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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 • Damon Stuart

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalms 91:1)  
You ever have one of those days where God is being silent?  I have but those are the times to start listening more earnestly. On one occasion such as this I noticed as I started to flip through different books and chapters of the Bible 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 then took me to Psalms 91, which most of you reading this now know this chapter to some degree since its read, preached and memorized by so many.
 Before I post the whole chapter below 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."
In a nutshell, it's saying that 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 awhile 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. Take to heart 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!
Damon Stuart

Psalm 91 (MSG)

 1-13 You who sit down in the High God's presence,
   spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, 
   Say this: "God, you're my refuge. 
      I trust in you and I'm safe!" 
   That's right-he rescues you from hidden traps, 
      shields you from deadly hazards. 
   His huge outstretched arms protect you- 
      under them you're perfectly safe; 
      his arms fend off all harm. 
   Fear nothing-not wild wolves in the night, 
      not flying arrows in the day, 
   Not disease that prowls through the darkness, 
      not disaster that erupts at high noon. 
   Even though others succumb all around, 
      drop like flies right and left, 
      no harm will even graze you. 
   You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, 
      watch the wicked turn into corpses. 
   Yes, because God's your refuge, 
      the High God your very own home, 
   Evil can't get close to you, 
      harm can't get through the door. 
   He ordered his angels 
      to guard you wherever you go. 
   If you stumble, they'll catch you; 
      their job is to keep you from falling. 
   You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, 
      and kick young lions and serpents from the path. 

 14-16 "If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God, 
      "I'll get you out of any trouble. 
   I'll give you the best of care 
      if you'll only get to know and trust me. 
   Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times; 
      I'll rescue you, then throw you a party. 
   I'll give you a long life, 
      give you a long drink of salvation!"

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016 •

Happy New Year!
During the holidays I had posted on Facebook a small paragraph with a couple of Bible verses about the upcoming year. New Year's weekend I went to Michigan to minister at a church where one the leaders of that church asked me if the Lord had shown me anything about 2016. I answered him by saying that I believe it is a time to commit to the Lord even more and I left it at that. On Sunday morning, around 5:30 am, the Lord woke me up to put together the verses/passages that I was to preach on that morning which was also the word for 2016. I don't usually release words about a year but the Lord was really nudging me strongly that morning so now I'm sharing my notes from Sunday, January 3, 2016 with you.
2016 is the year of the ______________. Well, you get to fill in the blank because it's really up to you what this new year will be. While God has a plan for your life, family, circumstances, city, state, nation etc. He's looking for people to be yielded vessels who are filled with the word of God, the Holy Spirit and are committed in seeking Him daily.
As 2016 begins, many prophetic voices/words of gloom and doom and/or only blessings will be shared everywhere concerning this year. The bible states that we only prophecy in part so there could be truths and confirmations concerning the words that have been prophesied for this coming year. However, those words may/can/will apply to certain people, groups, regions or nations but all of it is conditional because it's still primarily up to you. You can have as much of God and that word that was released which resonated in your spirit. James says it perfectly in the New Testament. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you!
Here are two more passages that the Lord highlighted to me as well:
Proverbs 16:3 says: Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans...
Matthew 6:33 states:  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well...
Let's never forget who we are as Christ Followers. The Bible is full of God's promises including a complete DNA of how we look to Him when He is Lord of our heart and life and we are filled with His spirit. The New Testament is our blueprint to reach the world with love and power!
1 Peter 2: 9 & 10 says:  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
Mark 16: 17 & 18 states: And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
Do you want some keys to being a strong believer this year? Then let's examine three men in the bible who were used mightily by God.
Joseph-The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field. (Genesis 39:2-5)
Daniel-Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king's descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. (Daniel 1: 3-4)
Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. (Daniel 1:19-20)
Stephen-"Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word." And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit…. (Acts 6:3-5) And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. (Acts 6:8)
Valuable keys to being used mightily by God:
1. Humility
2. Integrity
3. Godly Character
4. Wisdom
5. Love & Compassion
There's a saying that goes "it's not how you start but how you finish" but I say if we can start out with these keys we will also finish the race strongly!
In conclusion, here is the chapter that I wanted to share with you regarding 2016. Meditate on it and take in the highlighted verse(s) to your heart and spirit. Let's read Psalms 65:
1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; and to You the vow shall be performed.
2 O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come.
3 Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them.
4 Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple.
5 By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, And of the far-off seas;
6 Who established the mountains by His strength, being clothed with power;
7 You who still the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.
8 They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs; You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.
9 You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it.
10 You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth.
11 You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.
12 They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side.
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing.
I want to encourage you to continue to seek God first in prayer, the word and in worship. Let's make 2016 the year of the Jesus Christ being Lord of everything in our lives, family, homes, business and ministries and lets become the light of the world!
Blessings to you all in this New Year!
Damon Stuart

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Friday, April 03, 2015 • Damon Stuart

After leading worship and being in the weightiness of Gods glory at the Aglow Spring Retreat (March 27 & 28, 2015) I finished the weekend off by attending a prophetic service on Sunday night that my dear friend Eva Dooley was ministering at. After 3 days of being in services I went to bed tired Sunday night not realizing that God was about to give me a dream.
In the dream, I was standing on a cliff that was beautiful with green and lush colors of flowers around me. I could see that the edge of the cliff sloped down towards a beach area where palm trees scattered along the edges of the terrain and beach sand. The sky was filled with amazing colors of blue, white clouds but also yellow and orange like the sun rising at full momentum.  It was breathtaking.
I don't know which island it was but I knew it was Hawaii for some reason. I said "Wow, this so amazing" and then my wife immediately was on my left side and I said to her "Isn't this amazing? How awesome it is for us to see this?" She replied that she was in awe and glad to be seeing this as well. What I was seeing was so vivid and colorful, like an ultra high definition image of beauty.
After saying to my wife, "how awesome it was to see this" an angel appeared to my right side and said "If you think this is awesome wait until I show you whats next!" I continued to see the same thing but it was like a new lens was put on my eyes and the colors intensified but now I was seeing into the supernatural realm and there were angels in the sky and on the ground in a hurry. They were moving quickly and flying above me quickly as they were on very important assignments from heaven. I said, "Wow, I knew the supernatural realm was real, but this is truly amazing." My wife asked me who I was talking to and said "I'm talking to this angel, can you not see him?" She said no at first but then she began to see all of the angels going here and there and everywhere and she became in awe of what was happening.
I said to the angel, "this is the most amazing thing I've ever seen" but he replied again, "You want to see something even more amazing than this?" And before I could answer my eyes got another new lens put on them and now I could see that the angels were actually working alongside the saints, the bride of Christ. Everything was moving in perfect order as the angels were doing their part in helping the people to fulfill their callings and destinies God had entrusted them to do. I also knew in my spirit that this was also a glimpse of the new heaven and earth when Jesus would reign again on the earth someday. I knew at that moment God had given me snapshot that we are never alone and that He is always helping us and preparing us to do the kingdom work. When I saw all of this activity I said, "this is amazing, what an awesome God we serve" and then the dream was over.
When I woke up it was still so real and vivid, almost like having a memory from a real event that you just participated in. I look forward to seeing what else God has in store for us and His bride this year!
Thank you Lord for your goodness!
Damon Stuart

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