February 2018

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Revelation 4:1 – “Then as I looked, I saw a door open in Heaven.”

I believe that like me, many of you have been in what seems like a season of wandering and transition. During this past season there has been intense warfare and sometimes down right heaviness. The Lord gave me a Word to eliminate any confusion and that this spiritual colliding was over our DESTINIES. You have to understand that Satan is not afraid of you going to Heaven. His greatest fear is you fulfilling your DESTINY. I believe that what the Lord is saying NOW is that this season is coming to an end because there is a door open in Heaven. Whenever there is a door open it requires us to walk through it in order to get to what is on the other side of the door. Since this door is in heaven it requires us to go up to go through. In other words, we will not find the solution to our wondering or our wandering from the natural world around us. Remember our lives and existence are not earth-bound. No, NOW, we are raised up and seated together with Christ in Heaven, NOW (Ephesians 2:6). We are called to be an extension of Heaven on earth. So, the answer to your situation will not be found here on earth. It never has been. Most people just think, “I’ll find a new job, that will fix it. Or I just need a new church, that will fix it.” I’m telling you the answer is not found in natural solutions. The answer to getting through this season of transition is on the other side of the open door in Heaven.

As I went up through the open door, the Lord told me, “Your season of birthing is over, and you are entering a season of fathering.” As you enter through the open door, the Lord Himself has answers for you. I sensed that the Lord was saying that He is going before us and preparing the way for everyone that recognizes this opportunity. That this open door is about seeking His face. That He has the answers and directives to transition us out of this season (Matthew 5:6).

In Revelation when John looked and saw the open door, it was in Heaven, not on earth. This is a door made available in the spirit realm, right over your existing situation. People who try to fix spiritual battles with natural means will never transition into the next season of their destinies. Only faith takes us forward into God’s plan for our lives (Hebrews 11:1). We are called to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Your promotion is connected to the strength of your inner man. That strength is only gained as we spend time with our Father. Our willingness to worship Him in spirit and truth gives us the capacity to go up through the open door – to hear His voice. That will enable us to transition into a new greater anointing and a new season of harvest. The door is open…. His voice is calling…. the time is NOW!

I now understand the reason for this season of warfare. We do not grow without adversity. Adversity either grows us because we fight in the spirit or it stops us from advancing because we attempt to fix it in the flesh (Ephesians 6:12). Our spirit man must become stronger to reach this new dimension. In order to see more of Heaven on earth, we must access more of Heaven.

Then John heard, “Come up here, and I will show you things to come” (Revelations 4:3). John was told that when he went up and through the door into the next dimension, he would see things to come. If we will learn to live from this place, we will live with Heaven’s authority and the things trying to hold us back will fall off. There is an anointing for upgrade NOW, if you will go up and through the OPEN DOOR.

My prayer for you today is that you will hear God (your Father’s) voice calling you to come up to the place of greater intimacy with Him and to experience His glory and presence in your life. This is the secret to the overcoming life.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On earth as it is in Heaven!”

Joel 2:28 (NKJV) – “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”

As some of you know, I have been a PK (Preacher’s Kid) since I was nine and in the church since birth. During my childhood, I pretty much assumed I had a strong relationship with God since my parents did. I went to all the services, conferences, camps, and mission’s trips with this assumption. It wasn’t really until after I moved out at eighteen to go to college that it hit me, this is real. My relationship with God is strictly between me and Him. It’s kind of like the difference between renting an apartment and buying a house. When you are renting, if something goes wrong you call maintenance. But when you own it and you encounter a problem, it’s your job to maintain it yourself.

In 1 Samuel 3:1-10, we see where Samuel had his first encounter with God. Historians say Samuel was around 12 at this time and had been a servant of Eli in the temple since birth. The story follows that during the night, the Lord called to Samuel and Samuel replied, “Here I am!” And he ran to Eli, the prophet. Eli told him I didn’t call you; go lie down. This happened two more times and the last time Samuel ran to Eli, Eli perceived that the Lord had been calling Samuel. Verse 9 and 10 read, “Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.” So, Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel answered, ‘Speak, for Your servant hears.’”

There are several principles for us to take from this passage of scripture. The first one we see is that even though Samuel grew up serving the Lord in the temple, his real influence came after knowing God through a personal encounter. A personal encounter with God is the key to knowing Him intimately. It’s in this place that we can hear the voice of the Lord.

On Sunday’s, my husband plays drums at a small Korean church. It’s a little different because they sing in English and preach in Korean. But either way the worship is powerful. This past Sunday about halfway through worship, the pastor in her broken English spoke prophetically. It was simple, but in exact correlation to what I was studying. She said, “My sheep hear my voice, this is the only way you follow the shepherd. Sheep need to listen, hear the voice of God, this is how you follow the shepherd, Yahweh.” It wasn’t a crazy deep prophecy, but it was affirmational. Sheep need to listen, hear, and follow.

God is looking for us to respond as Samuel did, with an open and receptive heart, willing to obey. He is calling us by name. We must be willing to listen. We allow so many other things to distract us. Somehow, we are open to the opinions of our friends and family but can’t take a minute to hear the truth. John 18:37 says, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

My final takeaway from this passage of scripture is when we are willing to listen to the voice of God, He will reveal His love to us through correction or instruction. You wouldn’t try to put a piece of IKEA furniture together without the instructions, so why try going through life without the correction or instructions from God. “For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:12

Ask yourself, Have I ever had a real encounter with God? Are you willing to take the time to stop and listen to voice of God? I pray that God reveals Himself to you in a way you have never experienced through a personal encounter with Him.

All For Him,

Melissa Byers-Bond

Song for Worship

Psalm 27:1– “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?”

The foundation of our relationship with God is faith. Our relationship began in faith and everything of God’s in our lives continues by faith. The promise of salvation in our lives was received by faith and every other promise that we will ever experience is received and manifested in our lives by the same truth – FAITH. Jesus said it like this in Matthew 21:22,”Believe and Receive.” Or, in other words, doubt and do without. One of the unchanging characteristics of God is, He is good! One of the main characteristics of the devil (our enemy) is he is not good. Fear is one of the main tools of the devil. Fear is faith, just in the devil and what he is wanting to do. The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 – “God has not given us a spirit of FEAR….” Simply put, if it’s of fear then it can’t be of God. Fear can also be identified as unbelief. On several occasions Jesus would ask his disciples, “Why are you so faithless?” Because fearfulness is the same as faithlessness. God warns us of the sin of unbelief. In Hebrews 3:19, God says that His people, the people He promised the land of blessing (the Promised Land), missed out because of UNBELIEF. Unbelief always seems like a safe place because it always gets what it expects. Unbelief will always keep us from the blessings God promised to us.

Like faith, fear is a substance. Satan has no power over the believer except when we come into agreement with his unbelief and fear. Dr. Mike Murdock said, “What you tolerate, you authorize to exist.” When we give in to the enemy’s fearful suggestions, we come into agreement with him. This agreement with the enemy allows the existence of every lie, deception, and fearful thing to continue.

Faith in God and His Word will always overcome every attack of the enemy. Because faith moves God and heaven on your behalf, it causes the promise that you are in faith believing God for to come into existence. So, I ask, what promise are you in faith believing God for? The writer of Hebrews said, “Without faith it is impossible to please God…” Everything God has done, He did by FAITH. He created the earth by FAITH. He gave His son Jesus to be our redeemer, by FAITH. He is the God of FAITH. So, he expects the same from us His sons and daughters. Without faith it’s impossible to please Him – BUT – with FAITH we please Him.

Today is your day of victory and break through so stand up and take your place. Claim the promises that belong to you as a son or daughter of our faith-honoring Father. Then, everything that He has promised will come true in your life.

My prayer for you today is that you will conquer and overcome every fear tactic of the enemy’s by standing in faith on God’s Word. Be FEARLESS and see every promise that God has made become yours.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Psalm 23:6 (NKJV) – “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;”

The other day, Psalm 23:6 popped up in my head. I didn’t think too much about it, but it wouldn’t go away. It was like that annoying commercial jingle, or song that’s played on the radio every five minutes or for me the Paw Patrol theme song. I know the verse from memory because God only knows how many times I had to memorize Psalm 23, but I can’t shake it, there is something more.

Finally, I sit down and read it, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”. Then it hit me, it’s the word “follow”. I ask myself, why would God just be lingering behind me? I vision my 14-year-old dog Mango. When he was young, he used to basically take me for a walk. Now he follows me with a look saying, “Why? I could be sleeping on the couch”. But the word “follow” in this verse is not like Mango’s way of following.

The Hebrew word for follow in this context is radaph, meaning, “to pursue, chase, run after”. God promises to pursue and chase you with His goodness and mercy. It’s more like the Looney Tunes cartoon with Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Instead of having ACME bombs and gadgets, God has goodness and mercy.

No matter how far you think you have strayed away from God, He is right there pursuing you day in and day out. Even during your sin, God is chasing you with His goodness and mercy providing a way of escape. He is the kind of God who chases you, who pursues you, who tracks you down all the days of your life.

This He has promised us. As humans, this can be a difficult concept for us to understand. We easily break promises, have mood swings, and change our minds. But not God. It says in 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” And Numbers 23:19 tells us, “God is not a man, that He should lie…” God’s goodness and mercy is not temporary, it is relentless. His desire is for us to be in constant communion and have complete faith in Him and His promises.

I urge you that when you are feeling defeated or caught up in sin you don’t know how to get out of, turn around to God. You may be saying in your head, it’s not that simple. But God tells us over and over, yes it really is. I am here pursuing you, chasing you and running after you. I want to encourage you to ask God to reveal what areas in your life you need His goodness and mercy. I pray that you come to the realization that His goodness and mercy never run out and His promises remain true until the end.

All For Him,

Melissa Byers-Bond