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Listen Up

John 6:38 – “For I have come from Heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me.”

Before I came to Montana, God gave me a Word. He spoke to me. Nothing in the natural said that I should do this. I have lived and pastored in cities for most of my life. Moving to a rural valley with only 8,000 people made no sense in the natural. I have said many times, the only reason I’m here is because God gave me a Word. Jesus emphasized the truth that He only did what the Father was telling Him to do (John 8:29). We have the privilege of this intimate relationship as sons and daughters of God. As sons and daughters of God, we are called to intimacy with Him. As Bible-believing people, we put great importance on reading the written Word of God – with good reason. It is the standard of life that we are called to live and the expression of who God is. But what happens when you need some insight, some direction, a revelation that you can’t find in the Bible? It would be weird if communication with my wife or my earthly father was only through written letters. Jesus said in John 10:27 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” I encourage you to slow down and receive the “Spoken Word from the Lord.” God is still speaking to those who are listening.

As sons and daughters of God, we are called to intimacy with Him.

In the decisions of life, we cannot afford to be led by our feelings or emotions. Many times, what looks right is not God’s way for us and God’s way is always right and best. Over the years I have seen many people who have made life-altering decisions, simply because it looked like the best option – only to find out after making the move that everything fell apart. As believers, we have the advantage of Holy Spirit living in us. He knows the perfect will of God for us and He speaks if we will listen (Romans 8:14).

The Israelites received a Word from God. God wanted to free them from living in slavery. Incredible as it might seem, the Israelites were so used to living in their life of lack and slavery that they got angry when Moses wanted to lead them into freedom. In Exodus 5:21, the Israelites told Moses, “We hope that the Lord will punish…you.” I can’t imagine that, but the truth is for all of us when we get so used to living with our problems, habits, and religious attitudes, many times we lose the desire to overcome them. Because, after we have lived that way for so long, we find it hard to believe that it can be any other way. So, those attitudes become our excuses. That is exactly where the enemy wants to keep you, in complacency.

Ever wonder why some people go on to experience higher heights in their life and in their walk with God while others seem to just go in circles and never make progress? Some of the biggest mistakes I have made are when I made decisions based on what seemed right or looked best. You know what I mean, make a ledger and write the pros on one side and the cons on the other. Whatever side has the most check marks determines how you make your decision. It’s common sense. But our God is not common nor does faith make sense. We must be people that walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). If we are going to allow God to do something great with our lives, we must push past the immediate to accomplish the eternal! When we are committed to doing God’s will He will make it clear by the Holy Spirit (not by our natural thinking). Sure, sometimes we learn from our mistakes. But wouldn’t it be best to learn from hearing His voice.

This is what I have experienced and seen. Those who make progress are those who have made a commitment to pursuing God – until His presence and voice become a reality in their lives. And as a result, God honors their commitment and hunger for Him. If you’ve grown complacent, God wants to re-energize you. Don’t settle for less than a living, breathing, walking, talking relationship with the King of kings. Press into God and listen to what He has to say. Then do what Jesus did. Do what He tells you. Father God sent Jesus for the sole purpose of doing His will. The greatest life that you will ever experience is in doing His will. I guarantee that your future will become the best years of your life. Part of your inheritance is in knowing His voice.

We must push past the immediate to accomplish the eternal!

My prayer for you today is that you will ask Father His will and purpose, then Listen Up!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers “On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Dream On

Acts 12:11 “Peter came to his senses, now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent His angel and rescued me from Herod and what the Jewish leaders had planned for me.”

Herod made it clear that Peter was not going to make it out of prison alive. But because God had a plan (a dream) for Peter’s life, He sent an angel to deliver Peter as he lay awaiting his execution. Our enemy is not flesh and blood like Herod, but we do have an enemy. Our enemy (the devil) many times will use people that are being influenced by him to attempt to keep us from the dream that God has for our lives. Our enemy loves to see us in bondage to fear and doubt which leads to the prison of discouragement. I encourage you to go for it, believe the unbelievable and do the impossible (Philippians 4:13). As the singer Stephen Tyler sang – “Dream on, Dream on, Dream until your Dream comes true.”

I have adopted this statement as my life creed, and you are welcome to use it to motivate yourself too. “Dream Big and Be Unrealistic!” God has big plans for your life. God told Isaiah, “My thoughts are nothing like yours and my ways are far beyond (bigger) than anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8). God has no small ideas or small people. Your life has the capacity to be filled with God and His thoughts, ideas, and ways (1 John 4:4). He has plans for you! And His plans are good (not bad). His plans are to give you a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). I encourage you to Dream Big! You serve a big God who is able and willing to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). In other words, be unrealistic! John Maxwell says, “You must be willing to risk failure to gain success.” Nothing great happens by living in your comfort zone.

Believe the unbelievable and do the impossible!

The devil will use fear and doubt to keep you in bondage – to prevent you from moving forward in God’s plan and dream for your life. The devil will lie to you in order to get you to give up on your dream. He knows that if he can convince you that your dreams are not possible, he wins. I have found out that when I’m on track, only then does opposition and false accusers show up. Which simply means that I’m doing something right.

Fear is the enemy’s biggest weapon. Fear that you’re not good enough, smart enough or anointed enough. Fear that you do not have what it takes to be successful. The fear of failure and fear of what others might think will keep us in bondage unless we recognize them for what they are, lies of the enemy. Fear is closely associated with the enemy’s next tactic, doubt. He will attempt to get you to doubt God. He will tempt you to question if God loves you enough to see your dream come to pass. Remember, it is your Father who put that dream in your heart (Psalm 37:4) and He always finishes what He starts! If it’s bigger then you then it must be God.

So, Dream Big and Dream ON!

If the enemy can’t get us to doubt God, then he will try to get us to doubt ourselves. For most of us, we are easy targets. He will question your talent, your gifting and even the call of God on your life. The Apostle Paul spoke about himself in 1 Corinthians 2:4 saying, “My speech and my message were not with persuasive words of wisdom (I’m not very smart), but I relied on the power of the Holy Spirit.” And we know that God used the Apostle Paul to write two-thirds of the new testament. The Holy Spirit that Paul depended on is the same Holy Spirit that lives in you to empower you to walk out the plan of God for your life. Doubt and fear are both attacks from the enemy to keep you shackled in the prison of regret. But faith in God and His Word are always the antidotes to the enemy’s intimidation of fear and doubt.

As Peter sat in prison awaiting his execution the Bible says that “suddenly” the light came shining through. No matter how dark your prison might seem or how far away your dream looks, our Father is the God of the “suddenlies“. God says in Isaiah 29:5 “But suddenly your enemies will be crushed like fine dust. Your attackers will be driven away like chaff, suddenly in an instant.” “Suddenly” the light shone around Peter freeing him from the chains of fear and doubt. As we place our faith in God, then the dream that He placed in us becomes the light that will set us free and lead us out of any prison (Psalm 119:105).

Faith in God and His Word are the antidote to fear and doubt.

My prayer for you today is that you will not allow the enemy to talk you out of the dream God has for your life. That you will be all that God has called you to be through the power of the Holy Spirit. Believe the unbelievable and do the impossible. All things are possible to them that believe. Dream On!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

I Am With You

Matthew 28:20-“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

God’s promise to us that He will be with us is God assuring us of His faithfulness to meet our need for courage and strength to face everything that this life would throw at us, especially in those things that seem impossible. President John F. Kennedy said, ” The problems of the world (I might add- the church) cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited. We need people who can dream of things that never were.” His dream was to be the first to the moon. You need to know that every dream and every promise will face its critics and skeptics, but as you persevere God will prove His faithfulness to be with you. In spite of the critics, God will endow you with courage and strength.

There is no question that the Presence of God is what brings us great joy, comfort, and peace. The Presence of God will also give us confidence in the face of opposition and any less than favorable circumstance. Moses was called by God to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. He asked God in Exodus 33, “Who will you send with me?” God answered, “My Presence will go with you, and it (My Presence) will give you rest (peace, confidence, and strength).”

It is this revelation of the Presence of God that enabled the exploits of the Apostle Paul. It’s what strengthened a king named David. Moses needed this same assurance. They all needed incredible courage to fulfill their callings. Joseph was only 17 years old when God gave him dreams of his future authority to reign and rule. But Joseph found out that everyone doesn’t celebrate with you a Word from God. Yet, even though Joseph was hated by his own brothers, thrown in a pit and sold into slavery, the Bible says that the Lord was with Him. Most people would question, If God was with him, then why did he go through those things? The truth is, BECAUSE the Lord was with him, Joseph was able to persevere with strength and hope. Because the Lord was with him, Joseph, was able to see beyond the pit. He was able to endure being falsely accused. He was able to overcome the injustice of being wrongly imprisoned – because THE LORD WAS WITH HIM!

Because the Lord is with you, you will be able to persevere.

It’s the same promise of Jesus being with us that should provide confidence, peace, and strength to help us make it through every test, trial or tribulation. From the pit and through the prison to finally the palace at the age of 30, Joseph finally saw his dreams come true. The Lord was with him through every test during those 13 years which finally brought him to His promise. Whatever your pit might look like, remember The Lord is with you. Do not lose hope. Two thousand years ago when Nero the Roman emperor was unmercifully killing Christians by burning them, crucifying them, throwing them into prison and arenas to be eaten by wild beast, all for the entertainment of people that the Apostle Paul encouraged his spiritual son Timothy -“To endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”(2 Timothy 2:3). Jesus was with every martyr ensuring them of their eternal reward. No matter what test, trial or persecution comes your way be assured that Jesus is with you. Because if you let the devil steal your hope, he will steal your promise from you.

The Lord is with you, do not lose hope.

This promise of ” I am with you,” is given to everyone that calls on the name of the Lord. But some live with a greater sense of peace and confidence than others. BECAUSE SOMEPLACE A HIGH VALUE ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD, and some don’t. Those who do, begin their day seeking the Presence of God and continue to fellowship throughout their day with Holy Spirit. They are extremely conscious of His Presence and understand how He responds to their WORDS, ATTITUDES, and ACTIONS. The thought of grieving the Holy Spirit brings them great sorrow. This passion for the Presence of God causes us to live in the place of confidence. “I am with you always…” becomes our reality that invites the supernatural into our daily life. Those with a passion for the Presence of God will be the ones with a constant activity of the Holy Spirit working through them, using them for the glory of God.

My prayer for you today is that you will live with the reality of the assurance that Jesus promised, “I will be with you always…”

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!

Forging a New Way

Proverbs 27:17-“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

As a boy growing up in Virginia, I have visited Williamsburg, VA many times, and I still enjoy going there. I enjoy seeing the history of the first settlers and what it took to forge a new direction for themselves and their families. I can never forget watching the Blacksmiths masterfully sharpening knives and swords. They would beat the swords with hammers then stick the swords in the fire, only to see the sparks fly. All with the intent of sharpening the sword to make it more useful and effective. The truth is that you really don’t have close people in your life unless every once and awhile some sparks fly. Sure, we all need some “yes” friends. Those people that no matter what, tell us, “you’re wonderful, you’re right, you’re so good and everyone else is wrong.” At the right times, they keep us motivated and encouraged. But they usually aren’t the ones that fuel change and growth in our lives. Sometimes our own sword needs to be sharpened, and that requires, like it or not, some beating and sparks flying. Because our sword needs to stay sharp so that we can yield the sword of the Spirit when necessary. And so that we can also be the friend that speaks the truth to those closest to us. In order to forge new ground and take new territory requires our swords to be sharpened. Unless our swords are sharp and ready for the battles that the enemy throws at us, we will find ourselves on the losing end being devoured (1 Peter 5:8).

Sometimes our swords need to be sharpened.

It’s the real friend, someone who really cares about you that will tell you the truth. They will tell you when you’re wrong. They will let you know when you need to apologize. We need people that are going to be honest with us because Proverbs 15:32 says – “Those who disregard correction despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.” A true friend will encourage you and motivate you to do the right thing so that you can fulfill your potential. Their sword is sharp enough to do according to Hebrews 4:12 – separate what is your un-renewed mind, your flesh, prideful thoughts and actions from what are the actions of you living according to the truth. We all need that type of friend. Because a real friend will be there when you need someone for counsel, someone to lean on, as well as to celebrate our victories with. A real friend can see our weakness and even our failures yet will be there to love us, correct us and accept us. 

God says in Proverbs 18:24– “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. “The most reliable friend anyone of us can have is the Holy Spirit. Especially at those times when the sparks fly between us and those closest to us, we need to lean on the Holy Spirit. He will empower us to overcome any possible anger or the temptation to be unforgiving. God knows that in order for us to become the person that He created us to be, sometimes some sparks must fly. But no matter what’s happening in our lives we need to always stay close to Holy Spirit. He will always lead us into the truth of God’s will, Love!

The most reliable friend anyone of us can have is the Holy Spirit.

Love is patient! Love is kind! Love keeps no record of wrongs! Love is always forgiving! A true friend will love at all times and walk with you through the fire.  

My prayer for you today is that you will nurture those closest to you with Love!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!” 

Spiritual Authority

A few months ago, a well-respected and recognized international prophet gave me a word. He is from L.A. and 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, 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 2:20, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be establishedBelieve His prophets (the appointed man of God), you shall prosper.

One thing that is huge with God is relationships. He 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.

I will say that in this year God has proven this Word to be true in our life. That by honoring the authority relationships in my life, my wife’s business has doubled, she has received a 40% raise on her corporate job, we are on the verge of stepping into our life dream that will take 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 2:20 and have chosen to honor and seek counsel from the pastors/prophets that I am in relationship with.

In Matt. 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 leadership authority in his life. If you’re 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.

In order for the plans and purposes of God 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 2:20, proper alignment with God requires that we be in 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 2:20, 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 absolutely necessary to seek counsel from a man of God (Prophet, Pastor). And the counsel that we receive should only be from the Pastor that we are in relationship with. I am very 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 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 don’t seek counsel from a man of God that they are in relationship with. But in order to fulfill God’s purposes for our lives, we must be in 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 man of God that we are in 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 you will come into relationship with a man 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!”

Show Up

Hebrews 13:20-21 –“Now may the God of peace who raised up our Lord from the dead…make you complete in every good work to do His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

One of the only reasons God wants to use us is to give irrefutable proof of who He is. Supernatural living demonstrates what God wants to happen on earth.

As a believer, our job here on earth is to show up and prove the will of God. In other words, to show other people what He is like. Our calling is to make God’s will obvious. If we believe in the life and words of Jesus, then there is no option for us. Jesus commanded, “go heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out devils” (Matthew 10:8). It’s not a mere suggestion. Our job is to show up and put God on display. To convey that the reality in Heaven can be manifested right here, right now (Matthew 6:10). We are not to be people that only believe the “right” things, but we must be people that have been so transformed by our Father that we express Him in everything we do. Our lives should cause others to realize, “Oh, that is what God is like.” Healing, deliverance, and restoration give people a clearer understanding of who God is.

Our job is to show up and put God on display.

Not too long ago I was in a sports bar watching an NFL football game. Yes, Jesus through us still goes where the lost and hurting are (John 2:1-11). As the game was coming to an end, a young man walked up to the bar and soon he was surrounded by several friends. As I watched I realized that the left side of his body was paralyzed. I must admit that at first, I wanted to leave when the game was over but the longer, I thought about it the more convinced I became that if I left, I would be letting Jesus down. So, I finally got up the boldness to put God on display and I approached the crowd. After introducing myself and expressing that I believed Jesus wanted to heal him, he agreed that l could pray for him. I believe that Jesus touched him, and he is being healed. But while I was praying for him, God gave me a “word” for his friend that was there. The young man couldn’t believe it. Everything I shared was on point – it had happened in his life just as Holy Spirit revealed it. He was blown away that God was speaking to Him in a bar. It was a word of restoration, love, and forgiveness. He acknowledged growing up in the church. And as a teenager, his Pastor had a prophetic word over him about being called to the ministry. He admitted that his disappointment with church eventually led to his leaving. But God reached out to him that day in a bar to prove that He hasn’t given up or forgotten about him. The young man assured me that because of this encounter he was turning back to Jesus and would be going back to church.

Now I understand that everyone isn’t comfortable in a bar but there are opportunities around us all the time that God desires to use us, to show up and put Him on display. Miracles do not always go where they are needed, they show up where you go. When I pastored in Dallas, I used to say that Wal-Mart was my new mission field. It is time to realize that the lost and hurting are not showing up on Sunday morning. WOW, I wonder why? IF IT’S BROKE, FIX IT! If they’re not coming to us, we must do something different. It is time for a NEW REVOLUTION. The “word” that has been prophetically spoken by some of the prophets in our land is that the next great revival will be a revival of the “misfits.” Those who have walked away from the church. Not because they don’t believe in Jesus but because they don’t believe in us, the people that are supposed to be displaying who Jesus is. The Church at large is spending most of its resources on entertaining “the saints”, keeping everybody comfortable, and keeping the religious machine going. But the millennials, the 96% of this generation who are un-churched (or de-churched) have spoken. And we haven’t listened. We’ve built our museums and we must pay for them. I LOVE THE CHURCH but it’s time to break the mold!! I’m believing for the NEW REVOLUTION of the church that will reach the “misfits”. I’m calling it “a new church for a new generation.” I’m believing that The Revolution and The Revolutionaries are coming!

If it’s broke – Fix it!

My prayer for you today is that God will open your eyes to these opportunities to show up and put Him on display – to reach those who don’t walk into the church on Sunday morning.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

You Win

Acts 2:1-4 -“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with ONE ACCORD (unity) 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 were ALL 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. Two thousand years ago on the day of Pentecost, the promise that Jesus made to send the Holy Spirit was fulfilled. And He, the Holy Spirit has been here ever since carrying out the will of the Father. The day the Holy Spirit was poured out was not some ordinary 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 wheat 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 or coincidence. So, in this past season, there has been intense warfare for many of us because we are about to step into an abundant harvest. The battle is over souls. People are the most important thing to our Father. Jesus came to reconcile the world unto Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19). The enemy always goes after those on the brink of stepping into their God-called purpose. On the day of Pentecost, 380 people out of the 500 who received the invitation from Jesus missed out. They allowed themselves to be talked out of what God was wanting to do. We must stand our ground and not allow the enemy to come between us and the will of God.

Perhaps it looks like you can’t win, or like you will never see change or victory over your circumstances. I want to encourage you – God has a secret weapon for you. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said that He was sending back a 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 Spirit’s 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 those who believe and ask. For the purpose to defeat the power of Satan. It is a unique language – a language Satan cannot understand.

And no, it’s not nonsense. It hasn’t passed away. It wasn’t 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 an overcoming victorious life. To live out His purposes for our lives takes Super-Natural power. So, He made available to us this Supernatural power. Our assignment today is of no less importance than theirs was two thousand years ago. 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 perfect will of God. When we pray in other tongues we are not praying to talk to people, you’re talking directly unhindered to God. Again, the devil is clueless and confused about what is being prayed, but God isn’t. This unknown language is your secret weapon giving you power to defeat the enemy and win your battles.

Our assignment today is of no less importance.

You probably don’t know the solution to your problems. You may not know how to win the battle that you’re in. But don’t despair, pray in the Holy Spirit language 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 can’t 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.

What battles are you facing? Are you feeling defeated by financial problems, addiction, struggles in your family or relationships? Maybe you have been fighting the wrong way. Maybe you need a different weapon. Maybe you need to stop fighting on your own. 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 in our lives.

Maybe you need a different weapon.

My prayer for you today is that if you don’t 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, that you will increase your praying to see greater victory. YOU WIN!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Greatness Is In You

Matthew 14:28 – Then Peter called to Jesus, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

How easy it would be to settle right where you are, in the place of comfort and familiarity. The natural tendency is to settle and get comfortable. The problem is, the life of God that lives on the inside of you never settles. We are called to greatness! As members of the body of Christ, we are called to do something significant with our lives. The “Greater One” that lives in you will not settle for less. He calls us to get out of the boat, take the risk, walk on the water, climb the mountain, move forward, possess the land, and do greater works.

We are called to Greatness!

Going to the next level in our faith requires us to be like Peter. Peter wasn’t happy sitting in the boat of comfort like everyone else. Are you in the boat? Most people live for comfort, but movers and shakers in the Kingdom never settle with the majority. Leaders are leaders! That’s why they are ahead of the pack. Peter said, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you.” And like Peter, we must have the desire to do the extra-ordinary and to live supernaturally.

We have what the world doesn’t have. We have the God of all wisdom, knowledge, and understanding on the inside of us, speaking to us. Believers have the God of the universe, the wisdom of all creation living in us. Why would we settle for anything less than Super – Natural and extra-ordinary? We are called to press forward into where God is wanting to take us – not settle for where we have been (Philippians 3:14). Unlike other gods, our God is a living, breathing, personal, speaking God. And after we know the leading of the Lord, we must believe He is faithful to complete it. His faithfulness must be settled in our hearts as we step out in faith and do what we’ve never done or gone where we have never gone. But that is when we will be met with opposition. It’s at this point that the men and women of faith are separated from the boys and girls. Faith doesn’t keep opposition from challenging us. Faith keeps us focused on our God, the storm-tamer.

His faithfulness must be settled in our hearts.

Always remind yourself of God’s faithfulness. Look at the times when Moses, Abraham, Joseph and the other heroes of our faith stepped out of their comfort zones. God has a track record of faithfulness. The truth is that He who has called you is faithful to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). God will always be faithful to fulfill every Word and every promise.

Satan is the great deceiver. He is a liar and if he can create just enough doubt in you, then he can set up a stronghold that will keep you from moving forward. James warns us against being doubtful. A doubting person wavers and will receive nothing from the Lord (James 1:8). We must stay focused on the Lord who is faithful. One of the enemy’s tactics is to get us to focus on our own limitations. To look at the natural circumstances through human logic. He will say things like “Why do you think you can walk on water?” Or like the 10 spies, “we are like grasshoppers in their sight.” By looking at their own natural limitations they missed out on God’s limitlessness.

We must stay focused on the Lord, who is faithful.

You have an inheritance – the DNA of tried and tested faith. God is calling you to do something and be a part of something greater than anything you’ve ever done. It will probably require you to do something that you’ve never done before, in a way you’ve never done it, but He is calling you to a place that is going to require greater faith. Where God is always beckoning us to come is to new territory, just like He did with Joshua. This will require us to go where we have never been (Joshua 3:4). If you continue doing what you’ve done expecting different results, that’s called insanity. Start believing that when you step out, the strongholds that are currently restraining you will come down – in Jesus name! Never trust your eyes or feelings in the matters of faith. Rather than counting the cost of possible loss, consider the reward of accomplished faith. Remember the many times that God has come through…even when it seemed impossible.

My prayer for you today is that you will believe the unbelievable and do the impossible! 

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Warfare

2 Corinthians 10:4-“For the weapons of our WARFARE are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

One of the marks of a growing, maturing believer is their ability to STAND on the Word. Whether it be a prophetic Word (Rhema) or the written Word (logos), those words are the truth of who God is and what He is wanting to do in our lives. But, in order to see the Word from God demonstrated and manifested in our lives, we are first required to believe it. Faith and believing are not just mentally agreeing – because faith will always be tested. If your faith is only head (mental) knowledge, it will be stolen every time. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart…” Paul said that it is with the heart one believes unto righteousness. A belief does not become faith until it drops from your head into your heart. That transition requires confession, repetition, confession, and repetition. Confession and repetition sink the seed of the Word deeper and deeper until it takes root in your heart. What you are not willing to confess (speak repetitiously) you will not possess. That is the truth Paul taught – confession is made unto salvation. Salvation encompasses every aspect of our lives with God, from the moment of conversion to seeing every Word and promise experienced in our lives. Because our faith will be tested, our faith is validated by what we’re willing to STAND UP for and FIGHT for. That’s called WARFARE.

The enemy always comes attempting to steal, kill and destroy the Word given to us from God. He comes to oppose you with the intent to steal from you what God has spoken. Jesus warns us in Mark 4:15, “These are the ones by the wayside (shallow, immature), where the Word was sown; Satan comes to steal the Word that was sown.” The only Words that will ever achieve the reward are the ones that we are willing to FIGHT for. I wish it wasn’t that way, but the truth is, only fighters win! Those who sit back and accept the lies of deception from the enemy never see the rewards of God’s Word manifested in their lives. That is why Paul tells us to “FIGHT the good FIGHT of faith.” Growing up with the name Rocky, you can imagine I’ve been in a lot of fights. The only good fights were the ones I won. Meaning I came out on top. That is what Paul is talking about. FIGHT the devil over the truth until you come out on top.

What you are not willing to confess, you will not possess!

Only FIGHTERS prevail! Only FIGHTERS triumph! Only FIGHTERS win!! One of the biggest problems in the body of Christ is that most do not know how to fight the devil – the enemy of their soul. They’re good at fighting other people but they haven’t learned how to fight the enemy of their faith. Until you learn how to do that, it will be impossible for you to live in victory and possess what God said belongs to you.

Mary received a Word that she would be pregnant with Jesus. This Word was incomprehensible and impossible to explain. She had no Biblical precedent for that Word – a virgin giving birth to a child. It was a prophetic Word. But the angel told her in Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing is impossible.” In the Greek, nothing means “no rhema.” In the Greek Luke 1:37 reads – “For with God no spoken Word, (including a prophetic Word) to you will be impossible.” Whenever God gives us a Word, it is not going to seem possible, in fact, the natural circumstances usually contradict the Word God gave us. But Mary had the sense to agree. Her response was Luke 1:38 – “Let it be done to me according to Your Word.” Our responsibility is to STAND, FIGHT and BELIEVE the Word given. Do not allow yourself to be talked out of the Word. If we REFUSE to let go of the Word, God will make it happen.

The only Words that will ever achieve the reward are the ones we’re willing to fight for!

Can you imagine the opposition that Mary encountered besides the devil – her family and everyone that she knew, including Joseph her fiancé? She had to STAND up against the stigma of being the mother of an illegitimate child. Everything in the natural (as well as the enemy in the spirit) fought her hard, attempting to abort the Word. Anytime we don’t STAND against the enemy’s attacks and his attempts to steal the Word, we are allowing that Word to be aborted – snatched from the birthing womb of faith. That’s what happened to the Israelite’s in Hebrews 3:18 where it says of them, “we see that they could not enter in because of their unbelief.” God gave them a Word. Any Word from God is His will for your life. But the Israelite’s allowed themselves to be talked out of it. So, the Word, even though it was the will of God, was aborted. That’s where a lot of people are. God has given them a Word, Hebrews 10:25, “Do not forsake going to church.” The enemy fights them over the Word and when they choose to give into his lies, the enemy steals the Word from them. Then the Word is of no benefit. So, they lose the fight and the reward of fighting the good fight of faith.

God’s Word is His will for your life!

What are you STANDING for today?

What are you FIGHTING for today?

My prayer for you today is that you will – STAND – FIGHT – and WIN!!!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Planting Seeds

1 Peter 1:23-“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the Word of God, which lives and abides forever.”

You won’t really get excited about the Word of God until you realize that it’s more than just a book of divinely inspired stories and promises. It’s a living powerful force that literally carries within it the power to make every promise become a reality in your life. Promises of salvation, promises for success, for healing and health, for victory over all the trials of life and overall the power of the enemy. Wherever you are in life, Jesus the Word has a promise for you. But you cannot be casual about this. Casual people rarely read the Bible and only go to church when they feel like it. In my over 30 years of being a Pastor, I’ve seen people who are casual about their relationship with Jesus and His Word, and their lives usually become casualties. The good news is that we have the opportunity to plant seeds that will produce a harvest of God’s goodness. Jesus makes it very clear that we have an enemy who is out to steal the Word from you (Mark 4:15). That proves that even our enemy recognizes the power of the Word of God. So, he wants to keep you away from it. Because the truth is – No Word – No Power! When the Word of God gets in you there is no devil from hell that can defeat you.

Is it tough for you to believe such a thing is possible? It shouldn’t be.

It happens in the natural world all the time.

If I were to put a tomato seed in your hand and tell you that within that tiny, dry seed lies the power to produce a stalk thousands of times bigger than the seed, to produce leaves and roots and round red tomatoes, you wouldn’t have any trouble believing that, would you? You know from experience that even though that scrawny seed doesn’t look like a tomato, somehow, given the right environment, it will become one.

Jesus says that the Word of God works by that same principle (Luke 8:11). There’s miraculous power within the Word of God. It is a seed that once planted by faith in a human heart, nurtured in the right environment (a church where faith is taught), that seed will produce more blessings than you can imagine.

Once you grasp that, you’ll get extremely excited about the Word of God. That’s what happened to me.

Over 30 years ago, I caught a glimpse of what the Word could do. I had a revelation of the power within it. I became addicted to the Word of God and it has totally transformed and changed me. It transformed how I look at life and the results of my life. I was a financially broke 125-pound drug addict with no real purpose or direction. After several years of diligently planting the seeds of God’s Word, I can confidently say that the victory that the Word of God has brought into my life still continues to blow me away. “God is faithful to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). Doing Exceedingly Abundantly – that’s the Holy Spirit working with the Word of God that you plant in you, producing the “above all you could ask or think”. If God and His Word can do that for me there is no telling what He will and can do for you. 

After I received the revelation of how powerful planting seeds was, I became a farmer. As a father and a husband, I understood that the direction of my life was going to affect my family. So, I spent every possible moment in the Word of God. Because I wanted the power of that Word inside me more than I wanted anything else in the world. I knew it would blow the limits off of my life – limits that had held me back and kept me down for years. I knew that when I read it, I wasn’t just reading, I was planting seeds. Seeds of prosperity, seeds of health, seeds of greatness, and seeds of victory for every area of my life. Those same seeds are available to all who will take the time to plant, plant, and continue planting the Word of God in their hearts.

I knew it would blow the limits off of my life.

Don’t treat the Word of God as a book. It’s not! This book we call the Bible is Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word was God. He (Jesus) was with God in the beginning (John 1:1,2). When we fall in love with the Bible, the Word of God, we are falling in love with Jesus. And because it’s Jesus, it has the supernatural power within it to produce a harvest of the goodness of God in your life for a lifetime. I encourage you today to get excited about the Word of God, become a farmer and start planting seeds today!

My prayer for you today is that you will become a farmer, a planter of the seeds of God’s Word. Then you will find out that all things are possible to them that believe.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”