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Dont Be Above. Be Beside

Rebecka Lauffer

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

“We’re going out to them!” My husband and I decided after feeling as if the Lord was nudging us to consider the needs in our own community (Mark 16:15). Remembering an idea God gave me long ago involving Bibles and bags, we jumped into action!

My two daughters and I visited a local store and eagerly chose plenty of snacks and what we believed to be necessary care items that would benefit those living on the streets. Excited, they filled paper gift sacks, and colored 16 cards, filling each with inspiration and truth.

We were ready!

We traveled the streets of the town we call home and encountered several individuals living there. We spoke to those we could, and left bags in places where they clearly lodged. It was an incredible blessing witnessing the involvement of my children.

My 7-year-old was determined to have a genuine, face-to-face encounter with people and personally hand them a bag. Her running feet matched the pace of her enthusiasm as she discovered areas, void of people but littered with items revealing a possible place someone probably slept. Because she couldn’t share the love of Jesus verbally, given no one was there, she left the only gift she had; a bag full of goodies that would hopefully be enjoyed once someone returned.

Similarly, my 10-year-old adamantly noticed people from miles away. She saw one man sitting on an upside down bucket outside a local laundromat. She was very excited to bless him and gladly led the way to the door, arms full of bags, water, and snacks. They both were fantastic little soldiers.

Following this particular encounter, we observed a young man carefully riding his bike down the street near my daughter’s school. My husband seemed to recognize distress right away, though I honestly would have never suspected anything other than a young man simply enjoying a bike ride. Nonetheless, we abruptly stopped, rolled down the car window, and offered him a bag.

We introduced ourselves and thankfully had the opportunity to pray with him. We learned he had a tumor behind his right eye, so we cursed it in the name of Jesus, declared healing over his body, and believed with him for a miracle (1 Timothy2:1)! He travels around town with no place to lay his head, but he was very kind and clearly very cold.

His only request was to eat a hot meal from McDonald’s. Unfortunately, we couldn’t grant him this desire in that moment but would absolutely love to sit with him in a warm place, feed him a filling meal, hear his story, and simply treat him like a person again in the future. Perhaps, we could even offer knitted blankets, hats, gloves, or socks to share too.

This has been such a humbling and incredible experience and I believe only the beginning of what God is doing in this season.

Undeniably, there are several people befriending the streets who desperately need Jesus, and we now call many of them friend. Princess, don’t lose an opportunity to be a beacon of hope to those who may only ever know shelter to be the same street they walk on every day.

I don’t write this story to brag or boast. Instead, I truly hope this testimony not only brings glory to the One who nudged us to consider the needs in our own community, but also encourages you to prayerfully give to those who many often walk past and ignore (Acts 3:2).

Remember, Princess, as you bless someone today, what may appear small is really very big when God is the author. We all know struggle, so don’t ever be above. Be beside (Galations 6:2).

You Swim In My Heart

Rebecka Lauffer

As I reflect upon this new life God gifted me with, I can’t help but remember having a very special conversation with my daughter, Olivia, one afternoon not long ago.

She asked me what it meant to be a step-mom. Wondering how to respond in a way a 6-year-old could understand, I prayerfully replied, “Well, baby, it means you may not have swam in my belly, but you swim in my heart.”
“I swim in your heart?” She questioned.
Assuredly I answered, “Yes. It means I get to love you so big.”

Her infectious smiled mirrored the sun, as she leaped into my arms, squeezed me tightly, and warmed my cheek with a kiss before bouncing off to play again.

In July of 2021, Before I said, “I do”, I remember worrying about how I was going to be a wife and a mom. Yet trusting in God, I jumped into the unknown. I’m sure I initially looked like a fish out of water loudly gasping for air, for there have been plenty of moments where it’s been awkward, frustrating, emotional, exhausting, messy, but undeniably rewarding.

And now, we’re simply planning birthday parties, writing Christmas lists, loving summer camp, playing in sprinklers, having picnics, eating oranges, building sand castels, styling hair, and enjoying life.

Moms, step-moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, teachers, whatever they call you… Don’t give up! In the process of time, as Hannah discovered, as you learn and grow, follow the One who created you for the incredible and impactful leader you truly are (1 Samuel 1:20). This chapter of your life will soon be instinctive and completely worth it, because God chose YOU to speak life into the next generation following your example (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

Remember, Princess, family is divinely created in the heart, and knitted together by the very God that breathed His breath into your lungs.

Now, I simply can’t imagine life any other way. Let the God who designed family destine your own. Give God the pencil, Princess. You need not worry about tomorrow (Luke 12:22).

Be Not Afraid, Only Believe

Rebecka Lauffer

“…be not afraid. Only believe.”

These words were spoken directly from Jesus Himself in the latter part of Mark 5.

If you remember, when Jesus speaks this simple, yet profound, command, He is in the middle of a divine appointment from God. Earlier in this same passage, a desperate father ran to Jesus begging Him to heal his sick daughter. But while Jesus was on His way to release a miracle in this man’s life, God briefly redirected His ship.

People soon approached the man, saying: don’t even worry about it at this point; your daughter’s dead.

Jesus’ quick response was simple yet profound: “Don’t be afraid. Only believe.”

Let this encourage you. Whatever season you’re in – whether it be a season of waiting, quietness, preparation, or release, you don’t have to be AFRAID. Whatever you’re praying or trusting God for, you only have to BELIEVE.

Jesus did not tell the distressed father that He couldn’t grieve, he had to fully understand what was happening, or that he even had to know his next step at that exact moment; He simply instructed him not to let fear reign and to believe God.

Don’t forget, when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the firey furnace, God came through. When Moses met the raging waters of the Red Sea, God came through. When Gideon’s army decreased by thousands, God came through. When Peter was bound in prison, Paul was ship wrecked, Laserus was dead for 4 days, and Jesus for 3, God came through…

Princess, don’t be discouraged. What does the Word say, what has God spoken to you personally, what prophecies have you been given, or what has God promised you? He will come through.

The Biblical examples of this are endless, and I have no doubt the examples in your own life are too.

The command is simple, soldier: don’t be afraid. Only believe.

The Church – The Rock of Gibraltar

Rebecka Walter

And I say also unto thee, thou art Peter, and upon this ROCK I will build my church; and the gates of hell SHALL NOT prevail against it (Mt. 16:18 KJV).

When reading this Scripture, first notice that Jesus is talking to Peter directly, and He is calling him by the destiny He placed inside of him!

“Thou art Peter.” Jesus did not call him by what he used to be (Simon), but by what he was called to do – to be and to build a church that demonstrates power and authority.

I want you to understand something, especially if you are unsure of what you are called to do. In Matthew chapter 10, verses 6-8, Jesus commissions His disciples to go (stop waiting), preach, heal the sick, cleanse the leper, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Are you not one of His disciples too?

But don’t worry, Princess! If you go back to the original Scripture in Matthew (16:18), Jesus did not refer to Simon as just any rock! The Amplified translates ‘Peter’ into a HUGE rock or the rock of GIBRALTAR!

The rock of Gibraltar stands 1,398 ft. high and symbolizes stability, strength, and power. It is a mighty fortress that has withstood countless battles throughout history and still stands strong! Today, it continues to dominate Spain’s south coast and serves as a trusted military base.

Essentially, Gibraltar is a force to be reckoned with; so are you – the church of Jesus Christ. Peter began what you have the privilege to carry out.

So, as you go and be the church that Jesus came to define and establish 2,000 years ago, remember that the gates of hell SHALL NOT prevail, triumph, win, conquer, overcome, overrule, or dominate you – rock of Gibraltar!

Do not fear. Know who you are by knowing WHOSE you are and which foundation you stand on (Mt. 7:25).

And remember, the battle is already won, soldier. You’re just training to finish (Rev. 20:10; 1 Co. 9:24)!

Go.

The Battle May Have Only Begun

Rebecka Walter

 In the latter part of 1 Samuel, chapter 17, following David’s victory in defeating Goliath, Saul’s reaction is anything but what some might expect it to be.

(55-56) As Saul watched David go out to fight the Philistine, he asked Abner, the commander of his army, “Abner, whose son is this young man?”
I really don’t know,” Abner declared.
Well, find out who he is!” the king told him (NLT).

Saul was not asking for David to applaud, thank, or advance him. He was actually asking for David, because he was intimidated by the divine power and anointing he carried with him. Instead of having a grateful heart towards the man who chose to solely believe God, ultimately saving his people, Saul allowed bitterness, envy, and fear to settle into the soil of his heart. Saul’s intent now, was ridding David from the kingdom, preventing his chance of rising above him and becoming more powerful.

As I read this part of the passage in my quiet time with Jesus, I understood that even though David, by recognizing the solider he was, waged war and conquered the threat against Israel, he now had to fight for his own life, confronting this very man who sent him into battle.

Then the Lord spoke to me, “Sometimes when you think the battle is over, it’s really only begun.”

Princess, this is not a time to quit! This is not a time to back down! Regardless of what battle you are confronting today, this is not a time to doubt the ability of your mighty God! Your prayers ARE fervent, availing much, and dynamic in nature (Jm. 5:13 AMP). Fear is a tactic, the enemy uses, meant to only shadow the true warrior that you are. Keep plowing, princess, and run that you may obtain it (1 Co. 9:24)!

DON’T GIVE UP.

Run That You May Obtain It

Rebecka Walter

I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks…Then he said to me…Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words (Daniel 10:2; 12).

In a state of total desperation (do you want it bad enough?), Daniel FASTED (sacrificed), SET his heart and mind (determined), and HUMBLED (refused independence but became dependent on God) himself before God, which ultimately put him in a POSITION to not only be heard, but to also receive a response from heaven.

His PERSEVERANCE, and the ability to UNDERSTAND and fight the RIGHT fight (Eph. 6), allowed heaven to move on his behalf.

So, perhaps, what might appear to be an unanswered prayer, may not actually be the absence of God hearing you, but rather your failure to persevere in desperation, positioning yourself in a way that heaven can react.

Are you desperate enough, church? Are you desperate enough for revival? Are you desperate enough for the salvation of your loved ones? Are you desperate enough for the turn around of your country? Are you desperate enough for an answer to every petition you send to the throne room?

Are you determined to plea, to insist, to cry out, to desire, to demand, to fast, to humble yourself, to endure, to pursue, to wage, or to fight UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS? It’s a war!

Daniel had heaven on his side (verse 13). SO DO YOU.

DON’T GIVE UP! Run that you may obtain it (1 Co. 9:24)!

Under Pressure

Christopher Lauffer

(Mat. 26:41) WATCH and PRAY, that ye enter not into temptation: the SPIRIT indeed IS WILLING, but the FLESH IS WEAK.

We must not allow our focus to shift from the spirit realm into the natural, for hell is trying its best to steal all hope and joy from this nation. Recently, I scrolled through news articles and read many posts on social media, and it absolutely tore my heart to see what has happened in America. I felt the most intense Godly sorrow in my inner man as I saw households divide, and family and friends turn against one another. I desperately petitioned God’s intervention and prayed for a revelation of His truth for this perilous time.

I then opened my eyes and saw an olive press with the word, “Gethsemanewritten upon it! Understand, that the most pivotal (of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else) moment that changed this world and rewrote history was manifested in this same place.

The Messiah, in great sorrow, had come to a garden called Gethsemane, meaning “the oil press”, to encounter God the Father in prayer. Jesus had also taken a few of His faithful men with Him, trusting them to, “tarry here, and watch with me!” This act of obedience now demonstrates to us how we should approach great sorrowful and devastating moments in our lives today.

This country is undeniably under great amounts of pressure, similar to what Jesus endured 2,000 years ago, and we must do our part by approaching the throne room and cry out for God to wake us up.

The olive press will either awaken and empower us to seek the Lord, ultimately bringing healing and unity to this nation by manifesting the revival producing glory of God, or cause us to blindly fall asleep, fully unaware of the deceptive illusion entrapping us.

But be encouraged, for the Spirit is WILLING! I hear the Lord’s plea, “can you not watch and pray for one hour?” This decision is pivotal in seeing Elohim revive this nation and change the world!

Jesus is saying, “I am praying for YOU. May your faith not fail. Let not fear quench your trust in Me. Don’t let pain come without the gains of POWER. STAY WOKE sons and daughters of the most High King. The pressure is producing! The anointing, that not only breaks and destroys the yoke of bondage, but also SETS the captive FREE, and HEALS the sick and feeble, is flowing!”

Let your prayer and supplication shift the heavens and align with His divine will. Let us become one with Yahweh once again. Let’s declare peace and unity over our homes and families, believing that tidings of great joy shall overflow into our streets, carrying with it an open heaven of favor and blessing for our lives!

The FLESH is WEAK! Do not rely on it as you run the race. Instead, allow the roaring lion inside of you to display the attributes of our Holy and Just God. Remember, this is the launching pad to our breakthrough and path to our destiny.

Sons and daughters, do not forget that the Messiah’s prayer cried out for the sacrifice to overcome! So, do not get it twisted. THE BLOOD STILL WORKS!

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was (2 Tim. 3:1-9).

God Wins

Rebecka Walter

Remember in the Old Testament when Satan continually murdered the baby boys in an attempt to destroy the Messiah and rid the next generation (Ex. 1:22)? Remember when Jesus finally came to Earth as a baby, God hid Him from the evil schemes of the enemy (Mt. 2:13)? What about Moses, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Do you forget what happened when the Israelites arrived at the Red Sea or when the giants tried preventing God’s chosen people from entering into the promise land (Ex. 14:21; Num. 13:32)?

Moses was protected by a basket, Daniel was spared from becoming the lion’s dinner, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego survived the fiery blaze of the furnace unscathed (Ex. 2:3; Dan. 6:22; Dan. 3:27)! Do you see a pattern? GOD ALWAYS WINS.

Today, I want to remind you that at the end of the Book, Satan is cast away forever, never to return (Rev. 20:10).

So, perhaps the reality is this: Satan just might believe in your destiny more than he believes in his own, which could be why he attacks with such diligence. But do not let Satan know you better than you know yourself.

Ultimately, SATAN SHOULD NEVER BE AN INTIMIDATION, BUT RATHER A MOTIVATION FOR YOU TO DO THE WORK OF GOD, because if you really recognize who you are then you would know you cannot fail. Princess, if you truly understand your place and Satan’s fate, what’s there to fear (Eph. 2:6)?

Therefore, it is time to RISE UP! Take your position as a VICTORIOUS SOLDIER in the body of Christ and passionately speak the Word with power, confidently spread the gospel to every creature, zealously rescue every lost soul God puts in your path, and boldly walk in the destiny God breathed into you! 

Satan may attack, BUT GOD, the same God that’s on your side, always wins the war. For the Lord your God goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory (Deut. 20:4).

What You Don’t See, Be

Rebecka Walter

The way Jesus designed family is unfortunately contrary to what the world has fashioned it to be. Many families today are broken, and far too often void of a father’s presence. If a father is present, he doesn’t usually mirror our Heavenly Father, thus creating a false image of who God really is.

See, I believe our earthly father was created to depict our Heavenly Father, for a man is called to lead as Christ leads the church (Ephesians 5). Without this divine concept, a fatherless generation is left loving through broken pieces.

I was part of that generation, resulting in my image of God resembling what I experienced as a young girl. BUT later in life, God not only revealed His true, compassionate self to me, He also blessed me with an amazing earthly father, ultimately restoring what the enemy stole (1 John 4:8, John 10:10).

I captured this moment last night at church during prayer. It shows a man leading by example. Let this picture bring you hope today! Not only does it portray a man fulfilling a role ordained by God, it also reveals a next generation who is hungry and desperate for Jesus.

I encourage you to shift your perspective. Broken daddy’s are broken people, and this next generation rising up behind us isn’t as hopeless as so many fail to see. Instead of speaking death into something already damaged, hurt, and abused, speak life and become what is absent in the lives of those whom God cherishes and loves so dearly (Philippians 2:4).

It Is Time To Stand

Rebecka Walter

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (John 16:13).

On the weekend of June 26, 2020, I awoke in the early morning hours from a dream that left me feeling not only relieved, but also disturbed. God showed me a disarray of puzzle pieces that once comprised a beautiful masterpiece, explaining that the broken pieces depicted America.

“Just as a broken puzzle takes time to piece back together, the same is true for America.” -God

When I opened my eyes, I sensed that the scattered pieces not only represented a broken Nation, but also a shaking proceeding right from the hand of God. I was unsettled, because I finally understood the dire state of our Nation, yet comforted, because I believe that God has every intent to piece America back together. But, we certainly have a part to play.

On the weekend of July 4, 2020, the Spirit, revealing the devil’s desired agenda, gave me another dream, but this time America was overtaken! Our freedom was unjustly revoked! We suddenly had to be very mindful of our words, for we no longer had the security of the first amendment! We were impelled to praise those in authority, reverencing them regardless if they were righteous or evil. The school systems, which teach our children, were likewise corrupted! Furthermore, people lived in fear as fear dwelled in them. Consequently, these same people were so afraid of offending others they never stood up for right! As my dream was ending, I saw the same scattered puzzle pieces God previously unveiled. 

Jeremiah Johnson, a God-appointed prophet to this Nation, recently encountered a similar dream:

“Lady Liberty is up to her neck in the floodwaters of destruction that represent tyranny, anarchy, and a demonic agenda that seeks to destroy the freedoms that this great nation was founded upon…”

I come to you with Holy righteous anger, urgently declaring that we are now in a time when we have to choose and KNOW what we stand for. We must refuse anything that gets in the way of right and Truth! It is time to STAND even if we are standing alone!

This isn’t always easy. In fact, my convictions recently positioned me on the forefront of this very dilemma, and my choice to stand cost me dearly. But Jesus assured me that I do not under stand – or undermine my stand, rather, through His strength, I stand tall on the Truth, declaring what’s right, despite the cost. 

The words of Jeremiah Johnson continue:

“There is a mighty end time revival that is coming to a remnant in America who will not live in fear and will speak up at all costs…the remnant began to roar!”

We must never forget what our forefathers fought for centuries ago. GOD IS AND WILL HONOR THE PRAYERS THAT ARE EMBEDDED IN THE FOUNDATION OF THIS LAND, but we must be the wave of intercession our King can ride in on!

Are you part of that fearless remnant making way for that mighty end-time revival? Will you UNDER stand by undermining the truth, or will you stand tall for what is right regardless of the cost?

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