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[Hedz Up!] “Rope-A-Dope” & “Secession”

Earlier this week, I was thinking about our present turmoil, both nationally and globally. I heard two phrases from the Lord, “Rope-A-Dope” & “Secession”. When I asked what He meant, here’s what He said:

“Rope-A-Dope”

“Rope-A-Dope” refers to a tactic in which one party feigns, or pretends weakness in order to throw their opponent off-balance and to wear him out, making him more likely to make a mistake. In the movie, “The Patriot,” the revolutionary militia was known for breaking ranks and running from the battle field when things got rough. This known fault was used to their advantage, as a tactic, to lure the British into following their retreat into an ambush which included not only the militia but the ‘standing army’ as well. The subsequent defeat of the British Army, in the movie, turned the tide of the war.

I believe the Lord has feigned weakness and drawn the enemy onto the battlefield of His choosing, where he is being ambushed, exposed and defeated. Everything is perfectly orchestrated and under His control, though it may seem like we are losing battle after battle. Yes, the Lord has a Day of Judgment planned, but it will be for our good, not for our punishment. Judgment exposes BOTH the Good AND the Bad.

So many Christians are stressed out over temporary circumstances (yes, whatever situation you are in, it is temporary, even if it is ‘life and death’). The more you are able to hear the Lord’s voice clearly and specifically in the coming months, the more you will be able to enjoy our victory over the enemies of freedom, truth and justice. Peace comes from hearing His Voice, His direction to you.

“Secession”
There was a time, not too long ago, when it was considered inappropriate for Christians to be involved in politics, that they should only be interested in the heavenly realm, and effect change only through prayer and intercession. Over time, political decisions began to directly affect a Christian’s freedom to practice Christianity; religious leaders rose to speak for them (i.e., Moral Majority and others), and the pendulum swung the other way, inadvertently training Christians to become dependent on earthly organizations to effect change.

The Lord is presently asking us as individuals to find the balance, to “secede” from dependence  on these organizations, ceasing from relying on them for direction, guidance and motivation, even while maintaining involvement in the natural, political fight. This is not an ‘either/or’ situation. We depend on the Lord for direction and opportunity to fight the supernatural fight, even while engaging in the natural conflict. We must do both, though it will take effort to remove ourselves from depending on the government (i.e., tax-exempt status for non-profit groups will likely be revoked soon), societal movements, individual leaders, political parties, etc. and develop our own ability to hear and act in all these areas.

The natural strongholds will not be conquerable until the supernatural strongholds have been overcome. When they have been brought down ‘in the heavenlies’, we will have to know when and how to exploit our advantage ‘in the earthlies’.

Bottom Line: DON’T DEPEND on a political party or movement to change laws, grow the economy, etc. DEPEND on God, He will train you to engage in supernatural warfare, even as you are naturally involved in a political party or movement.

P.S. I was also reminded that the State Constitution of Texas includes the right to secede from the Union.

[Hedz Up!] Indulge

This week let the Lord comfort, encourage and strengthen you.

You are being much harder on yourself than He could or would ever desire to be.

Financial pressures are easing, and soon you will be looking back at the hard times. Shake them off, and prepare to get back to building. You will need your strength, so indulge in His Present Strength.

Working Vacation.

[Hedz Up!] Heads Up!

When I was young I took horseback riding lessons. My first lesson, the instructor was constantly telling me: “Look where you’re going.” Round and round the ring, “Look where you’re going!” I got so frustrated, cuz I thought I was doing the right thing already. Finally, the instructor asked me, “Dianne, where are you looking?”

I answered, “I’m looking where I’m going.”

She said, “No, you’re looking where your horse is going – you need to look where you’re telling him to go. Look between his ears – that’s where you’re going!”

Instead of looking down, watching my horse’s feet fall in the dirt, I raised my eyes to look between his ears. It was a simple adjustment, but suddenly my posture changed, the horse’s gait changed, and everything was so much easier. I got it. And I fell in love with horseback riding.

Ever since then, every once in a while Daddy reminds me to “Look” where I’m going. My head comes up and I look at the big picture, where we’re going, together. My posture changes, my gait changes, and everything is easier. Many of the obstacles fall away, I find my focus again, and I re-fall in love with His purpose and plan for me today.

Ask Daddy if there’s any area you’re looking down instead of looking ahead. If necessary, let Him raise your head. Over time, you’ll get it, and you’ll find He provides whatever may be lacking. He knows what you need now. And He loves you. It will become easier.

[Hedz Up!] “What Are You Waiting For?”

Many have made difficult decisions, and have received some form of the peace that comes from receiving God’s wisdom. But time has passed, and though the decision has been made, little action has been taken. Just because you made the decision, doesn’t mean your enemies are going to let up. In fact, things may get worse!

If you’ve had trouble moving forward, even being confused about your next step, take a few minutes to identify the problem.

* First, clearly identify, in writing, what your next step is, and when you are to have it completed.

Then review as often as necessary:

* Do you need to overcome demonic interference?

* Are your old habits — emotional, organizational, relational — keeping you from taking the next step?

* Have you made this a priority in your life? Often the longer we delay change, the harder it becomes. What can you do Right Now?

Even if you don’t have directions for the entire journey, take the next step. Now.

Persistence as a character quality is developed by being persistent as a habit.

[Hedz Up!] The Fatted Calf

In the story of the Prodigal Son, the Older Son stayed home working around the old homestead. The Younger Son asked for his inheritance early and proceeded to quickly squander it. When he returned home in rags, expecting to be treated as a servant, his father instead embraced him and treated him as his son, throwing him a party. The Older Son was jealous, wanting to know why his father had never thrown him a party, since he was a good boy and worked hard for his father.

The father’s answer to his son is God’s answer for you: “You are living your inheritance, and could have enjoyed it at any time.”

Are you putting off the inheritance that is available to you now? Are you waiting for God to “notice” your situation and intervene? Or are you praying to receive something you’ve already been given? Are you waiting for your reward?

You are already a co-inheritor & joint-heir. All the riches of the kingdom are yours. Now.

But let’s be specific: Are you denying yourself something because you believe you won’t receive it either until you pray hard enough to convince God to give it to you, or until you die and go to heaven? Or until you do something to deserve it? Mature “spiritually”?

Do you have an unanswered question, that you look forward to getting answered in heaven? Do you long for that time when you will truly feel loved and accepted? Do you need a healing or resources that you don’t know how to appropriate?

Yes, it’s easier said than done. Learning to live like the King’s sons is challenging. But it’s what we’re here for. Let’s upgrade our expectations to the Best and not settle for Good or Better.

What Is Your Fatted Calf?

[Hedz Up!] Check In and Move On

Happy New Year! But don’t get distracted in resolutions or reveling.

This is a very active time in the supernatural realm. Stay on the track the Lord has set you on. If you use a ‘new’ year as a checkpoint, check in quickly, and, unless you hear otherwise, keep your focus on moving in the same direction as the ‘old’ year. For example,

“Lord, I’m going to set aside 15 minutes for the next 3 days in order to give you a chance to provide direction. Unless I hear from you, I’m going to continue in the direction I’ve been going. Thanks ahead of time for that direction.”

Don’t expect confirmation, though you may receive encouragment. You may have new choices and decisions to make. But don’t go off in a new direction unless He says so. Until a job is done, work at it, unless the Lord interrupts.

God knows what He’s doing. Stay in touch with Him, and you won’t have to look back and say, “Why was I so worried? God had this all under control all the time, and I could have relaxed and watched Him do His thing!”

Peace, in action and emotion.

[Hedz Up!] Merry Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

[Hedz Up!] “Don’t Force It!”

There are things that you know the Lord has called you to do, that you have a desire to do. Don’t let circumstances create pressure to force the issue prematurely, or to imply that the timing is right because nothing else seems to be going on. This is particularly true with relationships, legal issues and finances.

Be ready to be patient, and make sure your foundation is secure. Don’t take legal shortcuts, rush relationship decisions for convenience sake, and certainly don’t go into debt. God will never direct you to go into debt to start a business or relationship, go into or expand your ministry or make a purchase.

The time you spend waiting, and working, to secure your foundation is not wasted, but invested. See if others who have started hastily don’t fall short.

There is No Rush!

You are a son of God; you have ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD!

[Hedz Up!] Go with the Flow

Attempts will be made to rock you from your peace. Don’t try to avoid or resist; instead let the blows glance off your chin, your shoulder and your back. This will weaken your adversary and impart knowledge of your vulnerabilities.

Ask for Restoration and Healing.

Receive Favor.

[Hedz Up!] Reject Rejection & Deception

Take time now to plan for the coming stresses of the holidays.

Because of all the additional stresses this year, both real and manufactured, you will likely have to make an extra effort to stay connected to your LifeLine within. Set aside days, or even hours or times, to reconnect and receive encouragement.

Change is always hard, even the good changes that are coming. Don’t believe for a second that God has come to judge you, your situation or your nation, but that through whatever situation you find yourself in, He has brought you to it for His good purposes. Not that we don’t suffer the consequences of our actions; but what we learn from them is priceless.

What God has for you, for us all, will so overwhelm us with His creativity and ingenuity that we will once again Rejoice at His Comings.

Why Wait? Rejoice Now, for He Comes In You Now!

Rejoice!