Raw Revelations

Prophetic Word Over The Upstate of South Carolina

 

I hear the Lion of Judah roaring over the Upstate.

In time spent with the Lord recently, I could hear the Lion of Judah roaring over the Upstate of South Carolina. I could see with the eyes of my heart a huge, majestic lion standing atop of Table Rock belting out his authoritative roar throughout the region. His roar could be heard for miles!
I believe this is a declaration to the Upstate in 2018. The Lion of Judah is present in your current circumstance. 2017 was a hard year for some of us but in 2018 the Lion of Judah is presently presiding over you!


In His Roar

In His roar I heard His authority. Authority over this region. This year will be a year of fulfilled promise, for He has authority and He is roaring over the Upstate. Whatever it is you are believing for in 2018, take heart for His authority brings fulfillment to your promises!

In His roar I heard freedom to the captives. There is a move coming to the Upstate that will bring freedom to the captives, freedom to the bound. The roar of the Lion of Judah has caused the shackles to fall, prison doors to open, and hard hearts to be softened. Believing mothers be encouraged. Praying fathers be encouraged. They’re coming home! 
To the churches.. prepare the way! There is a move coming through the door of availability. Make yourselves available in 2018! When the Lion of Judah roars, all eternity makes way for the coming King. Upstate, I hear “Make way! Make way! The King is coming! The King is here!”

In His roar I heard endless praise. “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of his suffering” shall be a banner over us. The Lamb that was slain and the Lion that roars is worthy. He is worthy of crazy, endless praise. He is worthy of Extravagant devotion. He is worthy of the crazies and the outcast. He is worthy! To those of you that feel different from normal Christianity.. To those of you that do not fit into church mediocrity.. To those of you who burn with an unending fire for the King.. To those of you who are longing for more..
GET READY! GET READY! GET READY! I SEE THE LORD PREPARING TO PARADE HIMSELF THROUGH OUR STREETS.

In His roar I heard a call for preparation. I could hear the longing of the Lord for us to prepare our hearts for a move of the Spirit in the Upstate of South Carolina. A different move from before.. A move to stay.. A move of habitation amongst those longing, hoping, and believing for more! This move will birth a unique tribe of people full of fire in their eyes, a consecrated tribe. This will be a people disgusted by what they once enjoyed, a people hungry for the Lord and the Lord alone. I see compromise and complacency being thrown to the side by the people who hear and recognize, obey and follow the roar of the Lion of Judah.


I pray that the Lord would open your eyes and ears to see and hear the Lion of Judah roaring over the Upstate this year. I declare that this region shall be a region wholly given over to the presence of the King.

Father, raise up a people who will lay down compromise and complacency in 2018 and forevermore. Raise up a people who will hunger for the more of you and will never settle in their pursuit for you.

May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of his suffering from the people of the Upstate!

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In Your Present Reality..

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We were riding down the roads of Easley, South Carolina with grief in our hearts. There was a heart wrenching silence in the car so loud you could hear the desperate thoughts going through our minds. Thoughts of why. Why has this happened to us? Thoughts of when. When will it end, Lord? You see, Bayleigh’s family had experienced a tragedy so painful you could feel it whilst looking into their eyes. We felt as if everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong. We were spent, having no more to give and couldn’t take anymore. I broke the silence with a simple question, “Bayleigh, what’s on your mind?” And she replied, “I want to escape but I know that I can’t.”

What do you do when your present reality doesn’t match your faithful expectations? What do you do when all you want is to escape but you can’t? This past month I have been face with these types of questions. Even more, I have been faced with a silent absence of answers. Without going into detail, Bayleigh’s family experienced two unexpected deaths of a husband and a wife; a mother and a father; a Papa and a Mimi. The experience of laying to rest the people we care for the most has blindsided a family full of joy, peace, and righteousness.

This past Thanksgiving, I planned to go home to my family and surprise them. I did so and I loved every moment of it. Then out of nowhere, my mother whom I love, started to shut me out again. We haven’t always had the best relationship. It hurts to know that she has been my mom since the day I was born, yet I do not know her favorite color, song, or even food. I want to escape this realty.

In the midst of all the pain and turmoil the Lord spoke to my broken and confused heart. Take a walk with me as I share with you the healing words of Jesus weighing on my heart this week.

I am reminded of last year amid personal turmoil. I was deeply struggling with same sex attraction. I would wake up with freedom on my mind, yet go to bed with porn in my search history. I would look in the mirror and be unsatisfied with the emptiness that I saw. I wanted to escape but I felt like I couldn’t.

Matthew 4:18-20
As he was walking by the shore of Lake Galilee, Jesus noticed two fishermen who were brothers. One was named Keefa (later called Peter, the rock), and the other was Andrew, his brother. Watching as they were casting their nets into the water, Jesus called out to them and said, “Come and follow me, and I will transform you into men who catch people for God.

Its hard for me to believe that Jesus would just pick any random group of guys to follow Him. For He once stated that He only does and says what He sees and hears the Father do. In other words, there was a reason Jesus chose Peter and Andrew to lay down their nets and follow Him forever. What if that reason was their need for an escape from their present reality? I can just imagine Peter and Andrew waking every morning and getting ready for work. As they prepare for the day, they read the Word of God but feel stuck; paralyzed by the fact that their present reality does not match that of the men who God walked with in scripture. Looking into the mirror and feeling unsatisfied with the way their lives are, these fishermen wanted to be a part of God’s global vocation of Israel. I can see them praying in desperation, “Lord, fix me! Do whatever you have to do to get me out of this endless cycle!” Just as narrated in Matthew 4:18-20, God answered their prayers in a way the never expected. Jesus was and still is the answer to the prayer of desperation. I can see Jesus working in and through the story of Peter and Andrew for He cared so much about the freedom and overall purpose of these fishermen. Know it to be true, He cares as much about your freedom and overall purpose. To prove the truth, I want to enlighten you of what Jesus was really doing in the narrative of Peter and Andrew.

  1. In your present reality, JESUS IS NEAR.

    “As he was walking by the shore of Lake Galilee,…”
    I question why he was on the shore in the first place? Surely the Son of God wouldn’t be aimlessly strolling down the beach, passing time. So, what in the world was Jesus doing? In Peter’s and Andrew’s present reality, he was near. Jesus was there on one of the many days that these brothers were waiting for hope to escape. In your present reality, JESUS IS NEAR. I know you feel alone. I know you are questioning where God dropped you off. Don’t lose hope for Jesus is in the background waiting. Waiting for the grace to rescue, for a gift without the right time is not valuable.

  2. In your present reality, JESUS SEES.

    “Jesus noticed two fishermen”
    Just like I mentioned, Jesus only does and says what He sees and hears the Father do. So, when Jesus noticed two fishermen it wasn’t just Jesus noticing two fishermen. This was the Father and all of heaven noticing two men longing for freedom and transformation. This was the Father creating a Kairos moment that would change the course of their history and ultimately the history of the world. The Father is a father who sees your mess and isn’t afraid of encountering it.

  3. In your present reality, JESUS KNOWS.

    “Watching as they were casting their nets into the water,”
    With every toss of the net Jesus knew. He knew they felt stuck. He knew they wanted to escape their struggle, their cycle. Not only did He know, He wasn’t afraid or disappointed by what He knew. The Lord knows where you are and He is not worried. He is more overjoyed than you would think. You see struggle, He sees future beauty. You see hopelessness, He sees opportunity.

  4. In your present reality, JESUS FREES YOU TO TRANSFORM YOU.

    “Come and follow me and I will transform you into men who catch people for God.”
    It is interesting to me that Jesus calls them to follow him before transformation began. It is against the Gospel to believe you must fix yourself before you can follow the lover of your soul. Jesus told Peter and Andrew to follow and He will transform them. Little did they know that the key to their freedom, the key to their escape is following Jesus. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Jesus said I am the way the TRUTH and the life. In other words, when you come to know, intimately know Jesus, transformation takes place in your life. Answering the call is what frees you, following is what transforms you.

    Hard to believe?

    “immediately they dropped their nets and left everything behind to follow..”
    Why was it so easy for these fishermen to leave everything they knew behind? Because they knew the escape from their present reality had walked down the shore and beckoned, “Come!”

What do you do when you feel like escaping your present reality?
TAKE A WALK, FOR IN YOUR WALK LIES TRANSFORMATION!

My Thoughts on the Nice, France Tragedy.

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I sit here writing just hours after I heard the news of the terrorist attack in Nice, France. I just want to express the fact that my heart is so overwhelmed with brokenness over this world. Do we really have to live in fear of this happening virtually every month? On my way home tonight, I was reading the CNN report of what has happened. As I was reading I looked out the window and saw crowds of people, some of which I knew personally. Those groups of people were walking around at night playing Pokemon Go while 80+ people in France gave their innocent lives up to terrorism. My heart started to break even more because everyone is so caught up in drifting from fad to fad. I am not blaming anyone for the tragic event or trying to make anyone feel guilty for playing games. I just want to know, when are we going to get serious about the ownership of our lives? When are we going to stand up for what is right instead of falling the next big thing in culture? There are so many frustrated question running through my mind at this moment. I may not have all the answer to all of them but I do know we need change. I want to share with you how we can bring change together.

  1. Focus

What you focus on increases. Doug Addison recently said, “If you focus too much on the demonic, that is all you will see. People spend way too much time on looking for demons instead of God’s angels.” I agree with him completely. For the Bible even says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you..” (James 4:8) the action coming close to God involves making Him you complete focus. So what happens if our focus is not completely on God but rather on all the evil in the world today? I believe when we focus completely on the darkness around us without God in the picture we come into agreement in our comments about the situation. “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”(Proverbs 18:21) What is your tongue agreeing with? Are you blessing your Nation with your opinions? Are you setting atmospheres by your words for God to work through or are your cursing opinion advancing the agenda of the spirit of ISIS? What you focus on increases and your focus determines your speech. But if that be true where is the healthy balance of bringing justice to a dark world while at the same time not focus on the darkness that we are trying to bring justice to?

  1. Prayer

Prayer is the perfect balance between focus and justice. Prayer changes situations. As a college student in a small town in Hamilton, there is nothing I can do for Nice, France except pray to the one who delivered me from the darkness that has taken over that city. You see the only reason I am living a life of freedom and intimacy with God is someone decided to pray for me. God heard their prayer and answered. I may never know who it is that is praying for me, except the truth the Jesus is interceding for me, but I do know that my life is being transformed daily. What if you were the only one praying for this world? Would there be so much darkness taking over? Jesus taught the disciples to pray like this, “..Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”(Matthew 6:10) First of all, if Jesus said this is the way to pray then He most certainly prayed this way. If Jesus prayed for God’s kingdom to come to earth how much more should we be praying for the same? Second, if Jesus had to pray for God’s kingdom to come to earth does that mean prayer determines the impact of God’s kingdom? In order to answer that mind boggling question we need to know what exactly God’s kingdom is. “For God’s kingdom does not consist of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy produced by the Holy Spirit.”(Romans 14:17) Are we seeing righteousness, peace, and joy produced by the Holy Spirit working in the world today? Are we seeing in it working in Nice, Paris at this very moment? This is why Jesus said to pray for the kingdom of God to come to the earth. The kingdom of God is righteousness. The kingdom of God is peace. The kingdom of God is joy. As stated in Romans 14:17 you might have to miss out on eating and drinking for the power of praying for the kingdom of God to invade the earth. Are you up for the invitation from Jesus? What if you were the only one praying?

 

  1. Justice

When your focus is right and your prayers are bringing the kingdom of God then justice becomes the norm of our world. So today and everyday, join me in focusing on what is right, in praying for the kingdom of God to come to earth, and let’s witness justice all around us. For America. For France. For the sake of the world we live in.