Truth About Betrayal

The Truth about Betrayal in the Body of Christ by Dr. Sharnael Wolverton

There are many in the body of Christ living with betrayal. More than we know. It’s an epidemic.

The Response

The response is one of three, a physical running away and complete physical separation, choosing to stay and walk out that pain in hopes for healing and moving upscale, and a choosing to stay in the relationship but living with and in pain. Let me offer you some perspective on the subject today.

People do not betray people. People use people to betray and hurt themselves. Do those who betray cause harm to others in the process? You betcha. But the betrayal is more about the betrayer and less about the betrayed. Those who betray can betray in many ways; lying about someone, adultery, failing to keep promises made, failure to protect the relationship, etc., etc. The sin is not only against God and the other person/people but most of all to themselves.

Living righteous means to be in right standing with God. When we choose not to live “right” or righteous, the consequences often go beyond our own self. No man is unto his own. No man is an island. We are one body and all sin affects the body. The choice to betray is a choice against love…against living true.

What Happens

In my observation, those in this situation choose to stay or choose to leave. Keep the relationship, or choose not to. That choice is not wrong or right and up to the people involved. Sometimes it is healthy to end the relationship, sometimes it is not.

What if I chose to stay in the relationship? For those who continue to stay, they are faced with seeing the person, maybe even daily if they live with that person … A daily reminder of their fears: “I am not enough. I am not worthy of love. I am alone. No one gets me. I am not understood.” Many things in this person will trigger that because of the experience and pain of betrayal. When (and notice I say “when” not “if”)… these feelings surface, it’s a sign or message that there is more opportunity for healing.

Pain is the message that healing can come now. If pain gets a voice and is brought to the light, there is the choice to process and gain a new belief system. As the process arises, the betrayer can often speak into this if they choose and expedite this healing process. The betrayer can choose to love them through with God and look at this as an opportunity to grow, regain traction, rebuild trust, and restore or reintroduce love.

Often times, unfortunately, this isn’t the choice. More times than I care to see, my observation is the betrayed brings to light the pain and the betrayer reacts. Gets angry. Gets frustrated. Doesn’t want to “relive” it. Blame shifts. Defends. Judges the betrayed. Judges the pain. Wants it to go away. Runs away. Isolates themselves, which also isolates the betrayed.

This reaction is a survival defense mechanism because they themselves do not choose to see their part. (Or don’t want to be reminded of their part as betrayer.) They do not see this as an opportunity to heal or bring healing but instead a judgment against THEM. AGAIN. A guilt trip from the betrayed. This feeds THEIR own fears, “I am not enough. I am not worthy of love. I am alone. No one gets me. I am not understood.” They don’t want THAT reminder, either.

So instead of offering love and support, they react in all the ways mentioned previously …. Which only confirms to the betrayed what THEY already knew and feared: “I am not enough. I am not worthy of love. I am alone. No one gets me. I am not understood.” So the cycle continues. On and on and on. Like a dog chasing his tail. No traction. Until someone gets sick. And you deal with that. Or until someone finally leaves. Tired. Usually to bring their belief system with them to the next relationship without healing. (Yuck) OR someone gets a revelation and changes their belief system. (Yeah!:))

What If?

What if? Just what if the signal of pain is given a voice, brought to light and the betrayer has eyes to see, “This is a Divine opportunity!” “Pain is the golden egg. Pain is the promise that hope can be restored. I choose to love fully in this moment. I choose to understand. I choose to be a source of healing. I choose to go through the process even with my discomfort.” This offering from the betrayer may bring along with it a deluge of feelings to the betrayed …grief, fear, sadness, confusion, anger or ALL of them.

But the process is real and raw and normal, and if given a safe place to facilitate this process, the outcome is amazing. A new layer of Truth is the deposit. A new level of trust is present. The fears are squashed. And wait, something is different!

The betrayer isn’t the betrayer anymore. The betrayer is now the comforter, the listener, the voice of truth, the friend, the strength, the healer. The hero. Love. There is a demonstration of love. A New belief system. NOW the voice says, “I AM enough. I AM worthy of love. I AM NOT alone. Someone DOES get me. I AM understood.” Because it just happened. Proof.

Now maybe it needs to happen several times…. Even over several years as new layers of pain reveal itself and new pain levels surface. But with each safe demonstration of consistent love in action comes new traction. New gain. New trust. New healing. New wholeness. Until poof!

Nothing left to process.

Upgrade complete. New operating system. And guess what magically happens to the “ex-Betrayer’s” voices? NOW the voice say, “I AM enough. I AM worthy of love. I am NOT alone. Someone DOES get me. I AM understood.” Chain response.

Forgiveness vs Healing

Please let me add forgiveness and healing are not the same thing. You can choose to forgive. That doesn’t always make the pain go away and that doesn’t guarantee trust. Please allow the full process of healing to take place separate from your words to forgive or trust again.

Many times the betrayer sees the pain surface as an indication that the betrayed has not chosen to forgive. Usually not the case. More than often, it’s the pain looking for a new level of healing. Most times they didn’t even see the trigger coming themselves so do not take this personally. It’s a process.

Just know forgiveness doesn’t equal a totally healed heart. Forgiveness is a choice and a great one–necessary–but it just doesn’t happen like that. So be aware now. It would be nice. But it’s not the same. Give yourselves permission to go through the process.

Separate Ways?

If you or the betrayer choose to end the relationship, the pain is still there and the healing is still very necessary for you both. If the healing isn’t the choice now… Pain will only show up in other relationships. The wound is a seed. Fruit will come from that seed in many ways and usually stinky. Trust me. Everywhere you go, guess what, you are still there. You may not get the opportunity to process forgiveness and the stages of betrayal in the same way because the betrayer isn’t there to help speed up the process, but dismissing the person or the healing process will not make it go away either.

Turn your hurts to the Lord. When pain surfaces, give it attention. Give your pain a voice. Call a friend to process with the Lord if needed. Hire a coach or counselor. Please do not keep it inside to germinate the seed. Stuffing it will only amplify the voice “I am not enough. I am not worthy of love. I am alone. No one gets me. I am not understood.” And again this will show up everywhere with everything and everybody whether you like it or not. (A bad harvest)

Betrayer Doesn’t Play

What if you choose to stay in the relationship but the betrayer wants to avoid the process and not participate?

(Side note: This may be the toughest one of all. I don’t wish this on anyone, either. I can tell you when both choose to play the healing process is expedited. It may be an interesting journey but worth it and trust can be built and love restored.)

When the betrayer doesn’t play? The betrayer stays the betrayer. Maybe not by definition continuing the “betrayer lifestyle” but in the sense of how you see them because they haven’t done process with you, they are the same. In order to stay sane, it is beneficial and necessary to do the process with God alone. Yes the voices may remind you. “You are alone…” Bla Bla Bla but God… So again, both players playing is much better!

But you can only control you. Do what you can and what is necessary for your own healing. It may not be good to allow your pain out loud to your betrayer if it only causes more pain. But, IF possible talk to your betrayer and be open with your feeling. Give them this article. Show them perspective. (In love). There is always ground for believing they will see and choose love.

I end this to say, there is Hope. It’s Satan’s illusion that attempts to make you think you can’t win the battle. But the battle is won. It’s just a choice to process. A choice to love and be loved. I encourage you to see pain as a doorway to both your healing process. I encourage you to ask your Creator, the I AM inside of you, to walk you through the door to your wholeness success, whatever side you are on.

In the mean time, in the words of a new friend, I vote your victory. Let’s all vote each other’s victory!


More About the Author:

“Dr. Sharnael Wolverton ND, founder of Swiftfire Ministries International, was called to the ministry at an early age. In her pursuit for God, she went to Bible School where she studied Religious Education and Health and graduated with a degree in Wellness/Fitness and Kinesiology. She later went to a graduate school seminary, until the Lord called her in to a place of “the school of the Holy Spirit”. During this incredible period of seeking intimacy with Him she encountered many dreams, visions, visitations and divine appointments leading to the birthing of Swiftfire Ministries International.

Dr. Sharnael is a dynamic Kingdom minister of the Word of God and Biblical Divine Health. Sharnael has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, She is an expert in Pure Essential Oils for wellness. Dr. Wolverton continues to study, learn, research and teach biblical ways to Kingdom health.

She is also an incredible facilitator of the supernatural. Her heart is to see God’s people realize their personal destinies and walk in the fullness of those destinies including mind, body and Spirit. She also moves strongly in the prophetic and in signs and wonders, and possesses an anointing for breakthrough.

Dr. Sharnael is a fresh and relevant conference speaker, itinerant minister and host of her television show “Swiftfire with Sharnael Wolverton” She has many teaching CDs, and is the author of three books: Keys to Third Heaven: Using Third Heaven Revelation to Impact a World and The Seers HandbookSpiritual Reflections of a Montana Girl in a Louisiana State and currently co-writing a her new book with Dr. David Stewart.

Dr. Sharnael is originally from eastern Montana but currently resides in Louisiana with her family and her 3 dogs, 4 cats and Horse Trigger.

Live Your Legacy


Here we are, 12 weeks have passed since the first post in this wonderful series Women Of The Word and I am thinking about you… my reader. Have you enjoyed this journey? Were you touched by the stories of other women, just like ourselves and how they express their relationship with our Savior? Were you encouraged by the testimonies of success and faith of other women who shared their hearts? Did you glean from the lives of those who took time to pen down that which had only ever been written on their souls…

I did.

I was moved by the articles that were submitted to me for this blog. I was touched by how genuine each author was and how willing they were to write something new and fresh, just for you! They were all brave and bold and daring to bear their hearts with us and reveal themselves in this way. I hope it compelled you, ignited you and made you feel brave.

As I sit here, propped up in my bed by overstuffed pillows with my almost four year old daughter nestled peacefully beside me; one word comes to mind… Legacy.

Legacy is anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. It is that which has gone before us and forged a path for us to follow in. Those women who have pioneered in various arenas of life leaving legacies for posterity. Kathryn Kuhlman is one of those forerunners of the Faith that I look to for inspiration and example and it seems befitting in this moment to share her words… 


“I made a consecration of my life that I had never made before, when I saw that it was absolutely possible for me to so yield kuhlman-m life, my body, as a living sacrifice – a sacrifice so consecrated to Him that the name of God Almighty may be glorified through the life of a sinner saved by the grace of God.

It is through the Holy Spirit empowering Christ’s body of believers, His Church, with power for service that the Father is glorified again and again.

The Heavenly Father does not ask for golden vessels.  He does not ask for silver vessels. God asks for yielded  vessels – those who will submit their will to the will of  the Father. And the greatest human attainment in all the world is for a life to be so surrendered to Him that the name of God Almighty will be glorified through that life.

As you read these words, I pray that this shall be the desire of your heart; and I know that the Father will hear your cry, and honor your prayer…and take your life, using it for His glory through the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit.”

This is so powerful a statement that it bears repeating… “and the greatest human attainment in all the world is for a life to be so surrendered to Him that the name of God Almighty will be glorified through that life.”  I pray we all leave a legacy of a life completely surrendered to the Father. That above all, His name is glorified in all we do and say. Together let’s truly be Women of the Word!

Speak Up!

by Rachel Jumpa

It’s been amazing to read all of the “Women of the Word” blog posts over these past few weeks.  It is evident that there are many women of God, from all walks of life, in many parts of the world that have great things to say!

Recently I was shopping in Naperville, a western suburb of Chicago, and came across this cute little boutique that caught my IMG_6192eye, WAR Chest Boutique.   I went in and it turns out that it is a non-profit organization that has items from all over the world that are made by former trafficked and at-risk women in their programs.  WOW – that gave me a reason to shop with a purpose, so I picked up this awesome necklace that got me thinking…….

Ever since I was a little girl, I was quiet and shy, a true introvert that never had much to say.  As I got into my teenage years and had to speak in front of a classroom a few times, I would be so afraid I would have to fight the onset of an anxiety attack. But when I surrendered my life to the Lord in my early twenties, things began to change.  Something rose up on the inside of this former shy girl.  I remember the very first time I had to teach at a Women’s Conference and the first time the Holy Spirit prompted me to speak a prophetic declaration or share a testimony.  It definitely was not in my natural character to be bold and speak up, but it was surely in my supernatural one to do so!

As the years have gone by since I first began to step out and speak up, the Holy Spirit has continued to expound on the importance of speaking up.  I know that we all are very familiar with Proverbs 31, and have probably heard our fair share of teachings on what it means to be a P31 woman.  But this past year the Holy Spirit has illuminated the importance of a verse from that chapter of scripture that’s not often talked about, but is too important for us to overlook.

Proverbs 31:8-9,

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

As I tried to figure out when the Lord began to actually use me to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and defend the rights of the poor and needy, it was actually during one of the most difficult times in our lives. You see, my husband and I lost virtually all we had in the real estate crash a few years ago, but it was in that very same year, the year that we were financially devastated, that we went on our very first mission trip.  We received a prophetic word that we should not let the devil stop us from taking this trip as it was God-ordained.  Against all odds we went on this trip to Honduras in Central America, the most violent country in the world at the time, and the second poorest nation this side of the western hemisphere next to Haiti.  We would see poverty like never before and we would fall in love with the orphaned children we met that were rescued off the streets.  It was on this trip that God would birth in us a heart for missions, for the poor, and for the orphan.

Since that first trip back in 2006 God has done incredible things; not only has He completely restored our finances (He actually gave us back more than we ever had before the market crash), but He has also given us 2 businesses and the ability to travel to the nations.  We have gone back to Honduras every year since and by God’s amazing grace He has expanded our reach and we have started a non-profit organization, Global Reach Foundation, which takes groups on mission trips to various countries across Latin America. We know God is continuing to stretch us and we are willing to GO wherever He sends us!  We are currently planning a trip to Ghana West Africa next year.  Within the U.S., we founded a local food pantry/soup kitchen in the Chicagoland area, which feeds approximately 75-100 families each week.  Last year my husband and I went to 5 countries feeding the poor, loving the orphan, and preaching the gospel.  This year God has also opened up opportunities for me to speak on a panel in Springfield, IL at the Annual Anti-Hunger Summit and I was invited to go with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to Washington, D.C. to meet with a few Congressmen/Congresswomen to plea the cause for continued funding of programs that help feed hungry children and families across America.

As I walk on this journey, I often stand in awe and amazement of how powerful God’s word and His promises are when you actually believe them and put them into practice!  Would I have ever dreamed or imagined I would be used to Speak Up in this way?   The little painfully shy girl, that never had anything to say, would say NO, it could never be…….but the woman who reads the Word, believes the Word, trusts her God, is led by the Holy Spirit, and pushes fear aside as she steps out in faith, says Yes – for with God ALL things are possible!

So I urge you all to do just that, SPEAK UP……for God HAS given YOU something to say!  Your journey will not look like mine, we each have a unique call and specific purpose in this life, but we are all encouraged to SPEAK UP!  I’m sure some of you know exactly what your “speaking up” will look like: what program you are to start, what trip you should take, what business you should begin, what book you should write, what product you should develop, what action you should take, what message you should preach, what lesson you should teach, or what dream in your heart needs to become a reality.  Others may have to search it out a bit, but God has a promise for you as well:

Proverbs 25:2,

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”

If you search out the promises God specifically has for you, He will not leave you wondering, you will not get the full download all at once, but you will be gently guided as you take the first steps of your journey.

After our recent trip to Peru, South America this past June, God reminded us how very hungry people are in our world – not just physically hungry, but also spiritually hungry.  He gloriously used our team to be Carriers of His Presence everywhere that we went, pouring out His Spirit on a hungry & thirsty people, in addition to meeting their physical needs for food and clothing.  There is such a desire in my heart now that cries, “Oh Lord, that I may feed the nations with Your presence.”

So I pray for each one of you that has taken the time to read this……that you would rise up in supernatural Holy boldness and that you would be willing to be used mightily by God to SPEAK UP, so that you may LIVE with PASSION, LOVE with COMPASSION, and FEED the NATIONS.

More about the Author…IMG_62901

Rachel Jumpa resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband Rick.  They have a teenage daughter, a son in college, and a son that married an amazing young woman 2 years ago.  She is the Founder & Director of the Berwyn Food Pantry/Community Kitchen and is passionate about missions, mentoring young women, and writing.  Together with her husband, they run 2 businesses and a non-profit organization, Global Reach Foundation.  Global Reach advocates for the poor and underserved people across the globe.  Everywhere they go they set out to share the life-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, feed hungry children, and help build schools, support orphanages & family homes, provide water tanks, shoes and clothing. With God’s continued guidance and direction, they lead groups of people from all walks of life on mission trips that bring awareness to the physical and spiritual needs of so many around the world.  You can follow her blog and mission adventures on her website,, or follow her on Facebook/Instagram.

Have You Received Since You’ve Believed?

by Pastor Nicole Carson

I am extremely honored to be able to share with you on Brynn Shamp’s blog, “Diary of a Preacher’s Wife” from her, “Women of the Word” series. I have had quite the time sorting out with the Lord what it would be that He would have me share with you. I have had so many thoughts and have made many notes but I just did not get the release I was looking for until today. So, here we go:nicole

My absolute favorite part of ministry is to see people saved and baptized in the Holy Ghost! I love to see people have a real encounter and meet the true and very living God. I love to see people receive and begin to speak and sing in their prayer language and just get absolutely wrecked and intoxicated in the Glory of God…HaHa! I love to get wrecked and intoxicated in the Glory of God!

With my very first entrance into ministry, I was called to be a part of the altar teams at the local Church I was attending at the time. This would be the very first time I would be laying hands and praying over people which just so happened to be on Pentecost Sunday. I was so nervous during that week leading into Sunday. I remember simply asking the Father that when I laid my hands on the people that He would baptize them in the Holy Ghost and that they would forever be changed.

Well, Sunday came and the Pastor preached of course on the “Day of Pentecost.” The Pastor called all that wanted to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit forward. He then proceeded to call the altar teams up so they could agree and help “pray them through.” As soon as I laid my hands on the first woman at the altar, she burst into speaking in tongues. She was ecstatic and electrified in the Glory of God! I, myself was quite amazed because God had answered my prayer and allowed me to be, if anything, a contact point, for this amazing transaction and holy experience that was taking place. I went on to the next person, and then the next person….each one of them getting filled and immersed into the Spirit of God. I have never lost excitement for this prayer that God so quickly answered. I was amazed at how the desire I had led to the manifestation of the prayer so easily.

After this my husband, Michael, and I along with some other friends and relatives began stepping out and praying for the sick. We would go to hospitals, house to house, we would even take a road trip if we heard there was someone that needed healing. We watched the Lord heal people from cancer, rise up out of comas; people that were on life support and given a death sentence would be healed and live. The most amazing part about all these things was that we had a only simple desire to see God move in the lives of the people, whatever their need was. If they needed healing, God would heal, if they needed deliverance, God would deliver, if they needed the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Jesus would baptize them in the Spirit. We were determined that we were going to walk in the miraculous. We were fairly new in our walk with the Lord, but we were on fire nonetheless. We were amazed at what we saw the Lord do. Our Pastors and Mentors were also amazed to see what God was doing.

This is the thing though; we did not receive years of ministry school before we started doing “ministry.” I did go to Bible College for two years but really, once when we were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, we began to immediately move out in these things. It was simply child like faith and a holy boldness that only the Spirit empowers with that brought all of it about.

“The anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you don’t need anyone to teach you. Instead, because God’s anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not a lie, abide in Him, as He has taught you to do. 1 John 2:27

We really did allow the Holy Spirit to teach us. We loved going to Church but we wanted to see some action! We would receive instruction and advice but for the most part, we just listened to the leading of the Holy Spirit and if we felt compelled to go, we went and that was pretty much every single time. We did go to various conferences and camp meetings as we were hungry to see the move of God. We saw other ministers that were working miracles and healing the sick. We read and saw what Jesus did in the Bible and decided early on, if Jesus did it, so were we.

I really believe God used us because we were willing to go and because we made ourselves available. We were zealous and we simply believed that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Today, 7 years later, I Pastor a Church along with my husband and we’ve launched a media and radio ministry called, “Walk the Word.” Regularly, people call in from the radio show and get baptized in the Holy Spirit and healed over the telephone! Jesus doesn’t mind healing people over the phone.

In the hour that is upon us, where the harvest of souls will be coming in by the masses, in order for us to make disciples of people and nations, the key is not only to get them saved but then to immediately make sure they get filled with the Spirit. I have seen so many people…good, godly, saved people, sit in pews all their life and never have any type of spiritual influence over their families or their communities. Unfortunately, most of them do not operate in any true authority and power and so their witness to the world doesn’t give much of an impression.

What makes the difference?

I love the account of Apollos getting filled with the Spirit in Acts 18 & 19 and how the early Church actively began evangelizing with this new baptism and how this particular baptism, this indwelling of the Spirit was of paramount importance.

“Apollos was eloquent and well educated in the Hebrew Scriptures. He was partially instructed in the way of the Lord, and he added to his native eloquence a burning enthusiasm to teach about Jesus. He taught accurately what he knew; but he had only understood part of the good news, specifically the ritual cleansing through baptism preached by John, the forerunner of Jesus. So, when Priscilla and Aquila heard him speak boldly in the synagogue, they discerned both his gift and his lack of full understanding. They took him aside and in private explained the way of God to him more accurately and fully.” Acts 18 24-26

“Now, it happened that while Apollos was away in Corinth, Paul made his way down through the mountains, came to Ephesus, and happened on some disciples there. The first thing he said was, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace him with your heart? Did he get inside you?”

“We’ve never even heard of that—a Holy Spirit? God within us?” “How were you baptized, then?” asked Paul. “In John’s baptism,” He answered. “That explains it,” said Paul. “John preached a baptism of radical life-change so that people would be ready to receive the One coming after him, who turned out to be Jesus. If you’ve been baptized in John’s baptism, you’re ready now for the real thing, for Jesus.”

As soon as they heard this, they were baptized, this time in the name of our Lord Jesus. When Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them in the same way the original disciples experienced at Pentecost: they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” Acts 19: 5-6

On the day of Pentecost, there were added to the Church three thousand that day. That was quite the harvest, especially considering that it was completely unplanned….by Peter and the rest of the disciples at least.

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Acts 19: 38-39

“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Acts 19:41

For the early Church, as they were on their way to fulfill the great commission, they would stop fellow believers along the way and make sure that they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit. This was the most vital part for them to be able to make disciples and multiply. This was the evidence that Jesus was not only with them, but in them.

To fulfill the great commission in our generation, we must do the same. Jesus took twelve men and kept them close for three and a half years. In some of his last conversations with the disciples he took them aside and said,

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12

I believe a very real interpretation of this verse means that the works aren’t going to be “greater” than the works of Jesus, but they would be greater in number and quantity…because Jesus was going to the Father. His ministry spanned only three and a half years. Sometimes one can be in ministry for fifty, sixty, even seventy years. If we used the ratio on the Day of Pentecost along with the average time someone is in ministry since the time of Jesus, we could have already had a massive harvest. The harvest HAS BEEN READY according to Jesus in John 4:35

“Don’t you have a saying, “It’s still four months until harvest? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35

Jesus took a handful of men and women that ended up turning the world upside down. The one hundred and twenty that were in the upper room on the day of Pentecost multiplied, in an instant, to over three thousand. The book of Acts goes on to say that the Church was added to daily. (Acts 2:47)

Right now we are anticipating the greatest harvest yet. We are not going to do it by thinking there is some greater revelation out there that we have to find. The way has been shown. There was John, the Forerunner to Christ, who showed us what first must be done, and then the Messiah himself came and showed us what to do and exactly how to do it.

The time is now. Will we be the generation that will open our eyes to this ripe harvest already at hand and ready to be reaped?

Have you received since you have believed?

More about the wonderful Nicole:

Pastor, teacher, evangelist, encourager. Nicole’s passion is to set the world on fire one soul at a time. Her greatest desire is to see people come into a true experience and relationship with a living God.

Nicole is the lead pastor along with her husband, Michael Carson, of Abounding Grace Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Her life has been marked by supernatural encounter and a prophetic mantle that has positioned her in an accelerated way to touch and lead the lost and teach the believer how to come into true identity as sons and daughters of God.

Nicole grew up in a small town in Hickory, North Carolina. She found herself restless and driven to pursue an unquenchable thirst to answer life’s most important questions and to find true purpose and meaning. She left as a teenager and started a journey that would take her around the world exploring life and searching for truth. She ended up in Sydney, Australia after years of travel. She heard the voice of the Lord prompt her to return to the states after September 11th, 2001.

Answering the call of God to return to North Carolina after so many years away, God began to restore and redeem the time lost with family and friends. After years of hoping to find purpose and meaning to her life, Nicole had a radical encounter with Jesus that would forever change her course and take her into the greatest adventure of her life….knowing God. This encounter propelled her to seek out the things of God and develop her spiritual life and walk in the midst of religiosity, man made traditions concerning church life, and the persecution to step out and answer the call of God on her life.

Nicole Carson operated in various functions of ministry and then God called her as Pastor in 2013. She and her husband planted a church along with a media ministry in 2014 and haven’t looked back since. Her ministry is marked with signs, wonders, and miracles. She has the prophetic ability to see and hear what the Lord is instructing to build, encourage, and exhort the body of Christ. She has a great desire to see reformation in the church at large.

Nicole Carson resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Michael and three daughters, Chloe, Karas, and Lili.


Spiritual Pruning

by Keily J. Denny ©2015

When “bad” things happen to you, do you blame them on the devil?  Do you feel like you are being punished by God?  Well there are times we find ourselves in demonic bondage and oppression and need to go into our “prayer closet” and do warfare. But, there are other times when God is rebuking us, correcting us or strengthening us in some way.  So stop glorifying the devil by blaming everything on him.  He’s not that powerful, trust me.

Look at what Paul says in Hebrews 12:5-10. “My child, don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when He corrects you.  For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes those He accepts as His children. As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children.  Whoever heard of a child who has never been disciplined?  If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children after all. 

Since we respect our earthly fathers who disciplined us, should we not all the more cheerfully submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father and live forever?  For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how.  But God’s discipline is always right and good for us because it means we will share in His holiness.

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening – it is painful!  But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.  So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs.  Mark out a straight path for your feet.  Those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.”  

Then there are times when God is putting you through the fire to purify and strengthen you. “For He will be like a blazing fire that refines metal or like a strong soap that whitens clothes.” (Malachi 3:2)  He’s the best and cheapest stain remover you can ever have around!

Jesus says: “I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.  You have already been pruned for greater fruitfulness by the message I have given you.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you — for a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me.  Anyone who parts from me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers.  Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.  But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted!  My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father!!” (John 15:1-10)

“You didn’t choose me, I chose you.  I appointed you to go produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give whatever you ask for, using my name.” (John 15:16)

The definition of pruning is: to remove unnecessary or unwanted parts.  Jesus makes a distinction between two kinds of pruning:  1. Cutting off, 2. Cutting back branches – Fruitful branches are cut back to promote growth.  In other words, God must sometimes discipline us to strengthen our character and faith.  Some children are hard headed; they don’t want to submit to authority figures and need to be harshly disciplined for their own good — they only learn the hard way – but they do learn.

But branches that don’t bear fruit are cut off at the trunk not only because they are worthless but also because they often infect the rest of the tree.  People who don’t bear fruit for God or who try to block the efforts of God’s followers will be cut from His life-giving power.  These are people who no matter what, they’re going to do it their way and you can’t tell them anything — they know it all.  Deeply set in their ways and on a collision course to self-destruction, they cry about it after all the mayhem has manifested in their lives when it is too late.  Then they blame it on the devil or even worse, God.  The devil doesn’t have to do anything – he just sits back and laughs at them.  Meanwhile, look at God — always ready to take them back with open arms without condemnation ready to love and forgive them whenever they are ready to come to Him.

Fruit is not limited to soul winning.  Answered prayer, joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – these are all what is produced in our lives when we let the Holy Spirit control our lives.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there.

If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  Let us not become conceited, puffed up, judgmental, or irritate with one another, or be jealous of one another.

Many people try to be good, honest people who do what is right.  But Jesus says that the only way to live a truly good life is to stay close to Him, like a branch attached to a vine.  Don’t miss out on special gifts He has for you.

It is not easy.  When we fall short (which we will), we must repent and ask God for the strength and wisdom to hear His voice and do what is pleasing in His sight.  We cannot do it in our own strength.  But we can do it through Christ, who strengthens us.  Can I get an “Amen”?

More about the wonderful Keily:

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Keily J. Denny takes you on an exciting and insightful journey as a prophetic mouthpiece for God.  Healing is the children’s bread and she spoon feeds it through magazine articles, scripts for movies and plays, poetry, books, greeting cards, skits, song lyrics and social media.  Be on the lookout for her latest book, “Snippets of Wisdom” coming soon to an e-book platform and/or a bookstore nearest you.  She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband of 25 years, Jerome Denny.

Named By Him

by Tess Oosthuis

What a privilege it is to share with all you ladies today. I feel the word the Lord wants to release over you in this next season is a word of validation. Recently my father-in-law (Pastor Graham Oosthuis) spoke about the keys God has given us to His Heavenly Kingdom. One of those keys is the name by which He is has named us. We were named by Him before we were even conceived and He holds the scroll sealed with our name in His heart.

But now this is what the Lord says, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine.”  Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

On expecting our first child, there has been much discussion on the naming of our son. Careful thought has gone into our dreams for him, and more importantly God’s destiny for his life…..who he will be, what he will carry, and what he will become… we raise Him up to be a laid-down-lover of Christ.  Our heart is to see Him fervently advancing the Kingdom of Heaven……a forerunner in the next generation of believers – inspiring others to lay down all so they can know the lover of their souls and all that He’s called them to be! If these are our dreams for our son, can you imagine God’s dreams and desires for us!

I’m very sure many of you have looked into the meaning of your name and how it lines up with the destiny God has for you. Perhaps your parents didn’t have this in mind. The good news is…. God already knew your name from before you were born.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16

Our entire destiny was planned by God and written in His book. In other words, He has already given us everything we need to accomplish His plan for us as we seek Him with all our heart.  Your mistakes or regrets are no surprise to your Father, just as our mistakes and regrets don’t change who we are in our parent’s home.  His desire is to raise you as a son in His Kingdom, with an understanding of who He’s created you to be so that you can mature and walk in His authority….a son of the King! It doesn’t matter how many times you trip and fall. He’s always there to pick you up again and coach you…..until you’re mature enough to do that for others; raising up those around you to walk in sonship.

So what does God say about you in His book? Has He changed your name from that which has been given to you, or which you’ve labelled yourself with, to the name He already had for you? (as He did for Jacob in Genesis 32:28) Have you listened to what others have said about you and allowed that to define your destiny? Let’s stop listening to what the enemy calls us and let’s start proclaiming what God says about us!

In Matthew 16: 13-19 (NIV), Jesus asks his disciples “Who do the people say the Son of Man is?” Simon Peter replies with, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus then states “Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but my Father in heaven” and in verse 18, Jesus says “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” Simon means “hearer,” and Jonah means “dove,” so in other words, Jesus was telling Peter that he was “hearing the dove,” – the Holy Spirit.  Jesus pronounced a new name saying….YOU Peter are a ‘hearer of the Holy Spirit’.  When we hear what Jesus says about us, our destiny scroll is unravelled and we come into full knowledge of who we were created to be!  Jesus was showing Peter his worth, his function, his destiny and what he carried – that he had the revelation on which Christ could build His church. He was saying – YOU Peter, are not just Peter who doubted he could walk on water, but you are a rock, built on ME – the rock, on which I can build my church.
God takes names very seriously. There are many instances of Him renaming his people according to what He had for them or the transformation He brought about in them. In Genesis 35, when Rachel gave birth to Her second child, she experienced much suffering during childbirth, and as she passed away, she just managed to utter her son’s name -“Ben-oni” which means: son of my sorrow. However, Jacob knew his son was not destined to carry a spirit of suffering/sorrow…….so he changed his name to “Benjamin” – son of my right hand. This speaks of God’s favour and as many of you know, Benjamin was the one to receive a five-fold blessing from Joseph when Jacob’s sons visited Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 43:34).

You are born to embody and benefit from everything God has named you with! It’s time to proclaim it, embrace it, and walk in the power of it!! It’s time to get out of the prison of allowing others to ‘name’ you and start enjoying all that God has placed in you and equipped you with. The world needs you to take your place as a son named by your heavenly Father, because only you can accomplish what God has placed on your scroll for you to do. Let Him validate you and restore your worth as you seek to know Him and the thoughts He has about you.
With Love,photo(4) Tess

More about the amazing Tess:

Tess Oosthuis resides in Bergville, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa with her husband, Wendell Oosthuis. They are the founders of Open Heaven Ministries. They hold various healing and school of the supernatural conferences as well as travel to different churches, teaching them how to engage heaven and release it’s supply into the world. Tess is also passionately involved in leading worship with her husband and her heart’s desire is to see the captives set free. She is a prophetic seer and she carries a strong anointing in healing and deliverance ministry.

Songs Of Victory

Yesterday I turned 32! With that, for some, may come the fear of aging and the things that come along with… wrinkles, grey hair, more responsibility, and even the possibility of acting more and more like my Mother. Which, most women realize is actually a blessing, all jokes aside. My Mom is amazing!

So alas, reviewing the past year before my birthday God has shown me some amazing things that have taken place in my life and what lies ahead. Shortly after turning 31, God began speaking to me about Destiny Doors and that this was the year to walk through those doors. Specific assignments had been given and a unique blueprint designed by Heaven was being unfurled. Now, this isn’t just for me, but I’m sharing my personal experience from this past year. Each one of you has a unique call and purpose you must fulfill! Seek God to know what it is.

Last year about 2 months after turning 31, God took me back to Beijing, China. It had been about 14 years since I stood on that soil where martyrs had given their blood to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was there that God began to fulfill a prophetic destiny and promise he had given me. It was the beginning of a change in season.

Over the next several months of that year, we transitioned from 2014 into 2015 and our family prepared for a 3 month missions trip to the United Kingdom and Europe. It was there that God began to spark dreams inside of me, that I didn’t even realize were there. I came alive in new ways!

As my birthday rolled around and I began to look into the Biblical and Spiritual meaning of 32, I discovered; 32 is comprised of the numbers 3 and 2. The meaning of number 3 is completeness, the God-head, Trinity, it can also mean the creative and so much more. The number 2 can stand for union, as in the marriage union or Christ and the Church. The sum of 3 + 2 = 5. The number 5 symbolizes God’s grace and favor. We also know that 8 x 4 = 32… 8 being New Beginnings! In all of this God has shown me for the new year I am entering into, the marriage or union of His completed work in me, the creativity he has placed inside me and the new beginnings he is taking me into this year and that His GRACE and FAVOR will be all over it!

I also asked him for a Scripture on my birthday and He led me to Psalm 32. Specifically, Psalm 32:7-11,

“For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.’ Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!”

The great thing about Scripture is that the promises are available to anyone who believes. God will surround you with songs of victory and guide you on the best path for your life! If you trust in the Lord, His love will surround you so be glad and full of joy. So just as God gave me this scripture yesterday on my Birthday, you also can take hold of the promise. It’s not just for me as I turn 32, but it’s for everyone who wants to receive from the promises of God! Today, no matter how old you are or what your circumstances are… God will surround you with SONGS OF VICTORY! I decree and declare the BEST PATHWAY for your life and that it is filled with the love, joy and completeness found in Him alone.