Thursday, October 13, 2011

Life More Abundantly

I love it when God confirms His word! Read this! Chuck Pierce just released the following word on restoration:

By Chuck D. Pierce
Excess: the state or an instance of surpassing usual, proper, or specified limits. Let us open the door of “Excess” today as we move into Abundance like never before!

 What is it, then, that God is longing to restore to us? Simply put, He wants to restore life—the life that He destined for us. His primary method of restoration is through the redemptive work of Jesus. In order for us to have an adequate understanding of what life in Jesus means, let’s take a look at a familiar passage. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” This verse is full of tremendous promises and certainly bears the need for a closer look.

First, this passage promises “that they might have.” The “they” referred to in this passage becomes clear as we read the context. Jesus is speaking of Himself as the Good Shepherd and “they” are the sheep of His pasture. This passage, therefore, is written to include every one of us who are His sheep. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and follow Him as your Lord, the promises of this passage are for you.
“Might have” is a key phrase to the concept of possession. From the Greek word echo, “might have” includes the idea of having or holding in one’s hand, or in the sense of wearing as a piece of clothing. Included in the meaning is to own or possess external things such as property or riches; to be joined by the bonds of natural blood, marriage, friendship, duty or law; to lay hold of a thing, to adhere or cling to; to be closely joined to a person or thing. The life that Jesus promises to bring is meant to be our possession—so much a part of us that it is bound to us and we to it.

So, what exactly is life? Physically, life is the property in animals, plants and humans, that makes it possible for them to obtain supply which will produce energy, create growth, adapt themselves to their surroundings and reproduce their kind. Though this may be a strict definition of life, Jesus is talking about much more than simply having existence and reproducing. The Greek word zoe is what has been translated in this passage as life. Zoe means to be possessed of vitality; to have life active and vigorous; to be devoted to God; to be blessed; to be among the living (not lifeless, not dead); to enjoy real life, true life worthy of the name; to pass life on to others; to be fresh, strong, efficient, active, powerful; to be endless in the kingdom of God. From this definition Jesus is clearly referring to physical life and spiritual life rich in quality and quantity, since this word also denotes eternal life in the kingdom of God.

But Jesus does not stop there. Not only are we to enjoy such a quality of life and a future hope of eternity, we are also to have it “more abundantly.” Perissos, the Greek word for abundantly, means excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, more than sufficient, superior, more remarkable, more excellent.

In summary, God’s intentions for us are truly amazing. He longs to take us from a place of judgment, desolation and fruitlessness to a place of abundant restoration and increase of life!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Recovering That Which Was Lost

In a time of prayer and meditation this morning the Lord began to speak to me that we in the body of Christ are now entering into a season of recovery. A time and season of recovery for that which has been damaged, lost, stolen, plundered and pillaged. This is a time and season of taking back what has been damaged and lost through circumstances, trauma and opposition from the enemy.
In 2 Kings 6:1-7 we read:

(1)  And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

(2)  Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.

(3)  And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.

(4)  So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.

(5)  But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

(6)  And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.

(7)  Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

 With this season of supernatural recovery and restoration we are also entering into a season of expansion. Expansion of horizons, expansion of vision and purpose.

The Webster’s dictionary defines the word restoration and

recovery as the following:


1. to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order.

2. to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.

3. to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.

4. to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne.

5. to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).


1. to get back or regain (something lost or taken away): to recover a stolen watch.

2. to make up for or make good (loss, damage, etc., to oneself).
3. to regain the strength, composure, balance, or the like, of (oneself).

4. Law .
a. to obtain by judgment in a court of law, or by legal proceedings: to recover damages for a wrong.
b. to acquire title to through judicial process: to recover land.
5. to reclaim from a bad state, practice, etc.

This is the season to rise up and shake yourself! Shake yourself from the apathy that has tried to creep in, shake yourself from the bondages and lack that the enemy has placed on you! Rise up and press in! Press into your restoration and recovery!

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Emerging Butterflies - Repost

We've had a couple of requests for the reposting of this prophetic vision as some were having trouble locating the origional text that was posted on this blog, so here it is.

The Emerging Butterflies
by Pat Hodges
origionally posted on Sept 3, 2011

The Lord gave me a vision last night as I was ministering to a friend of ours. In the vision I saw a chrysalis with a developing butterfly in it. As I watched the Lord spoke to me and said, “This is where many in My body are right now. They’re feeling the tight confines both in the spiritual and in the natural realms. They’re seeing and feeling the inflexible confines of established religious institutions and their limitations, as well as the restrictions and confines that the enemy is trying place on them through their circumstances”.

The chrysalis eventually splits, not because of outside intervention, but because of what’s going on inside the chrysalis. Many of you are experiencing a tighter and tighter “squeeze” and you’ve been wondering why? You’re going through a metamorphosis. You’re being transformed into His image, which the forces in this world cannot contain. You’re coming out of your old mindsets, your old habits, and old religious traditions. A new thing is being done in you, by the inward workings of the Holy Spirit. Isa 10:27b says, “. . . and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing”. In the Hebrew it actually implies that because of the fatness of the neck the yoke is destroyed. The day is soon coming when the chrysalis will split for you and you will emerge and take flight into a whole new level as the person whom you’re called to be, equipped to enter into your calling and destiny.