The Divine Union

After only being back in the USA for 14 days, 9 of which my preacher-man hubs was in fact, not in the USA, but rather New Zealand… I had the amazing privilege to share my heart at The School of the Supernatural hosted in Clarksville, TN. If that wasn’t exciting enough, I got to share along side of my Mother-In-Law and Sister-In-Law! We had a blast. It was a family affair.

So naturally, I want to share with you all what I spoke on… GLORIOUS MARRIAGE! The Divine Union.

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In Genesis 2:18-25 (NLT) We see that this passage speaks to the creation of woman…

“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man[a] to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.”

As we look through Genesis, we see that it was on the 6th day of Creation that God formed woman. After all of Creation had been put into place, God looked at man and said… it’s not good for him to be alone. What he did next, is somewhat perplexing… Because for most of creation God spoke it into existence or sang it into existence, BUT when He created man, he said let us make them in our image and in our likeness and it declares in Genesis 2:7, “Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” Or another translation says, living soul.

God himself formed or fashioned man from the Earth and then breathed the breath of life, filling him with Heaven. Then out of the side of man, he took a rib and built woman.

Mark 10:6-9 (KJV), “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

Twain, being such a fancy word for two… simply means y’all are no longer seperate… y’all are one and there is nothing that’s going to tear you apart -if God’s the one who put you together.  (Matt 19:5, Eph. 5:31 are some great verses as well)

So, now that you know you are in this holy and divine union… how do you walk it out naturally? In the real. #realtalk

First, you need to Build A Solid Foundation! Just as you would have done as a single person cultivating your relationship with Jesus, you must now cultivate a firm foundation with your spouse, both naturally and spiritually. I believe, whatever you want to manifest in the natural you must first birth in the spirit…. So you have to cultivate it. How? I’m so glad you asked.

Pray Together: You must, must, must learn to pray together. In addition, get baptized in the Holy Spirit and pray together in the spirit, in heavenly tongues. (Acts 2:38) This will open you up to be sensitive in the spirit to one another and build a strong bond spiritually.

Often times I have newly married couples tell me they struggle with this… I have heard them say, ‘Well I need to pray alone. It is my personal relationship or well my husband/wife is shy and they don’t really want to. We have different styles of worship or praying…’ That’s great!! Keep being individuals. You can have all kinds of encounters with God separately, just don’t neglect the ones you have together. The key here is to be vulnerable and open, and allow the Holy Spirit to work it out and construct that foundation!!

Second way to walk out your Divine Union is through Communication! With the openness of praying together and expressing yourself spiritually to one another, communication is vital to the life of your marriage. Learn to communicate your needs or expressions without manipulation… because that is just plain witchcraft. Don’t try to butter up your husband or wife, trying to coerce the situation. And if you don’t tell him, he’s not going to know… it is just that simple. Men are not mind-readers and neither are women.

That may seem trivial or even an obvious point to you. But to others, who may have been raised by a Mother or Aunt or even Grandmother that manipulated her way through marriage to get the things she wanted, this is breakthrough for you! If you think of it in a parallel to your relationship to Jesus Christ, you aren’t going to work an angle to get his blessing or butter him up for forgiveness… NO! You are his Bride and his Wife and therefore, you are granted access to all that is his. You are a rightful heir to his goodness! The documents have been signed and legally there is a blood covenant (1 Cor. 6: 19-20). So just as that works with Christ, it should be reflective in your earthly marriages.

Ephesians 5: 22-28 (MSG) says it so beautifully, “Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.”

Lastly, in walking out your Divine Union: Choose Honor. If you do the aforementioned in your communication, you will be deliberately choosing honor, which will then create an environment for your husband to fulfill those scriptures in Ephesians, for him to love you as Christ loves the church. You will also avoid the inevitable loss of respect and undermining of his authority in your home. You must make this a conscious choice and it does involve effort! Marriage isn’t for the faint of heart, it is for those willing to put in the work to see the glorious result.

So what is the result??

The result is a United Force, the Spirit of Unity resting and residing in your home and marriage. It is the Deuteronomy 32:30 – “One could put a thousand to flight and two could put ten thousand…” and Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

You have literally become that three-cord strand comprised of you, your spouse and God interwoven together. Anything that tries to come against what you have agreed upon, can not stand. With this knowledge of being intertwined, not only in the natural sense but also the spirit, you have what I call the art of agreement, or the power to decree a thing and watch it come into existence.

Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

You have power in your words, and I will show you why…

Genesis 1:1-4 (AMP) reads, In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.”

The light God spoke into existence in the beginning was not the Sun, Moon, Stars… because those were created on the 4th day of Creation. It was, in fact, the light of Christ, the Creative LIGHT! Therefore, it was not CREATED light, but rather CREATIVE.

John 1: 1-5 (AMP) reads, In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [b]Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].”

This CREATIVE LIGHT dwells on the inside of us, if we have been spiritually reborn by Christ. And just as the Holy Spirit brooded over the waters of the deep before creation, so the Holy Spirit can brood over the waters of our Earth bodies! It is scientifically known that we are made up of 60-70% water in the natural… and John 7:38 (AMP) declares, “He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”

So in your marriage, you have the CREATIVE power in your words to “frame-up” or speak into existence or create. Whatsoever you decree over your life shall come to pass, in accordance with God’s Word. If you need healing in your body, you ought to decree health over yourself. If your spouse needs a job, declare provision and promotion into the atmosphere. This principle goes down even to the tiniest details of your life. That is why it is vitally important to speak life into your relationships and marriage; to speak life to your spouses spirit and physical body. To make decrees over your marriage and pray out scriptures over your life!!

Find some scripture promises that mean something to both of you and begin to decree them together. God’s word never returns void, it won’t come back empty handed… so what you speak out over each other and your families will come to pass.

Here are some I like to speak out loud:

Proverbs 18:22 “He who finds a wife finds a good thing AND obtains favor from the Lord!”      

Psalm 118:17 (KJV) “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.”  

Psalm 2:8 (NIV) “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”  

Psalm 37:25 (KJV) “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

Psalm 91:16 (NIV) “With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT) “For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”

Marriage in its truest union is when you can look beyond yourself, past the fog of selfish desires, peering deep into another’s soul. Find the spark that ignites their destiny dreams and be the one who holds the match that creates the flame.

It is ultimately selflessness… You must be the one your spouse looks to, for support, for prayer, for insight and inspiration. When you look beyond yourself and see the bigger, grander picture or tapestry of your life that the Master Weaver would like to create, this will allow the limits to be taken off and for your dreams together to flourish!

Miracle Working Women

Earlier this month I was taken into a vision. In this vision, I was brought into the War Room of Heaven. A large mahogany table filled majority of the room with high back chairs surrounding it. I stepped through the open doorway and to the left. Along the walls are only what can be described as intricate woodwork, detailed pieces that stretched halfway up the walls. Weapons were hanging in these cabinet-like sections along the walls. There hung a long thin sword to the left and Jesus took it down and handed it to me. As he gave it to me I heard, ‘Arise to the brightness of his shining’… which I understood as, Isaiah 60:1, Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” I glanced up and there on the adjacent wall was a crossbow hanging and a men’s suit of armor. I heard, ‘It is the Sword of the Lord and the Cross of Christ!’

I then walked through another open doorway and stepped down into a stone room. It was bright and everything was made of a light gray stone and there were three steps down to the base of the floor. These three levels stretched the perimeter of the room. In the center of the room stood a three-tier water fountain. In this room I could see that I was wearing an all white linen dressing gown… one that would go under armor or maybe another more formal dress. Then I heard, ‘go and wash’. So I splashed my face and the top of my head with the water coming from the fountain. Lifting my face, I walked to the opposite side of the room and up the steps where Jesus stood. There he poured oil over the crown of my head and it ran down my linen garments. The oil didn’t absorb or soak up into the garment, but rather it flowed down it’s entirety. Then I heard the name Bridget, and kept hearing this name repeatedly throughout the night.

The scene changed and I was taken to an actual location in the natural where my family and I had ministered this past Spring. It was in Cumbria, which is a region in the northern part of England near Scotland and close to Ireland. As the vision continued, I saw these keys flying mid-air towards me and I reached out and grabbed hold of one. As I did, I realized it was the size of a shovel and I jammed it into the ground. The ground was not green and lush as you imagine it to be in the English countryside, it was rocky and dry. As I shoved the key into the ground, I turned it and the Earth began to crack all around. It felt as if I was unlocking something.

Since the Lord kept saying the name Bridget to me, I felt led to look into the meaning of the name. Personally, I come from both a French-Canadian bloodline, as well as, a Celtic bloodline and I sought the Lord for clarity if it had to do with my past or ancestry. Brigitte is the French form of Bridget, and often as a small child my Mother would call me this as a nick-name.

As I searched out the meaning, I came across this definition;

Name Origin: Irish, Meaning: “Strong Willed”. I found, “Bridget or Brigid is a Celtic/Irish female name derived from the noun brígh, meaning “power, strength, vigor, virtue”. An alternate meaning of the name is “exalted one”. Its popularity, especially in Ireland, is largely related to the popularity of Saint Brigid of Kildaire, who was so popular in Ireland she was known as “Mary of the Gael”. One of her epithets was “Brigid of the Holy Fire”.

As I began to look into Saint Brigid of Kildare, I discovered many interesting facts about her life that I felt were extremely pertinent. Saint Brigid, a contemporary of Saint PatrickSaint-Brigid-of-Kildare and Columba, was mostly known as an Irish Christian nun, abbess (female bishop), and founder of several monasteries. Most famously, the one at Kildare (Church of the Oak). From an early age, she was dedicated to God and the work of His ministry. Her young life is shrouded with tales of supernatural experiences and mystical encounters. She was an extravagant giver, donating everything she had at times to others in need. Constantly giving to beggars and always having her supplies replenished by the Lord. Her legacy is one of hospitality.

In addition, Brigid is celebrated for the miraculous events that took place in her life and those that were associated with her. She along with seven of her companions are known for wearing all white as they committed their lives to Christ. Stories recount that people received physical healings in their bodies, social justices for women took place, and many souls were converted to Christ as she travelled by chariot throughout Ireland.

One of the more intriguing stories was that of Brigid seeking land from the King of Leinster. In this specific instance it is said that she told the king that the place on which she stood would be perfect for a convent. It was adjacent to a forest, which was useful for collecting firewood and berries. Also, a lake was not too far off and could provide water and the land was fertile for crops. The king laughed and refused to give Brigid any land. She smiled while praying the Lord would soften his heart and asked, “will you give me as much land as my cloak will cover?” He agreed to her seemingly ridiculous request. At once her four companions grabbed the garment and ran swiftly in opposite directions, the cloth began to expand and continued as they ran covering several acres of land. “Oh, Brigid!” said the king, “what are you about?” “I am, or rather my cloak is about covering your whole province to punish you for your stinginess to the poor.” “Call your maidens back. I will give you a decent plot of ground.” The king then gave her a plot of land and later became a Christian and helped with the poor and began the construction of the convent there. The legend goes that this particular convent became well-known for making jam from the local blueberries. The tradition is now for the followers of Brigid to eat jam on the 1st of February in honor of this miracle. *

Her life was that of the supernatural, full of God’s miraculous power, generosity and leadership. To this day, Saint Brigid has a well in Kildare whose water is known for it’s healing properties and many have set out on a pilgrimage to this place. It is said in an excerpt from the ‘Book of Armagh’, “Between St. Patrick and Brigid, the pillars of the Irish people, there was so great a friendship of charity that they had but one heart and one mind. Through him and through her Christ performed many great works.”

Through this vision the Lord gave me I feel there are strategic points He would like to make regarding the coming season. First, I believe this is an encouragement to all women, to rise up and carry the Sword of the Lord and the Cross of Christ! We are stepping out of the war room into the battlefield. We will literally be women on the front lines and Brigid is a type and shadow of the women God is releasing in this generation. Women who will travel and go into the nations to work miracles and also build His Kingdom. They will do things in the spiritual realm, but also in the natural world. We have been prayer warriors in the secret place, but now God is releasing women into action.

The next significant point is the white garment. God is enrobing us with light, purity and righteousness that only comes from him. During this process in the vision there was a cleansing that took place and after this an anointing (Psalm 23:5,133:2).

“The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent.” Psalm 104:2 (NIV)

Just like the white garment of Saint Brigid of Kildare, that stretched out supernaturally, so God is wanting to stretch out your garment of purity as you take it to the nations! He is wanting to enlarge the place of your influence.

Isaiah 54:2 in the Amplified declares, “Enlarge the site of your tent [to make room for more children]; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, do not spare them; Lengthen your tent ropes and make your pegs (stakes) firm [in the ground].”

He is stretching you out like that very cloak, in order to pour out of you His anointing oil to the dry and desert places. This leads me to the significance of the key. These keys that were almost flying towards me are symbolic of the ancient secrets that previous generations took hold of and walked out in their time. We are now grabbing hold of them and unlocking the ancient wells in the lands.

I sincerely believe that God is raising up an army of Miracle Working Women who have warred in the spirit, have been cleansed, anointed and enrobed with purity, who He is now entrusting with Keys to his Heavenly Kingdom to unlock in the Earth. We are at a time where apostolic, evangelistic and prophetic women, like Saint Brigid, will step out into their divine calling and destiny to take the land. Now is your time!

 

 

 

 

*Reference: Wikipedia;

  1.  Kennedy, Patrick. “St. Brigid’s Cloak”, Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts, 1891

 

©2016 Brynn Shamp.

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!

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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

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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… 

Consecration

“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.

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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, racheljumpa.com, 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.

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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.

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