About Mary Burgess

Follower of Jesus, seeker of truth, worshipper, intercessor, wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, servant leader, with a message of hope and healing and restoration, and reconciliation with the Father...

Hinds Feet in High Places


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God gave me two dreams several days ago, in the early, early morning, as He does so often; one where He showed me leaving the mountaintop where I’ve been experiencing much intimacy and growing in Him, a place where He’s been tutoring me, freeing me up from layers of guilt and oppression, teaching me what my boundaries are and how to lovingly, but firmly, defend them, so I can then learn to defend the boundaries of my nation and my people…

The place where He’s given me my “hinds feet in high places,” showing me how to navigate up where He is (far above all the powers of darkness and wisdom of man), i.e. how to walk by the Spirit of God and follow His leading and not the wisdom of man or lies of the enemy, or get tangled up in the cares of the world or allow any emotion to steer me off course or get me embroiled in the minutia to the degree that I lose sight of where God has me or what He’s showing me right now;

So I can then…

Take a giant leap, to land in the valley where His people are suffering, so I may go and bring them comfort as He’s been comforting me (think “Hinds Feet in High Places” if you’ve read it… and read it if you haven’t already and think you may enjoy a book that’s an easy read, but also brings much affirmation for anyone who’s really struggled in life).

The valley being a place where I used to live before God rescued me, that will now require GREAT humility and great trust in Him to carefully guard my heart so I won’t digress to the place I was before, or give in to familiar spirits of discouragement or disillusionment, or any other temptation to give up the faith He’s developed in me over the years… something the enemy will be working very hard to trip me up in.

This giant leap would, in the natural, almost certainly bring extreme injury, but I was able to walk away from it uninjured, in spite of the fact that I landed on the foot that I recently injured in the natural (an injury that God is quickly healing much faster than would normally be expected)… praise His holy name!

I should add here that in the two weeks since I injured my foot, I’ve been faced with many, many opportunities to REALLY trust God, as I’ve been forced to confront several different people about many different things, when I would MUCH rather just run the other way.

I know it’s been God who’s been testing my willingness to step out of my comfort zone (the last thing I ever want to do is confront anybody about anything, no matter who they are), and trust Him to give me the words and the ability to resolve situations that at times about did me in.

And because I chose to face these things, God’s been letting me see and know that I really can do all things through Christ.  Even things that in the past, would normally cause me undue stress and not necessarily work out to my benefit, are being resolved in a way that is bringing healing and restoration, and I can see God perfecting His strength in my weaknesses.  A truly wonderful thing to see and experience.

I also know it’s His way of preparing me for the future, so I won’t cave, or run and hide at the first sign of trouble, because I’ve seen what He can do when I’m able to stand my ground in Him.

I really am in awe of His work in my life; I mean if He can do this for me, as many times as I’ve messed up my life, He can do this for anyone, and I am so looking forward to seeing how He expands this work as I’m able to share with others who need what He’s given me.

And I can honestly say that every obstacle has been or is being resolved in a way that things are working out for my benefit and the benefit of those in my household, because God really does turn everything around for the good of those who trust in Him, even in the midst of trial.

Even though I can’t say I aced every challenge, I at least got a passing grade and for me, that’s enough for now, because these intense battles are resolving, and I have closure and peace as we turn the corner and walk into the new season of our lives in Arizona.

So that was huge and greatly encouraging.

And the dream that followed was where God showed me some areas where the devil has gained a stronghold in the lives of many in church leadership, so I can humble myself in these areas as I stand in the gap interceding for those who still need to come to a place of brokenness, so He can heal them, as well.

Don’t know if you’ve ever been in a place where God has asked you to repent for someone else, but I’ve found that whenever God’s asked this of me, it’s about the most humbling experience I’ve ever had; especially if I manage to stay humble enough in the process for God to actually use me to bring the changes that need to take place in someone else’s life (no small task, if we’re honest with ourselves).

You might be thinking well what’s so hard about praying for God to change something you don’t like in another person?  And I would say the hard part is in being able to pray without judging them wrongly, without being angry or bitter or disappointed or resentful or any myriad of other wrongful emotions that you may feel justified in feeling toward them, especially if it’s about something that others have noticed, as well; which may even work to bolster any wrongful feelings you may be harboring toward the person you’re praying for, or even entice you to want to talk about them behind their back… all of which only serves to disqualify you for the assignment God gave, and gets in the way of God’s ability to do the work needed to bring about the changes He wants to bring in their lives in the first place, because He has to deal first with you (or me).

So before I go any further, let me just say that what you’re about to read isn’t directed at any one person or congregation or denomination; it’s only about certain weaknesses or iniquities, leanings that could cause any one of us to fail in any of the areas God awakened me to pray about; and I share this from a heart that is as humble as I know how to be, because I know I stand before a holy, righteous God who judges the heart of EVERY man (myself included) without partiality…

I share the dream only with the purpose of sharing the burden to pray; trusting God will lead everyone that He has raised up to pray and intercede in this hour, to hear what He’s really saying and respond from a heart of love in wanting to lift others higher than ourselves, bringing these needs before the throne of our loving Father in Heaven whose desire is that all should repent and come to the saving knowledge of Christ.

The first thing He showed me in this dream was peacock feathers (in 2 different places that symbolized a person’s home and a person’s spirituality), the peacock feathers symbolizing a spirit of pride that starts out as a desire to impress those we love and are close to, because we want to please them and have somehow forgotten that it is FAR more desirable to want to please Him… that indeed, the fear of the Lord (or the need to please Him first and foremost) is only the very beginning of WISDOM; something we are all in desperate need of.

We have left the fear of the Lord out of our lives and out of our pulpits, along with the need to walk in true humility; being mindful that we are NOTHING without Christ, and it’s only through Him that we can do all things, and never forget two things:

  1. Our redemption is only and always through Christ’s redeeming blood (something we need to be mindful of always, and make mention of often… in our homes, our pulpits, our daily lives; and
  2. We can never stop yielding our hearts to Him every day so He can perfect His strength in us and keep us holy as He is holy.

These last two He showed me in the colors red (redemption) and white (holiness), as they were being plucked out of our congregations, our gatherings, because of our need to be accepted by people we care about, resulting in us being clothed instead by a spirit of cowardice and ineffectiveness in ministry and hindering our walk with the Lord so significantly that we no longer represent His true character and He can’t use us because of our lack of faith.

The spirit of cowardice is symbolized by the color yellow, which in its redemptive state also represents courage… but also, in the world of flowers, represents integrity and friendship.

So to me, the message is clear; you can’t be a true friend unless you’re willing to be courageous enough to speak the truth in love, always representing the true character of Christ and demonstrating through our interactions with others, what real humility is, and our utter dependence on Christ for redemption, cleansing and a pure heart that is always sold out and utterly dependent on Him for everything, all the time.

We have a position in Christ where we are seated with Him in heavenly places, far above all the powers of darkness and all the wisdom of man, a position we can only maintain by keeping a heart that is always surrendered to Him.  Yes, we’ll fail from time to time, but it’s amazing how good we can get at guarding our hearts the more we practice (smile).

The other cool thing about this is, “The eyes of the Lord are constantly searching the whole earth, to STRONGLY SUPPORT THOSE WHOSE HEARTS ARE COMPLETELY HIS.”  2 Chron 16:9

It may seem daunting, but He wouldn’t ask it of us if it weren’t possible, by His grace.  It will require everything we’ve got, but the paybacks are immeasurable in Him.

That’s a tall order for anyone, myself included.  So I begin another journey, my next season or chapter of deep intercession as I learn to more completely yield myself to Him so He can finish the good work He began in me; and you and I can “… encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Heb 3:13

And

James 1:2-4:  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  [And] Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be MATURE AND COMPLETE, NOT LACKING ANYTHING.

Selah.

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North Dakota


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I’m originally from North Dakota where I grew up in a small farming community, then moved to AZ where my daughter grew up (in the Tempe area), then up to WA where she and I have been living since 1995.  Interestingly, my husband Pat and I are preparing to move back down to AZ because we are sensing the leading of the Lord to do so.  My daughter is an attorney in Bellevue WA, the single mother of an autistic son who we dearly love as we are standing for his complete healing in Jesus.

I feel led to write today to remind everybody of a prophecy released over North Dakota by Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce several years ago, stating among other things, that God was going to use North Dakota as a threshing tool, and that He was going to release unprecedented healing into the United States through the state of North Dakota; something I’ve been interceding for since I became aware of the prophecy.  I identify with both the threshing and the healing.

I felt it imperative to say that if you really want to discern something that’s truly fundamental to the release of God’s healing in the US in an unprecedented way, please listen to the cry of the good people of North Dakota… the farmers and ranchers who’ve lost their land to our government and big corporations who have taken over so many of them, dumping pesticides and other harmful chemicals into our land, crops, livestock and water, resulting in the degradation of our health and the health of countless others who rely on our impoverished food and water supply.  This is a great travesty and it affects millions and millions of people.

Listen also to the people of the Weston A. Price Foundation and others who are championing the restoration of pure water and organic, healing food for our people.

When I was at Standing Rock in December of 2017, praying over the area and everything we were standing for, the Lord told me “this is the tipping point” – the thing that will begin the long journey of healing, that would accomplish the hostile takeover that He told me about back in 2005… the event at Standing Rock, North Dakota, spearheaded by the Lakota people who live there, that caused His people from all over the world to stand and pray… believing for the goodness of God to finally overcome the evil that’s been trying to destroy our world.  The thing that will tip the bowls of heaven and start the long healing process.

And this is what we’re seeing.

God has answered and is answering.

His plan in place, set in motion.

Setting things in order.

Righting every wrong… and there are a lot of wrongs, but we serve a BIG God, mighty to save.

The threshing tool is moving… separating the wheat from the chaff, and the wind of the Spirit of God is MOVING… blowing away the chaff as He gathers His beloved to Himself… His Sons and Daughters who He has raised up to rule and reign with Jesus in heavenly places, far above all the powers of darkness and wisdom of man…

The Lord has spoken… His will is being done… for His word NEVER returns to Him void, but ALWAYS accomplishes that for which it was sent out.  We’re starting to see it manifest more and more, being spoken of, even in the news, how the world’s literally being transformed right before our eyes.  Wow.

And He never quits.  And we will never quit, until the job is done.

And since the increase of His government never ends, maybe our “jobs” of intercession never end, either… maybe they’re eternal jobs, outside of time as God is outside of time.

Thank You, Jesus… PRAISE Your holy name for all you are doing right now in turning things around!!!!!

I say yes and amen.

I am empowered even in the sharing, and eternally grateful for all that the Lord is doing in our midst, only a small part of which we are able to see…

He is so good and He’s everywhere… His goodness overcoming evil as He exposes it for what it really is, establishing and advancing His Kingdom, the Rock that crushes the kingdom of darkness and establishes Himself as the Highway of Holiness where no evil thing can come, which leads us to becoming the Mountain of Holiness that has filled and is filling the entire planet with His glory, His goodness, His healing virtue being released in His people everywhere in unprecedented ways… His Kingdom advancing in unprecedented ways, always overcoming all the nefarious deeds and plans of the evil one because our God, our Father in Heaven, the One who created us and loves us beyond reason, is ALWAYS way greater than all the hordes of hell combined…

And because Jesus, the One who came in the flesh and overcame all the works of the enemy, now lives in the heart and life of EVERYONE who trusts in Him, we are equipped as overcomers, as well… how can we NOT be greatly encouraged as we realize just how much potential we have in Him?!  He is all powerful, all knowing, has all authority and power over all your enemies and He lives in you to empower you to walk in the fullness of Christ, in His purity of heart, in His wisdom, His character, His love and grace and mercy and heavenly justice… to go and overwhelmingly conquer your world through the same power and authority being released in and through you that raised Jesus from the dead.

Chew on that one for awhile… and be greatly encouraged.  God’s not given up on you yet, don’t you give up on Him, either.

Selah.

DeNiro’s Rant


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DeNiro’s recent rant just goes to show how far and deep some of us have fallen and shouldn’t come as a great surprise to anybody (unfortunately).

But I hope it ignited a fire in the heart of every Believer to stand and fight, to be the RESISTANCE of all resistances, until all the corruption in all forms of media is driven out by the righteous goodness of Almighty God, whose Rock formed without hands is even now crushing all the works of the darkness, and establishing His heavenly Kingdom, His holy mountain that has filled and is filling the entire planet with His healing virtue, His strong arm of redemption and full restoration for ALL who trust in Him.

I had a significant thing happen to me last week.  One day, all of a sudden, I had excruciating pain radiating up and down my right leg, as if I had somehow injured the sciatic nerve in my lower back, but I don’t remember doing ANYTHING to put strain on myself anytime recently.

So I went immediately to pray and intercede, knowing that often when I have pain in certain parts of my physical body, it’s an indication that I need to pray for the body of Christ and other people and things as the Lord leads.

I also soaked in the tub, and rubbed my homemade “organic vaporub” all over my leg.  Within a short time, most of the acute pain was gone.  There was still quite a lot of residual pain and achiness, but it lessened over the next 12-24 hours, then was completely GONE!  Praise Jesus!  He is so good.

So it’s another testimony of the goodness of God, the extreme effectiveness of the essential oils (made organically from plants and trees and flowers that the good Lord provided for us, another testimony of His goodness to us), and the favor of God on everyone who’s willing to stand in the gap through intercession.

This pain in my leg happened almost simultaneously with me seeing a video of DeNiro’s rant during the Tony awards and it was such an obvious demonstration of ignorance and extreme hateful, illegitimate prejudice.  It’s also so very extremely obvious where it came from… the devil often overplays his hand in ways like this, and it all seems so stupid and childish, it would be laughable if it didn’t also work in corrupting others who are weak minded and susceptible to deception.

So right now I decree and declare that from now on, every time DeNiro or anyone like him does or says anything in an attempt to try to put down President Trump or his family or affiliates, that God Himself releases the forces of heaven (that will NOT be denied), to raise him (President Trump) up, instead.  Because God is faithful to turn around EVERY weapon formed against us, turning it around for our good.  Our current President is now due to receive countless turnarounds in Jesus’ name, because there have been countless attempts by the enemy to malign, slander and destroy his term as President.

And I call forth the angel armies to advance every one of God’s agendas that He has planned through this President, to come forth in unprecedented ways, because of every time the enemy tried to malign him… it has to stop and it has to stop NOW.

I also call forth the goodness of God to prosper our President and our nation beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.

Because that’s God will – to prosper every Believer in every way, even as our soul prospers.  (3 John 1:2)

And He is faithful to turn EVERYTHING the devil meant to harm us, around for our good… even ridiculous rants by certain people in Hollywood, who somehow deem themselves above reproach, when really nothing could be further from the truth.

Our Father God is determined and well able to turn ALL of it around for the good of everyone who trusts in Him… EVERYONE – without fail, without exception.

He is also faithful to complete the good work He started here.  His arm is never too short and nothing escapes His notice.

He is diligent.  He never sleeps or slumbers.

DeNiro’s rant is nothing more than the ramblings of a weak-minded person who is so given over to worldly ways and corrupted thinking that he can no longer tell the truth from a lie.  I pray God’s hand of conviction comes on him and everyone like him, to first of all silence them once and for all (unless/until they finally are able to understand what real truth really is), but also to restrain, contain, and fully apprehend the corruption that would otherwise be released from any and all people who would otherwise have unrestrained influence over others.

Our President is not always the easiest person to like, and I can’t say I appreciate the way he rammed DAPL down our throats despite the protest of countless Americans, nor am I happy with the way our current administration (so far) is failing to address our greatly impoverished food and water supply… something that I continue to stand interceding for… not to mention the urgent need to overturn Roe v. Wade and stop the horrible murder of our unborn, and the need to overturn laws that promote sexual degradation, the need to stop the trafficking of humans, drugs, weapons, including biological weapons and dirty vaccines, etc., etc., etc.

But people, I believe this President’s intentions really are to make America great again, and he has the ability (by God’s grace) to get us there if we would only choose to work WITH him instead of trying to destroy him.  He is, after all, only human… and I don’t know any human (other than Jesus Christ) who could withstand all the garbage that continues to bombard him.

President Trump has made significant inroads in many areas and may I remind you Rome wasn’t built in a day.  It took us a long time to get in this mess, it’ll take awhile to get out of it.

I do believe this President does listen to reason and that he considers (to the best that he can) every side to every issue facing this nation before making decisions on them.

Our economy is way better than it’s been in years and he has proven himself over and over in his dealings with foreign leaders (most recently in North Korea), as being a true peace maker, and not just another leader who wants nothing more than to initiate another world war.

It’s a documented fact that there are many people who have been paid off to do their level best to destroy this President by getting everybody all riled up, initiate riots and pit people against each other.

Why?  What purpose could this possibly serve, other than try to manipulate and control the opinion of the general public, to make us hate Trump so much that we will, out of our own misplaced and unwarranted feelings of panic, vote for just about anyone else, so they can put their own misguided people in office instead, and drive this nation even further into the pit?

Or to generate so much fear and unrest in our current situation that we will harken to and follow just about anyone else who promises to come to our aid?

That’s what Hitler did.

And it’s what Obama did.

Neither of them had our best interests at heart.

Obama has a smiling face that hides a very devious, black soul.  If you think he hasn’t given himself over to darkness, look again.  Listen to what was REALLY said and done during his term as President.

What he did to our national debt (pushing us further in debt than at any other time in US history)…

The debacle of Obamacare and the way senior citizens were heavily targeted in our advancing years and how this somehow gives the federal government the right to decide which of us should be granted healthcare based on the government’s opinion of how valuable our lives are to society, and even, in some cases, when we should die…

How he was able to push through gay marriage and how he covered up his own birthplace… because he was never legally allowed to even run for the Presidency in the first place, as well as how he covered up his own prior drug use and sexual relationships with other men when he lived in Chicago…

His strong support (including major financial support) to the Jihad army, including putting certain handpicked Jihad leaders in strategic leadership positions within our government, supporting their goal of a takeover on US soil, how he ordered terrorist strikes in other countries in an attempt to initiate another world war, and his other involvement in deep state activity, which it appears he hasn’t stopped doing in an “unofficial” way since leaving office.

There is indeed a swamp, and it’s ugly, deep and far reaching.  And it will take a lot of work and strong intercession on the part of all God’s people to get it cleaned up once and for all.

Obama was/is a real threat to our life here in the US and elsewhere, yet because he has “such a nice smile” he was able to bamboozle many people who still can’t see him for the person he really is.

Same for the Clintons.  My goodness, it goes much deeper than erasing countless emails.  Why do you think Hillary tried so hard to erase them?

I pray the whole truth and nothing but the truth finally comes out re: ALL the corruption in our government and elsewhere around the world, corruption that’s been going on for decades, and that the people behind it would finally be exposed, while all their nefarious agendas are completely, immediately and forever contained, restrained and eliminated, in Jesus’ mighty name.

And that God’s plans to completely, immediately and eternally heal, redeem, and restore everyone and everything that trusts in Jesus be fully implemented now and forevermore.

The evil is a cancer… allowed to permeate and destroy us and our planet because God’s people have, by and large, done nothing to stop it.  We’ve given in to their fear and confusion tactics.  And the enemy is banking on the fact that because we don’t know what to do, we do nothing (keeping us in the dark and feeding us a bunch of lies and half truths)…

And many of us have become so intimated we’re afraid to do anything, or even talk about it.

But honestly, how’s that been working for you?  And how in the world can you honestly expect things to get better if you continue to do nothing about it?

A neglected house quickly falls to ruins.

Same is true for businesses, relationships, your health, our environment.

God didn’t call us to be weak minded, impoverished, victims of tyrants who hide behind a face of decency in order to propagate their evil and prosper off our ignorance.

It’s time to rise and shine, people!  WAKE UP.  We have to realize what’s at stake here and that God has given us everything we need to overwhelmingly conquer all our obstacles and be the governing body of Christ that He created us to be, only allowing here on earth what’s already allowed in Heaven.  Heaven is the standard that we must live by, no one else’s.

We are at a crossroads.  If we hear His voice calling us, to rise up and take back our land, there’s hope for tomorrow.  2 Chron 7:14.  “If My people who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, seek My face and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS… then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and HEAL THEIR LAND.”

If we don’t, I don’t know what to say.  We either fall on the Rock and we’re saved, or it crushes us.

Let’s see… do you want to be saved or crushed?  Hmmm… a real no brainer for me.

What about you?

Healing in His Wings


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I’m writing this more for my benefit than anyone else’s, I’m sure, but decided to share in case someone else might be experiencing some of the same challenges I’m facing, thinking you may find some comfort here (smile).

The Lord’s been downloading a lot into me lately, and I haven’t been able to journal as much as I would have liked… I will prayerfully be catching up with some of what He’s been doing, as I update the writings for my books, songs; but more importantly, spending a lot of time with Jesus as He continues to walk me through a lot of personal healing.

Most recently, He’s been lifting off layers of stress associated with past experiences that my body hadn’t yet fully released and couldn’t fully heal from (mostly because I wasn’t aware that at least part of my physical ailments were connected to those events, which I thought I had already dealt with (smile)…

As He’s been walking me through these events and giving me the opportunity to pray through layers and layers of emotional and physical healing (praise His holy name!), He’s also been leading and guiding me in learning more and more about living holistically, learning what my body needs in order to reach optimal health and maintain it.

I’m still having to “unlearn” some things, as He’s rewiring the part of my brain having to do with walking in divine health, which I believe is the inheritance of all who trust in Him… many of us just don’t know what that looks like yet (smile).

On top of that, much of what He’s showing me, I feel compelled to share, so I’m in the process of organizing my notes and recipes re: healing foods and how to prepare and eat them, my notes and resource information re: essential oils and personal care products I’m learning to make that are 100% organic.

When I do go out to minister, I want to be able to have information available, whenever appropriate, along with some learning tools (books, DVDs, etc.), about holistic living, as well as information about essential oils, how to use them, where to get them (incorporating massage therapy during weekend retreats), having some of my personal care products available for purchase for anyone who’s interested, as well as my music CDs.

I have a vision of weekend gatherings for worship and prayer that include a time for personal quiet time with the Lord, and personal ministry that includes massage therapy.

It’s all about bringing healing, knowledge, comfort, equipping, raising folks up to be all God created them to be, physically and emotionally, as well as spiritually… all in a safe environment where folks have the freedom to really press into God, especially during worship, and seeing them brought into a closer, more intimate relationship with Jesus… there’s nothing better (smile).

Anyway, there is a lot I could say about a lot of things that God’s been putting on my heart, the most recent being this morning, when I woke up from a dream about worship and overcoming a situation involving a person involved in witchcraft, and woke up singing this song:

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

It really is as simple as that, if you break it down… 1) us gathering together in His name (for no other purpose than to worship and pray and seek His beautiful face), 2) He shows up with healing in His wings… and the rest is history, as they say (smile).

And then I was thinking of the following verse from the same song:

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand (listen!)
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at your command

May sound like I’m oversimplifying things, but I really do believe we choose to love, or we choose to be fearful… just like we choose to trust God.

Also, the Lord gave me a dream a few days ago about a young child who died from thirst and neglect, and it drove me to my knees, as He started showing me about the many places in the Bible where God says “neglect not.”  Neglect not the things of God, God’s house, the spiritual gift within you…  In Heb 10:24-25, it says:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…

The best way I know of to stir up one another to love and good works, and encourage one another, is by gathering to worship and pray… which is what He so impressed on me today.

As I was praying through my dreams of late, I realized worship really is the key.  It’s the best way I know of to bring heaven to earth, to really step into God, into that heavenly realm we’re all so desperate for… it’s where I always feel closest to God, most like myself, is when I’m worshipping, and especially in a group setting.

Wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, there He is in our midst.  Every time, without exception, without fail, because our God is faithful and true.  He ALWAYS shows up, and He ALWAYS comes with healing in His wings for ALL who trust in Him.  ALWAYS.

It really is as simple as that.  This is the missing key.  What’s been missing in my life and yours; the thing that truly does and will bring the real revival we’ve all been praying for is when we all are finally able to come together with a pure heart with no other agenda than simply to meet with God and love one another, and allow His Spirit to breathe new life into us, restoring the years of the locust, restoring all that’s been lost.

I believe it’s the only way we’ll see real change, because it really IS how we enter heaven and bring heaven to earth in every way that matters, including heavenly justice to right every wrong in our lives, and bring order out of chaos.

We don’t have to spend hours or days or months or years trying to figure things out or try to discern, either, like we would otherwise have to do in simple prayer or intercession.  We simply show up and commit our way, our lives to the Lord, casting all our cares on Him, and boom, He shows up and blows us all away.

Our God is faithful, and the strong arm of the Lord is reaching out to not only forgive our sins, but break off its consequences, as He cleanses us of ALL unrighteousness and heals all our diseases, including all the stress that caused it.

The blood of Jesus truly is a cleansing agent – and He gives us the ability to rewire our brain (tearing down vain imaginations, taking our thoughts captive to the knowledge of Christ that is dispelling our darkened understanding), helping us understand a better, more holistic way of living as we embrace the goodness of God that overcomes evil… and He leads us in discovering organic healing food and the right way to prepare and eat it…

It’s all connected.  The Bible tells us to love our neighbor “as ourselves” – meaning we are to care for ourselves, and take care of our bodies.  Yet, I know a LOT of people in the body of Christ who somehow think it’s okay to neglect their health, and may even think it “selfish” to care for ourselves the way God wants us to.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, if we don’t take care of ourselves, we are disobeying a direct order from God, and committing sin, just as surely as if we had lied, or cheated, or stolen something from someone… it may not seem as bad a sin as something more grievous, like murder or abuse, but just because we are sinning against ourselves and the One who created us, and not another person, doesn’t make it anymore tolerable to God.  He hates our sin, including this one, because He hates what it does to us.

If food really is medicine (and I know it is), shouldn’t we start living like it?  And shun all its counterfeits (in the pharmaceutical industry), that don’t really help us all that much, and most often serve only to cause even more problems than they solve.

And if all creation speaks of the glory of God, shouldn’t we be listening?  God is constantly putting before us life and death, saying “choose life.”

How about we just do that?!  You know, stop making things so complicated, and just do it.  Do what He puts in front of us… follow His bread trail (Jesus is the bread), go where He leads and He will bring you the life He promised.

But you have to follow His lead.  Go where He leads and ALWAYS choose the way leading to life, NOT death.

Take off your grave clothes and start really living… but NEVER take your eyes of Jesus.  NEVER stop taking His lead.  Let Him lead you into the truth that will set you free.  You have everything to gain and nothing to lose in doing so.

There is a way that seems right to a man that only leads to death.  Don’t go there (smile).

God’s ways will ALWAYS lead you to life, freedom and the ability to really live the life He has for you, enabling you to be all He created you to be.

All you have to do is follow Him.  Do whatever He puts in front of you to do, trusting Him with all the rest.  One step at a time, with your eyes on the goal, which is Jesus.  He’s your goal and your personal trainer… the One you want to be like, and the One who is gonna help you get there because He lives in the heart and life of EVERYONE who trusts in Him.

Without exception, without fail.  I guess it all comes down to whether or not we have more faith in God’s ability to come through for us, than our own ability to fail, right?

Your job is to 1) keep your mind on Him so He can keep you in His perfect peace.

And

2) Continually commit your way to Him so He can make your path straight.

And find a way to gather with others in His name to worship and pray and seek His face.  It’s the key element that’s missing right now.  The thing that will catapult us into the Kingdom like nothing else can.  Right into God’s presence, in unprecedented ways.  Because it’s the way God’s chosen to bring heaven to earth.  I KNOW this in my knower, and I’ve seen glimpses now and then in our gatherings…

So get ready, people, for God to move in unprecedented ways, every time you gather in His name.

This is the season, and worship is the key to unlocking God’s provision in this way, especially through corporate worship, where we gather in His name, fully expecting the fullness of Christ to manifest, in, around and through US – His people… the ones He inhabits.

The ones He fully expects and intends to find expression in and through, every time we worship… every time we gather IN HIS NAME!

So let’s do this, people!  For His name’s sake and the sake of all His people.

Some additional thoughts.

  1.    What to bring to a worship gathering:

     All the things you’re believing God for.

  1.    What to leave at the door:

All your misgivings, all your doubt, unbelief, disappointment and disillusionment.

It’s a new day and God wants to do a new thing in your life and turn your world around in the process.

I say we let Him!  What do we have to lose?

Matt 16:25  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it.

The only way to have a truly fulfilled life is through total surrender, seeking the leading of the Lord in all things.  Anything less is a cheap substitute and never brings the lasting peace that only comes from a life totally surrendered to the only One who is worthy, the only One who is truly able to save, deliver, heal…

Whatever things you lose in surrendering to the Lord are now found in Christ… and all that the enemy has stolen is restored, only your latter state is way more glorious than your former state (smile).

″‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” –Haggai 2:9

I say we go for it, and we hold nothing back… why not?!  We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The Lord downloaded a great sense of empowerment and a new purpose to me today, even though my role as a worship leader and someone who facilitates gatherings as I’m describing here was foreordained long ago.

There’s a new determination in my spirit, awakened by a fresh impression of the Spirit in me, stirring up my most holy faith to believe God for the things that seem impossible to man.  It’s time for major breakthroughs, repositioning, great releasing of the things of God, to cause our world to more closely reflect His glory, and see His Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.   Selah.

Dare to believe with me, will you?  We come together with the faith of a child, humble ourselves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, and then He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and HEAL OUR LAND. (2 Chron 7:14)  Because He, who has promised, is faithful to complete the good work He’s begun – in ALL our lives!  (Phil 1:6)  HALLELUJAH!

Get excited!  Dare to believe once again.  Don’t worry about those who don’t understand or think you’re foolish.  You’re not here to impress them.  You don’t have to prove yourself and you don’t have to compete for anything.  God’s already accepted you, is over-the-top crazy about you (no matter WHAT you do), and there’s more than enough of His grace to go around for everybody.

Enough for now.  I hope I haven’t wasted your time.  I pray these words will somehow make their way into your heart and start a fire there that never goes out.

And I hope we meet somewhere, to gather in worship and prayer, seeking the heart of the Father as He stretches forth His hand of healing and full restoration of everything that’s been stolen from us, empowering us to be all He created us to be, and to do all He created us to do.

In the matchless name of His amazing Son…

God Perfects Strength


God perfects strength

God really does perfect strength in our weakness.  And when we’re feeling weak, when we really need it the most, is also when it’s hardest to remember 😊  It’s easy to be encouraged in Him when things are going well, but then is not when we really need it.  So He uses the hard times in our lives to teach us how to really press into Him.  Reminds me of the adage that if you aim at nothing, you’re sure to hit it.  But then you’re stuck with nothing.  If you really want to accomplish something in life, you actually have to work at it (right?)

Anyway, that’s just some food for thought.  What I really want to do is offer some hope and real encouragement to people (like me) who have experienced a bit of burn out in life, because God’s given me some nuggets of truth that have really helped, and I hope they help you as well.

I’m not sure where, but somewhere lately, I heard or read, “give it all ‘til it hurts, and then do it again.”  And I was reminded of it today while praying, and realized that many of us (especially those of us in any kind of leadership in ministry), have given everything, one too many times, with no way to refuel, no way to replenish, and have burned out… and when someone asks us to get involved in ministry again, we can be heard to say something like: “I hear you, but I don’t know if I have it in me anymore.”  Right?

Well if that’s you, I’m asking you right now to dig deep – deeper than ever before, because there’s more at stake now than ever before… and the fields are more ready, more “white unto harvest,” than ever before…

But more importantly, all heaven is at the ready, to fully support you to be all God created you to be from this moment forward.

So dig deep, to find that childlike faith that’s been buried by all the cares of the world and disappointments of life.

You might think it insanity to do the same thing again, the same way, but expecting different results.

But I’m telling you things are not the same.  We’ve been prepped and empowered for the revolution that God’s about to bring… and all of heaven is standing at the ready to fully support everyone whose heart is completely His…

And all creation here on earth, besides continually speaking of the glory of God, is moaning and groaning in great anticipation of the revealing of mature sons and daughters of the only living God to finally take our stand, take our position as joint heirs, seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above all the powers of darkness and wisdom of man.  The reason He needs us seated with Him so high up there is so we can see clearly from afar what’s going on, but not get embroiled in it.  And since we’re seated right next to Jesus, we can clearly hear Him instructing us regarding what to do about what we see.

This seat of authority must be protected at all costs, no matter what it takes.  Don’t ever give it up.  The devil tries to talk us down from this place because he knows it’s where we have absolute power and authority over him.  He does this by whispering words of doubt in our ears, or orchestrating people and events in our lives in an effort to get us off track, to evoke strong feelings of confusion, discouragement, uncertainty, anger, frustration… anything to get you to give up your position over him, ‘cause he knows it’s the only way he can possibly get anything over on you, get you to stop being wonderful and stop destroying all his plans and assignments over your life and the life of others you care about.

But DO NOT GO THERE.  Don’t allow your thoughts to wander off course, or your emotions to run amok.  God’s given us the grace and ability to press into Him and tear down every vain imagination and take every thought captive to the knowledge that Christ is leading you into, imparting to you.

We can’t afford to ever stop guarding our hearts and our position in Christ… especially not now.  We may not like it, but we’re in a war, and the only way out of it, is to overcome it in Christ.  Well, there is another way, but it’s not really all that fun and involves becoming destroyed by the devil.  See, he’s not gonna quit, even if you do… so your only real option is to pick up your sword and fight.  The good news is, that Jesus is in you.  He’s already overcome the devil and all his dominion, and He now lives in you to empower you to go and do the same.  We win.

Now more than ever, the world needs you and is counting on you to do this.

So I’m telling you as Christ is my witness and the One who will back up these words, throw your net back over to the other side of the boat.  I know that’s where you threw it before and it yielded no results.  But this time, we are gonna do it with a new resolve, a new purpose, a new level of faith…

Because we have a much greater understanding of who we are in Christ now than we ever did before… a much greater ability to stand in His righteousness and authority, not bowing down to anyone or anything else that would draw us off the course He has set us on.

Our eyes are on Christ (so He can keep us in perfect peace), our face set like flint.  Our way is continually committed to Him (so He can make our path straight), and nothing is gonna stop us, unless we allow it, through our own doubt and uncertainty.

If God be for us, who can be against us, really?!  There’s no one greater, and He is always for us.  He goes before us to prepare the way, He has your back… He camps around EVERYONE who trusts in Him.

He’s got you fully covered.

So this time, when you feel the nudging of the Holy Spirit to go and give it all you’ve got, DO IT!  Believing Him for everything He’s promised.  And don’t ever stop believing Him for everything He’s promised, including His ability and willingness to greatly strengthen you in your weakness.

Be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove, cloaked in His humility and grace.

Stay plugged into Him as your true source of life, freedom, strength and truth, so you will give from His riches in glory, not your own lack.

Not only is the world waiting, but God and all of heaven are waiting, as well.

How can we not respond?  How can we resist Him?  The One who gave us everything?

But listen carefully as the Lord leads.  Become an expert gleaner, holding fast only to what is helpful on your journey, being careful to sift through and let go of anything and everything that would cause harm to you or anyone else.

We are God’s highway of holiness.  We are His holy mountain.  And our lives have prepared and are preparing this holy place where anyone can come and receive the healing and restoration that is theirs in Christ… Our job is to lay our lives down for one another.

In this holy place, no evil thing, no sickness or disease, can come, because it’s been set apart for God and can NEVER be defiled by anything or anyone ever again, because we, the ecclesia, governing body of Christ, will not allow it, even in our own hearts.  Under the mandate of God, we only allow here on earth what is allowed in heaven.

Listen to your body, as well.  God will instruct you that way, as well… telling you what’s needful, what your body needs in order to heal.  Your body individually and your body collectively, as God’s people, the body of Christ.

That’s about it for now.  Most everyday now God stirs up my faith and pours into me another wave of revelation and greater understanding.  I will do my best to share it the best way I can, by His grace leading and guiding my thoughts and my pen.

I am trusting that He is also leading and guiding the heart of everyone who reads this, to receive and discern and apply whatever’s needful for you to run your race with endurance and God’s perfect strength in your weakness.

Never stop believing in His mighty arm that is never too short and is always stretched out to release grace and empowerment to all who trust in Him, enabling you to be all He created you to be, and do all He created you to do.

His arm is never too short, and nothing escapes His notice.

His truth is a two-edged sword.  One side mercy, the other, justice.  Mercy on all who trust in Him, justice on behalf of all who trust in Him.  The only ones who need to worry about the justice side of His sword are His enemies.  If you have surrendered your life unto Him, you are His friend, His ally, the one He will always go to bat for, fight for, defend.

If this letter means anything to you, would you let me know?  It would mean a lot to me to know that at least one person was encouraged by the things I shared here.

But if you weren’t all that impressed, or even if you were and don’t feel like telling me, that’s okay, too… I don’t do this to try to get accolades or make people happy, though I do hope and pray you are somehow encouraged in your walk.

My real reason for writing is the same reason I do anything I feel prompted by God to do.  I must carry on and be as faithful as I can be, in fulfilling the Father heart of God, the best way I can.

Consider the following.

There once was a man who made sand sculptures by the side of the road.  A thankless job, for sure.  But the work he did was magnificent, and greatly anointed by God.

I actually had the honor of meeting this amazing man one day.  I was driving past his sculptures and noticed he was out repairing one of his creations.  After I parked my car and walked over to where he was working, I notice his tools:  a small spoon, butter knife, his hands and a small styrofoam cup half full of water (smile).

He was and still is the most humble, unassuming man I’ve ever met, and besides God, a man I can always look to for inspiration and someone who reminds me why I do what I do.

He certainly wasn’t doing it for the recognition.  I don’t know anyone else who ever even met the man.  I only saw him once in the 17 years I lived in AZ.  I’m quite certain he didn’t come there often, and if you didn’t happen to drive by while he was there, you never would have even seen him.

But his works speak for themselves.  They are easily the most beautiful, expressive works of art I’ve ever seen; one depicting Jesus at Gethsemane, the other of the last supper… all in sand.

And he certainly never did it for the money.  The only “request” for donations I ever saw was an old beat up wooden box on a wooden pole near one of the sculptures, that no one ever put money into that I know of.

And he did this amazing work despite much ridicule from family and friends.

I believe his wife may have been of some support to him, because he mentioned in our short conversation how much he missed her, saying she could no longer accompany him on these work trips to repair and maintain the sculptures because she’d gone blind and needed to stay home.

And the man was feeble.  Looked like he was in his 80s.  Strong, steady hands, but you could tell he was tired.  He was wearing an old pair of navy blue coveralls.  Just steadily, patiently, lovingly, sitting on his wooden stool.  The master craftsman, ever working on his masterpiece (smile).

He was to me, and still is, a reflection of how God’s always lovingly, patiently, steadily working on all of us.  God’s greatest masterpiece of all that He’s created… man and woman being shaped and molded into the image of His awesome Son (wow).

Now there’s food for thought.

So while it would be nice to hear back from you if this letter encouraged you at all, if you don’t, I’ll just be like that man on the side of the road, doing what God puts in front of me to do, trusting the results to Him, praying that He will so magnify and beautify my efforts that the work I do for the Kingdom will somehow be as valuable and magnificent and life changing as those sculptures by the side of the road (smile).

There are a couple really good reasons to actually follow through on each thing God tells you to do:

  1. Whenever you do, your intimacy with the Lord deepens and increases, along with your ability to discern and know His voice; and

  2. Whenever you don’t, your intimacy with the Lord lessens and becomes clouded, much like if you were to wrap a layer of gauze over your eyes and ears, and you can’t as easily discern His voice. His voice is not as clear and you’re not as sharp.  It becomes harder to discern truth from a lie, and you can more easily be tripped up and/or deceived.  You do this enough times and pretty soon you’re really bound up, deaf and blind to the things of God, unable to know with certainty what He’s asking of you.

Which is why obedience is better than sacrifice, and why God’s soul takes no delight in us when we shrink back in fear (Heb 10:38).  Anything outside of faith is sin, because it gets us off track and out of touch with God so He can’t use us as effectively.

So let’s not go there, eh?!

I don’t know what you’re called to in this season of your life, but you owe it to God and you owe it to yourself to be all you can be in Christ, and to do all you can do by His strength, for His glory and for the healing and restoration of His creation, His people.

Selah.

Be obedient, even if no one’s watching, or no one responds.  That’s the mark of a true servant of God.  One who is happy with knowing God’s acceptance and affirmation, even if no one else cares.

Simple.  Yet we make it so complicated.  Doesn’t need to be.

Pray for me if you can, and I will certainly pray for you, believing for all the breakthroughs that you need, for immediate divine intervention whenever and wherever you need it, along with complete healing and restoration and deliverance and empowerment in every area of your life, so you can be all He created you to be and do all He created you to do.

In the matchless name of Yeshua the Christ, the One who came in the flesh and now lives in the heart and life of EVERYONE who trusts in Him.

Shalom.

All Creation Speaks (3-9-18)


big daddy lying in the yard

All creation speaks of the glory of God, all the time, and I’ve never been more aware of this as when I’m on my prayer walks with my dog Holly…

It’s a beautiful, SUNNY day here today…. after weeks and weeks of cold, rainy, grey days with LOTS of gale-force winds, it’s SOOOO NICE to see the sun again (smile) – even the wildlife are rejoicing!  I always see them out and about much more when the sun’s shining, and they look like they’re really happy about it, too!

Today, I am impressed (once again) by the meekness of the deer (especially the male deer) that come into my yard for apples… some would say it’s wrong to give them apples, but God hasn’t convicted me of it yet, and it just seems wrong NOT to… I feel it’s an honor and privilege whenever I encounter one of God’s creatures, especially those that aren’t domesticated…

And call me crazy, but I actually talk to them, tell them how beautiful they are, that I love them and I’m praying for them, etc.

There are certain deer that have been coming to our yard time and time again, that I have gotten to know somewhat over the years… they each have different mannerisms and markings that make them unique…

Including a handful of males that come… they are even calmer around me than the females, as if they have absolutely NO fear of me whatsoever, even though I’ve never treated them any differently than the others, and I’ve never done anything to try to make them “pets” – i.e. I don’t make them eat out of my hand or make them follow me in order to get fed… I just put the sliced apples out in the yard, in an area designated for this purpose.

My male deer that come, come closer and look at me longer than the females, as if they trust me more completely…

One of them was standing about 3 feet from my door, today, watching me as I opened the door for my walk with Holly…

It seems, though, when they look at you, they see into your soul somehow, similar to how your dog looks at you… those of you with dogs don’t think I’m crazy, those who don’t have dogs probably think I am… but that’s okay… this is for all of you who can appreciate what I’m saying (smile)

Right now, none of the male deer have antlers.  For those of you who don’t know, their racks fall off every year, then grow back, bigger and with more points, every year (one of those weird, but cool things God does…)

And so, I have to look extra closely to recognize the male deer when they don’t have their antlers…

It’s rather easy to tell them apart when their racks are there, because each one is distinct, has a certain amount of points, etc.  It seems they walk with a certain kind of swagger, then, too… you know the kind, sort of like a male athlete does – They strut when they have their antlers, but not so much when they don’t… I swear I’m not making this stuff up 🙂

(Keep in mind as you read this, that today is a day when God is speaking to me a LOT about my identity in Him, making me strong enough to reject anyone’s opinion of me that doesn’t line up with HIS…)

Anyway, now, when they approach me without their racks, I sense a certain vulnerability that wasn’t there before, almost as if they are saying “Will you still recognize me even without my antlers?  You know, the thing that makes me look real strong and brave, the thing that makes me the most majestic in your eyes?” (this one really hit me…)

“Will you even notice me or know me as I am, without my antlers to help you identify me, to tell you it’s really me?  Without the thing that would otherwise define who I am in your eyes?”

I’m learning a lot from my deer, as I am also learning from the rest of creation as it speaks to me so eloquently of God’s glory (smile).

I consider it an honor and privilege to serve these magnificent, meek and bold creatures, even if it’s such a small way… I think they know somehow that I care for them, that I’m praying to their Creator and mine, for their well being and safety.

To me, these male deer demonstrate true meekness… true humility and a boldness in approaching me, being near me, that the female deer don’t have, as much.

And that got me thinking that their meekness may be directly related to the fact that they lose those magnificent racks EVERY YEAR – the thing that identifies them as the dominant, macho males… the ones whose seed is carried in the mothers of their young,

That maybe the shedding of their antlers every year keeps them humble in a way… that maybe they would otherwise get a little too macho, a little too feisty for their own good or the good of the other deer in the area…

So God made it so once a year, they lose the thing most associated with their macho image, so He can also teach them real humility (maybe)…

I know they’re not human and don’t think like we do, but all creation “speaks” of the glory of God… and displays certain aspects of God’s characteristics… like how the crashing waves speak to me of the many “moods” or emotions of God, the eagles speak to me of His amazing magnificence and ability to rise above any difficulty and see for miles and miles…

And the meekness of the deer, more specifically His MALE deer, shorn of their antlers, speak to me, demonstrating two sides of the same sword of truth, which I call “true humility” – knowing on the one hand we are nothing without God, but on the other hand (the other side of the double-edged sword), we can do all things through Christ:

  1. Meekness/humility. If you’re truly humbled and yielded to the absolute preeminence, sovereignty and providence of Almighty God, you realize you’re nothing without Him,

but

  1. Boldness/courage. Through Him (and ONLY Him), you can do all things. ONLY through a life totally surrendered, dedicated to the One who lives in and through you, His creation, can you receive of His bounty (in the deer’s case, the hand of God’s provision through me and others, as well as His natural provision in the grass and shrubs in the area); and He provides everything we have need of, until the moment He takes us all home…

So I was met by one of my male deer as I left the house for my prayer walk, and when I was returning, just as I left the grass trail that emptied onto the road near my home, all four of the deer that come to my home most often (three females and a young buck, not even a year old that’s still with his mama), were quietly standing on a little hill at the trailhead, beautifully silhouetted by the sun, watching me as I finished up my walk, as if they were just quietly acknowledging me, letting me know they noticed me and they’re thankful.

These four deer include an older female with a torn ear that’s been coming to my home most every day for over five years (ever since I moved here).  One other looks like she may have a problem with one or both eyes, and the third female had a little “stud muffin” late last year (he’s the cutest little thing and feisty as all get out), so he still hangs with mama and will until he’s old enough to go out on his own…

So it seems the ones that have found me may not be in the best shape, but God loves them and so do I… and every time I see them and pray for their healing, they look at me like they understand.  Hey, if God can prophesy through a donkey…

Just some food for thought – I hope it makes your day a little brighter.

And oh, btw, here’s what he looks like with this full rack!  This was a couple years ago, so it’s be quite a lot bigger this fall.  This was a couple years ago, so it’s gonna be quite a lot bigger this fall.

big daddy closeup

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory


“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wow.

I continue to be very inspired by this man… and I really bear witness to these last few minutes of his very last recorded speech, especially the very last sentence that is audible: “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,” in a speech that was given the night before he died.

And I have to say that my eyes have also seen the glory of the coming of the lord, and it’s something I am just beginning to wrap my head around, so I don’t want to take a lot of time trying to get into it right now without developing it some more in prayer…

But it’s not like a lot of folks may think…

I believe the coming of the glory of the Lord Jesus, will be seen in the eyes and hearts and faces of everyone who, like MLK Jr., have been in the presence of the Lord and share God’s heart for the world…

And the Jesus inside of them will be released in unprecedented ways as they are finally able to rise up and be all He created them to be, doing what they are created to do, being Christlike in all things.

And in so doing, we will see the evil overcome by the goodness of God…

The “glory of the Lord” coming through the surrendered lives of people who will stop at nothing until they see the completion of God’s saving work through His people, who have finally been awakened to the knowledge that they have been fully equipped as kings and priests to rule and reign here on earth as our Father Creator is ruling and reigning in heaven (we are ONLY to allow here on earth what’s already allowed in heaven),

And God’s Kingdom invades earth (through the lives of His people), to destroy all the works of the evil one as heaven is firmly established here on earth…  Your kingdom come, Lord, Your will be done… ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!  (Matt 6:10)

Selah.