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You Are Clean & You Are Loved: The Beautiful Position of His Bride

“You are all fair, my love, And there is no spot in you.” ~SONG OF SOLOMON 4:7

You are beautiful. You are worthy. You are perfect. I love you. You are welcome. All of these phrases seem so simple, compiling of only three words in the English language, but each of them has the power to change the trajectory of a person’s moment, day, and even life.

The thing about those phrases, the power within them, not only come for the words themselves but from the speaker of the words. Sure, we all enjoy a compliment or two, but when the words transcended surface appreciation and speak to the core of one’s being, that is when lives are changed … that is when Grace finds a home and thrives.

When we read the Song of Solomon, we find a man beautifully and unapologetically in love with his bride. Even in the moments that she attempts to list her flaws, there he is speaking of her perfection and beauty and telling her passionately how he longs for her.

He speaks to her until his longing for her becomes her long for him until it is not just him searching her out but her seeking his presence.

Christ, the Bride, and the Song

The Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs, is not only the glorious picture and telling of how a husband should love and cherish his wife and how the wife should delightfully respond–both indulging in the gift of unity that comes through the design of Christ, but it is also an allegory for how Christ loves us and sees us His perfect spotless bride.

God is the Word and He is the Truth. Thusly, what He says is the infallible truth, and what He has said about all of us who believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior is that we are fair, we are His love, and that there is no spot upon us.

Why is knowing this so important?

It is important because many believers who stumble into sin, withdraw from Christ and communion with Him, falsely believing that He is angry with them or that they are not welcome when the Word tells us otherwise.

I Corinthians 1: 30-31 says, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.

When the Lord spoke these words through the Apostle Paul, He knew we would have times of stumbling and allow the flesh to lead when we are called to be dead to the flesh and its desires (GALATIANS 5:24) still He made it irrevocably known that we, His spotless bride, are in Christ, we are always sanctified in Him and we are for all eternity redeemed.

We are under His blood, and that is like being under the continuous cleansing, sanctifying and redeeming flood. So when He looks upon us, His bride, He does not see any of our failures, although His grace loves us beyond them, but He sees us through the blood of Christ, and Christ is forever perfect and always welcome!

So are you!

“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” ~JOHN 15:3

Our Savior pronounced us clean by the Words He has spoken over us, and not only did He speak once, but He continues to speak, thusly giving us a continual washing of His Word and presenting us unto Himself without spot or blemish (EPHESIANS 5:25-27).

Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

His banner over us is Love (SONG OF SOLOMON 2:4)! And because we know our God is not silent but ever speaking, we have the full assurance that we who are called by His Name are always clean, always sanctified, always loved, always worthy, and always welcome!

Come unto Him, beautiful bride. Seek your Bridegroom and do not draw away from Him. He has grace for you in your time of weakness (HEBREWS 4:16) and He remembers your sins no more but has cast them away from you as far as the east is from the west (PSALM 103:12).

He loves you with an everlasting love and seeks you out. Let your heart be found and made secure this day and evermore.

~Poeima, Poetry in Motion

Dressed for the Appointment: Hope for the Promises to Come

*Revised from December 26th, 2012

Several years ago I was led to write a short message reminding many of my friends on Facebook to keep holding on to the Word of Faith and promise that Christ Jesus had given unto them. Now, years later, I am urged to do it again.

The Lord laid this question upon my heart that only you can answer for yourself, really, and here it is. “Are you dressed and are you ready for the open door?

It is easy to be given a dream and a prophetic vision for your future/destiny/purpose, but it is a whole other thing to not only hold on to it but to be prepared for it at all times. With many of the trails that we face within the monotony of life, it is easy to lose hope in the dream, allowing it to be transformed into the elusive ‘carrot on a stick’ dangling just out of your reach.

“Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.”~ GENESIS 41:14

The enemy has a way of trying to convince us that that that is what the promises of Christ Jesus are, elusive and out of reach. The good news is that we know satan IS A LIAR! (JOHN 8:44) 

No matter what is currently happening in your personal life, or in the entire world for that matter, God is still in control, the enemy cannot delay His plans for your life. Keep preparing and be made ready!

As we know that our Heavenly Father’s Word never returns to Him void (ISAIAH 55:8-13) ( And our Savior is the Living Word that did not return unto Him void…think on that a bit more ) we also know that the truth is not found within the enemy (JOHN 8:44). If the Lord said He is going to do something in your life, HE IS GOING TO DO IT!

“He (Jospeh) did not allow the circumstances that had tried him to keep him in the garments and appearance of a slave or prisoner but he presented himself as a free man to the very one who had the power to promote him. Joseph dressed for the open door, one he had been waiting on.”

So again I ask you are you dressed and ready for your open door?

Consider Joseph. Joseph was given many prophetic dreams about his destiny and purpose. He, like all of us called by His Name, was destined to reign (ROMANS 5:15-17). Our Heavenly Father embedded these truths about his future deep within his being so that Joseph would know what he was meant to do and who he was called to be.

Even with these truths and promises deep within him, Joseph still endured hardships and betrayals, letdowns and heartbreaks that looked and were completely contrary to the promise and vision. He experienced circumstances that literally turned his world upside down and had the potential to put his very life at a permanent standstill. But Joseph did not relent on what God had shown and promised him.

Instead, he held on to the dream. For thirteen years Joseph trusted in God in the face of more storms and more roads that seemed to lead further away from the promise, but with each step down he kept looking up, waiting for his open door.

In GENESIS 41:14 we read that when Pharaoh suddenly calls for Joseph, Joseph immediately shaved and changed his garments in order to go before Pharaoh. He did not allow the circumstances that had tried him to keep him in the garments and appearance of a slave or prisoner but he presented himself as a free man to the very one who had the power to promote him. Joseph dressed for the open door, one he had been waiting on (GENESIS 40).

“Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.” ~HABAKKUK 2:2-3

All along, Joseph believed that he was meant for greater so he dressed for greater. He held on to the Hope that ‘This might be the day!’ and it was! His day did come. He did not allow thirteen years of imprisonment to convert him in any way to a prisoner.

But not only did Joseph hold on but so did many others like Father Abraham and Sarah who waited over twenty years of their promised miracle son, Isaac (HEBREWS 11).

Yet, here is something else we need to consider and that is how we are waiting. Are we really waiting on the promise dressed with faith or are we like the fruitless fig tree giving the appearance of faith but empty of the real thing similar to the five foolish virgins who held lamps they didn’t bother trimming and with very little oil, or are we truly ready and waiting with faith and hope? (MATTHEW 21:18-22*, MATTHEW 25:1-13)

So I ask again, are you dressed for your open door or are you keeping on the clothing of a prisoner and a slave with no intention of changing them because of lost hope?

I pray the Holy Spirit leads you in all you do and for whatever He has in store for you, I pray you are getting dressed and ready because the open door is indeed coming! Be ready.

*If you are wondering about the fig tree, understand that fig trees have what is a preseason fruit, where they bear a first-run of figs and then a second yield. When Christ Jesus approached the fig tree that He later cursed, it was during the preseason for fruit. The tree had the appearance of doing what it was supposed to be doing but was empty of fruit!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

*Photo by Javier Reyes on Unsplash

Passover: The Power of Remembrance

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. 21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 22 Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.” ~PSALM 107:19-22

It was at the start of 2020 that I had begun to pray for a word to share for Passover. Actually, I began to petition the Lord for the message He would have me share around late December 2019. The reason being that Passover is my most beloved Holy Day/ Holiday.

Now, just for clarification, Passover and Resurrection/Easter are NOT the same Holiday. Passover is when our Lord God Yeshua Jesus took our place and bore the wrath of God for all of our sins, past, present, and future. It is when He, being the sacrificial Lamb, shed His blood for our cleansing and redemption. It is when He was crushed for our iniquities so that the oil of anointing would flow and every yoke in our lives was destroyed and burdens lifted. It is when the stripe upon His back (He was lashed so many times that many wounds became one) declared that we are healed in this life!

Passover is when the New Covenant of Grace and Truth came.

Resurrection Day or Easter is actually the remembrance of First Fruits. It was on First Fruits that our Savior rose from the grave declaring us wholly and completely justified and born anew as the righteousness of God in Christ (ROMANS 4:20-25).

We can’t have one day without the other and I am grateful for them all, but on Passover, I get to gather with loved ones and not only remember what He did on the first night of Passover but what He has done for us during His passion on earth.

Passover is when we are reminded that even now, with worldwide fear of sickness, a pandemic that seems to be neverending, we can remember that Christ is still on the throne, and His BLOOD STILL HAS POWER!

So, at the start of January 2020, the Lord gave me the scriptures of PSALM 107:19-22 as well as PSALM 44:1-8. It wasn’t until recently that the significance of these verses resonated in my heart for this season and time and in light of our current situation.

HE HAS HEARD OUR CRIES AND SENT DELIVERANCE

“We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old: 2 You drove out the nations with Your hand, But them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. 3 For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them. 4 You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob. 5 Through You we will push down our enemies; Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me. 7 But You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us. 8 In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever. Selah” ~PSALM 44:1-8

When the Lord gave me these scriptures for Passover, nothing seemingly significant was happening in our world. Everyone was preparing for the new decade and new beginnings. We had our usual new year’s goals and also several prophetic words and promises for this decade that we were preparing for … but then the pandemic hit.

In December, I prayed for a word and it is believed that the first case of this pandemic was documented in December 2019.

Glory goes to our Passover Lamb for truly being all-knowing because even though we had no inkling of how things would be going into the season of deliverance Christ did and He has already told us to REJOICE! HE HAS HEARD US! He has sent His Word and Deliverance (PS 107:20).

WHAT WE REMEMBER

We remember the First Passover: We remember that four hundred years prior to their bondage and the plagues that ravaged Egypt, the Lord had promised to bless the Children of Israel and to bring them into their own land after so many years of bondage (GEN. 15:13-16).

The Lord’s word does not return unto Him void. The same way no plague or Pharoah could keep the Children of Israel from the manifest promises of God, neither can today’s circumstances keep us, His Children born of Grace, from His manifest promises.

Like the Children of Israel did, we need to be prepared to move into what He has told us to prepare for long before the world was shaken.

We need to be prepared for suddenly!

We remember that the Blood still has POWER!: The same way the Blood of the lamb covering the lintels of every doorpost protected those who partook of the lamb and reclined in the safety of His word and assurance of His promise, that we who are born of the Resurrected Lamb, under a greater covenant with greater promises are covered with a Blood that is far superior to any and ever blood (HEB. 8:6)!

Christ blood covers you and as we recline in His goodness we can do so knowing that He has protected us, hears us, and has already made a way for our deliverance and entrance into whatever promises He made to us prior to the pandemic or any other situation in our lives right now.

His Word is not delayed nor will it be denied. Remember the blood!

We remember that He is the WORD and HE has healed and delivered: He has spoken His Word of promise to you and He is faithful to perform it for all of His promises are Yes and AMEN in Christ (II COR. 1:20). Because we have this assurance, we can take hope and heart in knowing that we are covered, we are healed, and we are delivered.

Mediate on the faithfulness of your God, Savior, and King. Keep getting ready for your divine appointment and your open door!

We remember that it is Him Who saves us: As the Lord had the prophet tell Jehoshaphat that the battle was not his but to position himself for the Lord’s deliverance, so to do we remember that it is not by our power or might that we are delivered out of our current positions and into your promised land’s, but it is through Christ and Christ alone. And He is more than able.

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” ~II CHRON. 20:17

We remember what He has already done and Rejoice!: Our God has a mighty track record of faithfulness and ‘suddenly’s’ and because He has never failed before, there is no reason why He will now.

Just like this pandemic has covered the earth, did you know that many ancient civilizations have documented darkness covering the earth during the time Christ hung crucified for us? There was darkness then and He being the light, suddenly brought the light. Him being the Word, said light be in the beginning, and four days before the sun, moon, and stars were created, light shone out of nothing.

He has already prepared for this. Rejoice now for your deliverance is come! He has heard you. Don’t wait until morning. Awaken the dawn with your praise!

MAKE READY FOR YOUR OPEN DOOR

“23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” ~I COR. 11:23-26

This Passover and Resurrections season, we make ready truly by remembering. We make ready by enacting His covenant and taking of His Body, Blood, and Anointing as we prepare to step out of this ‘darkness’ and into the Light of His promises.

We remember Christ. We remember the Covenant. We remember the Call. 

TAKING COMMUNION IN REMEMBERANCE

Overview: If you are not familiar with taking communion on your own or even why we take it as born-again believers, here is a quick overview.

Read ISAIAH 53, 10:27, MARK 14:22-23, PSALM 105:37

TAKE NOTE: You can use whatever it is that you have at your disposal for communion, be that sliced bread, crackers, orange juice or even water. Taking communion is less about the actual elements and more about the child-like faith put into action that pleases the Lord. Use what you have and trust in His goodness.

  • The Bread: We take unleavened bread as a picture of His Body that was pierced and wounded for us. It is His Body that bore all of our sickness and diseases, pain, brokenness, and lack, be that mental, physical, or spiritual, so that we can have complete healing, wholeness and health in this life through Him. We discern His body and what He bore in our place. This is taking it in a worthy manner, giving Him all the glory for His free gift to us ( I COR. 11:23-31).
  • The Wine: We take the ‘blood’ because the blood has cleansed and redeemed us for sin, death, and the grave. The blood covers us and protects us. It is the signature that we are of His New Covenant of Grace.
  • The Oil: Anointing is a practice that is often overlooked. It is the anointing that destroys yokes and lifts every burden. Because He was crushed for our iniquities His anointing oil flows and we are covered in His oil.

Communion Prayer: 

“Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you for this time and season. We thank you that we have the right and privilege to partake of this table as often as we remember You, and right now we remember You and all that You have done for us. We thank you for our perfect, spotless, Lamb that was offered up for us on the Cross of Calvary, and His blood that was shed and placed upon the doorpost of our hearts forever and always. We thank You that through His sacrifice and the shedding of His blood is this Covenant of Grace enacted and we partake of it today.

We take this matzah/bread in remembrance of Your precious Body that was pierced for us. We thank you that you bore the wrath of God in our place for all of our sins, past, present, and future. We thank you that by Your every stripe Jesus, we are healed of any and every affliction, that every pain and disease has to bow at the Name of Jesus. And we declare by faith, that just as there were none feeble who came out of Egypt after partaking of the lamb that we who take of the Body of Christ are made equally and fully whole. (EAT THE BREAD.)

We thank you that because you were crushed for our iniquities and carried them in our place, the oil of anointing flows now, and every yoke in our lives is destroyed and every burden is lifted, and we now have the Grace to walk in the anointing that You died and rose for us to have. (ANOINT YOURSELF)

And now, Father, we take of the cup which is a sign of the perfect blood shed for the remission of our sins. We are cleansed and redeemed. The New Covenant Grace is ours and we are made heirs to every promise and joint-heirs with Christ. We are cleansed and made free and always acceptable in your sight. (DRINK THE CUP)

We thank You in the matchless Name of Yeshua Jesus, our Lord. AMEN!”

I pray you are all blessed. I pray you are all remembering Him, His promises, and faithful goodness, and I pray you are reclining in Him with expectation and hope!

~Happy Passover and Happy Resurrection!

 

Recline in His Goodness

“Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.” ~JOHN 13:23

Recline in My Goodness. Tell My people this.” These were the words the Lord Jesus spoke to me during a moment of worship.

The moment He spoke the words, the remembrance of the season came to mind. He graciously reminded me that we are speedily heading into the Passover and Resurrection season and that just like with the first Passover, when many plagues were striking the land, that He was covering His people.

Specifically, during the night of the first Passover, when the spirit of death came for the firstborn of the land, the Lord gave a few simple instructions in EXODUS 12:

  • Take the blood of a lamb and cover your lintel so that the angel of death will pass over your home and not touch you
  • Be dressed and ready to go
  • Eat

Basically, they were called to wait on the Lord and rest while ready to move when the time came for them to do so and the threat had passed.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR US TODAY

As sickness, uncertainty and unrest sweep through the world, the Body of Christ is to take the position of John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. We are to:

  • Recline upon His breast, leaning into His strength, provision, and protection.
  • Be ready for the moments that we are called out to go forth into what He has been preparing us for.
  • Know that through it all, we are covered and loved

I encourage us all during this time of being shut in to rest in the Lord. Recline in His goodness. Literally, like the disciple Jesus loved lean back into all of His goodness and rest securely in Him.

Allow yourself to breathe from all the labors you’ve put in before this time. Trust His hand of provision, knowing that He knew about this time and had already made a way for you.

This too shall pass, but His love and care for us all remain the same. Trust Him, lean into Him, and be covered in His goodness as this passes over.

~Poeima, Poetry in Motion

Staying in Shalom by Briana Lassiter

As you read this, may the shalom of God cover you, keep you and enlighten you as you move from glory to glory, from grace to grace. ~Briana Lassiter

I remember the first time the Lord told me that Shalom was not a location I would arrive at or something to achieve, it was a state of being.

As it usually happens when the Lord tells me something new like this, I didn’t get it.

When Jesus teaches me something, I like to know, “How does this practically affect my life, Lord?”

Over the next few months, He began to show me that Shalom begins with a series of choices.

It is almost an equation, x + y =? When x happens to y (you) what is the result?

I believe every situation we encounter is a mathematical equation. If you don’t understand the process of solving the equation, it doesn’t matter what you come up with, you’re not going to get the right answer.

However, if you know the process to solve the equation, it doesn’t matter what the variables are, you will solve the problem every time because you have the correct formula to solve it.

Shalom is our correct formula to solve every equation that comes our way in life. It is the process that gives the correct answer for every variable.

But what is Shalom anyway?

It’s kind of this weird word we hear thrown around a lot and we associate it with peace, but that’s really the most simplistic way to understand the word.

Shalom is more a mindset and less an emotion. Its meaning encompasses health, wellbeing, wholeness, completeness and rest.

Essentially, you can only enter Shalom by constant abiding in the Lord’s presence.

He is the source of all health, He delights in our wellbeing, He makes us whole and complete and He enables us to rest as we submit all our cares to Him.

Whenever I encounter something worrisome, fearful, or even just a life decision I don’t know how to make by myself, the Lord is constantly drilling into me that the answers will only come in the rest. And what that means for me is that I take myself into His presence before I do ANYTHING else, before a response comes out of me, and I make a choice.

I choose to fill myself with the truths about Him that enable me to live in Shalom.
If I am afraid, I focus on all the times He has saved me from fear, if I am anxious, I remember that He provides all my needs. If I am confused about what path to take I remember that wherever I go His goodness and His mercy follow me.

I let go of the reigns and give Him permission to do what He wants in the equation, and in that rest, the answers always come.

Friends, these are troubling times.

Shalom is not a quick fix. It is a lesson learned from Father to child, and it is always a choice to enter this state of being, this state of rest, this state of peace.

He will never force us to give over control or the illusion of control, He asks us to give it willingly and when we do, the force of rest begins to take over who we are and we find ourselves not saying the things we used to, not thinking in terms of fear and not functioning at half levels anymore because Shalom empowers us to live fully in the place of our promises.

If we choose to stay in His presence first, it will not matter where we walk or what disaster or fear comes against us, we will be able to be unflappable in the face of famine, death, disease, disaster or war because we have the formula to solve endless equations by abiding in His presence and letting go there.

So today, turn off the tv, stop scrolling Facebook and tune out voices of anyone not speaking Shalom.

Choose to say “Papa God, who are you going to be to me in this need, or that fear, or this worry?” And be blessed as you are released from the world’s system of reactionary response into God’s holy Shalom that empowers, replenishes us and meets our every need.

By Bri Lassiter

Bri Small headshotI’m married to my dearest friend of 8 years and mom to an energetic 6-year-old. My greatest joys come from traveling with my little family, cooking for appreciative recipients, learning herbalism and natural medicine, and every experience I get to have in prayer ministry. I’m an avid tea and book lover and can’t get enough of either. I love Jesus and the daily adventure that comes from walking in friendship with him as he arranges and rearranges my story.

He is Known in Praise: Lifting Up the Name of Jesus

“In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel. 2 In Salem also is His tabernacle, And His dwelling place in Zion. 3 There He broke the arrows of the bow, The shield and sword of battle. Selah” ~PSALM 76:1-3

When I read Psalm 76:1-3 recently, the Lord immediately led me to look up what He was saying via the translations of each of the places mentioned in verses.

What I discovered by doing the word study was that our God is revealed and known in praise!

We already know that He makes our praise His dwelling place (PS. 22:3), and thusly in His presence is fullness of joy and pleasures evermore (PS. 16:11). All of this is obviously beautiful, but it only comes as a direct response of closeness and closeness comes by communication, communication is a fruit of praise.

KNOWING HIM IN PRAISE

Here is the breakdown of the verses using the meanings of each location’s name and outlining the significance of each.

v.1a In Judah God is known: God has made Himself known in Judah/PRAISE

  • Get to know Him in worship, for He sits enthroned upon it and where He sits as Lord, there is liberty. (PS. 22:3, II COR. 3:17)

v.1b His name is great in Israel: His Name is made great in the wrestling of His people.

  • As He shapes us as clay in His hands, pushing upon us and pulling us into the form and vessel for His purpose, is His glory seen. (ISA. 29:16, 64:8; JER. 18:1-9)

v.2a In Salem also is His tabernacle: Shalom/Peace, nothing missing, broken, or lacking, complete wholeness, is where He abides.

  • Jesus gives us His shalom peace and calls us into it and to rest in it. This is His Kingdom-peace. (MATT. 6:30-36, ROM. 14:17)

v.2b And His dwelling place in Zion: The Highest place is where He abides.

v.3 There He broke the arrows of the bow, The shield and sword of battle. Selah: In all these things is the enemy defeated as are his attacks against us!

HE IS TO BE LIFTED UP ABOVE ALL!

“I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” ~PSALMS 138:2

For You have magnified Your WORD above all Your Name.” The Gospel of John beautifully declares to us that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Christ Jesus is the Word. The Word is God. God the Father has magnified Him, Christ as the Word above All HIS NAME, because Jesus Himself is God!  God the Father has put Christ and His Name, Yeshua Jesus, above all His own Name. (PS. 138:2, PHILIPPIANS 2:8-11)

When we worship, when we lift up the Name of Jesus, we are given peace and victory and closeness to God that we cannot have by any other means. We come to know Him by praising His Name.

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” ~PHILIPPIANS 2:8-11

Lift the Name of Jesus. Draw close to the Father. Take in His peace and gain victory in all things by coming to know Him more!

And when we, the redeemed of the Lord, lift Him up, He draws all men unto Himself, and more come to know Him as well.

What a glorious thing to know that loving God in return and lifting Him up enables others to know Him and love Him and walk in peace and victory as well.

” And I, if I (Jesus) am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” ~JOHN12:13

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

The Hill: A Word of Faith & Musical Interlude

SPECIAL NOTE: In the face of current circumstances and the pandemic as well as economic fear, the Lord in His grace and mercy, reminded me not only of this glorious song by Travis Greene, but the revelation He had given me concerning it. And although it has been four years since this message was written, it is very relevant right now, especially as many in the Body of Christ, tremble in the shadow of sickness and the enemy. Family, be encouraged, and remember as we draw into the season of Passover and Resurrection, that the BLOOD STILL DEFEATS DEATH! 

Be encouraged and look to that beautiful Hill called Calvary where the Blood of the Lamb, Christ Jesus, was shed for us and covers us even now!

~Candice Coates


As I was having worship and pray and listened to the song, The Hill by Travis Greene, for the very first time, my spirit was overwhelmed with the Lord Yeshua Jesus’ comfort and truth! And in so, I heard Yeshua Jesus say, “Share this with them.” Meaning you all.

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is your [b]keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord shall [c]preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.” ~PSALM 121

Travis Greene, the writer of this song, takes a full grasp of this scripture, one I’ve often pondered, but he drives it to the deepest meaning. I mean why would we be instructed to look to the hills in the first place when we are in trouble? Here is the glorious answer. This song has a verse that brings it home:

“On the Hill, there’s a Cross. On the Cross, there is Blood for me!” ~ TRAVIS GREENE

Yeshua Jesus hung on a cross that was on a HILL for us! The Word says that before the foundation of the world He was slain for us (Revelation 13:8), meaning He knew full well that we would need His redemptive work, and though He finished it outside of time, He came and died at the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4-5), but before that time He tells us to look in the direction of the help He has purchased for us!

It is like sitting outside right before dawn, waiting for the moment that the sun will break forth upon the horizon bathing the Earth with the day’s first kiss of light. It may be dark as we wait, but we know to set our gaze to the east.

We’ve well learned that the sun rises in the east, so no matter how dark it gets we know the light will come from that direction. We trust. We wait. We believe. And we are not disappointed.

Even still and greater still, the psalmist, in the spirit of prophecy, instructs us to look to the hills for our help. Look towards the horizon for though it is dark the Son will rise! And He will rise with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2).

Even Abraham rejoiced to see His day as he prepared to sacrifice Isaac upon Mount Moriah which was a picture and prelude to the Savior carrying His cross in His innocents to die for our sin, the perfect sacrifice for all creation.

Abraham received the ram caught in the thicket as we receive the Lamb slain for us. (Genesis 22,) (John 8:56-59)

Glory to God for the Hill, for the cross upon the hill, and the blood that was shed upon that cross upon that hill for us! The blood still has power! His blood still saves! His blood still HEALS and RESURRECTS!

Let us continue to believe with child-like faith. It doesn’t have to make sense. He never asked us to reason it out. He simply invites us to believe.

Isaiah 53 does not change. Even Peter echos this truth reminding us that we are already healed in this life! (I Peter 4:24) It is our right to receive wholeness in this life! Take hold of it! Let God be true and EVERY MAN a liar.

His Word says we are healed. Take it by faith! By the stripes on His back and by His blood which gives you the right to have it!

Listen to the song in entirety. Travis Greene, the writer and worship leader gives 3 testimonies of how the Lord has worked miracles for him in his life. The same God who did it for him will do it for us as well.

We simply must believe no matter how long it takes. He is outside of time. And the Son always rises! He has already risen…

I love you all!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

*Revised from February 17, 2016

Declaring All the Reasons You Can

It is easy and practically the given norm of humanity to find all the reasons why we ‘can’t’ and shouldn’t do a thing that has been burning in our hearts to do. We can come up with the typical lists of why’s that range from financial restrictions, age, gender, and the all too famous stumbling block, time.

We see and feel the burn for more, given to us by Christ Himself, swirling within us, and yet, like Moses we begin to tell the God of Creation who has called us to ‘speak’ that our mouths don’t work, as if when He called us and put that fiery seed to go forth in us, He didn’t know the so-called odds against us.

In fact, it is because of those very odds that the Lord has called us to go forth and to do things that are seemingly impossible, things that take us out of our comfort zones, things that the word and statistics say we are disqualified to even pursue.

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” ~1 CORINTHIANS 1:27

It’s for this very reason that we should be encouraged and empowered to be the kind of people who, through faith in and of the Words and Promises of God, declare all the reasons why we ‘can’ do what He has called and planted in our hearts to do and not just the ones who talk about what we  ‘should’ do but ‘shall’ do.

REASONS WE CAN AND SHALL

HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO IT

  • Meditate on His Word to stay focused and grounded on the call JOSHUA 1:8
  • Seek Him and His Righteousness so that we can gain clarity of vision MATT. 6:30-36
  • Write the Vision HABAKKUK 2:2-4
  • Believe that our Faith Pleases Him HEBREWS 11:6
  • Believe that He is able to do exceedingly beyond what we ask think or image EPHESIANS 3:20

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

Take the time to speak with the Lord about what is in your heart. Gain His guidance and wisdom. Then write out a declaration of why you are pursuing what you are called to pursue, couple it with scripture, and declare daily, especially in the times you are feeling less than confident or able, the words of faith He has birthed within you.

TEMPLATE:

“I SHALL__________________because the Lord has equipped me to _________________________ and because He has promised ______________________________ I can _______________________ I am _________________________________.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

A Reason to Rejoice

“Rejoice always.” ~I Thessalonians 5:16

I‘m sure that whether you are a Christian or not, you have heard that the shortest verse in the bible is John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” While this is true on one hand, there is a verse that rivals it for the two-word title and that is a passage found in I Thessalonians 5:16, “Rejoice always”.

While the two verses seem to have a world between then in meaning, I want to encourage you of how they both give us a reason to rejoice and empower us to do so in the Lord God Christ Jesus.

In John 11, we find Christ Jesus at the tomb of His beloved friend, Lazarus who has passed away, and Jesus, fully understanding the grief of those around Him wept along with them. He being, fully God, and fully Man took on the role of complete friend and shared in the sufferings of those around Him even though He knew what He was capable of doing as the God of all creation.

Even with His infinite power, He allowed Himself to weep.

Sometimes when we face hardships in life, we often feel guilty for being overcome by emotions. I don’t know about you, but there have been many occasions where I’ve had to remind myself that crying because of a situation does not mean I don’t have faith concerning the situation.

Just as my Savior wept in His sovereignty, you and I have the blessing of weeping in our salvation and hope.

When we face our ‘Lazarus’ situations, moments where life seems completely unfair and that which we were believing God for seems to have died, we may find it difficult to rejoice in anything at all.

You may even be thinking that the Lord’s prompting for us to rejoice is somewhat unfair.

But again, just as our Lord gives us peace of mind when we weep He also gives us the reason to rejoice.

These two verses, similar in their length, bless us with some key truths about the character of the God we serve and hope in:

  1. John 11:35 assures us that Christ Jesus understands our sufferings even as we share in His.
  2. I Thessalonians 5:16 reminds us that there is always a reason for hope.

The same way that Christ knew what He could do at Lazarus’ tomb, He is able and willing to do at the ‘tombs’ in our lives. In this, we can rejoice! The call to rejoice is a call to take a firm hold of our faith.

WE CAN REJOICE BECAUSE:

  • We are Rejoicing in Him: Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” We rejoice in Who He is. We rejoice that He is soveriegn over every situation in our lives.
  • We are rejoicing in Hope: Romans 12:12  rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer…”
  • We know our Hope does not dissappoint: Romans 5:5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
  • We know Christ in us IS our HOPE: Colossians 1:27To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  • Becuase He is in us we are overcomers: 1 John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
  • We overcome because Christ in us has overcome the world and its troubles: John 14:27-29; 16:33 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe… …These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
  • He has counted us WORTHY to share in His sufferings and be persecuted on His behalf: I Peter 4:13″…but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” Acts 5:40-42And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.  So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.  And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”

SO WHY DO WE REJOICE ALWAYS?

We rejoice because even though our lives may face sufferings and tribulations we know that in Him we have hope and our hope does not dissappoint, that He has counted us WORTHY to carry a cross to the glory and honor of His Name!

He, Christ in us has blessed us to overcome every situation and to bring us out gloriously because He loves and cares for us.

So let us not be troubled but truly rest and rejoice in the peace He has given us, the same peace He gave us right before He was betrayed and led to the cross in our place!

No matter what you are facing, though you may feel the need to weep, do so, but always rejoice. He is with you and you will overcome! And HE IS ALWAYS A REASON TO REJOICE!

ADDITIONAL ENCOURAGMENT:

Song: I Will Bless His Name, by Fred Hammond and RFC

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

*Revised from February 7, 2017

Think on These Things: The Art of A Focused Mind

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” ~PHILIPPIANS 4:8

To think on things that are ‘good’ in the face of those things that seem to weigh our minds down seems like a call to ignore reality. If not this, many of us struggle to figure out what exactly to think on, defaulting to just, “Jesus is Good.”

Now, there is nothing wrong with that thought, because it is absolutely the truth, and we oftentimes, especially in the midst of trials, need to remind ourselves, but I believe that there is a deeper meaning to it all, both the good things and Christ being the Best Thing!

THINK ON THE WORD AND PROMISES

In the face of hardship and tragedy, we are to think on the Word and Promises of God that He has already spoken over our circumstances.

If you are facing sickness, think on ISAIAH 53 and I PETER 2:24. If you are facing financial strain, think on PSALM 23 and MATTHEW 6:25-33. Are you struggling with the feeling of sadness? Think on Christ’s promise that He has given you His own personal shalom peace (JOHN 14:26-27).

Find words of promise that stand victorious against what you are facing.

Speaking the words of promise that combat your concern, meditating on them in the face of your trials causes your faith to increase. It causes angels to move and His promises to manifest in our lives (PSALM 103:20).

4 THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT JESUS, WHO IS INDEED GOOD!

  1. He loves you: JEREMIAH 31:3
  2. He is able: EPHESIANS 3:20
  3. He is willing: MATTHEW 8:3
  4. It is Finished!: JOHN 19:28-30, REVELATION 21:6-7

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!