Cheryl Birch

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Pioneer Spirit, a Dream Adventure

desert_sunby Rev. Cheryl Birch

I was dressed in the apron and bonnet of pioneer day
and into a silver and gold prairie schooner I climbed.
There were hundreds of us dressed the same way.
We got in the wagon, whatever seat we were assigned.

No shoving or pushing. We all knew our position.
Each person gladly helped one another.
Every nationality was there but left behind all tradition.
No work was too heavy. Nothing caused a bother.

My spot was on the buck board seat as one of many drivers.
My bonnet was white and my clothing green gingham.
Our wagons were lined up and their beauty gave me shivers.
At our head was a lone white horse, upon him a handsome man.

The man was dressed in white buckskin and wore a cowboy hat.
He was regal with a jaw set like flint
His hair was blowing in the wind where he sat.
His face glowed like gold. His eye had a glint.

“Westward HO!” He shouted, like that TV show of old
And rode off into a wilderness of desert sand.
As we moved forward, I noticed there was no road.
But, our leader kept going paving a way for our band.

We were headed to a great Mountain in the distance.
As we travelled the scenery look drier and deader.
Suddenly, dark riders attacked. We had little assistance.
Yet, our eyes stayed fixed on the white horse and our Leader.

No matter how many arrows the dark riders shot,
We kept going and going and were not wounded.
Then, in an instant, the Sun got so bright the riders were not.
They disappeared in such magnificent glory, I was astounded.

We pressed on and on making a road where there was none.
Soon we could see, far away, a waterfall and a River.
It poured down from the Mountain that glittered and shone.
Thirsty and dry we headed right for the Life Giver.

The Leader stopped us at the foot of the Mountain.
Each one left the wagons and splashed in the water.
Refreshing! Renewing! Wow! What an exciting Fountain.
We jumped all around. Full hearts! Laughter!

Out of the River came amazing food; heaven’s manna.
It looked like large noodles and totally filled us.
For days we camped there joyously dancing; even grandmas.
The difficult trip became a dream and washed away dust.

All worry, strife and fear had no place there.
Joy, love and peace were the portion of all.
No person felt lonely, rejected, or full of care
As One Body we worked, unity was our call.

Thunderous sounds with angels all around
Came a voice so loud out of heaven
“There more for mankind! I have a New Sound.
Come up higher,” He said, “to the top of the Mountain!”

Some heard the voice but decided to stay.
Others were deaf and laughed at the thought.
Many said, “Why should I leave all this play?”
We Pioneers were ready to climb. The top we sought.

The Handsome Cowboy that had led us to this place
Now put on the boots of a Mountain climber.
His eyes looked upward. Glory was His face.
“Let’s GO!” He said to the young and the old timer.

This part of the journey stalwart faith was required.
Cliffs, crags and narrow paths marked the way.
The Leader helped us all find all that we desired
The very Presence of God was our glorious pay day!

From the Summit all the Pioneers could so clearly see
We had become all that Father God wanted us to be.


Throw yourself upon the “Stone”

In my meditation and prayer times, I have been hearing strongly that the Body of Christ is entering an intense time of training. I saw in a vision a scene from the first Rocky movie. Rocky was running up the 68 steps that are the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and when he got to the top he was strong and victorious. He jumped up and down with his hands in air. As he jumped his face changed – hundreds of times over and over from my face to yours and on and on. I got the message. I was seeing a strong fully trained physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritual ready Body of Christ. I knew I was specifically seeing the USA Body of Christ, though this image can apply to the world-wide church, Rocky so much represents the American spirit.

No matter the opponent, no matter how imposing or how strong, Rocky found courage and trained for the battle ahead. In this first movie he was overweight and winded. He ran to get in shape and could barely make it up the steps when he started but, he kept training and kept training until finally he could run up all those steps in power. It wasn’t until he had done it many times exhausted and out of breath that he could finally with great strength jump up and down victoriously.

That was the moment he won the fight. We concentrate on the fact he out-punched the opponent and accomplished his goal. But, the truth is he became a Champion when he didn’t give up, give in or quit during the grueling time of preparing for the battle.

Then the Lord spoke to me: YOU ARE A VICTORIOUS CHAMPION! I know this statement is not only for me or our ministry here, it is a nation-wide decree out of heaven.

Though the church in general is like Rocky when he first started training: out of shape, winded, defeated, weary. The church’s faith muscles are weak. Many can barely stand on the gospel and some are rejecting all or portions. Arms are hanging down unable to fully wield the weapon of the Word. Some folks are in better condition that others, but overall we have a couch potato church that talks big just like Rocky, but can’t go the distance. A church that has given up on the promises of God and forsaken her destiny for the world’s ways. The church is so much like Rocky who had given up on his dream to be a contender. He kept up the appearance of a fighter, but he was a ham and egger. He’d turned to being a money collector for the mob.

Yet, in all that negative imagery we can apply to the church – God says to us YOU ARE VICTORIOUS CHAMPIONS!
He’s calling us out of the mediocre – he sees a Champion in YOU! He sees the church in the USA as More Than Conquerors.

Romans 8
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

More than a conqueror means we are huper-nikao (pronounced: hooper nick cow). Or, another way to put it is you are a SUPERNATURAL OVERCOMER! Whenever huper is added to a word in the Greek language it makes that word over the top more than the meaning of the word. Nikao alone means we are such amazing overcomers and conquerors that it is the word used for Jesus conquering death hell and the grave. That’s an amazing thing – yet, Paul says we are even more than that through Christ Jesus. We are VICTORIOUS CHAMPIONS BECAUSE A VICTORIOUS CHAMPION RESIDES IN OUR HEARTS! (Hebrews 12:1-3) A WOW is in order here!

Oh how Jesus loves us! He loves the USA! Every Soul in the USA! The church in other nations is growing faster than any other religion in the world. Intensely amazing miracles are occurring in Africa, South America, India, China and more.
Our God is saving souls by the millions and He wishes to do that here too! No way does He wish to destroy us. His heart is always to renew refresh revive and expand His Kingdom!

We, the Body of Christ, must do something. We must submit fully to our TRAINER! Jesus is looking us straight in the eyes right now USA church (Luke 20:17,18) and says: “Then what is the meaning of this scripture—‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone?’The man who falls on that stone will be broken, and the man on whom it falls will be crushed to powder.”

In researching this scripture and studying it with one of my mentors, she mentioned that Jesus walked the earth during the time of the second temple. Solomon’s temple had been destroyed and the Ark of the Covenant and the other golden objects in the Holy Place had been taken to Babylon. The Ark was no longer in the Holy of Holies. During Jesus’ time, all the other objects had been replaced in the 2nd Temple: the Lamp Stand, the Laver, the Shewbread table, etc. So, curiosity grabbed us – What was in the Holy of Holies?

According to my research of Jewish history, expecting that God would restore the Ark to them at some point, there was a stone platform in the Holy of Holies where the Ark would be placed upon its return.

The Pharisees were cut to the quick by Jesus’ statement because the phrase “chief corner stone” referred to this stone platform. The High priest, at the prescribed time of entry, sprinkled blood on this stone. It had become the mercy seat. Jesus was saying to them two things: first that they needed to repent for their pride and arrogance and second that their rejection of Him was rejection of the chief corner stone. They were rejecting the blood sprinkled mercy seat and their arrogance was about to destroy them.

Proverbs puts it this way: A haughty spirit goes before a fall, pride before destruction.

Right now because of His intense love for us He is beckoning! Throw yourselves upon the stone, come to the mercy seat sprinkled with His blood, be broken in repentance and humility at His feet. It’s a good good good breaking! One that brings healing and refreshing to our lives so we can be a healing and refreshing presence in other people’s lives.

Here is the issue: if we will not submit in willing humility, that stone will become a grinding stone. It will find all the pride, selfishness, thanklessness, idolatry, unforgiveness, bitterness, greed for power and money, lust after the world… and grind it right out of us. It’s His blood shed for us and His mercy at work here. He wants us to be just like HIM!

To accomplish that goal, He will allow things to happen that challenge our actions, beliefs and attitudes. He will put us in circumstances that are not life threatening that grind on us. It can be ugly rough sandpaper, but it’s good for us. It’s GOOD for you!

Have you got a rough sandpaper circumstances working on you? Ask Him what He wants to say to your heart and what it is you need to let go of, or do or not do, that is preventing your miracle. Throw yourself on the Stone! You have ears to hear God. Listen during this breaking process and do what you hear!

Think of the process this way: physical strength training in the natural for our body is painful and hard to do at first and every new step forward to get stronger is also painful and hard until you build up muscle and endurance. The training camp of a Champion is tough work – it crucifies the flesh and makes it do whatever is needed.

It is no different in spiritual training. It is important we go through the training of soul for our sake and more importantly for the sake of others. It is so we can stand strong in Christ Jesus representing Him as His body, Holy set apart, foot washing servants walking in His love and power.

Know this real good: He is determined to mold and shape, transform us into victorious champions whether we want it or not! You signed on at salvation and the Holy Spirit never gives up on you! He has begun a good work in YOU and He will complete it.

Part 2 coming soon!

Copyright 2012 Cheryl S. Birch

My Cat “Texas”

by Rev Cheryl Birch

A few years back I had a cat whose life story is a treasure.
As a kitten she was locked in a semi-truck trailer.
Shipped cross country from Dallas Texas to Minnesota
She survived somehow for three days, all alone in there.

Dirty and skinny, barely alive
The truck driver found her behind boxes piled high.
Her sad condition touched the heart of many at the freight line.
She found mercy and milk in the nick of time.

That night she worked her way into my husband’s heart.
He was Supervisor in charge when she arrived in the cart.
He took her picture and reported her as mis-loaded freight
Then discussion began on what would be her fate.

The phone call came just about midnight.
My tender-hearted husband told her story of fright.
Of course, I agreed to take her in right away
We’d decide if we’d keep her the very next day.

Her name became Texas and she stayed 16 years.
A fuzzy orange tabby whose memory brings tears.
She served so faithful and was used of God
To teach me about unconditional love.

No matter my mood: happy, cranky or sad
That kitty would love on me and always seemed glad.
Whether I brushed her aside or, hurried, forgot her feeding
Her response was always a hearty purr greeting.

Then one day when I was feeling rejected; unloved
She jumped in my lap to cheer me up with a rub.
I told her to go away. “Leave me alone just now!”
But she just wouldn’t stop, she pressed in anyhow.

“Please stop, stupid cat!” I put her on the floor
With love in her eyes, she continued to adore.
I sat with my head propped in my hands, full of tears.
The kitty stood up and tried once more to ease my fears.

“Why can’t you just disappear for awhile?”
I said as I set her aside with no smile.
“Go away PLEASE! I want to be all alone!”
Instead she held her ground and wouldn’t leave the room.

She decided to completely ignore my instruction
and pressed in once more as if under an unction.
This time she curled up and pretended to sleep.
In a just a few seconds she began washing my feet.

My bitter tears turned to a tender weeping
As that cat continued to wash and feign sleeping.
Tears fell of refreshing and healing
My wounded heart was no longer reeling.

I wouldn’t listen to God in my pain, or turn to His Word.
So He sent a furry messenger to make sure I understood.
No matter the depth of our hurt or sin
With the unconditional washing of Jesus’ love we always win.

I repented, prayed to the Father. The sadness left my being
As I sat and adored Him, looking up at the ceiling.
Lest you wonder what happened to my loving cat that day
I picked her up off the floor and said “Let’s play!”

She’s been gone from my life now for many years
But, I have never forgotten how God used her to ease my fears.

copyright 2012 Cheryl S Birch
all rights reserved

An Epic Dream

by Rev Cheryl Birch

Stepped out into what I thought was night
But, the vastness of the lapiz space gave me fright.
Looking down, I saw my toes stood on a sparkling star.
No matter where I looked, light twinkled near and far.

A hand, strong and full of life, touched my shoulder.
He steadied me, I heard His voice gently give me orders
“Come, walk the universe with Me,” He said.
As I dreamt, I wondered, “Am I dead?”

He laughed; My thoughts were His and His were mine.
“Not yet, my Love, there’s much to do. You’ve plenty of time!
Look up and see the starry spanse of space–
That’s nothing compared to My Saving Grace.”

Love washed over me and waves and waves of peace
As He grabbed my hand and took me from that place.
Spectacular planets were our stepping stones.
Then He turned and set my face back toward home.

How lovely is the planet Earth; brilliant blue and majestic green.
In awe I studied the cloud’s movement, such beauty I have never seen.
It is the centerpiece of God’s creation, no planet or star can compare.
It is the jewel, the crown, the masterpiece. It reflects the Savior’s prayer.

“There’s something else,” said He. “You must understand.
Heavenly beauty that you have seen is not the only mankind end.
It grieves My Heart in every way
That men and women choose not to listen to what I say.”

And then my eyes could see a sight I wish I could forget.
A place so awful it defies words; I shook and began to sweat.
If His Hand had not held me I would have fainted from the grief.
The vision of it went on and on, I begged Him for relief.

He was silent as jagged razor teeth appeared,
He said not a word as my whole being shook and feared
I teetered, dizzy on the edge of total darkness.
Violent screaming, suffering, abject hopelessness.

A vortex of godless selfishness and and prideful humanity.
Abased, reprobate, unyielding, lack of dignity.
Abandonment, terrified! “My God! My God, I can’t bear this burden!”
“NEVER LET ANYONE GO THERE!” He commanded all of a sudden.

“I thought You left me here.” I grabbed hold of His garment hem.
A stream of abyss bound souls whished past me. He didn’t save them.
Their cries of pain and agony wrenched my innards.
He said,”This is a place with no love; it’s full of unrepentant sinners.”

I wept beyond the capacity of man.
I wept the broken heart and tears of the Lamb.
“It was too late for them. They go there every day.
But, I’ve anointed you to draw people near to me, to show them the way.”

“No person is beyond My Saving Grace and Love,” He whispered in my ear.
“I ask you this: How can they come to Me, if they never hear?
Go share the work I did upon the Cross
I’ve destined you to be my mouth. Go save the lost!”

Startled awake at that statement, I sat staight up in bed.
My ear still felt His breath. His words echoed in my head.
The vision of that hellish pit has never ever left me.
The glory of His heavenly realms revealed has inspired me.

So, if you haven’t already chosen His heavenly abode
Why don’t you join me on this glorious road?
No need to suffer bound in pain for all eternity.
Ask Jesus to be your Saving Lord, from hell He will set you free.

“Come, my Love,” He says…”Walk on spectacular planets with Me!”

Copyright 2012 Cheryl S Birch
All Rights Reserved

Come Dance My Love, Come Dance

by Rev Cheryl Birch

As I sought the Lord I left the planet Earth behind
and danced on stars as I held His hand.
The vastness of His eyes, the Glory in His eyes
took my breath away, took my breath away.
The kisses of His mouth gave me life
and He spoke to me…Yes, He spoke to me.

He said…
Come into My chambers My Bride to the place of
Joy and Peace; the place of purity and Holy Love.
Be intimate with Me. Share your desires with Me.
Hold on to Me and dance…Yes, dance with Me on starry skies above.
Dance, dance, dance! Oh yes, dance
beyond the hold of earthly things.

Enter into realms of possibility, expansive possibility.
Dance, yes dance with Me, your Groom…your King.
You are so lovely to Me. You are the one I desire!
Won’t you desire Me and spend your time with Me?
Come! Leave the earthly things behind and dance on stars with Me.
Come dance My love, Come dance!

Copyright 2012 Cheryl S Birch
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Cry Out! Cry Out for Revival!

Inspired Poem first release in 3-3-10
Felt strongly today that this is a prophetic poem and it was time to re-release it. We are in a time when we must cry out to God and in turn when we have heard from Him to “birth” His plans in prayer.

Cry out, cry out for revival
Cry out in your desperate need
Cry out cry out for revival
It’s My Spirit you must heed!

Now is not a time of pulling back
The enemy is on the attack
Drop to your knees and beseech Me
Intercession brings the Victory!

Like you are birthing a child
This prayer is extremely vital
Don’t be distracted or dissuaded
Your prayers stop the enemy invasion.

Get on your face in repentance
Pray without ceasing!
Get on your face in repentance
My glory is releasing!

Cry out, cry out for revival
The unction you feel is Me.
Cry out cry out for revival
My Shekinah you will see!

copyrighted Cheryl S. Birch 2010

Prepare! Rise Up! Declare! Decree!

Prepare Prepare Prepare says the Lord of Hosts. Prepare for My Presence!

First prepare your hearts and allow Me to flood you with My love.

First prepare your hearts and allow Me to flood you with My joy.

First prepare your hearts and allow Me to flood you with My peace.

First prepare your hearts and allow Me to flood you with My healing.

Then look to heaven and watch and see what I will do amongst you!

The world has come under great pressure to CHANGE, to change and be made wholly MINE. My pressure is steady and releases a desire for freedom from oppression. My Hand of Love is striking the nations and they are desiring freedom that they might choose Me. All the nations of Ishmael shall come to ME! And I will bless Isaac and Ishmael.

But be aware that the enemy of your soul is furious and fighting at every sign of change. He comes to steal souls. Earthquakes of his fury, Floods of his revenge, Winds of his hatred, Explosions of his rage are spewing forth to steal My sheepfold. Pray that lives are spared. You have authority! Pray that his fury be subsided with peace, that his hatred be overtaken with love, that his rage be quenched with joy and his is revenge washed away in healing as YOU, my Bride, my precious ones, take your positions and stand fast on My Word.

Stand up in your authority! Proclaim my Goodnees and the Good News! Rise Up as an anointed one, as an “official” in your land and declare the truth of My Word! And I say DECREE! Use righteous judgement and be a Legislator! DECREE My Word as the law of your land. You have authority to say what is allowed and what is not. By Faith DECREE My Word. It will not return void. It will accomplish its purpose and My plans.

I have given YOU dominion over the earth. Now rise up in the power I have imparted to you by My Spirit and in the Name of My Son, use His Name, declare My blessings! For I have chosen from the foundations of the Earth to prosper and bless you not to destroy you! This is your greatest hour. Now bless as I bless. Speak life as I speak life.

Submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch
Released in part 3-24-11
Released more fully 5-28-12

Copyright 2011, 2012 Cheryl S Birch

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Flames of Fire Crashing

I saw the golden bowls that hold the prayers of the saints being poured out upon the altar in front of the throne of God. They radiated with glory and great billows of incense rose up from the bowls. Many hands of many angels held the bowls and brought them forth to mixed with fiery coals upon the altar. Songs were being sung, poems were released and this is the one that I heard…

Angels, Angels, Angels, Angels, Angels,
Angels and more Angels bringing answered prayers!
Voice of God commanding answers to our prayers.

Golden Bowls of incense pouring out on holy coals.
Censors of fire from your Holy Throne
Censors of answered prayer, crashing to the earth.

Flames of Fire crashing to the earth!
Censors of flaming coals crashing to the earth.
Answered prayers crashing, crashing to the earth.
Fiery coals crashing, crashing to the earth.
Answered prayers crashing, crashing to the earth!

copyrighted 2012 Cheryl S Birch
All rights reserved

Young Lions

Inspired Poem
Rev Cheryl Birch

Watch and see what I will do
in your cities and towns round about
The young ones are coming to Me with great joy and a shout.
A roar is inside them it must come out.
They won’t think twice. They won’t doubt.
They’ll dive into the River
And embrace the Giver,
The Giver of life
Who will end their strife.
A dance is in their feet and their lips will speak forth with zeal
Upon their foreheads is My seal!

So, take to the highways find the young lions
Lead them to Me. Take them up Mt. Zion.
I’ll teach them to roar out My truth with love
And to fly high in great peace on the wings of the Dove.
They’ll hit the streets with Passion and Power
This is the year! This is the hour!
So, fear not My maidens! Fear not My mighty men!
Go gather the young lions as chicks to a hen.
They are waiting for you to show them the way
Go tell them this is their DAY!
A Day of Salvation and meaningful Life.
A Day of freedom forever from strife
Don’t be surprised by their gruff manner
Their hearts will burst open as if hit by a hammer.
The hurt and the pain and buckets of shame
Will pour forth in great floods
Washed away by My blood.

Be brave My children as you go out to find them
I’ve made the way easy for you to please me.
Just Go and I’ll give the words to you.
Just Go and see what I will do.

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