There was this one time that I was at a French bakery in downtown Ottawa enjoying a cup of coffee, and a chocolate almond croissant, when I heard God say pull your Bible out to read it. I don’t generally like to read my bible in public, but the Lord prompted me to do so. I couldn’t shake the thought, so I obeyed and did as he was nudging me to do.
After five minutes a dear woman walked up to me as I was reading and asked me if I was a “Brother.” I had no idea what she meant by this statement. My mind wandered to what the term might mean. I thought that perhaps she was asking me if I was a monk, but no, apparently she thought that because I was reading a bible that I must be an elder in the Jehovah’s Witness church. “No,” I said, “I am not a brother, but I am an Evangelical Minister.” It sounded so brass coming out of my mouth. I cringed and she jumped back.
I looked at her for a moment and realised that God wanted me to speak to her, and so I let my defences come down and asked her if she would like to sit. She said that she would like to but only had about five minutes. I said, “It is amazing what God can do in five minutes.” I started by saying that I believed she was a good person and that God loved her very much. This opened a safe door for her to speak with me. She began to tell me that she had been in the Jehovah’s Witness church for about fifteen years and that before this she had been a member of a number of mainline denominational churches, but that she had grown up particularly in the Anglican Church. After a few moments of conversation, I felt prompted to prophesy. I said to her, “I believe that you have been struggling with depression and anxiety.” She was very surprised and said that just the day before she had been diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. I told her that I believed that God wanted her to know that he was going to bring healing to her spirit. Such peace moved into her spirit after hearing this that her face began to glow with the Holy Spirit.
She looked at me in wonder and I could feel the Spirit so strongly. We talked for a number of more minutes and I prophesied some other things over her life. I told her that I believed that she knew the Lord and that she was safe in his hands. I said that I felt that God had gifted her with a spirit of helps. She wasn’t so impressed with this statement because in our conversation she had mentioned that she had a sick friend that she was about to cook soup for. She felt that I had said this because of that. And there is something to be learned by this reaction of hers. As I prophesized over her the words about depression, anxiety and being set free by God astounded her and so likely they came from God, but when I started on the other stuff it might have come from my own spirit. She recognized this and so received what was from the Lord and the stuff that was from me she rejected.
I don’t remember if I prayed with this woman or not. I do remember leaving a woman who looked much different than when I first encountered her. Her disposition had changed. She was touched by God. My spirit was uplifted and I rejoiced in knowing that my obedience resulted in a woman being touched by the Lord.
This is an excerpt from Darren’s book Fire Script, published by Good News Fellowship Ministries, Macon GA. To read your own e-copy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of Darren’s books are also available on Amazon. Bless you!
But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,
I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
I have gone through seasons in my life when it seems like the promotion will never come. I have gone through times when it seems like I have cried out to God and he has not heard my cry. There are times when the desert seems too hot and there is no oasis in sight. There are times when the thing that I hope for seems as distant as the sun, moon and stars. There are times that I have felt I was going to step forward and I actually stepped backward. These times are like misery to my soul.
And yet, my hope is in the Lord alone. His word over my life is faithful and true. He does not disappoint, but refreshes me like he promised. Even today I found myself crying out to God asking him when a promise that he made to me would come to pass. I found myself disillusioned by everything in my path. I didn’t want to talk to anyone in case the heaviness that was on my heart would become the heaviness of their hearts.
I just wanted to hide and wait for a new day to come. But my hope is in the Lord alone. I can feel his mighty presence and his embrace. He is my mighty tower and refuge. I will wait for God to honor his word in my life. I will wait until the gate to the Promised Land is opened. There is nothing we can do to hurry God’s plan for our lives or to pressure him to move more quickly. As the time passes between when a promise is spoken, and when it is fulfilled, there are valleys so quiet they can seem haunting to the soul. But we
must walk through those valleys still. When the fire seems to be consuming us and when we find ourselves crying out to the Lord, just remember his promise for our lives will be fulfilled and the rains will yet fall.
It is good to remember the dryness of the desert. It is good to allow the desert to purge us of all that it was meant to purge. We must die to our own way and let God birth his plan in the way he has determined. I have had many words come to pass, but very few were like I imagined. Very few were with the people that I thought I would be with. You see for some things to come to pass you must wait for the circumstances to arise for the destiny to be unleashed. You will cross the Jordan but the Jordan may still be a distance away.
Don’t grow impatient with God in the waiting, but learn to wait patiently. Continue to pursue God with abandon. Continue to allow him to heal your brokenness. Call out to him to be used by him. Ask him to fulfill your dreams. Ask him to align you to the people that will help fulfil your destiny. But most of all just call out to him and ask him to show you how real he is.
This is an excerpt from Darren’s book Ancient Grace Interior, published by Good News Fellowship Ministries, Macon GA.
While 2017 may be a season of increase and blessing, there are still those who are going through a desert season personally. Don’t worry – God is still with you in the waiting. He has you and has not forgotten you. This is a time to lean on him as he teaches you trust. To read your own e-copy, please contact us at email@example.com. Many of Darren’s books (paper copies) are also available on Amazon. Bless you!
When the Lord speaks, sometimes it can be very strange to hear. He will often speak to you through things you know and understand, but when you tell others about it, they might think it very strange. For instance, last night the Lord appeared to me in a dream as Captain Kirk from the Star Trek series from years ago. It was just like I was in the room with him.
Kirk in the dream was more than a captain. He was a captain of captains. I came to understand that he represented the captain of the Lord’s army that appeared to Joshua in Joshua 5:13. He came to Joshua to instruct him with the strategy of marching around Jericho seven times in order to destroy the city. The Captain of the Lord’s army came to me with a gift. It was a small box like a jewelry box. Inside of it was another stripe for my military uniform. Apparently, I was being promoted from Commander to a Captain of a ship.
There was another man there who was also was receiving a promotion. He was being promoted from Lieutenant to Commander. When he was putting the stripe on his lapel one of his other stripes was lost. He asked what the price would be so he could replace it. We found out that the Captain had paid an extremely large price for the pin. He the dream I heard that he had paid 7,000.00 talons for it.
We knew that this was a lot of money in the dream and we knew that the Captain sacrificed to pay it, but he was filled with so much joy at giving it to us. It didn’t seem to bother him that he had to pay so much for our promotions.
When I woke up from the dream, I was curious to know if talon was a currency that was featured in the Star Trek world, and sure enough it was. Apparently, it was one of the currencies of the Klingon Empire. For those not familiar with this, I am sorry. In the Star Trek world, the Earth is part of the Federation of Planets. In the 23rd century, one of the arch enemies of the Federation is the Klingons. To me, this is very interesting, given that the Captain chose to pay for our promotion with the currency of the enemy. He took what was of the enemy and gave it to us.
The fact that he paid $7,000 is also very interesting. 7 x 1000 = 7000. The number 7 is linked to divine completion or rest, as in on the 7th day the Lord rested from his labours after he created the heavens and the earth. And the number 1,000 is about the ultimate glory of God being realised in the earth. Jesus shall return and reign for 1,000 years. So when I see these two numbers together I get a sense that God is about to do something significant in the earth.
We can rest in the assurance that he has paid the cost and his plan is unfolding in the manner that he has ordained. Nothing will separate us from the love of Jesus. He is has made a way for us to succeed. By the shed blood of Jesus, we rule and reign in the earth with him (2 Timothy 2:12). We have authority because he has given us authority to trample on the heads of snakes and scorpions (Luke 10:19). He has given us power of darkness. We can heal the sick and cast out demons. We can raise the dead (Matthew 10:8).
I declare that you shall walk in this authority in your life; this is a new season – you will walk in a way you have never done before. I get a sense that God is about to touch people’s lives who have been living a religious lifestyle, but have not yet walked in their authority and power.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, there was the Charismatic Renewal that took place in traditional churches (Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran etc.). The gifts of the Holy Spirit began to operate there in much the same way they had been operating in Pentecostal Churches from the turn of the twentieth century: when the fire came down at Azusa Street under William Seymour.
I declare that we are going to see this again. Many tribes, tongues and nations shall be touched by the power of God. His spirit is going to move across the earth. Let’s pray for renewal. Let’s pray for new unity and fire to fall on the church. Let’s pray that many prodigals will turn to him and learn to walk in their God given authority in Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, and he still continues to touch people’s lives 2000 years later. He still finds willing vessels that receive the glory of God and then walk in it. I declare that you and your families will be touched in the same way. You will have sons and daughters like Peter and Paul rise up out of your own houses and they will bring in a harvest of souls worldwide.
Father we ask you to make it so.
About nine months ago, the Lord said to me that 2017 would be a year of increase and advance. He told me that this was a season when His dreams for us would come to pass. Even though you may not know where all your provision is coming from, you need to understand that he always provides for his dreams in our lives. Just start to walk toward the dream he has given you, and then watch the provision come to help fulfill it.
Many of you have been hearing from the Lord. He has been speaking to you about a new day and a new time. He has told you that he has new things in store for your life. Some of you are believing for new houses, or new vehicles, and new jobs. Others are believing for a Godly spouse and children. God is the one who blesses us with these things in our lives. He has a ministry for you. He has a business for you. He has possessions for you.
I will probably have people angry with me now: because I have mentioned all these things; and it might sound a little too much like prosperity teaching. Some may unfollow my ministry, because I dared to say God has great things in store. A poverty mindset cannot see the blessings of God. It only sees what it lacks. Lack is not from God. Want is not from God. Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” If you are living in want you are not in God. Psalm 34:10 says, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” When we are in Christ we will not lack.
When we live in the shelter of God’s presence, his blessing comes upon our lives. Blessing includes everything that you need to live a good life. It isn’t the blessing to live in sickness, poverty or without hope. God wants to inspire you. He wants to give you a vision, so that you will live an abundant life.
So many of you have dreams in your heart. Many of those dreams come from God. However, you may not know how to get from A to B. You don’t know how to move from the idea that was planted in you to the actual fulfilment of the dream. God knows how to do it. You can seek him for the answer. God wants to prosper you from the work of your hands. He doesn’t want you to live in poverty. He wants you to live in the fulfillment of your dreams.
Another problem that many face is their ungodly beliefs and confessions. I met a man yesterday who told me that he could never afford to travel internationally with his wife on a ministry trip. They have been together for 25 years, and this belief has stopped them from doing what might have been something very special in their lives. When you live believing that you can’t, then don’t be surprised when you don’t. This man was a minister and said that this meant that he was to be poor. I am also a minister, but I refuse to be poor. Poverty is a spirit that I will not come into agreement with. Poverty is the limitation of man. Prosperity is the atmosphere of heaven.
We must have our thoughts renewed. We can’t allow the way our old nature thinks to influence the blessings that God wants to give to us. The Israelites were told by God (when they entered the Promised Land), that they would live in cities and houses they did not build, and that they would have a rich stock of goods that they did not earn. God was going to give it to them (Deuteronomy 6:11).
This is the thought that you must get into your mind. The poverty mindset that has limited you receiving what God has for you must end. Your God can make all grace abound in your life. He can prosper you and give you a bright future. He can give you houses and stock them with the finest goods. If you say this doesn’t really matter well I would think that 99% of the world disagrees with you.
I met an angel in England last February. I asked him his name. He said, “Edified to do anything!” This was not just a name but an impartation. He was telling me that the dreams that God has for me were possible, because nothing was impossible with God. He was telling me that God was empowering me to enter the greatest dreams that He has for my life. It strengthened me to hear heaven speak.
God wants to give you a bright future too. He doesn’t want you to toil under the curse of this life. You are a son or a daughter of the Most High God. He wants to bless you with every blessing that comes in Christ Jesus. These are spiritual blessings and there are natural blessings. When your heart is renewed in Christ and your thoughts are transformed God positions you to receive more than you ever did before.
My deepest prayer for you today is that you will prosper in every way that God wants you to prosper. I pray for all mindsets that are not from God to fall from your life. I pray that you will learn to receive what God has in store for you. I declare the blessing of the Lord will make you rich and add no sorrow to it.
This blog is dedicated to the prophetic writings of Darren Canning