The Joy of Justice

For those who like backstories! Some years back, Arthur Burk’s friend was expecting a beloved grandchild. The Father led Arthur to invest in blessing that little girl with joy while she was in the womb. The blessings of Pure Joy started with that gift that he gave her! When she was born, she radiated joy—which was the “proof in the pudding” to Arthur that spirit investment works! Later, Arthur recorded the Joy blessings on tape—yes, tape! We discovered his blessings when we were expecting our second son, and began soaking his spirit in the Joy and Peace blessings. After he was born, we met Arthur, and shared with him that we’d diversified the blessings’ use by investing them in our students in youth ministry. That began the road to converting the Joy blessings into book format. Our hope and vision in it was that any new mother (or grandmother or anyone) could take the book and easily start using the spirit blessings together with the brief teaching and ending encouragements–and get results in their children (and themselves!) without having to earn a Ph.D. first! Below is an excerpt from Pure Joy—and as, the spirit is ageless and eternal, notice that we’ve changed the salutation from “Child” to “Beloved.”

Joy of Justice

Beloved, I call your spirit to attention in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Listen as I read the Word of God to you.  Job 37:23:  “In his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.”

The book of Job describes a time in which bad things happened to a really good person.  He did not suffer loss due to sin.  Instead, Job suffered great loss in his family, finances, and health due to his virtuous nature.

During his whole life, Job chose to live faithfully and uprightly, honoring the Lord in his heart, in his family, and with his wealth.  The accuser hated Job.  He told God that Job would not serve God if he lost his possessions and health.  So, God allowed a time of testing in which the enemy was permitted to steal Job’s family, health, and assets.  Then, as is his nature, the enemy injures and then accuses God to us as the perpetrator.

Justice is an attribute of God.  He is righteousness.  He is love.  He is justice.  While He allows trials to purify and to train us, He does not end the story there.  I bless you with the joy of knowing and trusting the justice of God.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bless you.  Amen.

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Beloved, I call your spirit to attention in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Listen as I read the Word of God to you.  Psalm 89:14-17:  “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.  Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.  They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.  For you are their glory and strength.”

After the time of testing, God’s justice restored to Job a double portion of all the enemy stole.  When we go through trials through no fault of our own, entrusting ourselves to God who judges righteously, then He is free to restore much more than what was stolen originally.

I bless you with the joy of knowing that your Father is the God of justice.  I bless you with encouragement from the Scripture which records Job’s life.  I bless you with joy to know that there is purpose in trials.  I bless you with the joy of understanding from Job’s life that there is a beginning, a purpose, and an end to each difficulty you may face.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bless you.  Amen.

Beloved, I call your spirit to attention in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Listen as I read the Word of God to you.  Psalm 36:5-6:  “Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.”

I bless you with the joy of freedom from fear of justice.  Justice is not simply handing out a sentence of jail time to a criminal.  Justice is the nature of God.  His justice deals judgment to the enemy for his stealing, killing, and destroying.  His justice releases judgment in favor of His beloved children.  In fact, He keeps better records than we do.  He knows the gifts, the callings, the blessings, the relationships, the health, and the resources which were stolen from you and your family.  When you respond to Him in trust and faith like Job, He is free to repay you and your family lines for what was stolen in much greater measure.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bless you.  Amen.

(excerpt from “The Joy of Justice” in Pure Joy by Crystal Wade and Arthur Burk, copyright 2007)

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Peace as a Weapon

Beloved, I speak to your spirit in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Listen to the Word of God.  2 Corinthians 10:4:  “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

I bless you with perfect peace when you face the roaring enemies of God.  I bless you to remember that you may feel the physical adrenaline rush of fear, but you do not have to agree with it, and let it stay!  When you encounter defilement at school, at work, in the store, or anywhere else, and it offends your spirit, I bless you to remember to choose peace.  I bless you with peace that flows like a river through your spirit, soul, and body, strengthening you as you walk through that dark place.  I bless you to remember to reject fear and to choose faith.  As you choose faith, the Lord Jesus Christ will impart His peace to you.

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During those times when you are moved in spirit to take a stand physically or verbally for what is right, I bless you with peace to stabilize your emotions as the enemy opens his mouth and roars at you.  I bless you with peace that Jesus had when He faced the enemy, both in person and through the religious leaders who did their best to frighten Him.  The Lord Jesus Christ overcame all enemies.  He left you His peace.  His peace in your heart, in times which would cause fear, is a sign to the enemy of his destruction.  It takes the wind out of his sails.  I bless you with this peace that strengthens your spirit, stabilizes your emotions, and gives life to your body, even in the face of enemies.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bless you.  Amen.

(excerpt from “Peace as a Weapon” in Perfect Peace by Crystal Wade, copyright 2010)

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Abide

I don’t have a green thumb. I did once. . .but that was a painting accident and a different story (big smile). Over the years, I have attempted planting trees, flower beds and a few gardens–with some success.  My grandmother, on the other hand, could get anything to grow.

Recently, my boys and I purchased a single long stem rose for my wife. It wasn’t for any special occasion, just that we were thinking about her. We got home and put it in an old bottle for a vase and added water—rather unceremoniously. A few days later, however, we noticed new growth, a little shoot, coming from the stem right below one of the leaves. Wow! New growth coming from a dying stem?! Watching this little shoot grow a little each day, the biblical parallels just flooded in. (Flower with shoot pictured below.)

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What a sight it must have been to see Aaron’s staff bud in front of your very eyes! How a seed must die before it can live. . . . How God’s creation is designed to produce after its own kind–which speaks volumes of God’s generational view.

But then my thoughts locked in on the source of life. This little stem is valiant in its growth, but it has no roots. It’s living off the nutrients in the water stored in the main root. Although valiant in its efforts, there is no life flow because it has been cut off from its roots. Roots are the source for sustainable life.

One word comes to mind: Abide. What are we abiding (rooted) in? What things or people or activities are we striving in in order to receive life flow? Where is our source of life coming from? Are we drawing it from other people, places or things? (I always thought those “nouns” couldn’t be trusted!) Maybe we are drawing from past events, good or bad, as a battery stored up in our stems. But that is not abiding. We are to be abiding, or drawing life from God through Christ Jesus. We are the branches and He is the vine–our source for life.

I am not trying to offer a five step method to learn the proper approach to “abide” nor a three point sermon. I don’t even know the full meaning of the word. So I looked it up (yes, I know, grade school English class is haunting me again). Webster’s Dictionary gave a definition of abide as to “to wait for, to endure without yielding, tolerate, to remain stable or fixed in a state, to continue in a place.” Well, that’s a good definition, but it didn’t feel like too much of a life flow, rather stiff it seemed.

I am not minimizing the importance of good discipline, but discipline alone without God’s Spirit and His love is dead. The life of the word can be seen a little more in Strong’s #3306 meno meaning “to remain or dwell.”

That works better. To receive the very life of God by dwelling (living) and remaining connected to Him. Not apart from Him with a limited supply of life from trusting ourselves, religious systems, or whatever else we may try to draw life from.

The heart of what happened from that unexpected shoot from the flower was this—an invitation to “abide in Me” John 15:4.

How do we do this? Just come to the Father and ask Him to abide in you, and invite Him to cause His love to fill you, flow through you, and His Spirit to minister to you.

Here is my simple prayer:

Lord, I come to offer a simple prayer, please fill me and abide in me, help me to abide in You, as You abide in the Father.  I choose to rest in your presence, to breathe in your life and to exhale my own striving for life.

About the Author

Stephen WadeStephen Wade grew up in Texas, but has traveled throughout North America in his work in insurance.  Having served as a youth pastor, he holds a deep desire to see the next generations anchored in truth and love, walking in freedom.  Stephen sees the beauty in Creation and captures it on film; he also possesses an innate ability to perceive the hidden value in aged and broken furniture, machinery, etc., and under his careful attention, restoration is worked.

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REPAIR the Generations, CHANGE the World

Who do you admire? Why do you admire him/her/them? What can you learn from them?

I’ve always admired the pioneers. Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo Wilder and the men and women like them.

I love their integrity, goodness of character, commitment to honor their word, resourcefulness, determination, fruitfulness, patience, joy, and thankfulness in the face of few material goods. They managed to have a greater quality of life than do our generations with hyper-abundance of goods, though they possessed less quantity of goods.

The pioneer generation’s children and teens played a pivotal role in the processes of life by necessity. The fields had to be plowed; the stock fed; clothes sewn; gardens tended and preserved OR the family would not survive.

In that environment, even with less time for nurture, the children grew up:

  1. Learning the processes (wheat planting to harvest to milling to baking to eating bread)
  2. Participating in the processes (working)
  3. Knowing the value they brought to the table by their work (seeing the product)
  4. Enjoying the due harvest of their labor (eating the bread)
  5. Carrying confidence gained by their knowledge and experience into adulthood by virtue of these years of “preparation” through the processes (they were prepared by real life with their families, not entertained through real life with their families).

The Greatest Generation was raised on these processes–a generational impact of the pioneers’. The Greatest Generation defeated global despots and preserved global freedom. Though many had already left farm life in America, culture still held largely to those values and virtues. These, then, were the cloth from which the Greatest Generation was cut. What an honorable international, eternal tapestry they created!

When we consider that feet, horses, and wagon-types, all on the ground, were the mode of transportation from earth’s beginning until the early 1900s—then fast forward to World War I and II with increasingly complex aircraft in the skies, the reality of a rapidly changing world landscape is clearly visible.

In times of rapid acceleration, it can feel like everything’s been turned upside down, when actually the good news is: It’s the DAWN of a new day!

Sunrise HopeTwo generations fought in world wars with scarcely room to breathe and to recover from trauma before their children, the Baby Boomers, jumped in, head first, to a social revolution.

There’s always been, and always will be, a generation gap from one generation to the next.

It’s actually part of the Father’s design as He commissioned parents to make it better for their children, and for the children to honor their parents, take what was given, and build it bigger.

We find ourselves in a similar time of rapid acceleration where it also can feel like everything’s been turned upside down. The good news is: It’s the DAWN of a new day!

The advent of accessible global Internet and rapid advance of technology created: social media and global culture. These, too, can be used for social revolution—which can be good—if the freedom and change are backed by values and virtue.

Freedom and change are the desire of teens and young adults—who have “learned” less failure and less fear by virtue of their shorter lives. This is a good thing! They have energy and zeal to bring national and international victory—think David and his showdown with Goliath.

They need mentors and trainers who believe in who Father created them to be.

(The first mentors and trainers are: parents and grandparents.)

Values and virtue are the gold coinage of the parents and grandparents—who, if they will look beneath the surface of the current generation gap, will find children, teens, and young adults in search of answers. Very similar to the questions they had in their younger days, though with different cultural expressions. Who am I? Why am I here? Help me find something worth fighting for. Something worth building.

How do we bridge this gap?
How do we repair the generations?
How do we recover values and virtue while embracing freedom and change? How do we keep hope and build when culture no longer backs up our values and virtue?

If we’ll roll up our shirtsleeves and get to work (praying, mentoring, training, whether we – or they – like it right now or not), we’ll reap a harvest of a generation(s) who’s empowered and ready to take the freedom and rapid change with virtues and values and CHANGE THE WORLD in ways that seemed impossible in the past.

. . .to be continued.

By Crystal Wade, copyright 2017

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REVOLUTION!

Ready, Set, GO!

“It’ll be a task. There’s a good deal of darkness. Many families are in difficulties; the students need a lot of attention. But. You can do it. You are anointed. We will help,” he spoke to us with contagious confidence and joy.

“Youth ministry is family ministry, honey. Remember that,” she continued.

That conversation with Norman and Beverly Coad marked the starting gate through which Stephen and I entered youth ministry.

Learn Well, Lead Well

True to their word, they did help–whole-heartedly.

It took an hour (one way) to get to church, and we were expecting our first son. Beverly opened their home and cooked lunch, offering spiritual and physical hospitality so we could rest between church services.

During those lunches, we learned so much from their marriage, ministry, wisdom and experience.  We were keenly aware of our need to learn in order to lead well.

They mentored us, as we mentored the students. (Both sets of our parents also poured into our ministry, a chief way being prayer support and debriefing sessions.)

Three generations worked together.

What Pleases the Lord

Norman and Beverly donated a really cool sound system to the student ministry. The students enjoyed it. We employed sound to help diffuse their energy as they entered the building, and then to refocus their energy on the Lord before teaching commenced.

To our dismay, one afternoon we discovered the student building in disarray and the sound system missing (stolen). The students were angry. They felt violated. Stephen stayed with them, and I went searching for Beverly.

“You need to give it to them (whoever took it),” answered Beverly after hearing the situation. Surprised, I stared at her. “They stole it–you give it to them. Don’t hold it, give the Lord room to work,” she counseled.

We wanted to lead the students to respond in a way that would please the Lord, so I relayed Beverly’s counsel to the students.

At first, they vented their frustration and protests. Then, they agreed that YES they did want to respond in a way that would please the Lord.

Together, we prayed and released the item, and blessed the person.

All Good, No Bad!

Within a short period of time, church leadership discovered the young man who took the sound system. His life was full of difficulties.

The counsel Beverly gave us–which we led the students to follow–released spiritual motion which caused him to be found and dealt with in a redemptive way rather than pain upon pain.

Further, we were able to purchase a new, updated sound system through the student budget which had grown.

Just like our Heavenly Father’s actions, these actions, guided by wisdom from our mentors, released ripple effects that were all good, with no bad.

Still Burning Bright

Before moving to Texas, Norman and Beverly served as missionaries. They continued to carry a burning desire to see the Lord Jesus Christ enthroned in the hearts of people to such an extent that families and land are transformed.

A big key to harvest is three generations working together. The wisdom and experience of the grandparents. The desire and resources of the parents. The zeal and energy of the teens, tweens and children (at its zenith in this stage of life!).

Our students entered revival. Spiritual renewal and awareness abounded; salvations and baptisms abounded. It was an exciting time.

Revival is great–but for real change to happen in the culture, it has to be sustained beyond the initial emotional response (which is good, too, we just have to keep going). That work is stewarded by staying in a place of personal repentance and continual prayer. A PLACE to go to develop what’s been released by the Holy Spirit is key too. (Stay tuned for MORE on that below!)

We experienced their faith, work in the Lord, love, and steadfast hope in this direction. It sparked in us–and inspired us. We considered how hard the work is to “plow the fields” for harvest and NOT see what you are hoping for, for years on end.

And yet. . .to continue on. Regardless. In hope.

“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6:12

Kingdom Promised!

We have been promised His Kingdom–our Lord Jesus Christ started the Revolution to His Kingdom. He said that the time would come when there would be a people who would do greater works than He did.

Anyone with spiritual sensitivity has felt it–the sense that something is ‘afoot.

Let Father’s REVOLUTION begin!

Let each generation RISE to its place!

Let the Abraham generation keep their faith burning bright! Let the Isaac generation lean in to their wisdom, and be the bridge! Let the Jacob generation hear in their spirits the sound of love and wisdom and respond!

The greatest days are not behind–the greatest days are ahead!

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To that end, our family launched Let’s Wade In. A community for students and a tool for parents, grandparents and caregivers to share their faith with the next generation. We’re investing NOW so that when the “Joshua generation is gone, the children can carry on. STRONG.”

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Prayer Response

Father, thank you so much for the faith and patience of the grandparents (the Abraham generation). Thank you for their labor in the Lord. Grant them youth renewal and the release of what they’ve desired and hoped for in you, according to your covenant (Psalm 103:5).

Father, thank you for the desire and resources of the parents (the Isaac generation). Grant them greater grace so they can have energy and resources available (beyond making a living) for connection and nurture as You lead.

Father thank you for the energy and zeal of the children, tweens and teens who have such an amazing purpose as You chose this time in history to send them to earth (the Jacob generation).

Connect the generations, Father. Heal. Restore. Renew. Anoint them. Grace the divine alignments between the three generations, as You lead, so that keys to harvest are released. Grace them in such a way that wisdom, resources and energy are connected to pull in the harvest. We desire that room for Your Spirit is sustained so that we can move from revival to transformation.

Father, what has been is not working.

Let YOUR revolution begin, as led by Your Holy Spirit, as enthroning our Lord Jesus Christ, as assisted by the prayers of the faithful in generations standing with You in Heaven, as aided by Your mighty angels, as effected on earth by the three generations connected and working together.

And cause this to ripple onward beyond what we can ask or think, preparing the way for the Lord, as His kingdom expands and fills the whole earth, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

About the author

Stephen & Crystal Wade 3-27-16 cropCrystal Wade writes to throw out a lifeline of hope for people to receive connectivity to trust the Father and be internally aligned to relate to Him, and thus receive His relationship and the blessings that naturally flow from Him. She is managing editor of Hope Streams.net.

Crystal and her husband Stephen received a commission from the Father to connect the generations to Him and to each other so that they can: Start well. Live well, Recover well, Build well, and Finish well. As part of that commission, they release materials to assist people of all ages in connecting to The Perfect Parent. The couple carries the Father’s passion to position the next generation to be grounded in His truth and love so they can fly in the Spirit. To that end, their family launched Let’s Wade In, a media portal, which is both a community for children, tweens and teens and a tool for parents and caregivers to anchor students in truth and love so they can fly in the Spirit. They have three wonderful sons.

About the Coads

coad-beverly[1]Dr. Norman Coad, and his wife Beverly, were directed by our Father to settle in Texas after their missionary work. Our Father told him that to be here when “it” [the move of God] broke out. To this end, they have been working for years. Dr. Coad has released a ground-breaking book The Divided Soul, based on years of field work as guided by the Holy Spirit in family therapy. It provides real tools to assist people who are called, as well as trained professionals, to work with the Holy Spirit to bring real healing to real (complex and embedded) issues inside the soul.

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Fragrance and Food (Part 2)

Another woman smelled flowers in the room when her husband practiced reading verses from the Old Testament in Hebrew.  In spite of his lack of proficiency in the Hebrew language, his desire and attempt to honor God by studying and practicing the original language unlocked the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ in their home.  His wife, who has a strong fragrance component, detected the fragrance of a variety of sweet-smelling flowers as he read!

One mature intercessor becomes extremely physically ill when she smells odors such as pesticides.  When a dwelling, piece of land, or city emits a noxious physical odor, there may well be a fragrance portal hidden beneath the stench since the enemy strategically attempts to destroy God’s original intent for land and cities as well as for people.

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This explains why people with a (strong) fragrance calling have such a strong reaction to smells.  If your child reacts very strongly to a physical stench, that is an indicator that he  or she possesses a robust fragrance component.  Again, stay tuned in, acknowledge this unique facet God is revealing in your child, and bless it.  Together, parents and children can dialog about Scriptures containing fragrances.  Spices used in Ancient Israel are available for purchase through the Internet.  It may be fun to test together which smells either draw or repel the child.

That brings us to the following observation.  It appears that people with a fragrance calling often have a food calling.  This may account for a percentage of our picky eaters!  (Obviously, there will be a variety of physical factors in the mix here.)  Again, acknowledging this fragrance (and even food) design in your child’s spirit as a gift from God, blessing it, and calling it into righteous alignment can begin to unlock a desire in your child to try different, healthy foods.

(excerpt from “Spirit Components–Recognizing & Nurturing” in Perfect Peace by Crystal Wade, 2010)

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Fragrance and Food (Part 1)

Time began in a garden.  Herbs, plants, trees, flowers, and fruits with hundreds of diverse and beautiful fragrances filled the atmosphere.  Later in history, God chose aromatic spices to create the sacred anointing oil used in the Tabernacle of Moses.  The altar of incense was to burn before Him continuously.

Scripture presents different names of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, in floral terms.  He is the Lily of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon.  Lilies and roses emit lovely fragrances.  Spices are mentioned repeatedly in Song of Solomon which does, on one symbolic level, allude to Messiah as the Bridegroom.

The purpose of the fragrance calling is written in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16:  “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.  For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.”  (bold, mine)

The fragrance calling in the land or through our spirits releases knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Physically speaking, certain perfumes or smells can draw us to a person or to a meal.  Smells bypass our rational minds and current time, transporting us to another time and place in our memory—Grandma’s house with its fragrant home-cooked meals, the fort in the woods as a child, or Daddy’s workshop.  The fragrance calling in our spirits has this potential—to bypass the mind and the time of pre-believers and to draw them to the Son of God, Christ Jesus.

On the other hand, we will repel the forces of darkness and workers of iniquity with the smell of life upon us.  And, we will be repelled by the stench of death on them.  For example, some video games with violent and/or occult content can emit smells of death.  A young person does not have to play the game to determine its wickedness; his or her spirit can “smell” its defilement which marks it as a tool of the enemy.  This whole dynamic may occur by physically smelling an odor or fragrance, or it may occur when our spirits “pick up” the spiritual smell in the background whether or not we are consciously aware of its presence.

When a team discerned a fragrance portal (door) in the land on which one intercessor’s home stood, the team maximized this discovery by intentionally planning strategy meetings there (after they had cleansed and dedicated it to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ).  They wanted to understand the knowledge of Christ and to extend that knowledge through their intercessory work.

. . .to be continued.

(excerpt from “Spirit Components–Recognizing & Blessing” in Perfect Peace by Crystal Wade, 2010)

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