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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!”