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Goshen Grove

Last night a part of our county was under a tornado warning. One of the areas listed in the path was Goshen Grove. The thing though was no one that I knew had ever heard of Goshen Grove. Hmmm Well….

What is a Goshen?   A land or place of plenty and comfort.

What is a Grove? Small wood or forested area, usually with no undergrowth.

What follows is the scripture associated with the word “Goshen,” a post I read just today by Amanda Shiflett of what the Lord  said to her. It got my attention since Goshen isn’t a word we hear every day. And then I write what I feel the Lord said to me as I read her post and studied the Word of God.

Scripture and background

We read about the land of Goshen in Genesis 45:10. In Genesis 45, we see the account of Joseph who has been sold into Egyptian slavery by his brothers. He has since risen as a high official in the House of Pharaoh and we read here of him revealing himself to his brothers.

1Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.

And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

 

From Amanda Shiflett

“I heard the Lord say, ‘I have called forth My Watchmen Prophets in this hour, out of mercy for My house and My people…to warn them, to keep them protected from the many things that are coming. Just as in the days of old, I have prepared a “Goshen” for My people, if they will listen and heed My true prophets. Do not be wise in Your own eyes, or think that You know My heart in its fullness. Many things are coming that My body has not been prepared for, but I am sending forth those that will help prepare them for the days to come. If you will listen and heed the many that I am raising up with the voice of a Watchmen, as one crying in the wilderness, they will prepare the way of the Lord for you, and you will walk in My Divine Protection. Now is not a time of fear, but of faith in Your God, for I will not leave You or forsake you, but you must follow Me, and heed My voice. You must listen, and follow the instruction of My Spirit. Now is the hour to listen to My watchmen!'”

What I heard the Lord say

I heard the Lord say, “I have prepared for my people a Goshen, but my people must prepare the Grove.

I felt in my heart like He also said prepare the way to the Grove and prepare the Grove by getting rid of that undergrowth. The undergrowth is there because of years, days, even hours and moments of neglect. It takes up space and drains essential nutrients from the ground.  He said to start the cleanup and you will be amazed at the quick transformation. And then He said most importantly after it is all cleaned out…do the work of upkeep!!!!

The undergrowth He highlighted was

  1. Any known sin (big or little). He said don’t list – as you already know what He’s speaking of.
  2. Distractions that are causing apathy. Distractions can be bad things that have happened, but they can also be good things taking you out of His presence and drawing you away from His call on your life.
  3. Sinful attitudes such as jealousy, bitterness, competition

Goshen Grove!!!

 

 

 

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Pray for your fathers

This is the word I received that I feel was straight from God. I don’t know if it is controversial but there were definitely parts that were not comfortable. I don’t just throw it to you like a “hot potato” though.  It feels very precious to me and I know I am responsible for what God asks of me. I did share this with two others that I trust and was advised to give to you.  Whether there is anyone in my life that will be completely honest, I don’t know. I give it to you because in the end you are the Pastor and I respect the authority God has given you to lead our body and I am learning more and more about that every day.  If it is not a word to be shared with others I will use it as a personal word for sure.  I also have come into understanding about the difference between having received what can be a rhema word for me and but given to someone else will sometimes be at best a logos word, if that – so I understand it may be quite different for others than me…but maybe not.

Given 10:20am 9/3/2009 having received email from Ismenia re: Bryan Barcon’s dad:

As I sit here having received an email that yet another father of one in our body has passed away I feel overwhelmed by the presence of God.  I am shaken but something is rising within me.  How many is this now 13? Yes something is rising and honestly it has been rising since the 11th but I have shut it down to which I, even as I write this, must repent. What I am experiencing makes me uncomfortable but I feel the mandate is to die to this discomfort. I am no saint here and there are many that have cleaner hands, better reputations, stronger voices.  But God says ARISE.  I really want to run but I have learned better.  So I am going to begin to write- not knowing even what will become of this and knowing I am probably the greatest offender.

The devil is attacking many. He is attacking your leadership and that is something you cannot afford to dismiss or wait out. He is attacking women and entire families but I am asking you in this hour to stand against attacks on your men and most especially your fathers. In the end that is also an attack on the entire body, all of you.

How many will it take?  11, 13, 50, 100?  How many will it take? It is time daughters,mothers, sisters, wives. It is time for my women to stand up and to pray for your men, my men….Raise your voices in prayer and intercession and even all forms of entreaty.  To rally and support them.  To command the enemy to take his hands off of them and thus this body of believers. Stop waiting on someone else to do it. Stop waiting on your men to pray your prayers and repent for your sins.  Time to band together to pray and to cry out for the lives of your men…your sons, your husbands, your brothers, your fathers. To pray for your fathers, whether you have natural fathers or spiritual fathers or whether you have no earthly fathers….all are dependent on all fathers.  Time to put the hedges of protection around them. Time to plead the blood of Jesus over their lives and even their every step. Don’t just do it once or twice…do it in this hour and every hour. Time to make a commitment to honor them and to live in unity with them.  To see them as your own selves even as you are one body.

Time to repent for the way you have allowed the enemy’s agenda to take over and destroy some of your men, my men and reverse God intended roles.  Can you see? Can you see how the enemy has used you to reverse the roles? Can you see that it has happened even in the church?  Time for some who have set yourselves as spiritual head of household and exalted yourselves in that role to step down. Can you see that the men are losing their jobs and their health and their identities in a scheme that has been orchestrated against them by the enemy and you have been used to hasten it?  Can you see how you have allowed it and you have fostered it?  How you were convinced to want it?  Time to repent for wanting it in the name of equality.  For making your own definitions of equality.  No woman is exempt and most especially those that think they are.  Time for even those not aligned with, that have never been aligned with this scheme to repent for not banding together. Repent for not using your blood bought authority and taking a greater stand.  Time to repent for cowering and thinking it would not fall on you because it didn’t fall within your present belief system. For leaving it to the next generation to deal with. For not shouting disapproval from the doorways of even your own homes. Where is your voice?  Why is your voice and has your voice through the ages been a whisper? A whisper so no flesh can hear and judge that whisper is to have given no voice. Speak up daughters. Repent for allowing and even excusing disunity within your ranks. Gossip and strife, jealousy and unforgiveness are not feminine traits…they are sin. Time for this body of women to repent and then to band together and pray in unity for your men and your fathers and your church and your nation.  Time for you to take responsibility just as you have sought responsibility. Time for you to pray beyond self seeking prayers for your own futures and desires and stand up as women, as mothers, as wives, as daughters, as sisters, as my children and say enough.

If you don’t pray for your men, my men you keep yourselves in bondage.  Everyone.  All of you!  Can you see? Can you hear these words? Don’t turn away from them. It is time to repent and to stand together and raise your voices in unity against the enemy- as one body – only one – declaring as you stand together and yet alone because you are only one… LET MY PEOPLE GO!!!

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Go for it…you have nothing to lose!

This doesn’t really seem like something profound or anything but I believe this is the word of the Lord:

“Go for it–You have nothing to lose!”

Received this word from God while in prayer during the worship service on 10/4/2009 and so I prayed this phrase. Then this exact word was given again on Saturday evening 10/10/2009 in a message by Sister Frankie Sneed as she preached at a revival service from Ezekial 37 on raising dead bones (Travelers Rest, SC revival service).

I had never spoken to anyone about this. God told her to preach it and at the end God told her to pray for me. She prayed and prophesied some things, and I came away knowing in my heart the words were from the Lord God Almighty to her to me. I know it does not really sound that clever or profound but for me, it changes everything- HALLELUJAH!!!