The Presence of the Father

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Joy of the Lord! (Part 2)

Joy can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory because it knows that difficult times have an expiration date. Joy gives you hope for a better future.

Joy – Glorify God with all your wealth, honoring Him with your very best, with every increase that comes to you. Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy! Proverbs 3:9-10

Joy – When you rejoice and laugh by faith, you tap into true joy, and resist yielding to depression and fear. Keith Moore

Joy – Happiness is always an inside job. Author Unknown

Joy asks, “Who can I be a blessing to today?”

Joy – Smile, for you never know how it may brighten someone’s day.

Joy – Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too.

Joy – Psalms 27 talks about the sacrifices of joy—rejoicing in God’s goodness, mercy, grace and presence with singing, shouting, dancing, lifting up holy hands and playing musical instruments. David knew how to rejoice before the Lord with the sacrifices of joy.

Joy – Paul mentions joy and rejoicing 16 times in the book of Philippians. Joy must be crucially important for Paul to mention it so many times in one small epistle alone.

Joy – Your joy is a demonstration of the triumph of Christ.

Joy – Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Joy is associated with trusting in the Lord and rejoicing in His goodness.

Joy is linked with the fruit of kindness. When kindness is demonstrated in relationships, it brings joy to the relationship.

Joy is the best makeup. Author Unknown

Joy is contagious. Be a carrier and spread joy to everyone around you.

Joy – Rejoice because you are a son or daughter of God!

Joy is found in the beauty and peace of nature, such as beautiful forests and flower gardens.

Joy – Psalms 126 says:

1 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.

3 The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.

5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Joy – Comparison is the thief of joy.

Joy – God’s goodness, and any mention of His goodness, brings joy.

Joy – Proverbs 15:15 says, “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].” AMP

Joy is found in a grateful heart.

Joy – Zephaniah 3:17 says, “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.”

Joy – The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy. Author Unknown

Joy – The Bible instructs us in the attitude that we are to serve God. It says to serve the Lord with gladness (Psalms 100:2).

Joy – Gladness is defined in the Hebrew as: glee, blithe, making merry, rejoice, joyful, to brighten up, cheerfulness, goodness, welfare, beauty, to go well with.

Joy is linked with waiting on the Lord. While we are waiting, God is working in the situation and we can have joy knowing that.

Joy – Waiting on God also speaks of spending time soaking in God’s Presence, and in His Presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalms 16:11).

Joy is connected to the thoughts you think. If you think joyful, happy, positive thoughts, then you will be filled with joy and gladness. As a man thinks in His heart, so is he (or so does he become). Proverbs 23:7

Joy – He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25).

Joy – The joyful person finds delight in God’s Word (Psalms 1:2), and delights to do God’s will (Psalms 40:8).

Joy – “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” Irish Proverb

Joy – Laughter is an instant vacation. Milton Berle

Joy is the serious business of Heaven. C.S. Lewis

Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all of the details of your life; the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be okay; and the determined choice to praise God in all things. Kay Warren

Joy – When we receive miracles and answers to prayer, and dreams come to pass, it sparks joy.

Joy – Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5

Joy – May you become filled with so much joy and happiness that it heals every part of you.

Joy and grieving is meant to be shared with others. Rejoice with them who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15

Joy – After Elisabeth (who was past childbearing age) gave birth to John the Baptist, her family and neighbors heard that the Lord had shown her great favor, and done wonderful things for her, and they shared her joy. Luke 1:58

Joy – A mother presses through the pains of labor, and rejoices when the baby is born and she is holding her child in her arms.

Joy – There is no greater joy on earth than to be a grandparent.

Joy – The fear (holy reverence) of the Lord is a fountain of life. Proverbs 14:27

Joy – Happy people don’t go through life collecting recognition. They go through life giving it away. Dodinsky

Joy – Once you have feasted on the goodness of God, nothing else will satisfy. D.A. Ovieda

Joy – May we always have an attitude of gratitude, because thankfulness produces joy.

Joy – Your future is as bright as the promises of God.

Joy – The reward ceremony in Heaven will be unlike anything we can imagine. www.DavidJeremiah.org

Joy – “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

Joy – Psalms 32:11 says, “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”

Joy – Psalms 46:4 says, “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.”

Joy – Isaiah 12:3 says, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” NKJV

Joy – John 10:10b says, “I (Jesus) came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” AMP

Joy – Jeremiah 31:12-14 states:

12 Therefore, they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat (Word of God), and for wine (Joy), and for oil (Anointing), and for the young of the flock and of the herd (Prosperity): and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.

Joy – Psalms 34:8 says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.”

Joy is something that rests deep within your soul. It is something that does indeed bring you happiness, but which also brings you peace and hope in times of pain or sadness. Joy is indescribable, just like its Maker. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Rejoicing describes the outward expression of our internal joy. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy comes from being in God’s Presence—He is the source of joy! Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy is an expression—a shout, a song, a praise to God (He is the object of joy!) Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy Heals—We can find joy during suffering and our suffering can turn to joy. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy can be found by following God’s will—serving him with our work, following his commands, and becoming like-minded with Christ. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Joy is something we can ask for—God gives it freely. Kira, www.joypursued.com

God finds joy in His people (that’s us!). Kira, www.joypursued.com

Faith and obedience to God brings us joy. This includes keeping God’s commands (John 15:10-11); trusting in God (Romans 15:13); seeking after the things of God (Romans 14:17, Psalms 97:11). Kira, www.joypursued.com

How much joy we experience directly relates to the closeness and steadfastness of our relationship with God. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Relying on God to meet our needs allows our joy to be complete. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” John 16:24. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Sin hinders us from experiencing joy. Sin separates us from God, our source of joy. An example is King David after committing adultery (Psalms 51:7-12) www.joypursued.com

Joy transcends circumstances. The Bible assures us we can experience joy in all circumstances. Habakkuk demonstrates this principle as he prophesied the coming destruction of Israel (Habakkuk 3:17-18). Kira, www.joypursued.com

Having joy blesses us. As we seek God’s will and rejoice in his goodness, God blesses us. Jesus himself tells us, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33) Kira, www.joypursued.com

Keep in mind many of our blessings are awaiting us in heaven. “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” Psalm 16:11. Kira, www.joypursued.com

Exploring what the Bible says about joy brings us to one conclusion; joy is the result of a life lived for God. Kira, www.joypursued.com

J O Y = Jesus, Others, Yourself

Joy is a daily choice. Choose joy and gladness today.

Lord of the Breakthrough – Part 2

Bishop C. Carl Smith, New Destiny Church, Pittsburg, CA

Lord of the Breakthrough Series, Part 2

In the Hebrew, the word “Lord” in 1 Chronicles 14:11 is “Baal”, meaning master, controller, ruler.

The Hebrew word translated into English as “breaking forth or breakthrough” is “Perazim”.

Baal-Perazim = Lord of the Breakthrough.

Every time I see 1411, I think of “Lord of the Breakthrough” (1 Chronicles 14:11).

10 = responsibility, law, testimony

Affliction shall not rise up a second time (Nahum 1:9).

Philistine spirit = an enemy spirit that comes to oppose us possessing the promises of God, characteristic of aggressiveness, intimidation, advanced in warfare tactics, having sophisticated weapons, always trying to take more and more territory. This spirit often works through people who rise up as enemies and oppose us.

This spirit is also at work today in the Middle East against Israel and the Jews. The borders of their territory keep getting smaller and smaller, as they are pressured to give up the land that rightfully belonged to them thousands of years ago given by Jehovah, and as an inheritance from Abraham.

2010 is the year of extraordinary faith.

You cannot let fear, which is the enemy of faith, intimidate you.

You shall go up against them and overtake them (referring to the battles in your life).

1 Chronicles 14:10 NKJV

10 And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.”

11 So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim.

This is the season of the breaker anointing (meaning breaking through barriers of opposition, pressing in until you receive your breakthrough from God).

God makes the crooked places straight and makes the wrongs right (Isaiah 40:4).

Zechariah 4:1-6 says,

1 And the angel who talked with me came again and awakened me, like a man who is wakened out of his sleep.

2 And said to me, What do you see? I said, I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with its bowl [for oil] on the top of it and its seven lamps on it, and [there are] seven pipes to each of the seven lamps which are upon the top of it. [Matthew 5:14,16; Luke 12:35; Philippians 2:15; Revelation 1:20.]

3 And there are two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl and the other upon the left side of it [feeding it continuously with oil]. [Revelation 11:4-13.]

4 So I asked the angel who talked with me, What are these, my lord?

5 Then the angel who talked with me answered me, Do you not know what these are? And I said, No, my lord.

6 Then he said to me, This [addition of the bowl to the candlestick, causing it to yield a ceaseless supply of oil from the olive trees] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of hosts.”

Lampstand = instruction, enlightenment, guidance, revelation, vessel of light

Seven Lamps = 7 churches (Rev 2-3), 7 Spirits of God (the Holy Spirit – Isa 11:2-5; Rev 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6)

Candlestick = New Testament Church (in the Book of Revelation, the candle represents the congregation, the glory of the Lord at the Head), new creation church, its flame makes reference to its output, the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord (Proverbs 20:27). Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts.”

When the glory of the Lord passed by Moses (Ex 33:18-23), the hinder parts represent what God HAS done in the past. The front part represents the future. Moses saw God’s past and even wrote about it in the book of Genesis. He was not able to comprehend what God wanted to do in the future.

Revelation 5:8 (AMP)

And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each was holding a harp (lute or guitar), and they had golden bowls full of incense (fragrant spices and gums for burning), which are the prayers of God’s people (the saints).

Harp = Rev 5:8. Song, praise, worship, invoking the Presence of the Lord.

(Psalms 100:4 tells us how to approach God’s Throne Room … we enter into His gates with thanksgiving and come into His courts with praise. This usage of the words “gates” and “courts” is in reference to the Tabernacle in the Old Testament. The Tabernacle was an earthly replica, and a type and shadow, of the True Sanctuary (Throne Room) in heaven.)

Bowls of Incense = worship, intercession, prayers. The bowl is an object shared. Containers. Carries your petitions, prayers and worship to the very Throne Room of God and leaves it there.

In passages throughout the Bible, incense is symbolic of our praises, worship, prayers and intercession. Our praise is as a sweet-smelling fragrance to the Lord, in which He is well pleased.

Psalms 141:2 (AMP)

Let my prayer be set forth as incense before You, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. [Revelation 8:3,4.]

Revelation 8:3-4 (AMP)

3 And another angel came and stood over the altar. He had a golden censer, and he was given very much incense (fragrant spices and gums which exhale perfume when burned), that he might mingle it with the prayers of all the people of God (the saints) upon the golden altar before the throne. [Psalms 141:2.]

4 And the smoke of the incense (the perfume) arose in the presence of God, with the prayers of the people of God (the saints), from the hand of the angel.

Fragrant incense is also symbolic of giving monetary offerings (Philippians 4:15-19), as well as offering our bodies as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 6:19).

Harp (worship) and bowls of incense (prayer) = breakthrough.

Many churches have special services that are called “Harp and Bowl”. This is what it is talking about (taken out of Revelation 5:8). It’s usually a time that people gather just to worship God with singing and musical instruments, and to offer up their intercessions. It’s a time of consecration and seeking the Lord around the altar to hear from Him.

Declare your breakthrough.

You cannot allow the enemy to control your tongue by:

  1. Speaking words of negativity and doubt
  2. The enemy binding your tongue where you are unable to speak and decree the Word of the Lord

Isaiah 52:9 “Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.” NKJV

Psalm 103:2 “Bless the Lord oh my soul, and forgot not all His benefits.” What are His benefits?

Vs 5: Satisfies your mouth with good things (you get what you speak)

Once you decide to break forth, you put yourself in a position to receive breakthrough.

It’s the powerless Christian that is easily defeated.

If you want to break forth, you’re going to have to break forth with joy. “You shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace” (Isa 55:12).

The enemy wants to silence you and silence your worship. The reason is that because when you praise, your praise silences the mouth of the accuser.

Psalms 8:2 “Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger.” AMP

Our tongue is a weapon. It can be used for evil, or used for good to defeat the enemy.

Shouting forth the praises of God causes your breakthrough to come forth. The shouts brought down the fortified walls of Jericho.

Revelation 19:15a “From His mouth goes forth a sharp sword with which He can smite (afflict, strike) the nations …” AMP

The sharp sword is the Word of God.

When I say what God says, my mouth becomes the mouth of the Lord.

Declare, “His mercy endures forever.”

Fellowship With the Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn

Notes from Benny Hinn Broadcast, March 2017

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it). AMP

The word “fellowship” or Greek koinonia means:

  1. Presence
  2. Fellowship
  3. Sharing Together
  4. Participation
  5. Intimacy
  6. Friendship
  7. Communion

The Holy Spirit desires daily communion with us. Our Christian life has no power apart from the Holy Spirit.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

John 14:16 says, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.”

We are not left as orphans because we have the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the most sensitive member of the Godhead.

He is easily grieved. Ephesians 4:30 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” NKJV

He is the Helper of our infirmities. John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever.” AMP

He is the Spirit of Truth. John 16:13-15 says:

13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].

14 He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.

15 Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. AMP

1 Corinthians 2:9 was a quote from the prophet Isaiah:

9 But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].

In Verse 10, we can know what God has prepared for us by His Spirit unveiling it to us.

Verse 10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].

Who knows you better than your own heart? Who knows the Spirit better than He Himself?

1 Corinthians 2:11 says, “For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” AMP

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray. Romans 8:26-27 says:

26 So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.

27 And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will. AMP

Zechariah 4:6-7 tells us:

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

6 “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts.

7 “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!” NKJV

Matthew 21:21-22 says:

21 And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea”, it will be done.

22 And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. AMP

Jesus is the revelation of all the Father is. He is the express image of the Father (John 14:9; Hebrews 1:3).

John 14:18 says, “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.” AMP

The Holy Spirit will take all hardness of heart out. Ezekiel 11:19 tells us:

“And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh.”

The Holy Spirit is your Helper. Don’t ignore Him. Stop pushing Him aside. With the Holy Spirit there is life, liberty and beauty.

Be introduced to the Person of the Holy Spirit today.

How To Get in the Spirit In Less Than an Hour From Benny Hinn

How To Get in the Spirit In Less Than an Hour

Notes From Benny Hinn Broadcast

March 2017

It’s just as simple as salvation.

Waiting on God.

Acts 1:4-5 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” NKJV

Psalms 62:1 Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. NKJV

Psalms 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning — yes, more than those who watch for the morning. NKJV

Intellect calms down, emotions settle down when waiting on the Lord in His Presence.

Put all anger and frustrations out of your heart.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10

If you are uptight or begging God to do something, then God cannot get through.

His grace shows up.

Isaiah 33:2 O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. NKJV

Rest in the Lord. Waiting is resting.

Psalms 37:7-8 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret — it only causes harm. NKJV

Wait on the Lord and He will strengthen your heart (or your spirit).

Psalms 27:14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! NKJV

The Lord wants to be gracious to you.

Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him. NKJV

When you wait, God moves. You cannot have the fullness of the Spirit until you wait. Waiting empties self.

The Holy Spirit is the innermost being or self of God. The Holy Spirit is the fullness of who God is. He knows the deep things of God.

“Be still” means to not let flesh show up. God wants your spirit. The flesh is always active and never still.

Waiting on the Lord brings us into emptiness and nothingness (of the flesh part of us).

In waiting, there is strength. Mount up with wings as eagles.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. NKJV

When the soul sinks down into nothingness, you are brought into divine fullness of God.

In the multitude of words, there is more blockages in the Spirit you create. Be silent before the Lord.

The realm of the Spirit won’t be known to you if you are always talking.

Do not fight Him or scream at Him. All you are doing is wearing yourself out. Be silent before the Lord and listen for Him to speak to you. Quiet your spirit down.

2 Corinthians 3:18 We are transformed by the Spirit of the Lord from one degree of glory to another.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” NKJV

The Holy Spirit protects you from demons.

Isaiah 40:10  0h Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. NKJV

Pt. 1 – Mariah Beulah Woodworth-Etter (1844-1924)

Mariah Beulah Woodworth-Etter (1844-1924)

Her Life and Ministry

Part 1

To view photos of her: Maria Woodworth-etter – Image Results

God uses ordinary people who are available to Him, and He uses them to do extraordinary things for His glory and kingdom.  Often times, God chooses those who appear to be the least qualified in man’s perception, and He raises them up out of the ash heap to do a great work for the Lord.

Mariah Beulah Woodworth-Etter is an example of a person who had a rough childhood and life.  Now days, you would say that she came from a dysfunctional, abusive home.  Her father was a drunkard and her mother was victimized by his abuse, with no money to leave and eight children to take care of.  Back in the 1800’s divorce was not an option.  There were no laws to protect women and children from abuse, no police intervention. Women and children were considered more like property, than people with value.  Mariah’s mother and the children were trapped in this miserable situation.

Mariah Beulah Underwood was born on July 22, 1844 in New Lisbon, Ohio to Samuel Lewis and Matilda Brittain Underwood. She was the fourth daughter of Samuel and Matilda Underwood.  Her parents were not Christians during her early years, but joined the Disciples Church when she was ten years of age.

Her father being an alcoholic and drunkard, one year after they joined the Disciples Church, he was struck by lightning in a terrible storm and died. Mariah’s mother was left in poverty with eight children to raise.  Eleven-year old Mariah, and her older sisters, had to go out and work to provide for the family.  Mariah longed for a formal education, but the idea seemed impossible.

Mariah’s circumstances were negative, with the odds stacked against her future success.  However, God chose her to preach the Gospel and He raised her up.  In her day, it was unheard of and looked down on for women to preach.

At the age of thirteen, Mariah went forward at the end of a church service to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  The following day, she was water baptized in a river.  When she came up out of the water, a light shone upon her, and God’s power so overwhelmed her that she fainted in the Spirit.  She heard Jesus call her into ministry, but her church did not allow women to serve in any kind of ministry capacity, except as a missionary. Because it was generally not accepted in the church and society for women to be preachers or ministers, she assumed that she was being called as a missionary.

A few years after her conversion (around age 17), Mariah married Mr. Woodworth with the hopes that the way would be opened for them to be missionaries, because he was called to be a missionary.

When God initially called her to preach the Gospel, she assumed it would be missionary work because women were not allowed to preach but could be a missionary.  But that’s not what God had told her.  He said she would travel and preach.

So often our mind overrules what the Spirit says to us, and we tend to interpret things according to our mindsets.  Traditions, the culture and society, and preconceived ideas are very powerful, often exalting itself above the wisdom of God.

In Mariah’s case, she interpreted what God had spoken to her through the mindset she had which was based on her religious background and society.  She followed her mind in choosing a husband … what seemed right, logical and rational, but the marriage was laced with complications.

She assumed God called her to do missionary work just because it was acceptable for a woman to be a missionary at that time, and unacceptable to travel and preach, or start a church.  Mariah didn’t really consult the Lord regarding whom she was to marry.  And she was so young (only 17).  They got married and things didn’t turn out like she had hoped.

One trial and hardship came after another.  Her health failed, and everything they undertook seemed to fail.  Although there were troubles in her marriage, she was happy with her young children.  But then her son died.  Then a year later, another baby son was taken away by death.

Shortly after, her seven-year old daughter Georgie became sick with a dreadful disease (scrofula), and lingered about eight months before going to heaven.  Mariah gave birth to a baby girl named Girtie three weeks before Georgie died.  However, this baby also died at four months of age. During this entire time, Mariah was very ill, on the brink of life and death.

Medical science was not advanced back then like it is now.  Vaccinations were not available like it is today.  Now days, cures and treatments have been discovered for many of the diseases people died from over 100 years ago.

Mariah’s family had no money for doctors, proper health care and proper nutrition (of what was available at the time).

Years later Mariah had another little boy named Willie, and he also died at a young age.  Out of six children, only one daughter, Lizzie, survived and lived out a full lifetime.

In spite of all the tragedies, God was speaking to her heart to preach the Gospel, and God began giving her visions.  Mariah promised God that if He would restore her health, she would try to do what He was calling her to do. Immediately, her health got better.

Mariah and her husband, and daughter Lizzie and son Willie moved to a Friends’ Settlement (a Christian group at that time).  It was there at a church where God said, “I brought you here; go to work.”  Mariah was very fearful and timid, and went through a season of giving God all the excuses of why she could not preach and wanted God to use somebody else.  But she was forever impacted by a vision God gave her where she saw souls in hell.

In the vision of hell, there was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, torment, torture and suffering.  Hell was surrounded by multitudes of people who seemed to not be conscious of their danger, and without a moment’s warning they would tumble into this hideous place.  In the vision, she stood above hell on a narrow plank-walk, which wound towards heaven.  She was exhorting and pleading with people to come upon the plank and escape that horrifying place.  Several followed her on the plank. There was a bright light above her, and she encouraged them to follow that light, which would lead to heaven.

Notes on the Principles of Intercession

Intercession is Davidic Authority (Kingdom authority) or also known as the “Key of David” (Revelation 3:7).

The Key of David refers to intercession, kingly dominion, praise and worship.

Davidic authority involves the roles of prophet, priest and king.

An intercessor flows in the authority of prophet, priest and king.

King David, and his way of operating in his kingdom rule, was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ and the kingdom authority of New Testament believers.

In the Old Testament, priests, prophets and kings were appointed (or at least a prophet was recognized and called a prophet after having been tested and proven).

A priest could not be a king, and a king could not be a priest. The priests were of the tribe of Levi and the kings came from the tribe of Judah. Prophets came from all 12 tribes, but usually did not operate in the role of priests or kings, although they were close associates with kings and priests. The roles of prophets, kings and priests were kept separate.

King David was an exception. He didn’t fit the typical protocol of his day. He was a king, priest and prophet simultaneously — just like Jesus Christ who is the King (King of kings), Priest (Great High Priest) and Prophet.

Melchizadek (mentioned in Genesis, Psalm 110, and Hebrews) was also a type and shadow of Christ (and maybe Christ pre-incarnate), as he was a king, high priest and prophet all in one. Jesus’ priesthood does not originate from the earthly priesthood (the line of Aaron), but He is a priest forever after the order of Melchizadek (an eternal priesthood).

New Testament believers are called to walk in this same priestly/kingly/prophetic anointing (1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6, 5:10).

The Greek mindset (which governs the Western world) categorizes things into different areas of our lives — which causes us to be fragmented. That means, that in one area we are a certain person, and in a different area we are someone else, or that one area of our life is not connected to or does not affect a different area of our life.

Or, the other way of looking at it is that some people are priests, some are prophets and some operate in governmental authority. While that is true, the roles of king, priest and prophet overlap and intertwine. It’s hard to distinguish where one role ends and the other role starts. God has called all believers to walk in governmental kingdom authority (which means that we take on the role as king, prophet and priest simultaneously, as these roles overlap and are connected and related to each other).

The Jewish mindset is that we are complete whole persons, and that all “areas” or “roles” of our lives are connected and intertwined, and related to each other. It all springs from our heart or deepest inner being. The Bible is based on the Jewish mindset, not that of the Greek or Western world.

An intercessor has a prophetic anointing, priestly anointing, and kingly anointing. These roles overlap and are intertwined.

An intercessor does spiritual warfare, which is the kingly anointing. An intercessor operates in governmental authority (especially intercessors who impact nations and political or moral issues). That is a kingly anointing.

An intercessor receives a prophetic word from the Lord or receives a vision from God and prophesies it into existence. They declare and decree. They call things that are not as though they were. That is the prophetic anointing.

Intercession often involves fasting. The most common fast among the Hebrews was a one-day fast. Other fasts mentioned in the Bible are a 3-day fast, 21-day fast, and three references to a 40-day fast.

Roles of Priest, Prophet and King in Intercession

Priestly Intercession — Lamb

To identify with the feelings and infirmities of the person to whom you are standing in the gap for. To have compassion. To be the middle person pleading and petitioning God’s Throne on behalf of someone else. To weep tears of intercession for someone.

The priest also is the worshipper. Worship is a form of intercession and spiritual warfare. The priest offers spiritual sacrifices: praise, thanks, joy, lifting up holy hands, purity.

The priest is self-sacrificial, meaning he/she pours his/her life out to help others and has died to self and is resurrected in Christ.

The priest is also self-sacrificial in the sense of taking on the role as the lamb. Sin and guilt was conferred over to an innocent lamb. The priest accepts the burden of guilt and repents before God for sins that he/she may have never personally committed. An example of this are intercessors who repent before God for the sins of this nation as if they are personally guilty, even if they never had committed those sins themselves.

The priest is mature and seasoned, able to instruct the babes in Christ. The priest is a role model to others. The priest brings comfort to others. The priest lives his/her life separate from the world. He/she goes all the way with God and does not have one foot in the world and one foot in the Church. The sacred (Spirit-led life) and the secular (carnality) don’t mix.

Prophetic Intercession — Eagle

Forthtelling and foretelling; preacher; declares and decrees the Word of the Lord. The prophet hears what the Spirit is saying to the Church today and reveals the mind of the Lord to the Body of Christ.

The prophet is alert to the seasons, and announces to people the upcoming season. The prophet helps to prepare and launch people into their next season. The prophet helps to bring people into the new things of God. The prophet helps to inspire people to take action where action is needed.

The prophet installs people into ministry offices and conducts presbyteries. Presbyteries are ceremonies or services set aside for the laying on of hands by prophetic and seasoned men and women of God. Certain ones may be ordained into ministry. In presbyteries, prophetic words are spoken over various people. Those prophetic words may include personal words, but usually are focused on ministry callings, purpose and destiny. Those prophetic words help launch or propel people into the destiny God has prepared for them, as an anointing and gifts are imparted through the laying on of hands. 1 Timothy 4:14 “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” Other churches may have a different name for this type of prophesying.

A prophet also receives personal words for people. Depending on what the word is, an intercessor may share it with the person or may keep it to themselves and pray about it. Intercessors must be found to be trustworthy people who can keep some things confidential when it pertains to personal matters.

The prophet calls those things that are not as though they were. They operate in the word of knowledge and word of wisdom. They exhort, edify, comfort, and forewarn.

Prophets are seers in the Spirit. God shows them things (in their spirit, mental images, visions, dreams, words of knowledge, and also rhema words through quickened Scriptures). God speaks to them through a variety of other ways. The prophetic person often has supernatural encounters, such as visions, angelic visitations, understand symbolism, etc.

In intercession, God reveals His will and destiny, and intercessors prophesy it into existence. God may reveal the plots and schemes of the devil, and intercessors are able to block it and foil it through prophetic intercession.

The intercessor has learned to be the prophet over their own life. While they receive true prophets of God, they have learned not to depend on other people to hear God for them. They have learned to hear God for themselves and get their own prophetic word, and then begin to decree, confess and prophesy it into existence.

Kingly Intercession — Lion

Taking your rightful place of authority that Jesus conferred to New Testament believers. Royalty. Ruling and reigning. Decreeing and declaring the will of God and the Word of God in a certain situation.

Mighty warriors in the Spirit. Using their authority to tread over serpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy, until their enemies become their footstool.

They take authority over the devil and command him to get his hands off their children, their health, their money, their ministry, their family, etc. Then they declare what God promised in His Word, and they also declare what they would like to happen.

Kingly intercessors have the power to immobilize demonic forces and put them in fetters and shut their mouths. They have the authority to execute vengeance on the devil and works of darkness, as there is vengeance in the Blood of Jesus on all wicked spirits and the Name of Jesus causes demons to tremble and flee.

Kingly intercessors possess the keys (a symbol of authority) that unlock or lock doors.

Kingly intercessors operate in governmental authority. They impact and bring change to nations, countries, cities, to government, etc. They bring the Kingdom of God into the earth realm.

Kingly intercessors are spiritual bulldog lawyers. They stand in the high court of heaven pleading their case, and commanding the lower court of this earth to come into conformity with the decree of Heaven. (A lower court must always obey the decree of the higher court.) They are like that poor widow woman who kept on returning to the unjust judge to avenge her of her adversaries. These kind of intercessors will not stop pounding the court room door of Heaven until they receive their breakthrough. They are persistent until they receive each and every promise that God promised them and their loved ones.

They demand their rights and privileges which were given to us by Christ and will not put up with the devil stealing from them. They especially have no tolerance or mercy for the Jezebel and Athaliah spirits, as these spirits hate prophets and seek to take them out. Kingly intercessors pronounce judgment on the evil works of the enemy.

The kingly intercessor knows who they are in Christ and their confidence, security and validation is found in Him. They operate in the revelation that they are seated in the Heavenly realms with Christ Jesus, and they think and act like a king. A king doesn’t think in terms of being a pauper, but of abundant supply. A king doesn’t think defeat, but victory.

The kingly intercessor plants and plucks up. They plow the soil and they also plunder. They bind and loose.

Kingly intercessors don’t do this kind of intercession in their own strength, as they know it would be foolishness. They act in wisdom, and only do and say what God commands them to do. They have the revelation, and personal experience, of God’s angelic forces working on their side. Angels are sent to minister for us, and they hearken to the word of the Lord. Angels are able to go places we can’t go, to do things we can’t do, and they know more about the situation than we do. The angels do spiritual warfare. The angels intervene on our behalf. These intercessors have had angelic encounters, and have gone through experiences where they knew that God dispatched angels to help them.

English Definitions of Intercessor or Intercession:

  1. Entreaty in favor of another, especially a prayer or petition to God in behalf of another.
  1. To stand between. To intervene.
  1. Mediation in a dispute. A legal term, i.e., lawyer, advocate, mediator.
  1. To plead the case of another.

Greek (New Testament) definitions of Intercessor or Intercession:

There are two primary Greek words which are translated in the New Testament as “intercession”.

  1. entungchanoo

Scriptures containing this Greek word:

Romans 8:27, 34

Romans 11:2

Hebrews 7:25

  1. huper-entungchanoo

Scripture containing this Greek word:

Romans 8:26

Definition of entungchanoo:

Strong’s #: NT:1793 entungchanoo (from #1722 and #5177)

Note:

(The word “Strong’s” is referring to Strong’s Concordance of Hebrew & Greek words and definitions. “NT” means “New Testament”. “OT” stands for “Old Testament”. Strong’s Concordance assigns a number for every Hebrew and Greek word used in the Bible — they have a section for Hebrew Old Testament and a section for Greek New Testament. Their concordance is based on the King James Version English translation.)

Definition of #1793 entungchanoo:

  1. To light upon a person or a thing, to fall in with, to hit upon, a person or a thing.
  2. To go to or meet a person, especially for the purpose of conversation, consultation, or supplication.

The “from #1722 and #5177” is referring to the roots or history of the word. In this case, the word entungchanoo has its roots in two Greek words and meanings that were joined together to form one word reflecting both of the root word meanings.

  1. #NT:1722 en; a primary preposition denoting a fixed position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between).
  1. #NT:5177 tugchano; to make ready or bring to pass; the idea of effecting; to affect; or (specifically) to hit or light upon (as a mark to be reached); to attain or secure an object or end; to happen (as if meeting with).

Therefore, if you took the main definition of the Greek word entungchanoo, plus the definitions of the roots of this word, then intercession would be defined as:

 

  • Supplication on behalf of another
  • A mediator, a go-between
  • To make an impact on someone or something
  • To hit (punch) hard as if to knock out like in a boxing match ring (not socking people, but the evil spirits behind their deeds)
  • The intercessor is aggressive in attaining or securing something
  • The decrees and actions of the intercessor makes things happen, makes things become ready, causes things to come to pass
  • The intercessor stands in a fixed (unbending, unwavering) position. An intercessor must have rods of steel to stand up to the enemy forces that are behind evil works.
  • The intercessor acts as a lawyer pleading the case of another or for nations in the high court of Heaven.
  • The intercessor takes their place of authority that Jesus granted to all believers. Jesus said that He has given us power and authority to tread over serpents and scorpions and over all the works of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm us.

 

According to this definition, intercession is more than prayers and petitions. It is being militant in the Spirit.

The second Greek word that is translated as “intercession” is huper-entungchanoo. This word is found in Romans 8:26. It means: “to intercede on behalf of”.

This Greek word has the same definition as entungchanoo, except the word “huper” is added.

Huper is defined as: exceeding; above and beyond; over and abundant.

Romans 8:26 is talking about the Holy Spirit interceding for us. Perhaps the Greek word “huper” was added to the word entungchanoo to express the idea of the magnitude or enormity of how much the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Also, the Holy Spirit is the only One who prays the perfect will and mind of God, because He is God and knows all things and knows the Father’s thoughts and heart. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He knows the complete facts about other people and situations that we are interceding for.

Intercession in the Bible not only speaks of praying on behalf of someone else, but an intercessor is the same as an advocate. It is a legal term, speaking of a lawyer representing his/her client in a court room.

Intercessors are like spiritual lawyers. They petition the high court of Heaven on behalf of someone or something. They go to battle until the victory is won. They clearly present their case. They demand their rights and privileges. They have to be tough and fierce like the lion, showing no mercy to wickedness. They go after the enemy like a bulldog. They put a restraining order on the enemy. They demand restitution. They seek after justice and righteousness.

Intercession in the Old Testament

A few references to intercession in the Old Testament:

Isaiah 53:12 – Messianic prophecy speaking of Jesus as Intercessor

Isaiah 59:16 – Messianic prophecy speaking of Jesus as Intercessor

Ezekiel 22:30 – Standing in the gap for others, taking up the hedge

2 Chronicles 7:14 – Intercession, repentance, turning from wicked ways

Genesis 20:17 – Abraham prays for the healing for Abimelech’s household

Numbers 21:7 – Moses intercedes to God to remove the serpents from the camp

Nehemiah 1:4 – Nehemiah intercedes on behalf of the people

Jeremiah 27:8 – Intercession that vessels in the Temple not be taken to Babylon

Hebrew word for intercession: paga`

Definition of OT:6293 paga` — to encounter, to meet, to reach, to entreat, to make intercession

  1. to meet, to light upon, to join
  2. to meet (used of kindness)
  3. to encounter, to fall upon (used of hostility)
  4. to encounter, to entreat (used of a request)
  5. to strike, to touch (used of boundary)
  6. to cause to entreat
  7. to make entreaty, to interpose
  8. to make attack
  9. to reach the mark

Intercession of the Spirit

Easton’s Bible Dictionary

(Romans 8:26,27; John 14:26). “Christ is a royal Priest (Zechariah 6:13). From the same throne, as King, he dispenses his Spirit to all the objects of his care, while as Priest he intercedes for them. The Spirit acts for him, taking only of his things. They both act with one consent, Christ as principal, the Spirit as his agent. Christ intercedes for us, without us, as our advocate in heaven, according to the provisions of the everlasting covenant. The Holy Spirit works upon our minds and hearts, enlightening and quickening, and thus determining our desires ‘according to the will of God,’ as our advocate within us. The work of the one is complementary to that of the other, and together they form a complete whole.”

Prophetic words spoken at my church in February 2011 at a Harp and Bowl Meeting (Prophetic Words from Harp & Bowl Meeting):

Isaiah 22:22 AMP

Key of David

And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall shut, he shall shut and no one shall open.

The Key of David refers to authority in the Spirit. A key is access to lock and unlock doors. The Key of David also speaks of the 3-fold role of prophet, priest and king, especially in the ministry of intercession. The Key of David involves worship (especially prophetic worship). Worship and praise is the password for entering into God’s Throne Room.

Isaiah 2:2 KJV

Nations shall flow through us

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

We are entering into:

  1. Health
  2. Happiness
  3. Holiness

Divine merger.

Fresh anointing. Fresh oil.

He (Jesus) is Baal-Perazim = Lord of the Breakthrough.

God is birthing kings in the Spirit (the Bible says we are kings and priests, a royal priesthood). These kings will take on the 7 mountains (7 worldly systems):

  1. Family
  2. Government
  3. Business
  4. Education
  5. Religion
  6. Media
  7. Arts and Entertainment

There is the spirit of momentum and escalation. You will get more done in less time. There is a remnant who will arise and build by faith.

These kings will release God’s children from a poverty and beggar’s mentality. God’s people will be infused with the spirit of dominion, at which the oceans would obey at our mouth. (The oceans refer to the sea of humanity.) Kings and Priests are being raised up.