WHAT DOES WORSHIP MEAN TO ME?
INGREDIENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER
SHIFTING OF THE EARTH'S AXIS
WANDERING IN GUILT
AMBUSH THE ENEMY
WHAT DOES WORSHIP MEAN TO
Revelation 4: 9-11
And when the
living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the
throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will
fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who
lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne,
saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor
and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they
existed, and were created.”
Recently, at one of
our GPI Group gatherings, after spending some time worshipping together we
suggested that each person consider the question, “What does worship mean
to me?” We read the key verses above and talked about what it must be like
in heaven, even now, around the throne of God.
Then, using an acronym
on W – O – R – S – H – I – P, we collected the following thoughts. They
are not in order of importance, although everyone in our group agreed that
“I AM” FOCUSED needed to be #1. Some of the words below describe “what”
worship means, and others describe the “results” of worship in our lives.
Perhaps you have some thoughts about what worship means to you.
Wonder or Wonderment
Worth of God
WOW of God!
Wisdom of God is
Overflowing – It
has an impact on others
Ointment – A sweet
aroma to God
Overcome by God
Openness to God
Obedient to God
Realizing & Renewing –
You realize the greatness of God and are continually renewed.
Rest in Worship –
Worship is not work, it just flows.
Relationship with God
Sacrifice – It is
a gift to God
Solitude with God
Humble – Me before
Heart of God – It
is expressed to me & mine to Him
Help from God
“I AM” focused
Instruments - You
and all things
Inviting God into my
Incredible work of God
Potting Soil – We
become fertile soil for revelation & the prophetic.
Purpose for God’s
Power of God
2011 by Valeta Lanier. All rights reserved.
INGREDIENTS OF AN
I recently taught from 1 Kings 18:41-45 with a
look at Elijah's EFFECTIVE PRAYER that brought rain after 3 1/2 years! So
much to learn from what he did... and James 5:17 reminds Believers that we
are just like Elijah... except even more... we have ALL of God's power
within us! The outline is below...
1. HEAR (verse
41) Elijah HEARD the rain BEFORE it rained! A clear message to
him from God that is was time for rain. He had FAITH in what he heard.
Whatever "rain" you need, to pray an EFFECTIVE PRAYER, listen closely for
God's direction. He will lead you about when and what to pray. Then have
faith in what you HEAR as you pray.
(verse 42) Elijah crouched down to the earth, with his face
between his knees. He was praying an EARNEST prayer. There are many
different kinds of prayers, but an EFFECTIVE PRAYER is one that you put
your whole heart and soul into.
(verse 43) Elijah never raised his head to see if the rain was
coming. He sent his servant to look, while he stayed FOCUSED in prayer.
The enemy of God will do everything he can to distract you from an
EFFECTIVE PRAYER. Why? Because he knows it brings BIG results. Don't let
ANYTHING or ANYONE keep you from your FOCUS for an EFFECTIVE PRAYER.
(verse 44) Seven times Elijah sent his servant to look for
evidence of rain. Each time his servant said he saw nothing. Even so,
Elijah did not stop praying. He did not stop to look himself, or quit
after each time his servant reported nothing. He stayed PERSISTENT. So
many times, when we don't see the evidence of "answered" prayer we quit.
To see the results of an EFFECTIVE PRAYER, one that God has told us to
pray, we need to be PERSISTENT.
(verse 44) Finally Elijah's servant saw a small cloud far in the
distance, that appeared to be the size of a man's hand. When he reported
that to Elijah, the EFFECTIVE PRAYER stopped! Was it raining? NO! Was it
coming? YES! Elijah had all the report he needed! He knew it was time to
PREPARE for the blessing that was coming. So he ordered his servant to
tell Ahab to leave, before he was caught in HEAVY RAIN! That is PREPARING
FOR & EXPECTING A MIRACLE! And before long, the sky was filled with black
clouds and there was heavy rain. An EFFECTIVE PRAYER delivers GOD'S POWER.
Are you PREPARED for the blessings? God will bless the EFFECTIVE PRAYER!
The results of
Elijah's prayer were obvious, as the dry land was quenched and burst forth
with fruit. Plus, Elijah, after spending time in prayer was filled with
SUPERNATURAL POWER to run! What need do you have today? God wants you to
experience His SUPERNATURAL ABUNDANCE in your life. Perhaps He is calling
you to a time of PRAYING AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER.
2011 by Valeta Lanier. All rights reserved.
DREAM :: SHIFTING OF THE EARTH'S AXIS
DREAM :: Mid December, 2010
RECORDING :: February 4, 2011
PART ONE ::
I believe that today, God
still speaks to people in many ways. He speaks through the written Word,
through others, through revelation and righteous thoughts guided by the
Holy Spirit, through situations we find ourselves in on a daily basis, and
through dreams and visions. Many people do not believe God still uses the
latter_ dreams and visions, and that’s OK! But for me, the New Testament
has many recordings of accounts where God used dreams to bring knowledge
and warnings to His children. I believe the same holds true for today.
I am a dreamer. Not in the
sense of daydreaming, but I dream almost every night. I don’t think every
dream I have is from God. Sometimes what my eyes, ears, and mind have
taken in during the day has an impact on my dreams. And the circumstances
and worries I am living in daily may cause me to have a dream that comes
from my soul. Can God speak to me through these dreams? Yes. I can
meditate on what I have dreamed and realize that I am taking in either
good or bad information, and I need to change my focus. Or I may be
letting a negative circumstance control my earthlife, and I need to focus
on His ability to see me through. However, there are times when I have a
dream that is coming directly from God. It has nothing to do with what I
have been focusing on during the day, or a circumstance I am living
through, and the message of the dream is so impacting that it grabs my
attention and won’t let me go. Many of these dreams I have written down,
and found that they have multiple interpretations and are helpful for many
So it is with the dream I
had in mid-December of 2010. I did not record it the morning I woke up, so
the exact date is not certain. However, every detail of the dream
continues with me, as if I had just awakened. So, I am taking this
opportunity to record it and share it with others.
:: THE DREAM, SHIFTING OF THE EARTH'S AXIS
dream began in darkness. I could see nothing. Suddenly I heard a voice,
saying... “The earth’s axis has shifted by ¼ of an inch.” Over and over
the voice said to me, “The earth’s axis has shifted by ¼ of an inch.” Over
the years I have heard many voices in my dreams, some of which I have come
to recognize as the voice of the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus, various
people (some known and some unknown), angels, and demons. This was an
announcement voice. It was not God, the Holy Spirit, or Jesus. It may have
been an angel, but if it was, it never made its appearance known. It just
kept tell me the same message, over and over... “The earth’s axis has
shifted by ¼ of an inch.”
I remember thinking, in my
dream_ “So what?” One fourth of an inch did not seem like very much to me,
especially in light of how big the earth is. I wondered why this message
was so important. What possible harm could ¼ of an inch shift do to the
the dream changed. I was observing the ocean. It was quiet, with peaceful
tiny waves moving in and out of the shoreline. My view of the ocean,
crystal clear and beautifully blue, stretched out beyond the horizon as
far as I could see. The sky was clear and bright, with the horizon of the
ocean as the only distinction that marked a
division of the beautiful
blues. The beach was perfect white sand. It stretched for miles on each
side as I glanced to my right and left. There were no trees of any kind,
and the sand was unmarred by any debris. Not one stick or stone. It was a
perfect beach and ocean setting.
With one exception...
there were houses built on the ocean front, about 100 yards from the
ocean. All of the houses were exactly the same. Each one had two stories,
built on a square frame with one tall pitched roof. They all sat on the
beach in a row, with about 200 yards between them. As I looked from my
right to left, I was amazed at how precise they were. Then I noticed that
these big houses were only frames. The complete frames were in place, with
windows, doors, and the second story floor but no walls. You could see
through all of the houses.
Again the dream changed.
Now I was standing on the second story floor of the house that was right
in the middle of the long row of houses, looking out toward the ocean. I
suddenly realized there had already been a very bad storm and EVERYTHING
in the first floor of all the homes had been washed out to sea. It was as
if I could “see” into the past and relive what had happened. A mighty
storm had brought the ocean so far inland that many lives had been lost
and there was severe loss of property. Everyone on the beach front had
lost EVERYTHING that was in the first floor of their homes. It had all
been washed out to sea. They were completely empty. So empty that there
was no evidence that anything had ever been there. Everything was
completely gone. However, as I looked at the homes, I realized there was
nothing in any of the homes... the second floors were empty also. I did
not see any people, just empty homes that I could see through, because
there were no walls.
the dream changed again. As I looked out to sea a great wave began to
rise. It was pulling the ocean into it, away from the shore. The wave grew
higher and higher until it was so far into the sky I could no longer see
the top. Extreme awareness suddenly hit me, as I thought_ “When this wave
hits the shore it will completely destroy the earth.” I looked down on the
shore, just below my house and there sat a small wooden boat with an
orange “over the shoulder” life jacket inside. I began to question_ “If I
could get in this boat, would I be able to ride the wave?” No, was the
answer... that would be impossible. I glanced at the life jacket and
wondered_ “If I had this on, how long could I hold my breath under a wave
that large and live? Would this life jacket bring me back to the top of
the water alive?” In the midst of my questions I heard a voice. It was
coming from behind me, speaking directly to me, yet it seemed to fill the
whole shoreline. “Don’t worry... you won’t need the life jacket. I am not
going to allow this wave to come onshore. I am holding it back.” I
recognized the voice_ it was God, the Father. I did not turn around, but
it seemed I could see Him, with his right arm stretched out toward the
wave, as if He had put up a barrier that would keep it from destroying the
earth. I woke up.
THREE :: CONCLUSION
I am not really interested
in science. I don’t read books or watch television shows about science. I
really don’t pay much attention to news reports about scientific events
that are happening in the world. So, the theme of the dream, “The earth’s
axis has shifted by ¼ of an inch”, meant nothing to me, nor had I heard or
read anything about this subject.
Upon awakening that
morning I immediately went to the internet to see if there was anything
happening to the earth’s axis. To my amazement I found many reports that
there has been a shift. In February of 2010 Chile was hit with an
earthquake that many scientists believe has shifted the earth’s axis. I
But my shock was just
beginning. In the weeks that followed I began to hear reports on the news
that were alarming. First thousands of dead birds were falling from the
sky. Many reasons were discussed with no concrete conclusion. Then one
afternoon I heard a renowned scientist talking about the phenomenon,
describing it somewhat (I have paraphrased as I remember it) as follows_
“Due to the shifting of the earth’s axis there has been a shift of the
magnetic field from the North Pole. These birds follow a path each year
based on the magnetic field, and because of the shift they may have flown
into an area that caused this life threatening disaster.” Again I was in
shock. I kept thinking about the dream. “What do you want me to do, God?”,
I kept asking.
Next reports came from
Australia about flooding. Yes, they had rain, but not enough to account
for the floods. Plus, they could not explain how the floods seemed to come
from the inside of the country, for no reason. Another amazing report!
One day as I sat in my
office working, I could hear the news in the background, coming from the
television that had been left on. The reporter was talking about a story
that made everyone very uncomfortable. It seems an airport in Tampa,
Florida had to repaint their main landing strip, #19. Why? Because the
earth’s axis had shifted, causing a change in the magnetic field from the
poles, it had changed the compass readings in the airplanes. Instead of
landing on the main landing strip, #19, they were trying to land on #18.
They had to repaint #18 to #19 in order to keep the planes on the right
course! I was beginning to realize that God was sending a message through
my dream_ a shift of ¼ inch could make a BIG difference.
I have continued to hear
other strange news reports that have alarmed me, like the huge wave in
California that killed a surfer. They have never seen a wave that high,
was the report. Another attention getter! Then recently, Australia was hit
with a catastrophic cyclone.
So what is my conclusion?
I believe dreams are literal and figurative, sometime one or the other,
sometimes both. God is sending a warning through this dream. There are
some catastrophic events coming. I do not believe we have seen the first
part of the dream yet, with the ocean taking all of the contents out of
the lower floor of our homes. Do I think that is literal? For some it may
be, for others it is figurative. But one thing I know, God loves us. And
He wants you to be warned, for many reasons.
For the last part of the
dream, I am thankful. God is standing guard over His people. We are
protected by Him, even in the face of certain death. I believe we are
going to “see” things that appear to be the end of all mankind. But God
wants us to trust in Him. He is our refuge and strength.
I trust this dream is a
blessing to your life. Lend your own interpretation to its meaning. God
can speak to each of you and His desire is for you to know His heart.
Thank you, Father, for this dream. May it be a blessing to the world.
DREAM UPDATE: March 11, 2011 Japan was hit
with an earthquake of 8.9, one of the largest in history, with a Tsunami
wave coming onshore that has wiped out many cities and killed thousands of
people. Another fulfillment of this dream.
2011 by Valeta Lanier. All rights reserved.
WANDERING IN GUILT | Author Unknown
Guilt is a debilitating
disease. It weighs down countless thousands, sending them to psychiatric
wards, hospital beds and graves each year. Tragically, guilt is seldom
diagnosed as the real culprit.
Among the suffering masses
of guilt-ridden people in this world are outstanding numbers of Christian
men and women. Somewhere - lost in these masses - I wandered! Day and
night I wandered - carrying weights I had labeled, "If only I had....",
and "Bring up a child in the way...." My mind raged with "Why, why, whys."
An intelligent, good-hearted, sweet and handsome son had left us, and his
Lord, for a life of sin.
At times I put the weights
away. I had faith, and I prayed. I believed God's Word and relied on it
for strength and courage.
But I still found the
handles of those weights wearing thin from picking them up and putting
them down again. Each time I picked them up, the guilt feelings
multiplied and overwhelmed me.
I wasn't much good to
anyone anymore. Many of our son's activities I kept hidden because of
what others would think of me. "Well she should have..." "I knew it was
While the other children
cried, "We're here too", my mind struggled, quizzed and bent under the
continual beatings of "Ifs" and "Whys." We even made a move - looking for
a "better environment."
After several years of
"weights up - weights down" syndrome, I heard a statement that helped me
put those weights down and leave them down for longer periods of time.
For honesty's sake, I readily admit I still pick up those weights now and
then, but I don't carry them very long anymore.
Here's how it happened...
During some of the blackest months of my life, I was invited to attend a
lectureship in Ontario. I had no intention of going. I felt secure in my
own world, and after all, I needed time to bask in my misery.
As I look back, I believe
the Spirit within me was prodding my spirit, with a degree of urgency, to
attend this lectureship. While there I heard many edifying lectures by
wonderful men of God. However, one lecturer in particular opened the door
of my ram shackled heart and walked right in.
To my great sorrow, I
don't remember his name. After this lecture, I didn't hesitate one minute
- I walked up on the podium and asked, "Do you believe when a child goes
wrong, it is the fault of the parents?" This elderly gentleman, gently
wrinkled and very white-headed, looked at me with compassion and asked,
"Who were Adam and Eve's parents?"
My mind scanned the scene
of the fall of man as this gentleman, time worn and full of wisdom,
continued. "You see, Adam and Eve lived in the perfect environment. They
had the perfect parent - God. Yet, they chose to sin."
By the time he finished
the sentence, others were reaching for his hand to congratulate him on his
lecture. Tears streaked my face as I turned and walked away, never to see
this man again.
At that moment, I felt
nothing more powerful had ever been said to me! Even now, each time I
relate this statement to others, I am awed anew at what it means to all of
us who suffer pangs of guilt because of our children's actions.
God requires that we teach
and train our children in His ways. We must do this in the very best way
we know how. But always remember: "Who were Adam and Eve's parents?"
AMBUSH THE ENEMY | Message by Gary Lanier,
Edited by Valleta Lanier
of God wants to stop you. He will stop at nothing to keep you from
fulfilling your calling from the Father. 1Peter 5:8 says... Be of
sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about
like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. He truly is like a
lion, and he is seeking to devour you!
Gary Lanier shared a message called AMBUSH THE
ENEMY, from the book of Joshua. He used an acronym, which he is famous
for (HA!). This simple acronym will help you remember how to stay on the
A - Arise
in your Authority
Listen, Learn & Locate
Execute from Your Location
Receive the Reward
Testify of His Goodness
A - Arise in your Authority
7:10 God told Joshua ..."Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on
your face?" I believe we stand with our faces to the ground, when God
has set us free! So, let me encourage you to "ARISE" and know that God has
a great plan for you, and He has a GREAT PLAN for accomplishing it! He
went on, in Joshua 8:1 & 2, to say "Do not be afraid; do not be
discouraged..." Have you ever noticed how much God says this! I
think, many times, we are like Joshua. Our circumstances around us seem so
much bigger than God. Perhaps if we would look up, instead of down, we
would not be afraid or discouraged!
- Listen, Learn & Locate
Joshua in 8:3 & 4, "Listen carefully..." God is speaking to you
today, whatever you situation. It is His plan that He wants to accomplish
in you, so He is responsible for the guidance. But, we must listen! I know
many of you have heard me share the W - O - R - D - S acronym about
how God speaks today... He will speak through His written WORD,
through OTHERS, through REVELATION, through DREAMS AND
VISIONS, and through your SITUATION or CIRCUMSTANCE. But, you
must listen. If you don't believe God can speak to you today, you won't be
able to hear Him. But, I believe He is speaking. Let me encourage you to
LISTEN! When Joshua heard, then he could LEARN and LOCATE himself in a
position to be blessed by God! (8: 4 - 13).
- Execute from Your Location
you are, right now, you are in the right place to begin! God has you right
where He wants you! Or... maybe not! If not, He is telling you where to
go! So, just get there, and BEGIN! Do exactly what He tells you to do!
Having trouble hearing? Just get in a quiet place, and ask Him to YELL!
HA! Trust me, He will not be silent, unless that is what He is saying to
you. Then He will tell you, "It's a silent time!" Whatever God
says, just do that! Execute it exactly as He tells you to. I spent two
years, recently, just waiting! I had lots of work I was doing, but I was
really in a "holding pattern", while God was getting things ready for me!
So, I executed a "waiting" pattern, while God got everything ready! Once
you ARISE, LISTEN, LEARN, and LOCATE... then it is time to EXECUTE! That's
what Joshua did in 8:14 - 23.
- Receive the Reward
God had a
reward for Joshua and all of Israel (8:24 - 27), and He has so many
rewards for you. God is good at giving rewards! I just want to encourage
you to start today, and the rewards will come.
- Testify of His Goodness
purpose for everything we do as God's Children is to tell everyone about
His goodness! God told Joshua, in 1:7, that He was going to exalt him so
that all would know that God was with him. He brought great fame to Joshua
(6:27), and Joshua testified of God's goodness! God is not opposed to
fame. He simply wants us to use it to bring Him glory. I know that is your
heart. It is such a joy, to serve in the Kingdom with servants that are
continually testifying of His goodness!
do we AMBUSH THE ENEMY? Stay on our A - L - E - R
2007 by Gary Lanier. All rights reserved.
| By Valleta Lanier
you are in a "different" walk in your ministry... some
are just beginning, some have been serving for
many years, and some of you are right in the middle!
you are singers, many are worship leaders, some are writers, some are
speakers and teachers, and some are producers and publishers.
with you the vision of the Lord in many different ways.
entrusted you with many creative ideas, that will change the world.
uniquely equipped you for the tasks that lay before you.
turn, the enemy of God seeks to stop you.
I want to
encourage you, with the following verses, to let the creative blessings
flow, while He fills you full of peace and power.
89:15 LISTEN TO THE JOYFUL CREATIVE SOUND WITHIN YOU!
How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O Lord,
they walk in the light of Thy countenance.
45:1 FOR ALL WRITERS!
My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to
the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
68:4 FOR ALL SINGERS AND WORSHIP LEADERS!
Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him
who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the Lord, and exalt before
77:6 FOR ALL WRITERS, SINGERS, AND WORSHIP LEADERS!
I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my
heart; And my spirit ponders.
96:1 FOR ALL WORSHIP LEADERS, WRITERS, AND SINGERS!
Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
108:1 FOR ALL WORSHIP LEADERS AND SINGERS!
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing
praises, even with my soul.
127:1 FOR ALL PUBLISHERS, PRODUCERS, BUSINESS OWNERS, AND PASTORS!
Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who
build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in
134:1 FOR EVERYONE THAT WORKS LONG HOURS, LATE INTO THE NIGHT!
Behold, bless the Lord, all servants of the Lord, Who serve
by night in the house of the Lord!
continue to experience His abundance!
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