Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Saints of God...

I write this with a sad heart.  My friend and brother in Christ, George Pennicuff, who passed away a couple of months ago has left behind a widow. She loves him dearly.  He was from the United States but felt a call to go to to the Philippines. He met Mariver there and they married and they lived happily up until George passed into Glory...  I urge you to watch this video that Mariver recently made.   George had a channel as YouTube and ministered there as well. She is having difficulty paying the hospital bill there.  If you feel led by the Holy Spirit, give what He urges you to give.  Her email is aprop617@gmail.com 





Saturday, September 6, 2014

Take up your Mantle!

This is from a email from another site, I got several days ago. Again, just another confirmation that God is moving. This may be a Word for you too, if so "Take it."

Maranatha,
~Rich





Richard, take up your mantle! 

2 Kings 2:13-15 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;  And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.  And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
When Elijah went up to to heaven, Elisha took up his mantle and walked in the power of Elijah. The Hebrew word for mantle is "aderet". It's root word is "adir", which means excellent, gallant, glorious, mighty, noble and worthy! Elijah was a man with these qualities. The mantle that Elisha received from Elijah meant a calling which was powerful. Elisha had earned it. When the two first met, Elisha had slaughtered the oxen he was plowing with, and burned them on the wood of their yoke as an offering. Then he followed and served the prophet until the day Elijah was taken miraculously to Heaven. An officer of King Jehoshaphat summed up Elisha's life with these simple and beautiful words: “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah. ”

Just before Elijah was taken to Heaven he said to his servant, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” Elisha answered without hesitation, "“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit”. Having served his mentor so faithfully, Elisha boldly and humbly asked for a double portion of his master's spirit, and received it in full. The sons of the prophets at Jericho did not fail to recognize the anointing which Elisha carried. He carried it because of his excellent and faithful service and devotion to the man of God.

We too are called by the Son of God to excellence, devotion and faithful service. The anointing which we carry from Him will express these qualities. Yeshua (Jesus) is our perfect example, our mentor and master. Following and serving him day by day, faithfully and carefully, we will live under His glorious "mantle". 

Richard, we are called to excellent and faithful service to exemplify and walk in the anointing of our Lord. God has given us a glorious mantle to wear, His very own Spirit, that we might live excellently, mightily, gloriously, gallantly, nobly and worthily. May we receive the grace daily to wear His mantle as Elisha did Elijah's. Even as Elisha received the "double portion", we too may do "greater things".

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Negev Desert, Israel

No Mountain Too High...

     This is going to sound outlandish to some of you. I was praying for someone earlier this week on the internet, and I believe that God spoke a phrase of this song for me to share with this person. 

     Then I "googled" it and listened to the lyrics and wow, God really spoke very profoundly to me as well as I listened to the lyrics, that Jesus was singing this song over this person I was praying for.

     God has put it on my heart to share with you all, that this will be a WORD that will minister to you. 

Jesus is singing this song over some of You, reach your hands out to Him and surrender to the Holy Spirit who spoke this powerful WORD just for you. Rest in Him and let these lyrics minister to your heart today...

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39 NIV




Friday, September 5, 2014

A Word for the downcast...

     I believe that there may be someone at the end of your rope. You do not think you have any reason to go on with God.  You have lost all hope and faith in your creator. You didn't think anything could toppled you over but you were wrong. You may be sitting in the ashes of anything: a divorce, death, sickness, job loss etc.  It could be anything that has turned to your destruction. You come to your last straw...and can not take anymore.  You think you cannot handle the attacks and the enemy harassing you any longer

     You may be wondering why you are still here and you may not even want to live anymore.  You are seriously thinking of giving up on your walk in the Lord, and going back into the world's ways and worldly views. 

     I can tell you right now, its not worth it to give up on God. He loves you and will never give up on you no matter what.  Everything has destructed around you, but you are here. The Lord has set this appointed time for you to call out to him, not curse the day you were born, nor curse God. 


     If you are going to fall, why not fall into the hands of the living God? He is more than able to catch you, but you must stay as close to him as you are able to.

     I  heard  the Father in Heaven saying, "Do not give up, I am able to restore your life."

     This is a season and time that the Lord is going to raise up those who have cried along with God's servant Job in the scriptures. The devil has had permission to sift your life as wheat, but now just now, He has been limited by God to not touch your life any further. He can take away everything, but the enemy of your soul cannot take who you are in God. You are signed, sealed and delivered by the Holy Spirit!

     Now is the time to allow the Father in heaven to sooth your soul, now is the time for His Spirit to rise up to move through your life once more, the Lord has you in a place where He is reworking things in your heart, repairing those broken areas. Those weak areas will sing out that they are strong in the strength of the Lord!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Releasing the Prophetic...

     The enemy of our souls has blinded some of us from the truth. I pray that our spiritual eyes and ears would be open to the truth about our standing in Christ Jesus!! Our enemy will  always attempt to get in the way by directing us toward the flesh.  As Christians, we must be careful and not fall into the flesh.  I hope and pray that you are not listening to the enemy of your soul!!  You must silence him in Jesus name!! You have to have a clear mind before our Abba Father in heaven to combat the devil.

     I believe that the Lord is saying that some of us attempt to crucify the flesh in many ways.  The flesh needs to be baptized in the Word of God!! The flesh must submit to the Word.  We cannot trust the flesh, if we follow it, it will lead us straight to destruction. The flesh likes taking the easy street to put it in simply terms...



 The Holy Spirit will help us, if we allow Him to.  I am all into the reading the Holy Scriptures these days, and I can tell you this much...True deliverance comes in saturating our souls in the Word of God. marinating and soaking in the Word will cure us more than anything else will!!

     I sense that God is saying that He desires to remove those blinders off and pop our spiritual ears open. I pray this over each of you in Jesus' name!! If we are moving in the flesh then we are using our physical eyes and ears...He desires to give us the eyes of the owl and the ears of the rabbit. In other words, a very keen discernment to find the narrow way, and to know what we are truly up against. I pray that I myself will have this kind of discernment as well.


      You have spiritual eyes to see things in the Spirit realm. Can you handle what God is about to show you?  He wants to give some of us very keen discernment to see the condition of our very souls and how the devil has attempted to rob you of the inheritance God has so graciously given us is far more than what the devil has to offer us. He is a liar and the truth is not in him.  His destruction is written about in the Holy scriptures!

     My prayer is that this resonates in each spirit, and that we will turn to the word of God.  His grace is sufficient for us!!

Maranatha,
~Rich

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Study to Show...



     I have recently experienced a great breakthrough in my life in the area of Bible study. There is a awesome book by Tim Lahaye called, "How To Study The Bible For Yourself."  It has revolutionized my perspective on diving into the scriptures.  The Book has a three year study-reading plan starting in the New Testament.  I started Monday once I woke up reading 1 John - 3 John. Tim's method has me reading the same scriptures over and over again for seven days and making study notes in a writing journal as well. 

     I was a very poor student when I was in school I just didn't like to study at all. The only way I learned the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic is by going it over and over until it stuck in my mind. I was a average student, and barely made it through high school.  Now that I am older and hopefully wiser, I realized that I have the time needed to take my time and study the scriptures. I don't feel rushed to meet a deadline like I did in school.  I always had this gloomy cloud over me since I have been a christian - always apprehensive about studying the scriptures because of my poor study habits. That is completely gone now. That in itself is a miracle of God!  

     The Bible reading from Tim's book does a lot of "repetitive" Bible reading.  It also dawned on me that I can do this as fast or slow that as I want to.  Since I am older and hopefully wiser, I  have realized I have more patience to feed and chew and digest the "very words" of God. That is what the Bible is you know? The more you read and re-read over and over the more your Spirit and soul will be nourished.

    I have dug deep and found the treasures of true wealth in the Holy Bible. The Holy Spirit to helping me.  He is a great helper!   The bible can be read casually but I just don't get nothing out of reading it one time. I really do not believe the Bible was meant to read like a regular book.  The word of God is as sharp as a double-edged sword?  No. The word says, it is SHARPER so much that it pierces your soul and spirit!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Prophetic Mantle

     




    I just felt impressed to share this on my blog in hopes that you will keep me in your prayers, and if God gives you anything distinctive (vision or word from God) about what I am to tell you, please let me know.  Two weeks ago Sunday afternoon I was setting at my computer desk listening to worship music and in a attitude of worship in the presence of the Lord. All of the sudden in the spirit I sensed as if someone had thrown something over my shoulders, and then I felt hands on my shoulders. I immediately felt the anointing of the Holy Spirit wash over my soul. The Lord spoke to me that it was a mantle and that the hands on my shoulders symbolized that Jesus was "imparting" a specific anointing on my life. He did not specifically say what type of mantle it was.

      I did a word search on mantles in the Bible where I read that the prophet Elijah had "thrown" his mantle upon Elisha.  I do believe that I received a prophets mantle from God!  I then studied up on mantles enough to know it is either a calling or a gift from God. The only reason I have been hesitant with this is the fact that I have never prophesied before or at least to my knowledge. I am not one that normally studies Bible prophecy or the End-times. I guess this is a good time and opportunity to start. Actually, I started seriously studying and reading the Word of God in a different light this last Sunday morning and today is the fifth day! That is a miracle in itself because I was a poor student and barely made it through school.

     Several days ago I talked to someone who operates in a prophetic gifting. She said that when she read my post that she seen a mantle that was in the form of a table dressing. It was cobalt blue with silver threads and trim. I am not sure what exactly this design and color symbolizes, but I believe that the color blue is a strong indication of the prophetic.  This was actually the question I asked the Lord several days before I had this talk, the color of the mantle. I sense this is very important to know.... I believe the Holy Spirit casually told me it was my favorite color which is blue...WHEW. The Lord is really confirming this with signs and wonders.

     This is a new experience and encounter from God that blows my mind. I have a great desire to work for God and fulfill the call of God upon my life whatever it is, more now than ever before. Please pray that I am led by God and directed by the HOLY Spirit.

     I have even joined a personal prophecy group at Facebook, and I am believing the Lord is going to use me in the area of personal prophesy......

     Watch and see over the next couple of months how the Lord works....He can and will do the same for you. I'm sure there are those out there who are waiting for the confirmation of your own calling.  Get your spirit in the right place to receive His mantle upon your life. I am believing that the Holy Spirit is going to release mantles on specific people in the next year. When He says "go" to follow him, do it with all your heart! AMEN!! May the Lord be with you wherever you go.  I believe, Yes, He will even use us in the dark places to bring victory and light to the nations of this dark world. The Father will raise champions in these last days who are not afraid  to fight for the call of God!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kick Worry out of Your Mind!

     

"Trust in the Lord with all our hearts..."  Proverbs 3:5 

     I believe the opposite of trust is worry  When we worry, we take on situations that only God is meant to handle, they become great weights and unnecessary yokes upon us.  We need to learn to release those things and trust in the Lord. I know by experience that is easier said than done.

     Our great God and Father created us with a supreme destiny, and the Lord Jesus is more than capable of handling all of our past, present and future.  In fact it was all nailed to that cross. We need not to carry our sins, we can let them go as we ask God to forgive us, and give ALL our hearts to Him 100%!   He did not create us to waste our life away with worrying.

     If you are continuously worrying, it robs your mind of peace and you lose sight of trust in the Fathers love and grace. Worry will attempt to take a 'backseat' in your mind, then rear its ugly head when you go through a rough time.   You have to demolish that stronghold of worry.   That can only be done by the powerful anointing of God's Holy Spirit. He can and will grant us peace in the midst of the storm.

     If you do not let God deal with worry and fear they will work together daily to make us miserable and stagnant in our faith and trust in God.  Kick worry out of your mind once and for all, and rest in the Lord with all your heart! I believe this can only be done by abiding in the grace of God!

    God would have us to step out into all he has for us with "all our hearts" not just a part. His grace is greater as we walk in faith and trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..

Why can we not trust God in the hard times?  Why do we have fear and worry? God is speaking through this message for you to once again put your trust in Jesus.  It is time for you to take His hand as He leads you.  Do not let go, but trust God no matter what.

     We cannot trust a little bit, it is 'all or nothing.'  Satan can come and steal the little bits of truth, and before we know it we are right back where we started with worry at the center of our universe. That is a sure indication that we have placed ourselves in the enemy's territory especially our minds.  We cannot just halfheartedly trust the Lord to get us by, because there is always something around the corner where we will have to have a greater measure of trust to get us through. 

Father in heaven, we come to you and ask you to break the burden of worry from our minds. It has corrupted our soul. Help us we cry out to you, Help us to move into a supernatural faith and trust in you that sweeps our souls clean. Empower us by Your Holy Spirit. I pray and lift up those reading this right now. Help them Lord to quit worrying, we demolish that strong hold of worry in the mighty name of Jesus...We can trust our Abba Father in a deeper level with our whole heart, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN!

This is such a strong message that I  have talked alot about it in my blog  posts because I have experienced firsthand what worry can do if you do not let God deal with it.

Maranatha,
Richard Hicks