Sunday, May 31, 2009

Line Leader

I received a Prophetic Word for the Body from my Dad-Pastor Rusty today. It is especially for leadership, but the whole body can benefit from it. As I read it I was reminded of this scripture in Ezekiel:

Eze 34:17 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.
Eze 34:18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?
Eze 34:19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.
Eze 34:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.
Eze 34:21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;
Eze 34:22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.

Without any further comment here is the Word:

Do you know what a line leader is? A line leader is the child in line at the front that leads the line of children out to recess or in from recess or to some other function or event. It is a position of honor among the kids and they literally fight to hold that position as temporary and transitional as it is. How many of us have tried to be line leader?

You know, where what we have to say is more important than what anyone else has to say?
What we want to do is more important than what anyone else wants to do?
Where our revelation far exceeds another person’s revelation on a scripture?
Where what we believe must be spoken ahead of anyone else’s?
Where we get offended when someone does not show us ‘proper respect’?
Where what someone else has to say doesn’t matter so we constantly interrupt them?
Where we respect ourselves more than the other person?
This is the spirit that now runs our government. It does not matter what is best for the country as long as we can defeat the other political party.
This is also the spirit that is much too prevalent in many churches.

Speak of Line Leaders…

The body of Christ is either going through or about to go through a period of renewal. The Father is about to level the playing field. What has gone before is not going to count in this new thing He is doing. Past ministry or ministries are not going to count. It is time for the revealing of the Sons and some of them are 11th hour sons. Those that attempt to be first will indeed be last and those that would exalt themselves will be taken down.

New visions are about to be birthed and new rules of engagement are being put into place. Pettiness and pride will no longer be tolerated by the Father because He is about to use those whom He chooses and not those who choose themselves. In this day you had better not exalt yourself or think more highly of yourself than you should. That will be a dangerous thing to do, especially for the prophetic. If you attempt to move yourself to the front of the line you will find yourself at the end of the line. To whom much is given, much is required and much will be required of the prophetic in this day. It will be hard to not run ahead of the Father and equally difficult not to lag behind. The speed at which He moves may be constantly changing and may not be in your timing, but His. You will HAVE to stay in the Spirit in order to serve Him fully. There is no time for arrogance or self seeking spirits. If you are not willing to be a servant you will be set aside as a prophet and a new prophet will be raised in your place. If you do not believe that the Father will do this consider Elijah. The Father removed him before he was finished and even made him anoint his successor.

If you get concerned that people do not recognize your position or authority, consider David. David was a king but he was submissive to the Lord and answerable to the Lord. He took the place of a poor man when in God’s presence and did not exalt his position. Although he was anointed king long before he was installed as king he respected the sitting king as wrong as Saul was. Jesus knew that He was king of kings, but lowered himself in order to minister to the people round about him.
Isaiah 42:8 (KJV)
8I am the LORDH3068: that is my nameH8034: and my gloryH3519 will I not giveH5414 to anotherH312, neither my praiseH8416 to gravenH6456 images.

Isaiah 42:9 (KJV)
9BeholdH2009, the formerH7223 things are comeH935 to pass, and newH2319 things do I declareH5046: beforeH2962 they springH6779 forth I tellH8085 you of them.

There is no more time for big me and little you for the ground has been leveled at Golgatha. No more speak of past victories or defeats for they are meaningless in this new thing. I will raise up a generation that will serve Me in spirit and in truth. They will obey Me and My word and will not exalt themselves or strive to justify themselves. They are mine in this hour and I will lead guide and direct them. If anyone tries to cause stumbling among them I myself will defend them for they are precious to me. Anyone that dares to hold on to past things will be dragged down and I will replace them with one of My new ones. My word will go forth over all the earth. Did I not say this of old? Did I not say through my prophets what I would accomplish? Yet my prophetic spirit has been defiled, it has been merchandized and sold for a price. It has been used as an instrument of pride and self service and not for the nations. I will no longer tolerate those that defile my prophetic spirit for they attempt to defile Me. Many false prophets have gone out over the land to seek whom they may deceive and I will no longer be longsuffering with them. They practice witchcraft and divining and I will no longer tolerate them. I am about to spew them out of My mouth and replace them with prophets after my own heart. Pride and arrogance will be cast down and honesty and truth will be the words of the day. My prophets WILL humble themselves under my hand and speak only what I have given them to speak. They will be submissive to Me or I will set them aside until they repent. The fire will burn in them but there will be no way to quench it. They will be rejected and unheard until they repent and come under submission to Me. If they have unconfessed sin in their hearts the people will not receive them until they repent. Even though they speak truth, it will not be received because of the sin. Correction starts in My house and it will start with my Apostles and prophets so that they will speak a true word in season to my hurting and hopeless flock. This is the season I will raise up pastors after My Heart and they will lead My flock to the still waters and good pasture. Watch and see if I will not do as I have spoken for the time is at hand.

Pastor Russell Bowles

Friday, May 29, 2009

Old Things Made New

My computer is in the shop, having windows reloaded. My anti virus was running out and so I decided to try a new brand. I downloaded it, but it just would not work! Afterwards I found out it was because I had a spyware blaster program also loaded and those two conflict each other. But I did not uninstall the OLD stuff before I downloaded the NEW. So my windows just froze up and became unresponsive.

Kind of what happens when we try to live a new life, without letting the Lord uninstall the old junk of our former life. The two conflict and we end up going in circles.

Sometimes old files can sit on a hard drive and take up space and suddenly one day pop up, corrupting important data. So it is with "old things" in our lives: old hurts, old thought patterns, old ways of doing things. Paul said, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Reminds me of the Chorus from Wayne Watson's Song "New Lives for Old:"

New lives for old
Warm hearts for cold
Have I got a deal for you today
C'mon, step right this way
And get your new lives for old

God has said HE is doing something new...

Isa 43:19
(AMP) Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Your "desert time" has been long enough. I am sending the rains of My Spirit upon you. I am sending the Sword of my Word to do surgery upon your heart. I will have you both Holy and Whole. Therfore I am purging, and I am pruning and I am propigating. I am removing briars and rotted things that would spoil the lovely bouquet of your aroma in my nostrils. I am washing away the grit and remembrance of former things that make you cringe when I come near you, for you fear both rejection and retribution. I deal even handedly, not with clenched fists or backward smacks in your face. My hands are open because my Son's open hands still carry the scars of the nails... My hands are not slack, they are quick to catch you when you fall, quick to steady your gait, guide your course, rein you in when you are going astray. Yes my hands deal lovingly with you IF you will let them. When you will not,then they hold correction, but even that is MY love in action to rescue you! Turn now and let me heal you. Turn now and be mae whole. Turn now and come swim in the waters of my refreshing, the streams of My Spirit. Come let the updraft of the WINDS OF CHANGE take you beyond where you have dreamed of being. Not only do I make all things new, but I beautify what is Mine. I want you for my very own and Mine alone! I do not make mistakes nor do I make junk. That is why My Gifts and Callings are without repentance! Selah.

John 15:16
(BBE) You did not take me for yourselves, but I took you for myself; and I gave you the work of going about and producing fruit which will be for ever; so that whatever request you make to the Father in my name He may give it to you.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I had conjunctivitis recently. I awoke with blurred vision- could not even focus on the computer screen! My eyes itched like crazy! I went to the eye dr. and she informed me that I had an eye infection - not 1 but two kinds- viral and bacterial! I had to put drops in for a week 4 times a day.

I caught it at first stage before it got really bad. Did you know there are 40 kinds of conjunctivitis? The most commonlyknown one is Pink Eye. But I didn't have that one. I thought about this as I was resting that day- I had left work and was told by the Dr. I could not return for 2 days to give the antibiotic time to work. I have been contemplating this, and a couple scriptures come to mind:

2Co 4:4
(GNB) They do not believe, because their minds have been kept in the dark by the evil god of this world. He keeps them from seeing the light shining on them, the light that comes from the Good News about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Eph 1:18
(ALT) the eyes of your* heart having been enlightened, for you* to know what is the hope [or, confident expectation] of His calling and what [are] the riches [or, abundance] of the glory [or, splendor] of His inheritance in the holy ones

Rev 3:18
(MSG) "Here's what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that's been through the refiner's fire. Then you'll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You've gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.

Pro 29:18
(AMP) Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]--blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he. [1 Samuel 3:1; Amos 8:11, 12]
(YLT) Without a Vision is a people made naked, And whoso is keeping the law, O his happiness!

My children, do not be blinded by the supposed doings of those in offices of authority. Do not let your eyes grow dim with tears over imagined happenings. You must not lose sight that I AM your God and have said I will not leave you orphaned. Your eyes have become blurred focusing on the wrong things. Look to ME! Let your tears be tears of repentance and returning, not tears of what might have been. In ME the best is yet to be! The GOOD NEWS is the Kingdom is at Hand. For it is within you. Manifest my Glory! Let ME shine through you. YOU are MY inheritance! You are what my Son died for! So that I could receive MY inheritance. I have placed it with in you. I have clothed you with my Glory. Clothes made in HEAVEN not spun on looms of self promotion or self disdain. Your eyes have become infected with lust and pride of life and glazed over with hardness of heart. They have lost their sparkle and shine. But if you will let Me apply the eye salve of the Spirit, and you will wash your eyes with tears of repentance and look up seeking My Face, then your blindness I will erase and open your eyes to see anew.
For I have yet great and mighty things to show you that you have not known or seen. Come, lean on Me and not your own understanding. Then I can enlighten it and illuminate and open the way. Come, this is a brand new day. Come and see.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Doing Life Together

This was given to me in intercession at church a few days back. I release it now to the Body. Receive LIFE! Receive ALL that God has for you. Get on the right road and be with the right people. Know you are NOT alone and do not have to go it alone. Selah.

The above banner sits at the front of our sanctuary. Actually there are two, one on each side of the room. The banner had struck me this day as I came in and I took a pix with my cell phone.

It was noisy, because the kids were meeting to leave for Six Flags and they had their music blaring from the “kidszone” room. I asked the Lord to please help me, because I needed to hear Him.

I began to pace back and forth across the front of the sanctuary as I typically do. Then I realized I was walking back and forth between these two banners that said Life Together.

But then as I began to pray, I said “I speak life into every situation.” And I touched the word LIFE on each banner 1x as I approached it. I felt this flow… I looked and saw I stood between the two banners… book-ended by LIFE. Our beginning and our destination is LIFE. There is a pathway to trod. I heard this in my spirit:

  • Choose Life! We have a choice. We can’t always choose what comes our way, but we can choose LIFE in the midst of it. Choose Life, so Life can flow…

  • I am come that they may have LIFE and that more abundantly.

  • HE, who IS my life. (Col 3:4)

  • I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

  • Why halt ye between two opinions? Believe that He is God (even in whatever circumstance you face), that He is able and that He wants to bless you!

  • There is a way that seemeth right, but it leads unto death. Prov 16:25 Do it God’s way. Trust Him, lean not unto own understanding.

  • Highway of Holiness. Isa 35:8 (Darby) And a highway shall be there and a way, and it shall be called, The way of holiness: the unclean shall not pass through it; but it shall be for these. Those that go this way--even fools, --shall not err therein

  • Pathway of Life. Ps. 16:11 YLT Thou causest me to know the path of life…

  • In Your Presence is Fullness of Joy. Ps; 16: 11 (AMP) You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. [Acts 2:25-28, 31] We’ve GOT to live in HIS Presence! If we live in the presence of our situations, our worries, our trials, and our fears, they will consume us!

  • River of Life Rev. 22: 1 (GNB) The angel also showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, and coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

The flow was a current of Life … it was like I was seeing a path, a road and there were stones along it, rocks and it was rutted and dusty, but if we stayed on the right path, even if there were stones, there was LIFE flowing to us and the needs would be met. We would reach the other end of this road we were walking on, and there was abundance there. There was everything that we had need of… and it was flowing to us…we just had to NOT LOOK AT THE PRESENT SURROUNDINGS AND CONDITIONS.

I was walking together on this road, with my spiritual parents. We were shoulder to shoulder, and we were helping each other. I sensed that there were others on the road, but I could only see us. Then the vision broadened and other people began to come into view. I sensed/had understanding that although this was a personal vision (for me first) it was a vision for the whole Body. We journey together on this path, with those God has given us as shepherds, and others who join us as companions on this Journey we call "Doing Life Together."

There will be many for us to touch and help on the road… even when the journey seems hard. We need to know who HE has called us to journey with. And who will be only fair weather friends. I can’t fully explain what I felt, what I was immersed in... Even if we are battling major illness or other kinds of assaults , this word is very powerful. Trials or not, the Truth of it stands and applies to all of our life. Because whatever tries to crush us cannot have our life, for it is hid in HIM and HE is causing all things to work out for our good.

We are book-ended in God’s care. He has called us to Do LIFE together with HIM and with each other. At certain parts of the road, it may be rocky, and we will need to help each other, stay close and cover each other in prayer and love. But there is a current, a flow of Life and Love that if we will stay connected to that current… we shall come through that stretch of the road and find a banquet waiting for us. He IS our Life. Life and all that is necessary to support it, proceeds from Him. The river of the water of Life flowed from the Throne. He is the Life Giver, the Way Maker. He IS more than enough, and He HAS more than enough and He is not stingy!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Standing Watch

Sometimes things come at us fast and furious. It is best not to react but to rather, watch and wait for the Lord to reveal the next move that should be ours. Let us look at scripture today to help us:

Hab 2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

First thing of note here is, "I will stand" not I will sit by idly, or I will lay down on the job, or I will throw my hands up in despair...

Eph 6:13 So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.

The word" stand" in the Old Testament means:" be employed, endure, establish, be [over], (be) present (self), raise up, remain, repair, + serve, to stand, take one’s stand, be in a standing attitude, stand forth, take a stand, present oneself, attend upon, be or become servant of, to stand still, stop (moving or doing), cease, to tarry, delay, remain, continue, abide, endure, persist, be steadfast, to make a stand, hold one’s ground."

And in Eph. it means: (in part) "of quality, one who does not hesitate, does not waiver 1b2) to stand, be kept intact (of family, a kingdom), to escape in safety, to establish a thing, cause it to stand, to uphold or sustain the authority or force of anything."

Jesus said, "I must be about my Father's business..." In Rev. He said Occupy (transact business as a banker) till I come. Jesus was employed doing God's business.

2nd thing of note is "MY WATCH." Having married a military man, I understand the word "Watch." It is your turn at guard duty. You are on post, on call, available and alert. There is a time to lay down and sleep and trust God, and there is a time for us to be "on watch." When we are on watch, we can receive instructions and necessary orders for battle. We are also guarding. That was Adam's job when he was told to "keep" the Garden of Eden. That word keep means guard and protect! This is where exercising our authority comes in. We have to know that we have the tools to do the job!

Next we see" set me" which means: stand with someone, to place (any thing so as to stay) We need to set ourselves in agreement with God and His Word so that we can set ourselves to stand with others for their breakthroughs, or to determine to position ourselves so as to stay and not be swept away by a tide of events.

The next word tower means: hemmed in, a strong tower, a bulwark, a fortress, rampart- That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety.

The 2nd word watch means this: to look out or about, spy, keep watch, observe, watch closely. In other words Be attentive!

To see: have visions, discern, take heed, perceive, to advise self.

What He will say: what God will arrange, speak, declare, command, promise, teach, warn, sing. We NEED, we MUST hear what God is speaking! Or singing!
Zep 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

I am intrigued with God arranging things! He does it so well! He declares to us: Jer 29:11
(AMP) For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

We need to tune in to His plans!

When I am reproved. Ouch! chastisement; figuratively (by words) correction, refutation, proof (even in defence): - argument, X chastened, correction, reasoning, rebuke, reproof, X be (often) reproved.

I had God correct me a few days ago. I said something. HE pulled me up short on it. It was nebulous and could lead the other person to believe I meant it a certain way- which would have been to my advantage, when really and truly my original intent had not been exactly that. If it is nebulous, it is not pure.
Let your yes be yes and your nay be nay. A half truth is still a lie. Ouch, Yes Father! I am sorry. So I had to go and apologize and square it up with the person (who graciously forgave me.)

Mother's know all about being a watchman on the wall. Even when sleeping, they are tuned in to hear the slightest whimper from their child! They are vigilant and alert to danger to their family. (Usually. There are exceptions who abdicate their positions.) There have been times I have had warning dreams, or sudden thoughts concerning on e of my grown boys or the grandkids... I don't always understand it right away. But if I wait for Him, He WILL reveal it to me.

Are you employed and on watch? Are you listening and attending, serving and standing with someone? Are you remaining steadfast? Are you spiritually employed with the Father's Business? And are you "keeping" what He has entrusted into your care?

if you feel like you are being bombarded, set yourself upon that tower!
Say with David: Ps. 61:1 A Psalm of David.> Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
Psa 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psa 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Or with Solomon: Pro 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Having done all to stand, STAND! Eph 6:13 (MSG) Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet.

2Co 10:3 For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.
2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
2Co 10:5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

Warrior I am calling you! It is time to step forth and take your place. You've hid in caves, behind rocks and held your peace when you should have spoke. It is time that you come out of hiding and be endued once again with My Power from on high. It is time to stop looking back or nursing old hurts. It is a time of restoration - I am restoring to you what the canker worm and Palmer worm and locust have eaten; Your self -esteem. Your self confidence and confidence in Me. Have you forgot? My giftings and calling are without repentance. You might feel rusty and out of sync, but as you stand your watch, I will show you many things. Some are just for you. Some are for My Body. Some are to be shared. Some are to prayed. Some are to be warred against. Your commission never expires. You have been AWOL too long! Return and repent. Let me build you up and put you back into position. Although you stepped out of place, you never stepped out of My heart. It has been hard for you out there on the lam (running away.) Return to Me and in returning you will find strength, confidence and rest and be saved. The best is yet to be. Come, stand the watch with Me!

Jer 33:3

(AMP) Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).

(BBE) Let your cry come to me, and I will give you an answer, and let you see great things and secret things of which you had no knowledge.

(CEV) Ask me, and I will tell you things that you don't know and can't find out.

Posted By Heart and Hands Int'l Ministries to His Heart My Home...From the Heart of God to You at 5/22/2009 11:10:00 PM Please post your comments!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Invitation to Dine

Psa 23:5 (Amp) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

Anoint H1878 dâshên daw-shane'
A primitive root; to be fat; transitively to fatten (or regard as fat); specifically to anoint; figuratively to satisfy; denominatively (from H1880) to remove (fat) ashes (of sacrifices): - accept, anoint, take away the (receive) ashes (from), make (wax) fat.

1) to be fat, grow fat, become fat, become prosperous, anoint
1a) (Qal) of prosperity (figuratively)
1b) (Piel)
1b1) to make fat, anoint
1b2) to find fat (of offering - acceptable)
1b3) to take away ashes (from altar)
1c) (Pual) to be made fat
1d) (Hothpael) to fatten oneself (of Jehovah’s sword)
Part of Speech: verb

Isa 61:3 (AMP) To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion--to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit--that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Isa 55:1-2 Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. [Revelation 21:6, 7; 22:17] Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. [Jeremiah 31:12-14]

John 6:27 (AMP) Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes [in the using], but strive and work and produce rather for the [lasting] food which endures [continually] unto life eternal; the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that, for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him.

Rev. 3: 20 (WNT) I am now standing at the door and am knocking. If any one listens to My voice and opens the door, I will go in to be with him and will feast with him, and he shall feast with Me.

Song 2:4 (Cev) You led me to your banquet room and showered me with love.

I have a table prepared and waiting. It is a table of My Love. A table of My provision. It is a table of fellowship and shared interest. Do you not know I am interested in all that interests you? And I desire for you to seek after my interests too! I long to share my heart, and feed you dainty morsels of choice meats. Babies cannot eat meat. So I meet and feed them where they are. But you My Love, I invite you inside My private chambers to dine in intimacy with Me. Will you step aboard my royal train of triumph and ride with me to the banqueting house? I will put you on full display before those who have criticized and mocked and set snares for you. They will gawk and gasp as I shower you with My Love and brush away the ashes from your face and adorn you with my Bridal Crown. They shall gnash in envy but they shall not touch you, for you are safely tucked in my arms! Do not be bashful and hang your head as if you are not worthy. Do not hesitate just outside the door. Come boldly to the Throne Room of Grace and let Me escort you to your special place and shower you with My Love.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Clay Feet or Eagles Wings

Clay Feet tie me to earth
But the Spirit whispers of my Birth
Gives me courage to push on through
to that place where I soar with You.

Oh Trembling wings take to flight
Carry me to a loftier height
Let me see with eagle eyes
The zenith of the Spirit's rise.

Coming storm I will not fear
I'll ride it's crest with Jah so near
Atmospheric change I now decree
Charge the air with Your Glory!

No time to huddle on the ground
The Divine stream must be found
The flow of Spirit Wind
Burns hot against my skin.

Wind and Rain, Fire and Sun
Teach us Lord how to run
On the edge of every storm
For such a time we were born!

Show us from whence the lightening flies
Cracking open darkened skies
Illuminating hearts and minds
Restore the sight to our blinded eyes.

Teach our hands how to war
with five smooth stones and nothing more
Stones of Love and stones of Praise
Stones of Intercession raised...

Stones of Revelation and the Word
Standing firm on what we've heard.
To him that overcomes you'll give a stone
White and holding a name never before known.

It is time to speak and not to sigh
For God is not a man that He should lie
Be bold, be strong and stay the course
For Soon Jesus returns upon that White horse!

Clay feet can't tie me to the earth
Your Spirit whispers of my true Birth
With eagle wings I will rise
And take my place in the skies.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

National Vision

I am posting a Word from a well seasoned and prophetic Man of God (who also happens to be my Dad.) He that hath ears, hear what the Spirit is saying...


The Lord showed me last Aug. that the situation that the USA is in cannot be solved by politics, programs, or plans. Since that time I have been in prayer about what the solution is and what I could do about that. Earlier this month I awoke at 5:30 in the morning with the paper that is now in your hands, burning in my spirit. I HAD to go to the computer and let it out. You are in the first official wave of releasing this so please pray about it, pass it to anyone and everyone the Lord prompts you to or not as you will. My task is to release this at this time.

I pray that our reps in Washington will take this seriously.

I will be sending it to anywhere and everywhere I can to get this word out. It is up to you and I to focus, lay down our differences and take our place in these days.

Be blessed in all you do.

Keep the SON in your eyes.


Pastor Rusty Bowles

Church of the Latter Rain

1456 Beltline #139

Garland TX 75044

We sit at a crossroads in our country. We look to the right and to the left trying to decide which road to take and actually neither avenue looks very promising at the moment. Plans and programs are being worked on feverishly and a new political machine is grinding away to try to fix what seems to be wrong with our country. Massive amounts of money are being provided for situations in hopes that it will, in some way, alleviate the dilemma that the US finds itself in. We tend to blame those that have gone before for the current set of calamities and the current political party of power sets itself to the task of undoing much of what was put into place by their predecessors. This is not a new thing for it has been the Modus Operenda of our political system for many many years. The problem as I see it is that we must be looking in the wrong places and for the wrong things because the answers continually elude us, remaining seemingly just out of grasp. If it were not so, we would have already solved all the woes and all the US would be walking in high prosperity.

From the humble place that I stand, I ask the question; has The United States of America at this time wandered away from her national vision? This vision was carefully crafted by a people that knew oppression and wanted a better life for them and their posterity and was first stated in the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The salvation of our country and the restoration of our great nation are not in the hands of the politicians or in any programs. It will not and cannot be achieved through Government programs or bailouts. It matters not how sincere or insincere those in office are for they are simply incapable of performing the job and accomplishing what only the King of the Universe can. You see we are not a nation of diversity though that word is used as a catch phrase in these days.

Look at the preamble again as though for the first time. The first thing mentioned is “We the People,” not they the politicians. Then it describes a Union, not a diverse set of all inclusive ideologies. We are to establish Justice, not bow to special interest groups at every turn trying unsuccessfully to placate all.

What about domestic tranquility? When was the last time we, as a nation, had domestic tranquility? We have had riots in the streets, gangs running our cities and police walking into danger every time they enter their police car or walk their beat. Drugs flow like water and incurable diseases flourish.

Consider the common defense. Military budgets get axed so that billions can go to automobile manufacturers that then declare bankruptcy. Military contracts go to the lowest bidder or get pork barreled into a state or district to garner political favor.

So what about promoting the general welfare? This does not say provide welfare for everyone, but to promote general welfare. If we had lifted up this axiom, our country would not be in the state it is now, and if public welfare had not been used as a political tool to garner votes I wonder where America could be today.

Now we come to the issue of securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity. The question is; has massive government spending and expansion ever secured anything? Are we not now loading an almost insurmountable burden on our posterity rather than securing the blessings of liberty for them?

So you see, it does not matter how dedicated, conscientious, or pure of purpose our political arm might be, it simply does not have the tools to secure this national vision so carefully thought out by those brave men and women that risked life and fortune so many years ago. They did that, so that we, over two hundred years later, could have an opportunity for a bright future and be a shining example to a world looking for something to shine. No, this is not pessimism but hope, for there is an answer, it just is not in the government. Well meaning or not, it cannot do what it was never designed or ordained to do.

So you see the answer does not rest in the high offices of government, or in the hands of lobbyists or campaign officials. It does not depend on the media’s accurate reporting of events or their editorializing of opinions. It will never be accomplished by the courts, or precedent setting cases or judges’ opinions, not even with those of the Supreme Court of the United States as powerful as that organization might be.

When one is in a boat that is taking on water and in danger of sinking there are, as I see it, four distinct possibilities:

  1. Sit in the boat and complain
  2. Get out of the boat
  3. Find a bucket and start bailing
  4. First find the hole and plug it, then bail.

The United States has been pursuing the third option for a long time. At every election new buckets are handed out. The more we bail, the deeper the water gets and the lower the boat rides. WE do not seem to have large enough buckets or strong enough pumps to keep ahead of the rising water. It is time to go to option four. This option has been available all the time, but perhaps is not as visible as the act of bailing. It might take someone getting dirty and sticking their head under the water to see where the hole is. Not a glorious job and one might not get national recognition for it but this is what is necessary now from what I see.

The question is are the correct people willing to stick their heads under the dirty water and find the hole, then plug it when no one might ever know? Who are these people and how do they perform this task? If they are identified, will they step up and do what no one else has been able to accomplish?

Following, is what I believe that I have been shown concerning our nation:

This national vision folds right in to the Scriptures in II Chr. 7:12-14:

II Chronicles 7: 12Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

I believe that there is no doubt that we are in a season of pestilence. The more money one makes, the more everything costs. Unemployment is at an all time high, banks are failing, whole industries are in danger of disappearing, and work is being outsourced to cheaper venues to attempt to bolster the bottom line. Globalism is the word of the day, and droughts are more common than they have been in a long time. New diseases are popping up at an alarming rate and cures lag far behind.

You see the restoration and salvation of our Nation rests firmly on those humbled hearts and in those hands that are folded in prayer. It kneels (waiting) on those knees bent in prayer and sees through those uplifted eyes, seeking the face of the only One who has the power to restore and renew. It abides in those repentant hearts that will turn from wickedness and in those spirits that will cry out for national forgiveness and healing in this land.

Those hearts, those hands, those eyes and those spirits are the ones that must plug this hole. Without this happening, our nation will continue to take on water and try to borrow itself out of debt. Those people that are called by the mighty name above all names, alone have the power and authority to bring healing to this “One Nation Under God”. It will not be accomplished through any of the three branches of our Government or any combination of alliances or associations. It will be accomplished by a people that are willing to lay down prejudice and self seeking ideas and humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, AND turn from their wicked ways. Then the promise is that He will do the bailing, He will bring healing and restoration, He will again bring unity to our land.


Russell T. Bowles

Pastor of Church of the Latter Rain

Garland, TX.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Marked By God

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
1) a seal 1a) the seal placed upon books 1b) a signet ring 1c) the inscription or impression made by a seal 1c1) of the name of God and Christ stamped upon their foreheads 1d) that by which anything is confirmed, proved, authenticated, as by a seal (a token or proof)

God takes great pains to mark us , both publicly and privately. IF we have ears to hear and eyes to see HIS markings, we will receive assurance, confirmation and encouragement from the Throne, unlike any that man can ever give us!

Not to say that we don't need and don't appreciate affirmations from fellow Christians. But there is one thing I learned early on in my Christian walk- Man can give you titles, and applause, and then can withdraw it, even yank it away abruptly if you fail to meet their expectations of what THEY want you to be and do. (Regardless of whether it is something that God wants for you at that moment or ever!)

But oh so sweetly and tenderly and sometimes persistently our God woes, and draws and marks us for His own! Case in point:

A dear friend of mine had to have hip replacement surgery quite unexpectedly. My schedule was crazy and I was without a vehicle for days. Finally (at the kairos- appointed, set time) I was able to go visit her. It was after my work shift, and I was tired and it was late- I wouldn't get to town until close to 9 pm and this was downtown and I had some hesitation to go alone. But since I could find no one to go with me, I pled the Blood and forged ahead for the sake of my friend. We talked and shared, she was SO happy to see me.

When I came out of the hospital it was quite dark, but a bird was singing. My heart leapt in recognition, for there is a long story behind me hearing a bird singing at night. Suffice it to say it was a very personal encounter with the Almighty the first time it happened 10 years ago. Immediately I questioned, "Abba, WHAT are you trying to tell me or show me? For I knew there was a message in this happening. So I put on my "expecters" to see what He would show me or tell me.

I bounced down the step past a young woman who was sitting on them. I do not know what made me turn back and look, but I did. She appeared to be crying. Immediately I stopped and asked her, "Are you alright?' Since it was a hospital my mind supposed perhaps a loved one was sick... She shook her head no. I came and sat down on the cement beside her. "You wanna talk?" Turns out she was heartsick. Engaged to be married, and 5 mos. pregnant she had just discovered he was cheating on her. She talked, I listened. Then I asked her if she had ever asked Jesus into her heart. Yes, she went to church. But the relationship with HIM was not where it needed to be... making choices not based on Word guidance or Word principles. And then the bird began to sing again.

See it is the male Mocking bird who sings at night. And he only does this when he is marking out his territory and wooing his mate to himself! "Listen!" I urgedher. "Do you hear that?" And explained about the Mocking bird. "Do you see? God is wooing you to Himself through this bird's song! He is telling you that He is marking you for His own. He wants you to live for Him and WITH HIM, not going your own way. He loves you, He is claiming you even now. He will take care of you and your baby, just give Him your WHOLE life and heart and trust Him! The Word of God tells us, He SINGS over us with Joy. How HE loves you!"

She let me pray for her and she looked a thousand times better when she got up to go back into work. I walked away feeling like the most privileged person in the world! To have been given such a gift, at just the right time to share with that hurting young woman was precious indeed. Even now I lift her before th Lord to continue to speak to her and draw her ever closer to Him.

He is no respecter of persons. He has little love gifts to share with you, things that mark and set apart YOUR relationship with Him. I have a friend who sees mini rainbows in the sky ALL the time. Little snatches and swathes of color - not whole arcs, just little dabs, like opals hung in the sky!

He gave His Holy Spirit to us the Word says, to seal us and keep us. What a gift and not to be disrespected or taken lightly by any means! He also wants to mark your life with Himself in a myriad of other ways as well, to speak to your heart and the hearts of others through you. Will you let Him? Will you listen and watch for those ways? Will you let Him love on you? Hark! Your Beloved calleth!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

No Vacancy

When Jesus was about to be born Joseph had a dilemma. His wife was about to put to birth and everywhere he turned he was told "We are full up. No vacancy."

Now I am sure you are wondering "WHY are you talking about Christ
mas in May? Mother's Day was just the other day!" I will be happy to explain! I am not talking about Christmas, but rather I am talking about a certain condition or way of being.

Let me explain further by way of a song. Hezekiah Walker has a song called. "SOULED OUT. " (Instead of sold out.)

"I am souled out- my mind is made up! Who can separate us f
rom the love of Jesus? Not death nor life! Jesus paid the price, now I am free from sin... I am souled out. My mind is made up. I've come thru the fire, I've come thru the rain, but GOD! He's never left my side. He's my comfort thru all hurt and pain.
I am souled out. I am souled out... My heart is fixed, my mind is made up.
NO ROOM, NO VACANCIES, I'M ALL FILLED UP! His Spirit lives in me and that's the reason why I'm Souled out. NO ROOM, NO VACANCIES, I'M ALL FILLED UP! His Spirit lives in me and that's the reason why I'm
Souled out. NO ROOM, NO VACANCIES, I'M ALL FILLED UP! His Spirit lives in me and that's the reason why I'm Souled out!"

John wrote this: 3John 1:2 (MSG) "We're the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health--that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! (DRB) Dearly beloved, concerning all things I make it my prayer that thou mayest proceed prosperously and fare well, as thy soul doth prosperously. "

Prosper: 1. to grant a prosperous and expeditious journey,
to lead by a direct and easy way 2) to grant a successful issue, to cause to prosper.
to help on the road, that is, (passively) succeed in reaching; figuratively to succeed in business affairs: - (have a) prosper (-ous journey).
To grow or increase; to thrive; to make gain. To favor; to render successful.

Luke writes this in Act 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost...


Prov. 23:7 (Darby) For as he thinketh in his soul, so is he. (YLT) For as he hath thought in his soul, so is he... (BBE) For as the thoughts of his heart are, so is he...

Jesus said: Joh 14:30 (AMP) I will not talk with you much more, for the prin
ce (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me]

Be SOULED OUT! When satan comes peddling his lies, trying to find a spot to roost, let him find a NO VACANY sign well lit in your heart! Be wall to wall God on the inside. Soul Prosperity is finding help on the road of life. Being led along an easy path, not one that is full of twists and turns as you stare hopelessly at your life! You grow and increase, you thrive and ma
ke gains emotionally and spiritually. You find favor all along the way and have ease of mind.

Life is a journey. You can make it with the companions of your choice. Fear, discouragement, shame, inferiority, ridicule, lack, poverty (th
is is not just a financial condition folks!) rejection, bitterness, lonliness, sorrow of days. OR you can choose; Love, Joy, Peace, Thanksgiving, Praise, Expectation of good, Faith, Favor, and Prosperity!

What is filling your thoughts? Controlling your emotions? What are you
feeding yourself? Poor, mealy mouthed talking? Or victorious, can do praise and attitudes? Are you speaking the Word over yourself and your

Philippians 4:8
(ISV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is acceptable, whatever is commendable, if there is anything of excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy-keep thinking about these things.

(MSG) Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic,
compelling, gracious--the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

Paul puts it right bluntly: Eph 4:27 (AMP) Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]. (WNT) and do not leave room for the Devil. (KJV) Neither give place to the devil.


Psalm 45:1
(BBE) To the chief music-maker; put to Shoshannim. Of the sons of Korah. Maschil. A Song of loves. My heart is flowing over with good things; my words are of that which I have made for a king; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

(CEV) (A special psalm for the people of Korah and for the music leader. To the tune "Lilies." A love song.) My thoughts are filled with bea
utiful words for the king, and I will use my voice as a writer would use pen and ink.
(KJV)My heart is inditing a good matter...

Indite: to gush, to keep moving, stir

I pray that your heart is stirred up and gushes forth words that prosper
and bring life to your soul. I pray that you are filled to overflowing with HIM! And that Holy Spirit so controls you and helps you.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day Bliss! All My Sons

Psa 113:9 He causes the barren to live in the
house as the joyful mother of sons.
Praise Jehovah!

Indeed- they bring Rivers of Joy!

1. 2. 3.
1. Me and our son Ben (Uganda) 2. son Olufunso (Nigeria) 3. Me and our son Ola (UK)

1. Enoch (Kenya) 2. John Erick (Kenya)3. Sammy (Kenya)

1, Titus, Anitha & Nancy (India) 2. Prasad & Vijaya (India) 3. Gideon (Gambia)

1. Gordon (in blue) (Uganda)2. Sam & Florence (Nigeria) 3. Psalm (Nigeria)

1. Ibanga (Nigeria) 2. Peter (Pakistan) 3. Olujowan Adeola (Nigeria)
4. Joshua (Nigeria)

1.Olu, (back) Sammy (mid) John Erick 2. Grandsons! Gabby, Anointed & Honour (not shown Glorious)

Little did I know for all the years I confessed the Word, just HOW God was going to do it. But He has done so Magnificently!

Isa 54:1 Sing out, barren one who never bore; break out a song and shout, you who never travailed. For the sons of the desolate one are more than the sons of the married woman, says Jehovah.

So this Mother's Day I congratulate all the Mothers and tell those who are waiting and longing- Don't give up! Your miracle is right around the next corner! I am living Proof!