Why it is important to tell your kids your personal testimony

God is so faithful to give us parents wisdom when we ask. While the enemy tries to bring in fear and doubt, the Spirit of the Lord raises up a standard against him when we pray! I was crying out to God today for wisdom after seeing little attitudes creep up I didnt like. I told my child Nothing in my life matters except that I know their relationship with Jesus will last their whole life. They saw my passion through my tears as I told them that My only concern is teaching them to follow after Him in purity and that their life would be full of the fruit of the spirit and love. None of us know how long we are in this planet and it is my #1 priority above all else that they know how important it is to make Godly decisions in all they do.
I decided to use my TESTIMONY, which is the spirit of prophecy, to let my child know I wasn’t always a perfect little girl. Without going into detail I was able to share how from 4-13 I lead a double life hiding sin and giving into temptation. I shared my struggles and the condemnation I would feel after repenting but going back to it. I shared how I walked with shame all those years and hid it not sharing with my parents. That it wasn’t till I was much older that I confessed to my youth pastor and my parents and was lead through steps of forgiveness. (In reality I wasn’t totally free till I went through a “SOZO” which some amazing trained counselor/prayer team took me through many layers of Jesus coming and revealing himself to me in my times of sin, where he was and how he loved me all the way through. I recommend it to anyone!) I told them they can always know we are here to talk to and they dont have to feel ashamed, especially now since they know I messed up also. Its time for us to be real with our kids, allowing them to have a safe place if they mess up. A place of healing and restoration to get on the right track. Jesus never turns His back on us, neither should we!
Our kids should always feel safe talking with us and if they dont we get to keep on gently tenderizing the ground in trust, wisdom, discernment and HAVING A HEART CONNECTION WITH OUR KIDS. If we feel the heart connection is widening it is time to STOP EVERYTHING AND GIVE THEM ALL OUR ATTENTION TILL THE CONNECTION IS TIGHT AGAIN. Lord, help us to know if and when this is happening and how to bridge the gap. Praying for you and your connections! God we want our kids to follow hard after you and never wander. Help us know how to parent wisely, not step into unexplained legalism, oh boy, but know how to explain in a clear and wise way why God isnt pleased with the things of the world and why we need to stay separate from it. Being set apart, as we learned on Sunday, holy and consecrated to God. That living a pure and holy, Godly life is NOT a bore! That living righteously brings FREEDOM, JOY and PEACE NOT FOUND ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. We are raising kids who are ushering in the Kingdom of Heaven, they will transform this world in ways we could only dream of. The same spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead LIVES IN THEM!! There is NO JR. HOLY SPIRIT. They are not going to have to wait till they are their parents age to experience all that God has for them it begins NOW!! HA, YES JESUS! I declare it, I declare it over my kids and all those who are reading this, their kids and grandkids! AMEN
  

Skeletons in the closet?

Skeletons only stay in the closet so long. It is up to us if we are willing to confront them and change before they come out for the world to see. God won’t force them out unless it is absolutely necessary. When we bow our will to God’s and become humble and obedient and willing to work on those areas, he will help us. Rebellion only makes life miserable, in the Bible it says it is like witchcraft. If you have never seen hypocritical rebellion in action, you probably were manipulated by the “good” personality.
If you can’t deal with it yourself, ask your pastor or church leadership. They probably have already seen some of the evidence of it amd will be excited to help you along in your journey to freedom. If you do not have a church, look for a Bible believing church that believes in freedom for the whole person, spirit-soul-body. Search for a church who has a SOZO ministry or restoration ministry. It is so worth it to deal with those hidden skeletons. I know I did when I had my first SOZO. Praise God for finally having freedom amd peace. 

God, let all the skeletons in the closet be dealt with and a pure bride come forth!
  

Can you have freedom while surrounded by war?

 IS IT POSSIBLE to have VICTORY even when you are in a place where it seems no one else is walking in that freedom? YES!! ONLY OF YOU PRESS INTO THE THRONE ROOM UNTIL YOUR PERSONAL FREEDOM IS RECEIVED! Do NOT allow the enemy to bring frustration and anger while looking at those around you who are not walking in freedom. Get YOUR breakthrough FIRST and allow the Holy Spirit to USE YOU to press in for breakthrough in the corporate.

Something happened to me. I was in the middle of a spiritual and mental war with the most intense conflicting thoughts, emotions and desires that I have ever felt. I was in a worship service where I knew the principal that “it doesnt matter the style or the song, I need to focus on Jesus and give my worship to Him.” BUT IT WAS SO HARD!! Everything that was in me wanted to sing out and see breakthrough in the service and in my own heart but the combination of everything had me fighting inside. At one point I thought we were going to break into a new level but it flatlined and I started to tremble with desire and agitation, so not wanting anger and frustration to come in I ran upstairs and to a back corner and first repented for my attitute and for having a struggle inside of me. I began to say over and over again “Breakthrough, Breakthrough, BREAKTHROUGH!!!!! I began to pray in the spirit allowing God to pray through me. It got more and more intense. I began to sense in the spirit what had been taking place over the last while. 

Finally, the song I heard playing in the background was a song about Victory. At one point in the song I SHOUTED out a long warcry with a loud voice declaring into the atmosphere and spirit WE HAVE VICTORY. “Hallelujah, We Have Overcome, We have Overcome. Hallelujah, Jesus you have Overcome the world.” As that song played I began taking back the ground that the enemy “thought” he had claimed. This is God’s church, These are God’s people. We belong to Him and He had overcome and we are overcoming with Him. “Every high thing must come down, every stronghold must be broken. You wear the victor’s crown. You have overcome, You have overcome.”

I was out of breath at the end and had to sit down and compose myself before heading back to my chair. It was like being in labor till at least I had a emotional and spiritual breakthrough in myself. If anyone else received a breakthrough than praise God. I knew I was not going to allow the enemy TO ROB ME OF A BLESSING or to allow my heart to get filled with crud. 

We all have times where we are so hungry and the situaltion in life may not have all the right answers but we do have a choice to turn to the One who does! When your feet are planted on the rock and your eyes are on Him, He knows your deepest desires and needs and He will meet them.

If church attenders spent MORE TIME SEEKING GOD for a breakthrough in the service, no matter how they need to do it and LESS TIME CRITICIZING the songs, style or leader – every church would have the personal and corporate revival like we are praying for. It is a matter of our HEART and ACTIONS!!

So go get your freedom! Find it in the throne room. Go there yourself, you do not need anyone else to take you there. Through the blood of Jesus we now have free access. The veil has been torn in two. 

 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. 

Hebrews 4:14-16

 

Is blood thicker than water in the family of God?

Blood is thicker than water. Most of the time when we think of that phrase we only related it to our blood relatives. But when you become a part of the body of Christ you are united by the blood of Jesus. So why do we think we can treat our brothers and sisters in Christ with any less value than we treat our own relatives. How can we walk out of relationship with them so easy? When someone leaves one church and goes to another church, why is it that relationship seem to be broken off?Nothing has changed according to the blood relation they are just somewhere else. The choice is up to us, every single time. We need to determine to not let ties be broken when somebody moves to another place. The one major goal of the enemy is to bring disunity in the body of Christ. Disunity happens when there are unresolved offenses, bitterness and hurts that have not been healed. Or in some cases it is just feeling awkward and not getting past those feelings. We have all experienced one of those things. However, we always have a choice if we are going to take the easy route and stay in that negative place or choose to take the steps to be healed. If you cannot come to a place of healing between you and God seeks out those who can help you take through those deep places. Believe me I have been through there and it is worth it to be free!

Not only does this place of hurt affect the church corporately and in our city but it directly affects our daily life, our relationship with our spouse and our children. The enemy uses this foothold to torment us, in our mind, will and emotions. We can not live a life of true freedom and joy when we are holding on to bitterness, offense and hurt. IT LITERALLY BECOMES HELL ON EARTH! 

BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY THERE!!!

With all the emphasis of healing in the body of Christ being focused on signs and wonders I know that even more than that Jesus longs to see a healing in the hearts and relationships of HIS family. Jesus told us not even to take communion if we have an offense with a brother or sister. We are to go to them first and resolve our issues before we partake. He spoke directly about that I know it is His heart’s cry that we walk in healing and unity with each other. 

WHATEVER IT TAKES, first we need to pray for humility that God would humble us in our heart to the point where we can approach our brother sister who has offended us or we have hurt. We need to pray that God will give us the desire for this even if we do not have it now. God can do more in our hearts through the Holy Spirit bringing healing in the deep places but it takes a willing heart. 

SECOND WE NEED TO MAKE THE FIRST MOVE- if we sit around waiting for people to come to us for us to be healed, we are going to wait for an insanely long time. My dad & Pastor Joel Hjertstedt always says “The one who knows goes.” If the Holy Spirit has brought it to our attention it is our responsibility to approach the other party. If they wanted or not or if they receive it or not, you know before God in your heart you have done what is right.

Third, close every door you have allowed the enemy to enter in your heart. The lies of the enemy and the torment that he brings is only as effective as our determination to tell him to go and get out.

He only has the authority that we give him. 

My heart and prayer is that every church in our cities would unite and connect together no matter what denominations or differences and love each other as Christ loves His church. Only then will we see the revival we are waiting and praying for.

Growing up we would sing this song:

I’m SO GLAD I’M A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood. Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod. I’m so glad I’m a part of the FAMILY OF GOD. 

Let it be God!! Let it be!!

  
 

What was hidden for 1500 years, NOW AVAILABLE

Whoa!!! Teaching the DCF elementary tomorrow on the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant. I want to see a generation who abandon themselves before God. A generation who is not afraid to stick out in a crowd because the glory of the Lord is shining upon them. In 1995 I saw a room full of young people and their faces were shining so brightly I was freaking out. I saw a pictire of the future of the glory of God resting on young people’s faces that it was physically visible. I saw a huge stadium filled with children and young people and as the unity of their intercession rose it broke through the ceiling and began to shoot out all over the city of Portland. It broke chains of people in bondage. In that building represented children and youth from every church in the city.

If we hold up walls between churches and denominations and refused to see what God can do through us because of jealousy or bitterness or hurt or disagreements it will hinder the power of God that He wants to release over our city. As pastors and members, if we hold jealousy or bitterness in our hearts towards other churches we will hinder those in our congregation. No matter what happens in relationships we have to keep our hearts pure before God. If we ever get to the point where we are comparing churches between each other and putting one down to lift another up we are damaging the body of Christ. We are his bride! What do you think God feels when we point fingers at each other. Churches are not in the popularity contest business.
We need each other, our city needs us to be in unity to walk in love. For the sake of our children and future generations we need to love each other and walk in unity with a pure heart. As my dad & Pastor Joel Hjertstedt always says, “The one who knows goes”. If you know in your heart there’s something between you and another brother or sister in Christ, or pastor, for the sake of our city, our children and your own spiritual heart please go to them and make it right. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder with each other with clean hands and a pure heart so the fire of God can come down to consume us as a forever burning light for him.

Powerful visual son of “Take Me In” Wow

 

My Dream Fulfilled – The Blessing

Last night I saw this scripture fulfilled in my dream. While the dream was happening I did not see the correlation but as soon as I woke up from it God spoke this verse. I walked into a house that was not my current house but I knew it was mine. As I walked in I looked up at the corners of the ceiling and they were buckling down like a huge load was on top of them. When I examined each room I could see the ceiling broken and pieces of a hard food falling down from it. When I went upstairs the ceiling was bending down and broke through in the corners. When I got to my bedroom I looked through the cracks of the door and the whole room was filled with this glowing hard food substance I couldn’t even open the door because it was completely filled. I was baffled in my dreamAs I woke up I heard God quote this verse:  

Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 

Two days ago my husband received a phone call that he had been waiting a year and a half for. Since we have a tree milling, drying and custom furniture business we need to buy large trees. The trees we buy are not cheap. The call came in that a large amount of trees were available for us to purchase but we have to come up with $15,000 in order to purchase them before someone else does. He was excited but wondered how in the world we would come up with the money we needed. With in 90 minutes we had clients come in and give us checks for the ENTIRE amount needed to buy the trees. We have Never had that large of sales in that short amount of time. One Custom Furniture order was 3/4ths the amount we needed!!! Hallelujah.

 But the verse has a preface to it and we walked that out two weeks ago. There had been quite a lull from January to the beginning of February with sales and customers. We couldnt figure out what was happening. Then Tim remembered we hadn’t tithed yet on a large order that came in a couple months prior. So a couple weeks ago I prayed and payed our business tithe check at church. The next day God gave me a new strategy to urgently set in place for our website. And we began to break every record of views we previously had had. This was just days before leading up to the trees and orders to cover it. Old Testament principles in the Bible were put there for a reason and they still work today. We do not give to get! However, the principles are in the Word making sure we are not robbing God and ourselves of a blessing.

Here are the verses just prior to the blessing:

Malachi 3:7-9 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.“ But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.“ But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’“In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 

Then VS 10.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. TEST ME IN THIS,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 

If God says to test Him, TEST HIM! I don’t know anywhere else in the Bible where it says this! God is faithful and His word is true. We have seen this in our life so many times and I am thankful now for visual picture of what it looks like for a storehouse to be flooded more than it can contain. 

So I am declaring this over you! What provisions do you need God to do for you? Have you stood on His Word and obeyed? Have you declared to the brass heavens above you to OPEN IN JESUS NAME! Have you repented of a poverty mindset? Will you take God at His Word and believe that what He said He will Do! Hold Him to His promises over you, declare and decree them over your life and your family. There is nothing impossible for our God. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills- He owns everything! He cares for every need and desire and He has your back! Lets keep our eyes on Him because then we are not consumed with the heaviness the enemy wants to put on us. There is freedom in His presence. There is joy in giving when we know we are giving it back to Him. He is our rock and our resource guide! HA! If He can make water come from a rock, so you think a little bill scares Him? I declare the dream I had over you today! It is bigger than just for me. The body of Christ is going to come under the weight of His glory like never before and WE WILL WALK OUT WITH PROVISION IN OUR HANDS NOT JUST FOR US BUT FOR THE WORLD. 

Strategies, God is going to release strategies for wealth to the body. He is beginning to give creative ideas, out of the box ideas. Ideas that might scare you at first but after confirmation and under your leaders covering God will make them flourish and grow. Time to break out of fear and step into blessing. Taking the first step into the unknown, like when Tim left an awesome good paying job to run our company full time, is hard at first. BUT IF IT IS GOD, HE WILL MEET YOU AND SUSTAIN YOU! Bless your people Lord so we can be a blessing! All for the honor and glory of your name! Amen!

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth,with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing,and your vats will brim over with new wine. 
 

Recipe for Peace- whats on Your newsfeed?

If you spend any time watching the news or way too long looking at your newsfeed, than you know it is getting crazy out there. Dwelling on what is going on in the world without balancing by taking time resting in God’s presence and reading the Bible will lead to unnecessary anxiety. One of the last things my Grandpa David Hjertstedt told me before he died was to always keep my eyes open to what is going on around the world so I know how to interceed. He lead a long life of sacrifice and service to God while interceeding 24/7. He would lay on his bed all night weeping and groaning for the world to come to salvation. He taught my family and thousands of others to always have a pulse on the world and keep our ears open to what the Spirit of the Lord was saying. 

To be honest, lately, I have gotten out of balance. With all that is happening with ISIS, the Middle East and the lack of godly leadership coming from the White House my heart and mind and been overwhelmed. My source of peace has been right there but I did not turn to Him.  Today, I began looking up verses on Peace. While I read them it was like the Word slapped some sense back into me. We have to keep both eyes on Jesus Christ who is the salvation of our world, while looking at the world He holds in His hands. When our eyes are only on the world and where it is  heading we are willingly allowing anxiety, stress and fear enter our heart and spirit. The last thing you want is for a door to be left open to the enemy. CLOSE THAT DOOR IN JESUS NAME!! Repent for opening the door. Close the Door of fear! Close the door of worry! And Close the Door of doubt! Do not allow your good intentions of being alert to what is going on so you can pray, to be turned into an open door where the enemy can take advantage of your sensitive heart. 

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

  
We need to make sure we let God carry the burdens while we walk side by side with Him carring His yoke. 

  
So my encouragement to you today is to stop watching/listening to the news for a while and set your focus on Him. Fill your facebook newsfeeds with scripture and encourage others where they can find true peace. Are we being a testimony of peace or are we only stirring fear? Never stop sharing truth of what is really going on in the world because too many people feel better with their heads in the sand. THAT IS NOT AN ACT OF BEING VIGILANT! Some Christians think that getting into politics or world affairs is not a position of peace, but in reality it is exactly what Jesus encouraged us to do. 

1 Peter 5:6-9 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 

We need to be ambassadors of PEACE! We need to hold up the banner of Peace, Truth and Righteousness. There is an old song I remeber and the chorus goes “For the captain of the Host is Jesus. We are following in His footsteps. No foe can stand against us in our land!”

PRAY -BE ALERT & AWARE- SPREAD PEACE – SHARE THE SALVATION THAT ONLY COMES THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!  

Help God!!

I feel as though I am watching my son go through boot camp and I cant do anything about it. I guess that is just a peek into God’s heart when He watches us go through the hard things in life and knows he cant just take it all away. He knows they are for our own good. All He can do at times is remind us that he is   always there for us, show unconditional love, give us strength and peace. That is what this mama needs to do, but I found myself needing to ask God to cleans my heart so only a good attitude is shown through my words. I needed to get my heart right and have God’s perspective. If my heart as a parent isn’t right, than how am I going to show my son how he should respond correctly to situations he doesn’t like. Selah! God please give us GRACE, Understanding, Patience and Wisdom.

Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God,and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 

Psalm 51:9-12


 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 

Proverbs 4:23

  

May the Lord Bless You, Protect You and give you Peace

I needed this verse this morning and tried to find the perfect picture to put behind the verse. I am holding on to God’s promise in Numbers 6:24-26 and declare it over you today!

Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you, and keep you protect you, sustain you, and guard you; The Lord make His face shine upon you with favor,And be gracious to you surrounding you with lovingkindness; The Lord lift up His countenance face upon you with divine approval,And give you peace a tranquil heart and life.’ Amplified Version