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Fear or Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

The Church

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

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

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

Jesus left us the assignment of doing what He did.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Conformity

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

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

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

Become dedicated to the Word of God.

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

His strengths become ours.

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

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven”

Talk It Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Voices & Choices

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

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

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

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

Wrong voices – wrong choices.    

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

Whose voice have you allowed into your heart?

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

We need voices in our lives that are not foolish.

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

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

I AM or I was?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Your Destiny Awaits

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

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

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

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

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

The determination to win decides the issue.

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

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

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

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

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!” 

Courage Prevails

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith takes Courage!

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

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Fast and Pray

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

I absolutely love this portion of scripture…

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

Who are you, Lord?

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

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

The spirit of expectation is the breeding ground for miracles!

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

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

Fasting will cause us to get beyond our flesh.

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!

Speak and See

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

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

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

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

Find some promises of God and start speaking.  

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

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

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

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

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”