God says, “You need to be playing Touch Football!”

referee-with-flagA couple of days ago my husband told me it was the first day of football. I just laughed, because I’d had yet another encounter with Jesus, a football vision, that very same day. Right before the vision I was worshiping the Lord, and I said, “Lord, I want to come up there with you!”

Out of nowhere, I saw Jesus jump into my line of vision and say, “So what are you waiting for?” He thrust His hand down through the clouds, grabbed my hand tightly and jerked me upwards, out of where I was and into His presence. He plopped me down next to him, on His right hand side.

He was sitting on a leather couch, eating popcorn or something out of a bag. He was totally chilled out, in blue jeans and tennis shoes and had one leg crossed over the other, sitting like guys do when they relax. He looked like he was watching a football game. His face was all lit up from what I assumed was a TV screen.

He turned to me and said, “You have been playing FLAG FOOTBALL. You need to be playing TOUCH FOOTBALL.” Then He turned back toward the screen.

He was watching it intently when He turned His head slightly, still keeping His eyes on the screen so He wouldn’t miss anything. He yelled over His shoulder, “Hey, DAD! You need to see this!” Jesus was chomping away on the popcorn, and getting more and more agitated and excited. Suddenly, he jumped up in front of the TV screen like during a big play, shouting loudly to the Father who was in the other room, “DAD! You have GOT to see what they are doing now!” I could feel the presence of the Father, but couldn’t quite see Him. Jesus, however, was really excited, standing and shouting in front of the screen.

He offered me the popcorn, which was now in a bright red bowl. When I looked into the bowl, it had turned into manna. I grabbed great big handfuls of it, eating it greedily.

I somehow KNEW during this vision that He was not watching a football game – He was watching US! The Word says, “He does not take his eyes off the righteous (Job 36:7).” Play by play, step by step, strategy by strategy, we are getting closer to the “end of the game”. Things are getting more exciting by the moment, heating up quickly, enough to make Jesus jump up and holler!

There were a number of symbols in this vision. The couch was leather – made out of skin (Gen. 3:21). We are still covered by our covenant with Him! I was seated on His RIGHT HAND – in a position of power and authority (Eph.2:6)! He was eating something out of a paper bag, which turned out to be manna – FRESH MANNA — in a blood red bowl. He passed the bowl to me and I ate greedily from it – I wasn’t shy about it. I wanted that fresh manna and believe me, He wants us to have it! It’s included in the covenant, held together by His precious blood (John 6:32-25).

In the vision I was so thrilled to know in my heart that He was watching us, and growing increasingly excited about what He saw, too. In fact, He called the Father into the room, not just once, but twice! Anytime Jesus says anything twice, it means we need to pay attention (John 3:3)!

This is HUGE for us! If Jesus is getting excited about what He is seeing us do…just imagine how much we are actually doing! Imagine how much we are actually accomplishing, perhaps without even realizing it! We must be doing more, much more than we think!

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12

It cut me to the quick when Jesus turned to me, saying we have been throwing the “penalty” flag at people, instead of TOUCHING them…playing flag football when we should be playing touch. My mind keeps going back to that famous statement, uttered by the Lord to Bob Jones: “Have you learned to love?”

I find it intriguing, and as always funny, that I didn’t know it was the first day of football; and yet, the Father still saw fit to use a football analogy to touch my heart, and the hearts of others that read this. It is His desire that we all start playing by His rules, playing TOUCH FOOTBALL! Touch peoples’ hearts with His love and His truths, and quit throwing penalty flags at them! Just love them, agape them, unconditionally!

You are a star player in this “game”. Jesus is excited about what He sees you doing. You are accomplishing much more than you think, perhaps more than you may ever know!

Keep up the good work, keep running the race!

Edie Bayer
http://www.KingdomPromoters.org
Edie@KingdomPromoters.org

Itinerary:
Akron, OH: Sept 16th-17th
Prophetic Conference with JoEllen Stevens and Jake Reinhart
Rain Revival Center 924 Mohawk Trl Akron OH
FREE Author Seminar Sept 17th Saturday 3:00 PM
Schedule http://www.KingdomPromoters.org

Lancaster, OH: Sept 18th Prophetic Conference with JoEllen Stevens and Jake Reinhart
Eastgate Event Center 2585 E Main St Lancaster OH
Plus FREE Author Seminar Sunday 3:00 PM
Schedule http://www.KingdomPromoters.org

Katy, TX: Oct. 28th – 30th
Prophetic Conference with Darren Canning and Eddie Torregrosa
Journey Church 541 Pin Oak Rd, Katy, TX 77494
Schedule http://www.KingdomPromoters.org

West Palm Beach, FL: Sept 23rd – 24th, 7PM both nights
Women of the Word through the Prophetic
Address TBA
Contact Naomi Sachse: 561-317-3046

Sanford, FL : Oct 3rd – 7th
Life Enrichment Ministries Global Summit
Harvest Time International, 225 Kennel Rd, Sanford, FL 32771
Global Leadership Summit
http://www.KingdomPromoters.org for schedule

Tampa, FL: Oct 4th – 11AM and 7PM
TWO FREE Author Seminars
Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant
13731 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618

Apalachicola, FL: Oct 15th – 16th
Covenant Word Christian Center
158 12th St, Apalachicola, FL 32320
Saturday 7PM, Sunday 10AM

Remove the Bulb!

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Remove the Bulb!

God tends to speak to me through common, everyday events, and sometimes some that are not-so-common!   As an example, our refrigerator door has a computerized water dispenser.  A few days ago, it started flashing at us and yesterday finally stopped working altogether.  Since I am a “Do-It-Yourself-er”, I started looking for parts to fix it.  I had already found a part to fix our dishwasher, so I should be able to do it on a refrigerator, right?  I mean, God is no respecter of persons, so why should I be one of appliances?

 

I noted the model number and jumped online.  The very first place I found had schematics, but nothing that referred to our specific issue.  Undeterred, I went back to the search engine, and re-entered the model number again.  A whole list of sites came up, one of which had reviews for various electrical components that fixed problems similar to what we were experiencing.

 

Reading through the reviews for these parts, I became progressively more convinced that there could be a multitude of things wrong.  One review said it could be this part, and another that part, but someone else said it might be this other part.  After reading three or four of them, and I was convinced that the problem was too difficult and expensive for me to do myself, I came across a really short review which read simply…

“Seems that old bulbs draw too much current and cause the control panel to fail in sending signal to icemaker motor. Removing the bulb cured this fault and the control panel worked fine.”

I sat back in my chair.  Could it really be that simple?  Removing the light bulb?  The parts I had looked at could total hundreds of dollars and hours of sweating labor, even fixing it myself.  A light bulb?

I went to the refrigerator, and realized I didn’t even know WHERE to look for the bulb!  I saw the lighted dots on the computer panel that indicate whether it was water or ice, and thought, “That is going to be difficult to get to the bulb!” Still investigating, I looked INSIDE the water dispenser housing.  Sure enough, a lightbulb!  I grabbed it and untwisted it, and pulled it out.  It was ugly, nasty and dirty.  Out of habit, I checked the filament inside the bulb.  Surprisingly, it was intact.  I sat it down on the counter, and prepared to test this “repair”.  I grabbed a water glass and lo and behold – we had water!  I tested the crushed ice, the ice cube dispenser and the water once more … and all were working, just as they should, the way they were intended.

So, what is the moral to this twenty-first century parable?  Read it again, and see if your light bulb comes on!  The review said, “Seems that old bulbs draw too much current and cause the control panel to fail in sending signal to icemaker motor. Removing the bulb cured this fault and the control panel worked fine.”

Here’s what I believe God was saying. Most of us are familiar with the “lightbulb over the head” as a symbol for an idea or a thought process. I believe He was speaking to us about our OLD thought patterns and the way we deal with the spiritual realm. The old ideas and thought processes are short-circuiting what He wants for us!  I believe He wants us to interact both with Him and with the spiritual realm in a brand new way – to get a new idea – a new bulb!

We are His modern day dispensers of His water!  If we are not working properly, the whole system comes to a grinding halt.  Here is what He showed me:

The old bulbs — our old thought processes, our old ideas, our old ways of doing things and interacting with both God’s Kingdom and the demonic realm.  Things of tradition (Luke 11:42-44) and old mindsets that get in our way (John 3:3-12).

Draw too much current — they are taking up way too much of our time and energy!  We need to look forward to see what God is doing now and quit trying to do it “like it’s always been done”.   We must refocus our energy into how God is doing it now, in the new – in the CURRENT!

Cause the control panel to fail — WE ARE THE CONTROL PANEL!  Church of God, YOU are the control panel!  We have the authority, given to us by Jesus in John 17 and seen in Hebrews 2 and Matthew 28!   All of creation groans for us to be revealed, even to ourselves (Rom. 8:22)!

In sending signal to icemaker motor — We need to get the “right now” signal, and move on it!  We are a MACHINE – the body of Christ, a living organism.  The motor of this machine needs to get the correct signals to go in our God-intended direction.  When our signal is short-circuited we wander about as lost sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36).

The solution is incredibly easy!  First, realize you have a special “model number” assigned by God!  You were created for such a time as this (Esther 4:14) and that model number was built to work in this season.  You have a “now assignment”.  Your old one is finished.  You must receive a new, clear signal and directions for this new assignment!

Second, recognize there may be a problem with your control panel: your thought processes.  Be open to receive instruction and any necessary course correction as a true son (Hebrews 12:7).

Third, don’t let the enemy lie to you!  Just as several reviews led me to believe that the repair on my water dispenser would be elaborate and expensive, the fix was incredibly easy!  Don’t let any human being or demon from hell tell you that your issue is too deep or too hard or too complex, or worse, it will never go away.

Fourth, don’t be deterred or discouraged!  If these steps don’t fix it immediately, go back to the source.  Just as I didn’t find my solution during the first search, your solution may take a little more seeking.  But don’t get discouraged!  It’s all spiritual, and can be remedied with just your mouth and your faith!  It’s THAT simple!  Are you ready?

REMOVE THE BULB.  Get rid of it!  Pull it out!  This thought process is a murderous tool designed to destoy you, a plot and plan of the enemy to keep you from moving forward!  This includes racism, sexism, pride, victim mentality and a host of others.  Ask Holy Spirit to search your heart (Ps. 139:23) and reveal to you what is short-circuiting your system.  Then repent and move on into your future.

REMOVE IT!  Don’t “get used to it” – get rid of it!  Recognize it for what it is, a snare and a trap!   Most health issues, marital problems, gender identity issues, spending issues…they are all rooted in the spiritual realm.  As such, they can be solved on your knees, in the spiritual realm.  You are a disciple of Jesus, so ask Holy Spirit to teach you how to pray (Luke 11:1-13) about this particular issue – then do it!

REMOVE IT!  Realize you “may” be under spiritual attack because you are!  It’s not happening to you strictly in the natural.  It’s the “natural” manifesting the spiritual realm!   Fight the war spiritually, not carnally (2 Cor. 10:4).  Your weapons of warfare are in the spirit.  Get your angels back on the job.  They have been waiting to hear from you!

REMOVE IT!  Remove that religious spirit from your midst!  Get over the “old way”, the way it’s always been done, the way we used to dress, the way we used to look, or smell or sound, or talk or preach or sing!  Just recently I bucked God when He told me to wear jeans and tennis shoes to a meeting.  He told me I had a religious spirit that was telling me I was required to dress up!

REMOVE IT!  Remove the thought pattern that God can only speak in certain ways, and He cannot in others.  Forget all that!  I was in Matthew 6 and I actually HEARD the voice of God speaking to me from the Mount.  I was in another dimension with Him and heard Him speaking to me personally.  Don’t limit God!

Once you remove the bulb, test the waters!  They should be flowing again freely.  If they are not, go back to Step 1 – Ask God!  God requires that His rivers flow without restraint.  He knows where the obstacles and the hazards are in your life.  Don’t wait until your unit stops working completely.  Trust Him implicitly to know how to fix your water dispenser, and let Him do it!

 

Edie Bayer

http://www.KingdomPromoters.org

Edie@KingdomPromoters.org

 

ITINERARY:

Sept 16th-17th                                                                                                                                                       

Prophetic Conference with JoEllen Stevens and Jake Reinhart

Rain Revival Center  924 Mohawk Trl Akron OH

FREE Author Seminar Sept 17th More info www.KingdomPromoters.org

 

 

Sept 18th Prophetic Conference with JoEllen Stevens and Jake Reinhart

Eastgate Event Center 2585 E Main St Lancaster OH

Plus FREE Author Seminar   More info www.KingdomPromoters.org

 

 

Women of the Word  Sept 24th

Abigail Branch, West Palm Beach

Address TBA FREE Author Seminar Sept 23rd

More info www.KingdomPromoters.org

 

Prophetic Conference with Darren Canning and Eddie Torregrosa Oct 28-30

Journey Church 541 Pin Oak Rd, Katy, TX 77494

More info www.KingdomPromoters.org

 

Singularity – Three Head Lights

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Singularity – Three Head Lights

Driving home the other night, I got on the freeway and saw a single headlight coming up behind me.  Initially I thought it was a motorcycle, but soon realized that it was a car with a missing headlight.  It actually gave me a scare initially, because I wasn’t expecting a car.  I quickly shrugged it off because it’s not that uncommon in a major city like Houston to see cars with missing parts, from front ends to bumpers, so a headlight wasn’t that unusual.

However, when I got closer to my house, I saw two more cars with only one headlight, literally back to back.   Now THAT was unusual!  I saw THREE cars with just one headlight on my drive home.  As I pondered this event, I realized that God was speaking to me!

I asked the Lord, “God, what are you trying to tell me?”  I didn’t get an immediate response, but the “three headlights” encounter simply wouldn’t leave me.  I have been meditating on this for days, feeling the weightiness of this prophetic sign, praying and waiting for clarification from the Lord.

During worship recently I was taken into an encounter.  The Lord said, “Come up here.”  As I focused on the light I saw with my eyes closed, it got brighter and brighter, and I saw the headlight of a car – a single headlight that was round and bright.   The funny thing is that the headlight of the car I saw turned into the moon as I focused on it.  Next, I saw Jesus’ hands, and I realized He was holding the moon.  I saw Jesus seated, sitting cross-legged on the ground with the moon in His two hands.  His face was lit up by the reflection of it, and He was beautiful!  It occurred to me that Israel’s calendar is set to the moon, and the moon is in Jesus’ hands!

During worship I also heard the word, “SINGULARITY”.  I had no idea what it meant, but I figured it had to do with the single-headlights.  I looked it up as soon as I could, and found this:

The term Singularity has many definitions. The everyday English definition of Singularity is a noun that designates the quality of being one of a kind, strange, unique, remarkable or unusual. For a more specific definition of Singularity we can search The Wiktionary where we get the following: the state of being singular, distinct, peculiar, uncommon or unusual.

We, the people of God, are SINGULARITY! We are a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9)! We are aliens (1 Peter 2:11), strangers in a strange land! In Exodus 2:22, Moses names his son Gershom, for he said, “I have been a stranger in a strange land.”

I also heard “head-lights”, like a bulb came on in my head, as two separate words.    I hadn’t thought of them in that manner before, just as car parts – headlights, not Head-Lights!  God was speaking about lights in my head, ie, “the light bulb coming on”!  What I really think is that He wants us to get it through our heads that He is the Light!

I felt in my spirit that we should really focus on Jesus, that He is the singular purpose for which God created us!  I also felt strongly in my spirit that the Lord was saying for us to really FOCUS on Him and on our purpose – to have laser sharp, FOCUSED SINGULAR VISION —  that we are created for something SPECIFIC, for a special, singular PURPOSE.  A lot of us have been running around with a “shot-gun mentality” – if we do enough stuff, we’re bound to hit something!  I believe that God wants us to stop and focus on what He is saying, find our purpose and seek it for all we are worth, with everything we have!

It also came to me during the encounter that the number three is significant, as is the number one.  One stands for God, and three is the Trinity, us conforming to the image of Christ.  As I soaked in the Lord’s presence, He began to show me that the number three and the number one all work together…Father, Son and Holy Spirit – all in one God!  He went on to give me multiple examples – one sun, one moon, one earth, yet all three work in tandem.  He mentioned there are many stars, and many galaxies, but only one planet with life.

He explained that there is one King, one Queen (the Bride), and one Kingdom, yet they are inseparable.  One body, one soul and one spirit comprise the whole man.

He also talked to me about the Tallit…there was a man in front of me wearing a tallit, and as I watched him put it over his head for his prayer closet, I wished in my heart that I had one.    Just as my head tilted forward to pray, I heard the Lord say, “You have one,” as my hair fell around my face, forming my own personal tallit!   The Word says that a woman’s hair is her glory (1 Cor. 11:15)!  I got the full revelation of that today – the light came on for me, giving me full clarity of this verse.

Lastly, speaking of His Light, His marvelous Light…I believe that God is talking to us, saying He is our light!  The Lord showed me the vision of Jesus’ face reflecting the light of the moon, His prize Israel, shining brightly in His hands.  I felt the Spirit say that just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, Jesus reflects the light of the Father, and we reflect the light of Jesus – as He holds us in His hands!

Three combined into One — Singularity.

So the more unusual you are, the more peculiar you are, the more one of a kind, strange, unique, remarkable or unusual you are…the more you are His prize and the more you look like Him, reflecting His image!

Shine On!

 

Edie Bayer

www.KingdomPromoters.org

Edie@KingdomPromoters.org

 

Itinerary:

 

Sept 16th-17th

Prophetic Conference with

JoEllen Stevens and Jake Reinhart

Rain Revival Center

924 Mohawk Trl Akron OH

FREE Author Seminar Sept 17th

More info www.KingdomPromoters.org

 

Sept 18th

Prophetic Conference with

JoEllen Stevens and Jake Reinhart

Plus FREE Author Seminar

Eastgate Event Center

2585 E Main St Lancaster OH

More info www.KingdomPromoters.org

 

Women of the Word  Sept 24th

Abigail, West Palm Beach

Address TBA

FREE Author Seminar Sept 23rd

More info www.KingdomPromoters.org

 

 

The Phone Call

The Phone Call

 

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The Phone Call

 

A few weeks ago I received a phone call.  It was from out of state, but I am used to that, since I minister all over the place.  What was interesting was what transpired.

I answered as I normally do while I am multi-tasking and working at other things at the same time.

“Hello, this is Edie.”

The voice at the other end said, “Eddie?”

I said, “No.  This is Edie.  Can I help you?”  By now, I thought he was a Craigslist bunny-buyer, or maybe he wanted some chickens.  They always get my name wrong.

He said he was looking for Eddie, and was this (my phone number).  I said, “Yes, but there is no Eddie here.”  Finding it humorous, I said, “But my name is Edie.  It’s CLOSE!”  I always try to find the humor, even when someone is obviously wasting my time.

He explained that he was looking for someone, he was sure that it was at this number.  We went through the, “Are you SURE this isn’t (the other number)?”

I said, “No.  I’m sure.”  He apologized and hung up.

Two minutes later, the phone rang again.  It was the same phone number.

I answered, knowing it was him, but still trying to be professional, “Hello, this is Edie.”

He said, “I’m sorry.  I’m still trying to reach Eddie.”

He laughed, I laughed, he explained himself again for a moment, as most “wrong numbers” do.  We chatted again briefly and hung up.

Meanwhile, my husband, who was in the kitchen near by, was listening to this conversation and was having fits.  Darryl was motioning and telling me not to share information with him, he was probably a scammer, that is how they operate!

“They say they dial a “wrong number” and meanwhile they pump you for information to scam you.  That is exactly what they did to my relative….”  He went on to tell me the story, complete with all of its details, indicting this presumed scammer to be the villain that he obviously was.

So, fearing I actually had done our family ill, I looked this caller up online at that number in that city.  There were no reports of scams from that number, the phone number was from the area he said he was from and it was a landline – incredibly, I didn’t think people used those anymore – and he seemed totally safe to me.  Darryl said, even so, you shouldn’t be giving out your personal information to people over the phone.  You never know.

So, having been duly warned, and thoroughly chastised, I agreed to not give out personal information over the phone to any more strange callers that say they have a “wrong number”.

Today, the phone rang again, another out of state number.  The thought flitted across my consciousness that it might be the little gal I was mentoring out of state, but not really paying attention, I answered the same way…”Hello, this is Edie.”

There was nothing for a few seconds, and then a voice said, “Edie.  I’m looking for Eddie.  I’ve done it again, haven’t I?  You’re the same person I talked to a few weeks ago.  I mis-dialed the number again.  Is your number (my phone number)?”

I said, “Yes, that’s my number.  But there is no Eddie here.  My name is Edie.”

Suddenly, I remembered what I had told Darryl!  I had promised not to give out personal information anymore to strangers that called from a “wrong number”!  Oh my gosh, what was I going to do?  It was the same man!

Convinced now that he truly WAS a scammer (obviously, why would he call back a second time!), I zipped my lips.  Not only was I NOT giving out personal information, He couldn’t even see me nodding my head!  I recognized him, caught him in the act, and was getting him off my phone, as quickly as possible…but as nicely as possible, in the quote-end-quote, “Christian Way”.

I sat, nodding my head, saying nothing, as he repeatedly talked about the phone number, and that he was trying to reach Eddie.  “You know,” he said, “I wear glasses.  It seems that might be an eight, and I have been dialing a six.”

Having had enough, tired of holding my tongue and nodding, and fearing I might REALLY give out some pertinent information accidentally by the slip of the tongue and cause us bodily, financial and physical harm, I said, “Yes, that’s right.  Well, you have a nice day, and God Bless You!”

You have seen in the Christian end-times movies how one person makes half of the sign of the fish symbol, and another Christian comes along and makes the other half?   You know, the “secret code” of the Christian in the end-times?  We’re not really allowed to say that we’re Christians, but we somehow still have to let each other KNOW that we’re Christians?

Not realizing that was what I had done, he said, “You know we have a Christian outfit up here ourselves.”

I paused for a moment, and thought.  Well, now, that’s a horse of a different color, isn’t it?  He’s a Christian.  I am a Christian.  Surely we can talk, now, right?

He continued to tell me a little bit about what they did “up there” at their encampment in the mountains.  It sounded so intriguing!  Darryl and I had tried to make our way up to the mountains this summer, but got caught up in the demands of jobs and ministries, farms and books and obligations.

But truly, that was all it took, one statement from one of the brethren to another, making the sign of the fish.  We were off, chatting away, asking questions and filling each other in on the gaps.  Two relatives that were talking to each other for the first time ever at a family reunion!

Once I informed him that Darryl and I are Kingdom Promoters Ministry we were deep into conversation.  He asked me a question about writing books and told me that he had booklets he wanted to get into print.  I talked to him about my husband being the Artistic Director of the Woodlands Symphony, and don’t you know, he lives in the Woodlands half the year?  He knows people that my husband plays with in his band.  His entire staff are pastors and Christians.  He has an annual music festival on the grounds of his camp up in the mountains.  I talked to him about my experience of having lived in the mountains outside Denver for twelve years.  It was a glorious connection, and a reconnection in the spirit realm.

We ended the call with me sending his admin some information about our free Author Seminar.   He said he might not see it for six weeks, as they have zero-connectivity up there, and didn’t want any!  He said he would be by to meet us in person, soon.

The last thing I remember saying to him, other than goodbye, was that ANY TIME that God wants us to pay attention to something, He says it TWICE.  Jesus said, “…verily, verily…” meaning, “You’d BETTER pay attention!”  The number two is the “second witness”, and means “it shall surely come to pass”…

God had this gentleman call us at this “wrong number” TWICE to make sure we got connected.

I refuse to ignore it.

Here is a, “BUT GOD” Selah moment.  ONLY God could connect two people, many states apart, using a “wrong number” as a ruse, with both parties standing to gain something from the connection.  A true “GOD CONNECTION” as I define it is a “WIN-WIN-WIN” – You Win, I Win, and God Wins!!!

Had I not “blessed” him, we might not have connected at all.  Of course, God would have had him call back a third time, and conceivably a fourth…

Fortunately, it wasn’t necessary.  Jesus made a way.

Again.

 

Edie Bayer

www.KingdomPromoters.org

Edie@KingdomPromoters.org

FREE Author Seminar Houston Area

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https://www.facebook.com/events/673939206100499   or http://www.KingdomPromoters.org/writerclass.html

FREE Author Seminar tomorrow morning, Tuesday August 16th at 9AM to 12noon. Learn how to WRITE, PUBLISH and SELL your book — FREE! You even receive a FREE workbook! Textbook available for only $10. Come on out to Pinnacle Apartments clubhouse, 10451 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, TX 77065. Visit www.KingdomPromoters.org/writerclass.html for more info!

Increasing Abundance

Young Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) with wicker basket of hazel nutsEdie, an apostle (a special messenger) of Jesus Christ, [writing] to the elect exiles of the dispersion scattered (sowed) abroad in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Facebook and Twitter,

Who were chosen and foreknown by God the Father and consecrated (sanctified, made holy) by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and to be sprinkled with [His] blood:

May grace (spiritual blessing) and peace be given you in increasing abundance [that spiritual peace to be [a]realized in and through Christ, [b]freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts].

1 Peter 1:1-2

Get Ready for the Ants!

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“Go to the Ant…Consider her ways…(Proverbs 6:6)”

We have recently been under attack – by ants. Armies of them, seemingly without number and without end have found their way into my kitchen.  In Texas in summer, there is a lot of heat so outside it gets very dry and the ants are thirsty.  Sometimes they come inside for water and if they find some food, they call all their little buddies to come and join the party.  Usually when you see one, you see many more.

Once a food source is found, they somehow contact their fellow ants.  Silently they organize and follow a little scent trail to move back and forth, an assembly line of epic proportions, carrying food and water back to the colony.

That is what happened in my kitchen.  The ants found a food source and soon my kitchen counter was overrun with ants.  There were so many of them!  Even though I hit them with window cleaner over and over (I had no insect spray and it was the most organic thing I could find under my sink!) they still kept coming.  They would not be denied.

My husband called the exterminator, who came two days later to spray and set out traps.  We have had a couple of minor bouts with them in the days following, but nothing like this first invasion!

This speaks to me!  I agree with Jennifer Eivaz that as prophets we live prophetic lives, and that God makes everything happen in my life for a reason — to speak to me so I can speak to others!

The Bible says, “Go to the ant…consider her ways… (Prov. 6:6)”. Have you ever stopped to do it?  I hadn’t, although I have heard this saying hundreds of times.  This pushed me to do it, and knowing God was speaking, I began to meditate on ants and their habits.  The first thing I thought of was how industrious ants truly are!  They store up provision and never rest.  Next, I realized they are also totally annoying!

I looked up the symbol of the ant in my dream interpretation resources and it had both a positive connotation and a negative connotation.  I found both to be true!   Because of this, I believe God was speaking to me through these little six-legged wonders.

First, on the negative side — who really LIKES ants???  An entymologist, perhaps, but for most of us, they just don’t float our boats.   Although as children we may have had ant farms, we don’t house them intentionally as pets.  For most of us they are simply an annoyance and a pest.  As for me and my house, they don’t belong in my kitchen!

Even though I had sprayed the ants with window cleaner, as I was mopping them up with paper towels some were still alive and crawled up my arms and hands – yuk!  Their touch on my flesh made my skin feel creepy, and still does when I stop and think about it.  In fact, I apologize to you if your brain is telling you that you feel something crawling on you now, too!

On the positive side, they have many admirable traits.  They carry up to 50-times their own body weight; they are selfless and have only the community good in mind; they never stop working, they care for their young as top priority in the mound and put them before themselves.  They are models of hard, focused, diligent work.  They know their assignment on behalf of the colony and do ONLY that job – a worker ant doesn’t try to be the queen!  They live out of sight underground until they come out for the community good, to forage for food, water or to protect the mound.

Listen, church – I believe God is speaking to us.  We need to practice what the Word says, and GO to the ant!

The Hebrew word for GO here is halak.  This word has a number of different uses throughout the Old Testament, among them “go”, “walk” and “come”.  However, in studying this tiny little word with the giant meaning, I found it also means “act”, “become” and “becoming increasingly”, as well as “grew steadily”, “grew continually”, “lead”, “march” and a plethora of other meanings.  All contained in this little two-letter word, GO!

This shone a whole new light on this passage of scripture!  This means the author of Proverbs 6:6 may have meant for us to, “act like the ant…” or perhaps to “become as the ant (is)…”  The author may even have meant for us to “become increasingly like the ant…” or “grow continually (to become) as the ant…”, to “lead as the ant (leads)…”, “march as the ant (marches unceasingly)…”  or any one of these dozens of different uses for this word.

Hmmm.  Food for thought, no?

Well, here is where I believe this tiny little proverb fits into a great big prophecy.  Remember the “whodunnit” movie based on the game CLUE?  It had multiple endings, so we would go to see the movie with ending A, then go back to see it with ending B.  Incredibly, when God first started to talk to me about the ants, He spoke to me on two different levels, two different paths, two totally different thought processes about what the ants truly meant….two different endings or interpretations of the same saga!

Here is what God showed me for ending “A”:

The ants are negative thoughts, based on political, economic and cultural circumstances and what the media is feeding us.  These negative thoughts and feelings have marched on us, an army, a home invasion of sorts into our respective houses, and they will not be denied!  Uninvited, they storm our fortresses by the scores because they have found a “food source” in our hearts and in our minds — our fertile imaginations and attitudes!  With no barrier to keep them out these negative thoughts and emotions travel at will, unhindered and set up shop.  What’s worse is they call their other friends, even more negative than them, to come and join the feast!

We have no natural protection against these thoughts!   I heard recently that the human mind defaults to the negative.  We have to consciously WORK to stay positive!  That is why the scripture reads in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  This means do not repeat negative things!

Watch what comes into your eye gates and ear gates and what comes out your mouth gate!  Because what comes in MUST go out.  Proverbs 4:23 says, Above all else, guard thy heart; for out of it flows the issues of life.”  Why?  Because, “Out of the fullness of heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).”   What you speak, you hear; and what you hear, you believe!  This just perpetuates what the enemy is trying to do in our lives – make us say and stay negative!

BUT GOD!  He is the TERMINATOR, and He even says, “I’ll be back!”  Just as my husband had to call the bug guy to take care of our invading army of ants, so we are to call in our ultimate BUT GOD exterminator, Jesus – “The Terminator” –  to take care of the invasion of these negative thoughts!  He will come in and spray them down with Holy Ghost, wipe them up with His mighty right hand and set out the traps to kill off the remainder of the colony of negativity.

As a final note, precautionary measures were required to keep the ants from coming back.  We had to make sure everything stayed clean and we didn’t leave any food sources out to attract them back.  In the same way, we MUST use our spiritual weapons, “…for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds…” (2 Cor. 10:4 KJV).  We must use our FAITH, our JOY and our PEACE as offensive weapons and put into practice what the Bible says to do!  We must actually use the wisdom that He has given us in His word – speak positive, think positive, be positive.   No stinking thinking!  That just attracts them.

Realize that you are not perfect, and we do not live in a perfect world!  I have had a couple more bouts with these ants in my kitchen, the heart of my home, albeit in smaller numbers.  I also continue to have bouts of negative thoughts in my heart, although they are less frequent and less intense than they have been in the past.  Just understand this might happen to you, too!  Don’t be too hard on you.  Cut yourself some slack and give yourself grace.  None of us have arrived yet!

Just let God be God, and in this way not only will we be able to wipe out any negative thoughts and thought patterns that we have developed, but we can keep them from coming back and bothering us again!

Here is Ending “B”:

The second scenario of this invasion of ants is a lot more exciting.  God spoke and told me that in this scenario, the ants are the next generation of worshipers that are heading in droves to the church, into the arms and the heart of God.  They are seeking and searching, and they will find!  God says whoever seeks shall find and whoever asks will receive.  Whoever knocks, the door will be opened to him!

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7 NLT).”

This next generation will catch wind of the food, the fresh manna, the new wine, and they will come, and they will come, and they will come without end…and they will not be denied!

They are hungry, past famished to the point of starvation.  They want something but don’t know what, and they have sent out their “scouts” into the different arenas…new age, the occult, satanism.  They have searched long and hard, and at long last, they have found — Jesus!

Now they will come, a mighty invasion unlike anything else we have ever seen before!  There will be countless numbers of them, armies without end.  There will be so many of them they will be crawling all over us, all over the hands and the arms of Him that loves them.  And some of them will make our flesh feel “creepy”… however, that is when our BUT GOD exterminator will show up!  He will exterminate all our religious spirits and wipe us clean until there is nothing left but unity, compassion and love.

I believe just like the positive characteristics of the ant so will be this group that comprises the end-times church, unseen since the second chapter of Acts.  They will carry more than their own weight, be selfless and community minded; tireless, care for their young as a top priority; they will be diligent workers; they will be focused and do their job with no hidden agendas.  They will be humble and live only to promote their Lord and Savior, King Jesus!  This group will be the ones to see His face in the earth as he returns to catch His bride into the clouds.

So shall the church again be, in the Name of Jesus!  Arise, end times church!  Arise and March!

Edie Bayer

www.KingdomPromoters.org

Edie@KingdomPromoters.org

 

Itinerary:

August 5th –Albuquerque, NM

Friday, Begins at 7:00 PM

“Water Walkers Unite – In The Glory!”

Glory Bound Ministry Center

11913 Menaul Blvd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87112

Info: Mary Dorian

Office: (505) 292-8290

E-Mail: gloryboundmin@aol.com

 

August 11th – Las Cruces, NM

Thursday, begins at 11:45AM to 5:00 PM – Cost for lunch

“O Ye Gates! Unlock Your Prophetic Destiny!”

Las Cruces Aglow

Hilton Garden Inn

2550 S Roser DR

Las Cruces NM

Info: Nancy Apodaca — 575-650-7863

 

August 12th – Las Cruces, NM

Saturday, begins at 7:00 PM

Latter Rain Harvest Church – 7:00 PM

Pastor Mary Sellers

401 N Main St

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

(575) 523-2561

More information, call Nancy Apodaca — 575-650-7863

 

August 13th – Las Cruces, NM

Saturday, begins at 11:00 AM

FREE AUTHOR CLASS

HOME MEETING

4195 Franzia Road

Las Cruces, NM 88011

MUST RSVP for Gate Code! 832/ 266-3445 text or email: edie@kingdompromoters.org

 

August 19, 2016 (7pm) Friday Night Fire Pastor Hardy & Jill Jones Southern Gate Church 10253 D’Iberville Blvd, D’Iberville, MS 39540

August 20, 2016 (3pm) Pastor Marlice Dugas Free Style Fellowship Church 238 General Gardner, Lafayette, LA Contact: (337) 349-9190

August 21, 2016 (10am)  Pastor Mike & Susan Barnett                                 As One: United In Christ Fellowship Denham Springs