Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How Are Your Roots?

"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power" (Colossians 2:6-10).

During our last First Fruits Friday worship at Prince of Peace Church, I was referring to the Holy Anointing Oil (see Exodus 30:22-33) ingredient called Sweet Calamus. Sweet Calamus is also called "sweet flag" or "sweet cane".  It is used in cosmetics and perfumes as a fixative – stabilizer/preservative. Calamus oil (the fruit) should only be used as a perfume ingredient because the oil is toxic.  The natural oil acts as a psychotropic agent – causing hallucinations, deception, etc.  Therefore ancient herbal remedies (including the Holy Anointing Oil) used only the dried root of the plant not the concentrated essential oil from the plant. 

The Lord had already spoken clearly to me days before to pay strict attention to roots not fruit. If we pay too close attention to or react to “the fruit” in our lives we can draw the wrong conclusions.  Even though the Lord said that we would “know them by their fruit” He did not condone that fruit become our point of reference. The fruit can be deceiving in nature even if it is good fruit.

"And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate" (Genesis 3:6).

The Lord is drawing our attention to the roots!  WE ARE BEING SHAKEN TO THE ROOTS. Finances.  Tsunamis. Political upheavals.

What can we do?  What must we do?  How are your roots? As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Releasing the Glory - San Jacinto

10 AM, April 21 at the Battlefield

We are called to release an army to follow the Ark of God's presence. We are to gain the boundaries the Lord has established for us. We are here to declare the government of our Lord against the tyranny of Satan.

Lord instructed us to retrace the steps of the 1835-36 Texas War for Independence. We are to go to the sites of specific events on the 175th anniversary of those events. The first event of the revolution took place in Gonzales on October 2, 1835. We just finished our assignment back at Gonzales underneath the Houston Oak. There we mustered troops for the King's army.

Chuck Pierce declared on October 10, 2010 (10-10-10):

"In the midst of this struggle you are in and how you enter this season of war is how you'll gain the boundaries of your inheritance and all the blessings of your inheritance. Who you war FOR and HOW you express your warfare is how He's going to pour in your covenant blessings in days ahead. "Some of you" - the Lord is saying today - "Press further for you're about to give up a portion - Abram went the full distance and God made covenant with him and said, "It's all yours now." You might not see this (come to pass) but someone WILL see it because I Am God. There is a seed in you that says I want the full inheritance that God has for me. Let Me reorder your warfare for you now - so you receive all I have for you."

Chuck prayed, "Father expand our strength - let us look deep into the warfare around us - press us to the uttermost parts of the boundaries of our inheritance. We say we will not settle until we have moved with You the full boundaries of our future."
On April 21, we will gather on the grounds of San Jacinto Battlefield to WORSHIP. The victory is the Lord's. Again this is not a celebration of Texas over Mexico - Far from it! This is God's kingdom arising in victory over Satan. Join us on April 21st!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

He's Home


Lt. Joshua Schlueter has arrived home from Afghanistan!  It was such joy to hear his ringtone (Noble Men of Kyle) on my phone this morning as I boarded my plane to San Antonio.  He arrived at Fort Drum, Watertown, New York and is now reunited with his wfe Andrea and son Nate.  I praise the Lord for protecting all of them this year with His grace and mercy.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Troops are Mustered

At the beginning of our appointment a cold wind was blowing and the sky was dark and overcast.  By the time we finished the wind was warm and the sun was shining on us.  We were gathered under a majestic oak tree about 8 miles outside of Gonzales, Texas.  The Lord has instructed us to revisit key locations on the Texas Independence Trail.  It is the 175th anniversary of Texas becoming a Republic in 1836.  But our assignment is not so much about those days of independence as much as what the Lord is accomplishing prophetically in His church in this hour.  He is calling His bride to arise and come into her destiny as His Kingdom comes forth.

The issue regarding the bride was highlighted again on this trip as we were reminded that those "grandpas" who first pulled a cannon to the banks of the Guadalupe River in order to thwart a threat by Mexican troops carried a special flag.  The "Come and Take It" flag was put together using a wedding dress of one of the women in Gonzales.

And now we were gathered once again in Gonzales.  But the scenes have changed.  The news of the Alamo has reached the ears of Sam Houston, his troops and the citizens of Gonzales.  General Houston gathers those citizens out to this oak tree and then burns Gonzales to the ground.  He musters the troops as an army.  He sends a courier to Colonel Fannin in Goliad to abandon his post and head east.  Fannin procrastinates and two weeks later his entire troop, except a few, are executed via Santa Anna's orders. 

Houston proceeds to give orders to his army and moves east on the "Runaway Scrape" to a final victory at San Jacinto near present day Houston.

Our task consisted of the following acts:

First, we revisited the old jail museum in downtown Gonzales.  In that jail are gallows.  We prophetically declared that on March 14, 2011, Haman was hung.  On February 12, 2010, Rabbi Curt Landry prophesied over me:   
Texas needs to receive this anointing as Esther to be used as a Deliverer, and the purpose is to hang Haman on his own scaffold. And the spirit you are battling in the states is a Haman spirit. It is a spirit that wants to annihilate and kill the Judeo-Christian root. The Lord says, “I have anointed Texas with its wealth and its influence that it would rise up at a time as this, and it would go to the king.”
Gathering at this oak tree was a prophetic act of declaring the end of the rule of Satan's tyranny and the raising up of God's army - the bride of Christ. After Haman was hung, the Jewish people were freed to fight against a previous decree calling for their annihilation.  They rose up in victory.  And so will we.

At the oak I mustered the troops.  I specifically called on the intercessors and leaders of Gonzales to once again step into their destiny of volunteerism.  They were the only ones who answered Colonel Travis' plea from the Alamo.  We also anointed the Jehu generation.  We had nine persons representing ages 17-31.  The Lord had previously revealed to me that he was raising up a Jehu generation of warriors (check out 2 Kings 9:1ff to catch the spirit of that anointing).  Jehu annihilated Ahab and Jezebel and all the power of Baal.  The "grandpas and grandmas" under the tree anointed and pledged to mentor and fight by these young warriors.  We finished the day by "crossing the line" and answering a roll call to serve.  The names of Texas cities (all represented under the tree) were called out including Austin, San Antonio, Victoria, Hallettsville, Corpus Christi, Cos, San Marcos, Arlington, and Fort Worth. 

Six of us then went to Goliad (the massacre did not take place until March 27, 1836) to break off confusion and the lack of decisive vision and strategy portrayed through Colonel Fannin.  We proclaimed Jesus as the only fortress that would protect us.  We called out the destiny for Texas and our nation that rested on General Zaragosa who was born in Goliad.  He was but seven years old when he witnessed the execution of Fannin's troops.  He was a cousin of Texas hero Juan Sequin.  He would later defeat troops led by Santa Anna, but more importantly, he would command the victory at Puebla, Mexico against the French armies of Napoleon - Cinco de Mayo.

It is time!  Gather as a kingdom!  Connect with your brothers and sisters.  The troops are mustered. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Releasing the Glory - Gonzales

Mustering the Troops
The Houston Oak
Gonzales, Texas
Monday, March 14, 2011
11 AM
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Releasing the Glory - The Houston Oak in Gonzales

It's March 6, 2011.  I'm in San Antonio.  Later this afternoon several of us will gather on the Alamo plaza to remember the sacrifice paid 175 years ago.  It's time to stand.  It's time to "cross the line" for Texas and the Lord's kingdom.

On March 13, 1836 General Sam Houston dispatched three scouts from Gonzales, Texas - "Deaf" Smith, Henry Karnes and Robert Handy. Their assignment was to ride to San Antonio de Bexar to learn the status of Col. William B. Travis and the other defenders of the Alamo. Only twenty miles from Gonzales they met Susannah Dickinson, her infant daughter Angelina and Joe, Colonel Travis' slave.

Mrs. Dickinson informed the scouts that on the morning of March 6 all the defenders within the Alamo had died at the hands of General Santa Anna's army. Henry Karnes returned to Gonzales to report the news to General Houston.  The news threw the residents of Gonzales into a panic. Following the desertion of some of his soldiers, Sam Houston ordered the torching of the town and summarily retreated to the outskirts of Gonzales.  On March 14, 1836 (175 years ago), with the townspeople watching the town burn, Houston stood under a massive oak tree and mustered an army. He headed east (the runaway scrape) towards an inevitable appointment with destiny and victory at San Jacinto

Last August I wrote:
The word of the Lord for the day is "muster."  He is sounding the alarm.  He is mustering the troops. The dictionary defines muster as:
  1. to assemble (troops, a ship's crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge
  2. to gather, summon, rouse.
  3. to assemble for inspection, service, etc., as troops or forces.
  4. to come together; collect; assemble; gather.

He is setting everyone and everything in order. He is calling us to "pay the price" for His kingdom. 
Last spring I stood under this same tree near Gonzales, Texas and called the saints of God to muster together.  The Alamo represented a place of complete sacrifice. In this season we are fighting another nation or kingdom.  Dr. John Benefiel of Oklahoma reminded us of one simple fact.  There are only two kingdoms.  The kingdom of our God and the kingdom of satan.

We serve the kingdom of God.  We are mustered for His work.  The kingdom of darkness will crumble and fall as we move together as the Lord's army.  Rise up saints of God.  On March 14th, we will once again gather at the Houston Oak.  I will call out in the spiritual what Gen Houston cried out in the natural.  It is time for the army of our God to form.  It is time for us to head towards our destiny to see our enemies fall beneath our feet.  These enemies are not of flesh and blood - but the enemies of darkness that would desire to see the demise of the God's kingdom.  BUT the victory is ours.  I will see you in Gonzales!