant at age 15, is doing well, and is just beginning to figure out his next adventure.

Be as blessed as we are!!! We love each one beyond words and are so humbled & blessed to have been chosen to be their parents!

November 19th, 2015

No Strings Attached

Many have been passing through a dark, narrow, oppressive, fearful place in this present hour. We must continue to stand on 1 Timothy 1:7, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” and 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].”; on behalf of our families and on behalf of ALL those in need in this hour in which we find ourselves as individuals, families, and as nations.

If there is one thing Holy Spirit has taught me well over the past 16 year season, it’s that our Heavenly Father is always at work making ‘real boys with no strings attached’ – turning what the enemy meant for harm into good (Genesis 50:20). Let me explain. Most everyone is familiar with the children’s story, Pinocchio. Pinocchio learned valuable life lessons about love, truth, and about who he was created to be on the inside, through his journey and desire to be ‘a real boy,’ not content to remain as a wooden puppet confined to strings.

Maturing sons of the Most High have been through a rough season of trials, tribulations, testing, and refining (Revelation 3;18) for the hour in His Story we have been chosen to walk this Earth and find ourselves in on behalf of the lost, needy, and broken. Isaiah 60:2, “For in fact, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness will cover the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you [*Jerusalem] And His glory and brilliance will be seen on you.” *Remember, we have been grafted into Israel until an appointed time, therefore, we have been called in this hour of immense darkness to shine with the glory and brilliance of the Kingdom of Light on the Earth. What does that even mean?

Back to Pinocchio’s life lessons. In order to comprehend the depth of our Heavenly Father’s love, and the love demonstrated by our Lord and Savior on behalf of ALL mankind through His journey and sacrifice, there is a similar journey awaiting each of us in learning how to see ourselves through our Father eye’s in the Perfected Son – in Love and in Truth. Christ modeled a transformation of who we are generationally, culturally, religiously, gifted, skilled, called, etc. by completely ‘letting go of’ – surrendering the reins of His life in faith to the Father’s goodness – trusting in His will and purpose on behalf of all. Elohim’s will and purpose as Yahweh, Adonai, Jehovah, and Father is always about the big picture – mankind being in intimate relationship with Heaven’s atmosphere and all of it’s lovingkindness on the Earth – not just in eternity. The transformation of becoming a ‘real boy’ involves walking out every facet of every detail of every day in every relationship and in every circumstance in one accord with the Father by being in one accord with the Son – His love and truth – with no strings attached!

This is literally impossible unless one pursues absolute yielding to and intimacy with both the Word and Holy Spirit (Zech. 4:6). Not an easy life lesson to learn, but with God nothing is impossible if we will simply keep looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), ‘pressing on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:14). Isaiah 60 IS and will increasingly manifest through maturing sons (His Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11)), and His glory WILL cover the Earth as the waters cover the seas (Habakkuk 2:14) as the Father’s sons, whom the whole Earth has been groaning for (Romans 8:19-22), ‘let go and let Christ’ live His life IN us in Love and Truth – no strings attached!

Our journey on the Earth was never about us, but rather Isaiah 61:1-4, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed and commissioned me To bring good news to the humble and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted, To proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captives And freedom to prisoners, To proclaim [a]the favorable year of the Lord, [b]And the day of vengeance and retribution of our God, To comfort all who mourn, To grant to those who mourn in Zion the following: To give them a [c]turban instead of dust [on their heads, a sign of mourning], The oil of joy instead of mourning, The garment [expressive] of praise instead of a disheartened spirit. So they will be called the trees of righteousness [strong and magnificent, distinguished for integrity, justice, and right standing with God], The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up and restore the former desolations; And they will renew the ruined cities, The desolations (deserted settlements) of many generations.”

Esther 4:14, “For if you remain silent at this time, liberation and rescue will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish [since you did not help when you had the chance]. And who knows whether you have attained royalty for such a time as this [and for this very purpose]?”

As you seek Him in this season and mediate on His Word in these difficult times, check out my new Sound Expressions Sound & Healing Therapy CD Release, JOY OVERFLOWING (Tammy Sorenson). Releasing His Love, His Peace, and His Joy into your atmosphere for such a time as this! Available on iTunes, CD Baby, www.soundexpressions.net under Products Page, on this website under Latest Products and The Arts Expressed FaceBook Music Store, Amazon, and wherever digital downloads are sold!

SE_Overflowing

October 28th, 2015

Downpours, Obstacles, and Eternally Renewed

Recently two of our sons were blessed to go on tour as the drummer and guitarist for Bucky Covington (American Idol Season 5) to Japan for a country music festival, as well as playing for Tony Booth and Kristen Kelly. They then traveled on to Korea with Stars for Stripes as entertainment for American troops on each of the South Korean military bases. What an opportunity and experience of a life time! The details and memories of the trip are for our sons to share, but truly an honor to say the least. We are abundantly blessed and proud to call these two amazing young, godly men our sons.

Our middle son drove himself to Nashville at the onset of the trip in order to fly out with his brother and the other band members. I figured after embarking on a solo 14-1/2 hour road trip, two 15 hour overseas flights, in conjunction with several smaller flights, bus rides, and two weeks in a different time zone, that he would truly appreciate a second driver on his return trip to Minnesota. Therefore, I flew down to Nashville to see our oldest son and his wife for a day, and to be a road trip traveling companion.

My son and I were both looking forward to the return trip being completed, while anticipating many stories of the Asian tour facilitating the miles passing quickly. Unbeknownst to us, our traveling would include torrential rain for 14 of the 14-1/2 hours of the entire trip! From Nashville, TN, to Clear Lake, MN, an intense deluge did not remotely let up, with the exception of a short, 30 minute stretch midway. Through construction zone after construction zone, with multitudes of semi trucks in both lanes, spraying such heavy, misty gusts onto our windshield, that much of the day and evening we intensely endeavored through extremely poor visibility. Additionally, a conversation about Asian animals that included deer, preempted a near miss of a huge buck in the midst of the darkness and rain-drenched visibility, via a sudden swerving. To conclude the journey, with only ten miles of the trip remaining, a lengthy, slow moving train ‘happened’ across the path as we approached the crossing, stopping completely on the tracks right in front of us and forcing us to turn around, backtracking toward another road with additional miles and hope for a clear crossing on the final stretch home.

Needless to say, we were both exhausted as it neared midnight pulling into the driveway, yet extremely thankful for having arrived safely after our treacherous and lengthy trip. The intensity and details of our journey spoke significantly to me upon waking this morning. They closely resemble what we, as a family, and as many individuals, families, and nations, have been navigating. I was led by Holy Spirit to look up specifics in my A to Z Dream Symbology Dictionary by Dr. Barbie Breathitt.

Raining: refreshing, cleansing. God’s Word or Spirit being poured out to bring forth life and fruitfulness; the manifestation of the Holy Spirit; trial or disillusionment; it is ‘raining on your parade.’ To see and hear rain falling symbolizes the presence of God: “The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God.” Ps. 68:8. Abundant blessings, His Word, forgiveness and grace. God’s blessings being poured out; God’s Spirit and Word outpoured; revival, signs of refreshing; growth. Falling rain is a metaphor for crying tears, or sadness. Rain symbolizes a preparation for revival, judgement, fertility or fruitfulness and renewal. If you are rained on it indicates receiving spiritual teaching, cleansing from your troubles and the washing away of your problems. To hear: represents a spiritual downpour of ideas coming to fruition in your mind. To watch: means you will soon discover a new fortune in love and spiritual ideas because heavy insights are being brought to your knowledge.”

We literally drove through non-stop, downpouring rain (not mist, not drizzle, nor gentle rain, but a continuous downpour) from Tennessee to Minnesota, covering south to north and early a.m. to late p.m.. I believe Breathitt’s definitions have important applications in this hour and season we have crossed into. What my son and I encountered absolutely aligns with recent and numerous prophetic releases that encourage hope and perseverance on behalf of all who are seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness. At this juncture in His Story, we are in need of cleansing, refreshing, and renewing from all we have navigated up to NOW – a washing away of the generational, religious, cultural, and demonic strongholds. We are additionally in need of a spiritual awakening of supernatural wisdom and discernment pertaining to our true identity and purpose as eternal sons, chosen and called to release the Kingdom of Heaven in this NOW season we have been given to walk the Earth.

Semi truck: being used or taken advantage of; pulling too much or bearing more than one’s own weight or responsibility; overloaded with fear; worry, or anxiety; the size indicates largeness, power, or great capacity of blessing, being overcome by increase or judgement; 18-wheeler; bringing a large, partial shipment of blessing or judgment.”

My son and I were forced to slow down over and over again throughout our trip, as semi after semi pulled over into the passing lane, dramatically decreasing both our speed and our visibility. Isn’t this a perfect picture of the offense, rejection, fears, worries, and anxieties we shoulder in life’s circumstances when we forget or choose not to cast them all on Him (1 Peter 5:7 (AMP), “Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”)? Trials and tribulations of all shapes and sizes literally and continually manifest to slow us down and block our ability to see clearly on the path ahead. However, when we choose to give it all to Holy Spirit, choosing to overcome that which is coming against us by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony, we can trust our Heavenly Father to guide us safely into all Truth – safely to His destination for each of us – while manifesting His goodness and blessings all along the path.

Romans 8:28 (AMP), “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

Philippians 1:6 (AMP), “I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].”

2 Cor. 5:7 (AMP), “for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—“

Hebrew 11:1 (AMP), “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”

Construction: signifies a new surge of energy; development, aspiration and renewed assurance; a rebuilding of your own life and self-confidence; work on a new aspect of your mind, body or spirit.”

Wow! Doesn’t this analogy perfectly describe the season the sons of the King of kings and Lord of lords have been navigating? Construction zones come with all kinds of warnings, hazards, delays, and detours, yet the end result is generally new and improved travel on behalf of all. Holy Spirit has been at work awakening the construction of the nature of our Heavenly Father and the nature of the Son within us as His sons – body, mind, soul, and spirit; testing, refining, and purifying within the depths of our very being, our security, intimacy, and identity in Christ. These attributes are absolutely required for our Kingdom purpose of releasing His glory on behalf of others on the path being forged ahead in this new season.

1 Peter 1:7, “so that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Buck: a full rack of antlers represents wisdom, skill, anointing, and ability to overcome; robust, high spirited man; resist obstinately;  taking responsibility and exercising authority; ‘buck up’ to be tough and resolute in a situation; lowest rank in the military.

I found this particular obstacle interesting, especially since Holy Spirit prepared us in advance to avoid hitting the buck by alerting us in conversation just prior to its appearance on the highway. I believe since He empowered us to be alerted to observe and avoid the buck, as opposed to hitting it (Note: there were numerous mangled deer and other critters all along the roadsides of our trip). Wisdom, skill, anointing, and ability to overcome was the precise revelation we were to glean from this encounter, as well as encouragement to take responsibility and exercise our authority as sons in Holy Spirit leading in the suddenlies on the course. I know our family is facing very specific circumstances where we are being led to be tough and resolute, completely yielded to His leading for the wisdom, skill, anointing, and ability to overcome.

Blocked railroad tracks: represent obstacles trying to resist your progress or you have lost track of your vision. Railroad track obstacles: goals will not be easily obtained, stay focused and persevere.”

This particular obstacle was the most aggravating piece of our journey, since much of the day had involved extremely intense driving, arriving at the final ten mile stretch of the trip, only to have the track lights/bar go down precisely as we approached, with a lengthy, extremely slow moving train coming to a complete stop in front of us. We were already tired, uncomfortable, and slightly edgy before being forced to turn around, back track, and travel another road, causing our lengthy trip to become even lengthier, all the while remaining hopeful that the next train intersection would not be closed. Fortunately, the train had remained stopped at the previous crossing when we arrived at the next intersection, and we were able to continue on for the final few miles of our trip.

I would venture to guess there have been an excessive number of obstacles ‘suddenly appearing’ to block the promises and forward leading of Holy Spirit in this hour for many. There certainly has been for our family. I do believe this specific occurrence has literal meaning on behalf of all Believers in this hour, in that we are not to lose our vision in the midst of the resistance, but rather to remain focused and persevering, irregardless of the obstacles along the way. Twice in the past week I have seen the words, “Don’t you dare give up!” In our fast-food, over-scheduled society, the semi trucks that slow us down and hinder our visibility, and the trains that obstruct our path, even though only temporary, are by far the most difficult aspects of our spiritual testing and training as sons, especially when we feel as though we have already endured far beyond what we ever thought we could, reminding our Father of His promises (1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMP), “No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].”).

Our Father, in His magnificent wisdom, does not operate in time, nor does He wrestle with visibility or obstacles. He sees it all perfected in His Son and is at work turning it all to blessings on our behalf. It’s our position – our joy – to trust Him alone in these times – trusting wholeheartedly in His love, His goodness, His faithfulness, and His plans and purposes. He is at work on our behalf and He will accomplish what He said He would do, if we only believe – not that He can do what we’re believing for, but that He WILL DO what He said via Holy Spirit and His Word that we are to believe Him to do. His ability or intent are never the issue, but rather, our belief and trust in who He is. Period.

“Railroad train: indicates training or the different journeys of people we are connect to in life.”

This piece is perhaps the most profound of all. The training of our past season has been purposefully about the individual people Holy Spirit will bring along our path in this life all along the road ahead. In a me, myself, and I centered society, this is far more difficult than the semis or the blocked railroad crossings. I recently read a quote on Facebook that I know is one of the most important revelations we must possess of the Kingdom as sons in this hour. It reads: “How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great.” Everything concerning our trip from Tennessee to Minnesota – our journey from the moment of our salvation – the pouring rain, the multitude of semis blocking the path, the lack of visibility from the spray on the windshield, the road construction, the buck, and the blocked railroad crossing/stopped train – has been about the needs of others; about us being transformed from orphans to sons, from broken to whole, and from doing to BEing, on behalf of every single individual ahead on our path encountering Holy Spirit through us for the exact same testimony.

Mark 2:19 (AMP), “Those who are healthy have no need of a physician, but [only] those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners [who recognize their sin and humbly seek forgiveness].”

Luke 4:18-19 (AMP), “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah), Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent Me to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy), to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the favor of God abound greatly].”

Everything about Jesus’ journey on the Earth and for all eternity, and everything about our journey on this Earth and for all eternity is about encountering the love of our Father and being Good News on behalf of the poor, the captive, the sick, the lonely, the abused, the persecuted, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the helpless, and the oppressed. If we don’t intimately KNOW the love of our Heavenly Father through the love of His son for ourselves, we are unable to fulfill our only purpose for being on Earth for such a time as this: to know Him and His goodness so completely and tangibly that He will be known to others in and through us. The intensity of our training washes away everything that hinders that purpose, transforming us into His likeness within – body, mind, soul and spirit.

People don’t need religion. People need love…the kind of unconditional love that only comes from Jesus Christ living His life through His sons on the Earth as it is in Heaven. People need relationship…the kind of relationship that encourages, edifies, and comforts others…the kind of relationship that abounds in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The former wineskin of much of the church has sorely missed these foundational truths. It’s time to put off the old wineskin and put on the new…the new that already WAS from the moment of our salvation, awaiting our awakening to it. The Church being advanced on the Earth – the one the gates of hell will not prevail against – will not shoot their own wounded by rejecting, offending, judging, and condemning, but rather BE as He has already made us to BE – one in our Father, one in the Son, our King and Lord, one with Holy Spirit, who guides us into all Truth, and one with one another, possessing a revelation of the Kingdom of love within (Daniel 7:22). The Kingdom of Heaven manifests love through choosing blessing over cursing, and through choosing life over death in thought, word, and deed. His Story is for all the world will see, hear, and know the Truth – the Good News – that alone sets all mankind absolutely free.

John 17:23 (AMP), “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me.”

Matthew 9:17, “Nor is new wine put into old [a]wineskins [that have lost their elasticity]; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the [fermenting] wine spills and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, so both are preserved.”

Isaiah 43:18-19, “Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”

John 8:36 (AMP), “So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.”

Philippians 2:10-11 (AMP), “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Thank You, Father, for bringing us safely through this juncture in His Story, as well as safety in every endeavor on every path ahead. Thank You, Father, for the new thing NOW set before us, and that all of the past has been thoroughly and completely washed away – left behind – refreshed, and renewed because of the sacrifice of Christ on behalf of all mankind. Thank You, Father, for Holy Spirit making us aware of the roads in the wilderness and the rivers in the desert in this NOW time. Thank You, Father, for ordering our steps, and for making the crooked paths straight. Thank You, Father, for Your glory as Your sons shining in us, on us, and through us. Thank You, Jesus, that as You purposefully and sacrificially demonstrated Your love on our behalf, that our journey as Your sons has also been on behalf of Your love for others through us – on behalf of the generations that have and are preparing the way for Your Kingdom rule and reign on Earth as it is in Heaven. It is for Your glory alone we travel this life!

October 5th, 2015

Home for Sale: Becker, MN School District/Clear Lake, MN Address

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September 28th, 2015

Ears to Hear

11986502_693692984098422_6501799005050179894_nI absolutely know that Holy Spirit is all over this. At our Q2C Annual Gathering this past weekend, there was a demonstration time of activating Holy Spirit led intercession over one of our attending members. Nothing was verbally shared about what was being battled in the physical body, nor did I know the individual. The individual and the group surrounding was way across the room where I could not directly observe what was transpiring. I therefore asked Holy Spirit what key I was to be His vessel through at the keyboard, settings, etc. (the tuning was already A 444 Hz) and quickly received, “You haven’t played in the key of ‘F’ yet.” So ‘F’ it was throughout the intercession time. At the end of the evening I inquired about specifics, only wanting to know from a sound & healing therapy perspective. The key of ‘F’ it was to the ‘nth’ detail of what was manifesting as the battle. Holy Spirit is incredibly amazing and wisdom Himself. We only need to listen for His leading and then follow. There will be numerous opportunities for this creative path in the new season we have entered. All glory to the Creator and Healer alone!

Photos: 1) Tammy and Kevan Sorenson/Sound Expressions, leading Holy Spirit-led Spontaneous Worship and Accompanying Holy Spirit-led Activations and Intercession at the 1st Annual National Q2C (Qualified to Conquer) Rendezvous in Bloomington (Normal, not-so-normal anymore), Illinois, September 25-27, 2015; 2) the entire Q2C corporate pool during teaching led by Jim Chose of DayChief Ministries, the Lead Eagle of Q2C in our beautiful Marriott Hotel hall; 3) Jim (Lead Eagle) and Faith Chose (White Eagle Who Sees Holy) of DayChief Ministries (on the left), our gracious hosts and Q2C leaders, along with Grace Broussard of Reapers International. Thank you to Sandra Vait for four of the photos!

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September 22nd, 2015

The Fellowship of His Sufferings

Since about 1997, I have received numerous amazing prophetic words over me. I continue to wait on many of those words to manifest in my life. As a family, we have received both amazing words, as well as some disconcerting words involving something in the spirit realm that says, ‘hit me;’ something in the spirit realm giving the enemy access to hold us captive. As the assaults against us continue to increase on so many fronts, it would be fairly easy to embrace this mindset and simply give up. In fact, there are swimming pools of repentance and intercession made on our behalf in the spirit realm over the years simply because of this mindset; tears of repentance, tears of binding and loosing, tears of shame and condemnation, etc., tears over the generational/cultural/religious spirits/open doors/etc. on behalf of both my husband and myself, our birth children, as well as on behalf of our adopted children and their family line.

We absolutely know that the blood of Jesus covers it all perfectly and completely. So why does the enemy continue to come in like a flood in this hour? Name any familiar and important Bible reference and we, those who seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, are having to walk it out: Abraham and Sarah, Job, Joseph, Ester and Mordecai, David, Daniel, Isaiah, the disciples…and yes, especially…the sufferings of Christ Himself. I vividly remember back in 2011 when Holy Spirit led me to New Testament Scriptures about the sufferings of Christ being a gift.

Philippians 1:29-30, “For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake, not only to believe and confidently trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake [and so you are] experiencing the same [kind of] conflict which [a]you saw me endure, and which you hear to be mine now.”

Phillippians 3:10-11, “And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; [a]so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead.”

1 Peter 4: 12-19, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you [that is, to test the quality of your faith], as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory [filled with His radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy. If you are insulted and reviled for [bearing] the name of Christ, you are blessed [happy, with life-joy and comfort in God’s salvation regardless of your circumstances], because the Spirit of glory and of God is resting on you [and indwelling you—He whom they curse, you glorify]. Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or a thief, or any sort of criminal [in response to persecution], or as a troublesome meddler interfering in the affairs of others; but if anyone suffers [ill-treatment] as a [a]Christian [because of his belief], he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God [because he is considered worthy to suffer] in this name. For it is the time [destined] for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not respect or believe or obey the gospel of God? And if it is difficult for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the godless and the sinner? Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with the will of God must [continue to] do right and commit their souls [for safe-keeping] to the faithful Creator.”

Not a very popular message, nor one that would make the crowds say, “Yes! Here I am, Lord, send me!” Yet, that is precisely the decree our family has made. Therefore, the whole Gospel is one we must be willing to endure and persevere through, including and especially, the refining fires, testing of our faith, pruning, and yes, the sufferings of Christ, if we truly want His fruit to remain: His love – loving our Lord and loving others with our Heavenly Father’s unconditional love; seeing/hearing/relating to other’s through His love in this NOW time, as opposed to our own. If we truly want to carry His glory, advancing His Kingdom throughout the Earth, preparing the Earth and the peoples for His rule and reign, witnessing Him manifest who He alone can be, as sons, we are called to yield ALL of ourselves and this life to HIS Kingdom and HIS righteousness – to Holy Spirit leading for His appointed times on the Earth – appointed times we have NOW eternally entered in to in this Hebrew year of Jubilee, 5776…HIS appointed times that all Creation groans for.

Romans 8:22-24, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?”

Which brings us to faith. Hebrews 11:1-2, “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. For by this [kind of] faith the [a]men of old gained [divine] approval.”

Every one of the Bible greats I previously mentioned had their faith tested, pruned, and refined by the fires of hope-deferred promises. Yet, they did not waver. They did not give up. They did not receive the words of their accusers. I would also speculate they prayed for deliverance and forgiveness from double mindedness and doubt as they persevered and pressed toward the One in whom all of their trust and hope was placed, simply because He is Faithful and True.

This is the adventure we are blessed to live as saints and sons of the Most High. This day we rise. This day we shine (Isaiah 60). This day His mercies are new. This day we press toward the mark of our high calling. He who is faithful will show Himself strong on behalf of those who intimately know Him (Daniel 11:32).

He is the Hope we look to. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The only prophetic words to be released from our lips in this NOW season are words of encouragement, edification, and comfort. Anything less is not the heart of Adonai – our Heavenly Father, who is the manifestation of unconditional love. Anything less is not the heart of Christ, who gave His life for intimate love relationship to be restored on behalf of ALL mankind. NOW is the time to press into resting in His love more deeply than ever before. His eyes are searching to and fro for those whom He can show Himself strong.

2 Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

Why? Because there is an abundant worldwide harvest awaiting those who have remained faithful to the One who alone is Faithful…awaiting those who intimately know their Heavenly Father, their Messiah, and Holy Spirit, their Teacher…awaiting those who would go to the ends of the Earth for all the world to see that He is truly who His Word says He is…the embodiment of Love itself.

Hillsongs released this bullseye decree back in 2003:

Love unfailing
Overtaking my heart
You take me in
Finding peace again
Fear is lost
In all you are

And I would give the world to tell Your story
Cause I know that You’ve called me
I know that You’ve called me
I’ve lost myself for good within Your promise
I won’t hide it
I won’t hide it

Jesus, I believe in You
And I would go to the ends of the earth
To the ends of the earth
For You alone are the Son of God
And all the world will see
That You are God
You are God
We have arrived, sons. Remain steadfast in the waiting. Be expecting His suddenlies amidst the circumstances that appear utterly impossible. He is still the One who makes straight the crooked paths, and provides a way out of the wilderness. Go out and share the testimony of Christ for all the world to see and hear (Isaiah 61). This is our destiny, sons of the Most High. This is possessing the Kingdom within us.

Daniel 7:21-28, “As I kept looking, that horn was making war with the saints (believers) and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Most High [God], and the time arrived when the saints (believers) took possession of the kingdom…Then the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints (believers) of the Most High; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.”

September 7th, 2015

The Battle for Joy

I’m not sure if I am writing this to encourage myself, or if there is someone else out there in social media land who will be encouraged through reading this? Either way, I am being led to post The Battle for Joy. The Joy of the Lord is a frequency. Are we tuning in?

I have been radical and sold out for Jesus since I was fourteen years old, leading worship at the keyboard as His worshiper since age eleven. My husband and I have been purposeful and intentional about raising our six children for the Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven for the past twenty-five years. We’ve persevered through much over the past thirty-five years together, so much so, that I released a book about our journey in June 2015, entitled, Was I Not Listening OR Did They Not Tell Me? – The Journey of a Psalmist (available on this website store under Latest Products, at SoundExpressions.net under the Products Page, and on Amazon). I truly thought we had made it to the other side of breakthrough, on the backside of a ten year wilderness at the time of my June book release. Little did I know that there would come a tsunami wave in our lives over the course of the summer that would confront every confession of faith I made throughout my book.

How does one move forward when everything about one’s present is literally being held captive to that present reality and its continuous reminders of the past? We are currently barricaded in a place where Jesus alone must supernaturally manifest on our behalf, and until He does, we must wait in faith, confronting every lie, every accusation, every fear, every doubt, every lack, every impossibility, etc. with Christlike faith for the manifestation of the exact opposite our Heavenly Father already truly is on our behalf, simply because of His Son in us and in spite of what we do not yet see in the natural.

I have groaned through swimming pools of intercessory tears, with only temporary relief since 2013, when the bottom literally fell out from everything we knew and held dear. Jesus was led into the wilderness and had to overcome Satan for 40 days and nights at the onset of His ministry. Jesus walked the path of the most horrific suffering known to man on behalf of ALL mankind at the onset of His eternal ministry. Why do we assume our own journeys should not have to follow in His footsteps, including His path of suffering (1 Peter; Philippians 1:29)? Our family was led into the wilderness ten years ago, and we continue to learn to overcome Satan, not in our own strength, but in Christ alone who dwells richly within us. We have been believing for an end to this nightmare for far too long, yet we wait. We had a prophetic word at the onset: James 1:3-4 (AMP), “knowing that the testing of your faith produces [a]endurance. And let [b]endurance have its perfect [c]result, so that you may be [d]perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

I have reminded Father about His promise to not give us more than we could handle multiple times since that word. We are long past what we ever thought we could endure. Charismatics have put it back on us through prophecy/prayer as having not repented about something or generational curses that continue to leave the door wide open in the spirit realm for the enemy’s assaults against us. If repenting, worship, deliverance prayers, intercession for others, prayer and worship gatherings on behalf of others, etc. were the solution to our breakthrough, our wilderness should have most certainly ended, not to mention the blood of Jesus being more than enough to cover it all. I have learned that we humans truly only ever see in part, irregardless, and that all gifts of discernment and prophecy are to be used to encourage, edify, and comfort, as opposed to being used to kick those who are already down, wounding further those who are already wounded. In this NOW season all critical spirits, all accusations and negativity, all doom and gloom, and all judgments against people and nations have to be broken off the body of Christ if we want to be used in the work of His Kingdom as we move forward in His appointed times.

Our own current shakedown has messed with my childlike faith that has ALWAYS believed my Father does what we cannot. I find myself decreeing in this hour, “Even if He never comes through, I will exalt His holy name all my days, for He is eternally worthy of ALL my worship, irregardless.” There must be something incredibly supernaturally amazing on the other side of this darkness, as I see absolutely no reason in the natural for our journey to be so intense. We’re not a ‘big name’ Kingdom ministry. We haven’t seen very many healed in going where Holy Spirit has sent us…yet (even though we have personally received healing several times over the course of years in our own lives). We have equipped a few for the battle of the clashing of the two kingdoms, but not an army…yet. We’re not evangelists leading multitudes to the King of kings…yet. I am a psalmist/worshiper/teacher with prophetic gifting, thus far having impacted only a few for the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. There are relatively minimal visible reasons for the enemy’s intensity in trying to take us out…yet. I have twelve iPad pages of awesome prophetic words that have not yet manifested in their fullness. I know my husband has an apostolic calling on his life he has yet to see manifest as well.

I also know we’re not alone at this juncture. We’re in the thick of what is manifesting throughout the nations, so I know we are right on time. I am continuously reminded of Pastor Saeed’s imprisonment in Iran, the horrific persecution occurring across the Middle East, and the increasing division and violence manifesting in our own nation in this hour. I am also being reminded of King David in 1 Samuel 30. His anointing to become king of Israel had taken place thirteen years prior, he was on the run from King Saul for most of those years, and at this juncture, everything he had remaining had just been attacked and taken captive; it appeared that all hope was lost. We can relate. David could have chosen to simply give up due to the immense loss and hope-deferred, but instead, he chose to encourage himself in the Lord and be obedient to His leading. It was his response that empowered David to recover all and then-some, and shortly after, he was enthroned as king.

David’s story is what keeps coming to mind as encouragement to me personally in this hour, as does Joseph’s, Daniel’s, Esther and Mordecai’s, Job’s, and the whole host of other Biblical heroes who saw our Heavenly Father be who only He could be in their hour of greatest need. We must encourage ourselves in the One who desires to manifest Himself as Faithful, Deliverer, Provider, Healer, Restorer, and so much more. Jesus Christ is our only Solution…our only Answer to everything in this life. We must choose Him alone as our Joy. I am personally in the midst of the most intense battle of my 56 years of life: choosing Joy when all hope ‘appears’ as stolen, deferred, lost, or gone. He alone is my Hope. Nothing can separate me from Him (Romans 8:35-39). I believe many of us are in the heat of this very battle. We get to choose our Victor – His Joy as our Strength, or succumb to the darkness in defeat. It sounds way easier on paper than the battle that rages in my heart and mind in this NOW time. Today, I choose to let go, allowing Him access to manifest as my Joy, as I literally walk through Psalm 23 (AMP). It’s no longer a verse I memorized as a confirmation student. It’s my reality.

A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I [a]shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside [b]quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the [c]paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the [d]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no [e]evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You [f]have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
[g]Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will [h]dwell in the house of the Lord [i]forever.

In the midst of this wilderness, I am praying and interceding for others differently. I am also praying and interceding differently for our nation as a result of this journey. I have learned to literally see Ephesians 6:12 (AMP) through the lens of my Heavenly Father: “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.” I am choosing to focus on resting in the One who has already won the Victory, instead of focusing on the one who is attempting to defeat us (Daniel 8:21-28). Even though I am very aware of the enemy’s schemes to lie, steal, kill and destroy, I am choosing to meditate on His Word alone in this hour, decreeing what He alone reveals.

Holy Spirit led me in 2007 to begin crying out for my Father to teach me how to really pray my Father’s heart and will to manifest on the Earth as it is in Heaven, in all things and in all circumstances. In answer to that prayer, I have learned to follow in Jesus’ footsteps in prayer: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” In both Jesus and Job-like manner, I have learned to pray blessings on those who sin against us and to turn the other cheek. It’s been a rough ride, but I can honestly see the ‘why’ of the wilderness. Ten years ago, we risked everything to have ALL of our Heavenly Father in this life on Earth – ALL of His best plans and purposes for our family. My prayers are not the same prayers I entered this wilderness praying. I am not the same person I entered this wilderness being. I have encountered Christ in me, my Hope of Glory. He is my only Worth in this life. He alone defines me. He is my Joy, my Strength, my Hope, and my Destiny; not my will, but His. He is the Delight and the Desire of my heart (Psalm 37:4). He is the Reward I diligently seek (Hebrews 11:6). Period. For that, I am truly thankful, as my heart’s desire and most heartfelt prayers are to be His vessel of glory, carrying out only my Heavenly Father’s heart and will on this Earth all the days of my life.

Until He manifests a breakthrough on our behalf, I will continue to encourage myself in Him, stirring again my childlike faith. I look forward to sharing praise reports.

Matthew 18:3-4 (AMP), “And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]. Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Jude 20-25 (AMP), “But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [[a]make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit; Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)—[which will bring you] unto life eternal. And refute [so as to] convict some who dispute with you, and on some have mercy who waver and doubt. [Strive to] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [but] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality. Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]—To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it).”

September 4th, 2015

Rosh Hashanah 5776

I generally do not repost other people’s/ministries’ articles, but feel this post is strategically significant. Many of my posts on this website, as well as my other websites, jaranministries.com and soundexpressions.net align with this word in confirmation. I also highly recommend Enlow’s new book release, The Seven Mountain Renaissance: Vision and Strategy Through 2050. Be abundantly blessed as you move forward into the head of the year!

“Rosh Hashanah 5776: The Year You Will Roar”
Johnny Enlow, Santa Clarita, CA

This September 14, 2015 begins a most remarkable year on the Hebraic Calendar that will exceed the expectations of even the most optimistic Kingdom observer. Having finished three 7-year cycles (1994-2001, 2001-2008, 2008-2015 [see Rosh Hashanah 2014 word]) we now enter into the fourth and defining 7-year period, that has birthed the age of the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21), and that has released a majestic Era of Renaissance.

A pertinent Scripture for this year and for the subsequent era is Daniel 12:3, “Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.” Those who are wise enough to understand the brilliance of Papa’s narrative for this day will position themselves to be able to shine as bright as the sky.

Learning to “See”

With this new year we will begin year 5776 on the Jewish calendar and we are in a 10-year window when the focus is all about “learning TO SEE”. The Hebraic numbers spell this out for us. This goes on until 5780, as the Lord upgrades us from our distorted way of perceiving things and teaches us how to see from His level and His perspective. It is a transition from seeing through the eyes of the “enemy observant, 10 spies”, and we shift into seeing through the eyes of “fruit observant, Caleb”. The 10 spies carried the seeming wisdom of studying and knowing the giants, while Caleb carried the wisdom of studying and knowing His God. (Photo via Pixabay)

The 10 spies saw through trouble-shooting lenses, while Caleb saw through treasure-hunting lenses. We are in a 10-year window where it is imperative we gain Caleb vision. Caleb vision is against our nature. It is counterintuitive. It is even “Pollyannish” (excessively optimistic). It is what is required for reformers of society who truly want to enter into their own prophetic promises. You are going to learn to trust your spirit eyes above your natural eyes and to almost automatically doubt your natural eyes. Media reports and projections will often give you clues as to the OPPOSITE of what God is really doing and as to what kingdom is actually ferociously advancing.

For example, since 9/11 of 2001, it has seemed that radical Islam has become activated and empowered as never before. The Kingdom reality is that more Muslims have encountered and embraced Jesus since 2001 than in the entire history of Islam which is well over 1000 years. This is just an example of where the mainline Media can lead you to believe the opposite of what is actually taking place. We have needed corrective lenses as to true reality, and some are ahead in the process and some are behind. We must learn to go on His reports or we will remain confused, anxious and disoriented.

Shining as Bright as the Sky

For many years now, I have been sharing a prophetic time sequence that carried 3 definitive progressions. These three are: 1) Awakening. 2) Arising. 3) Shining. The Awakening focus was from 2008-2012, and was about awakening to an understanding to our expanded parameters of Kingdom assignment (see my book, The Seven Mountain Prophecy for more on that). The Awakening is to our reformation of society assignment that includes souls being saved but greatly expands beyond that to seeing cities and nations transformed. (Photo via flickr)

The Arising focus was from 2012-2015 (in all of these from Rosh Hashanah to Rosh Hashanah of each year). This was when the advance army began arising into the mountains of society, understanding the awakening assignment to reform society with our Papa’s better ways of doing things. A practical perspective of “on earth as it is in Heaven.” It has been a virtual handful that have done this compared to what is coming but it has already made a difference.

The third season is Shining and it begins this Rosh Hashanah. Now begins the extended season of “Shining as Bright as the Sky” and it is now where we begin to contend in earnest for the nations as our inheritance. We have had zeal for that for some time, as we have claimed the nations for our inheritance (Psalm 2:8), but the Lord is giving us revelation and understanding of what that actually looks like now. It’s not by might or power, but it doesn’t happen by magic either. There is a practical element of the Kingdom advancing that we are only just now seeming to grasp.

We are learning how to value and combine the power of the “prayer movement” and the power of the “do movement”. God does not prefer one over the other, but He is showing us how to be prayers that do and doers that pray. Prayer is the fuel and action is the vehicle. Try to drive your car without fuel and you see how invaluable the fuel is. Try to go somewhere with only gas and without a vehicle and you see how invaluable the vehicle is.

To say it another way… the children of Israel could not take the Promised Land by sending missiles from the Tabernacle. As they were instructed by the Lord in the book of Joshua, “Everywhere the soul of your feet touches is yours.” Whatever area of society we want to see reformation/transformation in, we must actually show up with the reforming solutions for that area of society.

We will begin to shine as bright as the sky, as reform-minded sons and daughters of the King immerse themselves in who and what God is and is doing (prayer); and we’ll courageously advance into the Promised Land (7 Mountains action strategy) of our cities and nations. We have to combine Moses on the mountaintop with his hands being raised, with Joshua on the actual battlefield, where the victory needs to be evidenced. (Photo via Pixabay)

The enemy has attempted to convince many, through distorted “seeing”, that these are days to endure and survive the beast, the antichrist, the false prophet etc. But these are not those days! Rather it’s SHOWTIME for the Kingdom of God. It is “Lights, Camera, Action!” time for the saints of the living God. The only way you wouldn’t see this reality is if you are gazing at the giants instead of gazing at God. Giants are bigger than us. God is so much bigger than the giants that He makes them look like “bread for us” (as Caleb noted).

There is no present world crisis nor will there ever be a future world crisis where He will not have already pre-embedded the solution for it in one of His rising sons or daughters. The multi-trillion dollar national debt is just a “bread” waiting to be delivered to us. It is easy to make fun of the 10 spies until we update its application for matters of today. Therefore the greatest “antichrist” (anti-anointing) influence presently on the globe is the fear/gloom, judgment-expectation that dominates many.

Just like the 10 spies did, they think they are helping God’s people by warning of the giants in the land, but they are actually the lance point of the greatest antichrist activity on the planet. They are discouraging and disarming the most powerful force on the planet – the Church. Therefore creation itself groans and opens up and swallows them up, because creation is endowed with more revelation than most of the Church, as creation travails with birth pains, not for Jesus to come back, but for the Calebs and Joshuas to arise (Romans 8:19).

The Great Angel of the Mountain of Economy Released Now

For those who have been following my posts and messages, you will know that for years I have been speaking of the great angel of the mountain of economy and that it would be released Rosh Hashanah of 2015. This is a major and game-changing help from Heaven being sent on behalf of all those whose hearts beat with Kingdom of God advancement. (Photo by Marybeth Stafford “Fear Not” via elijahshopper.com)

I was shown that for 7 consecutive years (2008-2015) the great angel of each one of the 7 Mountains of society would be sequentially released – with the great angel of the mountain of economy being the 7th. Each one has been in position and has been breaking up the respective mafia-like stronghold of each mountain. This has been happening in remarkable ways that I can’t restate here, but it is interesting that I was shown that this great minister of wealth would be the one to now be activated. His assignment will be to bust up the world-mafia controlling wealth so that God’s Kingdom-driven kids could, in fact, shine like the sky. It is going to take a lot of wealth to shine like the sky with His many solutions for society’s ills – but this is what will happen.

This angel will be overseeing a process of many years, which will include a new alternative world economy built on trust rules, which will be established as a necessary part of the reformation assignment. Part of the delicate operation is getting us unplugged from mammon-based economies to Kingdom-based economies without throwing us into devastating chaos and ruin in the process. This is important to understand. It is actually the devil who is trying to kill our economy and the worlds’ economy because it expedites his vision statement of “killing, stealing and destroying” if he can do so.

Our kind God came to save and not destroy lives. Our mighty God is sending a massive angel with a massive angelic army supporting cast to work with sons and daughters of the King to provide upgraded “patches” and structures that allow for the new to come in without the old having to be razed to zero. Think of it as remodeling instead of building from scratch.

There are, in fact, righteous economic statutes and laws in place that don’t require removal but rather are foundational ideas and ordinances to attach the new to. This will be a reality for company structures, for Wall Street structures, for national economy structures, as well as anywhere an economy exists. The Kingdom way of doing things is always the better way of doing things and though it is not bottom line driven, when not judged over too short of a period of time, will also be that which releases the better bottom line. When we seek first His bottom line, He ends up covering all bottom lines as we exert patience.

God is all about stewardship but He doesn’t teach capitalizing the way we know it. In God’s capitalism, you don’t look to capitalize on people, product or even time. In God’s capitalism you capitalize on obedience and relationship to Him and His Kingdom (often counter intuitive) way of doing business. He will have you giving when taking or hoarding would be the instinct. He will have you hiring when others are firing. The activity to “leverage” is whatever the Holy Spirit is at that moment teaching or inspiring. You don’t even want to be caught just leveraging “Kingdom principles” as much as to get “live feeds” (what He is saying today) from Mr. Provision Himself (yes, He is Jehovah-Jireh), and this happens out of relationship with the Holy Spirit.

There are about to be 50 million of you and Josephs and Josephines (see The Seven Mountain Mantle book for more on that) that will begin to shine with solutions (God’s better way of doing things) for every area of society. Corrective lenses comes first (learning to see as He sees), and for those of you who are ahead in that department you will also be positioned to be an early “shiner” in society itself.

No matter how wealthy you presently are or become, if you do not break the stronghold of greed or fear, you will not be one of these Josephs, even if you are a Spirit-filled Believer. This present season of fear-mongering has been a test for many of you, so make the adjustments accordingly. The Kingdom of God is not advanced in caution and hedging bets. The righteous are bold as lions and pursue while others are retreating. It ultimately looks like TRUST IN GOD rather than trust in portfolios and present bank accounts. Get “fat” in your Most High Trust account and learn to operate from that place of confidence.

Why You Will Roar in 5776: The Lion, the Bear, Goliath, and the Philistines Will Be Destroyed

In 1 Samuel 17:52, it tells us that once David (who had already taken out the lion and the bear) cut off the head of Goliath, that the children of Israel let out a great roar and suddenly they went from being “Saul’s Cowards” to “David’s Mighty Men.” They now pursued the Philistines all over many cities and plundered their goods. Here is an application for this year:

There has been such a battle over the narrative of the day, and many to most of God’s people have been believing the storyline. There have been many interpreting the blood moons, Shemitah years and other patterns. It in fact IS an extremely unique and special year, but not for devastation, invasion and destruction, but for unprecedented help from Heaven. Seven major angelic armies, each lead by an enormous angel, have been positioned and now strategically activated on our behalf. They will now work with the Davids who get the narrative of the day and operate in Caleb vision (it’s not coincidental that they both came from the tribe of Judah, “Praise”).

There are so many negative and disastrous scenarios that have been envisioned for September that it seems every day I am told of a new one. Most of these are not sourced by “evil people” per se (as most do love the Lord and are sincere), but people responding to fear.

October 2015: The Bear (Market) Gets Tamed

We are inundated with the human economic wisdom of all of these who say that the economy cannot go on and must devastatingly crash. Of course, most of these have been saying this for years and they just keep saying it, expecting that eventually they will be right. Yet, God is greater and kinder than we can possibly imagine. We, of course, deserve crashing economic devastation, as we have operated by fear and greed and we have woefully indebted ourselves. But now we need to get in touch with a God who does not give us what we deserve. He is the John 10:10 God, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

Even now the market is already going through the necessary resetting for immediate survival and even thriving. Anytime that we, on our own volition, campaign or “prophesy” judgments that we and the world “deserve”, we are in fact agreeing with the intentions of the thief. God doesn’t just purpose to give a rich and satisfying life to “Christians”, He rather uses His kindness and undeserved goodness to condition a heart to turn towards Him. (Photo via Pixabay)

While we seem locked in an Old Testament mode of assuming judgment leads to repentance (notice it never really worked), our God actually tells us in Romans that “the kindness of God leads to repentance.” God is looking for sons and daughters who get this core aspect of who He is rather than the James and John trait of wanting to call down fire from Heaven, evidencing their being stuck in an Old Testament paradigm. Jesus didn’t just say to James and John, “I will give them one more chance to repent”, but said to them, “You do not know of what spirit you are” (Luke 9:55). Followed by “the Son of Man came not to destroy lives but to save lives,” even when they are rejecting Him.

So with October 10 being a key date, look for the hand of God to come in and kill the bear. The bear is not just the “Bear Market” but the bear of all the fears of economic disaster that so many of His kids have wallowed in recently.

November 2015: Goliath (Taproot of fear) Gets Beheaded

This will be a November to Remember. In my prophetic word for 2015 (Four Winds of W), I mentioned that there had been a demonic green haze that that we had been trying to see through for 7 years. For the 7 years since the market crashed and fell 777.7 points on Rosh Hashanah of 2008, the prevailing mood among Christians and seemingly especially prophetic/Spirit-filled Believers has been fear and foreboding about almost everything.

This November so much help is being sent to us from Heaven that it will be as if a sword has come down and beheaded the prevailing taproot of fear called Goliath. It does not mean you will never be subject to fear again. What is does mean is that this particular 7-year assignment of fear will be exposed as being a big mouth of doom, that you are now free to no longer be under it’s spell. You will now be in position to roar and chase Philistines off your territory and appropriate the plunder. (Photo via flickr)

December 2015: The Philistines (fear of the unknown) Routed

December will be a Wonders filled month. In my Four Winds of W word for 2015, I spoke of 4 winds of the Spirit coming in 2015. They were Worship, Wisdom, Wealth and Wonder. The Winds of Wonder were specifically about the Lord turning around impossible and improbable situations, especially relational ones. The first two winds of Worship and Wisdom were a big focus to pay attention to in the first two thirds of the year, and now the winds of Wealth and Wonder are huge. These words all have a lot of overlap as they should. They are called “winds” because they come from the Holy Spirit Himself.

Worship is that which allows us into the elevated stronghold of God Himself where we can see things from His vantage point and our seeing is healed. Our spirits become calmed and experience joy even before our answers come in. From this place we access the Wisdom for moving forward and Wisdom for building. Once we have His blueprints for moving forward we anticipate the winds of Wealth coming in to provide for that which He has given vision for. Practically, provision is pro vision – that which comes in for the vision to be advanced. Many will find sudden and unexpected manifestations of this. So many of these “wonders” will begin in the very months many have been projecting doom and disaster.

This all leads to the 4th wind, which is where He does exceedingly, abundantly above what we ask or think. This is what we will begin to experience more and more in December. Our spirits will get it that the lion, the bear and Goliath have been dealt with and we will feel the roar arise that we want to give into. Many will have already connected to that roar earlier, but by December as you are yielding to the Holy Spirit and connecting to His narrative, you should feel the same roar swell in you that the children of Israel did as David held up the head of the intimidating loud mouth called Goliath.

This will be an exuberant and jubilant roar of victory. This is a roar that connects you to the mighty man, superhero and “greater is He that is in you” that is inside of you. You will no longer be pushed around by fears and threats of devastation and collapse, but you will now join in chasing out the Philistines of general “fear of the unknown”. You will become so secured in the presentness and bigness of your God, that you will now go forward as bold as a lion and plunder the fleeing Philistines. (Photo via flickr)

As you do this it will begin to affect all kinds of things around you. As you yourself cease to be a mini-voice of gloom and despair, it will create a spiritual whirlwind around you that is going to attract the wonder working power of God. I see so many testimonies and miracles happening in December including many improbable relational restorations. As the stronghold of fear gets pummeled, you are able to now step into the Jubilee joys that this year was supposed to bring in.

January on of 2016: Jubilee and Jubilation

By January, it will be obvious to many that the season before us is much different than had been imagined. No asteroids hit us. No armies invaded us. Another Great Depression didn’t start. You will have been given the help and the tools to step into Jubilee and Jubilation. Again this is a place you don’t find by staying in the valley, but one available in the mountain of worship and praise. This will be a place of habitation now there for all advancing reformers, and it is to be your strength for the assignments and adventures with God that will be part of your warfare against darkness and despair. Being radical, joyous, generous lovers of God and lovers of people, is what warfare looks like in this season.

Psalm 76: Year 5776

I believe that Psalm 76 is a prophetically significant chapter for this upcoming Hebraic year. In the first three verses He establishes His love and connection with Israel as well as His protection over her. Whether the Iran nuclear deal goes through or not, that deal is not the key for Israel’s protection. “He who breaks the fiery arrows of the enemy” is what assures Israel of not being exterminated even when Israel thinks she must only look to herself.

Verse 4 is key, “You are glorious and more majestic than the everlasting mountains.” When we apply this in relationship to the 7 Mountains of society it reestablishes a “greater than God” for bringing solutions and reformation. Verse 5 says, “Our boldest enemies have been plundered,” and I think it speaks into the taking down of the Goliath I already addressed. Verse 6 speaks of the “blast of your breath oh God” that wipes out the enemy. This is His roar that releases a roar into us and through us. Verse 10, “Human defiance only enhances your glory, for you use it as a weapon.” This is such an insightful verse from so many standpoints and something that is worth further exploring. Our God is not hindered even by human defiance, but it ultimately results in Him getting even more glory. Verse 12 is a fitting end to the chapter, “For He breaks the pride of princes, and the kings of the earth fear Him.”

One of the reasons we panic so much when we hear about conspiracies and when we see rulers and presidents seemingly unrestrained, is that we lose sight of His Sovereignty. He often seems to give more rope than we are comfortable with, but He still has the rope. This we must never forget. Our God reigns, whether in dictatorships or in democracies. Neither government type ties His hands, as He always looks to work with His kids in every nation, but is also not opposed to working unilaterally.

El Nino

Much has been recently written about the coming El Nino. Many are saying it will be the biggest in recorded history, or the biggest in 50 years, or at least the most powerful since 1997 which was very powerful. What has been scientifically verified is the unprecedented heating of the Pacific Oceans waters that causes the phenomenon. The El Nino result is always a bit of an unpredictable mystery. However, I think it no coincidence that in this year when so many other things line up, that an unprecedented weather pattern would be in store for us. I believe that this is not to be seen as a judgment even when its severity shows up as significant. The El Nino phenomenon is creation itself groaning and travailing for its redemption. The rains it releases provides cleansing for the land as well as needed respite from drought.

I believe that where the unusual rains come this next year will be a sign where God is at work in an unusual way. Global centers of reformation will arise from places that get inundated by El Nino (which means the Child in Spanish, named after Jesus, as the phenomenon was first noted by fishermen off the coast of Peru around Christmas time); so where the natural showcases excess rain, there we will also see abundant spiritual rains about to develop. I believe unexpected treasures will be surfaced this year from the rains brought in by El Nino, and this too will also be a sign.

Additionally the El Nino phenomenon of this year will greatly move things around in the oceans and we will hear of many changes of where certain fish live and migrate. Beyond what I can give verbiage for, I believe the oceans will experience a reformation of their own. Furthermore, more adjusted trade wind patterns will come out of this El Nino, not only affecting this coming year but bringing in a whole new pattern that will be around indefinitely. Deserts will bloom and new lakes will be created.

Conclusion

Change is coming, but it is good change. All changes will tend and work towards seeing more and more of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. It is the age of the Kingdom, and it is just beginning. New splashes of Heaven culture and Kingdom solutions will be springing up all over. Waves of glory are coming in with all of this and His presence will begin to be established in the earth at a whole other level. Certainly those who are seeking this will find it as you find what you are looking for. (Photo via Pixabay)

Is it possible for all this to happen and you not notice? Unfortunately yes. The God of the Universe in the person of Jesus lived and dwelt among us and most of the religious ones missed out. It seems when we have religious preconceptions of what He looks like and what He is here to do, we can miss Him. The worst thing to have at this time is pet doctrines that predetermine the parameters of who He is and what He can do.

You’d better not overly attach to your pre, post, mid-tribulation, or whatever end-times position you carry. Same goes with your millennium doctrines and timetables. Yes, I have my own but I am holding them lightly and letting Him be as big a God as He wants to be today. The main thing I know is that ANY belief or doctrine that we have that restricts what He can do NOW should be shelved. God doesn’t function in a box of what we think we have figured out about “eschatology”. He is going to do exceedingly, abundantly above what we can ask or think because it is His Show Time.

He is not going to be efficient in what He does; He is going to be magnificent. He is going to be over-the-top; He is going to be awe inspiring. As we see this the roars will keep coming from us. Roars come from a deep place where there is so much faith and hope that it can’t be contained. It is a vengeance against fear that stirs from the deepest place.

So this year I declare over you: This is the year you will roar!

Johnny Enlow
Johnny and Elizabeth
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Johnny Enlow is a social reformer, international speaker, spiritual mentor, and author of The Seven Mountain Prophecy, The Seven Mountain Mantle, and Rainbow God. He and his wife Elizabeth are focused on awakening individuals to their call to provide practical solutions from the heart of God for every problem in society – until the real God of all of life is displayed in the seven primary areas of culture in all nations: Media, Arts and Entertainment, Government, Family, Religion, Economy, and Education.