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Recent Things God Has Shared with Me

prophecies for CaliforniaGod has big plans for the senior generation:

In a recent dream, I was reading Tales of the Kingdom, a book by David and Karen Mains. (It was a favorite in our family while our children were growing up.)

I noticed there were many silver objects appearing in the book, as well as a lot of references to silver. Then, an old man (silver-haired) hobbled toward me. He pointed his finger with classic prophetic emphasis, as he announced that the silver was appearing in the story because older people are going to play an important role in God’s kingdom in the days ahead.

It is common for the younger generations to be spoken of as having great potential (which they do). But the not-so-subtle implication has often been communicated that those of us who are older have had our chance, and it is now to time to hand over the baton, shuffle out to pasture, and let the younger people do marvelous exploits for the Lord. Many of us who are older have gradually resigned ourselves to never seeing the dreams which God planted in our hearts fulfilled, because our bodies’ clocks are winding down.

God does not see us that way, however. He is mindful of us and still has plans held in reserve for us. How He uses us could take many forms. One of the ways He will do it involves drawing on the wisdom He has imparted to us through the years. He will use this older generation to restore sound biblical foundations to the younger people who have not been well discipled. We are to be repairers of the foundations and walls of God’s kingdom, which have been neglected for a few decades.

While the seeker-sensitive movement and the motivational message, “You can be successful!” have become the centerpieces of our churches, the foundations have fallen into disrepair. Sound doctrine is sadly lacking. But in the wings, God has long been preparing people who are about to change all that – if we are willing to take up our mantle.

If you are older and you are well-grounded in the Bible, look for opportunities to be a spiritual father or mother to younger, less-grounded people. Maybe you can teach them about God’s character and principles, or maybe your gift is to show them how to know His voice. Perhaps you can help them discover their spiritual gifts and how to mature in them. Maybe you are an encourager – one who knows how to inspire people to press on when the going is tough and to be the best they can be for Jesus. Whatever it is, it’s your time. All you have to do is make yourself available to the Lord by saying, “Here am I, Lord. Send me.”


For those who pray for Israel:

The Lord led me into prayer for Tel Aviv, which some would view as the “sin city” of Israel. He showed me that Tel Aviv would become a “hot spot” of awakening for the Jewish people. The seeds which have been sown into this city by evangelists and worshipers through several decades will germinate and spring up into sturdy plants of salvation.



I have been praying into California here and there for several years now. While many prophesy judgment and destruction over this state, God is not finished with her.

Recently I heard the Lord say, “God has an appointment with California.” I sensed that this was an appointment with awakening and a radical shift into seeing things God’s way.

The rumblings of God are taking place in California – spiritual rumblings of a good nature. I have felt more than once the prompting to pray for the homeless camps to become seedbeds of awakening.

California is the Lord’s, and it is truly a “promised land.” We will see it shift from being a place of great liberalism to being a place where righteousness is the order of the day for a majority.

“Can anyone hold back California? No!” says the Lord. “This land is Mine, and I will heal it. The sighs and cries going up from there have been heard.”

Growing in the Prophetic


Growing in the Prophetic, mp3 or CD set



Christian dream interpretation


Hearing God Through Your Dreams, mp3 or CD set


Are You One of the Special Ones?

Recently, I heard a well-known prophet prophesying over a younger prophet. He told the audience, “She is one of the chosen ones.” From there, he went on to talk about just how specially chosen she was. My reaction was, “This is not right. Every believer in Jesus is one of God’s chosen ones.”

Yes, it was good that he spoke encouraging things to her about the ministry she would have. There was nothing wrong with that. But his choice of words illustrated an erroneous mindset we have in the body of Christ: thinking there are different levels of value among Christians, where some are more important to God than others. These are the “special” ones, and then there are the average, not-so-special ones.

We talk and act as if some people earn, or are born with, more favor with God. We unconsciously entertain the notion that God will answer these special people’s prayers, but He might not be so eager to answer ours.

This idea is pervasive in our church culture, and it leads us to develop mindsets such as

  • “Ida Intercessor prays three hours a day, so God will hear her. I’ll ask her to pray for my needs … because God is not as likely to answer little old me” (who doesn’t pray three hours a day).
  • “If I speak the words exactly right, X number of times, maybe then God will hear and answer me.” (That’s called an incantation, by the way.)
  • “Brother So-and-So said God showed him a precise method of prayer that is THE way to get answers. He said God won’t answer us if we don’t do it this way. Maybe I need to get his book and learn to do it right.”

All the while, we forget that Jesus encouraged us to come to the Father like little children, our hearts full of trust in His love for us. And there is the key – realizing we are beloved sons and daughters, not worker bees in God’s hive, who get ignored or pushed out if we don’t produce as much, or in the same way, as somebody else.

Once again, we’re trying to gain God’s attention based on works, rather than relationship. We tell the rest of the world that salvation is about relationship, not good deeds – but then we turn around and think once we are in the Kingdom, that from thereon in, we have to earn our way.

Maybe we need to keep saying this until it sinks in:

I cannot earn the Father’s favor. I already have it, because I am His child.

Can we mature into praying more effectively? Of course. We can learn from seasoned intercessors. It’s good to become more disciplined in our prayer life, to train ourselves to use the Bible promises in our quest for answers, to grow in following the Holy Spirit’s leading on how to pray. That’s definitely part of the picture. But we should never allow ourselves to think that the right method or being a special somebody is the key to receiving help from our Father.

If Jesus is your Savior, you are a child of God. There are no children in His family whom He loves better and favors more than others. You have uniquely valuable gifts and purposes to fulfill, lovingly planned out by your heavenly Father since before the world began. And He will answer your prayers just as eagerly as He answers “important” people’s prayers. Because you are important, too.

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The Intercessor Manual,
by Lee Ann Rubsam



KJV Bible encouragement


Encouragement from God’s Word,
by Lee Ann Rubsam

Are You Among the Least?

Do you ever feel like you are one of the least of Jesus’ disciples? Maybe your “least” means least of the intercessors, or the prophetic people, or the singers in the choir, or the teachers, or the soul-winners in your acquaintance. It doesn’t really matter what your least is: this post is for you.

I deal with feeling like the least a lot, especially when it comes to intercession or prophecy, my particular functions in the Body. I’ve gotten to know some of the people who read my blog regularly, and I tend to admire them for how succinctly they hear the Lord and how they are able to turn what they hear into such powerful prayer. And then, there is their great faith for answers. Or their ability to move boldly in the word of knowledge or personal prophecy. It’s easy for me to wonder, “What do I have to offer these folks in my writing? Aren’t they already miles ahead of me?”

That’s the way I was feeling some weeks back, and I realized I needed to get free of such a mindset. After all, doesn’t 2 Corinthians 10:12 warn us, “… But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise”? Whether we’re comparing ourselves to others and thinking we’re a notch above the rest, or whether we go the other direction and think we’re on the bottom rung of the ladder, it isn’t in line with God’s view at all.

So, as I was asking the Lord to help me break free from my little inferiority stewpot, He brought to mind John 15 — that familiar chapter where Jesus talks about being the Vine, while we are the branches — “For without Me, You can do nothing” (v. 5).

I started to see myself as one of the branches, attached to the Vine, with an abundance of other branches surrounding me, also attached to the Vine. Each of us who is connected into Jesus as a healthy branch has the same sap flowing to us — the life of His Spirit within us. And because of that continual flow to us, we each produce fruit for Him in just the right amounts. Some branches may have a few more grapes clustered on them than others, but that doesn’t really matter a whole lot, because all are doing what they are supposed to do — bearing fruit. It is only when the sap supply is cut off that the branch becomes withered and dried, so that it doesn’t produce fruit like it should.

If grapevine branches could think, would they obsess about whether they were producing as many grapes as the branches around them? I suppose we can’t really know for sure, but I’m guessing they wouldn’t. They are just enjoying being connected to their vine, the source of all which they produce.

In the same way, whatever we do completely depends upon Jesus. We can’t strain harder to produce fruit and voila! our straining suddenly brings miraculous results. It is Jesus the Vine Who makes it all happen. Sure, we have to cooperate with Him by listening to the Spirit’s promptings and acting upon them, but as long as we are doing that as best we know how in our present stage of maturity, we produce the intended fruit. It may not look exactly like someone else’s fruit, and it may not ripen as quickly, but it is still fruit, and it is good in the Lord’s eyes.

Living in performance mode has become so much the norm in today’s church scene, that most of the time we don’t even recognize what is happening to us — or how wrong it is. Here in America, our independent, pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps work ethic influences our perception of self-worth: If I just try harder, I can do more for Jesus. If I can’t prophesy with all the pizzazz of Sister Susie, I’m not as valuable as she is. If I’m not a superstar with an audience of 5,000, I am insignificant.”

1 Corinthians 4:7 puts our function in the body of believers into better perspective: “For Who makes you different from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now, if you received it [as a free gift from God], why do you glory, as if you had not received it [but had somehow come up with it on your own]?”

The Lord also reminds us that each of us has been given unique purpose and custom-designed functions within His overall plan: “… Every man [or woman] has his proper gift from God, one after this manner, and another after that” (1 Corinthians 7:7).

So let’s find joy in Jesus, our Vine. And let’s rejoice that we get to be one of His branches, whether large or small, enjoying His sap, bearing fruit as He designed us to do. We can be thankful that we are part of a bigger picture, working together with all the other branches. It’s all about Jesus, not us, anyway.


All-Surpassing Peace in a Shaking World, by Lee Ann Rubsam

Personal Prophecy Continued

 A few months ago, you may have seen my article series, Discerning Personal Prophecy. That series became a springboard for my newest book, The Spirit-Filled Guide to Personal Prophecy, which is now available as an e-book at Amazon. (The print edition is coming in a few weeks.)

The original blog series comprises about 35% of the book, with the balance being all new material. (Unfortunately, due to contract terms, the blog series is not available while the book is exclusively at Amazon.)

Here’s the book description:

Personal prophecy can and should be a great blessing from the Lord to His Church. It can also be an effective evangelism tool, when used rightly. But, as with any of the gifts of the Spirit, it must be cherished and guarded carefully. Those of us who are releasing prophecy to others must watch over the attitudes of our own hearts, so that our words are genuine and pure. And those of us who are on the receiving end of a prophetic word must use wisdom in discerning whether it is truly from the Lord or not, as well as maturity in how we respond to it.

The Spirit-Filled Guide to Personal Prophecy explains how to discern personal prophetic words which you receive from others and what to do with those words once you’ve got them. It also gives practical guidelines for how to keep out of trouble when you are prophesying personal words to others.

Table of Contents:
Receiving a Prophetic Word:

~  Discerning Personal Prophecy
~  Criteria for Discerning a Word
~  Why Hasn’t My Prophetic Word Happened?
Delivering Personal Prophetic Words:
~  Getting Started in Personal Prophecy
~  Guidelines for Moving in Personal Prophecy
~  Beyond Church Walls
Summing It Up

I hope you will take a peek at The Spirit-Filled Guide to Personal Prophecy  (and our other books too!) at Amazon.

Prophecy (Part 4): Discretion — Keeping it to Ourselves

One of the reasons that prophecy leaves a bad taste in some people’s mouths is the lack of discretion in proclaiming prophetic words.  We must be careful to deliver a pure word, clearly differentiating between what God actually said, and what we interpret from what He said.  We must also discern between what God is speaking literally, and what is symbolic – and when we are not certain which is which, we should wait on God for greater understanding.

When we receive words for our local church which go beyond encouragement and comfort, they should never be prophesied directly into the congregation.  Words which address the direction or vision of the Body should be brought to church leadership for discernment.  While they are being discerned by leadership, we must treat them as top secret, and wait for the go-ahead to share them.  This means we shouldn’t talk about them with other intercessors or prophetic people, or share them over coffee with our best friend, either.

We can save leadership a lot of time, and save ourselves a lot of grief as well, by making absolutely certain we are hearing from God, and that it is His intent for us to share it, before releasing our word to them.  Again, we must be careful to clearly state what was actually seen or heard, and what is merely our interpretation of what was seen or heard.

Did you know that not every prophetic word is meant to be shouted from the housetops?  Some prophetic words are for prayer purposes only, especially when the words are of a negative nature.  If you think God is communicating to you that something bad is going to happen to someone, please do not immediately go tell the person!  If what you are receiving is from the Lord, 99% of the time it is given so that you can pray that the bad thing won’t happen.  It never needs to be released to anyone.  God’s intent is not to fulfill such a word, but to avert it.  And if you pray that God would avert it, and the prophetic word is then never fulfilled, you did not hear God inaccurately; you did your job, and God’s purpose was accomplished.  Amos 7:1-6 tells of two incidents where the prophet Amos received visions of destruction for the sole purpose of averting those disasters through intercession.

A few years ago, a prophetic person in our area had a vision that within two weeks’ time there would be severe illnesses, calamities, and even deaths among several pastors of our community, and that this was a judgment from God.  The vision was shared with a few intercessors, some of whom confirmed that they were hearing similar things.  I was quite alarmed when I was told of this vision, and expressed that, if it truly was a word from the Lord, God’s will was to pray mercy and a staving off of judgment for those pastors.  A few of us prayed diligently for protection for them over the next two weeks, and at the end of the two weeks and beyond, we did not hear of a single pastor in our community having had calamity come upon them.

Several things were wrong about how the vision just mentioned was handled.  Very likely, it was never from the Lord in the first place.  The intercessors who “confirmed” the word were closely tied together and had similar unhealthy issues with the person who released the word.  Secondly, such a word should never have been circulated among other intercessors.  If released at all, it should have been taken to the prophetic person’s pastor and left up to him whether to pass it to a select group of discreet people for discernment.  Instead, it became a matter of gossip and eager anticipation of its fulfillment.  Thank God the prophecy never came to pass!

When we receive a prophetic word, especially one that concerns our local church or our community, we need to wait on God and ask questions such as, “What do You want me to do with this word?”  “Is there more You want to tell me?”  “Should I keep it to myself and pray about it, or should I release it to my pastor?”  “When do You want me to release it?  Give me Your wisdom on timing, Lord.”

Sometimes prophetic people receive, or think they receive, a negative word as a warning for someone else: “If you do not repent, then such-and-such will happen.”  Although this can legitimately happen, it is rare and is usually reserved for the mature prophet.  God will not often give such a word to someone who is not already in relationship with the person being warned.  Such words must be weighed very carefully before releasing them, and the prophet must make sure his or her own heart is clean from all personal ill-feelings toward the person they are prophesying to.  It’s amazing how many times “words from God” are really only our own issues coming to the forefront.  Repeat: legitimate prophetic warnings for others are rare.

Using discretion in holding onto or releasing our prophetic words will save us from much grief and embarrassment.  Discretion will protect the body of believers from confusion, offense, fear, and disillusionment (from a word not being fulfilled).

Next time, we will talk about misuse of the prophetic.

Previous —  Prophecy (Part 3): Discerning Between the Literal and Symbolic
Next — Prophecy (Part 5): Misuse and Abuse

The Intercessor Manual

Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

Out of the Fire Ministries


Prophecy (Part 1): Introduction

Prophecy.  The mere mention of the word creates a whirlwind of emotion in many people.  On the one hand we have those who believe the Holy Spirit still gives the prophetic word to individuals today, and on the other are those who believe all prophecy ended with the original twelve apostles.

I have mentioned many times before now that my particular circle of Christianity embraces the prophetic move of God.  We believe most heartily that Paul’s words to the Corinthian Church stand for the modern Christian as well:

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.1 Corinthians 14:1

Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.1 Corinthians 14:39 

With that said, I would like to share a few observations about prophecy and prophetic people, specifically about mistakes, lack of balance, and how we can do better.  God means for prophecy to be a blessing to His Church, not a source of division and wounding.  It is small wonder that some Christians have become jaded on the whole subject.  It doesn’t mean modern-day prophecy is bad, and it certainly isn’t God’s fault.  It’s our problem, and we need to make some adjustments.

Over the next few posts, I would like to address:

1.)  The presumption of assumption – getting the prophetic word right, but the interpretation wrong through jumping to conclusions

2.)  Discerning between what is literal and what is symbolic

3.)  Discretion – knowing what prophetic words to release and when, and what to keep quiet about

4.)  Misuse of the prophetic word for our own advantage

5.)  Maintaining a pure word through a pure life

Please stay tuned.  🙂

Next — Prophecy (Part 2): The Presumption of Assumption


From Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

Out of the Fire Ministries