Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

Just wanted to share something with you all that I picked up in the Spirit. I will do my best to keep it short, brief, and powerful… Here’s hoping for a miracle! haha

The Shift…

Around the end of August/beginning of September, there was a shift in the spiritual realm. The former season was one of God pouring out great vision and anticipation, but now He has now brought us into a season of deeper intimacy to keep the focus His presence. God is pulling His church into areas of His presence and heart we’ve never been.

I felt the shift when it happened but was unsure exactly what it was that I felt. My heart began to long for the Lord in a new way and I had this overwhelming need for more of Him. At one point I actually declared, “If I don’t get more of you Abba, if I don’t go deeper, if I don’t know more, I am going to die.” I felt like I was going nuts!

It was at this point that I started receiving emails, Facebook messages and phone calls from people around the country expressing the same feeling. Since then other leaders in my life have confirmed it. God is drawing His people into a unified intimacy.

An Exhortation…

The verse for this season is Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.”

What does that mean? God hides things for His sons and daughters to seek out. It’s a divine scavenger hunt of sorts. God is putting a longing in the hearts of His people to go deeper than ever before. What we’re going after will not be surface level. It is something of substance and sustainability. We will come out the other end so undone by the Love of Christ that we will wonder if we were even Christians before the shift! I see it as a well buried deep beneath the earth’s surface. We will dig and dig, and when we get weary, we’ll dig some more. When we find this well it will be as a geyser blowing up in our faces. It is lasting and will purify us of anxiety and worry.

I exhort and encourage you to chase after the heart of God like never before. Get to know Him by spending time with Him in prayer, fasting*, and by reading the Word (aka the Manifesto of God’s Soul). When it feels like you’re not getting anywhere, ask the Holy Spirit for grace to press on. It will be worth it and I promise you it will be life changing!

This process is essential for what God’s about to take us into. You and I will never be the same.

This picture is awesome! Where deeper intimacy meets promise…

The Tactic of the Enemy…

I don’t like to give the enemy any credit or give him any power, but I do believe it is important to understand his plan so we can avoid falling into his lies. Remember his job description: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” He can steal, kill and destroy your dreams** by convincing you to walk into them before the time is right. He’s a liar.

In this time there are a few things the enemy is going to try to do.

  1. Make us worship vision, not the God of the vision.
  2. Convince us to skip the process and chase after our dreams so that we will burn out and hurt our relationships with others along the way.
  3. Lose focus of the purpose of this season (INTIMACY with GOD) by bringing DISCORD.

I want to take a second and explain #3. On Wednesday the 19th, another shift happened and this one was not of God. The Holy Spirit gave me the word DISCORD. The enemy is trying to sow discord into the Body. This can look like getting frustrated and not knowing why, surmounting or sudden financial issues, disputes or rebellion within in the Body, family troubles, etc. Why? The enemy wants us to take our focus off of God’s goodness and presence and turn our focus to our “problems”. Beware of the “woe is me” attitude. If you focus on your problems, they’ll become your god. If you focus on God, your problems will fade away. It’s all about going deeper with Jesus! Trust Him.

In Summary…

Love God. Walk through the process. Go deeper. Be forever changed by His Love.

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1

“My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” Psalm 84:2

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84:10

To God Be All The Glory!

*Fasting must be done in the right way. Remember, fasting changes us not God. New Covenant fasting is different than Old Covenant fasting. Now we fast as a way to say “God, You sustain me. You are the reason I live and breathe.” With every hunger pain we send a prayer to go in worship saying He’s worth it all. Please be smart and don’t fast in a way that is dangerous to your physical health.

**I’m using dreams to describe the heart level desires God has placed there that are specific to each person. Always place your dreams before the Lord and seek Him for what’s from Him and what’s not. Your dreams don’t have to be “churchy” to be from God. You living out your calling on this planet is what’s important. Do it all for the glory of God and enjoy the journey.

 

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Dear Chosen Generation,

I write to you out of deep conviction and a burning in my heart. Right now I’m up, unable to sleep and burdened with the brokeness of this generation. It is time for us to raise up and proclaim the Love of the Gospel boldly!

Let us ask ourselves…

Why are our priorities so messed up? How can we be angered by someone using the “N” word but not get angry about the 4,000 babies being killed every single day in the US? How do we not get angry about the genocide happening in Africa or our Christian brothers and sister being murdered for their faith in China? We got more upset when Lil Wayne got put in prison and we started campaigns saying “Free Weezy.” How about we start a fathers be fathers campaign?  That’d be something worth getting behind.

Why do we get more angry when someone insults our favorite team or politician, yet we see the name of Jesus blasphemed daily and don’t feel anything stir deep within us?  We wear cross necklaces as we lust and curse and sell our souls away to pleasure. Do we know how powerful a symbol the cross is?

Most of us probably don’t because of how much its been perverted and we don’t read our Bibles. Musicians, rappers, athletes, movie stars, and even some pastors are defaming the name of Jesus Christ and mocking His sacrifice by doing everything He hates and then accepting awards for it in His name. He doesn’t want their false glory. These people we make idols have made the cross into a symbol of hypocrisy, not sacrifice and Love.  Jesus didn’t die for us to be able to freely sin. He didn’t have chunks of His flesh torn out so you could look at porn or send naked pics of yourself to your boyfriend . He didn’t die so we could take part in the very things that drove nails through His wrists. I tell you, He didn’t die so that we could sit in a church and pretend. Really, He didn’t even die so we could accept Him and sit in a church. He especially didn’t die so that we could claim His name and then listen to someone like Lady Gaga that openly blasphemes Jesus, even releasing her song Judas right before Easter.

It’s time to repent…

Jesus was murdered as a sacrifice for the sins we’ve committed. He took God’s wrath so we could experience His Love. He saved us so we can lead others to safety. We aren’t to be confined to once a week worship, all week paganism. You and I have both taken His Love for granted. The Jesus I serve, the Jesus of the Bible, doesn’t just overlook sin. He let’s us pick. You cannot serve two masters. That’s what the Jesus said in Matthew 6:24. He let’s you choose. You either repent and He changes your heart or you continue to sin. If you choose sin, regardless of if you claim His name, you have chosen the wrath of God. True repentance is hating the sin you turn away from.

Now ask yourself…

Do you truly hate sin with everything in you and do you Love Jesus with your whole heart? Does your heart burn to see souls saved? Can you attend a concert, go to a sporting event, or even walk down the street without your heart breaking?

When we are passionately in Love with Him, that Love will burn in us for the lost. Ask God to make you hate sin. Ask Him how it makes Him feel to see one of His creations standing on the edge of Hell. Ask Him to break your heart for what breaks His. He will, but be warned you will no longer be able to use not knowing as an excuse. If we truly understand His heart and the reality of Hell, we won’t be able to not do anything.

Let’s be the generation that’s unafraid of presenting the Gospel with selfless abandon, praying without ceasing and walking in the authority of the Holy Spirit! We have been chosen for such a time as this!

Your brother in Jesus,

Ryan M. Rhodes

P.S. Please pass this on to all believers. The term Generation does not necessarily mean a certain age. It means the people alive in this hour. Thanks! Be blessed!

Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

-Mark 16:15-18

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

-1 Peter 2:9

 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

-Romans 8:28-31

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To God Be All The Glory!

I wrote this about a year ago while traveling and God pressed this upon my heart. This poem represents my path to Salvation and accepting the Grace offered through Jesus. Please let me know your thoughts. Be blessed!

This town is the cemetery of dreams past, birthing grounds of a new hope.
Tombstones, monuments to a dead revolution, shaken yet will not last.
I need it to be swept away, never to return.
I’ve been promised an awakening, but will it ever come?

He was savage, lustful, eyes filled with pain.
In that moment hate was declared for the impostor.
Who was this figure set before me?
I turned my back on the me I met in the darkest hour.

A gracious hand held the gavel of justice.
The angel of love wrapped her wings around a wounded soul.
The unworthy nomadic heart of a broken man.
Such grace comes with great guilt.

But hope breaks like the dawn, just in time.
Light is shed on the city, covering as Christ’s blood over His people.
The wellspring of life erupts from the catacombs of the decayed.
The new me hurts no more, as my guiltless soul rejoices.

Rebirth…

“To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But he said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:7-10
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To God Be All The Glory!

Since I’ve really stepped out to be used by God I’ve had so many people, from teens to pastors that have been in ministry for decades, tell me they look up to me. That’s a crazy thought. Here I am a 20 year old college sophomore with many imperfections and I have people twice my age looking to me. It’s a honor really. But there’s something I want to make clear through being transparent:

  • I am a man.
  • I will fail you.
  • I am in no way perfect and have never claimed to be perfect.
  • I don’t always say the right things.
  • I make mistakes.
  • I still fall into sin and still need God’s grace.
  • I am weak.
  • I am impatient.
  • I don’t read the Word as much as I should.
  • I don’t always walk in Love.
  • I am not dependable.

Now you might be asking yourself why I would write a blog like this. First reason is I want to make sure that there is an understanding that in all of my accomplishments, giftings and visions are from God alone. All failures, sins, and let downs are from my failure to follow Jesus. Second reason is to provide Hope since there’s only one hope, Jesus:

  • He is God. (John 10:30, Colossians 2:9)
  • He won’t fail you. (Philippians 4:19, Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • He is perfect. (Psalms 16:2, Habakkuk 1:13)
  • He says the right things. (John 16:13, Acts 6:10)
  • He makes no mistakes. (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalms 139:14)
  • He shows Grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • He is strong. (Psalms 46:1, Proverbs 18:10)
  • He is patient. (Psalms 86:15, 2 Peter 3:9)
  • He is the Word. (John 1:1, John 1:14)
  • He is Love. (1 John 4:8, John 3:16-18)
  • He is dependable. (I Corinthians 15:57, Matthew 11:28-30)

In good times, turn to Jesus. In bad times, turn to Jesus. He’s always there and His arms are open. He accepts you as you are and doesn’t base it on your past. Jesus Loves you. If you want to know more please let me know.

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To God Be All The Glory!

Today I’m preparing to head to Grove City, PA and join some Jesus Lovers for a time of rest before I got back to Ohio State. I went to take a shower and my knees starting pulsating and I instantly knew it was a sympathety pain.

If you don’t know, a sympathy pain is where the Holy Spirit will put pressure or even let you feel some pain somewhere on your body to point out what He wants to heal in someone. It’s basically Him putting His finger right where the persons pain is occurring. It must be clear God isn’t inflicting you with the same pain or disease that they suffering from. It’s simply a word of knowledge. Sometimes when you pray for someone you will get a sympathetic pain and know what to call out. Many times that shows people how real God is because there’s no way you would know that they just had back surgery, kidney problems or get recurring migraines.

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

-1 Corinthians 12:8-11

I didn’t know who the Holy Spirit was trying to point out to me so I posted this status…

I than just began to type out the prayer I would pray if I was right there in the room with her…

At this point a lot was running through my mind. Thoughts entered my head like “What if she doesn’t get healed? Maybe I should of done in a message so only she could see it.” And “What if she doesn’t get healed and someone sees it and it becomes proof in their mind God doesn’t exist.” I then realized that the enemy was working against my faith and I said, “NO. She is healed in Jesus name!” That’s when she replied…

We serve the God that answers with FIRE. In 1 Kings 18 where Elijah went up against the prophets of Baal in front of all the children of Israel saying in verse 21,

How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.”

He went on to challenge the prophets to call on Baal to burn the sacrifice in verse 24.

“You call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.

Without preaching a whole sermon on this (which is going to happen in the near future), Baal doesn’t answer them. Elijah mocks them and then has them pour water on the sacrifice. He prayed to God and needless to say God answered with FIRE (verses 38,39).

“Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!”

That’s the God we serve. He answers with FIRE and makes Himself known. Be an Elijah. Stand on faith when no one else will. We aren’t called to blind faith. We are called into His Loving arms where He takes care of us. It isn’t a religious chore, it relationship with the Creator of the universe!

“Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame…For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

-Romans 10:11, 13

If you connected with these words and are interested in sowing into my ministry as I travel and preach the Gospel, please click HERE.
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To God Be All The Glory!