Secure in Him

Ps 23:5 You prepare a table (banquet) before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

If you know some of the amazing history of the Bible, it is not to great a stretch to consider it a banquet prepared and preserved for us by the Lord. In the context of Middle Eastern hospitality, a banquet guest knows he is guaranteed security. One commentator explains, “All the hallowed sanctions of hospitality gather around him for his defense. He is taken into the tent, food is placed before him, while his evaded pursuers stand frowningly at the door.”  With the news peddling  “pandemic” fears we need to be armed with the double edged sword of “it is written” and “the proceeding word” that Jesus used on the devil in Mathew 4:4 and Luke 4:4.  Respond to Coronavirus news with pragmatism and Psalm 91:1-3. Whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to Him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in You I trust.” He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases.



Loving Life

One of my most favorite scriptures out of the top two or three is John 10:10. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly”.    

 It clearly and concisely contrasts the motive of the thief (devil) with the motive of the true Shepherd (Jesus). No matter how attractive and popular the messenger is, or how enticingly the media spin the message, any influence or ideology that produces loss, death, or destruction is motivated by the devil. However, Jesus assures us that His motive for coming was to make everlasting provision for abundant life; a life filled with a sense of His purpose, an awareness of His presence, the guiding comfort of His peace, and undisrupted fellowship with God and His people. Turn on your life detector and beware of influences that produce a sense of dread or uneasiness, or maybe just a feeling of being “slimed.” Move towards and open yourself up to influences that produce life, peace, and joy, even if they challenge and stretch you. Loving life will bring you closer in alignment with the source of all life – Jesus!   



Decrees & Declarations from Victory Sunday

Sunday, June 30 we celebrated Victory Sunday and declared & decreed the Word of the Lord over our church, our region, and nation.  Below are the declarations made:

In Jesus Name:

  • We declare we will have more than enough for every good work!
  • We break poverty & lack off of our lives, our church, this city & region & the State of Mississippi!
    We anticipate the favor of the Lord upon us & the arrival of abundance!
  • We declare the favor of God is over every aspect of our lives, our health, our families, our businesses, our relationships, churches & community!
  • We decree open doors for business endeavors, abundant cash flow for expansion, increasing contacts & satisfied customer recommendations!
  • We expect angel led break-outs where chains fall away & people are set free from all types of bondage & the prisons of addiction!
  • We declare that those held captive to various forms of oppression, discouragement & depression are loosed & set free.  That their night gives way to light & hope breaks forth like the dawn. 
  • We bind every kind of demonic assault on Hope Fellowship & God’s people across our nation! With the authority of the Lord, we declare the gates of hell will no longer prevail against us!
  • We lift up our heads & receive the King of glory coming into our lives, our homes, our family, our church, city, region, state & nation!
  • We expect & declare the Word of the Lord to prosper us & increase over our city & nation!
  • We expect & declare the promises of scripture will come to pass in our lives, homes & communities!
  • We declare the time of awakening is here & the season of the favor of the Lord is upon us!
  • We decree hearts healed, blind eyes see, doubters believe & the sad & sorrowful enjoy life again. We decree we win!


Happy New Era!

Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 

This new era will require us to “throw off everything that hinders” to stay on track. We must erase the subconscious scoreboard where we’ve kept up with prayers, prophecies and other things that didn’t seem to work.  We need to continually consider those things that build our faith rather than those that build a case for unbelief. We are on an Ephesians 3:20 “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” trajectory and what God will do, where He will do it and how He does it will be mind-boggling.  Christian singer Lauren Daigle singing on the Ellen Show & the Fallon Tonight show is just a warm-up and yes, it may get messy. Good well-known roads will be renewed and new God roads will appear in what was thought to be a spiritual untraversable wilderness.  Rivers of refreshing will increase and new rivers of life will burst forth in what was a spiritual uninhabitable desert.  What we thought was out of range, off limits, unaffordable unreachable, unteachable & impossible will suddenly be in play. The only way to stay in the game is to believe and pray and obey. Happy New Era!



God is Good

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14 This proclamation was not made at the birth of Christ by a multitude of angels just to engender warm fuzzy feelings for Christmas seasons of the future.  God was saying from the smallest, loneliest most insignificant individual to the largest collective mass of humanity, “Hey everybody, I’m in a good mood and want good for you”.  God desires good for us so much He became flesh to make a way for us to enjoy His limitless goodness.  They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good – Jeremiah 32:38-40. It’s time to settle once and for all the central issue to trusting God; that He is good all the time and desires good for us.  Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning – James 1:16-17.



God’s Favor & His Kingdom

And a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. Daniel 7:22

The prophet Daniel described a coming time when God would reveal His favor to the saints by giving them possession of the kingdom. That time was realized 500 years later when Jesus introduced His ministry to the hometown folks and concluded His remarks with the proclamation of a new era called …the favorable year of the LORD. Later He consoles His nervous followers by saying, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” Luke 12:32. Being favored by God implies that an opportunity to receive the kingdom of God has come to you in some way. Mary, an innocent God-fearing teenager, was called blessed and highly favored by the angel Gabriel and then given the assignment of literally “carrying” the kingdom by becoming pregnant with Jesus. God’s favor will stretch and challenge you but if you determine to have Mary’s response, Let it be to me according to your word, you will carry the kingdom in increasing measure.



Journey to An Overcomer’s Mindset, David Hertel

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5

The Holy Spirit desires to develop an overcomer’s mindset in us toward all the fears we have that keep us from being overcomers in all the spheres of influence we have.  As children of God we are not limited to our intellect and human reasoning but because He lives in us we have available to us the Holy Spirit’s insight and understanding of all things.  He is eager to impart the perspective, strategy and timing of heaven to us so that we can confront issues with the power of God governed by the mind of Christ.  No burning down the Samaritan village as the disciples wanted to do because it had rejected Jesus! Moving in the gifts of the Spirit with our mind set on what the Spirit desires is the key to advancing the Kingdom of Heaven. The Holy Spirit’s ultimate desire is to reveal Christ in us and through us as we manifest the reality …that in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us – Romans 8:37



What is Truth, Pastor David Hertel

Truth not only originates with God, it always leads to God’s conclusions.  Scripture is full of “truths” but if any conclusions drawn from it disagrees with the revelation of the Father by the Son, they need to be reconsidered.  For instance any assumptions we arrive at through studying the mystery of Paul’s thorn should not trump the clear revelation that came through the ministry, miracles and messages of Jesus.  Jesus perfectly revealed God’s attitude and desire concerning all the works of the devil; sickness included.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1John 3:8 When people are taught that sickness may be the will of God they are at a disadvantage in contending for their healing.  When people are taught that only Jesus’ immediate disciples were commissioned to carry out the eradication of the destructive works of the devil the devil wins.  The impotence and powerlessness of most of the church is not confirmation that these doctrines are true, it is an indictment that they are wrong headed and anything but truth.  


Gardening with God by Pastor David Hertel

     Spring is upon us and the warm winter has jump-started the need to get yards and gardens ready so the right kind of growth can come. In his letter to the Corinthian Church, the Apostle Paul used gardening terms when he described the work of ministry. “  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase”  1 Corinthians 3:6-7.

      As believers, we were “called out” from the corruption of the world system with the intent that we would be more effective at weeding and feeding the garden we live in. Christ’s provision for His church gave us favor, and when we steward it unselfishly and courageously as Queen Esther did, it positions us for increased influence. When we are faithful to use that influence in releasing kingdom increase we are fulfilling our commission to be salt and light in a corrupted & darkened world. What a responsibility but what a privilege that God has chosen us to co-labor with Him as His gardeners. “Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor” 1 Corinthians 3:8.



‘Ask for Rain’ by David Hertel

With the advent of 2017 we are already in the Hebrew calendar year of 5777 and prophetic words from seasoned, trusted voices are confirming that a third great awakening has begun and God is about to impact earth at a higher level than ever before. The word of the Lord to me for this year was Zachariah 10:1. Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone. This verse challenges us to ask for more of what God has already determined is in His timing to give – rain! Rain to Israel, an agricultural society, was not a luxury it was a necessity. Without it the crops failed, the grass withered, the livestock perished and ultimately the lives of the people were at stake. Rain is synonymous with the goodness of God and in Exodus 33 when Moses asked God to show him His glory God equated it with His goodness. Let’s expect greater glory! Let’s expect God’s goodness to break through this year like never before. It’s the time of the latter rain; let’s ask for more!