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Preoccupied . . . in a Good Way

By Greg Laurie








“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

—Romans 8:14





I’m adopted. A man named Oscar Laurie, one of my mother’s husbands, adopted me and treated me as his son. That is where I got my last name. He’s in Heaven now, and I still feel a great love for him.


In the same way, God chose us and adopted us as His children. This is important to remember when we’re going through something stressful that causes us to worry. God wants to hear from us.


The apostle Paul wrote, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5 NKJV). That’s what it means to have the Holy Spirit dominate our minds.


Setting our minds on the things of the Spirit is to be preoccupied with things that preoccupy the Holy Spirit. And what would those things be? The rest of Romans 8 answers that question.


For example, verses 15–16 tell us that God removes the fear of rejection and assures us that we are His children. Then verses 26–27 tell us that the Holy Spirit gives us confidence to approach God in prayer.


God wants us to think about the fact that He has adopted us, loves us, and welcomes us.


The opposite of this is thinking about sinful things. A lot can fall into this category, such as lust, anger, or hatred. Or, it can be empty things like fame and fortune.


Jesus said, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs” (Matthew 6:31–32 NLT).


Spirit-led people are spiritually minded people. So be preoccupied with the things of God.


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"2020: Here Come the Avengers of Justice"

By Candice Simmons





"...The godly ones will have a peaceful, prosperous future with a happy ending." (Psalm 37:37)


I proclaim this verse over you as we walk out this new year. Oh, what a year this will be! No matter what your circumstances may be right now, the Lord has great things ahead!


I believe that the enemy knows what he's up against and so he's fighting tooth and nail to stay on top of us. He's seeded fires in Australia, earthquakes in Puerto Rico, unrest in Iran and sicknesses all around (even I started the year sick). His scheme is to spread a spirit of defeat and despondency, but I declare over all who feel depressed Psalm 18:16:


"He will reach down from Heaven, all the way from the sky to the sea. He will reach down in your darkness to rescue you! He will take you out of calamity and chaos and draw you to Himself, taking you from the depths of your despair!" (emphasis mine)


Psalm of the Year


I also feel led to speak a blessing over all of you from out of Psalm 20:1-5, the Psalm of the year:


"In your day of danger may the Lord answer and deliver you. May the name of the God of Jacob set you safely on high! May supernatural help be sent

from His sanctuary. May He support you on from Zion's fortress! May He remember every gift you have given Him and celebrate every sacrifice of love you have shown Him.


"Pause in His presence.


"May God give you every desire of your heart and carry out your every plan as you go to battle. When you succeed, we will celebrate and shout for joy. Flags will fly when victory is yours! Yes, God will answer your prayers and we will praise Him!"


Thank You, Lord, for Your blessings! The enemy may be in an uproar, but I hear the Lord saying, "There will be incredible victories, miracles and breakthroughs this year!"


Psalm 20:8 says, "Our enemies will not prevail; they will only collapse and perish in defeat while we rise up, full of courage."


Begin to declare this over yourself! The area that the enemy is after right now is a prophecy of where God has His next great breakthrough planned and waiting for you. I declare that you will arise with the resurrection power of Christ this year!


The Number 20


Let's look at the number 20. Let's look into how the Hebrew number 20 brings great comfort and hope. The number 20 corresponds with the Hebrew letter "kaf," which sounds like "k" or "ch." And the letter "kaf" looks like an open palm. When the open palm faces up it signifies the benevolent hand of God, and the open palm facing down represents the Father's hand covering sin (redemption). And to make things even better, we have 2 number 20s this year. It's the double portion year!


The number 20 is a combination of 5 times 4. Number 5 symbolizes the number of grace, the picture of the open hand, and number 4 symbolizing the number of dominion, the picture of the covering hand, operating with protection, strength and power.


The Open Palm


"You come near and they all gather around, feasting from Your open hands, and each is satisfied from Your abundant supply." (Psalm 104:28)


Watch as the Father opens His hands and turns financial situations around. Your heavenly "Boaz" is watching over you! And the Father will pour out an abundant supply in many of the churches that once walked in lack.


In many cities and towns, services that were once supplied by city government will see their finances dry up, and the Church will step in to help. They will bless the elected officials with their prayers, wisdom, services and contributions. Churches and God's people will be a light on a hill. No longer will they remain hidden from sight, but they will be a beacon of hope in a very dark place.


The Covering Palm


20 is also the number of redemption. We also see the picture of redemption in the symbol of God's open palm facing downward. This represents the Father covering our sin. This will be a year of redemption in various venues. Businesses that have been crippled and look like they are about to fold, family members that look like they will never change, ministries that look like they're over and men and women that you've given up on will be redeemed in marvelous and miraculous ways in this year of redemption.


This will also be the year of the evangelist. They will emerge in every walk of life. There will be evangelism taking place in schools, businesses, homes and churches. Churches that are churches in name only will have evangelists slipping into their pews. Many will hear the wonderful words of life for the first time, even though they may have sat in church all their lives; they will be rescued!


Radical Kindness Through Radical Giving


"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer saying, 'Thus far the Lord had helped us.'" (1 Samuel 7:12)


I had a dream that God the Father had Ebenezer stones or memorials in Heaven that looked like people here on Earth. I saw stones for Mary and Cornelius, and many were added alongside theirs. Each stone stood in honor of those who had made sacrificial offerings.


This will be a year that the spirit of sacrificial giving will be birthed out of pure worship. The "Grinch" is going to give way to the glorious Christ within! The love of Christ is going to ignite the gift of giving once again; and it may even land on your heart!


Pure, unadulterated worship will release a generous heart that will want to give more than just time and prayers; it will want to release all back to the Father!


"All the Believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had. Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those who were in need among them." (Acts 2:44-45)


Mary and Cornelius


"I promise you that as this wonderful Gospel spreads all over the world, the story of her lavish devotion to Me will also be mentioned in memory of her." (Matthew 26:13)


Mary's act of pouring her expensive oil over Jesus was an outward display of her pure devotion and holy worship of Him. Her demonstration of sacrificial love is mentioned in three of the gospels. She is known before God and man.


Regarding Cornelius, the Bible says, "...The angel said, 'All of your prayers and your generosity to the poor have ascended before God as an eternal offering.'" (Acts 10:4)


In the stories of Mary and of Cornelius, it wasn't so much the offering as it was the spirit by which it was given. The Father takes notice and will remember these things in His Book of Remembrance (2 Corinthians 5:10).


2020 Vision


The most obvious outpouring this year will be in the prophetic realm. Brian and I just completed our annual ministry cruise and it was on the Carnival Vista ("Vision") ship. The Lord loves to confirm the words He gives us.


I hear the Lord saying that He is going to have fun with the prophetic. He's going to release the gift of prophesy through new and unsuspecting people. People that have never moved in the gift of prophecy will be birthed in denominations that have no room for the gift.


I saw a time of "shock and awe" coming to their religion. For many have been kept in the dark by the enemy, but now many will start to operate in the prophetic. Like the emperor who realized he had no clothes on (a recent dream I had), their eyes will be opened. In a state of shock and awe they will discover a new world awaiting them; a world that they never knew existed. And many relationships, which were ruined by deep-seated issues over the Holy Spirit, will be healed this year!


The book of the Bible for this year is Isaiah. Isaiah was definitely one who operated with 2020 vision in the realm of the spirit.


Family Breakthroughs


The number 20 can also represent completion, sufficiency, or the perfect waiting period. Jacob waited 20 years to gain possession of his wives, his property and his freedom from his father-in-law, Laban (Genesis 31:38-41). The children of Israel waited 20 years to be freed from Jabin, King of Canaan, when Deborah and Barak freed the people from bondage (Judges 4-5). And the Ark of the Covenant sat for 20 years at Kiriath Jearim before it was moved again (1 Samuel 7:2). Things that we've been waiting for will suddenly come to pass!


Many of you have waited on family breakthroughs. I declare that this will be a very special year for family. This year we (Brian and I) will be celebrating our newest family member's 1st birthday, a granddaughter's 20th, our son's 40th, my 70th, and our father-in-law's 90th. I believe that the Lord is not only blessing our family, but yours as well.


I recently had a dream that I was officiating weddings, ordaining pastors, buying furniture and moving people into new buildings. There are going to be so many reasons to celebrate this year! You can expect incredible accomplishments in the lives of your family members, your relationships and your churches.


I heard the Lord say, "As you participate in honoring and celebrating others in their breakthrough, it will set you up for yours."


"Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them..." (Proverbs 11:25)


The Roaring 20s and the Avengers of Justice


I had a dream about a company of God's lions who roared over the nations and took back those who were suffering from the hands of injustice.


"For the Lord is going to raise up companies of delivers that will roar louder than the enemy. Many have grown tired of hearing what can't be done and will decide to trust the voice of the Lord in them and will run to the nations. They will establish children's homes, feeding centers, supernatural centers, homes for unwed mothers, and vocational training centers, etc. And the roar coming out from them will be like a mighty battle cry, a roar that mimics their hero-God, carrying salvation, healing and justice wherever they go!"


"Yahweh goes out to battle like a hero and stirs up His passion and zeal like a mighty warrior. Yes, His God-shout [in some translations ROAR] is a mighty battle cry; He will triumph heroically over all His foes." (Isaiah 42:13, emphasis mine)






By Candice Simmons

Stairway Ministries | The Passion Translation






ElijahList Publications

528 Ellsworth St. SW

Albany, OR 97321


Phone 1-541-926-3250




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"It's Time for Exponential Fruit!"

By Sylvia Neusch




We are entering an Amos 9:13-15 time where the people of God, who are faithfully working the vineyard given to them, will begin to operate in an increase of supernatural fruitfulness.


There will be a God-ordained acceleration of everything needed to bring about the increase. Strategies, resources, people and favor will be combined by the Spirit of God, causing a momentum and synergy that results in a BOUNTIFUL HARVEST like that which is prophesied in Amos 9.


God's Original Intent and a Greater Mandate


It's a time to see the NEW WINE drip from the mountains and flow from the hills! God's desire has always been that His people live and enjoy a place of fruitfulness in every arena of their lives. His original intent can be seen in the creation of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. Genesis 1:28, "God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it...'"


His redemptive intent and desire for fruitfulness can be seen in these words from Amos 9:14, "And I will bring My people Israel back from exile. They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit."


But now, as His people of the new covenant, we are given an even greater mandate to be fruitful. Many are seeking to be fruitful, but God is looking for a supernatural fruit born of His Spirit. Jesus could not have made it more clear in His challenging words in John 15:5, "...If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing."


Being connected to Jesus, "The Vine," has always been important, but this importance is about to be emphasized, highlighted and underlined in the coming days. Many are seeking fruit in their own strength, and the futility of this waste is about to be exposed for what it is – wood, hay and stubble.


God is releasing a fresh knowledge of Him and His glory, and with it a deep awakened desire to walk in His ways. He is measuring His people and His standard is always the same. We are to walk FULL OF HIS SPIRIT and therefore overflowing with the fruit of that relationship, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).


Connection Is Required to Navigate the New


There are those who are seeking to "speak in the tongues of men and of angels," but without love, it will amount to NOTHING. We are entering a time where a great many resounding gongs and clanging cymbals will be silenced as waves of the fear of the Lord sweep across the earth. But, God is pouring out a gift of repentance that will draw the hearts of His people back into alignment, and GREAT FRUITFULNESS will be the result. God is reconnecting His people who have wandered from the life-giving flow of the VINE.


A wonderful, grace-filled reconnection of His branches to the VINE is occurring, and a resurgence of valuing the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT will come as a result of this connection. As we journey further into this new era, our life-giving connection to the VINE will be essential to navigate the new.


"I Am Going to the Root to Bring About the Fruit"


I hear the Spirit of God saying, "I am going to the ROOT to bring about FRUIT. I will bring healing to the wounds that have darkened your heart and soul and you will be made whole. I am calling My Church to RISE AND SHINE. But first, You must be willing to walk through the doorway of humility and repentance. "...Repent and do the things you did at first..." (Revelation 2:5).


"Allow My Holy light to shine upon and search your heart. Receive My deep work of healing and release the things that have choked out My life-giving flow. Now run into the arms of My everlasting love and bask in the sweetness of knowing and being known. For it is My kindness that leads you to repentance."


Fruitfulness has always been His heart for your promised land. Even as the spies emerged from exploring their promised land, they brought with them grapes, figs and pomegranates as a sign of the abundance He had in store for His people. Though there were enemies all around, they still emerged with fruit.


God has fruit for us even in the midst of our enemies. He did not remove the giants from the children of Israel's land, nor has He removed them from ours. But, He can spread a table in the wilderness and produce abundant fruit even as we are surrounded by opposition. The secret lies in our connection to Him and the life-giving, power-filled flow of the VINE.


"This is to My Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples." (John 15:8)





By Sylvia Neusch

Sylvia Neusch Ministries






ElijahList Publications

528 Ellsworth St. SW

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Phone 1-541-926-3250




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Good prayer for President Trump!

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I love that!

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Very god and blessing post. I am a deacon who supports widows and widowers and Iam learning a lot. Blessings

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Yep!! Praise The Living God, Hallellujah!

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