God sees my children as His and He sees me as one who will raise them up for Him and train them up in His ways.
1At that time the disciples came up and asked Jesus, Who then is [really] the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them, 3And said, Truly, I say to you, unless you repent (change, turnabout) and become like little children [trusting, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all] (Matthew 18:1-3 AMPC).
The longer I meditate on this scripture, the stronger the light becomes in me. 4Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:4 AMPC).
I want to enter the Kingdom of heaven so something must happen in my heart with me and God. Just me and God – and I am going to become. What Jesus was saying is – I am going to become like Him.
He took the children into the fullness of everything that He had for them, He took Joshua and Caleb – they went into because they had become like little children; because they had believed, they had trusted what God had said – “I am taking you in”. 4Jesus gave His life for our sins, just as God our Father planned in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live (Galatians 1:4 NLT). 5All glory to God forever and ever! Amen (Galatians 1:5 NLT).
1Then I saw another angel descending from heaven, possessing great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his radiance and splendour. 2And he shouted with a mighty voice, She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen! She has become a resort and dwelling place for demons, a dungeon haunted by every loathsome spirit, an abode for every filthy and detestable bird. 3For all nations have drunk the wine of her passionate unchastity, and the rulers and leaders of the earth have joined with her in committing fornication (idolatry) – and the businessmen of the earth have become rich with the wealth of her excessive luxury and wantonness. 4I then heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from her, Come out from her, my people.
I come out from her. A response is required from me at this time when God is bringing us this key scripture of I am coming out. I don’t exactly know what this means but I am coming out. Take me out. I am coming out. Come out from her, my people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues. 5For her iniquities (her crimes and transgressions) are piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her wickedness and [her] crimes [and calls them up for settlement] (Revelation 18:1-5 AMPC).
The true church of the Lord Jesus Christ will arise and these messages that He is bringing me is helping me to become more of the true church that will rise up because I am not mingling, I am not in the world, I am determined to come out of it, I’m coming out of Babylon, I am becoming that church that will rise up.
14I write these things to you, dear children, because you truly have a relationship with the Father. My children are expected to have a relationship with the Father, that is how I train my children to have a relationship with the Father – your primary thing my son, my daughter, your relationship with the Father. I write these things, fathers and mothers because you have had a true relationship with him who is from the beginning (1 John 2:14 TPT). That is God’s pattern: a mother and a father having a true relationship with the Father and then teaching children to have a true relationship with the Father. I have this awesome relationship with the Lord, and I am so fulfilled in it – this is what my children are going to have. My children are going to have this. My children are going to live for God. They are not going to live for me.
I write these things, fathers and mothers, because you have had a true relationship with him who is from the beginning. And I write these things, young people, because you are strong, the Word of God is treasured in your hearts, and you have defeated the Evil One (1 John 2:14 TPT).
15Don’t set the affections of your heart on this world or in loving the things of the world. The love of the Father and the love of the world are incompatible. 16For all that the world can offer us—the gratification of our flesh, the allurement of the things of the world, and the obsession with status and importance—none of these things come from the Father but from the world (1 John 2:14-16 TPT).
Obsession with status and importance—none of these things come from the Father but from the world. 17This world and its desires are in the process of passing away, but those who love to do the will of God (1 John 2:16-17 TPT). I love to do the will of God, that’s eternal, it’s for while I’m living on the earth here and I carry it with me for eternity because I love the will of God. I’m not wise in my own eyes.
11I know the thoughts, the plans, the thoughts and plans that I have for you (Jeremiah 29:11 AMPC). He has thoughts and plans for every life of every child of His. 11For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace, peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. 12Then you will call upon Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and I will heed you. 13Then you will seek me, inquire for and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find me when you search for Me (Jeremiah 29:11-13 AMPC).
10For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand), [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time] that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10 AMPC). That’s the good work that I will do.
Defining moments in my life – Brother Jerry has said my conversations I am having with myself, what I am saying, what I say and what I do right now, how I respond right now, what I decide right now will determine my future throughout the remainder of this year. 66Whatever will this little boy be then? For the hand of the Lord was [so evidently] with him [protecting and aiding him] (Luke 1:66 AMPC).
66“What then will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him (Luke 1:66 NASB). The hand of the Lord is certainly with my children. 14Let the little children come to me (Matthew 19:14 NIV).
21On the day of the baby’s circumcision ceremony, eight days after his birth, his parents gave him the name Jesus, the name prophesied by the angel before he was born. 22After Mary’s days of purification had ended, it was time for her to come to the temple with a sacrifice, according to the law of Moses after the birth of a son. So Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to Jerusalem to be dedicated before the Lord. 23For it is required in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be a set-apart one for God.” (Luke 2:21-23 TPT). I give my first fruit to God because I have recognition of the power of it for the rest of my harvest and the rest of my seed.
24And, to offer a prescribed sacrifice, “either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25As they came to the temple to fulfil this requirement, an elderly man was there waiting—a resident of Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. He was a very good man, a lover of God who kept himself pure, and the Spirit of holiness rested upon him. Simeon believed in the imminent appearing of the one called “The Refreshing of Israel.” 26For the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he saw the Messiah, the Anointed One of God. 27For this reason the Holy Spirit had moved him to be in the temple court at the very moment Jesus’ parents entered to fulfil the requirement of the sacrifice (Luke 2:24-27 TPT).
These messages are going to bring about a release of freedom of a prophecy because I come and bring with an expectation that the messenger has something to say. 28Simeon cradled the baby in his arms and praised God and prophesied saying… 33Mary and Joseph stood there, awestruck over what was being said about their baby (Luke 2:28, 33 TPT).
Awestruck over what was being said about their baby. Simeon then blessed them and prophesied over Mary, 34-35“A painful sword will one day pierce your inner being, for your child will be rejected by many in Israel. And the destiny of your child is this (Luke 2:34-35 TPT). The heart of Father God has that for every baby born – the destiny of this child.
41Every year Jesus’ parents went to worship at Jerusalem during the Passover festival. 42When Jesus turned twelve (Luke 2:41-42 TPT).
42When Jesus turned twelve, his parents took him to Jerusalem to observe the Passover, as was their custom. 43A full day after they began their journey home, Joseph and Mary realised that Jesus was missing. 44They had assumed he was somewhere in their entourage, but he was nowhere to be found. After a frantic search among relatives and friends, 45Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46After being separated from him for three days, they finally found him in the temple, sitting among the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47All who heard Jesus speak were astounded at his intelligent understanding of all that was being discussed and at his wise answers to their questions (Luke 2:42-47 TPT).
After a frantic search among relatives and friends, 45Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 47All who heard Jesus speak were astounded at his intelligent understanding of all that was being discussed and at his wise answers to their questions (Luke 2:44-45, 47 TPT).
48His parents were shocked to find him there, and Mary scolded him, saying, “Son, your father and I have searched for you everywhere! We have been worried sick over not finding you. Why would you do this to us?” 49Jesus said to them (Luke 2:48-49 TPT). Did you not have that recognition I was to be in my Father’s house and about His business? My children know that they’re to be at their Father’s house about their Father’s business because they are like Jesus. 49“Why would you need to search for me? Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be here in my Father’s house, consumed with Him?” (Luke 2:49 TPT). My children are supposed to be in their Father’s house consumed with Him. I know that.
51Jesus went with them back home to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother treasured Jesus’ words deeply in her heart. 52As Jesus grew, so did His wisdom and maturity. The favour of men increased upon His life, for He was greatly loved by God (Luke 2:51-52 TPT). God can say and prophecy anything about my child’s future. My heart offers up my child as a sacrifice to the Lord. It will involve the pain of my flesh and my pride and my self-will for my child because I want my child going this way. I want the gold for my children; I need to have my heart purified and my motives for things purified by fire.
3And the [Babylonian] king told Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring in some of the children of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility – 4Youths without blemish, well-favoured in appearance and skillful in all wisdom, discernment and understanding, apt in learning knowledge, competent to stand and serve in the king’s palace (Daniel 1:3-4 AMPC). 4 …and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans (Daniel 1:3-4 AMPC).
5And the king assigned for them, a daily portion of his own rich and dainty food and of the wine which he drank. They were to be so educated and so nourished for three years that at the end of that time they might stand before the king. 6Among these were of the children of Judah. 6Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 7The chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. 8But Daniel, determined in his heart that he would not defile himself (Daniel 1:5-8 AMPC). My children determine in their own heart that they will not defile themselves; not defile themselves the way the world defiles themselves. 8 …by [eating his portion of] the king’s (Daniel 1:8 AMPC).
9They said to king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live forever! 10You, O king, have made a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe. Every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, dulcimer or bagpipe, and every kind of music shall fall down and worship the golden image, 11And that whoever does not fall down and worship, shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12There are certain Jews whom you have appointed and set over the affairs of the province of Babylon – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you (Daniel 3:9-12 AMPC). My children pay no attention to the world They do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up. 13Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and fury (Daniel 3:13 AMPC).
13Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; and these men were brought before the king. 14[Then] Nebuchadnezzar said to them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image which I have set up? 15Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, and the pipe… and every kind of music to fall down and worship the image which I have made, very good. But if you do not worship, you shall be cast at once into the midst of a burning fiery furnace (Daniel 3:13-15 AMPC).
15And who is that god who can deliver you out of my hands? 16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, it is not necessary for us to answer you on this point. 17If our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up! (Daniel 3:15-17 AMPC). I will rather die if God doesn’t deliver me than bow.
19Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury and his facial expression was changed [to antagonism] against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Therefore he commanded that the furnace should be heated seven times hotter than it was usually heated. 20And he commanded the strongest men in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21Then these [three] men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics or undergarments, their turbans, with their clothing, and they were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace (Daniel 3:19-21 AMPC).
I stay with God and I stay with my choice and I stay with my decision, I will be habituated in a totally different way.
23And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the burning fiery furnace. 24Then Nebuchadnezzar the king [saw and] was astounded, and he jumped up and said to his counselors, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered, True, O king. 25He answered, Behold, I see four men loose (Daniel 3:23-25 AMPC). Supernatural deliverance. I give my child to God completely even when I see the whole world give their children to the world this way. The fourth man will come. He will show up. He will show up for deliverance. I bring my children to the Lord now like Abraham brought Isaac, my children come willingly, like Isaac came – we will be provided for in a way that few people in this earth have actually tasted and experienced God. God – that covenant kicks in so supernaturally to a level that I will just fall on my face and worship God.
For all the parents of Heritage of Faith – no matter how old my children are – I realise what I have done and how I put them, and where I gave them, and where I pushed them, and I repent from these – God will move in my children’s lives supernaturally – supernatural deliverance.
25 … Behold, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt! And the form of the fourth is like a son of the gods! 26Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God, come out and come here. And Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out from the midst of the fire. 27And the satraps, the deputies, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered around together and saw these men – that the fire had no power upon their bodies. The fire, the raging fire of Babylon in this wicked evil world system will have no power over me and my children. No power upon their bodies, nor was the hair of their head singed; neither were their garments scorched or changed in colour or condition, nor had even the smell of smoke clung to them (Daniel 3:25-27 AMPC).
28Then Nebuchadnezzar said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who has sent His angel, and delivered His servants who believed in, trusted in, and relied on Him! And they set aside the king’s command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God (Daniel 3:28 AMPC).
5At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai son of Jair. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei. His family, had been among those who, with King Jehoiachin of Judah, had been exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. 7This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter (Esther 2:5-7 NLT).
Whatever will this little boy be? I shall see because I am a person who inquires and I seek the Lord. Whatever will this little boy be? I will not speak as the world speaks but I will seek the Lord.
7This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter (Esther 2:7 NLT).
13This was Mordecai’s reply to Esther. “Do you think you will escape there in the palace when all other Jews are killed? 14If you keep quiet at a time like this, God will deliver the Jews from some other source, but you and your relatives will die; what’s more, who can say but that God has brought you into the palace for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14 TLB).
15Then Esther sent this message to Mordecai: 16“Go and gather together all the Jews of Shushan and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day; and I and my maids will do the same; and then, though it is strictly forbidden, I will go in to see the king (Esther 4:15-16 TLB). I’m not going to be quiet at a time like this.
My children are raised by me the way Father God would raise them.
5I am calling up memories of your sincere and unqualified faith (the leaning of your entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness). [A faith] that first lived permanently in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. And now, I am [fully] persuaded, [dwells] in you also (2 Timothy 1:5 AMPC).
34They did not destroy the [heathen] nations as the Lord commanded them, 35But mingled themselves with the [idolatrous] nations and learned their ways and works. 36And served their idols, which were a snare to them. 37Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons (Psalm 106:34-37 AMPC).
They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. 38And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with their blood. 39Thus were they defiled by their own works, and they played the harlot and practised idolatry with their own deeds [of idolatrous rites]. 40Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against His people (Psalm 106:37-40 AMPC). This is how God feels about all this. He can touch my heart; I touch His heartbeat on this. Our hearts beat as one. I get with the heart of God because He’s in me. I get what God and how God feels about this.
40Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against His people, insomuch that He abhorred and rejected His own heritage. 41And He gave them into the hands of the [heathen] nations, and they that hated them ruled over them. 42Their enemies also oppressed them. 44Nevertheless He regarded their distress when He heard their cry; 45And He [earnestly] remembered for their sake His covenant and relented their sentence of evil (Psalm 106:40-42, 44-45 AMPC).
His grand design, His particular plan for me. His direction I seek, His voice must speak. My own desires I forsake. I give Him my life to take. To the cross, I must come. Let the past be done. I dedicate, I consecrate today.
I put the past behind me.
I come and I keep my foot in these messages. I keep my foot in the sound; I keep the sound of this house coming into me. I keep my foot in these messages. I meditate on these scriptures – I find myself by default, because I’m in these messages, walking out, not loving the world. Loving it less and less, walking out. I’ll find myself coming out. We’re coming out of Babylon together. His Word, His messages – He’s leading us out together.
I just keep listening. I let Him rub it in, rub it in, and rub it in until I’m so fully established and I let the light keep coming in. You bring me more light. I walk in the light and I become a son of the Light and my path gets brighter and brighter. There’s nothing here to be anxious about.
32And now [brethren], I commit you to God [I deposit you in His charge, entrusting you to His protection and care]. And I commend you to the Word of His grace [to the commands and counsels and promises of His unmerited favour]. It is able to build you up and to give you [your rightful] inheritance among all God’s set-apart ones (those consecrated, purified, and transformed of soul) (Acts 20:32 AMPC).
I trust the work of Your Word in my heart by the Person of the Holy Spirit and I do not become anxious and full of remorse or regret or condemnation. I walk in this light that I get now, that I have now. I take it all, I take it all. I see it all and I’m walking out in the light, with the light. You bring the light and I walk right out of Babylon. I’m coming out, Father. I’m becoming, with Pastor John and Pastor Sharon, an inquiring, seeking person like I never have before.