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THE FAVOR FACTOR

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You might be presenting a contract, buying a house or offering your services of some kind, and the Lord wants you to lean upon His favor. That’s what He did with a little peasant girl in Persia, or modern day Iran. Esther was Jewish to boot, a race that was (and still is) anathema in that country. Nevertheless, she was chosen to become the Queen of that country. And an eternal flame burns in that country for her standing up to save the Jewish race in Persia at that time.
 
Never forget, God’s favor is your trump card, His grace can supercede anything and anyone. A young couple had saved up enough money to buy a house and had had their eyes on one in the foothills. This was a gorgeous property, it overlooked the whole town and even resembled a castle on the outside, However a lot of other people liked it as well, and offers were pouring in, even above the asking price. So this couple prayed for supernatural favor – they had waited several years for this house to come on the market and they knew it was theirs. Eventually they had an opportunity to relay the message to the owner that they were ministers and wanted to use the house for home groups and bible studies.  The owner was shocked because years ago, his grandmother had prophesied to him in Peru that he would go to America, become successful and be able to buy property because of the Hand of God on his life. She also said “When it comes time to sell it, let it go to another Christian couple that can use it for the Lord.” The man chose to sell it to the couple in spite of higher offers from other people. The favor of God flowed freely on this young couples’ life, because they believed for it.
 
When you are up against a seemingly impossible situation, ask the Lord to open a door of supernatural favor for you. Let it be something that you or no one could do in the natural. If His favor can make a peasant girl a Queen, or a young couple to own a castle, He can give you the desires of your heart. Think big in 2019! Stretch your faith and ask Him to cover you with His grace.
 
Esther 2:16 (AMP)
“So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his royal palace in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. And the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more that all the maidens, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.”

Making Room For The Anointing,


Keith and Mary

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THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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We enroll in college, masters programs, conferences, language school and even Drivers Education courses. Are you open to enroll in the school of the Holy Spirit this year? He can give you and education that far exceeds anything you can learn in a traditional classroom. Ask Him to teach you through only to your life. Once when I was going through a dark time with one of our children, I opened the Bible and the Lord gave me Ps 113:9;“He makes the barren woman to be a joyful mother of spiritual children..” So I quietly asked the Lord what He meant here,

and revelation came. If I wanted my children to be spiritual, I had to have a joyful attitude about life. Depression is weakness but joy is your strength. The Holy Spirit was leading me out of a potentially depressing situation into a higher place. When you rejoice in the midst of circumstances, you are demonstrating that you are believing for victory in spite what you see.



Making Room For The Anointing,
Keith and Mary

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YOUR ROCK LIKE TEMPERAMENT

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“And do not for a moment  be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such constancy and fearlessness will be a clear sign and  proof and seal to them of their impending destruction, but a sure token and evidence of your deliverance and salvation and that from God….” Phil 1:28

Those two words, constancy and fearlessness is what you and I need to display in the face of attacks by the enemy, both physical and spiritual. When people or situations come against you to destroy you, you have to stand firm and confident that God is going to turn this around for your good. You don’t have to change or be moved, but you stay steady and let God do the changing.

But God will not do anything without you inviting Him. Pray and ask Him to change your circumstances. Then stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!

Do you know why your constancy and fearlessness show Satan he will fail?

Because he realizes the only way he can overcome a believer is by deception and intimidation.  Don’t let the devil bully you!! He won’t be able to when you are not afraid of him. Don’t let fear, anger or depression move you, choose to stand firmly on the word of God. Stay constant and fearless and you will overcome the enemy every time.


Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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GOD’S WORD: YOUR SHIELD

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“Every promise from the faithful God is pure and proves to be true. He is a wrap-around shield of protection to run to hide in Him.” Prov 30:5 TPT

He will prove to you that His word is the truth this year of 2019 if you will take scriptures that are quickened to you and use them as “smart bombs” against the enemy. Write down specific words that He speaks to your heart, memorize and meditate them as personal words to you. He is promising to protect you here from any source of destruction from the enemy, as a “wrap around shield.” Think how a nice wool coat wraps around you in these winter month: that is the same way the Lord wraps you in His protection as you hide in His promises.


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Keith and Mary

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WATCH WHAT YOU START THIS YEAR...

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“DON’T BE HASTY TO FILE A LAWSUIT BY STARTING SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU HADN’T. YOU COULD BE HUMILIATED WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR CASE…” PROVERBS 25:8 TPT. 
 
You might have a great case against an issue, person or situation this year, but there may be something you have overlooked. Be sure to go before the Lord and ask Him for His will in starting something.  There was a story Kenneth Hagin told about a situation that happened to him and his family as a travelling minister when he first started out.  They were staying at the house of the pastor while they conducted a week of meetings at his church. Every day the pastor would leave the house early in the morning, and not leave anything in the refrigerator for the family to eat. They would return home at night just before the meeting to pick them up, still having not fed them. Fortunately other people in the church took care of them, but Brother Hagin was considering reporting this pastor to the denominational overseers because of the inhospitable treatment. But the Lord spoke to him and said, Anyone who treats a travelling minister like that will not last long in ministry. A year later the man and his wife had given up their church and were no longer pastoring.

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Keith and Mary

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HE INTERCEDES FOR YOU

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Have you ever felt you were in an impossible situation and you just wanted to give up? That is the way Job felt after losing all his children and possessions in a great calamity. You can’t really blame him after such a tragedy, but the good news is that God is the God of resurrection power. The Lord ended up restoring Job’s family and his fortunes, and he had twice as much as he had before. Always remember that you have an advocate in Jesus Christ, He is the one mediator between you and Him. Trust Him to intercede for you when you cannot do it yourself.

Job 8:7 says “And though your beginning was small, your latter end will greatly increase…”

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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GENEROSITY

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When our church takes up the tithes and offerings, they call it “generosity” time,.  The word generosity is defined as the quality of being kind and generous.  This is definitely the season for that, and the more generous you are,  the more the Lord can honor it. He needs your generous actions to respond to. In fact, He says in Proverbs 11:25, that people who are generous will be enriched. Also, when you “water” others you will be “watered” in return.

In what ways can you be generous to someone today?

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary



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THE DEPTH OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU!

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Do you really understand how much God loves you? One of Paul’s most passionate prayers was that the Ephesians would understand the width and length and depth and height of God’s love for them, and that they would be rooted and grounded in that boundless love. He wants you rooted and grounded in that love too, so no wind or wave can move you in any circumstance.  It seems like situations are coming up world wide to put us into fear and sway us away from His love. But if you will put the word to work in your heart by meditating and muttering the Word to yourself, it will go down deep into the fiber of your being and keep you steady no matter what is going on around you. Ask the Lord today to reveal to you more and more of His love and to expand your capacity to receive this awesome love.
 
“That you may rally come to know practically, through experience for yourselves, the love of Christ….which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience…” Ephesians 3:19

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!

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One of the strongest desires a person can have is to be loved, accepted and to feel that they belong. We all want a sense of connection and belonging to something or someone, to feel valued. You aren’t guaranteed to always get that when you deal with people, but the Lord will never let you down. Even though He knows everything about you, He still chooses you on purpose. Ephesians 1:4 says He actually picked you out on purpose to be His very own.  Say this out loud right now, “I belong to God.” Doesn’t that lift your spirit to know how precious you are to Him, and to hear you actually say it?

This coming year is one to amplify His word in your heart. That is what we plan to do in our 2019 Arise Conferences, and we encourage you to join us. The first one is coming up in Orange County January 24-26 with Joshua Mills and Pastor Desiree Ayres – bringing the glory and the miraculous. We had Joshua on our TV show earlier this year (you can still watch it on Facebook Live on the Mary Hudson page), and the glory appeared all over us while talking.  Then, with P Desiree, I stayed at her house in the Calabasas hills during the fire there last month.  We could see it off in the distance and stood at her property line and energetically pleaded the Blood. Twenty foot flames came up to her fence but they did not cross over and her house was spared. Miracles!  If you need the glory or the miraculous in your life, be sure to join us at Arise OC, more information at ariseconferences.com.
 
“IN HIM WE ALSO WERE MADE GOD’S HERITAGE (PORTION) AND WE OBTAINED AN INHEIRITANCE. FOR WE HAD BEEN FOREORDAINED (CHOSEN AND APPOINTED BEFOREHAND, IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS PURPOSE, WHO WORKS OUR EVERYTHING IN AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNSEL AND DESIGN OF HIS OWN WILL.” Ephesians 1:11

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HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS

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Every year we hold four Arise conferences In California and Hawaii. This year Arise sponsored around 70 women out of shelters, putting them in first class hotels for a great experience. We saw their faces start to glow as they sat under the encouraging word of God.  Arise Maui was no exception, 18 ladies currently living in shelters joined us only to see their lives transformed in His Presence.

Speakers like Lee Grady emphasized discipleship and called for Naomi's in the crowd to mentor younger Ruth's; Lee also talked about Luke 13:12-13, TPT, "When Jesus saw her condition, he called her over and gently laid his hands on her. Then he said, “Dear woman, you are free. I release you forever from this crippling spirit.” Instantly she stood straight and tall and overflowed with glorious praise to God!" He talked about how Jesus called women to the front and they got their voice back.

Tiffany Dooley talked about a "new normal," for mothers to have greater unity with their daughters, and 21 women came to the altar for salvation; by -God gave me a word about breathing life to dry bones until the breath enters them and they become alive.

Additionally, Dr Carmen Lynne encouraged us to FEED ON HIS FAITHFULNESS;  

  • To write down every time that God is faithful to His promises to you;

  • Feed on his goodness in your life. WRITE A FAITHFULNESS LIST!! 

  • What God has done for others, God will do for you! Rom 2:11 FOR GOD TREATS EVERYONE THE SAME. 

Dana Liberatore exhorted us to "Get Off The Bench..."

  • To activate the principles of God in your marriage, in your tithing. 

  • To put first things first!

And MaryAnn Lawrence melted our hearts singing specials like "He'll do it again!"

It was a great conference and our 18 "Diamond Girls" went home shining and sparked into starting new lives.

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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REWARDS OF RIGHT LIVING

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“Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.” Daniel 12:3

 

God’s glory shines around about you when you live in wisdom. I remember once being in a meeting in Las Vegas in 1992 where Benny Hinn was the main speaker. The first night he was on his way to minister, he was walking through the casino. As he started up the stairs to the conference room, a gambler came running up behind him, shaking his fist at him and screaming “I don’t believe in God!’ Benny Hinn turned around and looked at the man and said, ‘You are scriptural, brother!” The man looked startled and said, “Why is that?’ Hinn explained, “Psalms 14:1 says a fool in his heart says there is no God.”

 

Living in wisdom means living in the Word.  Allowing that life giving Word to dominate your feelings

makes all the difference in your emotions.  You will be stable and strong instead of weak and off course. He wants to put you on the right path to life so you can glow like a star forever.

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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STAND AGAINST YOUR GIANT

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“Goliath stood there and called out to the Israelite troops, “Why bother using your whole army? Am I not Philistine enough for you? And you’re all committed to Saul, aren’t you? So pick your best fighter and pit him against me. If he gets the upper hand and kills me, the Philistines will all become your slaves. But if I get the upper hand and kill him, you’ll all become our slaves and serve us. I challenge the troops of Israel this day. Give me a man. Let us fight it out together!” When Saul and his troops heard the Philistine’s challenge, they were terrified and lost all hope.”

1 Samuel 17:8,11 - MSG


You may have lost all hope in your situation today but take heart!

Jesus is always there for you and He makes a way of escape if you will listen to His voice. A young unexpected leader in the shepherd boy David arose from nowhere and defeated Goliath, first with his words, then with the action of his slingshot. Start speaking to your situation, start taking it down with your declarations, then take action as the Holy Spirit leads you. 

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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HE IS ALWAYS THERE

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Other people may disappoint you or let you down, but Jesus never leaves you or forsakes you. God is a hiding place when you are in tough times. 

“God is the rock and strength of my heart and my portion forever...” Psalms 73:26. When it looks like there is no way out, when the doctors say they can’t do anything for you, Jesus makes a way. But you have to get into His Presence and find His way!!

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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PEOPLE SEE HIS LIGHT ON YOU

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His presence is visible on you as you spend time with Him. Have you ever noticed other believers who are a joy to be around? Their very presence encourages you. I remember once as a reporter in Las Vegas 40 years ago going through a car wash one morning. Right before going there,  I had spent about an hour reading the Word. As I drove out on the other side of the tunnel, a homeless man holding a can of beer looked at me. You could see he was attached to that can. But he must have seen some kind of glory, since he tossed the beer into the trash and said “Well, if you say so!” And walked away. I was amazed - I had not said a word, His Presence said it all. Sometimes you don’t have to say anything either - just let His light shine through you. 

“No one lights a lamp and then puts it in a cellar nor under a basket [hiding the light], but [instead it is put] on the lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.” Luke 11:33 AMP

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary



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HE IS ALWAYS THERE

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It may feel like you are all alone at times but really Jesus and His Holy Spirit are always there with you. Think about the people that so randomly cross your path and reach out to you in one way or another. Yesterday I was at the eye doctor for an annual checkup and the young nurse started talking to me about how her and her husband were trying to conceive. They had been married for three years. You know this had to be God, because Keith and I were not able to have children for the first three years of our marriage either. Until one Sunday morning, (after I had spent time at the church altar the night before, asking God for a baby), a traveling evangelist prayed for me. Low and behold ten days later I was pregnant with our first daughter, Angela. So I related this story to the nurse and it was such an encouragement to her. It turned out that another of her co-workers goes to the same church we do, City Church in Ventura, and had been ministering to her as well. The Holy Spirit had set the stage! I then asked if she would let me pray for her for a successful pregnancy. She was all for it so we had a great time of agreement right there in the opthamologist’s office. Who would think? Jesus would, because He was right there with us. And He is with you too today. So watch where He leads you and be sensitive to His open doors. 


“Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God].” Hebrews 7:25 - AMP

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Keith and Mary

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YOU ARE ALWAYS CONNECTED

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I remember being away from God for about 18 months after I first got saved in the late 70ties. What was so amazing was during that time I never stopped listening to this one Christian artist. Her songs permeated my hard heart at the time and probably kept me from going off the deep end of despair.

I had a great budding career as a radio news director in Las Vegas for a CBS and later, an ABC station. But I kept looking for love in all the wrong places. However, as God's word flowed through this lady's music, it was like a fine thin knife that continually scraped the hardness off of my heart. Her music was my connection point to the Lord, as backslidden as I was. Musicians say that a melody will bypass your brain and go straight to your heart. I believe it, especially one with anointed words from heaven. When I finally did return to the Lord, it was a strong continual flow as I stayed in the Word daily and let Him talk to me through it. His word is His mouthpiece and He talks to you every time you open it up. 

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God's Word. We can't get away from it no matter what. Hebrews 4:12 - MSG

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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THE POSTURE OF PRAYER

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Many postures are described in the Bible when people prayed. Abraham fell on his face before God, and Moses prayed with outstretched arms. When he got tired Aaron and Hur had to hold up his arms. King Solomon knelt in prayer and Jesus prayed looking up to heaven.
 
But the way you communicate with God does not require a certain physical position, but it does give expression to the attitude of your heart. Kneeling before god is a visual image of submitting to his authority. One day every knee will bow before the Lord and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, Philippians 2:9-11.
 
The Lord heard King Solomon when he knelt to ask God to bless the temple and God’s people. Elijah knelt earnestly (that means you are serious about it) when he asked for rain to end Israel’s drought. That prayer was answered as well.
 
Your earnest prayers: whatever posture you take, are always heard by God.  Remember it took Daniel 21 days to get his prayer answered, the Lord heard him the day he prayed, but the angels and demons were in warfare during that time until the answer manifested. 
 
Your posture while you are waiting is praise and thanksgiving. It is a demonstration that you are expecting to receive. The Lord likes His Thank You Letters in advance.

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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EXPECTING TO RECEIVE!

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When you are expecting, you are regarding something as likely to happen.  Each time I was pregnant with one of my three children, I was expecting to receive a baby at the end of nine months. There was no doubt in my mind that my weekly increasing girth would end up in a newborn at the end of my pregnancy. My belief level was high because I had to keep letting out my waist as the baby grew inside of me.  What is growing inside of you today? Are you expecting to receive a miracle as impossible as it might seem in the natural today? Maybe you have dealt with sickness in your body, a financial wall or a relationship issue that just does not seem to want to change.  When Peter and John approached the man on the sidewalk who had been unable to walk since birth, he EAGERLY was expecting to receive….and when Peter said “In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth begin now to walk and go on walking.” Acts 3:6

Have an eager expectation that God is going to break through for you.  He is not a man that He should lie or a son of man that He should repent.  Has he not said it, and will He not do it?”  He is going to do it, just get your expectation up!
  
Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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EXERCISE DAILY IN GOD – NO SPIRITUAL FLABBINESS PLEASE! 

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Workouts in the gym are useful but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit today and forever.” 

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Think of that! When you spend time with the Lord on a daily basis, you are not just building yourself up for the next 24 hours, you are edifying yourself for eternity.

Daily exercise is a great tool to get your heart rate up, increase your muscles and decrease body fat, but reading the word and prayer puts you into the river of life  that fires you up internally and never runs out. Think if you never had to go to the gym, pilates, core class or the elliptical again! You do of course in this life, but putting that same time into your spiritual life will carry you into the Presence of God - in your everyday life as well as once you leave this earth. There are so many translations you can access even on your smart phone these days, although I always like having a copy of the printed word around as well.  You never have to charge it overnight, for one thing. And your notes always stay in the margins!  But whatever you do to read and study the word and get into His Presence, just keep at it. It pays eternal dividends.

 

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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JESUS MEETS YOU UNEXPECTEDLY

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Have you ever noticed the Lord will show up in the most unexpected ways? You can’t ever take Him for granted, that He is going to help you the same way He did last time. No, He wants to keep you on your toes, always looking to Him for answers, not to the last place he helped you. I am sure when Jesus met Mary Magdalene and the other Mary on their way from His tomb, that it was a shocking experience. They knew He was dead, they saw him die on the cross. It was over and finished, His glorious reign on earth - in their minds. But never let your mind overtake your spirit! When the angel appeared to both women at the tomb, he told them they would be seeing Jesus again soon. But have you ever been told something you find nearly impossible to believe? You try to put it in the back of your mind but it keeps popping up again. That is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, that is reminding you that the Lord is faithful to His word, no matter how dire the situation may seem. They DID see Him, He even spoke to them. So take heart today, He has an an answer to what is going on in your life, and it may be the last answer you ever expected to hear

Making Room For The Anointing,

Keith and Mary

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