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COVID-19 Chronicles Day 3

Hello!  We are here on day 3 of the COVID-19 Chronicles.  Today we will continue in our discussion of what I believe the Lord spoke to me in a dream a week or so ago.  There were two major things that I believe the Lord reminded me of for the church…repentance and worship.

Continuing in our discussion of repentance (Day 2 started our discussion).  I want to encourage us with a scripture verse from Isaiah 30:15:

New King James Version
For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not,

The above scripture lets us know that when we return to the Lord in quietness…we will rest in the Lord.  In my dream, there was chaos and fear until the Woman in Authority stopped me in my tracks and I was directed to get back to work.  When we repent for real…we can literally kill the noise in our soul. We will be able to take Jesus yoke and swap our yokes with His so that we can have a heart of peace and tranquility.  Remember, we discussed yesterday that true repentance has to align with God’s will and it must be mixed with contrition and brokenness!

Another aspect of the scripture verse above is confidence and strength!  We can minister in boldness, walk in boldness, and live a bold confident life when we truly repent and give our whole heart to God.

Let’s pray:

Father, I give you my heart…I thank you for my salvation and I do repent right now of what I stand in need to repent of.  I repent also on behalf of this entire nation!  Beak my Lord, Shake me Lord…I want confidence and quietness before you.  I love you and I praise you,

In Jesus Name…Amen

Minister Denise

COVID-19 Chronicles Day #2

Welp!  Here we are on day 2 of this special time of recording what I honestly believe to be the mind of Christ on the matter of the virus thing!  If you have not read day #1 of these chronicles, please do so.  On day ,1 I described the purpose of the chronicles which started with a dream that I had about a week ago.  So today is March 24, 2020 and today we are talking about repentance.

Repentance is definitely one of the things that the church must do individually and as a whole during this time.  It’s crucial. It is not an option.  What I feel compelled to speak on today is true repentance that aligns with the will of God.

First, the definition of repentance is a sincere regret and remorse.  So…from a Biblical stand point, lets look at the Hebrew meaning:

“According to Strong’s Concordance, the English word repent appears 21 times in the Old Testament. These come from two different Hebrew words. The one used most often is Nacham, which means to regret. The other is shuwb which means to turn or return.”

So to be sure that our repentance is aligned with the will of God, we must have a mind set of regret concerning our present heart condition.  The remorse and the regret, called “contrition” in Psalms 51:17, is what will eventually manifest in a turning back to GOD!!!  This is true repentance.

Take-a-way from this chronicle:

I must feel the burden of my sin…I must be sorry for real…I must trust God to cleanse me and by faith receive forgiveness as I confess and acknowledge my sinful condition…then i must TAKE ACTION!  I must plan to do something.  Taking action means doing something different than before.

God bless you!  Let’s pray:

Father, in the Name of Jesus…have mercy upon my, according to Your loving kindness, according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.  Forgive me and purify my heart. I want to turn to you in repentance.  Break my heart for what breaks Yours and restore unto me joy in Your presence.  Grace me to take action and do what is needed to be done in my situation today…In Jesus Name…Amen

COVID-19 Chronicles Day 1

Today is Monday, March 23, 2020. I would like to present a 5-day journey into the mind of Christ for this Corona virus situation!  About a week or so ago right before we received word of lots of shut downs and closures, the Lord gave me a dream in the 4th watch of the night.  If you have ever studied the night watches from a Biblical standpoint, then you will know that the 4th watch occurs between the hours of 3 am to 6 am.  In the dream I was at work. I was sitting at my desk and all of a sudden there was a very loud siren or horn sound that blasted through my computer!  I could not maneuver at all on the keyboard.  The system was totally frozen.  The sound of the alarm (that is what it appeared to be) was not all that I heard. I also heard chatter in the air from others yelling, “Go…go to your safe houses, go to your safe house!”  I quickly picked up my purse and some other things that were important to me and headed out of the door of my office. As soon as I was about to get to the exit door, I was stopped by a woman in authority who extended out her hand in authority as to say, “Stop!”  Get back to work.”  Now there was another Lady standing beside the Woman in authority (that’s how I perceived her).  This other lady at first was one of the ones yelling for me to go and get out.  Now she was in agreement with the Woman in authority.  I went back to my office.  The dream ended. The interpretation is that it is time to go back to work. To do the work of the Kingdom. See, the other lady who switched from saying “go to your safe house, go”, to being on the side of the one in authority, represents the world without Christ.  See we as the Church, need to not be flip flopping between fear, panic, and faith!

Now, on yesterday, I was scrolling through Facebook and one of my dance Sisters posted a picture of Jesus with His hand extended out toward a large crowd of folks running as if to be in panic and war…she said that this is the picture that she saw in a dream!  Her dream was very similar to mine in that she interpreted her dream to mean that it was time to stop running and start praying against the virus!  I was astonished at this wonderful confirmation that God had truly spoken through my dream.

So…what are our take-a-ways on this 1st day of COVID Chronicles?  Well, I believe that God wants us to do two things and focus on those two things more than anything else.  Those two things are repentance and worship.  I know…sounds simple but believe me…it is profound!

On day #2, we will talk about repentance and how we can be sure that we are in alignment with the will of God for true repentance.

Thanks for reading!  Join me on tomorrow night!

Denise Cook-Godfrey

Minister/Author/Playwright/Liturgical Dance Instructor

Just when I thought I had YOU all figured out……….I’m Knocked to My Knees!

Our Heavenly Father surely has a sweet way about Him when it comes to discipline and chastening those whom He loves (Rev 3:19- “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore and repent”).  Yes, there is the “R” word again……REPENT!

As a Minister of the Gospel and as a creative writer, dancer, and mentor, I can attest to the fact that at times we get stuck on the gift way over and above the GIVER!  Every good and perfect gift surely comes down from the Father of Lights, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  Gifts are remarkable.  Anointings are exciting and very useful for the Kingdom of God.  Loving the journey of the supernatural is also exciting and worth all of the work and attention that we give to it.  However, we must never forget that we do what we do by the grace of God.  It is His divine enablement upon flesh that causes our spirit man to reach out to others and join in with the Holy Spirit and truly touch someone with our teaching, preaching, prophesying, praise and worship dancing, mime, drama, spoken word, etc.  We must never place Him in a box and think we know what the outcome of our ministry assignments will be.  Here is the sum of what I am saying:  Just when we think we have ministry all figured out, God has a way of knocking us down a notch and showing us that we can’t do anything without Him and that it is not all about us.  Now, I know we love to repeat this saying but how many of us truly live by “Its not about us-its about Jesus” cliché?  Just when we are soaring on eagles wings and everyone is patting us on the back and all seems to be going well, the Lord surely will break us down and strip us so that we can realize that the highest place that we can ever be is at HIS FEET!

Never get too grown in the spirit.  Never take it upon yourself to offer strange fire upon the altar.  “Strange fire?”,  you may ask.  I am talking about the kind of praise and worship that is not authorized by God.  You know.  The kind that is birthed after the flesh.  The kind that is self centered and mostly just full of dead works!

With all of that being said (and you know I am talking to my self right?) I will endeavor to stay on fire for God through hot, intimate, passionate worship.  I will not do works that are motivated by the flesh and I will wait upon the Lord for He knows what is best for me.  I will keep chasing Him and realize that I can never, ever figure out this thing called ministry.  I will stay humble and listen and cooperated with Holy Spirit.

I pray that you have enjoyed this article and that you stay “fit for the Masters use”!