The holes in our soul come from one of three sources: (1) unhealed hurts; (2) unresolved issues; and (3) unmet needs. Things that were never resolved but swept under the covers are the things that grow up in us and cause holes in our soul which in turn become damaged emotions. And if we go into ministry then we end up being gifted but still wounded. So now we release muddy waters through our ministry.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
I was awakened to the call of ministry in 1995, but it was 2005 when my on-the-job-training began when I opened my printing/publishing company in Cheltenham, MD. The Bible is filled with men and women who declared God’s word and were used to bring people out or to take them into something. But it is not until you begin your own personal journey with God that your eyes will be open to the many things they went through serving God.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love what I do and I love God and God has definitely been good to me along my journey. But no amount of prophetic words could have really prepared me for the price I had to pay to walk out the call on my life. When I think about David, Moses, Noah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Elijah and Jesus; they all had times of solitude and rejection. They all had seasons of being off to the side and where they could not walk the path that others were walking. Well that has been my life; unbeknown to me that it came along with the preparation process.
My journey has been very fruitful, but it was also long. You can still live and grow in the winter seasons in your life. You can still produce when you are in the back side of the desert, because no matter what season you are in, as long as God led you there, then He will cause you to flourish. When I think about David from the initial time he was anointed by Samuel to the events in his life that caused him to run through the wilderness, I’m sure he had to be saying, “God I didn’t sign up for this!” I know I have said that several times. LOL! Or what about Noah, who was instructed by God to build the ark and warn the people because something was coming that, was not familiar to anyone at that time. He was faithful to the task, and the process in spite of being ridiculed and ostracized for years.
If you are called to the office of the prophet, God needs your ear so you can hear Him above all the other noise in the kingdom. He also needs your heart, because this walk of ministry will cost you and bring must rejection. Remember Jesus said that when people reject you, they are actually rejecting the God in you and His message. If God has your heart, then He has you because your heart is the innermost part of you. That is where God speaks and you move. If He doesn’t have your heart, it will be hard to withstand the journey and you will allow outside influence to dictate your behavior and release what God isn’t speaking.
Your relationship with God is first and foremost the most important value to a prophet. You carry the mantle to root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, build and plant; well none of that is a pretty picture. For me God spoke, “Karen you will be the first to hit the hard places in people’s lives. Nobody wants to be the first one to disturb people’s un-surrendered walls. That is what brings about the constant backing up that people will do to you. This is why God needs your heart. He speaks at every turn, which has always kept me open to Him and His people.
Every prophet in the Bible had a different way of coming into their assignment and all of them had different assignments to fulfill. It is the same today! God doesn’t give every prophet the same vision. Our spiritual DNA isn’t the same, from the standpoint of what God needs us to speak to the church. That is why we must be sensitive to keep moving by the inward witness, like Israel moved when the cloud/fire moved. We can’t get so comfortable with our lives and how we do things or who we are hanging out with that we are mad when it is time to dismantle and move forward. God is trying to get you somewhere. He never called you to set up camp forever at one place. The journey of the prophet will be one of making quick obedience to the spirit of God. This is why He needs your heart, because He is not going to keep rustling and tussling with you to move when He ready to move or send you. One of the biggest lessons God will teach you is to stay in sync with Him. No man can teach you that. This will be done when you are sensitive to Holy Spirit. Always be where God is and not where He was.
One last thing, 2 Chronicles 34:1-5 tells us that when Josiah began to rule as king, it was in his eighth year that he sought God and in his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from their molten images and idols. The life of a prophet will also require us to go to the church and begin to tear down things that the church has established that was never God. Along our journey, we do not realize that things creep into our houses (our temples and church services), and become idols and images before God that must be removed. If God sends a prophet to do this, it is because the people have not taken heed or cannot hear God’s voice concerning the matter. Again, do you see why God needs your heart and ear?
When I look back I can see that my journey was long and I paid a price for the call on my life. I did not get to do what I wanted to do. I didn’t have the luxury like others with a lot of hanging out, but I still had fun. When I was in the journey, I never felt deprived. I enjoyed spending time with God. I enjoyed how God trained me and He graced me for this solo journey, while He took care of me like I was His daughter and queen. I enjoyed life, but maybe not on the same caliber as others when I hear there stories. If you take care of God’s business and stay in sync with Him; God will bless you beyond your desires. The Bible says, “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” (Job 8:7) --- Enjoy God and enjoy the journey…the reward will far outweigh the sacrifice.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017
Have you ever been to an Art show and seen the dynamics of all the different drawings and expressions of an artist? If you have children, I know you have seen the coloring from one of your children just learning what a crayon is and not understanding about staying inside the lines? Either way; color on art, paintings, drawings are all expressions of the artist or child.
Some drawings are breathtaking and leave us seeing the beauty of color, while others can be wild and erratic like the artist was totally out of the box with their way of expression. With that being said, have you ever felt something was wrong with you because you were different? Have people ever made you feel like you had problems because how you did things? Do we all have to do it the same way? Absolutely NOT!!!
People judge what they don’t understand? The reason why this happens is because we have a world filled with judgmental, opinionated and critical people. They may not mean to be, but too many people put their mouths on other people because it is different from them and/or how they would do it.
I saw a movie that opened my eyes to how God sees our differences. God sees “Color,” and the array of beauty that color makes. We judge people from our limited scope of knowledge. Limited because we do not know what people have experienced on their journey to cause them to do what they do. We do not know the baggage and weight of pressure that people carry with them every day. These same people go to work, have families, businesses, and ministries, etc. When we see people starting businesses and don’t understand why they operate their business the way they do, we judge without knowing that the true visionary and CEO of their business/ministry is God who put the dream in them.
We must begin to put on a new perspective about people’s differences as an expression of color. Can drawings be wild, untamed and what we may see as odd? Of course! But we don’t judge the painting, we just don’t buy it and that is OK! Everybody is not going to be like us because everybody didn’t grow up or experience what we experienced on our journey. We are ALL products of our journey, which causes us to express differently. We are all different shades of color expressing our uniqueness in the Earth.
The Bible tells us that “where there is unity there is the commanded blessings.” The devil desires to keep us always separated by our differences which keep us a divided church, family and race. We must put on the mind of Christ and see it as He sees the world, as the expression of color. When we, the church begin to intercede more, we release the hand of God to go into the lives of people and clean up the muddy that’s causing the color to not be as vibrant as it once was.
In conclusions, we are all expressions of color. Let’s adopt the mindset and see others as a different color than us. We are not all red or blue or green; but a combination of the many colors on God’s palette.
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Friday, March 31, 2017
Be blessed by this RIGHT NOW Word. Israel dissemble and resembled the Tabernacle every time the pillar of cloud/fire moved. Religion/church has dulled our spiritual senses to the inward leading which has caused the church to be where God was and not where He is. - www.karenpresley.org
Friday, December 2, 2016
Be blessed by this word....It is a RIGHT NOW WORD for where we are. It is also God's instructions for this hour... Make the adjustment and watch what God will do.... This word takes the STRUGGLE and PRESSURE out of life. Psalm 91
Thursday, November 24, 2016
When you hear the word “construction,” what comes to your mind? Is it; delays, impatience, frustration, irritations, or amazement of seeing the progress every time you pass that way to work. Whatever goes through your mind, one thing we can all agree on is that it can be a nuisance when you are in a rush to go somewhere, only to be delayed by the “road work.”
Over the last ten years, on the route I take to work, I have witnessed two different housing developments being built from scratch. Of course the beginning stage was seeing all the bulldozers, dump trucks, and other equipment digging up the ground and taking away the dirt. This went on for a while, and this was my route to work and I had to expect delays or take another route which would have been longer.
Most people get stuck in the beginning phase of God’s construction process. He shows us visions, dreams, prophetic words of what He is doing in our lives and business; but the initial stage of any new project can often be the most painful. This is where I see so many lose hope. Why are we still in this phase? When are we going to move forward to something that is fun or at least doesn’t require much pressure? Before the men can start building, they must break up the ground, turn over the soil, and tear up the existing streets around it, before they can lay down new foundation. Everything I just mentioned requires pressure to make this happen. That is why I see all the dump trucks and bulldozers; heavy machinery for a heavy job. There is a major parallel to the steps of building a new development to the steps required to building a NEW YOU!
Phase 1 – Breaking up the old. When the men first start, you have no idea what they are building. All you see is one big field that has to go through a major overhaul. The Bible tells us that Jesus was able to endure the process because the joy that was set before Him. Jesus saw the bigger picture, so He was able to endure the cross which was the route He had to take for becoming our great High Priest. It was not a skip in the park process for Jesus and because He is our example, you have to know it will not be a skip in the park process for you. Jeremiah 1 tells us that when God is the head foreman for our construction project, then He must root out, pull down, destroy, throw down before He can begin to build and plant. Old, negative, erroneous, faulty and wounded paradigms in our soul and thinking must be eradicated before phase 2 can begin. The ground and concrete never fight back with the construction workers, but we make this process hard because we fight what God is breaking.
Phase 2 – Repaving the road for the new. Once the men break up the previous ground, they begin to repave the adjoining streets based on the new layout and diagrams. As you see, not one house has been built yet, we are still working on the surrounding areas. We may have a deep desire to work with the youth, women, abused, men, ex-offenders, etc.; or you know you are called to the ministry but before God can build that part of you; He works on all the surrounding areas. All the roads that will lead them to what He is building. We don’t always know what that looks like, but we have to trust the God who is the head of this construction project. If you have a problem with trusting God, it will make phase 1 harder because that wounded paradigm hasn’t been broken yet. Present your hurts and wounds to God as a sacrifice of surrender so what God is bringing you into won’t be corrupted by the old places in you.
Phase 3 – Laying the new foundation. Now the men are ready to start laying the foundation for the homes in that new development. I remember when I added a new back room in my office; I saw the layers that were required for the foundation stage. It was only a small space, but what went underneath the ground was more important than what we admire when we see the finished product. Today many people want to be the final product without paying the price for all the materials needed in the foundation stage. As a prophet positioned in the marketplace that’s also a pastor, I’m called to awaken the church out of her sleep and train the army of God for Kingdom assignment. I have seen many things. Most people who complain about the church saying they are not teaching, or know that there is more out there other than what they have experienced are the same ones who fight phase 1. If you are ever going to be the new design that God is going to use in the Earth, you MUST go through every phase. Fighting what God has already pre-ordained for your life, will eventually hurt you. You can’t run from your foreman, no matter how many ways you try.
Phase 4 – Framing – Drywall – Rough In. At this stage you get a little more excited because you can see it starting to come together. You have a visual of what the rooms will look like. You can picture it painted and decorated, but it is still many more stages that a contractor has to do to get it ready for you to move in. You never want to get to a place where you start skipping steps because it looks like you are there. This is why we have so many people building ministries and businesses that have that form of godliness, but got ahead of the foreman’s schedule for their life. If we begin to skip steps in the building process, then when the climate changes and strong winds, rain or snow hits your neighborhood it could possible bring about damage because it could not withstand the pressure of the elements. It is the same thing with what we are doing. Many people are doing things “in the name of God” but didn’t allow God to build it the way He intended it to be built. So eventually they fizzle out because they can no longer maintain their momentum or what they built begins to wither away. James 1 says to let patience have her perfect work. God knows what He is building and the many storms that will come and you need to be solid enough to withstand every season you will face.
Phase 5 – The finishing touches. Did you realize that different people would come in with their specialties and make the home you live in complete? You need the plumber, electrical, HVAC, flooring, carpentry, roofer, etc. When the contractor is working, he will have to rough in different sections for the other specialties to do what they need to do and then the contractor can complete his portion. The Bible says He that has begun a good work knows how to complete it to its fruition. No matter what stage you are in, God knows how to get you to the final product. Finishing touches can be things like, your character, the smell you release when you speak, and the motives being purified. We sometimes focus so much on our gifts, talents and persona; that we often forget that God is dealing with the heart and motives and the smell you release in His presence.
Be blessed by this word and understand God is at the helm of your life.