Growing in the Prophetic

Happy Growing in the Prophetic Sunday! (A Longer Post-Yet It Was Heavy On My Heart).

I love that God speaks. I love that God LOVES to communicate with us. I also love that Paul advises us to test all prophecies, not some prophecies-ALL prophecy to see if it is of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).

In order to test something, there needs to be a plumb line [a], and I believe it is the word of God and the character of God. They cannot be separated; who God is and what is revealed in God’s word.

Scripture does not contain God, it reveals Him. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and the very best at helping us test things.

In a digital age where anyone can get online and state they have the word or a word from the Lord, it is imperative we test it all.

In an age where anyone can slap “Prophet” on their business card, it is imperative we test things. When the Lord spoke to me about being a prophet, I trembled. I did not want the job. Being honest. I did not tell anyone. I told no one…I was like, “Oh please don’t send me to talk to people.” Being honest-maybe why I like Moses so much. I simply started journaling what I sensed was from God and dating those things. I have 10+ years of prophetic journals. God spoke to me as a kid/young adult. It was not until the past 4-5 years other people started stating, “God has called you to be a prophet.” I did not tell them. I simply stayed in a place of “God teach me, shape me, mold me, deal with my character, teach me to love, help me to live out of intimacy with you, refine me, and lead me on the path of integrity and righteousness for your name’s sake. I want to possess and know your character.”

From the time of God speaking, to confirmation from others was roughly 14 years. Yep. 14 years of no one speaking anything over me. I would go to meetings and no one would have a word for me. I did not mind. I did hear God say, “I am teaching you to rely on my voice and not that of others.”

Being a prophet is not something to glory in, for we can boast of only one thing-Jesus Christ and His work. Every part of God’s Body has significant value and worth, each assignment is HIGHLY valuable. Prophets often endure interesting persecution and well humility is our best friend. I also think it is wise to ask God to refine us so what we speak truly is the voice of the Lord and not our own made up speech.

How can we test these things? What we hear, what we see, what we think is from God? How do we know what is simply bubbling up from our soul?

1. Be a person of the word of God. Study with Holy Spirit. “God reveal your truth, by your Spirit.” God will not violate His word. He can violate our understanding, so study is important. “God you teach me,” not “I have always been taught this, so I know.”

2. Understanding the character of God. God is LOVE. Even the rebukes of God are aimed at loving us. He is a surgeon, not a butcher. God does what He says He will do. God is faithful. God is not flakey, rude, wishy washy, crazy, double minded, hateful, pushy, proud, hyper critical, nor does God try to manipulate, control, humiliate, or force His will on us. God let’s us choose. I think this one get’s some people (the character of God). It’s so easy to say, “God said…” and just walk away like we are the authority in people’s lives. No, we are not. If God says something, God will do it. If we say it, just to get our way, or try to hurt someone or make ourselves look good, then God is not obligated to do any of it. Before we say, “God said,” taking time to test it and wait. God is not impatient.

God is this really you?

God does this reflect your heart?

God is this the right timing or setting to release this word?

God I would like confirmation.

Does this reflect love to the other person?

Does this violate scripture or their free will to choose?

Would I want this spoken over me?

Will this word draw the person closer to Jesus? Closer to the heart and character of Jesus?

Is this tainted with a critical spirit?

Pride and a critical spirit can be a detriment to a prophetic person or prophet. Continual yielding our hearts to God softens us and fills us with compassion and God love. Love and pride cannot occupy the same spaces. God love pushes out pride and thinks about what is best for the other person, not self. Pride is hyper focused on self. “Well I will get tell this person like it is!” with zero concern for the recipient. God thinks about the receiver of the message. God also does not need to manipulate anyone to get His way. God has no fear in Him. Control and manipulation are fruits of fear.

It can seem powerful and bold to just blurt out everything we think is God. Yet wisdom says, “Let me pause and see if this is really God or my flesh/soul.” The soul can evoke some feelings that make it seem like it’s on point with God and it’s not. I heard a great story from Kris Vallotton. He said he became excited in a meeting and gave this man a wonderful word. Later that evening, as he was lying on his bed, the Lord spoke to him, “Kris, that was a great word you gave that man.” Kris replied, “That was your word Lord!” God replied, “No, that was you.”

Intimacy with God helps us to grow in the prophetic. Revelation is a byproduct of intimacy. As we abide in Jesus, rest in Jesus, listen to Jesus…we begin to release the aroma and heart of Jesus when we speak. He beckons us into His heart. True prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. It points to the very nature of Jesus, the character of Jesus, the love of Jesus. It is more than providing information, it is a relationship building tool to help us and others connect with the heart of God. Before we say, “God said,” may there be an investigation-“Is this aligned with God’s heart.”

[a] A cord weighted with lead that is used in building to check that vertical structures are true. It is used symbolically to refer to the divine standard against which God, the builder of his people, tests and judges them. It also symbolizes the standards by which God will rebuild his people.

The plumb-line as the measuring tool of a structure

Zec 1:16; Zec 4:9-10 Using the plumb-line Zerubbabel will carry out his God-given task of building the temple. See also Jer 31:38-40; Zec 2:1-2

Art: Pinterest

Warmly,

Erin Lamb

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Making Disciples (Lessons Learned Series Part 1)

I love a good series. I have been focused on lessons learned lately. I believe everything is either a blessing or a lesson. There can be challenges in every area of life. The point is to learn something.

I hope throughout this series something blesses you! God loves you with an everlasting love!!

Mentoring and Discipling People Lessons Learned:

It is quite impossible to mentor or disciple a person who is not present, not invested, or refuses any form of feedback.

Imagine a teacher in a regular school. They are teaching calculus (one of my favorites) and the students never show up, never do homework, and when they give wrong answers they fight the teacher. What will they learn? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

I have devoted a good chunk of my youth to mentoring/discipling-actual engagement and personal investment in the lives of people. They can text me, call me, email me, have lunch, be engaged, serve/minister with me, and I have walked with many. Yet I have seen the same patterns. I do not write this with judgement, just observation. I also understand we all have lives that can be pretty full and we must prioritize. I am not targeting any person-I promise. I am sharing patterns I have seen.

1. The person the least engaged will sometimes have the most complaints they are not getting anything out of something. I had a lady this February just go off on me because she was asked to at the bare minimum pray for others (it’s in the bible). She complained about how things were done, yet her attandance was less than 5%. How can you criticize something you don’t actively participate in or even know what is happening? Not offended, it just did not make sense. Insert “Does Not Compute”-my brain went ???? No worries she is not a FB friend.

2. Some will desire growth without any investment. I have a stock portfolio. If I do not invest any money in those stocks, guess what? I get zero growth. Zero. I can complain, blame my financial planner, or invest something so it can be multiplied. God gives seed to the sower. Sowers invest something. This principle does not just work for money. Sow kindness, sow mercy, sow encouragement, sow information, sow opportunity, sow revelation. You gain more of what is sown.

3. Some will desire growth until it gets challenging and then the heart will drift to something easy. Walking through the valley of the shadow of death is aborted to seek a frolic in the misty meadows. There are things about God we can only learn by walking through, being delivered through, pushing through. There are encounters with God in challenging seasons that refine our character.

4. Feelings can sometimes cloud what God has said. I cannot tell you how many people have come and stated, “God told me you were to mentor/disciple me.” Who when they got uncomfortable, “God told me to go do something else.” I am not stating you are trapped with a mentor, church, or person for life. I am stating feelings are not a good director. I have had dozens of things in my life I wanted to quit. Maybe even more. Sometimes the leader disappointed me or was quite offensive in behavior. Yet the point was to ask God, “Where do you want me?” I had a 7 year season under one ungodly leader. I learned so much about God, who I am in God, and the power of God to sustain a person in persecution. Saul teaches you something about the power and love of God.

5. Friends can sometimes struggle with honoring the leadership mantle you are required to wear. The most dishonor may come from “friends.” Hearing from you that something is off or the vision has expanded or we need to change course can ruffle some feathers. Stick to the mandate of Jesus. If He tells you to turn left and you lose friends-well keep going. Learning to abide in God and follow Him despite what others are thinking is wisdom. If you are leading “friends” understand that for some the friend just goes along and is supportive of everything. The leader answers to God for how they steward what He told them to do and who He assigned to them. It’s not personal; it’s Jesus.

6. Your heart may hurt over those where you can see their amazing destiny, yet they will not grab ahold to it and invest. You can offer copious amounts of opportunity they do nothing with it. Learn to let go and ask God to send mentees who will grab every nugget and opportunity and run with it.

7. Some may exit without even saying goodbye. Learn to hold people lightly.

8. Bless people when they come. Bless them when they go. I am happy for people when they are aligned with who and where God called them to be. No animosity. I pray and wish people the very best. It’s not personal. It’s beautiful when people are truly following Jesus.

9. Patience is your best friend. Learning to wait until God releases you to say or do something is powerful. The timing of Jesus was impeccable.

10. Keep growing yourself. Keep learning. Stay a student of Holy Spirit University. If you can find a mentor, invest in that situation. Feeding others is noble, staying fed is wisdom.

11. If you are a visionary, do not cling to everyone getting on board immediately with your vision.

Be willing to submit the vision, get feedback, and press onward with God even if the majority is not on board.

12. Cheer when people outgrow you! Yay God. Praise Jesus. Hallelujah. We want people dependent on God, not us. 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

13. Continually ask God for His eyes, His heart for people. More than head knowledge, we need love plus God’s wisdom. God sees value in everyone. If we ask, He will provide His heart.

14. Do your best to be a good steward, yet leave the outcome to God. Some will not grow until you leave. I have had a few instances in my life where God told me to stop mentoring a few people or once a group. Years later a few came back with positive reports. At the time I felt I wasted time. I could have been doing something else besides being taken for granted by people unwilling to learn. Years later those seeds produced something good. It’s for Jesus. Regardless of the outcome, it’s for Jesus. Peter denied Jesus. Judas betrayed Jesus. The disciples abandoned Jesus in His greatest hour of need. Jesus was perfect. You and I are not. Yet we can do our best and still end up denied, betrayed, or abanonded. Focus on stewardship and leave the outcome to God.

15. Continually point to Jesus. What is God saying to you? Teach people to think for themselves, yet be willing to challenge wackanoodle concepts and behaviors with Holy Spirit and the word.

16. Be willing to stand your ground even with strong personalities. God has helped me to be slow to anger and more patient. I do not yell at people nor try to push my way. I try to stay on the side of love, compassion, and meekness. This can cause people to think you are weak and a pushover. Some with dominating personalities may knowingly or unknowingly try to bully you. No! If God called you to lead, test it, and if God says no, say no. Also if you are seen as weak because you are not nasty, pushy, argumentative, angry, etc…let people think what they want. I believe you can stand your ground without being a bully, yelling, being manipulative, pushy, loud, and mean spirited. Nasty is not a fruit of the Spirit. Love is. It is possible to be firm and kind. There are moments where we need to truly be “This will not fly here,” yet Jesus was willing to die for the same people where He flipped over the tables.

Hope this helps someone. Jesus told us to disciple people. I believe this is doing life with them, not just giving them teachings. When we do life with people it can be interesting, yet Jesus did it and modeled a lifestyle of discipleship. Who are you discipling so they can grow into their greatest potential with Jesus?

Warmly,

Erin Lamb

Empowered-Free.com

Facebook.com/erinlambauthor

Happy Holidays!

Practicing the habit of giving thanks is good for us. Some say gratitude is the best attitude.

I am thankful for you! Thank you for following this blog and/or following the author page. You are appreciated.

I hope during this season you are filled with joy and gratitude.

I Am Sending You Love This Holiday!

For some, the holidays are a time of stress or sadness. Some are facing challenges and uncertainty. If that’s you, I am thinking of you. You are absolutely not alone. My hopes are your soul is saturated with hope; hope there are better days ahead than behind you!

Perspective Gained From Street Mission

One of the things I do on the side is volunteer at the free clinic and I take out teams to feed and clothe the homeless monthly. This past weekend we encountered a man eating out of the garbage. He was so hungry. He was grateful to receive several sandwiches and a bookbag full of food/supplies. I thought to myself, “How fortunate we are, those who are not eating out of the garbage and have family or friends that would take us in during crisis.”

I spent part of October in Cambodia serving in the slums. Children and adults live amongst the garbage and have much less than they need.

The man we encountered in the park lost his job, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and was living on the streets-eating out of the garbage.

There is a quote I love, it says the following-“If we cannot be thankful for what we have, we can give thanks for what we have been spared.”

I tell you these two stories in case you are searching for something to give thanks for this season. I certainly do not wish to minimize any struggles you may be facing.

God cares about every detail of our lives, whether it’s homelessness, losing a loved one, joblessness, hurt, betrayal, tragedy, gross disappointment, or just loneliness.

God cares! God sees!! God loves you!!!

Here is a prayer and encouragement I placed on Facebook today:Encouragement & Prayer Video .

I hope you are blessed by the 2.5 minute encouragement.

I hope you seize the moment this holiday and enjoy it! I hope you look for someone else to bless and help. Sometimes it’s in looking outside our circumstances to another that we find greater perspective.

This year has presented a few challenges personally and in my family. Continuing to look for others to serve has brought great perspective. I am not eating out of the garbage. I don’t have cancer nor have to sleep outside. I can thank God for what I have been spared and have compassion on those suffering.

What are you thankful for this season? Write it down or speak it out.

I am speaking life over you. I am declaring goodness over your life.

May this be one of the best seasons ever! 🙂

Be sure to stop by the Empowered & Free store this Friday for our Black Friday sale. Everything is 40% off. You don’t want to miss this. This is the last mega sale like this until 2019. Our Freedom Key collection only has a few items left. Once they sell out, those pieces may not come back. Get your holiday gifts on sale.

Go to Empowered & Free Shop and the sale coupon is BlackFriday.

Warmly,

Erin Lamb

Founder & CEO of Lamb Enterprises LLC

Created for Wholeness!

Part of what I do, aside from write books, is help people get healed from wounds of gross trauma, abuse, abandonment, rejection, and deep soul wounding.

I never thought I would be doing what I do. I simply could not understand why there were so many wounded people in churches and in the world who were not getting better from popping pills or cognitive (talk) therapy or just reciting the Bible. Mostly, I wondered why some people were physically healed and others were not.

God invited me on a several year journey into studying the soul (mind, will, and emotions). The body, soul, and spirit are connected. An injury to one can impact the others. I saw there were people with deep emotional wounds from trauma, abuse, mistreatment who were suffering greatly in their bodies.

After years of training with Dr. Kraft and Dr. Bitcon, I embarked on teaching, training, and facilitating sessions with people to help them step into greater freedom with God.

I have worked with people who are highly dissociative (have multiple personalities) and those so traumatized parts of their lives have been limited. I love seeing God bring freedom.

I also do a yearly MasterClass to train others to do what I do. There are loads of traumatized and wounded people in the world who need help, freedom, and hope. I have even used these methods with children.

God loves to heal! We were created for wholeness, not fractured living.

You may read more here: https://www.empowered-free.com/blog/created-for-wholeness.

If you are struggling with PTSD, wounds of trauma/abuse/abandonment/rejection-I would love to invite you to join me December 1, 2018 at 11am EST for a webinar on Freedom from Trauma!

God wants us free!

Register here: Sign Me Up (Freedom From Trauma Class)

You are profoundly loved, prayed for, and appreciated! Thanks for following the author blog!

Warmly,

Erin Lamb

Founder & CEO of Lamb Enterprises LLC

Founder of Operation God is Love

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Live for the Well Done of Heaven!

Morning Notes: It’s for God’s Glory not the Applause of Mankind. Live for the Well Done of Heaven.

The applause of heaven far surpasses the applause of mankind. I have learned in my journey of life that people can scream they love you one minute, think you are amazing, and turn quickly to ignoring you or persecuting you the next moment. The affections and applause of humanity is often rooted in feelings and subject to change in a moment.

People, human beings, also see in part and know in part. God sees everything and searches the heart. God knows who we really are even more than we do. God’s opinion of who we are trumps our own self assessments.

God is stable, consistent, and His opinions of everyone and everything are valid. There is no deception in God nor mistakes.

The assessment of God is just. The assessment of God is righteous. The assessment of God is truth.

To live already approved of in Jesus (we have repented and made a decision to make Him Lord) is a blessing. Then the opinions and assessments of people do not matter. Yes we evaluate correction, criticism-God is any of this to be taken in and assessed? Yes we listen to wise council and test everything presented to us. Yet we do not live in the land of being guided by the perceptions of people.

Who does God say that we are? This is the path to stay on and pursue. God show me who I am through your eyes and help me to stay on the path of righteousness for your names sake! I am living for an audience of one; knowing at the end of my life God will not hold a committee of my peers to assess my value, worth, successes or failures. God’s opinion+no one else’s=proper judgement.

Over the course of my life I have met numerous people who felt empowered to speak their ideas or thoughts about who I am and who I am not, what I am to do and what I am not to do. Well, anything not aligned with what God says goes in the garbage. Why? We are who God says we are and can do all God says we can do. Our heavenly assignments are predetermined by God. He put together our gift mix. He set up our potential opportunities. He gave us gifts and talents to enjoy and match our calling. God did! Who we ultimately are was carved out by God and placed on our DNA before we ever spoke a word (Psalm 139). We are God’s workmanship created for His glory.

Part of picking up our cross and following Jesus is dying to our own opinions. Do we think we know better than God? Do we think we have better ideas than God? If so, we have succumb to pride. Pride is an evil mistress and the principle sin of Satan. Pride believes it knows best above God. Pride keeps us focused on who we think we are and who we think we are not. At the center of pride is self….me…me….me…me. It sings the symphony of me! Pride is a killer of destiny. Pride fuels comparison-“Look at what Susie is doing! Oh I am far more spiritual than Susie. She thinks she knows, I know,” or “I am not as together as Susie.” Comparison is self focused and we either come out better than (superior) or less than (inferior). It’s pride. The bible tells us not to compare ourselves nor put weight on our own assessments.

May we die to self. May we die to the opinions of others and our own opinions. May we crucify the thoughts that puff us up in ourselves instead of exalt Jesus. We can only boast in the Lord and who He is. Yes we honor others and celebrate, we also know apart from God we can do nothing (John 15:4-5). God is the source. Therefore, we are not pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We are learning the deepness of surrender. God here I am, take all of me. I surrender it all. All for your glory. All for your goodness. All for your story to be made famous on the earth! I surrender my preconceived thoughts and plans and choose to align myself with you. Jesus did what He saw you doing. Jesus spoke what He heard you speaking. Jesus lived a full life of surrender.

Love,

Erin Lamb

Empowered-free.com

OperationGodislove.org

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October Sale

Aloha friends,

I love Autumn; crisp/cool air, bonfires, blanket scarves, apple cider, knee boots, lighting the fire place, and curling up with a good book! Cozy. 🍁🍂

In honor of Autumn, we are having a sale October 01, 2018. All items in the Empowered & Free shop will be 10% off.

Promo Code: October.

We have been receiving incredible reviews of Confident & Free, our recently released book! People are saying it is drawing them closer to God, enriching their esteem, and inspiring healthy risks taking!!

Check out some of the reviews from readers on Amazon (see photo).

Are you tired of being mistreated, overlooked, pushed aside? Are you tired of attracting bad relationships? Are you over feelings of rejection and hurts of the past? Are you desiring increased confidence? Then get your copy of Confident & Free today!

Studies show confidence is a greater measure of success than skill. Confident people do live better lives because they can take healthy risks, aim high, believe they can, and don’t allow setbacks or negative people to stop them.

A more confident life awaits you! Confident & Free will build you up from a biblical perspective. It will help heal those pesky soul wounds from rejection, trauma, and covers confidence when facing adversity, death, rejection, and the fierce trials of life! There are also fun chapters on dreaming with God, and freedoms God gives.

Purchase Confident & Free: Empowered & Free Shop.

We also premiered our Limited Edition jewelry collection. Supplies are limited on many of the pieces. Once they sell out, they are gone!

We hope to see you at our shops Monday! This sale is one day only.

  • Promo Code: October
  • Sale Day: October 1rst 2018

Warmly,

Erin Lamb

Owner & CEO of Lamb Enterprises LLC

https://www.empowered-free.com

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Book Sale This Weekend (Labor Day Sale)!

Aloha everyone,

In celebration of the 4 day weekend, books and journals are on sale. I Thought I Knew What Love Was is already on sale. You may use the code Labor Day 1 on the business website for journals and Confident & Free.

We have received some great feedback on both these books. People have stated they are drawn into the heart of God and have had some pretty incredible encounters with His heart.

I believe our world is suffering from not knowing who God is, the love of God, and true identity in God. This is where thriving begins, in God. There is always more to know about God. Our strength lies in our intimacy with God. The greatest confidence does not flow from our appearance, finances, job status, marital status, health…etc…those things are subject to change. What does not change is God. God remains the same in every season.

You and I can live bold and confident lives! We can stand tall when all the world says shrink back. We can thrive instead of just survive. God created us to live bold, empowered, and FREE!

Here is some feedback from readers:

I hope you grab your copy this weekend! I just completed a 5 part teaching for free on my FB author page you can watch too! Let’s go deep into God’s heart.

Get My Copy on Sale!

Code Labor Day 1.

If you are outside the USA or Canada, you may purchase off Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. They are not on sale at those locations. Hopefully we will add international distribution from my business soon.

Watch teachings here: Confident & Free Author Video Teachings

Warmly,

Erin Lamb

Upcoming Events (Book Signing Today & Live Webcast August 22, 2018)

Hope you join us today in Columbus, Ohio for the Confident & Free book signing! There will be refreshments, a raffle, and the opportunity to chat.

Location & Time:

  • 1055 McNaughten Road, Columbus Ohio.
  • Noon until 2pm

Also join us on the author FB page August 22nd at 6am Pacific, 9 am Eastern for the Speak Life Challenge teaching.

I will teaching August 22 on healing soul wounds of rejection, trauma, abandonment, and walking in greater confidence with God.

I was trained under Dr. Charles Kraft and Dr. Scott Bitcon and have years of experience in seeing the soul healed.

Some people are seemingly stuck because they have unhealed soul wounds. I want us to be unstuck and thrive. Do you have lingering wounds of hurt, pain, shame, rejection, or trauma. God wants you healed!!

Stop by and check out previous teaching videos loaded. Author Teaching Videos.

Warmly,

Erin Lamb

Business: https://www.empowered-free.com

Charity: operationGodisLove.org

Prophecy Webcast!

Since we have been focused on growing in confidence through intimacy with God, there was a teaching today on hearing from God, testing what we hear, discernment, and intimacy with God.

You can watch today’s webcast here: Erin Lamb Author Page.

You may also watch the last two weeks of webcasts on the FB page.

Blessing you!

Love,

Erin Lamb

Upcoming Webcast August 7th 2018

Let’s connect!

Join me next week for a live webcast. It is lesson 2 in the 30 Day Speak Life Challenge.

This past Wednesday I spoke about Genesis 1 and our new identity in Christ. Let’s live on the right side of the cross!! We are not who we used to be if we are united to Jesus.

You may find that teaching here: Author Page Videos.

Tuesday for the Speak Life Lesson 2 (you can join us at facebook.com/erinlambauthor), I will be talking about navigating through hard seasons with God.

It’s easy to think positive and be confident when life is roses. What about when all hell is breaking loose, you are being persecuted, the bottom fell out of your plans, you are facing death or given a bad diagnosis, or life has sucker punched you? I will share some biblical insights from overcomings and part of my story of overcoming these things.

Tune in August 7th, at 9am EST, 6am Pacific, on the FB author page, and let’s chat.

See ya next week. God loves you. Enjoy Him today. He loves you with an everlasting love. ❤️

Love,

Erin Lamb