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Sunday, May 03, 2020 • Damon Stuart

"Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!" (Psalms 27:14)
 
The word "wait" has almost become a negative four-letter word in our fast and instantaneous society and even in our Christian walk as well. I looked up the definition of wait and here is what it says:  "to remain stationary in readiness or expectation - to stay in place in expectation of."
 
When examining chapter 27 of Psalms, I discovered that the reading of chapter 27 was added about 200 years ago to the liturgy as the Jewish people prepare for the High Holidays. Elul is the month of preparation and shofar blowing. The name of the month has been understood to be an acronym for the Hebrew verse "I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine." During Elul they will read Psalm 27, "To David - the Lord is my light," twice daily.
 
Take time to read this entire chapter, meditate on it and wait on the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit reveal to you the song of the Lord that David is releasing throughout this passage and let it become your song to the Lord as well. Here is the entire passage from The Passion Translation:
 
Psalm 27:
 
The Lord is my revelation-light to guide me along the way; he's the source of my salvation to defend me every day. I fear no one! I'll never turn back and run from you, Lord; surround and protect me.
When evil ones come to destroy me, they will be the ones who turn back.
My heart will not be afraid even if an army rises to attack. I know that you are there for me, so I will not be shaken.
Here's the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer.
5–6 In his shelter in the day of trouble, that's where you'll find me, for he hides me there in his holiness. He has smuggled me into his secret place, where I'm kept safe and secure—out of reach from all my enemies. Triumphant now, I'll bring him my offerings of praise, singing and shouting with ecstatic joy! Yes, listen and you can hear the fanfare of my shouts of praise to the Lord!
God, hear my cry. Show me your grace. Show me mercy, and send the help I need!
Lord, when you said to me, "Seek my face," my inner being responded, "I'm seeking your face with all my heart."
So don't hide yourself, Lord, when I come to find you. You're the God of my salvation; how can you reject your servant in anger? You've been my only hope, so don't forsake me now when I need you!
10 My father and mother abandoned me. I'm like an orphan! But you took me in and made me yours.
11 Now teach me all about your ways and tell me what to do. Make it clear for me to understand, for I am surrounded by waiting enemies.
12 Don't let them defeat me, Lord. You can't let me fall into their clutches! They keep accusing me of things I've never done while they plot evil against me.
13 Yet I totally trust you to rescue me one more time, so that I can see once again how good you are while I'm still alive!
14 Here's what I've learned through it all: Don't give up; don't be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!
 
Powerful prayer and song but take notice of verses 5 & 6 which says: In his shelter in the day of trouble, that's where you'll find me, for he hides me there in his holiness. He has smuggled me into his secret place, where I'm kept safe and secure—out of reach from all my enemies. Triumphant now, I'll bring him my offerings of praise, singing and shouting with ecstatic joy! Yes, listen and you can hear the fanfare of my shouts of praise to the Lord!
 
I love it; God sees you and me above all who would try to take us down. In that revelation of His love for us, how can you not worship Him with every part of your being today? God is so good and amazing to us that I'm already singing His praise that will raise the roof - Amen!
 
Blessings,
Damon Stuart

 

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Monday, April 13, 2020 • Damon Stuart

The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."  (John 20:20-22)
 
The Days After Resurrection Sunday...sounds like a movie title doesn't it?
 
As we celebrated this weekend the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, I was imagining what the followers of Jesus must have been thinking and feeling once Jesus was dead and buried. They still hadn't figured out all of the parables and messages Jesus had been telling them regarding His death and resurrection.
 
Thank God that He has so much patience, grace and mercy with us and with His disciples as He was about to release an even greater gift to them and to us.
 
As we look at these verses, Jesus tells His disciples that as His Father sent Him, He was now sending them as well. Notice though that as soon as He says this, He breathed upon them and says "Receive the Holy Spirit." Then He says, "If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." All of this transpires before we even get to Acts 2, where on the Day of Pentecost; the Holy Spirit came and filled them all in the upper room.
 
From the time Jesus rose again on the 3rd day, He appeared to the disciples and other people to confirm the word of His testimony and to fulfill the prophetic words declared throughout the Old Testament. During the next 40 days, in Acts 1, Jesus proved to all the He was the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
 
In Acts 1: 8 Jesus gives them the instruction and ministry calling that applies to us today. Let's read it:
 
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
 
The greatest gift, after the price of salvation on the cross, is that we too can receive the Holy Spirit! In fact, without the power of the Holy Spirit, how effective will we really be as witnesses throughout the earth? If Jesus had to minister up to His death through the power of the Holy Spirit, shouldn't we?
 
The days after Jesus died and rose again had to be exciting for the disciples of Jesus. I can't imagine what those conversations could have been like as they talked about all of these events that were happening right in front of them - and not with the religious leaders of the day.
 
As Jesus ascended into heaven and promised them the Holy Spirit, He was about to release His power, authority and the Kingdom into them that would forever change the world as we know it. That same Holy Spirit that came and filled them in Acts 2, is also available today for you and me. What a loving Father we truly have in that He would send His only son to die for our sins, but that He would then send the Holy Spirit to live in us and make us more like Jesus every day if we allow Him to.
 
I cannot imagine living today without first making Jesus Christ, my personal Lord and Savior. If you have not, then I urge you to ask Him in your heart today because He is so in love with you and wants to change your life forever.
 
The greatest part is that He doesn't just stop there; He wants to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you can be filled with His identity in you, His power, love and compassion for a lost world. If you want this then just ask Him today to come and fill you and release everything that He has for you right now. It will change your life and you will become all that God intended for you here on the earth.
 
The Days after the Resurrection were awesome for sure, but living today through the power of the cross, the blood of Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit is the greatest adventure that we can have right now!
 
Blessings,
Damon Stuart

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Sunday, April 05, 2020 • Damon Stuart

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalms 91:1~ NKJV)
 
You ever have one of those days where God was being silent, so you have to try and listen more intently? I've had those days often but one day as I opened up my bible I noticed as I started to flip through different books and chapters a theme began to develop. That theme was, "I the Lord God Almighty, will be your refuge, strength and protector - just abide and rest in me."
 
The Lord took me to Psalms 91, which most of you reading this today know this chapter to some degree since its read, preached and memorized by so many. I'm going to post the whole chapter below, from The Passion Translation, so you can see it from a different perspective. As a songwriter, it helps me when writing new worship songs to use the style of language that we have today without losing the context.
 
Before I post the whole chapter though, I want to examine verse one. It begins with He who dwells, which the word dwells here in Hebrew, is "yashab" which means, "To sit down, to dwell or remain, to make claim and/or homestead and to posses."
 
Now that in itself is a lot but here's the short version. As sons and daughters of the King, we have the rightful authority through Jesus Christ, to have that heavenly, personal, intimate relationship and position to be with the Father. And in doing so we get to "abide" under His shadow - which is His protection, presence and glory!
The Lord is so good that He wouldn't even stop there at verse one though. Psalms 91 is so full of God's promises to us that it would take days just to cover each verse. Today, if you are in a difficult situation or under the attack of the enemy, begin to pray this chapter to the Lord. In fact, I would even say, begin to worship the Lord with this chapter.
 
He is there already and there is no problem or situation that is too difficult for Him to intervene on your behalf. Remember what it says in verse one: He who dwells in the secret place°.
 
I want to dwell and abide with the heavenly Father because He is so good and loving towards us. Thank you, Lord, for calling us to you and allowing us to dwell with you today in that secret place!
 
Blessings,
Damon Stuart

Psalms 91 (TPT)
1 When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.
2 He's the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence.
3 He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse.
4 His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.
5 You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you.
6 Don't fear a thing! Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you, nor will the powers of evil launched against you.
7 Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed, you will remain unscathed and unharmed.
8 you will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment, for they will be paid back for what they have done!
9–10 When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?
11 God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm.
12 If you walk into a trap, they'll be there for you and keep you from stumbling.
13 You'll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness, trampling every one of them beneath your feet!
14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: "Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.
15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.
16 You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!"

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 • Damon Stuart

"You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." - Psalm 32:7 (NIV)
 
"When I am afraid, I will trust in you." - Psalm 56:3 (NIV)
 
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

This is the first time in a very long time that I'm writing a daily devotional to share. With all that's going on right now around the world because of the Coronavirus, an uneasiness sits at the back of most minds.

Since being home, under stay-at-home or quarantine recommendations, life has changed for all of us to some degree. Overall, I've been at a place of peace despite the fact that the current ministry events I had scheduled have been canceled or will be rescheduled at a later date. On top of that, I was just placed on furlough from my part-time job in retail this week. A few years ago, I would have probably gone into a more stressful/panic mode but at this moment I know that God has a plan.

This morning I woke up from a dream I was having which was me singing, You Are My Hiding Place written by Michael Ledner, to the Lord. In February of this year when I was leading worship for a monthly meeting for the Watering Hole in Bolingbrook, IL, the Lord had me do that song. I hadn't sung it or used it in leading worship for several years but on that day that song so ministered to a lady that she got up and testified how that song had been ministering to her because of what she was going through at that moment. God always has a plan!

You may be feeling at peace right now, but I know there are many that are not. Take a few minutes and reread the verses I posted above. Plus, I'm going to add a link here to listen to the song, You Are My Hiding Place along with the lyrics too.

The hashtag phrase right now is "In This Together!" The reality is as sons and daughters of the King we are in this together because He is able and faithful to do more than we can ask or think during this time because He loves us. Since we have the time, let's worship Him because He is good, and His mercy endures forever!
 
Blessings
Damon Stuart
 
You Are My Hiding Place: https://youtu.be/uUx2WcC9JKo

You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart with songs
of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You

I will trust in You
Let the weak say
I am strong
In the strength of the Lord

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 • Damon Stuart

Greetings, 
 
Most of you reading this already know the passage from 1 Samuel 15:22 when King Saul disobeyed God's instructions. If you're not familiar with this story, click the link to read it before continuing on with this newsletter.  Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+15&version=NKJV
 
There are those times we think we can do really good for God, but our "goodness" is not what God is asking from us. He wants us to "TRUST" Him with the instructions and/or plans and follow them because there is almost always something bigger happening behind the scenes. I hope my testimony below will help and encourage you if you have been questioning God's plans or instructions in your journey right now.
 
In November of 2018 my ministry schedule came to an abrupt halt. I picked up a second job working at my local Kohl's store for the holidays. Retail is retail, it helps fill in the gaps financially but's it not a career option. However, I've had great favor at Kohls with my managers and peers and they have graciously worked around my ministry schedule when it became super busy at times this year.
 
In January of this year, the Lord put it on my heart to start giving beyond our normal tithes and offerings at church. I already was giving to another ministry, but God wanted me to add 3 more to give to including the amounts I was to give each month. This was a huge stretch because the ministry was still not busy at this time, my wife was working of course, but with two kids still at home and the cost of living in the Chicago land area, it takes a lot to live.
 
So, each month I was doing as the Lord asked, not sure how this was going to work out, but we were managing. My spring and summer ministry calendar started filling up and I was busy. I traveled and ministered in ten different states and the services were awesome but after mid-July my ministry calendar came to a halt again and it was also empty for the rest of this year.
 
I didn't understand why this was happening again, but I went back to Kohls and started working as many hours as they would give me. They were happy to have me back since I had been gone for almost 3 months. As August came around my wife and I talked about the future and so I put a challenge to the Lord that if He wanted this ministry to continue that I would need to see 3 invitations come in for September or I would start looking for a different career option.
 
I messaged this to my ministry board and advisers including the request for prayer as our financial situation was not where we wanted to be since I hadn't been ministering for a while. However, I was still obeying during this time and still giving even though it was hard to.
 
After I sent the prayer request out to my board and advisers, I started planning out my letter to explain to everyone why I was going to have to shut down the ministry because I would be doing some other type of fulltime job in the very near future. Well, so I thought!
 
The third week of August arrives and so does the biggest financial miracle we've ever experienced. Without making this really long, a friend of ours, who has also been a longtime monthly supporter of the ministry, really surprised us by paying all of our bills for August, paying off all of our credit cards, also paid off my wife's car loan and as a bonus is paying for my wife and I to take a two week vacation. My wife's dream trip has always been to go to France so that's where we will be vacationing this October.
 
And on top of that – the Lord filled my ministry calendar in September with, yes you guessed it, three invitations.  God is truly good and His mercy endures forever!
 
It was only a couple of days ago that I realized why all of this happened the way it did. God was having me sow into my future miracle before I knew any of this was even going to come about. I was obedient to sow and give into good ground (anointed ministries) even when I didn't want to because we could really "use" that money. As the saying goes, "You cannot out give God" which is true but being a worshiper, I like to sing "Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, when you trust and obey!"
 
God is speaking some things right now prophetically to me through people I respect and honor and they are saying the same thing. The hard season that I've been in is over and that the ministry is crossing over to another level. God is fulfilling promises both personally and ministry wise, but obedience and trust doesn't stop because of a big breakthrough. If I want to see those territories enlarged it will require me to trust Him more, obedience when He instructs but most importantly above all else, I have to stay in an intimate relationship with Him.
 
My ministry calendar is still empty the rest of this year after September, but I trust God for what's next. As I've recently just experienced, a breakthrough moment can happen in an instant. Another thing I'm truly grateful for too is my ministry board, advisers and intercessors who pray for me on a daily and regular basis. They have all been a gift from God for me when things get really tough as they support and encourage me always when I need it.
 
So, do you want a breakthrough? What is God asking you to do? Don't delay but do what He asks but don't try to do something beyond what He asks. Be faithful in the little things and He will give you the bigger things as well. Also, it's not just about trusting God it's also Him trusting us with what He gives us to do to accomplish for His purpose and glory. As it says in 1st Samuel 15, behold, to obey is better than sacrifice!
 
 
Blessings
Damon Stuart

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Thursday, December 20, 2018 • Damon Stuart

Tis the season! Interesting word "Tis" which rarely is used except during the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. For the trivia people out there it's meaning comes from the two words "it is" and how it came about was its origins in the Christmas Carol, "Deck the Halls," which was translated to English in 1862.
 
Deck the hall with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la.
'Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la, la la la la
 
Of course, we have used the word Tis in other contexts when describing some other exciting events in life or even in advertising but today I want to share it from perspective God has been speaking to me about lately.
 
It's a wonderful life or is it a wonderful life? Something to think about isn't it? Of course, that movie It's a Wonderful Life is a classic during the Christmas season but for you is it a statement of fact or is it a question in your mind.
 
When looking back on this year we've all had some trials and victories we could all share. Some of you may have had a great year in your personal, family and career. But some of you may have had one of the most difficult years ever and can't wait for 2019 to get here.
 
As Christmas approaches, I have been reflecting a lot about this past year more than I have in previous years. This year started out in a whimper because no one was inviting me to come and minister and it was very slow. Having started my 11th year in ministry this year you would think it would be non-stop by now but that's not how it goes a lot of the time.
 
In fact, I'm going to be transparent here and share with you that I've had multiple prophetic words, from well-known respected ministers, that were identical in stating that the ministry God has given me would become so busy that I would have to start pushing incoming requests out to later dates just to fit them in my calendar. Those words were prophesied to me in the early part of this year.
 
However, it would be almost April before my ministry schedule finally started getting busy. From April to October I was able to go and minister in various places, events and conferences in Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia. I was not only just leading worship either at these events as my speaking/teaching part of the ministry has increased a lot more this year. Something the Lord said I would start doing more and more.
 
The services this year were the most presence filled I've been in with an increase of words of knowledge and prophetic words being released. I've been able to meet and become friends with some very well-known worship ministers and musicians that only the Lord could make happen. It's also been an amazing year in that Aglow International has played such a bigger role in having me minister at their events. From local, regional and in other states, invitations to minister at future Aglow events & conferences have already been confirmed for 2019 and 2020.
 
As many of you know by following me on Facebook and a few updates I've sent out I also made changes in my life from a physical standpoint. Having been overweight, out of shape and being diagnosed with high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, bad cholesterol and triglycerides a change was needed.
 
Since that time until now I have been able to lose 43 pounds by walking five miles almost daily and changing my diet to eating the right kind of food as well as the proper portion sizes. I no longer have Type 2 Diabetes or high blood pressure and all of the other key levels are now normal and in perfect ranges including the results for my liver, kidneys and heart. My doctor was very impressed with my dedication and hard work and wished that his other patients with the same diagnoses would do the same.
 
Now that I'm 50 years old I know that I must take care of myself physically and spiritually, especially if I'm going to finish the race the Lord has me running while on this planet.
 
Once October came to an end so did my ministry schedule. Except for a one-night event in November and the Worshipful Christmas I hosted in early December, it was not looking good for us for the Holidays. I, of course, have been praying and I'm blessed to have a few intercessors and a phenomenal ministry board praying with me about this as well.
 
After my birthday in mid-November, I knew I had to do something, so I reconnected with management at Kohls where I worked part-time a few years ago for the same reason then. I had left on good terms and had great favor when I was there, so they were very happy to have me come back which I have now been doing since late November. It's not what I had hoped or wanted to do at this point in my life but, Tis the season…to be jolly!
 
Sure, I get could really get down, disappointed and even angry about the situation because it doesn't line up with the prophetic words I got back in the early part of this year. In fact, it is the total opposite right now in every way. But it was also like that for Joseph, David, and many others in the Bible before their word/promises of the Lord came to pass.
 
Another thing the Lord spoke to me in September, while walking one morning, that I was to do another CD except for this time it would be my first live worship CD. This was not on my radar at all. In fact, I was preparing to do another studio CD project and it was going to be a Christmas CD. But I always obey God because I'm not going to win the argument anyway and He began to show me what songs were going to be on this new worship CD. I was able to connect and confirm with the two producers and musicians who would be part of this project and the venue to record it at. The only hurdle left was the cost to do it.
 
Since late November, I've had a Kickstarter fundraiser going to raise the $10,297 to do the whole CD project and with only 19 days to go (from the time of this writing) only $176 has been pledged so far. Not very encouraging when you see it written out like that, BUT I know a God who does miracles!
 
Tis the season…to be jolly! I'm still learning that the pressure is not on me to fulfill these words or projects. If God spoke it, He has to come through because His words never fail or return void. My role is to just believe and rest in Him knowing that all things are possible because of who He is!
 
It's funny but once I started back at Kohls, almost everyone one of my ministry board members either texted or called me and said this same exact statement. "remember, it's only for a season." There's that word again, season!
 
We really hear that phrase now with, it's the holiday season, it's the Christmas season, it's winter season, it's the season of_________ and the phrasing could go on but the point of all of this is, it really is just a season of life.
 
I realize that there are those who are going through things right now that are far worse than what I'm dealing with. It really is easy to get tunnel vision when you only see your circumstances through your own filtered lenses.
 
Whatever season you're in right now turn those lenses towards Jesus and His word. You may even have to get your praise and worship on because He is wanting you to know that the battle you face is not yours but His! Let Him carry you through it to victory.
 
I don't know exactly what the Lord is going to do and how He's going to do it. What may look like my defeat is really God preparing me for the victory that's about to take place. Don't forget, even David, the man after God's own heart, was discouraged but God still came through and fulfilled His promises to David.
 
In closing, since Christmas is just a few days away, make this a time of giving thanks to the Lord for what He HAS done this year. This is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to remember those prophetic words about His coming in how they all came to pass at the right time in history. So, your promises are coming too – at the right time in history so be encouraged and don't give up. Tis the season…to be jolly!
 
Blessings and Merry Christmas to you all!
Damon Stuart

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Friday, November 09, 2018 • Damon Stuart

Greetings, 
 

I'm pleased to announce that after releasing two studio worship albums over the past eleven years, the Lord is directing me to step out in faith and do my first live worship CD.  

 

The title of this new upcoming worship CD is "More of You." This project is worship focused with piano and orchestra that has strong melodies to sing along with.  The songs I have selected and written for this project have one theme throughout - to lift up, exalt, enthrone and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

To do this effectively it's going to take the right people to come together and capture this music with the highest levels of excellence. This CD can be made at a minimum budget ($10,297) and I know it will be incredible. Along with the piano and full orchestra, there will be featured musicians as well as two talented, professional producers who will be working with me to bring about my vision for this project.

 

I'm reaching out to you to ask for your help and support to meet the budget needs for this project. This CD is being funded on Kickstarter which is a wonderful platform to raise money for music projects like this. I've included several pledge levels with rewards so when you find one that fits your budget, click on it and follow the directions.

 

The nice part about Kickstarter is that it's an all-or-nothing deal so your card won't be charged until the full goal is reached! Should, for some reason, the goal is not met, this project does not move forward.  NO money changes hands.  BUT, I'm believing that this project will go forth knowing so many appreciate the power of anointed worship and will want this new CD to be available for the people of God.

 

If you need more information about this project you can visit the Kickstarter page which has the full details including a personal video, the cost breakdown and pledge rewards by visiting https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/921855445/more-of-you-live-worship-cd?ref=user_menu or you can email me your questions using my contact information below.

 

Thank you for considering supporting this new worship CD project and I hope to see you at the live recording once the date is set.

 

Damon Stuart

info@damonstuart.com

 

P.S. This is a time-sensitive fundraiser that ends on January 5th!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 • Damon Stuart

Greetings,
 
This past Saturday, August 25th, I led worship and ministered at a house meeting in the suburbs of Chicago which I have not done in almost 7 years. As the time of worship was winding down the Lord began to speak this word through me to those who were in attendance. I knew this word was for the whole bride so I'm releasing it now because I know it's a timely word!
 
Prophetic Word: Saturday, August 25, 2018
 
I hear the Holy Spirit saying: As you see what is happening in the natural with volcanoes erupting, fires sweeping across acres and flooding from storms, this is a natural sign of what I'm about to do in my bride.
 
The earth is groaning but so is my church. My bride is groaning for a move of my spirit that will begin to erupt with a Holy fire that will sweep across this nation and around the world. Those who have been thirsty for an outpouring from heaven will begin to see it rain down in their lives, homes, ministries and churches like a flood. This move will be of such force that the enemy will not be able to stand against what I'm going to do.
 
Throughout the past years and seasons, you have heard many times about a great outpouring of my Spirit coming upon my church. This is that time and season that I've promised, and you are now going to step into and see miracles, signs and wonders and most importantly, salvations like never before. For many have cried out, Lord how come we haven't seen miracles like we did years ago? Why don't we see miracles happen when our shadows pass over someone like it did in the book of Acts? The Lord says to get ready and start expecting these very things to start happening once again.
 
For those who have been praying for loved ones who are lost and not saved…they will begin to be positioned to hear my name and will be drawn back to me. For I will have the last say, I will have the last everything concerning your loved ones because my name is the name above every name and at the sound of my name they will know that I desire them as my sons and daughters.
 
As my bride has been in kingdom preparation mode over the past few decades…I've been equipping her and establishing her, and although she is not perfect yet, I'm doing a fresh thing in her and for her. Holiness and righteousness will become the personality of how she breaths, acts, moves and speaks on the earth.
 
Where people have become nonchalant about the kingdom I'm now raising up those, who have been hidden by me, to the forefront because they are willing to carry my presence and my glory to the ends of the earth.  
 
I am coming upon my bride as a consuming fire. I am coming upon her with a wave of healing anointing. Many of you regard the days of Oral Roberts and Kathryn Kuhlman as great days but it was just a taste, a sample of what I'm about to release through my people. Because it won't be just the hands of a few that operate in healing, it will be the hands of many that have paid the price for my glory through intimacy with me.
 
Everywhere that my name is lifted, exalted and glorified there you will find me moving strongly and vibrantly. I will do this in you, in your family, business, ministry, city, state and nation because I am a promise keeper to my bride. My word never returns void.
 
Exalt my name…and there I am and will be in your midst with fire and power, for that time is now upon you says the Lord.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 • Damon Stuart

This Sunday, many will be celebrating Father's Day! Many of us will spend time with our Dad's over this weekend, or if you live a long distance away as I do, then you send a card and call on the phone. Unfortunately, there will be those who no longer have their dad around because they have passed away and even some who never even knew their father or maybe they had a dad but he was never really there for them.
 
I don't pretend to know or understand what it means to not have a dad in my life. I have been blessed with an amazing father who is not only still here on this earth but has always set an example of what it means to be a good man who cares for and loves his family and is also a strong spirit filled Christian. My dad will be 80 this year which is hard to believe but, in the spirit, he is much older and wiser. He is one of those guys who has read the bible so much over the years that he can tell you where that verse or passage is if you wanted to know something specific.
 
I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for my dad and the Christian heritage I grew up in but most importantly that I am his son. My worship today to the Father comes easier for me because of the example of a loving father I've had here. I love my dad and I love my heavenly Father even more.
 
However, if you've never had or experienced a loving dad in your life, know that there is a Father in heaven that looks and cares about you even more. His love for you is unconditional, merciful, gracious and compassionate. He desires nothing more than for you to run to Him and love on Him because you are His creation and He is always faithful to fulfill the promises of His word to you and for you.
 
So, as we honor our earthly Fathers this weekend, be sure to honor and worship our heavenly Father for just who He is. He will never leave you or disappoint you. He has a plan, a hope, a dream for you because you are His son or daughter.
 
And to the Fathers out there who are setting the examples every day of what it means to be a good and godly father – keep going because you are needed, valued and so much appreciated!
 
Happy Father's Day!
Damon Stuart

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Thursday, March 29, 2018 • Damon Stuart

Hello Friends, 
 
Although technically it's spring, it sure hasn't felt that way here in the Chicago area. Those who know me well know that spring and summer are my two favorite seasons. Seeing the grass turn green, flowers bloom and the leaves blowing in the summer breeze fills me with great comfort and joy.
 
However, in life, we have seasons where things change as well. Many times, they are good things like graduations from school or college. Promotions on the job, getting married, having children which are all great.
 
There are other times when things we don't like take place either because sometimes relationships or jobs end or losing a loved one. Most of us will experience all these seasons in our lives and how we respond and deal with them usually determines our outlook for the next season of life.
 
For those of us who have a relationship with the Lord, we know that He is the one that we depend on no matter what we are doing or going through. I can't imagine not having the Lord with me when I've gone through some of the most challenging times in my life. I'm not sure how I would be today if I didn't have Jesus walking beside me through it all.
 
Right now, I am in a new season in life, ministry and our family. Many of you know my journey this past year to a healthier lifestyle which is going very good. I have a calling to fulfill and a race to run so I have to take care of my natural body as I do the spiritual part as well.
 
Even though I've been leading worship for 20 years now, this is my 11th year in itinerate ministry. This year has been the most challenging yet, but I have really sensed God is changing some things in this ministry. I've also had several prophetic words lately that new directions, new doors and new places were about to open. Please continue to pray for me, my family and the ministry when you can. 
 
 
Thank you and God bless!
Damon Stuart

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