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Don’t be a Dead Fly – Stay out of the Web! – A Word by Edie Bayer

Yesterday I walked into a spider web. Honestly, it happens quite often, because there are lots of spider webs on the farm. What was unusual is that there were dead flies in this web…lots of them, and the spider, too! I walked right into it, because I wasn’t paying attention. I stopped dead in my tracks, looking down at it on my belly. I watched the spider jettison out of it, dropping down its thin line of webbing and disappear into the grass at my feet. I was stunned!

Since I am prophetic, EVERYTHING means something to me! My mind immediately went to dream symbols that I know: Spiders are lies. Spider webs are deceit. Dead flies…well, obviously, that couldn’t be good! I felt like everything came crashing down on me in just an instant. I had walked right into it, and not even seen it coming.

I cried, “NO, LORD! NO! Don’t let me walk into a trap! I don’t want to be a dead fly!” I hurriedly wiped the web off of me, hoping to make the whole episode disappear along with the web, but I just couldn’t shake it. Later, in my closet, I talked to the Lord about the spider web and the dead flies. As I repeated my plaintive bleating about not wanting to walk into a trap, my mind and my whining shifted to a meeting series where I am speaking.

These meetings are on the heels of a very well-known prophetic voice at this same location, only a short time ago. I started talking to the Lord about this other prophet, and how well known he is. How can I possibly compare with him, I asked? How can I possibly do these meetings, Lord? I can’t do this, God! I am not this other prophet!

Suddenly, I heard the voice of the Lord say to me, out of my own mouth, “NO! YOU’RE NOT HIM … YOU ARE EDIE BAYER!” As His voice of encouragement filled me, I recognized the Truth. I felt myself begin to inflate! I literally felt my chest start to puff out, and I found myself standing straight up in my closet. What previously had been anything BUT a pep talk, turned around into a series of encouraging declarations.

I heard myself say, “That’s RIGHT! I’m Edie Bayer! I’m NOT that other person! I can DO this! You have CHOSEN ME! I am anointed for this!” This went on for a few minutes, with the Lord encouraging me, using my own voice, but I knew it was Him. Not only was the Lord encouraging me, but I found I was encouraging myself in the Lord at the same time! “…David encouraged himself in the Lord” (1 Sam 30:6).

It was then that I saw the spider web full of dead flies for what it was – a prophetic picture. The trap that had been set was COMPARISON: an unseen, silent web of deceit that the enemy had spread out for me to walk into. The dead flies are all the others, God’s Children, who fall into the trap, but never get out. They never get to complete the works that God has assigned to them, because they believe the lie! Worse, they never complete His call on their lives, so they just shrivel up and die, caught in the web.

I believe that the enemy is working overtime now to stop the forward momentum of the Kingdom. This was not an out-and-out attack against me. This was much more subtle, using skills that had been learned, and revelation that had been gleaned to use for Kingdom purposes. But God! He showed me the trap so that I wouldn’t fall into it. More importantly, He showed me this truth so that YOU wouldn’t fall into it, either. Here is some valuable insight from this experience to help us all overcome in this season:

DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS IN THE KINGDOM. You are wonderfully created, unique in every way, in order to complete the unique assignment that God has given you. David said, “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Ps 139:14).

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They have their Kingdom job, and you have yours. Even if it’s doing the same thing, they are different from you. They think differently, react differently, talk differently, and they have a different sphere of influence. There is no comparison.

Because you are fearfully and wonderfully made, it’s OK to voice your opinion of yourself – as long as it lines up with the Word of God! It is not pride, it is not arrogance – it is the TRUTH. As a King’s Son or Daughter, you are expected to declare the works of the Lord!

Don’t get in agreement with the enemy of your soul. If I did not know and hear the voice of the Lord and declare what I know He says about me, and declare what I know to be true, I might actually talk myself out of God’s calling on my life. Don’t do that! Don’t get in agreement with the enemy. He wants to destroy you, to stop you from moving forward in the Kingdom.

You are never so elevated that the enemy won’t come after you. Even as experienced as I am with his tactics, my mind immediately went to the negative when I walked into that spider web. Fortunately, God was counting on that, so he could use me as an example of His goodness.

Don’t worry about the wiles of the enemy! “Only be strong and very courageous” (Joshua 1:7), because “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4)”. Everything that the enemy means for harm God turns around for your good, and the good of the Kingdom (see Romans 8:28).

Walk in Confidence, knowing that God loves you, and He is using you. Most importantly, don’t panic if you accidentally walk into a spider web full of flies. Brush it off, go get cleaned up, and God will tell you who you really are once again!

Edie Bayer

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A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..

A word by Dana Jarvis

I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.

Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!

You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.

However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”

I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!

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