|Posted by Allan Guzman on January 24, 2011 at 4:43 PM||comments (22)|
Prophetic Word concerning 2011:
Before I speak the word that the Lord has laid on my heart concerning this year, I want to lay down some biblical ground rules concerning prophecy. It’s important that we understand what true prophecy is and how to receive a prophetic word. First off, prophecy is spoken with the intention of speaking edification, exhortation and comfort to the Church. (See 1 Corinthians 14:3) Second, when one prophesies, he prophesies knowing only in part. (See 1 Corinthians 13:9) Meaning we do not know the whole picture we only see a small portion of the whole picture. So do not expect that the one who prophesies to know every and all details. He or she doesn’t. And lastly, let what is spoken be prayerfully and thoughtfully judged. (See 1 Corinthians 14:29) It’s important to test and weigh everything and take the good and leave out the bad. If the word does not “ring” well with you, you do not have to receive it and can move on. If the word truly speaks to your life, feel free to receive it. Above all, may the Holy Spirit guide you to all truth as you seek His purposes for your life in 2011. And now to the word:
This year the resounding word the Lord keeps putting in mind and bringing up to me is “DESTINY”. This is the year that many will be released into the destiny, callings, or purposes (however, you call it) God has had for a long time. For some of you, you may have begun to discover such purposes very recently, almost at the end of 2010. For others, this has been years in the making and years of God building this purpose in you. Many have gone through times of refinement, testing, and training just for this moment. At the same time, I sense that many for the first time will discover what God wants for their life's in this year.
For those of you who felt that last year was simply in all-out war, the Lord wants you to know that those moments helped prepare you for the destiny God has for you this year. The Lord is speaking the words of Jeremiah the Prophet over you “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 Ironically, (not really, ) that verse we’ve heard so much is actually spoken in the context of war when Babylon began attacking Jerusalem.
Despite the fact that I sense this year will be a year of rest from the battles of last year there is a warning, however, from the Lord about this year and about you entering into God’s perfectly timed destiny. IT WON’T BE EASY. Meaning there is going to be some battles that will be fought before “entering the promised land” so to be speak. However, just as God was with Joshua in his day so will the God of Joshua be with you in your day. It’s time to enter destiny!
Another thing the Lord has put on my heart is the destiny for those who do not know Jesus. Knowing Jesus and being in a love relationship with Him is the purpose of every human being and the definition of eternal life. Jesus said in John 17:3: “And this is eternal life: that they may know You the only True God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” This year the destiny of many lost people will come to pass or to fulfillment. God (who is the God of fulfillment) is preparing their hearts for the word and witness of His servants. That hunger will be stirred, for the Father is getting ready to bring some sons and daughters home. The Spirit of adoption is going forth to bring some sons and daughters into the Kingdom. This year expect to see an increase of reception in the word of God. Curiosity may lead to some finally coming to know their God. Thus, allowing them to obtain eternal life. This is definitely something worth praying into. So let’s get out there and let God release destiny to us and through us.
Lastly, concerning the last portion of this word and in general, we must continue growing in our knowledge and love for God. If we are to be witnesses we must know the One we witness of. Or else you are simply another reciting facts religiously and not one who has grown to know who He is. It’s through knowing Him that we fall in love with Him and that we become witnesses of Him. And believe me the world notices that. Loving God causes us to love others and brings the words of Jesus in John 17 into fufillment. It’s through our love for one another that the world knows Jesus was sent and that the Father has loved us. (See John 17:23)
May God Bless you. Please remember to pray and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you not only concerning this word but in this year. Blessings.
Allan “Tico” Guzman
Key Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11
|Posted by Allan Guzman on July 23, 2010 at 3:17 PM||comments (0)|
For weeks I’ve been struggling with my love for God and how much I love Him. I feel like I fall so short of the love He desires from me…Agape. (Deep intimate, sacrificial love) For a couple of weeks I just felt somewhat dull and numb almost without any sense of feeling towards my Beloved. This kind of feeling scares me and annoys me all at the same time. Many kinds of doubt come running through my head and it frightens me because the most important thing in my life and that which I guard with all my strength is my relationship with God and well…if I am not in love nor desiring to know Him something is wrong. As I read through the Book of John and came to the time when Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him, Peter responds all three times that he simply philos (brotherly love) Him. As I read I came to realize, that my love, like Peter’s, was weak. It bugs me and it frustrates me but the interesting thing about Peter is that Jesus meets Him where Peter’s love is. Jesus changes his question of whether he agapes Him into do you philo me? Of course this grieves Peter but the beauty of Jesus is meeting us where our love us.
Today as I meditated on loving God and asking God to increase my weak love for Him…I came to realize something. Something I’ve known so well yet have not fully grasped (apparently). I am the Bride of Christ, not tomorrow but now and I am waiting for my Wedding with the Lamb. I am currently making myself ready with the rest of the Bride (the Church) for my Wedding day. A day I sit at His table and gaze into the eyes the burn fiery Jealous love towards me. In that day, my love will surpass the Brotherly love, or the weak love I feel. In that day, my love will be AGAPE! It will be deep, intimate, and sacrificial. It will be marital. My fears have been put to rest with this hope that I will in the end love (agape) Him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength. I have from now into eternity to make this a reality and the Bible has already prophesied that it will. My love for Him will increase on and on and never cease. Satan is liar you can’t lose your “fire” for God, or your love, or your passion or zeal for Him (unless YOU want it to). God promises and has prophesied to increase our weak love until the day He returns and we join Him in our Wedding feast (aka. Wedding day). It may be weak now but I will truly love Him in that day.
I know Peter in the end did love(agape) Him with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. Tradition has it that Peter was martyred for His witness of Jesus. In fact, he was sentenced to be crucified. Tradition has it that Peter felt unworthy to die the same death of Jesus so he requested to be crucified upside down. In the end Peter remembered the Lord’s desire to agape Him so much so that He died sacrificing Himself for Jesus and for the gospel. In fact, it must have been so ingrained in Peter’s mind that when Mark recorded the gospel of Mark (which is really Peter’s gospel) Peter quotes Jesus’ teaching on loving God “You shall love (agapao) the Lord with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul and all your strength.” Peter knew undoubtly how he had to love God and in the end, he finally truly did.
|Posted by Allan Guzman on May 6, 2010 at 2:14 PM||comments (0)|
"I'll say goodbye to my father and my mother...I'll turn my back on every other lover and I'll press on...Yes I'll press on!" -Misty Edwards, "I will waste my life"
Never has those words ringed so true in my life like now. Almost as if this song has prophesied to my own life. Last night I took a HUGE leap of faith and in showing my love for Jesus, I told my mom about what God is going to be doing in a year from now with me. It's quite a story...involving prophetic words, personal time in prayer, and even dreams the Lord has been giving me. The point of it all is that God is calling me to IHOP Kansas City for a time of consecration next year. I'll be going for six months. It's a time that the Lord is very Jealous about! So much that anything that tries to distract me from being there at that time the Lord shuts down almost immediately. *(see note below) My biggest obstacle was my mother. Not that she is an obstacle, not at all, but I am her only child and in Costa Rican culture you do not leave the home until you get married. In other words, it's very much like the Biblical stance on it. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." (Gen. 2:24, Eph. 5:31) Since I'm definitely nowhere near that right now, the decision to leave the home was harder much harder. So for these past couple months (since October when the Lord revealed to me in prayer His plan) I've been praying that God would show her and she would understand. These last couple weeks I've felt that it was time to tell her. So I've been praying for that. In fact, I've had a few people praying about this. Last night I could not hold it any longer... I had to tell her...so I told her everything. There were many details expressed but I told my mom what Jesus says concerning following Him:
I told my mom that I had to go wherever He went in my life and wherever He wanted me to go. I also told her that this was essentially my wedding day. I am leaving my household to follow the one I love and be one with Him. (Eph. 5:31-32) I also explained a phenomena of mine of when I was a child not even yet walking on my own two feet that had significance concerning this day.**(See note below) I’ve been called and set apart for Him. I’ve been called to fulfill the dreams of my True Father and follow the Bridegroom wherever He goes.
So what was my mother’s response: She told me, “I knew this day would come…” She told me that she knew that as I continued to grow in the Lord (something that she is very proud of) and my love for Him that the day would come where He would ask me to “go”. Go somewhere. Though it breaks her heart that I am leaving she is happy and at peace that it’s because I am following the Lamb wherever He goes. She told me, “He will always love you more than I could ever love you…He will always be Your Father and Your mother.”
So in the end, there were tears, moments of gladness, and expressions of love and a mother that has been a living sacrifice for the sake of me having a better life. I know that my Father will bless her for immense sacrifice in being my mother and taking care of me even when my biological father was not around. She stuck to it and has been faithful in instructing me in the Way. For that, there is immense treasure stored in heaven for her. But just as He gave me to her, now He asks that I’d be let go to follow Him home.
On my end, the fact that she has peace about what is going on and let me go, was the last confirmation I needed to know that IHOP is truly on my Father’s radar. It’s my next phase after graduation next year. I don’t know what the Lord has in store for me in these months out there but I am excited to find out and go where He wants me to go.
So now I have many other things I need to do to get ready. Like save money and seek support but I leave that for another day and another note. It’s official I’m going to IHOP!
*I noticed this particularly this year when I started liking a certain girl. As soon as she came into my life, I was already thinking of changing my IHOP plans if this became an actual relationship... (even with prophetic confirmations I act like this....I know stupid.) Almost immediately that door (the opportunity) closed on my face and I noticed it wasn't her it was the Lord. He closed that door. He's very Jealous not only of that time but also of my time in general especially right now. So for the next year for me...I'm not even considering those things. It's not my time nor my season and well...knowing that the Lord is behind it all...I have complete peace about it. You know the peace that surpasses all understanding. ( the Lord's peace) Either way because of my time in singleness I'm learning to embrace it to work unto the Lord (it's great to have the freedom to do whatever for the Lord) and to be satisfied with God's love for me.
**The Lord gave my mom a sign concerning my life when I was still a baby just barely crawling. My mom and dad use to go to Catholic churches when I was young and every time I was there I would somehow manage to escape my parents from where they were sitting. My mom tells me that every time she found me it was always where there was a picture of Jesus, and that I would stare at it with a look of fascination and awe and that I would say to her, “Tata, Dios.” Meaning “Father (Papa or Daddy), God.” I asked my mom if this happened only once but she said no this happened a few times. I asked the Lord one day why I would do this and the Lord told me that this was a sign for my mother so that she would know that I had been called and set apart from early age to follow Him and to know Him as my true Father.