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The Happy Life

Exodus 6: 2 – 3 – And God spoke to Moses and said, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them.”

Is it possible that you can know God but not know Him as Lord? Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew God. They knew Him as God Almighty. But there was something about Him that they did not know. They didn’t know Him as the Lord, the present God. What I have discovered is that we relate to God according to the revelation that we have of Him. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew Him as they perceived Him to be. And as they saw Him, is who God became to them. I have a friend and when I first met him, I knew somethings about him. I knew he was retired and financially well off. I knew where he was from so, I assumed some things. I found that those preconceived ideas made me feel a certain way about him and look at him in a certain light. But as I got to know him on a more personal level my thoughts and feelings about him totally changed. There is so much more of Himself that God wants to show us. That is why He sent Jesus – so that we could get a clearer perspective of Himself. If you’ve seen Jesus you’ve seen the Father (Colossians 2:9). Everything that Jesus did and said was the indication of who the Father was and still is. And since He has not changed, He is still doing what He did when He walked the earth. It’s just that now He is walking the earth through believers, and He wants to use us to do what He did two thousand years ago (John 14:12).

How you see God is who He becomes to you.

We can only reflect on God what we see of God. If you view God as mean, angry, out to get you and mad at you, then that is the type of God you’re going to reflect to others. And that belief is going to determine the relationship that you have with God. Most people have only seen a certain kind of God in their mind, and that is who they think God is. But God wants you to see Him as Lord. He wants you to see Him through the life of the Lord Jesus.

People go to church and expect to find tired, sad, and boring people. They expect to hear that the sky is falling; the world is coming to an end and if you’re not ready then pity you. But that is not the God of the Bible. That is not His message. Jesus said in John 10:10, “I came that they could have life, and have it more abundantly.” New Living Translation (NLT) says,” that you may have a rich and satisfying life.” The Good News Translation (GNT) says, “life to the fullness.” Does that sound like the life that you have? Our lives with Jesus should make unbelievers envious and desirous of the Jesus that we say that we know.

That you may have a rich and satisfying life.

When unbelievers look at our lives, when they come to our churches, they should see and experience genuinely happy people. Not fakes pretending that everything is perfect. But people that even through the trials of life have joy because Jesus is the center of our lives. Yes, we are going through challenges, just like everyone else, but no one can take our joy. No circumstance can take our joy. That is the abundant life. That is knowing Jesus.

If that is not the life that you have, then I suggest that you get back to a Jesus-centered life. Our joy is not found in materialism or how much money we do or do not have. Our joy is in truly knowing Jesus as Lord. Jesus said in John 15:11, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” Complete means with nothing missing.

Here is the difference between religion and truly knowing Jesus. Our God is a joyful God. He is a happy God. If you’re His child, your reflection of Him should be of who He is in you (1 John 4:4). He loves uplifting and celebrative music. He said to praise Him in the dance (Psalm 149:3). God is not sitting up in Heaven during Praise and Worship with His fingers in His ears hoping that they would turn it down. He said to praise Him on the LOUD cymbals (Psalm 150:5). Our God loves rejoicing. He likes a party and celebration. As a matter of fact, Psalm 100:4 says, “To enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” The truth is that you’re not going to get His presence without some praise.

God is joyful and happy – that should make us joyful and happy.

We cannot deny that we have challenges or deny that sometimes our hearts are heavy. But we must not dwell in our sorrow. Eleven years ago, when my wife of thirty years decided to divorce me, I was in sorrow and even experienced depression. But I refused to stay there. I praised my way out. As a Pastor, I became the loudest and the most radical praiser in the church. Because the place where He is praised and whoever praises God experiences the presence of God. You might be going through some tough things right now but let me encourage you – you do not have to stay there. You can praise your way through. I am telling you from personal experience, the quicker you come to a place of praise the quicker you will see the victory. The joy of the Lord is your strength! You can make it, you can take it because He is with you! 

My prayer for you today is that you will truly know the joy of the Lord.           

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Let Freedom Ring

2 Corinthians 3:17 – “Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.”

There are a couple of thoughts that we really need to think about here as we consider the idea of freedom. The truth is that contrary to what we consider as freedom (democracy), the Kingdom of God is not a democracy. Most people think that they can do what they want and go to a church where they want. Either Jesus is your Lord or He’s not. The word Lord simply means – Master/Boss. I know that is not a popular idea in America, but Jesus wasn’t American. He was and still is the King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s. He came from Heaven to set us FREE from sin and death and to make us ambassadors in His Kingdom. That means that we live by a higher standard than democracy. That is why the Apostle Paul tells us – “That we ARE NOT our own, we’ve been bought with a price (you weren’t cheap, it took the Life and Blood of Jesus) so therefore glorify and honor God” (1 Corinthians 6:20). With that in mind let’s consider these thoughts – There are no perfect churches because there are no perfect people or Pastors. Jesus said in Mark 2:17 “Healthy people don’t need (me) a doctor, but sick people do.” The church is a hospital, meaning that we are all in the process of being healed. So, since none of us are perfect or totally healed what holds us together? What keeps us connected to a community of believers, protecting, and caring for one another? FREEDOM. The freedom to choose to understand and forgive each other.

The church is a hospital – meaning that we are all in the process of being healed!

The idea that if I don’t agree with what someone else is doing that, I can just leave a church family is a deceptive and divisive thought from Satan himself. That is what got him thrown out of Heaven. What keeps us together is the freedom to love and communicate when we don’t agree. The freedom to honor one another when we don’t agree. When people just walk out on relationships before having an honest, loving conversation keeps them from growing and maturing. They have lost out on the purpose of being saved and in the body of Christ, FREEDOM to honor and communicate. In freedom, there is no fear of being rejected or alienated by others because love sets us free from fear (1 John 4:18). Fear is the opponent of love and honor. Fear triggers anger, division, and manipulation. The thought, I’ll show them, I’ll just leave is nothing more than an attempt to control and manipulate, stimulated from anger and pride. Fear takes power away from the offended and puts them in a vulnerable condition now open to evil spirits (Ephesians 4:26,27). That is why when most people leave a church out of disagreement it is never of the Lord. When in a relationship and something is said or done that you don’t agree with, it is never honoring to just be quiet or leave the relationship. The God way and the mature way to handle a disagreement is to honor the relationship by having an honest, loving conversation. Because we are called to be honoring people (1 Peter 2:17). The truth is that we don’t need to be loving and honoring when we agree. How loving and honoring we are is tested by when we don’t agree. 

Our basis for relationships cannot be totally dependent on agreement. The biggest problem in the church is the belief that we must see eye to eye. The original apostles did not agree on everything or see eye to eye on every matter. But they did love and honor each other by talking about their disagreements. Who we are as a person proves itself in how we handle disagreement. Being an honoring person is not dependent on whether others live up to our expectations. Being a mature honoring person is determined by how we deal with disagreement. Our character is strengthened by dealing with conflict in a loving way. Ignoring the person and walking away from the relationship never grows us.

Being an honoring person is determined by how we handle disagreement.

The highest goal that we should have in life is becoming Christ-like. To love like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, and to honor others the way that Jesus did. The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 6:1- “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin (sin can mean- that they’ve done something that you believe is wrong), you who are spiritual should restore that person gently.” We have a responsibility to each other, to recognize how important we are to one another. My biological brothers and I have had serious disagreements but neither one of us have severed our relationship. It’s sad that believers treat their spiritual family (the church) worst then their biological family. I believe that most people do not intentionally sin against others. In my over twenty years of professional counseling I have found that when someone offends someone else, the offender is not usually aware of it. When someone has done something that we believe is a relationship breaker we have the opportunity to be like Jesus, we must be willing to confront with the intention of restoring the relationship. The heart of restoration is never to prove I’m right, the motive behind restoration is relationship. Jesus showed us this after His resurrection. While Jesus was being crucified, Peter sinned against Jesus by denying Him three times, while Jesus was in His most neediness place, on the cross. In fact, Peter had sinned so big that he went back to his old way of life before Christ, in other words, he backslid. But watch Jesus’ example of honor. After His resurrection Jesus goes after Peter, He doesn’t avoid Peter. He finds Peter fishing. While Peter was out fishing, Jesus prepared breakfast for Peter and they shared a meal together. That’s how you do it folks if you want to be like Jesus. In the conversation, Jesus restores Peter back to friendship (John 21). That is how we are to treat each other in a relationship. Make restoration your goal when someone sins against you, don’t write them off. Restoration and honor is being Christ-like. 

We all have the FREEDOM to be real and honest with each other. We all have the FREEDOM to forgive. That is how we stay connected and how we protect a community of believers.

My prayer for you today is that you will find the FREEDOM to be honest, forthright, and honoring.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!” 

Double Blessings

A couple of months ago a well-respected and recognized international prophet gave me a word. He does not know me personally or what I do. His word was this, “The things God spoke to you last December are important.” So, I went back into my journal to look at what God was speaking to me last December.

In the whole month of December God was speaking Psalm 92:12 to me. In fact, He said that it was “the Word for us, the body.”  

Psalm 92:12 – “The righteous will flourish.”

What God had said was that this year would be a year where the righteous will flourish, the word flourish meaning experience GREAT Breakthrough, Advancement, and Increase! Because I am an analytical teacher and because I want that great breakthrough for myself and for you, I asked the Father, how does great breakthrough happen? And He took me to 2 Chronicles 20:20, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; Believe His prophets (appointed man of God), you shall prosper.” What is interesting to me is that 2020 is the year of double. We are halfway through the year and so far, what we have seen this year is the opposite of double blessings. That just means that the last half of the year will more than makeup for the losses of the first half. Those that stay in faith and believe God’s prophets will see a double breakthrough in everything that they have a loss. “Believe His prophets and you shall prosper!”

One thing that is huge with God is relationships. He has called us into relationships. He did not call us to be independent. Because the enemy is a deceiver and hates us as children of The Most High God, one of his biggest tactics against us is in our relationships. The devil knows that if he can separate us from God-ordained and called relationships, he can shipwreck us from God’s blessings and purposes for our lives. Just the other day I told a man that is fighting cancer, that the house (church, pastor) that you are in a relationship with is the stuff (Word, faith) you’ll receive. “Wrong house, wrong stuff.”

One thing that is huge with God is relationships.

I will say that this year God has proven this Word to be true in our life. That by honoring the authority relationships in my life, in spite of what is going on in the world my wife’s business is flourishing, she has received a 40% raise on her corporate job, we are stepping into our life dream (www.RockysRoadhouse.com), that is taking the Kingdom of God outside of the four walls of the church to the people that need the gospel the most, the un-churched. I believe that all of this has happened because I have believed 2 Chronicles 20:20 and have chosen to honor and seek counsel from the pastors/prophets that I am in a relationship with.

In Matthew 8, Jesus says this about the centurion soldier, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone with such great faith.” Jesus found GREAT FAITH impossible to ignore. But why did Jesus recognize the centurion as a man with great faith? The centurion told Jesus before this affirmation, “I am a man UNDER AUTHORITY.” Meaning that he was submitted to the leading authority in his life. If you are not under Spiritual authority your either full of pride or rebellious, and you’re missing out on God’s best for your life.

Neither pride or rebellion lead to success and flourishing. 

For the plans and purposes of God (Flourishing) to be carried out and fulfilled in our lives we must be under Spiritual authority and seek to have a Pastor/Prophet relationship speaking into our lives. The word righteous in Psalm 92:12 means to be in right alignment. In America because of our independent spirit we have been deceived to believe that the only relationship that matters is our relationship with God. God does not endorse that belief nor does He teach that in His Word. According to 2 Chronicles 20:20, proper alignment with God requires that we be in a relationship with a man of God (Pastor, Prophet). We are called by God to be in relationships that will speak into our lives, hold us accountable, and give us Godly counsel when needed. According to 2 Chronicles 20:20, a relationship with a pastor/prophet is necessary for our own good and protection from deception. When we make decisions that affect our lives and especially that affect other people’s lives it is necessary to seek counsel from a called man (woman) of God. And the counsel that we receive should include the Pastor that we are in a relationship with. I am truly fortunate to still be in close relationship with my mentor/pastor for 32 years. For 32 years I have consistently consulted with him when I have important decisions to make. He has always been there for me. He has not always told me what I have wanted to hear but he has always told me what I needed to hear. After 32 years of pastoring, I have seen that most people do not want relationships that will hold them accountable. In fact, I will say that most people’s mistakes happen when they do not seek counsel from a man of God that they are in a relationship with. But to fulfill God’s purposes for our lives we must be in a relationship with a God called God-ordained pastor/prophet (Ephesians 4:11,12).

To have Spiritual Authority we must be under Spiritual Authority.

The reason that most do not seek counsel from these relationships is that they are afraid that the man of God will not agree with what they feel led to do. If that is true, that does not relieve us from how God has designed for our lives to be led. If what we feel led to do is God, it should be important enough to go about it God’s way, by seeking counsel from a called man (woman) of God that we are in a relationship with. We should always seek counsel to confirm or correct what we believe that we are being led to do. If the only counsel we receive is from our friends or spouse, we are very possibly going to be deceived. Not that our friends or spouse are deceived but our friends and spouse usually support us and want us to be happy.

To fulfill God’s purposes for our lives we must be in relationship with a Pastor/Prophet.   

Today, I encourage you to not be deceived. Do not believe that you are mature enough to make important decisions without Godly counsel. That’s called PRIDE. Seek to have Jesus say of you, “I have not seen such great faith” because you positioned yourself under Spiritual authority. I’m telling you that if you do it God’s way you will get what God wants. You will flourish and prosper.

My prayer for you today is that if you are not that you will come into a relationship with a called man (woman) of God (pastor/prophet) that you can have speak into your life. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Relationships

1 Peter 2:17 – “Honor everyone, and love the family of believers, fear God, and respect the king (President). 

Life is made up of relationships, and how we treat relationships will always determine the level of maturity that we will grow too. We all need relationships that will challenge us and help us grow. Through relationships, we become stronger, mature, and better people. The truth is that many people run away from relationships that challenge them not realizing that they’re limiting their own growth. I used to do that with gay people. Because I did not agree with their lifestyle, I would avoid them, not realizing that I wasn’t living out the love that I professed as a believer. Then one day the Holy Spirit convicted me of this, so I started reaching out and having uncomfortable conversations. Uncomfortable in the sense that it was challenging to me, probably for them also. But by me honoring these people who I disagreed with it challenged me and grew me to genuinely love as Christ loves. Honoring one another is not about agreeing. In fact, honoring one another is only tested when we don’t agree. The test of honor is when we disagree, are we still going to be honoring to one another. Relationships teach us about ourselves. How we treat others, how we speak about others, and how we love others. All of that is a reflection of our hearts.

Honoring one another is not about agreeing.

The Bible makes it clear in Proverbs 27:17 -“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” If we go through life just looking to be in a relationship with people that we agree with our lives will be shallow and dull. And if we cut off people that we don’t agree with we will never grow. Relationships are to sharpen us to be stronger and better people, reflecting the love of God. When two swords are being sharpened by each other they are knocking off the rough and dulled edges, making a sharper and more effective sword for battle. What happens when we don’t honor one another, is that we lose the opportunity to be sharpened and we will not be prepared for the next battle the enemy brings our way. Again, being an honoring person is only proven and tested through disagreement. It doesn’t take being honoring when we always see eye to eye and agree. The true measure of who we are is proven through how we treat each other when we don’t agree.

The Bible is filled with verses that indicate to us who we are to honor. Honor the Lord, Honor your father and mother, Honor your wife, Honor those in authority, Honor your boss, and Honor Pastors. In fact, God says, “to give double honor to pastors” 1 Timothy 5:17. In 1 Peter 2:17 – “Honor everyone,” covers everybody else, no one is left out. The word honor refers to how we respect and treat others. If I am to be an honoring person then I am to respect and treat you with honor, especially when we don’t agree. If you are going to grow and mature spiritually this is not optional. Honoring others is a command. When we are honoring people we will not just walk out on relationships, we will honor the relationship by treating it with respect. We must be honoring to others by being an honoring person. Honor is not something that others have to earn; honor must be who I am. Being an honoring person is not determined by anyone else other than yourself. You can disrespect me, hurt me, and lie about me, but that doesn’t change who I am. I am still commanded to honor everyone.

People that are Honoring people do not just walk out on relationships.

So, what does honor look like? To be an honoring person means that when we disagree with someone (that we are in a relationship with), we have a responsibility to sit with that person and have an honest and respectful conversation with them. I have pastor friends in whom we disagree on certain things, but we are still in a relationship and respectfully express our differences. We don’t allow our difference to cause us to be dishonoring to one another. Jesus gives us this instruction and command in Matthew 18:15 – “If a brother or a sister has offended you (that means that you don’t agree about something), then go to them in private.” Sometimes I think that we think that Jesus just made some good suggestions. Jesus gave us instructions to obey; and when we don’t, that’s called sin. Jesus makes it clear that to honor the relationship, you go straight to the person that has offended you to reconcile. You don’t call, email, text, or invite people over your house to express your disapproval. That is sin and immature people do that. God does not give us a default clause because you don’t think that the other person will listen to you. You are still responsible to go and talk face to face with that person. God’s love to us was proved by Him extending reconciliation to us when we were in direct opposition and disagreement with Him (Romans 5:8). We prove how mature we are by living for reconciliation with others. In Matthew 5:9 Jesus describes an honoring person with an awesome promise. Matthew 5:9- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Honoring people are people that seek peace with those that they disagree with. The biggest issue that the world has with the church is that most people, in the church, don’t even try to reconcile relationships, they just walk out on them. Even the world knows that’s not love. So, the world just looks at us, the church, and calls us hypocrites. And they say, “why would I want anything to do with people who can’t even love each other”. If we would grow up to the point of understanding how important and valuable relationships are, especially Godly ones, brothers, and sisters, then we would begin to honor each other.

When we don’t attempt to reconcile relationships, Jesus calls that sin.

My prayer for you today is that you would realize how important it is to be an honoring person. Your life and health are dependent upon it.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers 

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Pentecost

Acts 2:1-4 –“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly came a sound from heaven…….and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them tongues of fire and sat upon each of them. And they all were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Maybe you are like me and this season has been one of intense battle. If so, it is no mistake. This past Sunday was Pentecost Sunday. Two thousand years ago on the day of Pentecost, the promise that Jesus made to send us the Holy Spirit was fulfilled. And He, the Holy Spirit has been here ever since carrying out the will of the Father. On that day when the Holy Spirit was poured out was not some coincidental day. God is very strategic. It was the fiftieth day after Passover, the last day of the Jewish festival Shavuot, the celebration of harvest. All the Jewish population had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate. This day turned out to be not only a day where the people celebrated the reaping of their harvest but it was the first day of the New Testament church and it was celebrated with a harvest of souls for the Kingdom. Again, God does nothing by mistake. So, this past season has been intense warfare for many of us because you are about to step into an abundant harvest. Whatever you have been in faith for, this is your season to see the harvest of what you have been believing God for!

Perhaps it looks like you cannot win as you will never see change or victory over your circumstances. I want to encourage you because God has a secret weapon for you. In Acts 1:8 Jesus said that He was sending back this secret weapon, “You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” This secret weapon is the same Holy Spirit that the believers in the upper room received two thousand years ago. The Holy Spirit empowers us to defeat every attack of the enemy.

God has a SECRET WEAPON for you.

This power of the Holy Spirits’ presence was recognized by the believers opening their mouths and speaking in an unlearned language. You must understand that the devil knows every language on earth. But, this new language, the language of the Holy Spirit, he does not know. This new language is given by the Holy Spirit to defeat the power of sin and Satan. It is a unique language – a language Satan cannot understand.

And no, it is not nonsense. It has not passed away. It was not just for the disciples two thousand years ago. “God does not show favoritism”(Acts 10:34). If the disciples needed this gift from God then, we need it as well. God knew what it would take for us to live out His purposes for our lives, so He made available to us this Supernatural power. Our assignment today is of no less importance than theirs was then. This language of the Spirit is not gibberish spoken by crazy fanatics. It is the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT praying through you, in a language that the enemy cannot decode, cannot destroy, and cannot defeat. Praying in the Spirit (other tongues) brings victory into your battles. Why is this necessary? 1 Corinthians 14:2 says, “For one who speaks in other tongues does not speak to men but SPEAKS TO GOD, for no one understands his meaning, because in the Holy Spirit he utters secret things that only God knows.” The reason that this is so important is that it takes us out of our natural understanding to pray out what the Holy Spirit knows, the will of God. When we pray in other tongues we are not praying to talk to people, you are talking directly unhindered to God. Again, the devil is clueless about what is being prayed, but God is not. This unknown language is your secret weapon giving you the power to defeat the enemy and win your battles.

A language that the enemy cannot decode.

You probably do not know the solution to your problems. You may not know how to win the battle that you are in. But do not despair, pray in the Holy Spirit language (tongues) and the victory is on the way. Because you are praying out the perfect will of God (Romans 8:26,27). My spiritual father who was a very recognized prophet and teacher that God used mightily in the gift of healing used to say that he prayed about 90% of the time in other tongues. And I know that he prayed for hours every day. Because praying in other tongues builds our faith and releases the will of God (Jude 1:20). Even when we cannot see the way to victory, we can pray in other tongues and we are assured that we are praying the perfect will of God. You may be confused, uncertain, perplexed, but when you pray in other tongues, a clear voice goes out to God that God answers to bring about His perfect will.

Praying in other tongues builds our FAITH and releases the WILL OF GOD.

What battles are you facing? Are you feeling defeated by financial problems, addiction, struggles in your family, or relationships? Maybe you have been fighting on your own, in your own strength. The blueprint for victory is through praying in other tongues. It releases the power of God into our lives, it releases the will of God and the victory of God into our lives. Just like the disciples experienced on the day of Pentecost, when we pray in other tongues, we will experience the harvest of God.

My prayer for you today is that if you do not have this Holy Spirit power – that you ask God for this gift. This gift is available to all that ask. If you do pray in the Spirit (tongues), that you will increase your praying and see greater victory. 

Pointing people to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!” 

I’ll Have Double

Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

As a believer, I have noticed that I can become complacent and satisfied knowing that I am going to heaven. But Jesus gave His life so that we could live abundantly here and now (John 10:10)! To live the abundant life includes us taking on His heart. Jesus instructs us in Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you.”  Jesus came “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). This yoke that Jesus is speaking of is His heart for the lost and the hurting. 

Everything that Jesus has called us to do in His Kingdom requires more than human effort or religious duties – it requires the anointing. The anointing is Jesus’ presence and power on our lives (Luke 4:18). Jesus made it possible for us to have a greater anointing. Recently a Prophet told me, “There is a double anointing coming on you for healing and the prophetic – you are about to be elevated.” I love it when God speaks His heart to us. It encourages us and reminds us that we are on His heart and mind. In 2 Kings 2:9, Elisha told Elijah, “Let me receive a double portion (anointing) of your spirit”. There is an opportunity for all of us to receive a double portion (a greater anointing). Are you willing to go after it? Just like Elisha went after Elijah and boldly asked for a double portion if you are willing to die to complacency and selfishness, and to seek after the heart of Jesus, there is a greater anointing for you.

There is opportunity for all to receive a double portion.

Everything significant that happens in our lives is because of the anointing of God. And like Elisha who followed Elijah to THREE different places to receive the double portion (anointing), we too must go to these places in our lives for greater anointing.

FIRST, we must be willing to let go and leave the old things behind. To live in greater anointing, you must be willing to separate yourself from anything and everything that is hindering you from making progress on your journey. Romans 12:9, “Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.” True repentance is required to live in the anointing. Turning from everything that is sin and turning to God. We must be willing to walk away from everything that is evil. 

NEXT, we must seek God with our whole heart. Jeremiah 29:13, “If you seek me with your whole heart, then you will find me.” We were created to encounter God. It is out of our encounters that transformation happens in our lives. It takes more than going to church to live in the anointing. To live an anointed, transformed life is necessary if you want to truly experience “the abundant life”. The heart of Christ is experienced in greater measure as our minds are transformed through encounters with His Word and His Spirit. Jesus said in John 6:63 “The Spirit gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The Words that I speak to you are Spirit and life.”

It takes more than going to church to live in the anointing.

One thing that we must understand, is that the anointing of God is not just for what we consider religious activity. Yes, the anointing will affect how we pray, how we worship, and everything that we consider religious. The anointing is the personality of the Holy Spirit. So, when we are living in the anointing, the anointing of the Holy Spirit will affect my business, my money, my health, my family, and every part of my life. So, we must be like Elisha and have the attitude of being willing to do whatever it takes to receive the double portion (anointing).  

The THIRD PLACE Elisha had to go to receive the “double portion” was to serve. In over thirty years of pastoring, this is the place where most people miss out. Most people do not have issues going to church when they feel like it or reading their Bible occasionally but serving someone else goes against our selfishness. The prophet Isaiah makes it clear in chapter 55 that to live in the anointing would cost us something. In other words, Grace is free, but the anointing is not cheap. Elisha served Elijah unquestionably for free for eight years before receiving the double anointing. Most church people have a hard time serving for eight months before wanting their recognition, a position, and THEIR MINISTRY. If you want greater anointing for your life, find an anointed minister (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher) Ephesians 4:11, and serve them without an agenda. Serving an anointed minister is of the highest priority because who you serve is from who you receive impartation (2 Timothy 1:6). Fortunately, my mentor told me thirty years ago, “Rocky, you must serve another man’s vision before God will trust you with your own.” Because of my mentor’s wisdom, I served Pastors as a Youth Pastor for fifteen years before God gave me my own vision. Living in the anointing is worth whatever it might cost you. Because the anointing of the Holy Spirit affects every part of our lives.

Serve without an agenda. 

My prayer for you today is that you be willing to pay the price and go after the double portion (like Elisha). Go after God with all your heart and see what is in store!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

You’re Called

2 Corinthians 5:18 – “All this is from God, who RECONCILED US to Himself through Christ and GAVE US the ministry of RECONCILIATION.”

As believers, we have been healed to be healers. We have been forgiven to forgive. We have been loved to love. We have been reconciled to reconcile. Every believer is called to the ministry – the ministry of reconciliation. No one is excluded. That is how valuable and important you are to the Kingdom. So, what does that mean – the ministry of RECONCILIATION? It means that when people hurt us, we keep loving them. Where there are conflicts and misunderstandings, God expects us to seek reconciliation. It means that when we are offended, wounded, or heartbroken, we choose to forgive and keep loving through the hurt with the heart to reconcile.

The world and the church are full of people who are estranged from one another. We see siblings who don’t talk to one another, parents who don’t talk to their children. We see people who won’t talk to other people in the church. Someone has offended someone. Someone was hurt by someone. So, most of the time instead of seeking reconciliation we simply avoid them. Sometimes we convince ourselves that we must avoid them because we cannot tolerate what they have done. But is that fulfilling the call to be a reconciler? This calling to be a reconciler is irrevocable because God called us to it (Romans 11:29).

When you understand the heart of the Father you will not walk away from relationships without attempting to reconcile.

How can we deliberately avoid someone when it’s our responsibility to love them? Where would we be if God ignored us when we messed up? John tells us in 1 John 4:20 -“If you don’t love people that you can see, how can you say that you love God, whom you cannot see?” God loves us through our messes, through our mistakes and even through our sinful choices. He keeps pursuing us. He keeps offering love to bring reconciliation to our relationship because that is who He is, so He expects us to do the same with one another. No matter what someone else has done it is our responsibility to seek reconciliation.

God loves us through our messes, mistakes, and sinful choices.

If you need to be reconciled to someone, take the first step. God took the first step with us and every step after that – to reconcile with us. Maybe you’re waiting for them to change before you will accept them. Is that what God does with us? Absolutely not! He loves us like we have never hurt Him or disappointed Him. “While we were still sinners, He died for us” (Romans 5:8). Be the one that makes the first move! Step up and be the reconciler that you are called to be. Reconciliation requires us to love like we have never been hurt. “Love never fails”(1 Corinthians 13:8). Do not stop loving. It’s never out of order to love. Sometimes we just need to love by faith – meaning that you will not feel like it but it’s always the right thing to do because love never fails. Love will triumph and bring reconciliation to the relationship. It might take a week, a month, or even years but we are responsible, no matter what has been done or said. We are responsible to fulfill our call to the ministry of reconciliation. I know several people who are called to the fivefold ministry (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher – Ephesians 4:11) but have not been able to fulfill their calling because they have refused the first calling – to be a minister of reconciliation. The MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION is the most important ministry in the church because that is the predominant characteristic of our Father. Before we can reconcile any relationship, we must first choose to forgive. Reconciliation hinges on forgiveness. Jesus acknowledged this truth from the cross – “Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Forgiveness always precedes reconciliation. You cannot hold a grudge and reconcile.

Reconciliation requires us to love like we’ve never been hurt.

Maybe you have been hurt so deeply that you think that you cannot be healed. Our Father is loving and powerful. He can bring healing to every situation. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”(Psalm 147:3). God can give you the grace to love and forgive like you have never been hurt. Bring the hurt, the wound, the mess to God. His grace is sufficient. And His love will never fail!

My prayer for you today is that you will love like you are loved, forgive like you have been forgiven, and become the reconciler that God has called you to be.

Pointing people to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Muscle Up

Romans 8:31– “What then shall we say to these things? Since God is for us, who can be against us?”

This scripture is a very encouraging Word. The first thing we should ask is – what things are Paul talking about? We need to go back to Paul’s conversion in Acts chapter nine. In Acts nine on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians, to capture them, and to have them imprisoned, he has an encounter with Jesus. Jesus gives him the vision and purpose of his life. In Acts nine verse 15, Jesus tells him that he is a chosen vessel to proclaim the gospel. In verse 16, “For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” WOW!! That is a great invitation to becoming a Christian/Pastor/Believer. I know how many of us would answer that altar call. In Romans chapter eight Paul starts this portion of teaching in verse 18 with the words, “that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us.” And we know that Paul suffered more persecution then we could ever imagine for the gospel of Christ. The truth is that struggles, and pain are our opportunity to grow our faith, trust God that He is with us and for us. He is true to His Word and that He will always work things out for our good (Romans 8:28). When I was in college, I was a trainer at a gym and the one thing that you must do to build a muscle is to push past the pain. Pain does not feel good, but it stretches us to growing and getting stronger. That is the same way that our faith muscle grows.

No Pain – No Gain

The very thing that caused Paul to overcome every beating, every imprisonment, every trial, and test is the very same thing that we need to do to overcome whatever comes our way. Whatever we might be dealing with, God is not bewildered, shocked, or surprised. He is not caught off guard wondering what to do. The truth is that He is waiting to hear what our response will be to the very thing that is attempting to steal our joy. Wherever you see Paul, whether it be in prison or on trial for his faith, he was consistent in REJOICING!! Rejoicing is the voice of faith and victory.

During your situation it might not seem like it or feel like it, God is for us!! C.S. Lewis said, “That God shouts in our pains.” It is in the times of pain, sorrow, and suffering that God is shouting that He is with us and for us. When He hears our voice of faith acknowledging Him for who He is, that He is more than enough; that He is ever-present to deliver; that He is healer and provider; He once again proves who He is. The mistake that most people make is that they are asking God to be who He already is – instead of recognizing and acknowledging Him for who He is. That is like your child coming to you and asking you if you would be their parent? So, what shall you say to these things? Because what you say will eventually determine the outcome. No one, not even God Himself or the devil has more authority in our lives than us. Jesus said, “you shall have whatever you say!!” So, what shall you say to these things that are coming against you?

God is more than enough

Paul begins this portion of teaching with the revelation that these sufferings will demonstrate the GLORY of God through us. This word Glory (doxa) is the divine quality, splendor, manifestation of God. No matter what you are going through or whatever is coming at you, God is with you and for you. He is right in the middle of it to display His divine quality of always being good and always being faithful so that His Glory will be revealed through us.

Today, I want to encourage you to REJOICE that God is with you and for you. Lift your voice of faith to let your adversity know that God is with you to turn this around for your victory and His GLORY!

My prayer for you is that you will grow in your faith to display the GLORY of God. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

 Rocky Byers

 “On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Royalty

Revelation 1:6 – “He has made us kings and priests unto God our Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever! Amen.”

Imagine with me for a minute; You were born into the British Royal Family of the United Kingdom. Imagine that Queen Elizabeth is your grandmother. The lineage you were born into makes you royalty. All the privileges of the kingdom are yours. Because of your family, there are no worries or fear of anything. You were raised to know who you are and whose you are. I remember many years ago when the revelation came to me according to 1 Corinthians 6:20 – “You were bought at a price.” The truth that through the sacrifice of Christ, God paid for my life in full. He owns me. I am now His property. I belong to Him. Meaning that I am now His responsibility. And because of this, I have no worries or problems that He will not take care of. What a liberating truth!

Know who you are and whose you are.

This is what being in the family of God is meant to be! You are a son or daughter of the Most High God. You are family. You are of the Royal Family.

That is not to say that life does not throw challenges at us. We are still in the world. Jesus had to deal with temptation, pain, and disappointment. Hebrews 4:15 – “We have a high priest (Jesus) who understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testing that we do – yet He did not sin.” Just like with Jesus’ earth experience, life will not go perfectly. And just like with Jesus (because He knew who He was and whose He was) no matter what came at Him He had confidence that His Father was going to take care of Him. Through a relationship with God, you too can have complete confidence and assurance of the faithfulness of your Father.

I know that because of the coronavirus many peoples’ lives are being disrupted and tough times are very prevalent. If this virus has struck close to home and you are being affected by it, I want to encourage you with the faithfulness of our Father. Meditate on these verses that will bring faith and peace. Romans 8:14-17 – “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own child. Now we call Him, Abba Father. His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ, we are heirs of God’s glory. If we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering (persecution).”

The Holy Spirit keeps us from being fearful.

It is so assuring to know that no matter what we experience, we share in Christ’s glory. This word glory here means – the same dignity and honor as Christ. Dignity and honor imply that you are a Royal Priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), you are a part of the Royal Family, an Heir to the throne. There is no trouble, no problem, no test in life that our Father does not have the answer and the solution to. This is our inheritance, our right as sons and daughters. Do not let your inheritance go to waste by not tapping into it.

My prayer for you today is that you will find the confidence and assurance of the Father’s love and approval as His child. Allow Him to take care of you. He is just a prayer away.

Pointing People to Jesus,     

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

The Choice is Yours

Deuteronomy 30:19 – “Today I give you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, (my desire) is that you choose life, so that you and your descendants (2 generations) might live!”

There were two generations of Israelites involved in the transition from Egypt to the Promised Land. The first generation did not make it, though they had the same opportunity and the same promise as the second generation. However, with a little examination of the difference between the generation that made it and those that did not you will see that there was a distinct difference in speech, mindset, and actions.  

The mark of those that did not make it was that that they grumbled and complained. God would perform a miracle by giving them food in the wilderness, water from a rock, but they would grumble and complain. They were not just dissatisfied with what God was doing but because of their grumbling spirit, they blamed their leaders. “And the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness” (Exodus 16:2). They grumbled and complained against the man that God chose to lead them, Moses. Whenever we choose to grumble and complain against the man or woman that God chose to lead us God takes it personally. In Numbers 14:27 God asks Moses, “How long will this wicked congregation grumble against ME? I have heard their complaining and grumbling.” God called their complaining against “His Man” as wickedness. What they spoke caused them to aimlessly wander in the wilderness, not making progress and being impeded by limitations on every side. Which eventually kept them from their promise. This generation was the older generation that refused to honor the man of God (Moses) God’s choice for them. God called them a “stiffed neck and rebellious people” (Exodus 32:9).

God called their complaining wickedness.

The second generation, the ones that made it to the promised land were different. They were under the same leadership (Moses). Yet they choose to speak differently. They did not grumble or complain about the man that God gave them. This generation not only learned God’s ways, submission to leadership, but they taught God’s ways to the next generation. They accepted the training from God’s appointed leaders and became trainers of the next generation. What they spoke led them to the reality of their freedom and promises. Both generations received the fruit of their hearts. The first generation died unfulfilled while the second generation died old and fulfilled. It is an important question; What are you saying about God’s appointed leader?  

Just like the Israelites, we get to choose our destinies. We can either wander around aimlessly or we can see the promises of God become a reality in our lives. God’s hope is that you choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19) so that all the promises of God in Christ are yes, and in Him are Amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). Our speech and our mindsets direct our energy and ultimately our actions. The generation that did not experience the promises of God fought God by not accepting the Leader that He gave them. Numbers 14:4, “The people said to one another, Let us find a different leader.” What they were saying was that they wanted a leader that would do things their way. The generation that experienced the promises of God choose to not fight their leader, but they fought their enemy. When the first generation (older generation) was not getting their way, they resorted to blaming and attacking the leaders that God appointed. The second generation, that made it in and enjoyed the promises of God, took personal responsibility for their actions when they were challenged. Here is the lesson: If you do not fight to overcome your own attitudes and weaknesses you will blame and attack others. Our critical and negativity does not reveal the leadership that we are under, it reveals our hearts. Moses was far from perfect, he was a very flawed man, yet God chose him. Another important question: Who and what are you fighting?

The generation that made it, did not fight their leader, they fought their enemies.

I am declaring to you today that if you struggle with a “Grumbling Spirit” God is releasing a grace for you to get delivered from that wicked spirit. In the last days, God is pouring His Spirit out on all people that will receive it (Acts 2:17). This is an exceedingly powerful grace being released from heaven. It will radically transform all who will receive it. God desires that you become a purposeful warrior instead of an aimless wanderer. I remember when my Pastor, Pastor Bill Johnson said, “That God sometimes has to offend our minds to transform us” (Romans 12:2). I believe that if you will receive this grace, it will challenge and change your attitudes which will change how you speak and your actions. Then you will become of the generation that enters in and experiences all the promises of God. 

The generation that possessed the Promise Land accepted the training from God’s appointed leaders, to fight the real enemy, not each other. The biggest enemy that any of us face is the attitudes of our hearts (Matthew 13:3-9). God’s grace will transform our hearts as we receive His Word. “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable (for our own good) for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” We live in a strategic prophetic time in history. If we respond correctly history will change. Those that possessed the Promise Land changed the entire culture of that region. That is what is at stake here, your destiny and the Kingdoms impact on a generation that does not yet know our God.

God’s grace will transform our hearts as we receive His Word.

My prayer for you today is that you will choose life and receive the grace to overcome negativity, grumbling, and complaining. Repent of any grumbling and complaining, especially against God’s leaders. There are some of you that unless you repent you will die cursed, just like the generation of Israelites that did not make it into their promise (Deuteronomy 30:19). Because as you do it will not only affect you, but it will impact the next generation. As you overcome every obstacle that is hindering you, you position yourself to experience every promise that God says is yours.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Let there be Freedom

Galatians 5:1 – “It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of bondage.”

The world today is in extreme chaos, confusion, and uncertainty of what might happen. The truth is that during times of trouble and testing our reaction proves the condition of our hearts. With so much uncertainty you would think we would come together in understanding to try to bring some order to the situation, but the reality is that fear just produces defensiveness and division. It began in the garden with Adam and Eve. We live in a world constantly on the defensive, fearful of what others might do. Our world is full of walls and barriers. This defensive attitude can cause us to feel the need to express our offense over someone else’s position. In Matthew chapter 18, Jesus made it clear that while we are in this world opportunities for offense would come. The thing that we must learn is that offense is never a reason to respond offensively. The saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” is false. Words always bring ramifications. And the consequences of our words are usually experienced in our own lives, not the persons who has offended us. The truth is that when we speak thoughtless and cruel words, those words hurt us greater than the words or the act that offended us. Our response to offense can cause deep emotional and spiritual wounds in ourselves. Jesus said that we live in a world full of offense, but He endured mocking and the cruelest of words yet without offense. How do we deal with offense and how do we protect our hearts?

Words always bring ramifications.

In our minds, we often build these interior walls to protect our hearts and souls from the emotional and spiritual wounds that others might cause. Yet the walls we build around our hearts often fail to protect us and usually entrap us in bitterness and loneliness. Our interior walls fail us because they block us from the very healing that we need, the healing that can only come from love and honor. It is because of love that I can allow others to express themselves without taking it personally. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:17 that we are to, “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood (church). Fear (honor) God, honor the king” (president, pastor, those in authority). Honor simply means that I will respect your opinion and your position on a matter even if it differs from mine. When we refuse to honor others, the bitterness brews within our souls to the point that it inflicts us and our relationships. To live as an honoring person simply requires me not to return evil (offense) for someone else’s choices. Proverbs makes it clear, “Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good” (Proverbs 17:13).

Honor everyone, love the church.

It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. This freedom that Christ has given us is not the freedom to express our hurts and disappointments which are really nothing more than the expression of our offenses. This FREEDOM that Christ has given us, is the freedom over the power of sin and offense. The FREEDOM and power to not be offended. But if the offense was a deliberate attack, the freedom to forgive and not remain offended. Anytime we allow ourselves to be offended without forgiving, we are again entangled in that yoke of bondage. Forgiveness breaks the woundedness of the offense to our own souls while remaining offended retains the hurt and the pain. If we refuse to forgive, that person still has a knife in our hearts, and every time we think about the offense that knife just twists and goes deeper. When we choose to forgive, Jesus will remove the anger, the pain, and the hurt, and give us His FREEDOM over offense.

My prayer for you today is that you will come to the place of FREEDOM in every area of your life.     

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Overcoming the Storms of Life

Matthew 26:36 – “Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane and said, “Sit here while I go and pray.”

Growing up on the east coast of Virginia and living many years on the coast in Florida I can remember every hurricane season and preparing for what might happen. Of course, I always hoped that particular year would be a light year and we would be spared from a storm, but you just never knew. So, we prepared the best that we could. I always remember after preparing the materials for our home and stocking up with some essential items we had a sense of peace because we did all that we could to get ready. I remember one particular year; we had a direct hit in Florida. We invited some members of our church over to our home because they lived right on the beach. We had an “Overcoming the Storm Party.” While the storm was barreling down on us, we were praying, playing games, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. Of course, while we were having fun there was a question in the back of our minds, “Are we ok?” We prepared because we knew storms in life are inevitable.

Jesus tells us in John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that you can have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus overcame every test, trial, and storm that ever came up against Him. So, it would only be wise for us to find out how He did.

Storms in life are inevitable!

In Matthew 26 we find Jesus preparing for the biggest storm of His life. This was the night before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion. The word Gethsemane in Matthew 26:36 means “the place of crushed olives.” And from crushed olives comes oil. In the Bible, many of the references to oil refer to anointing (the presence of God). We all need our Gethsemane. While in Gethsemane the night before going to the cross, Jesus said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me? Yet not my will, but yours.”

You do not have to watch the news for very long to see the lack of peace that surrounds us over the last couple of months with the coronavirus. When you are overwhelmed, what do you do? It is at those times we must find our Gethsemane. It is in Gethsemane where God will bring peace and confidence. God understands how we feel and has no issue with us expressing our fears and confusion. It is during this time of transparency with God that He will ensure us of His willingness to bring His presence, which will always be accompanied with His peace. It is at Gethsemane that He will reveal His plan and give His grace for us to walk it out. The Apostle Paul said, “for when I am weak, then I am made strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). It is always at this place of being honest with ourselves and God that He reveals Himself as the “All-Sufficient One”. We need to find our Gethsemane, the place of being alone with God. When we bypass God, we try to get from others what only He can provide. This leads to the failure of many relationships because we are placing unrealistic expectations on others. We need to understand that those closest to us cannot pour out the oil (peace) and answer the longings of our heart. Like Jesus, it is at the place of Gethsemane when you pray alone and if necessary, you go on alone by the grace of God to fulfill His plan.

God understands how we feel and has no problem with us expressing our fears.

Luke tells us that in Gethsemane, Jesus was “full of pain” and that “His sweat was like drops of blood” (Luke 22:44). Jesus was in great anguish. But at Gethsemane, He found the peace and strength He needed to go on and carry out the Father’s plan. Like Christ, we too need our Gethsemane, the place of being alone with God. It not only prepares us for the storms of life, but it also gives us peace during the storms.

Today if you find yourself anxious, fearful, or confused, I encourage you to find your Gethsemane. Get alone and get real with God. He will bring the healing, the answers, and the reassurance of His presence. He promised Jeremiah “I am with you” (Jeremiah 1:8).  Jesus assures us “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). God guarantees us “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). In this world, especially now, during the coronavirus storm, there is a lack of peace. But He that changes not is always available. He is always our source of peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus overcame every storm because He practiced getting alone with God. My experience has been to prepare or beware. Most of the time most people are trying to play catch up when the storm hits instead of being prepared before it shows up. God’s presence in our lives prepares us for the storms of life.

Prepare or Beware

My friend’s in Florida and I survived the hurricane unscathed because we were prepared for the storm. 

My prayer for you today is that you will find that place of peace by getting alone with God.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

What is God saying?

2 Corinthians 3:18 – “So all of us who have had the veil removed can see and reflect the GLORY of the Lord. And the Lord -who is the Spirit- makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.”

Over the past several weeks one of the things that I have been ministering is – “What is God saying?” It’s during times of test and trial that we find out who we are and what we truly believe. Because, God never changes, also meaning that His Word never changes. He can always be trusted and counted on, no matter what is happening in the world. It’s times like this when the world is in frantic fear that God does His best work. In 1 Samuel 17, the people of God were paralyzed by fear. The Philistines were coming against them threatening to overtake them and take everything that belonged to them. The devil has no new tricks or lies, he’s been the same since the beginning. Jesus exposed him in John 8:44 as “the father of lies.” In the midst of the battle with the Philistines a leader, David came forth to stand up to the lies and defeat the enemy giant. Again, it’s during times of testing that we find out who we are. Whatever the enemy is threatening you with right now, is a lie and he’s attempting to keep you from your reward. When God calls us to something an enemy will always show up, that we must overcome. Because on the other side of your victory is your reward. During this test of the coronavirus, what is the Lord saying? I can tell you from experience that every test is an opportunity to grow and become stronger in faith.

When the world is in frantic fear is when God does His best work.

Just like growing up in the natural, from childhood to an adult, there are progressive steps to maturity in Christ. The failure to know these steps is probably the reason for many believer’s defeat and failure to live in victory. Our goal is to grow to the place where the GLORY of the Lord is experienced in our lives and seen on our lives. The Apostle Paul said that we are to “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14). As we grow from glory to glory, we will ascend the mountain of the Lord (Exodus 19:3) while conquering the enemies that have been assigned to us by Satan.

The first step toward success on any journey is in understanding where we are going. For every one of us that call ourselves a follower of Christ, the goal must be to have an intimate relationship with God. The reason why so many do not make it up the mountain to the glory of God is that they settle for a dry dead religious life (which is not life) instead of pursuing the relationship that God desires to have with them. The goal of our journey is to become like Him. It’s only out of intimacy with God that we will become like Him. Intimacy is the reason Jesus called the original twelve unto Himself (Mark 3:13). God’s whole intent in redemption is to re-establish us, His creation, back to the place that Adam lost in the garden before the fall. Relationship, walking with God, obeying Him, and fulfilling the mandate to rule on earth (Gen.1:26) in peace while the world watches, is the reason for our journey.

It’s only through intimacy with God that we will become like Him.

We see the relationship that Adam had before the fall, but in the new covenant, by the riches of God’s grace, we see that God not only restores us back to the condition that Adam had. We are now “New Creations” that not only can walk with God as Adam did but we now actually have God living in us! (Romans 8:11) God has made us His temple and God NOW dwells in us! Jesus actually said that the same GLORY that He had is the same GLORY that He gave us (John 17:22). The GLORY that Jesus gave us is the same GLORY that He possessed. GLORY means Dignity and Honor in the Greek. This is the “New Creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). When this truth is realized by us it wipes out and obliterates the religious idea of unworthiness. With God, there is no such thing as an unworthy “New Creation.”

God lives in us!

The Lord created man for the purpose of relationship and Moses had one of the most special relationships with God. Moses will demonstrate to us how to live in the GLORY of the Lord. Exodus 33:9-11 states, “And it came about, whenever Moses entered the tent (the place of worship and prayer) the Lord would speak with Moses. The Lord would speak to Moses’ face to face, just like a man speaks to his friend.” That’s pretty awesome but that was an old covenant relationship, and we have a better covenant with better promises. (Hebrews 8:6) Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:10 of how much richer our relationship should be, “For what was glorious (old covenant relationship) has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing GLORY of the new covenant relationship.” The Bible tells us that after Moses had these encounters with God that the visible glory of God could be seen on His face. But in the new covenant that cannot compare to the GLORY we live in. Because we do not just meet with God face to face periodically, we have Him living, walking and speaking inside of us continually. He does not just descend to meet with us – He dwells with us!

We have a better covenant with better promises.

Because Moses met with God face to face it says that his face shone with the glory of God. However, since God dwells in us, our whole lives should reflect a GREATER GLORY (Dignity and Honor), not just on our countenance but in everything that we do. This is the journey, our calling – to be His temple (a place of prayer and worship) the place where His GLORY is manifested. Our maturity will be reflected by how much of His GLORY is manifested through our lives. The reality of this should be as clear on Monday morning as it is on Sunday morning. So, what is God saying? I believe that He wants His Bride the church to reflect His Greater Glory on the Earth. Because He is after sons and daughters.

My prayer for you today is that the revelation of God’s Glory living in you will transform how you see yourself and will change how you live and feel about the times that we are in, and reflect the Glory of God.

Pointing people to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Staying Positive in a Negative World

Luke 5:14 -“You are the light of the world, like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.”

I’m a fairly optimistic person, mainly because of my mentor. I joined his team over 30 years ago as a youth pastor. He grew our congregation of 150 older white folks into over 3,000 people from 10 different nationalities and every age demographic in 10 years. As you can imagine, causing that many different groups of people to come together for one purpose and one vision had its challenges but on any given day my mentor would always project a positive attitude. I have always said about him that he was the “eternal optimist.” So, over the years I have attempted to be as positive as I can. I habitually ask everyone who crosses my path, “How are you doing?” And they usually ask me back with my typical response being, “I’m Happy!” or “I’m Awesome!” But last September I felt I could become even more positive, so I read Roger Campbell’s book titled Staying Positive in a Negative World. One of the things he suggested for obvious reasons was to stop watching the news. Now I was an avid news watcher. I believed that it was important that I stay in touch with what was happening in the world (even though I knew that Smith Wigglesworth never allowed a newspaper in his home). So, after reading the book, I went cold turkey and stopped watching the news. WOW! What a difference it made in my attitude. I’ve found that as long as I was in tune with what was going on in my Father’s Heart (the Kingdom of God) I would always be able to relate with people. Jesus did say that we are not of this world, but of His world (John 17:16). And Jesus always connected with people right where they were in life.

With everything going on in our world – the panic and fear from COVID-19 – I broke my habit of not watching the news last night. In fact, I watched the local Montana news as well as the national news. No wonder the world is freaking out. This morning about four o’clock in the morning I was awakened by the terrible thought that I could get the coronavirus. As I laid there, I sensed fear coming on me as I began to sweat and think about every person that I have been around in the past week. The more I thought about it the greater the fear became. I finally got up and went directly to my office and pulled out my confessions of faith scriptures to decree and declare over myself. As I did, the presence of the Lord filled me with peace and an assurance of His protection and provision from all harm. Our eyes and ears are gates into our soul, so they need to be guarded. David said in Psalm 101:3, “I will not look on anything vile (unpleasant). I hate what people without faith do; I will have no part of it.” Anything that doesn’t build our faith diminishes our faith. Faith is what gives us an unfair advantage that the world does not have. Because we do not trust in a man, our trust and faith is in our Father God. The issue is never about the problem and what man says or does or how big the problem is, but the issue is always – How big is your God?

Anything that doesn’t build faith diminishes faith.

We must be the people of God that think differently than the world. Faithless people cannot solve the world’s problems. While the world is in chaos, we should look just the opposite. Light isn’t necessary until it gets dark. Now is our time to shine, now more than ever we are to be the light in the world. God has called us to be more than conquerors, to be overcomers (Romans 8:37, 1 John 5:5). If we’re acting like the world and talking like the world, we are denying who we truly are and are of no more value to them as the newscasters on TV. When the world goes down into fear and panic, we are to go up into victory. This is the time to be light and to give hope to the world. I encourage you to keep a positive attitude as you trust God for resolving this pandemic. As the Apostle Peter exhorted us in 1 Peter 3:15 – “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone about the hope that you have.” Jesus commanded us to “Lay hands on the sick” (Mark 16:18). How are you going to lay hands on the sick through social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions? A command is a command, and anything less is disobedience. The will of God doesn’t change just because the world doesn’t accept it, or your denomination doesn’t believe it. God’s Word is always the truth and the solution to every problem. Now is the time to truly reflect the goodness of God.

Jesus commanded us to “Lay hands on the sick.”

The Lord would have you know especially during this time that He is with you, so do not fear but rather be bold in faith, be strong and courageous for our God is bigger than any virus. “Greater is He (God) that lives in you than he (virus) that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God lives in you! Think about it, this is what being born-again means – God lives in you! It is natural for the world to panic and fear. But, the Almighty God, our Father lives in you. He is mightier and greater than anything of this world.

My prayer for you today is that you would look for opportunities to be light and hope to others.                    

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Pandemic

Acts 2:17 -” In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

The context of this scripture is that in the last days these occurrences will be increased by the Holy Spirit. These manifestations will be supernatural from God and delivered by the Holy Spirit. Everything supernatural from God is a glimpse into His heart revealing something significant to us. As much as I try to not get old and refuse to admit my aging, in the last ten years the increase of dreams with supernatural implications has become one of the main ways that the Lord has shown me things that are to come. And though I must admit that I do not always initially understand every detail of a dream, I can usually get the main point, then later as I see it unfold some of the meaning of the details are revealed. In Acts 2:17 the phrase – “old men will dream dreams” – is making the point, that these are not insignificant dreams from eating pizza before you went to bed, but that these are Dreams given by God. I say all of that because last night I believe that God gave me one of those dreams. When I awoke, I was very disturbed and shaken.

In the dream my wife and I were physically doing things to build the church. We had hammers and other tools in our hands working around the church. Now if you know me you know that the last thing that I have any talent for is construction work (stay in your lane). So, the implication is that we are busy building people’s lives and the church (which is what I have given my life to). We are in a worship service at church and in walk three gangster looking men. My wife walks to the pulpit to welcome the people and make announcements (as she does) and she is speechless. She cannot even speak though she is trying. If you know Sue, you know that she is very intelligent and well spoken. So, I go to the pulpit and I am speechless. And if you know me, you know that I’m hardly ever without a word or an opinion. So, we dismiss the service. In the next scene in the dream, Sue and I have a large cargo van with the contents of the church in it. We park at a hotel and the three gangster looking guys approach us at the van. We’re a little shaken by this so we hurry into our room. Upon waking up the next morning we go out to the van to find it empty. I’m very disturbed by this so I wake up.

After waking I go to my office to talk to Jesus about the dream. This is what I believe the Lord told me. The three gangster looking guys represent – FEAR, the GOVERNMENT, and the MEDIA. That the church has allowed itself to be controlled by these three enemy forces that have caused us to pack up and lose the contents of who we are. The church is a community of believers that unite, support and strengthen one another. The adage ” United we stand, divided (separated) we fall,” is true and we are playing right into the enemy’s hand. The enemy has stolen from us the purpose of coming together to worship and experience the presence of God. These are the contents of the church that we have packed up, though in really nice high-tech packages and have tried to convey through live streaming and YouTube. Live streaming does not unite us, it divides us. It keeps us apart. And what most pastors are saying is that their watch population is 50% less than their normal attendance. Fear is expecting the worst (from the devil). Faith is expecting the best (from God). The will of God doesn’t usually follow human logic.

What you lose by fear, you do not regain.

I love our President and our country. I am a tax-paying law-abiding citizen. But President Trump is not my Lord and the government is violating the constitution (the supreme law of the land) of our nation, by restricting the assembling of churches. The media thrive off dramatizing everything for a story because it gets ratings. When has the media ever told the truth? For some reason now we believe everything that they are saying. The media and the government can be moved by fear, but we are the church. I have asked many people if they know anyone with coronavirus. Pastor Rodney Howard Browne has asked dozens of pastors if they know anyone with the coronavirus. No one that either of us has asked knows anyone with the virus. Our questions have literally included thousands of people. Pastor Rodney’s contacts probably include tens of thousands of people.

Fear is expecting the worst.

This is our time to shine. Isaiah 60:1 – “Arise shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” During this time of unprecedented crisis, the church is called to be a shelter in the storm, the light that outshines the darkness. The church is supposed to be the place that the world sees and realizes that they need. It will not happen through YouTube. Yesterday I was reading a word that Shawn Bolz gave after having an encounter with God. He said that the Lord told him – “That the enemy will flee when and if the church rises up. But the church cannot sit back and be passive.” It’s our time to shine!! Pastors be pastors and shepherd your sheep!

The church is supposed to be the place that the world sees and realizes that they need.

In Revelation chapter 3 Jesus addresses the church at Laodicea. They had grown complacent and comfortable. Jesus tells them that they make Him sick. Because of His love, He encourages them to – “Repent and become Zealous.” Jesus goes on in verse 20 – “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him.” Jesus isn’t knocking as a guest but as the master of the house. But I’m sorry to say that today when He’s knocking no one, is there, they might be home watching YouTube. This is our time to shine. Let’s not allow the enemy to steal from us the contents of who we are – The Church – that has been bought by the Blood and Sacrifice of Jesus!

This is our time to shine.

My prayer for you today is that you will rise and shine, stay in faith, project hope and faith to those around you. Pastors rise in the anointing and calling of God and shepherd your sheep. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers 

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Fear or Faith

John 1:1,14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

As the world retreats and bows to the fear of the coronavirus we as the church need to reveal our faith in our God who is greater than any enemy of sickness, disease or virus. Are you of the world or of the Kingdom of God? That will be what decides the outcome of this pandemic for you. Fear or Faith, the choice is yours.

Many people today question the will of God concerning certain circumstances and situations in life. But you don’t have to look any farther than the life of Jesus to find the answer. Jesus Himself said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Everything that we need to know about God and His character can be seen in the life of Jesus. Unbelief is rooted in FEAR, which is from the devil. Any thought or denominational belief that denies that what Jesus lived, taught and modeled is God’s will for us today, is from the devil. Jesus never did anything outside of the will of God. Colossians 2:9 says, “He was the fullness of God.” In other words, Jesus was the expression of the will of God for the earth. “Jesus anointed with the Holy Spirit and power went about DOING GOOD and HEALING ALL who were oppressed of the devil” (Acts 10:38). So, sickness is never the will of God – but rather of the devil. I simply define the Gospel like this, “If it’s good – it’s God (Psalm 136:1) if it’s bad – it’s the devil”(John 10:10). Jesus never contradicted the will of God.

Jesus expressed the will and heart of the Father and that hasn’t changed.

The Word of God is eternal because Jesus is eternal. This simply means that the WORD is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. God’s Word contains the answers to all of life’s situations. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “that Heaven and earth (as we know it) will pass away, but HIS WORDS will never pass away”. Because God’s Word is eternal and has stood the test of time, we must accept and believe every Word. We do not have the right to pick and choose which parts we will believe and decide what is relevant for today. Since God’s Word is eternal, God in His infinite wisdom would never have written parts that aren’t relevant or needed for ALL generations. In fact, if you study the Bible closely you will see that God has always been about the NEXT GENERATION. In our culture today that would mean the Millennial generation. David reminds us in Psalm 100:5, “for the Lord is good and His love endures forever; and His faithfulness continues to ALL generations.” He is faithful to always uphold His Word, to perform it and accomplish every Word of it in our lives. It is our responsibility to BELIEVE and obey every Word! Because only the Word we believe will work and manifest in our lives. In Mark chapter nine a father brought his demon-possessed son to the disciples to be delivered. To the father’s disappointment, the disciples did not help the boy. Jesus immediately identified the problem and said, “You unbelieving generation.” The devil is not just after people, he is after A GENERATION. He knows that if he can fill a generation with unbelief, he diminishes the presence and power of God on earth. Unfortunately, that is where we find much of the church in America today – unbelieving, powerless, compromising and without spiritual authority. Primarily from the deception that says – Jesus is no longer the same and the works that Jesus did He is no longer doing. That deception has produced unbelief and fear. But Jesus gives us the answer in Mark 9:23. In the midst of an unbelieving generation, He tells us that ALL THINGS are possible for them who BELIEVES. Before we can help an unbelieving generation, we must first BELIEVE God ourselves.

God is faithful to uphold His Word, to perform it and accomplish every Word of it in our lives.

We must take every eternal Word from God and not allow the enemy to steal it from us. No matter what religion says or what denominations say, NONE of God’s Word has passed away. NONE of God’s Word was only for the generation two thousand years ago. Jesus is the Word and He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Whatever the need in your life, find God’s Word for that situation and BELIEVE it, STAND on it, SPEAK it,  CONFESS it, DECLARE it, SHOUT it over your situation. Get BOLD about what you believe. ALL THINGS  are possible to them that believe. Smith Wigglesworth said, “If you will shout you won’t doubt.” Jesus said in Matthew 11 that the Kingdom suffers because the enemy is violent and in order to take it back, we must become as violent (persistent) as the enemy. Today’s generation (millennials) are looking for people who truly believe – to the point that it is a consuming fire. Become consumed TODAY with God and His Word! Overcome fear with Faith.

Today, my prayer for you is that you will stop accepting anything that doesn’t line up with the WORD OF GOD. That you will become consumed with God and HIS WORD – for they are the WORDS OF LIFE!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

The Church

Acts 2:17-“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

Typically, we go to churches because we agree with what the church believes. For the most part, we all agree that faith in Christ and His sacrifice as being our only source of salvation is non-negotiable. “It’s by grace that we are saved, through faith. And you cannot take credit for this; it is the gift from God” (Ephesians 2:8). Faith to believe in Christ is given to us from God Himself, we can’t even take any credit for our willingness to believe the gospel. It’s all from God. That’s what makes it grace. But since we are in the last days, there should be more than we are believing to unite us. What we should be believing for in addition to salvation in Christ, is the power of the Holy Spirit!

Just about every preacher will agree that we are in the last days. So, I ask – why don’t we all believe what the Bible says is to be happening in the last days? Since God said He is pouring His Spirit out (and He can’t lie), that means the power of the Holy Spirit should be here. The Book of Acts is the blueprint for the church. The Holy Spirit is the architect of the church. God gave us Jesus and the Acts of the Holy Spirit (Book of Acts) as our model and example to follow. If we really believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, TODAY and forever, shouldn’t we be believing for the works of Jesus to be manifested? Jesus did say that the works that I do, you shall do and greater works (quantity) shall you do because I am going to the Father (John 14:12). Jesus left us the assignment of doing what He did. Heal the sick, cast out devils, set people free, love the sinner (Luke 4:18, Luke 19:10). Signs, wonders, and miracles were normal and frequent in the ministry of Jesus. The Book of Acts proved that Jesus’ followers could do what He did. Anything less than doing what Jesus did is a bad representation of who He is.

Jesus left us the assignment of doing what He did.

If we just read the Bible without experiencing it, it is nothing more than a history book. That is the problem with the majority of the church, they are just having history class every week. The world doesn’t want or need another history lesson. People I talk with outside of the church are looking for the Real Jesus – not the religious, historical Jesus. They are looking for the Jesus of love, forgiveness, with power to save, heal and deliver. This is the vision for the church that we should be attracted to. Vision brings unity. Doctrine and denominations alone will not bring unity. The Word and the power of the Spirit that brings Revival to peoples’ lives is the only thing that should matter – because God is all about Revival (2 Corinthians 5:19). The word Revival means to revive or bring back to life something that was lost. So, ask yourself, “What has been lost?”

“Jesus was the expression and the image of the Father, and upholding (proving) everything by the word of His power“(Hebrews 1:3). Everything that Jesus did was to express the heart and love of the Father. Every sign, wonder, and miracle were proof of the Father’s heart. So, what has changed? What has been lost? Jesus hasn’t changed, the Father hasn’t changed. God wants to revive us with the expressions of who He has always been.

Jesus hasn’t changed, so why doesn’t the church look like Him?

The majority of the church, for the most part, has placed its focus on the wrong thing, teaching. Don’t get me wrong, I study for hours every week. But teaching is not the only thing I desire. The Apostle Paul said, “My teaching and preaching was not with wise and persuasive words, but with demonstrations of the Spirit’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:4). Good teachers of bad theology might sound good but it’s still wrong. Compromise can never bring deliverance and freedom to people’s lives. You can make something that’s wrong sound right by teaching it well, but that does not make it right. And that is the condition of most churches. Doctrine was never intended to cause unity. Vision is the only thing that has the power to bring unity. The original apostles did not agree or see eye to eye on doctrine, but they ministered in the power of the Spirit with signs, wonders, and miracles. I have friends who go to churches where no one is ever saved, no one is ever healed, no miracles ever happen. I’ve asked them why they go to that church. Their answer was, “I have friends there and I like the pastor”. I love these people, but I lovingly let them know that isn’t why Jesus gave His life for the church!! The Apostle Paul dealt with teachers in the church that were teaching bad doctrine by correcting it, he wouldn’t let it go, he would “speak the truth in love”(Ephesians 4:15) correcting them.

Any church that doesn’t look like Jesus: loving the sinner (that means the lost will come because they are loved), healing the sick, signs, wonders and miracles is a dysfunctional church. It’s not doing what Jesus did or gave His life for. A vision of the last-days church should be the basis for our unity – not whether we like the music, the way they take up the offering, or the frequency of communion. Those are negotiable. The only non-negotiable issue is, “Is Jesus showing up?” And if He is, He will do what He has always done. It is the last days and God is pouring His Spirit out, but the religious will miss it because their focus is on the wrong things rather than allowing Jesus (the head of the church) to do what He wants to do.

Compromise can never bring deliverance and freedom to people’s lives.

My prayer for you today is that you will not miss out on what God is doing in these last days, position yourself for the power of the Holy Spirit.       

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Conformity

Romans 8: 29 –“For those whom He foreknew-of whom He was aware and loved beforehand-He also destined from the beginning…to be conformed into the image of His Son.”

As a believer, part of your destiny is to be shaped into the image of Jesus, to grow and mature until you look just like Him. The Holy Spirit began that process the moment you were born again. You were super naturally changed on the inside – instantly. How successful you are in allowing this change to continue and to effect how you live is mostly up to you. We grow up spiritually just like we grow up physically. Diet and exercise! Our intake always effects our output. I can still remember one day about six months after coming to Christ, while standing around with several of my colleagues that a person drove by and did something to us that was unpleasing. Without thinking some very colorful exclamations came out of my mouth. Just a few months earlier that was normal and acceptable. And because everyone knew who I had become, you could hear a pin drop. But because I had been feeding on the Word of God immediately the Holy Spirit in me convicted me of this violation of spirit. The instant reaction I had was to ask Jesus and my colleagues to forgive me. Which they gladly did. Because of becoming more like Christ, I am happy to say, that day was the last time those type of words have come out of my mouth.

Is there anything that we can do to speed up this growth process? By spending more time pursuing the things of the Spirit than you do pursuing the things of the flesh will cause your growth to accelerate. “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds on what the flesh wants; but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit”(Romans 8:5). Become dedicated to the Word of God and make worship and prayer a daily priority. The God of the universe wants to spend time with you, to love on you and share His heart with you. This is why He called you into a relationship with Himself. You must be willing to take the time to pull away from the busy things of life and get alone with God. As you do, He will guide you, teach you and share His heart with you.

Become dedicated to the Word of God.

Have you ever noticed that if you spend time around people who have strong personalities, you will automatically be affected by them? The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:1 -“You should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” This Word is so amazing and relevant for us when you see the context. Paul did not have the advantage that the other apostles had by knowing Jesus in the flesh. He did not minister with Jesus as the other apostles did. But after his conversion, he pursued Jesus with his whole heart. And because of this pursuit, he gained the heart of Christ, to the point of CONFORMITY to Him. When you spend time with strong people, you’ll find yourself doing the things they do. Right or wrong. Their mannerisms will rub off on you. You can’t help it. They just influence you, especially if they are people you respect and admire. It’s the same for us when we spend time with God, His strengths become ours. By spending time with God through His Word, worship, and prayer His ways will become yours.

His strengths become ours.

The same thing is true in your relationship with God. If you spend enough time with Him, He’s going to rub off on you and His ways will become your ways. So, make yourself available to Him by praying, worshiping and loving Him. Daily spend time in His Word and get around other people, who love His Word. Before you know it, you’ll notice yourself changing. You’ll find yourself – “Putting on the new self, created to be like God in True Righteousness and Holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). His character will continue to become yours. You’ll begin to think as He does, talk like Him and act like Him. His image will begin to be recognized in you.

My prayer for you today is that you will fall in love with Jesus and then you will become an exact replica of Him.  

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven”

Talk It Up

Mark 11:23 – “For assuredly, I say to you, that whosoever says to this mountain (problem), be removed, and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”

Several years ago, I heard my Spiritual Father, Dad Hagin, teaching about faith, and he said something that got my attention. He said that one time as he was meditating on Mark 11:23, the Spirit of God spoke to his spirit and asked, “Did you notice that in Mark 11:23, Jesus talked about SAYING three times as much as He talked about believing?” Dad Hagin said, “Apparently, we need to hear about the subject of SAYING three times more than we need to hear about the subject of believing. And if we’re having trouble in our faith walk, it is probably because of what we are SAYING.”

You see, our living is a direct result of our words. Our lives today are a direct result of what we’ve been saying up until now. And what we say today is what we will be living in tomorrow.

So, as someone once said, “If you don’t like what you are or what you have quit saying what you’re saying.”

This is not “mind over matter” or “mind science,” these are Bible truths. Hebrews 11:3 says, “Through faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God….” In other words, by the words that God spoke – what wasn’t in existence came into existence.

Eleven years ago, I went through a divorce. I reached out to a couple of pastors for help and encouragement. I thought they were my friends but instead of receiving help and encouragement, I was told that my days in ministry were over. They asked me what I was going to do now? At first, I believed them which just deepened the pain that I was experiencing and led to depression. Because my friends were like Job’s friends, I stopped speaking God’s call and anointing on my life. I started to believe my friends were right. Then one day, a couple of months later, I met a Pastor who began to encourage me, believe in me and speak life to me. He introduced me to Bill Johnson’s teaching that eventually brought me to a place of healing and restored confidence in the call of God on my life. As this happened in me, I started speaking again what I had believed and spoken for years. Since then God has restored me back to my calling and has given me a real woman of faith that loves and supports me as my wife.

Our lives are a direct result of the words we speak or don’t speak.

How did God create the earth? By His words. “And God said, Let there be light and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters… (Gen. 1:6), and there was a firmament.” How did God cause these things to come to pass? By speaking – in faith. We were created in the image and likeness of God meaning that we were created to live like God with an ability to create like Him. We create our destinies by the very words that come out of our mouths – just like God. If what you have is not what you want, then speak and keep speaking what you want. Stop speaking about what you have unless that’s what you want to continue. That’s what most people do. They keep speaking about how bad things are and about their natural situation instead of speaking what they truly want. Doubt and unbelief are so easy because the enemy of your soul and your natural situation will always accommodate your words. That’s the power of the words that come out of your mouth. Get your mouth straight and your life will get straightened out. James said “Anyone who is never at fault in what they say, saying what the Father says is perfect, is able to keep their whole body in check (healed)” James 3:2. If you need healing in your body, STOP speaking about how sick your body is and start speaking what the Word of God says about your body.

Abraham was 100 years old and fatherless and his wife Sarah’s womb was dead. That was the natural condition. But for 25 years he had been calling himself “the father of many nations.” For 25 years he had been calling those things that be not (he wasn’t a father) as though they were (Romans 4:17). Abraham kept speaking what he wanted – not what he had. And at 100 years old Isaac was born. That is the answer to every situation that is happening in our lives. Keep speaking what God has said about it. I have daily Confessions of Faith that I speak out loud about my body, about my finances, and about my calling. I encourage you to do the same. Find at least two or three scriptures about your health, your finances, and your calling, and speak them out loud every day. I guarantee, your life will change. It’s impossible for the Word of God not to produce.

Doubt and Unbelief are easy because our natural circumstances will accommodate our beliefs.

How do we live by faith? We must believe and say what we believe (Romans 10:9,10). What we believe and what we say will ultimately determine who we will become and what we will have in life. Check out what you are speaking and make the corrections where necessary, and you will see your life take on the direction of God’s will for your life.

My prayer for you today is that you will cut off all words of doubt and unbelief and begin speaking words of life and abundance.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Voices & Choices

John 10:4 – “His sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

Several years ago, when I was the youth pastor for my mentor and his church, I became pretty prideful (to say the least). I had grown one of the largest youth ministries in the state and became nationally recognized. Because of my pride (which I was not aware of at the time), I opened myself up to a critical spirit towards my Pastor/mentor. During this time people started coming to me pointing out the things that they disliked about our Pastor or didn’t agree with and I started agreeing with them in my heart. Fortunately, through the voice of the Holy Spirit, I realized that I needed to share these things with my Pastor. My Pastor lovingly helped me see the truth of what was happening, and I stopped listening to their voices in order to continue hearing my Pastor’s voice. I believe that one decision from years ago is one of the most important decisions I’ve ever made. It kept me healthy and able to continue in the call of God on my life (1 Corinthians 11:30).

God brings people into our lives to speak into our lives, to help us and bless us. But at the same time, we must be aware that if God can send people into our lives to help and bless us, then the enemy will send people into our lives to separate us and destroy us. The enemy will send people that will distract us by stroking our ego and causing us to become open to the wrong people. Jesus warns us of this in John 10:1 – “That anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate (Pastor), is a thief and a robber.” We must be aware of the enemy’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). As I had to learn, any voice that attempts to separate you from the Shepherd’s (Pastor’s) voice is a wrong voice.  

Over the years I have seen many people deceived and pulled away from following a true Shepherd simply because of the voices that they surrounded themselves with. If you surround yourself with the right voices, you’ll make the right choices. The opposite is true. Wrong voices – wrong choices. One of my mentors, Jim Rohn (who has since passed), used to say, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” The Bible is even clearer on this point. Proverbs 13:20 – “He who walks with wise men will be wise. But a companion of fools will suffer harm.” We’ve all been there, just like King Saul. King Saul started out listening to the voice of God speaking into his life through the Prophet Samuel. But over time he became prideful and believed that he knew best without the man of God. Missing it is not easy to admit, especially when the seeming immediate reward (friends, acceptance, affirmation) of the wrong choice makes so much more sense in our current circumstance. Judas also had those initial feelings (acceptance, affirmation) after his wrong choice, but eventually led him to suicide.

Wrong voices – wrong choices.    

When we cut ourselves off from the voice of God speaking into our lives through true Shepherds, the voice of Godly influence becomes faint. Because we’ve listened to the wrong voices it becomes difficult to make the right choices. We must ask ourselves, who’s voice have we allowed into our hearts? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). When you cut off God’s voice through His chosen Shepherds, you remove wisdom. People that have cut themselves off from a Shepherds voice become the people that the enemy preys on (1 Peter 5:8). When you are removed from a Shepherds voice, you start hearing other voices. The truth is, there are only two voices: God’s and the devil’s (Truth and deception).

Whose voice have you allowed into your heart?

We all need people around us who have God’s heart, who are spiritually awake. Meaning that they know what God is doing. We need voices in our life that are not foolish. That is why I am so appreciative for my mentor. He has listened and spoken into my life for over 32 years. Correcting me and holding me accountable when I needed it and counseling me when I needed to hear his voice of wisdom.

We need voices in our lives that are not foolish.

We need the voices of people who truly love us and will get into our business. “Why weren’t you in church this Sunday?” “Where were you?” “I missed you.” We all do better when we have accountability. In America and even in the church we struggle with this Biblical principle because we have the idea that in the land of the free no one has a right to hold anyone accountable. In Matthew 25 where Jesus taught the parable of the talents, the point was accountability. Proverbs 18:1 makes it clear that a person without accountability is rebellious. Accountability lets us know that we matter and that someone cares. 

My prayer for you today is that you will surround yourself with the right voices. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

I AM or I was?

Exodus 15:26 “I AM the Lord that heals thee.”

I remember as a young Christian I would try to spend time with my Pastor. I loved and respected him. He loved me and was gracious enough with me to spend time with me. I knew that I was called to the ministry, but as a young man, I didn’t really know what that meant or looked like. I was trying to find out through spending time with my Pastor. I fell in love with the Word of God and the Jesus of the Bible. So, I studied and studied. As I grew, I started to notice that the Jesus my denominational church believed in wasn’t the Jesus that I was reading about in the Bible and falling in love with. So, one day in all sincerity, I asked my Pastor about this. And with all seriousness, he patted me on the back and told me that Jesus doesn’t do those things anymore because the church is established now. That the Apostles needed signs, wonders and miracles, and the gifts of the Spirit but we don’t. In my young Christian mind that did not make sense to me because as far I could tell the world was in as desperate a situation today as it was then. After several months of prayer and study and with all respect and love I talked with my Pastor to inform him that I would be leaving his church. Ever since that day God has proven to me that He is still the “I AM” not the I was. 

In Exodus chapter three we see God encountering Moses. We know from the outset of this encounter that Moses was totally opposed to the calling of God on his life. And much like Moses, many of us fuss and oppose the idea of God choosing us for such an assignment. But because of Christ in you, you are His anointed one called to be a deliverer (Galatians 2:20). A believer’s greatest purpose is in being a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). I say it like this “Every believer is called to be a minister.” What a privilege, what an honor. That the God of Heaven and Earth has placed a high calling and purpose on your life.

You are His anointed one, called to be a deliverer.

The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that “We are Christ’s Ambassadors.” As Ambassadors, we are on assignment representing our homeland, HEAVEN. God told Joshua, “Every place the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you.” The same is true of you as an Ambassador. Given for what? To bring the manifestation of the Kingdom! In other words, you carry the Kingdom of God with you wherever your foot treads. But like many of us, Moses felt unqualified when God called him to be Israel’s deliverer. He asked, “Who am I?” God assured Moses that He would be with him. And like Moses God is with us but unlike Moses, He is in us because of Jesus! Christ the anointed one and His anointing is in you (Galatians 2:20). God is not looking for the qualified, He qualifies those who accept His invitation. Jesus said in Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” In the Greek, it actually says, “For many are called, but few accept the call.” Moses didn’t have time to go to Bible School or take the “How to be a Deliverer 101” class. He just needed to accept God’s invitation and step out in faith. God is simply looking for our willingness to hear His voice and be like Jesus – say what He is saying and do what He is doing.

God is not looking for the qualified, He qualifies those who accept His invitation. 

When the soldiers in the garden of Gethsemane said that they were looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus answered, “I AM He.” And with that declaration, the soldiers fell to the ground. This is the same term God used with Moses. God said, “Tell them I AM sent you.” This term, “I AM” in Hebrew was a description reserved only for God. The term “I AM” states who God is, not who He might be or who He was. The term “I AM” in Hebrew is always present tense. “Jesus Christ (I AM) is the same yesterday, today and forever.” He has not changed who He is. Since He was “I AM” the Lord that heals thee, He is still “I AM” the Lord that heals thee. It doesn’t make sense to believe that God is no longer who He is. He is “I AM”. And because of the ministry of Jesus, we have a better covenant, with better promises then the Israelite’s (Hebrews 8:6). If healing was part of the covenant that Israel had with God, then it must be part of our covenant today. 

Do you know God as the “I AM” or as the I was? Our faith can only take us as far as our understanding of who He is.

My prayer for you today is that you will know God as the “Great I AM!!” Because how you know Him, is what He will be to you…today.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Your Destiny Awaits

Revelation 4:1 – “Then as I looked, I saw a door open in Heaven.”

I believe that like me, many of you have been in what seems like a season of transition. During this past season, there has been intense warfare and sometimes downright heaviness. The Lord gave me a Word to eliminate any confusion and that this spiritual colliding was over our DESTINIES. You must understand that Satan is not afraid of you going to Heaven. His greatest fear is you fulfilling your DESTINY here and now on Earth. I believe what the Lord is saying is that NOW this season is coming to an end because there is a door open in Heaven.

Whenever there is a door open it requires us to walk through it in order to get to what is on the other side of the door. Since this door is in Heaven it requires us to go up to go through. In other words, we will not find the solution to our wondering or wandering from the natural world around us. Remember our lives and existence are not earth-bound. No, NOW, we are raised up and seated together with Christ in Heaven, NOW (Ephesians 2:6). We are called to be an extension and an expression of Heaven on Earth.

So, the answer to your situation will not be found here on Earth. It never has been. Most people just think, “I’ll find a new job, that will fix it. Or I just need a new church, that will fix it.” I’m telling you the answer is not found in natural solutions. The answer to getting through this season of transition is on the other side of the open door in Heaven. 

As I prayed and went up through the open door, the Lord told me, “Your season of birthing is over, this season of warfare is over, and you are entering a season of fathering.” During this past season, I have faced discouragement, but I have learned that the determination to win decides the issue. As you enter through the open door, the Lord Himself has answers for you. I sensed that the Lord was saying that He is going before us and preparing the way for everyone that recognizes this opportunity. That this open door is about seeking His face. He has the answers and directives to transition us out of this season (Matthew 5:6).

The determination to win decides the issue.

In Revelation, when John looked and saw the open door, it was in Heaven, not on Earth. This is a door made available in the spirit realm, right over your existing situation. People who try to fix spiritual battles with natural means will never transition into the next season of their destinies. Only faith takes us forward into God’s plan for our lives (Hebrews 11:1). We are called to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Your promotion is connected to the strength of your inner man. That strength is only gained as we spend time with our Father. Our willingness to worship Him in spirit and truth gives us the capacity to go up through the open door – to hear His voice (John 10:27). That will enable us to transition into a new and greater anointing and a new season of harvest.

The door is open…His voice is calling…the time is NOW!

I now understand the reason for this season of warfare. We do not grow without adversity. Adversity either grows us because we fight in the spirit and from the place of VICTORY, or it stops us from advancing because we attempt to fix it in the flesh (Ephesians 6:12). That is what unbelief and religion attempt to do. But our spirit man must become stronger to reach this new dimension of our Destiny. In order to see more of Heaven on Earth, we must access more of Heaven. I taught about this back in November in the series “Heaven on Earth.” That series is on our website. 

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Then John heard, “Come up here, and I will show you things to come” (Revelations 4:1). John was told that when he went up and through the door into the next dimension, he would see things to come. If we will learn to live from this place, we will live with Heaven’s authority and the things trying to hold us back will fall and lose. There is an anointing for upgrade NOW if you will go up and through the open door. 

My prayer for you today is that you will hear God (your Father’s) voice calling you to come up to the place of greater intimacy with Him and to experience His glory and presence in your life. This is the secret to fulfilling your DESTINY and the overcoming life.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!” 

Courage Prevails

Psalm 27:1– “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?”

With over three decades of ministry leadership experience, the one thing that is crystal clear to me is the vision in my heart. Over a year-and-a-half ago, the Lord made it very clear and apparent that we were to leave the comforts of Dallas, Texas to bring revival to Ruby Valley, Montana. We had a great life in Dallas. I was traveling and preaching, and my wife had a high-powered executive position with one of the largest healthcare companies in the nation. We lived in an upscale neighborhood with a swimming pool that our grandkids enjoyed on a regular basis. Why would we leave? Because the vision that has burned in my heart to reach the next generation and families was not being met through traveling. Ruby Valley, Montana needed revival and we were the Father’s choice. But is anything we do really a sacrifice compared to what Jesus did for us? In my mind after making this “big sacrifice” and landing in this new land, everything would be gravy…right? Not so quick Tonto (for the youngsters out there – Tonto was the Lone Ranger’s partner. I’m really aging myself…lol). I have made my vision clear for the last year (even before coming to Montana). Then out of nowhere, the enemy sticks his ugly head up. I don’t know about you, but whenever he shows up, my initial thought is to back down, pull back, give in, stop making waves and just keep the peace. So, when people came against me about the changes I was making, I offered to resign and let them go back to the way it was before I came. You may have never felt like throwing in the towel, but I did. 

Despite the three thousand that believed on the day of Pentecost – the vast majority did not believe. The majority were perplexed, didn’t understand, mocked and even laughed at the believers. Thou three thousand believed, the majority did not get it. Did the believers stop believing? Did the Apostles go chasing after those that didn’t agree and try to convince them? So, for me after realizing what the enemy was up to, in courage, I stood my ground. Rosa Parks said, “Without vision people perish but without COURAGE dreams die.” In one week, half the people left the church. But I consider myself in good company. Bill Johnson, my Pastor, stood up for his vision and in the first year of being at Bethel, he lost half of the church. But the last twenty years speak for themselves as what has happened around the world because of Bethel Church. 

After standing my ground in courage, just a few months later we are reaching more families and the next generation. People are moving from other parts of the nation to be a part of what God is doing. Our first Bethel graduate is coming next month while our youth center is being built. God desires revival to come but you must first realize that this is not a popularity contest and the majority will not get it. Joshua and Caleb chose the vision of God over the popularity of man. Religion makes people comfortable because it’s measurable. But revival only comes through the presence of God having His way. You cannot have both – religion and revival. They are opposing spirits. I choose revival. History proves that the leaders of revival exhibited a level of courage that the average person refuses to step into. You too can be a modern-day revivalist. Courage is the decision to not allow fear to have its way.   

Joshua and Caleb chose the vision of God over the popularity of man.

Because just like faith, fear is a substance. Satan has no power over the believer except when we come into agreement with his unbelief and fear. Dr. Mike Murdock said, “What you tolerate, you authorize to exist.” When we give in to the enemy’s fearful suggestions, we come into agreement with him. This agreement with the enemy allows the existence of every lie, deception and fearful thing to continue (John 10:10).   

Faith in God and His Word will always overcome every attack of the enemy. Because faith moves God and heaven on your behalf, it causes the promise that you are in faith believing God for to come into existence. So, I ask, what promise are you in faith believing God for? The writer of Hebrews said, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Everything God has done; He did by FAITH. He created the earth by FAITH. He gave His son Jesus to be our redeemer, by FAITH. He is the God of FAITH. So, he expects the same from us His sons and daughters. Without faith it’s impossible to please Him – BUT – with FAITH we please Him. Faith requires COURAGE because most of the time faith contradicts the way that it looks and feels. 

Faith takes Courage!

Today is your day of victory and break through so stand up in COURAGE and claim your rights. Claim the promises that belong to you as a son or daughter of our faith-honoring Father. Then, everything that He has promised will come true in your life. 

My prayer for you today is that you will conquer and overcome every fear tactic of the enemy’s by standing in faith, being bold, and taking COURAGE in God’s Word. Be FEARLESS and see every promise that God has made become yours.  

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Fast and Pray

Acts 9:9 – ” Paul was three days without sight, and neither ate or drank.”

I absolutely love this portion of scripture…

In Acts chapter 7 Stephen preaches this scorching gospel message. Saul hears this message and right after Stephen finished preaching this anointed, convicting gospel message, Saul had him stoned and murdered. I believe that the Holy Spirit that was all over Stephen and the message was convicting Saul. The reason I believe that is because when Saul left the stoning, he was headed to Damascus to arrest and kill other Christians. On his way, he had a direct encounter with Jesus which knocked him off his feet (slain in the Spirit). After Saul is knocked to the ground, the first words out of his mouth are, “Who are You, LORD?” The Holy Spirit used Stephen’s last message to convict Saul and bring him to Christ – Saul ultimately becoming the greatest apostle of the Bible. You never know who your life is touching or influencing. It might be the next apostle to nations. Like Stephen, our lives are communicating the everlasting message of the Kingdom. As I said this past Sunday, your life has an eternal, divine purpose.

Who are you, Lord?

After Saul has this encounter with Jesus and is converted, the very FIRST THING that the Lord has him do is FAST and PRAY. This gives me great encouragement. Saul is a brand-new Christian, yet because of this encounter with Jesus, he had the strength to FAST. In other words, if Saul could FAST & PRAY as a new believer you can too.

Fasting and Praying spiritually positions you to hear from God for BREAKTHROUGH, concerning His Will, direction and purpose for this year. I want to encourage you to keep this portion of scripture handy. Refer to it often to energize and encourage your faith. There are a few very specific things that happened for Saul during this FAST. We should have an expectation during our time of FASTING and PRAYER to hear from God – as Saul did.

The spirit of expectation is the breeding ground for miracles!

Though the Bible doesn’t say at what point, but I believe that it was during this FAST that Saul, the disciple of Gamaliel (Jewish Rabbi), received his new identity as Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ. I believe that during this time of drawing closer to the Lord, God will increase your awareness of your identity In Christ. Your old man (Saul) being passed away and your new identity being totally permeated with Christ. You are no longer an orphan, a stranger to the covenant but you are now a SON/DAUGHTER, an heir of the Kingdom, an ambassador of the Kingdom. This is now who you are. Your new and true identity is In Christ.

Through this FAST, Saul became Paul receiving God’s vision for his life. God will do the same for you. As you consecrate yourself unto the Lord through FASTING and PRAYER the Lord will reveal Himself and give you a greater revelation of who you are and who He is. Whether affirming what you might already know or giving greater clarity and commitment, God wants to communicate with you. As you seek God with your whole heart, He is always faithful to speak. He will faithfully meet with you to give you greater BREAKTHROUGH and vision for your life. FASTING will cause us to get beyond our flesh so that we can get past our carnal perspective to see what the Lord is wanting to do. The Apostle Paul said that living according to the flesh is death but living unto the Spirit was life. (Romans 8:13). God has called us unto life.

Fasting will cause us to get beyond our flesh.

My prayer for you today is that you will consecrate yourself to FAST & PRAY, to seek God with your whole heart so that when you do God will prove Himself strong and mighty to you for the BREAKTHROUGHS that you need!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!

Speak and See

Luke 1:38– “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be done unto me according to your Word.”

Can you imagine how Mary must have felt when receiving the Word from the angel of the Lord that she was pregnant with child? But not just any child, the son of the Most High God. Do what? Can you imagine? She was a thirteen-year-old virgin. How was she to explain this to her family? She would be the ridicule of her town. Who would understand? What about Joseph her fiancé? How would he accept this? The angel affirms to Mary that “nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). And to Mary’s credit, one of the reasons she found favor with God (Luke 1:30), was that her response to such an impossible Word was, “Let it be done unto me according to your Word” (Luke 1:38).  

I’m wondering, when you read some of the promises of the Lord, as impossible as some of them might seem in relation to your current situation, what is your response? Because God is not asking you to figure it out and He definitely isn’t expecting it to make sense to your natural thinking. But “Every promise of God’s is “Yes” and “Amen” (so be it) (2 Corinthians 1:20). All He is listening for from us is the same response that Mary had, “Let it be done to me according to your Word” (Luke 1:38). You must get over doubt and unbelief to receive from God. 

This year can be the year that everything turns around for you if you will align your faith with God’s Word. This year like none other will be the year where what comes out of your mouth will have a quicker and greater impact than ever before. The year 2020 in the Hebrew calendar is the year 5780. The Hebrew alphabet is made up of numbers. The year 5780 in Hebrew means to – Speak & See. So, if you will make confessions of faith (Hebrews 10:23) in God’s promises you will See them come quicker and greater than ever before. I encourage you to find some promises and start speaking. I have a routine and it comes from the principle of – Win the first hour of the day and Win the day. Every morning with my cup of coffee before I check emails, FB or anything on my phone, I spend one-hour making declarations and affirmations from the Word of God over my day and my life. It’s called “Winning the Day”.

Find some promises of God and start speaking.  

I want to encourage you today. Many of us have received Words from the Lord that seem outlandish and virtually impossible. Words that seem totally opposite from what it looks like in the natural. The angel encouraged Mary by telling her “NOTHING is impossible with God!” God is simply looking for our heart’s response to be like Mary’s. Whenever God gives us a Word, we must first remember that it’s His Word to us, not our Word for ourselves. Meaning, if we will continue believing, standing in faith and speaking what we’re believing, He will bring it to pass. God has all intentions of fulfilling His Word…IF. I say it like this, IF is the biggest word in the Bible. Everything in our lives hinges on IF we will believe. Jesus said, “IF you believe, you will receive”. The woman who had the blood disease for twelve years SAID (declaration of her faith) “IF I can touch the hem of His garment, I will be healed” (Matthew 9:21). When the words that come out of your mouth agree with what God has said, no matter how impossible it looks, even what seems outlandish will be done unto you. That is what God is saying to us through Isaiah in Isaiah 55:11 “My Word that goes out from my mouth: it (the Word) will not return to me void (useless) but it (the Word) shall accomplish that whereto I send (speak) it.” When God gives us a Word (promise), whether it is His written Word in the Bible or a prophetic Word spoken to us by Holy Spirit, He is asking us to simply believe, receive and speak them by faith. Our salvation began with that principle, believe and declare, and the rest of our faith walk is built upon that principle. “IF you believe in your heart that God raised Christ from the dead and DECLARE with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). At the moment of the DECLARATION of your faith, God honored the words that came out of your mouth with salvation, because your words agreed with His Word. Whenever God gives us a Word that is not a current event, He is giving it to us as a prophetic Word about our future. Prophetic meaning that it’s the speaking forth of your destiny. Your faith will never exceed your DECLARATIONS. So, let the words that you speak always agree with what God has said.

If you will speak God’s promises you will see God’s promises.

My prayer for you today is that the Spirit of faith will consume you to the point that you will not allow yourself to be talked out of what God is wanting to do. That you will Speak & See.

If you have any prayer needs, please email me and I will join my faith with yours. 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

21 Days for Breakthrough

2 Samuel 5:20 – “So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So, he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).

I love that David exclaims, “The Lord did it!” Yes, David had Breakthrough – Victory and Success – but only because he sought the Lord. Like the waters bursting through a dam, the Lord can suddenly and dramatically change what’s in front of you. 

If you want a Breakthrough year, then you must begin by seeking God. I cannot find anyone in the Bible that had a Breakthrough that didn’t first seek God. David sought God, and God answered. Jehoshaphat sought God, proclaimed a fast, and God answered. When we prioritize seeking God, He shows up! Because as our Father He desires to be with us. But He wants to be invited. Because He desires relationship not manipulation with us! Love is never manipulative.

David sought God, and God answered.

The truth that we all must come to understand, is that no matter how hard we try, the truth is that we are not self-sufficient. God in His love will allow us to attempt to live that way. But, most of us have found out the hard way just how flawed we really are. Jesus says in John 15:15, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” As I said this past Sunday is that what I have found out is that when I do things my way it usually ends up in hurt and disappointment. The truth is that we can do a lot of things on our own, but the impact and fruit of our efforts really will amount to “nothing” unless Jesus empowers us.

Do you need a Breakthrough? Then Break Out! Break out of the norm and do something different! Join us in our annual 21 days of Fasting and Prayer. Consecrate special times of getting alone with God. If you keep doing or giving the same thing, you’ll keep getting the same thing. Some people have been tipping God so long and have settled for a trickle of God in their lives, believing that’s normal. Breakout – by giving God the whole 10%. Others have become satisfied with a little 2% or 3% annual cost of living raise. Breakout – do something different, start by giving God the 10% that He asked. Then you’ll see the God of the Breakthrough come in like a flood and defeat your enemies. Let your dissatisfaction motivate you to do something different. I believe God wants to make your life in 2020 a year of incredible Breakthrough. Breakout step up in faith, by doing something different. Make this year – 2020 the year of distinguishable BREAKTHROUGH!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

2020 Do you SEE what I SEE?

Isaiah 54:2 -“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold backlengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.”

As I prepare myself for what God has for us this year, I glance back at 2019 and realize that many people have also experienced the same thing. The enemy has been harassing, almost like what the Apostle Paul encountered in 2 Corinthians 12. The enemy’s attack seemed like a “thorn in the flesh” trying to get me to shrink back into comfort and lessen my territory and impact. As I prepare for our annual 21 day fast, I believe that one of the Words the Lord is speaking into 2020 is Isaiah 54:2. This year God will break through the boundaries that we have been experiencing! 

This year will be a season to stretch our faith for more. More of God in our lives causing us to take more territory for His Kingdom. God is wanting to expand our tent pegs beyond our limitations. I believe that God is wanting to do a “new thing”, that we really don’t have a paradigm for. We must not settle for comfort, but we must push forward for the greater. God is always challenging us to grow but this year He is calling us to ENLARGE our territory and sphere of influence. Go for it, that BIG DREAM that is in your heart. I ask, what do you have to lose? God is saying, “ENLARGE, STRETCH, LENGTHEN, STRENGTHEN, DO NOT HOLD BACK!” In other words, GO FOR IT!! Grab your tent peg, rip it out of the ground of comfort and stretch to a place that seems impossible. In Psalm 42:7 God says that, “Deep is calling unto deep.” But before we can STRETCH or lengthen there must first be an enlargement. An enlargement of God in our lives, an enlargement of vision, an enlargement of His heart in us. God is saying, “It’s a new season that I am calling forth the deep things that are in you.” There is treasure in you, dreams in you. Dreams that you may have ignored, pushed down or even forgotten about. This is your year to “Just go for it!”. When Canon Andrew White was struck with MS, he was given some advice, “Don’t take care, take risk.” God is calling us out of the safe place to take risk. We all are comfortable operating at a certain level. It’s usually a place that doesn’t require us to take risk. This year 2020 is different, God is calling us out into the deep to take risk.

Before we can stretch there must first be an enlargement.

In this season, God is waiting for you to step out of the boat of comfort and familiarity to experience what He has set up for you in this moment of your life. God has called us to partner with Him, not just work for Him. He wants to anoint us and empower us to ENLARGE, STRETCH and LENGTHEN our reach of influence. But it is going to require us to step out in faith and take risk. According to Hebrews 11:6, God always rewards faith. No one ever accomplished anything great by sitting in the boat of comfort. So, the greater the STRETCH the greater level of reward you will see and receive.

True faith requires risk.

My prayer for you is that you will be thankful for what you have experienced but realize that it’s not enough. My prayer is that you will hunger and thirst for more of God and His presence this year. That you would have 2020 vision and your spiritual eyes would be opened to see what God is calling you to. A deeper spiritual hunger that will cause your heart to become one with the Father’s.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Great Expectations

Isaiah 7:14 – “The Lord Himself will give you a sign; The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.”

Christmas is to be a season of “Great Expectation.” It’s a time where once again our hearts are filled with the majesty and the mystery of the Incarnation of Christ with all of its implications. Because He came as the “Hope of Israel”, we now have a future and a hope too! So, I encourage you to raise your EXPECTATION in this season. The King came! The King is here! and The King is coming!

Growing up as a child, I went to a church where they celebrated the tradition of Advent. The season of Advent is intended to make the journey towards Christmas full of meaning. The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival”. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in His First Advent and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in His Second Advent. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and faith.

The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ.

There are many variations of the traditional Advent wreath and candles but the one thing they all have in common is the meaning attached to Hope and Expectation. Advent reminds us that the HOPE of the whole broken world (which includes whatever situation you might be currently facing) is found in Jesus.

Consider the hope given to us by the Apostle Paul in this scripture, “But when the FULLNESS OF TIME had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those (us) who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

Because Jesus is “The Word”, when our “Great Expectation” meets His “Fullness of Time”, every Promise in His Word that we are standing on in faith believing becomes our  REALITY! Most of what God wants to do in and through our lives is directly connected to our EXPECTATION…our FAITH. In Matthew 9 Jesus asked the blind man, “Do you BELIEVE (have faith) that I am able to do this?” The blind man said, “Yes Lord, I believe.” Then Jesus said, “Be it done unto you according to your FAITH” (Matthew 9:28,29). The blind man’s “Great Expectation” met the “Fullness of Time,” and he received his miracle.

So what are you expecting God to do in your life during this season of Advent? Do you have “GREAT EXPECTATION“? 

My prayer for you this Christmas season is that you will have “GREAT EXPECTATION” of encountering Jesus as the greatest gift ever given.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

He Was Born

Isaiah 9:6- “For us a Child is born, for us a Son is given. And His name shall be Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

This is probably my favorite scripture describing the purpose of the birth of Christ. The real meaning of Christmas lies not only in His birth but also in His life. He came to earth to model for us what life with “The Father” looks like. His life of miracles, His life of love and His teaching all demonstrated the heart of God for us. And the truth is that His death and resurrection made all that possible for us to experience and possess for ourselves. Because of Christ’s birth, His life and His death we can now personally know God. We can have Him in our lives as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. During this time of year, we celebrate Jesus coming to earth, but for many of us, this season just seems to add to the busyness of life that distracts us from the real reason He came.

Because of the birth of Christ, we can now personally know God.

In Luke 10 we read where Mary and Martha invited Jesus into their home. There was much to be done, and Martha was “distracted by it all.” Maybe, like me, you can relate with Martha. There is so much to do, with people placing expectations on us. Yet in the midst of all the busyness, it says that Mary set herself down at Jesus’ feet. She seemed unaffected by all the hustle and bustle. She kept her priorities straight. She longed to spend time with Him. So, Martha (like many of us), complains because she is so busy, “Don’t you care Lord that I’m so busy and Mary (and no one else) doesn’t seem to care.” Yet Jesus reminds us, as He did Martha, that in all the hustle and bustle, STRESS and preoccupation with shopping and life, Mary has chosen and discovered what is best. Being able to sit at Jesus’ feet is why He came.  

She longed to spend time with Him.

When we remember why Jesus truly came and recognize our need for Him, then we’ll take the time to be with Him. Then we will prioritize our Sunday mornings. And through sitting at His feet, we will gain His strength and His peace – especially during all the busyness of life. When we keep Jesus as our first priority (Matt.6:33) we will always experience His faithfulness, His blessings, and favor on our lives. So, what does your relationship with Jesus look like? Is it filled with His peace and presence? He came for you. Jesus came so that we could have His peace and be filled with His joy and strength.

He came for you.

In His presence, at His feet is where real joy and peace is found, and strength for the days ahead. Not in getting all the busyness done. But Jesus reminds us like He did Martha “choose what is better.”   

My prayer is that during this busy season you will truly discover why Jesus the Lord was born.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”