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Christmas and the Dreams That Saved Jesus’ Life – A Word by Charity Virkler Kayembe

View Bio glorywaves.org What We Don’t Know As Christmas approaches, we read again the timeless story of the Son of God’s entry into our world. It is amazing to me what we are told, and also what we’re not told.  For example, consider Joseph, the man chosen by God to be the earthly father of Jesus. What do we really know about him anyway? Does Scripture tell us about Joseph’s faithful Temple attendance? Does the Gospel of Matthew record his impressive knowledge of the Law and the Prophets? Did Luke bother to mention how often he fasted or how much tithes and offerings he gave?  While these are all wonderful attributes that I expect were fully on display in Joseph’s life, curiously, God didn’t let us in on any of thisinformation. You would think the Lord might want to highlight some of the traits about Joseph that made God choose him to be the earthly dad of the Savior of the world. Out of everyone else, why was Joseph favored with this most monumental assignment? What qualified him for such an important calling? What We Do Know  Incredibly, out of all the things God didn’t feel necessary to mention in Scripture, there is one thing He did tell us about Joseph. And He stated it not once. Not twice. Not three times. Four times God revealed one fascinating quality Joseph possessed. He listened to his dreams.  Clearly, this characteristic played a role in Joseph being chosen for such an awesome...
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Give The Gift Of Forgiveness For Christmas – A Word by Bill Yount

Bill Yount View Bio BillYount.com I sense the Lord saying, "Unwrap your enemies for Christmas: FORGIVE them and you will be unwrapping yourself. Some gifts come in offensive wrapping paper." I was offended by someone recently. I knew what I should do, but I had no power to do it. I know all the Scriptures on forgiveness and blessing our enemies, and that even made it worse. While I was driving my car yesterday, the Lord spoke, "Bill, if you will forgive and bless your enemy, I will bless you." Suddenly, those words took my focus off of that person who hurt me back to the Lord and an overwhelming desire to be blessed myself. Oh, how I wanted and needed God to bless me. Immediately, the hurt began to heal as it dawned on me that when we do what God tells us to do, He blesses us. Obedience brings the blessing of the Lord and adds no sorrow with it. Each time the hurt comes back, I say, "No, I want that kind of blessing that saves and heals and satisfies my soul." In twenty-four hours, a blessing came that I cannot tell you about right now. It is overwhelming to me. How I needed this word for myself at this time. How about you? Do you have any enemies that you need to unwrap? I think we all have some unwrapping to do before Christmas.    A note from Spirit Fuel: Would you consider a contribution to...
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The Cry For Spiritual Fathers – A Word by Apostle Demontae Edmonds

Demontae Edmonds View Bio f4nations.com The Word of the Lord Hit Me Like a Brick Years ago I was sitting in a church service listening to my pastor preach a powerful message. In the midst of the message he spoke, “Some of you God will send you to other spiritual fathers and spiritual mothers who will help you along on your journey!” I had sat under this pastor’s ministry for 4 years and revered his ministry. He had been highly instrumental in helping me make a solid commitment to serve...
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Listen! You Need this Vital Holy Spirit Activity – A Word by James W. Goll

A Word by James W. Goll View Bio Godencounters.com Around the globe I have taken an unofficial survey. I often ask the attendees, “What does the Holy Spirit do? What makes up the ministry of the Holy Spirit?” I always get great answers such as the Holy Spirit is the gift giver, sanctifier, bears fruit, brings conviction, speaks to us, intercedes through the believer, magnifies Jesus, releases dreams and visions and so much more. But one answer I have never heard from anyone anywhere. The Holy Spirit Listens! One of the ongoing activities of the Holy Spirit is listening and then communicating. The Holy Spirit speaks to us what He hears: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13). One of the most overlooked ministries of the Holy Spirit is that of listening—He listens before He speaks. We need to take some lessons from the nature and character of the Holy Spirit! Before He speaks, He listens. We would all benefit from learning more of this lesson in the School of the Holy Spirit! After He Listens, He Speaks! Yet, the question persists among us. Does God really speak today? Will He speak personally to me? If I listen, will He speak in such a manner that even I can understand? Thank God, the answer is yes! And, believe...
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Prayer for Help in Spiritual Warfare – A Word by Jamie Rohrbaugh

Jamie Rohrbaugh View Bio FromHisPresence.com   Are you in the middle of spiritual warfare right now? If so, it’s time to PRAY aggressively and specifically against the plans of the enemy! Do you need help to know how to pray? If so, ask Holy Spirit to help you. Then, pray this with me: “Father God, I come before You in Jesus’ name. Father, I love You so much and I live to serve You. Thank You for saving me, for loving me, and for always taking care of me. Father, in Jesus’ name, I want to acknowledge that I need You right now. Things are coming against me that I can’t defeat on my own. But Father God, You already defeated these things by the blood of Your Holy Child, Jesus; and the victory that Jesus purchased on the cross is mine right now. So Father God, in Jesus’ name, I ask right now for your help. I bind off every attack against me and my family right now. I break every bit of witchcraft that has been launched against us, and I plead the blood of Jesus over myself and my family. I loose Your holy plans, Your flow, and Your protection over us right now in the name of Jesus and by the blood of Jesus. Father God, let the blood of Jesus cover our finances, health, safety, family, my ministry, my work/job, and everything that pertains to me right now. I ask that You would silence the...
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10 Practical Keys to Help You Prophesy! – A Word by James W. Goll

James Goll View Bio Godencounters.com   Prophecy is for EVERYONE! It is difficult to convey this concept enough in our world of superstars—both in the church and outside it. But Scripture is clear—every believer is prophetic, and every believer can prophesy (see Numbers 11:29 and Acts 2:16-18). So whether you have prophesied for years or are just getting started, here are 10 practical guidelines that will help you grow in prophecy and keep your gift solidly grounded. 10 Practical Keys to Help YOU Prophesy! 1. Earnestly desire the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially that you may prophesy (see 1 Corinthians 14:1). God wants to speak to you and through you! 2. Trust the peace of God. Beware of speaking when your spirit is uneasy or in turmoil, or when you feel forced to speak. Look for the peace of God in every word you utter (see Psalm 85:8; Philippians 4:7–9). 3. Obey the urging of the Spirit. Remember, the prophetic spirit is under your control. It will not impel you to speak against your better judgment. You can turn it off or turn it on by an act of your will. 4. Don’t rely on physical sensations. When you begin to move in prophecy the Lord may give you physical sensations such as knots in the stomach, a fluttering heartbeat, intense heat, a feeling of euphoria, impressions, visions, and so on. The Holy Spirit does this to prepare you to receive or deliver His word. However, it is also...
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Step Into The New – I Am With You, I Am For You And I Am In You! – A Word by Alane Haynes

Alane Haynes View Bio alanehaynes.com This morning I woke quickened by Holy Spirit, hearing “Crucify the fleshly mind of doubt and unbelief, and step into the new, for I am with you, I am for you, and I am in you! Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Christ in you is the hope of glory…the hope of glory…the confident expectation of GLORY! For He is in His glory and you are with Him, seated in heavenly places. Christ has risen; rise up with Him as with wings of eagles, to the highest place where He is seated at the right hand of the Father.” The right hand is that place of authority. I declare you are rising high, upon the pneuma wind of Holy Spirit; where you now see and take authority over the flesh and soul, and step into the mind of Christ, where all things are made new. I declare you see yourself now as a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17). New in Strong’s Concordance means fresh, recently made, a new kind, uncommon and unheard of! There is no place for doubt and unbelief in the finished work of Christ on the cross! Lay aside the old and step into the new, which is ever before you! "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,"...
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War With Your Prophetic Promises: You Are Shifting Now! – A Word by Angie Stolba

Angie Stolba View Bio angiestolba.com   He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. | Isaiah 49:2 It’s time to unleash your sword and war with your prophetic promises! Things are rapidly accelerating, as God is shifting many of His people onto the fast track. Even now, the enemy is trying to counteract what the Lord is doing by bringing distractions, heaviness, chaos, and feelings of being overwhelmed into your life. However, this is all just a smokescreen! The shift has already begun, and it will continue to gain momentum as we rapidly approach the new year. Now is the time to rise above and war with the prophetic promises that have been called over your life. Just as it is written in Job, “ You will decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways” (Job 22:28). This is not a time to shrink back in fear or retreat back to the safety of what’s familiar, rather it’s a time to boldly enter into your promised land. Do not look at the giants that may seem to be in front of your path. Instead, dare to look beyond. Just like the prophet Elisha declared, there are more for you than against you (2 Kings 6:16). Truly the Lord is on your side! As you continue to move forward in...
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Don’t Breakdown, Breakthrough! – A Word by Derrick Gates

Derrick Gates View Bio derrickgates.com The natural human tendency is to break down when obstacles or troubles come your way. This is the opposite of what God has intended for your life. God is the God of the breakthrough! All through the Bible, we see the mighty hand of Breakthrough at work. Isaiah 28:21 clearly says that "He (God) will complete his work, his mysterious work". He is not going to start something that he is not going to finish, in spite of what the natural may look like. He...
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The Mountains Before You Are Being Demolished! – A Word by Lorilei Cooley

Lorilei Cooley View Bio lorileicooley.com   I heard the Lord say, "Watch as the mountains crumble before you as I make way for you. I am paving a new pathway for you. I am bringing you into a fruitful prosperous place where you will know that the great I am has done this for you. I am taking you deeper into my heart as you have never been before. The deeper depths of the deepness of my heart and my never ending love for you. Knowing my heart towards you in what I have prepared for you. That I am faithful to my word though you have waited and it has tarried many many seasons. Here I come as a good father to demonstrate my loving kindness and my goodness towards you. You will see blessing after blessing and favor after favor bestowed upon you in unimaginable ways. For great fulfillment of my word is upon you." Isaiah 54:10 "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." As we enter November I felt the Lord was smoothing things out and preparing many for a month of incredible breakthrough, victory, turnaround and sudden moves of the Lord. You thought He was moving one way but the Lord is coming in a completely different direction where it will bring you in the awe and wonder...
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