Your Path, His Plan
A Letter From the Father - When I Lead You Out
When I lead you out, you shall always find deep waters fast ahead. For it is in the deep waters that my love abounds quick. You see, my love is dangerously wild. You will never be able to understand the depths, the tides, the rhythms, or the methods to my movements. So it is with the sea. A vast ocean is unpredictable. Even the most skilled sailors cannot prophecy exactly what is up ahead. So it is with me. Even the most intelligent Bible scholars and well learned religious leaders have a troubled time truly “figuring me out.” But ah dear one, I choose for it to be this way because my love is only understood through faith. Faith in Me, faith in My Son, faith in My Word, faith in My timing.
When I lead you out, restrictions dissolve immediately. Time may have a way of trying to convince you that you are losing precious and valuable resources, but truly I say, you do not serve time my dear one, time forever serves you. I have placed you before a wide stretched plain of possibilities. There is not one set plan with one set procedure followed by one set regulation of time. No, I should say not. For I have only given you one set thing in this life, and that is My Plan. Your Path is subject to change, but my Plan remains the same. 
When I lead you out, I will not give you the extravagant details to follow. For if you knew all things ahead, would you need me to lead you? If I were to tell you the who, the what, the when, the where, the why; it would still not be enough because you would soon ask the “how” to it all. You must trust. You must trust when you do not know and you must have faith when you cannot see. I simply ask you to follow. To follow means that there is someone leading, that someone is I, my beloved. I am the perfect Shepherd of your soul. Do you not believe? I have a resume of 66 books found among thousands of Words. Read and believe! Yet read and SPEAK! Faith comes to you by hearing, so proclaim it from the highest peaks! Proclaim it from your lowest valleys! My leadership has never failed, and I will not start this failure process with you.
When I lead you out, keep in mind that it is for your good. When did I utter that Promise that your relationship with me would be “comfortable”? So many times I hear words spoken by religious leaders that being happy and being comfortable is what our relationship is all about. NO! I have not called you to be comfortable, I have called you to be RADICAL! I have not demanded that you be happy, I have proclaimed that you be filled with JOY! Obedience is the method in which I bring about my plans for your life. Always remember that my beloved.
When I lead you out, know that I am proud. It is very important that you know how proud I am of you. This is not measured by your good merits, or your good deeds. I am proud of you because you are strong and you are mine. Yes, I shall say it again to confirm my thoughts towards you. You are strong beloved…your strength has been inherited through the process of your weakness that is in constant need of my strength. I never asked you to be perfect on your own, I have called you to be perfect in my Son Jesus. And so you are. Yet even more so, I am proud of you because you are Mine. You made the choice when I called you forth, and this choice has given you life abundantly. Don’t you see? Haven’t you heard? I HAVE MADE YOU NEW! 
When I lead you out, I lead you in love. Never fall into temptation of believing anything but this Truth. For it is in my love that all fear is blown away. Just like the breeze of a fall day blows the leaves from the tired trees, so my love blows away all fear from your weary soul. 
Come away with me, beautiful one. For I am leading you out…

Amy Basel 2014
Your Path His Plan

A Letter From the Father - When I Lead You Out

When I lead you out, you shall always find deep waters fast ahead. For it is in the deep waters that my love abounds quick. You see, my love is dangerously wild. You will never be able to understand the depths, the tides, the rhythms, or the methods to my movements. So it is with the sea. A vast ocean is unpredictable. Even the most skilled sailors cannot prophecy exactly what is up ahead. So it is with me. Even the most intelligent Bible scholars and well learned religious leaders have a troubled time truly “figuring me out.” But ah dear one, I choose for it to be this way because my love is only understood through faith. Faith in Me, faith in My Son, faith in My Word, faith in My timing.

When I lead you out, restrictions dissolve immediately. Time may have a way of trying to convince you that you are losing precious and valuable resources, but truly I say, you do not serve time my dear one, time forever serves you. I have placed you before a wide stretched plain of possibilities. There is not one set plan with one set procedure followed by one set regulation of time. No, I should say not. For I have only given you one set thing in this life, and that is My Plan. Your Path is subject to change, but my Plan remains the same. 

When I lead you out, I will not give you the extravagant details to follow. For if you knew all things ahead, would you need me to lead you? If I were to tell you the who, the what, the when, the where, the why; it would still not be enough because you would soon ask the “how” to it all. You must trust. You must trust when you do not know and you must have faith when you cannot see. I simply ask you to follow. To follow means that there is someone leading, that someone is I, my beloved. I am the perfect Shepherd of your soul. Do you not believe? I have a resume of 66 books found among thousands of Words. Read and believe! Yet read and SPEAK! Faith comes to you by hearing, so proclaim it from the highest peaks! Proclaim it from your lowest valleys! My leadership has never failed, and I will not start this failure process with you.

When I lead you out, keep in mind that it is for your good. When did I utter that Promise that your relationship with me would be “comfortable”? So many times I hear words spoken by religious leaders that being happy and being comfortable is what our relationship is all about. NO! I have not called you to be comfortable, I have called you to be RADICAL! I have not demanded that you be happy, I have proclaimed that you be filled with JOY! Obedience is the method in which I bring about my plans for your life. Always remember that my beloved.

When I lead you out, know that I am proud. It is very important that you know how proud I am of you. This is not measured by your good merits, or your good deeds. I am proud of you because you are strong and you are mine. Yes, I shall say it again to confirm my thoughts towards you. You are strong beloved…your strength has been inherited through the process of your weakness that is in constant need of my strength. I never asked you to be perfect on your own, I have called you to be perfect in my Son Jesus. And so you are. Yet even more so, I am proud of you because you are Mine. You made the choice when I called you forth, and this choice has given you life abundantly. Don’t you see? Haven’t you heard? I HAVE MADE YOU NEW! 

When I lead you out, I lead you in love. Never fall into temptation of believing anything but this Truth. For it is in my love that all fear is blown away. Just like the breeze of a fall day blows the leaves from the tired trees, so my love blows away all fear from your weary soul. 

Come away with me, beautiful one. For I am leading you out…

Amy Basel 2014

Your Path His Plan

A Letter From Jesus: The Lion’s Heart
The nature of the Lion is one to be examined. Although fierce, the Lion is also moved by love. He is a protector at heart and he is a provider by nature. To come to understand the Lion’s attributes, you would need to understand his habitat. He is adaptable in all circumstances but he is not moved by his surroundings. Where he steps, he reigns. Where he moves, he has dominion. My people call out to me as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, yet they know nothing of my nature. They know very little of my habitat. What is Judah, to you? To whom do you say that I am? You see, I come as fierce as a Lion, but I love as gentle as a Lamb. How can these two natures exist in One? Allow me to explain…
So often I am portrayed as a King upon a throne. And so it is. This I AM. Yet when man refers to me as only this King upon a throne, there is then created a disconnect. As Holy as I am, I am still the gentle servant that you once fell in love with. A servant’s heart never graduates to an accelerated level of dispute. I never leave my stature as servant. How unapproachable and untouchable the religious people have made me out to be! I do not sit on a throne and reign down judgement to break hearts! I am endlessly interceding for you and your well-being! I am leaning to the Father and pointing out the beautiful obedience in your heart! I am calling forth my Holy Spirit and directing Him to where He needs to lead you next! Never allow the world to harden your heart to my love. Never believe the lie that I am “too far away” or that I am “too holy” to care. It is because of my holiness that I am close and care deeply for you. I am gentle, yes, but I also love relentlessly. I do not give up so easily when man pushes me away. You see, my patience and compassion are not birthed from weakness, instead it comes from my unyielding strength. The ability to love without expecting love back is what love is truly all about. If it is not sacrificial, it is not love. 
Yet as a Lion is fierce, so it is with me. I tell you as Truth, I shall never sit idly by and watch as you feel life is too hard. Never! I shall never sit and ponder the thought of helping you! Your present help is my Holy Spirit! But understand this, dear one, I am jealous for you. I have given you no permission to lavish your love on things of the world. I will never permit your heart to instead love someone more than myself. I have full dominion over your heart, this was the desired purpose my Father established. Some may call this selfish, but I call this protection. You were created whole and I want you as whole. Never will I settle for half of anything given from you! My beloved, I run to be with you. The moment you lock eyes with mine, I become weak and place my hand upon my heart as if it has stopped beating for eternity. How can you possibly take my breath away? How can the creation cause the Creator to marvel at their beauty? So it is. You captured my mind, you took over my thoughts, and when I created you, you were birthed out of love. So as a Lion watches intently over his Lioness, so I watch my protection over you.  
You must know this…in this you must receive full revelation: I died to keep you. Eternity would not have been “good” if you were missing from it. I could not see to it that you would not be here. I have seen the day that you will stand before my throne and oh the beauty you possess! Dressed in white and lavished in righteousness, you will bow with joy as your King takes your hand for all the world to see. Strive with obedience and love me greatly. This as your King, is what I require of you. And oh how proud you have made me thus far…

Amy Basel Ministries
Your Path His Plan 2014

A Letter From Jesus: The Lion’s Heart

The nature of the Lion is one to be examined. Although fierce, the Lion is also moved by love. He is a protector at heart and he is a provider by nature. To come to understand the Lion’s attributes, you would need to understand his habitat. He is adaptable in all circumstances but he is not moved by his surroundings. Where he steps, he reigns. Where he moves, he has dominion. My people call out to me as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, yet they know nothing of my nature. They know very little of my habitat. What is Judah, to you? To whom do you say that I am? You see, I come as fierce as a Lion, but I love as gentle as a Lamb. How can these two natures exist in One? Allow me to explain…

So often I am portrayed as a King upon a throne. And so it is. This I AM. Yet when man refers to me as only this King upon a throne, there is then created a disconnect. As Holy as I am, I am still the gentle servant that you once fell in love with. A servant’s heart never graduates to an accelerated level of dispute. I never leave my stature as servant. How unapproachable and untouchable the religious people have made me out to be! I do not sit on a throne and reign down judgement to break hearts! I am endlessly interceding for you and your well-being! I am leaning to the Father and pointing out the beautiful obedience in your heart! I am calling forth my Holy Spirit and directing Him to where He needs to lead you next! Never allow the world to harden your heart to my love. Never believe the lie that I am “too far away” or that I am “too holy” to care. It is because of my holiness that I am close and care deeply for you. I am gentle, yes, but I also love relentlessly. I do not give up so easily when man pushes me away. You see, my patience and compassion are not birthed from weakness, instead it comes from my unyielding strength. The ability to love without expecting love back is what love is truly all about. If it is not sacrificial, it is not love. 

Yet as a Lion is fierce, so it is with me. I tell you as Truth, I shall never sit idly by and watch as you feel life is too hard. Never! I shall never sit and ponder the thought of helping you! Your present help is my Holy Spirit! But understand this, dear one, I am jealous for you. I have given you no permission to lavish your love on things of the world. I will never permit your heart to instead love someone more than myself. I have full dominion over your heart, this was the desired purpose my Father established. Some may call this selfish, but I call this protection. You were created whole and I want you as whole. Never will I settle for half of anything given from you! My beloved, I run to be with you. The moment you lock eyes with mine, I become weak and place my hand upon my heart as if it has stopped beating for eternity. How can you possibly take my breath away? How can the creation cause the Creator to marvel at their beauty? So it is. You captured my mind, you took over my thoughts, and when I created you, you were birthed out of love. So as a Lion watches intently over his Lioness, so I watch my protection over you.  

You must know this…in this you must receive full revelation: I died to keep you. Eternity would not have been “good” if you were missing from it. I could not see to it that you would not be here. I have seen the day that you will stand before my throne and oh the beauty you possess! Dressed in white and lavished in righteousness, you will bow with joy as your King takes your hand for all the world to see. Strive with obedience and love me greatly. This as your King, is what I require of you. And oh how proud you have made me thus far…

Amy Basel Ministries

Your Path His Plan 2014


The Great Gardener
I was watering some flowers today at work and I received a revelation that absolutely stunned me. 
 In one of the small plastic pots, there were 3 hyacinths. These particular flowers have a very large bulb attached to the bottom of them in which holds in all of the nutrients and this is also where the roots spring from. Well, being that these flowers had not been watered in almost a week, the soil was incredibly dry with many cracks, and the hyacinths began to uproot themselves out of this neglected soil. The further these flowers pushed themselves out of the soil, the more they began to fall almost completely over and separate themselves entirely from the soil and the pot itself. I tried to place the flower back into its designated spot, but because the soil was so dry, it just crumbled all around the flower and could not hold it up. These flowers were in desperate need of water! I filled up a cup of water and began to pour it into the dry soil. In just seconds, every particle of soil was completely saturated. I gently picked the hyacinth back up and placed it in it’s designated spot, but it still wouldn’t stay. That is when I realized I needed to apply some pressure to it so that it could sink in deep to where it once was originally placed. I gently pressed the bulb back into the soil and applied pressure to It so the roots could began to grow deep once again. I packed down the wet soil all around the once exposed bulb, and within second, the flower was tightly packed in and standing tall.
As I did this, God began to show me something:
The Flower: Us
The Soil: Our Heart
The Pot: Preparation (Where God has placed us for a season)
The Water: Jesus (The Word, The Living Water)
You see, we first need to realize the nature of the plant. These specific flowers are not meant to stay in the pot for their entire lives. The pot only allows the flower a limited place to grow, thus the pot’s purpose is to hold the flower so it can began to grow and produce roots. The pot serves the purpose of preparation. Yet after its intended purpose is completed, the flower is then uprooted from the pot and it is then planted into a garden where there is unlimited space to grow. The flower never asks the Gardner WHY it is in the pot and for how long it will stay, the flower simply does only what it is meant to do; grow.
Are you seeing the similarity in this to your own life? I sure did. 
The Lord began to speak to my heart as I was taking care of this flower and this is what He said…
 
“I have started you off in this place in your life and during this season so you can learn and began to produce and strengthen your roots. My child, this is your foundational preparation. You are in need of two things to grow; the Sun (My Son, Jesus), and Water (The Word, The Living Water). If you are not in contact and close relationship with what I have provided for you, certain things begin to take place. 
You will become dry. The saturation of my Word is what keeps you sturdy and standing tall. The living Water is what quenches your thirst. You see, it would be of no use to an actual plant to be watered with anything but water itself. Would a Gardner saturate their flowers with, dare I say grape juice? I should say not! The flowers need only Water; anything that tries to replace this water will only harm the plant. So it is with my people. Without my Word, without my teachings, my people are left dry and desolate. If they try to strengthen themselves with anything else, it will only end up harming them. So often, the Word is not considered an option to help them grow. They refrain from the Water completely. In doing so, they begin to prematurely uproot themselves from where I have placed them. Their heart becomes dry, cracked, and hardened. Their once pliable heart was saturated with my Word, therefore they did not move. Yet now, they fall away. They fall to their own destruction. I have given them Water but they would not receive it. They think they know better than I! How foolish for the creation to tell the Creator “NO” when a helping and nurturing hand is extended! Just as a plant begins to wilt and lose its color, so do my people slump down into depression and lose their vibrancy of life! 
Yet I wait. I wait with diligent patience. Then when I am invited back in, I water them with the Word and life begins to enter into their once dry and desolate hearts. It is then that their hearts have been made pliable again. I gently press them back into their preparation, and I apply pressure onto them to ensure their foundation is sturdy. This is not to hurt them, but to strengthen them. And so their roots begin to grow and my plans begin to come to fruition. 
Yet only I know the desired time of uprooting. Where I have placed you to grow, I also have not declared that this is where you will permanently stay. In the appointed time of uprooting, a Gardner digs away and begins to separate the flower from the soil. So it is with my people; I gently begin to remove things out of their life, I separate them from what once held them. I separate them from relationships, friendships, daily patterns, and even locations. I then remove them from preparation and I plant them into their calling. I do nothing out of order, nor do I remove too soon. I know the precise timing for all things, and in all things this is for the good of my people. I am a God of love, thus I lavish love. Never mistake my preparation for you as negligence to your feelings. It is much better for you to withstand the waiting of preparation, than to push your way through without the foundation you would have received if you had waited on my timing. Do you see my heart in this? I hold no good thing from you, instead, I hold onto you for the good thing. My preparation is in love. I always handle you with my everlasting love. For I AM the Great Gardener; through Me all has been created and it is through me that all shall be sustained.”

Amy Basel Ministries
Your Path His Plan
2014

The Great Gardener

I was watering some flowers today at work and I received a revelation that absolutely stunned me. 

 In one of the small plastic pots, there were 3 hyacinths. These particular flowers have a very large bulb attached to the bottom of them in which holds in all of the nutrients and this is also where the roots spring from. Well, being that these flowers had not been watered in almost a week, the soil was incredibly dry with many cracks, and the hyacinths began to uproot themselves out of this neglected soil. The further these flowers pushed themselves out of the soil, the more they began to fall almost completely over and separate themselves entirely from the soil and the pot itself. I tried to place the flower back into its designated spot, but because the soil was so dry, it just crumbled all around the flower and could not hold it up. These flowers were in desperate need of water! I filled up a cup of water and began to pour it into the dry soil. In just seconds, every particle of soil was completely saturated. I gently picked the hyacinth back up and placed it in it’s designated spot, but it still wouldn’t stay. That is when I realized I needed to apply some pressure to it so that it could sink in deep to where it once was originally placed. I gently pressed the bulb back into the soil and applied pressure to It so the roots could began to grow deep once again. I packed down the wet soil all around the once exposed bulb, and within second, the flower was tightly packed in and standing tall.

As I did this, God began to show me something:

  • The Flower: Us
  • The Soil: Our Heart
  • The Pot: Preparation (Where God has placed us for a season)
  • The Water: Jesus (The Word, The Living Water)

You see, we first need to realize the nature of the plant. These specific flowers are not meant to stay in the pot for their entire lives. The pot only allows the flower a limited place to grow, thus the pot’s purpose is to hold the flower so it can began to grow and produce roots. The pot serves the purpose of preparation. Yet after its intended purpose is completed, the flower is then uprooted from the pot and it is then planted into a garden where there is unlimited space to grow. The flower never asks the Gardner WHY it is in the pot and for how long it will stay, the flower simply does only what it is meant to do; grow.

Are you seeing the similarity in this to your own life? I sure did.

The Lord began to speak to my heart as I was taking care of this flower and this is what He said…

 

“I have started you off in this place in your life and during this season so you can learn and began to produce and strengthen your roots. My child, this is your foundational preparation. You are in need of two things to grow; the Sun (My Son, Jesus), and Water (The Word, The Living Water). If you are not in contact and close relationship with what I have provided for you, certain things begin to take place.

You will become dry. The saturation of my Word is what keeps you sturdy and standing tall. The living Water is what quenches your thirst. You see, it would be of no use to an actual plant to be watered with anything but water itself. Would a Gardner saturate their flowers with, dare I say grape juice? I should say not! The flowers need only Water; anything that tries to replace this water will only harm the plant. So it is with my people. Without my Word, without my teachings, my people are left dry and desolate. If they try to strengthen themselves with anything else, it will only end up harming them. So often, the Word is not considered an option to help them grow. They refrain from the Water completely. In doing so, they begin to prematurely uproot themselves from where I have placed them. Their heart becomes dry, cracked, and hardened. Their once pliable heart was saturated with my Word, therefore they did not move. Yet now, they fall away. They fall to their own destruction. I have given them Water but they would not receive it. They think they know better than I! How foolish for the creation to tell the Creator “NO” when a helping and nurturing hand is extended! Just as a plant begins to wilt and lose its color, so do my people slump down into depression and lose their vibrancy of life!

Yet I wait. I wait with diligent patience. Then when I am invited back in, I water them with the Word and life begins to enter into their once dry and desolate hearts. It is then that their hearts have been made pliable again. I gently press them back into their preparation, and I apply pressure onto them to ensure their foundation is sturdy. This is not to hurt them, but to strengthen them. And so their roots begin to grow and my plans begin to come to fruition.

Yet only I know the desired time of uprooting. Where I have placed you to grow, I also have not declared that this is where you will permanently stay. In the appointed time of uprooting, a Gardner digs away and begins to separate the flower from the soil. So it is with my people; I gently begin to remove things out of their life, I separate them from what once held them. I separate them from relationships, friendships, daily patterns, and even locations. I then remove them from preparation and I plant them into their calling. I do nothing out of order, nor do I remove too soon. I know the precise timing for all things, and in all things this is for the good of my people. I am a God of love, thus I lavish love. Never mistake my preparation for you as negligence to your feelings. It is much better for you to withstand the waiting of preparation, than to push your way through without the foundation you would have received if you had waited on my timing. Do you see my heart in this? I hold no good thing from you, instead, I hold onto you for the good thing. My preparation is in love. I always handle you with my everlasting love. For I AM the Great Gardener; through Me all has been created and it is through me that all shall be sustained.”

Amy Basel Ministries

Your Path His Plan

2014

"Dead Dreams Need Resurrection Words"

The Lord put it strongly upon my heart that there are some people who have dead dreams lying upon the floor of their heart. When did you lost hope? Who told you it was impossible? Today is the day to begin speaking LIFE into your future. It’s time to resurrect the dead things you have given up on, and see the fruition of your heart’s desires come to pass! Sometimes out of what seems like apparent defeat, God’s most incredible victories arise.

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

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The Gift That Keeps Giving
Luke 22:28-30 - You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I CONFER on you a Kingdom, just as my Father CONFERRED one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Confer: To bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor.

The Kingdom has been given to us as a gift. Let that one sink in. It shows forth favor, and also projects honor. These scriptures, however, paint a very important portrait. A Kingdom that is HERE means a Kingdom that is already in authority. Sharing FIRST in His trials means to also share in His rulings. This exemplifies trust in it’s highest form. How terribly beautiful it is to be found faithful in God’s eyes, to continue His Kingdom through the life of Christ given to us!
Amy Basel Ministries 2014

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Luke 22:28-30 - You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I CONFER on you a Kingdom, just as my Father CONFERRED one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Confer: To bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor.

The Kingdom has been given to us as a gift. Let that one sink in. It shows forth favor, and also projects honor. These scriptures, however, paint a very important portrait. A Kingdom that is HERE means a Kingdom that is already in authority. Sharing FIRST in His trials means to also share in His rulings. This exemplifies trust in it’s highest form. How terribly beautiful it is to be found faithful in God’s eyes, to continue His Kingdom through the life of Christ given to us!

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

Right Perspectives Birth Right Decisions
In 1Kings 2:1-3 as King David (a man after God’s own heart) was about to die, he had a few last words for his son Solomon. In all that David could have told him, with all that he had learned throughout his life, through all the Psalms that he had written, he left Solomon with 3 things to carry with him. He charged him…
To be strong 
To prove himself to be a man 
To keep the commandments of the Lord 
How would all of this be possible? Obedience & submission.
Solomon then prayed in 1King 3:9 -Please make me wise and teach me the difference between right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don’t, there is no way I could rule this great nation of yours.And so God was pleased. Solomon had asked for something eternal that could only come from the Father. God not only made Him wise, He added much more to his life. 
One Father (David) speaking life giving Words to his son (Solomon), planted the seed for a prayer that would change his life. This should speak volumes to us, even today.

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

Right Perspectives Birth Right Decisions

In 1Kings 2:1-3 as King David (a man after God’s own heart) was about to die, he had a few last words for his son Solomon. In all that David could have told him, with all that he had learned throughout his life, through all the Psalms that he had written, he left Solomon with 3 things to carry with him. He charged him…

  • To be strong 
  • To prove himself to be a man 
  • To keep the commandments of the Lord 

How would all of this be possible? Obedience & submission.


Solomon then prayed in 1King 3:9 -Please make me wise and teach me the difference between right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don’t, there is no way I could rule this great nation of yours.

And so God was pleased. Solomon had asked for something eternal that could only come from the Father. God not only made Him wise, He added much more to his life.

One Father (David) speaking life giving Words to his son (Solomon), planted the seed for a prayer that would change his life. This should speak volumes to us, even today.

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

Purged Before Positioned

After studying in the book of Isaiah tonight, my heart is wrecked by the revelation of who God is and what He does through His chosen ones. A surrendered heart catches the eye of God. A desire for purity is an invitation for His fire. A true hunger for His heart promises His intimacy. A life of abandonment declares an enlistment into His army. We now can live for so much more.
Isaiah was never the same after his encounter with the angel who purged his lips with a hot coal, teaching us that the only mouth worthy of speaking for God is the one cleansed by God. Isaiah 6 paints the perfect portrait of a great commission being revealed to a great Prophet.
Something inside of Isaiah dramatically desired more and His soul finally recognized that position. “Send me!” he volunteered. And so God sent him. And so Isaiah preached. He preached with the passion and the fury of a man who’d seen his life pass before his eyes. For he actually had. He preached with the passion and fury of a man sent by God. For he was. 
He preached with the passion and fury of a man who longed to join the angels and spend eternity singing, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY" at the top of his lungs.
Something tells me that’s what he is doing right now.
Let’s pray…

Father God, in the name of Jesus I ask of You to set our hearts on FIRE for the deeper things of You! We acknowledge that only wood, hay, and stubble shall burn up in the fire, but you have made us to stand the flames like gold! We will come out purified, refined, and set on fire for Your Kingdom! I ask You to install in each and every one of us, a passion that was found in Your prophet Isaiah. Let us boldly love You with all reverence and all diligence so others can begin to understand and crave the fear of the Lord. Let us not boast in our visions, dreams, or words spoken from Your mouth into our hearts, but let us cry out for MORE of You and less of ourselves.
I ask you Lord, give us a heart transplant to better suit Your will for each and every one of our lives! Only You, oh Lord, know what we need and only You can provide us with the things that please Your Heart! We acknowledge that Your purpose will stand against ALL earthly forces, and we come to You with a grateful heart in expectancy for all that You desire to be on earth as it already is in Heaven! For we know that we all have wandered away like sheep; each of us has gone our own way. But You, oh Sovereign Lord, YOU sent Your only Son to punishment for all the evil we have done! We thank You for showing Your love in such an extravagant way! You have allowed us to see the flames of love that burn in Your eyes! We thank You and stand in awe of You! We thank You for Jesus! Ignite our hearts, Oh Lord, to have a life changing encounter with You, even now in this very moment! Cleanse our tongue from ALL evil, and purify our words so we can be considered worthy to speak for You, God Most High!
We prophetically call forth all of your blessings, for we know that You are not a man that You should lie! You are constant, faithful, and True! Your Word shall always remain in our hearts! We thank You Lord for who YOU ARE and what You do for us! In Jesus name we pray, Amen!


Amy Basel Ministries 2014

Purged Before Positioned

After studying in the book of Isaiah tonight, my heart is wrecked by the revelation of who God is and what He does through His chosen ones. A surrendered heart catches the eye of God. A desire for purity is an invitation for His fire. A true hunger for His heart promises His intimacy. A life of abandonment declares an enlistment into His army. We now can live for so much more.

Isaiah was never the same after his encounter with the angel who purged his lips with a hot coal, teaching us that the only mouth worthy of speaking for God is the one cleansed by God. Isaiah 6 paints the perfect portrait of a great commission being revealed to a great Prophet.

Something inside of Isaiah dramatically desired more and His soul finally recognized that position. “Send me!” he volunteered. And so God sent him. And so Isaiah preached. He preached with the passion and the fury of a man who’d seen his life pass before his eyes. For he actually had. He preached with the passion and fury of a man sent by God. For he was. 

He preached with the passion and fury of a man who longed to join the angels and spend eternity singing, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY" at the top of his lungs.

Something tells me that’s what he is doing right now.

Let’s pray…

Father God, in the name of Jesus I ask of You to set our hearts on FIRE for the deeper things of You! We acknowledge that only wood, hay, and stubble shall burn up in the fire, but you have made us to stand the flames like gold! We will come out purified, refined, and set on fire for Your Kingdom! I ask You to install in each and every one of us, a passion that was found in Your prophet Isaiah. Let us boldly love You with all reverence and all diligence so others can begin to understand and crave the fear of the Lord. Let us not boast in our visions, dreams, or words spoken from Your mouth into our hearts, but let us cry out for MORE of You and less of ourselves.

I ask you Lord, give us a heart transplant to better suit Your will for each and every one of our lives! Only You, oh Lord, know what we need and only You can provide us with the things that please Your Heart! We acknowledge that Your purpose will stand against ALL earthly forces, and we come to You with a grateful heart in expectancy for all that You desire to be on earth as it already is in Heaven! For we know that we all have wandered away like sheep; each of us has gone our own way. But You, oh Sovereign Lord, YOU sent Your only Son to punishment for all the evil we have done! We thank You for showing Your love in such an extravagant way! You have allowed us to see the flames of love that burn in Your eyes! We thank You and stand in awe of You! We thank You for Jesus! Ignite our hearts, Oh Lord, to have a life changing encounter with You, even now in this very moment! Cleanse our tongue from ALL evil, and purify our words so we can be considered worthy to speak for You, God Most High!

We prophetically call forth all of your blessings, for we know that You are not a man that You should lie! You are constant, faithful, and True! Your Word shall always remain in our hearts! We thank You Lord for who YOU ARE and what You do for us! In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

Goal Setting: IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ME
We have been given all of the avenues we could possibly ever need to exalt ourselves higher than what our own good entitles us to. Facebook offers us a little box asking us what is on our minds (dangerous question now a days). Twitter gives us 140 characters to think of the most clever “tweet” to earn the most “retweets”, and gather as many “followers” as we possibly can (and if your number of followers far exceeds the amount of those YOU follow, well than, you’ve arrived my friend. You’ve arrived). Instagram has provided us with hours of “entertainment” as we scroll through random pictures of people’s coffee, outfits of the day, food choices, endless selfies, and then gives us the option to share OUR photos also (oh, videos too. Can’t forget that wonderful 10 second option of filtered fun.) 
Every second of our day proclaims, “Tell the world about…well…YOU!” Our thoughts consume the constant idea that everyone is extremely interested in us, our ideas, our looks, our jobs, our lives. Inevitably, we are our own biggest promoter. We are our own biggest idols…ugh…I  mean fans.
How incredibly sad. 
We have dumbed ourselves down and robbed our hearts of the pure satisfaction and joy of shifting our attention and focus on the things that truly matter; God & others.
When did we become so disconnected from the Truth?
The fact that we exist upon this Earth has nothing to do with us. This is quite shocking I know, and I hate to be the one to deliver this mind-blowing news, but someone needs to say it. We have been given talents, abilities, and giftings to make this world a better place. The most precious thing to the heart of God is people. This tells me that we have been entrusted with a big commission. To take care of others, love them unconditionally, and ensure that they make it home to eternity. What an honor. But how can we effectively do this when our eyes are continuously focused on ourselves?


Ten ways to defeat the “Me Monster” and begin to LIVE again.
1. Give to someone who cannot repay you. Does someone need a coat? Give them yours. Does someone drive long distances every day? Fill up their tank. Pay for someone’s coffee in line at Starbucks, pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant, buy someone’s groceries in line at the store, give to someone who is in need.
2. Exhort and uplift others. Every time you feel the need to exalt yourself in any way, shape, or form, instead make it a point to compliment and affirm someone else.
3. Give Him the glory. Talk about the blessings of God rather than how much God is blessing you. 
4. Become less. Refrain from the appeal of wanting to be noticed and esteemed. Instead, direct all of that attention into lifting up the name of the Lord.
5. Ask questions. When speaking to others, show sincere interest and ask questions pertaining to them, rather than talking about you, you, you.
6. Invest your time. Sow into something that gives you no personal gain. Volunteer your time, meet with someone who needs encouragement, etc.
7. Write a thank you note. Tell someone who has impacted your life in an unforgettable way what they have done and how much they mean to you. A friend, mentor, teacher, parent, sibling, pastor, etc.
8. Put the phone down. Take a day to refrain from posting anything on any type of social media and instead, enjoy everything and everyone around you without distractions.
9. Get into the Word of God. Open up your Bible to the New Testament and focus your attention on all that Jesus did. This in itself will teach you true humility, love, and how to live life the way God intended.
10. Share the Gospel with someone. There is no better gift and no greater privilege than sharing the Truth of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. Whether it is a family member or a stranger at the gas station, stir up the boldness and confidence that you think you don’t have, and strike up a conversation that will save their life.

These are only a few, among many ways, to begin to shut down the idol of “Me” and direct your focus on others and making a difference in this world. I invite you to start today. It’s really never too late, so start a movement and make a difference. Go against the ways of the world! And besides, who knows how many people are watching you and will follow your lead. Change has to begin somewhere…why not with you? 
Amy Basel Ministries 2014

Goal Setting: IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ME

We have been given all of the avenues we could possibly ever need to exalt ourselves higher than what our own good entitles us to. Facebook offers us a little box asking us what is on our minds (dangerous question now a days). Twitter gives us 140 characters to think of the most clever “tweet” to earn the most “retweets”, and gather as many “followers” as we possibly can (and if your number of followers far exceeds the amount of those YOU follow, well than, you’ve arrived my friend. You’ve arrived). Instagram has provided us with hours of “entertainment” as we scroll through random pictures of people’s coffee, outfits of the day, food choices, endless selfies, and then gives us the option to share OUR photos also (oh, videos too. Can’t forget that wonderful 10 second option of filtered fun.) 

Every second of our day proclaims, “Tell the world about…well…YOU!” Our thoughts consume the constant idea that everyone is extremely interested in us, our ideas, our looks, our jobs, our lives. Inevitably, we are our own biggest promoter. We are our own biggest idols…ugh…I  mean fans.

How incredibly sad. 

We have dumbed ourselves down and robbed our hearts of the pure satisfaction and joy of shifting our attention and focus on the things that truly matter; God & others.

When did we become so disconnected from the Truth?

The fact that we exist upon this Earth has nothing to do with us. This is quite shocking I know, and I hate to be the one to deliver this mind-blowing news, but someone needs to say it. We have been given talents, abilities, and giftings to make this world a better place. The most precious thing to the heart of God is people. This tells me that we have been entrusted with a big commission. To take care of others, love them unconditionally, and ensure that they make it home to eternity. What an honor. But how can we effectively do this when our eyes are continuously focused on ourselves?

Ten ways to defeat the “Me Monster” and begin to LIVE again.

1. Give to someone who cannot repay you. Does someone need a coat? Give them yours. Does someone drive long distances every day? Fill up their tank. Pay for someone’s coffee in line at Starbucks, pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant, buy someone’s groceries in line at the store, give to someone who is in need.

2. Exhort and uplift others. Every time you feel the need to exalt yourself in any way, shape, or form, instead make it a point to compliment and affirm someone else.

3. Give Him the glory. Talk about the blessings of God rather than how much God is blessing you. 

4. Become less. Refrain from the appeal of wanting to be noticed and esteemed. Instead, direct all of that attention into lifting up the name of the Lord.

5. Ask questions. When speaking to others, show sincere interest and ask questions pertaining to them, rather than talking about you, you, you.

6. Invest your time. Sow into something that gives you no personal gain. Volunteer your time, meet with someone who needs encouragement, etc.

7. Write a thank you note. Tell someone who has impacted your life in an unforgettable way what they have done and how much they mean to you. A friend, mentor, teacher, parent, sibling, pastor, etc.

8. Put the phone down. Take a day to refrain from posting anything on any type of social media and instead, enjoy everything and everyone around you without distractions.

9. Get into the Word of God. Open up your Bible to the New Testament and focus your attention on all that Jesus did. This in itself will teach you true humility, love, and how to live life the way God intended.

10. Share the Gospel with someone. There is no better gift and no greater privilege than sharing the Truth of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. Whether it is a family member or a stranger at the gas station, stir up the boldness and confidence that you think you don’t have, and strike up a conversation that will save their life.

These are only a few, among many ways, to begin to shut down the idol of “Me” and direct your focus on others and making a difference in this world. I invite you to start today. It’s really never too late, so start a movement and make a difference. Go against the ways of the world! And besides, who knows how many people are watching you and will follow your lead. Change has to begin somewhere…why not with you? 

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

He’s the one.
Has it been 1000 years?
Or has it been 1 day?
Time has blurred with it’s reality
I have no reason to keep track
You can take it all
Because now I have him…
It’s like he came out of no where
I really didn’t even have a chance
He had his eye on me for a quite a while
But I was really none the wiser
You see, I was so wrapped up with “life”
So inclined to look within that I never ventured out
I had an eye for beauty, but that of the world
Till he came across my path and I saw beauty within
My heart abruptly fell in love
Who is this man?
I waited for so long
Where have you been this entire time?
He was finally here
I sought out so many others
Searching for the unconditional in the conditional man
But he opened my eyes to more
An invitation to seek what I was promised to find
His desire was to see me flourish
Not to hide me and diminish my light
He asked me to be his bride
And for my life he has committed to fight
But do you know the best part?
Have I told you the greatest secret of all?
You see, we’ve never met 
But my heart knows him well
He is closer than my breath
Closer than the very skin on my bones
He is coming, yet is already here
He calls out my name, yet holds me close
He lifts me higher, yet beckons me lower
His invitation to live, orders me to first die
The more that I lose, the more with him that I gain
He is the servant of all, yet the King of Kings
An upside down Kingdom
The world cannot comprehend
Nor can he be contained 
Yet he loves me
Isn’t that wild?
I am so small
Yet his thoughts toward me run endless
You see, I’ve never met him
Yet I’m spending eternity with him
My Savior
My Redeemer
My Healer
My Husband
My Love
My Peace
My King
My Friend
My Confidence
My Security
My Everything…
My Jesus
_________________
Amy Basel 2014

He’s the one.

Has it been 1000 years?

Or has it been 1 day?

Time has blurred with it’s reality

I have no reason to keep track

You can take it all

Because now I have him…

It’s like he came out of no where

I really didn’t even have a chance

He had his eye on me for a quite a while

But I was really none the wiser

You see, I was so wrapped up with “life”

So inclined to look within that I never ventured out

I had an eye for beauty, but that of the world

Till he came across my path and I saw beauty within

My heart abruptly fell in love

Who is this man?

I waited for so long

Where have you been this entire time?

He was finally here

I sought out so many others

Searching for the unconditional in the conditional man

But he opened my eyes to more

An invitation to seek what I was promised to find

His desire was to see me flourish

Not to hide me and diminish my light

He asked me to be his bride

And for my life he has committed to fight

But do you know the best part?

Have I told you the greatest secret of all?

You see, we’ve never met 

But my heart knows him well

He is closer than my breath

Closer than the very skin on my bones

He is coming, yet is already here

He calls out my name, yet holds me close

He lifts me higher, yet beckons me lower

His invitation to live, orders me to first die

The more that I lose, the more with him that I gain

He is the servant of all, yet the King of Kings

An upside down Kingdom

The world cannot comprehend

Nor can he be contained 

Yet he loves me

Isn’t that wild?

I am so small

Yet his thoughts toward me run endless

You see, I’ve never met him

Yet I’m spending eternity with him

My Savior

My Redeemer

My Healer

My Husband

My Love

My Peace

My King

My Friend

My Confidence

My Security

My Everything…

My Jesus

_________________

Amy Basel 2014

"In your world, I have another name. You must learn to know me by it. That was the very reason you were brought to Narnia. That by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” —Aslan, to Lucy and Edmund

In this world, God has another name that we can know Him by - Another way for us to learn who He is. As a matter of fact, the very reason we are on this Earth is to not only know Him by this other name, but to teach others as well. To tell the world, if you will. That is why it is so crucial to take this short time that we have been given, to truly come to know Him more. What is this other name to know God, you ask? 

His name is Jesus.

John 14:1-9 (Jesus Speaks to His disciples) 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus is the Way to the Father

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Because we know Jesus…we know the Father. 

Because we have seen Him…we have seen the Almighty.

What a thought. What Truth.

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

Shutting Down the Revolving Door
People come and go out of our lives faster than we can even comprehend their position and purpose. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen the different seasons of my life introduce to me different people. Some have turned into great life long friendships, others have turned into lessons learned. Inevitably, we need wisdom and discernment on who fits in what category. But what happens when we have built a revolving door? How easy is it for someone to walk right back into our lives, long after God has already clearly removed them?
It’s time to shut down the revolving door.
A Revolving door usually consists of 3 or 4 doors that rotate all at one time. The main purpose? For large amounts of people to pass through - in and out - at a fast pace. Alright, now that we know that, (and I’m sure you probably already did), lets move forward.
Relationships are incredibly important. God uses people to bless us, and satan will try to use people to mess us up. All in all…people are the key focus here. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have seen men and women jump from one relationship to another simply because their standards have allowed a revolving door to let anyone come and go as they please. If you are single, the extreme desire to be married can also cause extreme desperation. This is the devil’s playground. Trust me on this one. Also, people constantly coming and going out of your life may  simply happen because you have granted them access. I know that hurts to hear, but allow me to explain. Do you have a big heart? Do you love extravagantly? Are you an encourager? Is it your desire to help others? Always looking for the best in people? These are all good traits, but with these traits come the reality of allowing yourself to be open to just about anyone at any given time.

5 ways to shut down the Revolving Door
1. Discover your worth. You are an incredibly phenomenal person. No, I mean it. Maybe you’ve heard you were “great” from that one girlfriend, or you were told a few times that “you’re the best” from that ex boyfriend, but this is different. I am not declaring who I THINK you are…I am literally telling you who I KNOW you are. I want to reintroduce you to a scripture you’re probably well aware of. But this time I don’t want to JUST refer to it as a scripture…but instead I want you to view it as a declaration. In Psalm 139, a man by the name of David received a revelation of who he was in the eyes of God. I’m not sure what he went through during this time, but something tells me it had a lot to do with his worshiping heart. You see, we finally receive the clear picture of who we are, when we set our eyes upon who God is. And in Psalm 139:14, David wanted you to know something that will set the entire course of your life. He declared, “I will praise You, for I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made." And you are. You really, really are. Not to mention that Jesus Christ died upon the Cross for you to come into full revelation knowledge of how valuable you truly are to the heart of God. Your worth far surpasses someone’s inability to perceive it. Discover who you are in Christ and you won’t be so inclined to just let anyone into your life…again…again…and again.

2. Walk in the Word. I don’t need to elaborate on this too much. It’s as simple as I have stated it. When you align your life to what God has spoken in His Word, supernatural things take place. Flat out. Your vision becomes more clear, your understanding more precise, your discernment more intricate, and your decisions more accurate. Reading the Bible every single day causes you to truly hear His plans for your life. Beg to differ? Here’s an example found in Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a good future." Keep that in mind next time that person from the past tries to sneak in that revolving door to enter back into your life. Will they bring you good? Will their intentions harm you? This will help you in making the next decision.3. Set the bar high. There is nothing wrong with having standards and never let anyone tell you that you’re “too picky” for having them. Setting the bar high in the beginning is a lot easier than trying to raise it half way through a relationship or friendship. Determining where to set the bar is one thing, but making sure that you keep it there is a completely different story. Decide your convictions, set your standards, make sure they align with the Word, then you set the bar high enough so you don’t even give yourself the option of lowering it for anyone. This will ultimately “weed out” the people who keep trying to come into your life. Once they see you are unwilling to move that bar to fit their “height”, they won’t be so eager to try to slip back into your life.
4. Learn to say “No”. You can be the most caring, considerate, compassionate and loving person in the whole wide world, and yet STILL have the confidence to tell people no. I mean it! This was something I had to unfortunately learn the hard way in my life. I always thought that saying “no” to people who wanted to come back into my life was rude and cold. Far from it. You need to guard your heart above ALL things (Proverbs 4:23), and you also need to be obedient to keep a distance from those God pulled out of your life. Trust me, if He stripped them out of your life, it wasn’t rejection…it was protection. Period.
5. Love from a distance. The choice is not whether to love someone or not. Jesus did not provide us with that type of option. Instead, the choice is from what distance that we choose to love. It is perfectly possible for you to pray for someone, love them for who they are, yet keep a healthy distance from them. I’m not even talking so much as geographically, but emotionally. If you see the pattern of people coming in and out of your life whenever they please, loving them from a “distance”  means to set healthy boundaries. How much communication is appropriate? Do they need to know the details of your life? Could spending time with them give them the wrong idea? These are key things to set in place.


I want to encourage you and leave you with this:
Psalm 16:6-11

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;    surely I have a delightful inheritance.7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;    even at night my heart instructs me.8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.


9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;    my body also will rest secure,10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.11 You make known to me the path of life;    you will fill me with joy in your presence,    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
It’s time to shut down the revolving door and allow God to orchestrate the right people to enter in. Not just anyone deserves access to your life. It’s a new season. Trust Him.
Amy Basel Ministries 2014

Shutting Down the Revolving Door

People come and go out of our lives faster than we can even comprehend their position and purpose. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen the different seasons of my life introduce to me different people. Some have turned into great life long friendships, others have turned into lessons learned. Inevitably, we need wisdom and discernment on who fits in what category. But what happens when we have built a revolving door? How easy is it for someone to walk right back into our lives, long after God has already clearly removed them?

It’s time to shut down the revolving door.

A Revolving door usually consists of 3 or 4 doors that rotate all at one time. The main purpose? For large amounts of people to pass through - in and out - at a fast pace. Alright, now that we know that, (and I’m sure you probably already did), lets move forward.

Relationships are incredibly important. God uses people to bless us, and satan will try to use people to mess us up. All in all…people are the key focus here. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have seen men and women jump from one relationship to another simply because their standards have allowed a revolving door to let anyone come and go as they please. If you are single, the extreme desire to be married can also cause extreme desperation. This is the devil’s playground. Trust me on this one. Also, people constantly coming and going out of your life may  simply happen because you have granted them access. I know that hurts to hear, but allow me to explain. Do you have a big heart? Do you love extravagantly? Are you an encourager? Is it your desire to help others? Always looking for the best in people? These are all good traits, but with these traits come the reality of allowing yourself to be open to just about anyone at any given time.

5 ways to shut down the Revolving Door

1. Discover your worth. You are an incredibly phenomenal person. No, I mean it. Maybe you’ve heard you were “great” from that one girlfriend, or you were told a few times that “you’re the best” from that ex boyfriend, but this is different. I am not declaring who I THINK you are…I am literally telling you who I KNOW you are. I want to reintroduce you to a scripture you’re probably well aware of. But this time I don’t want to JUST refer to it as a scripture…but instead I want you to view it as a declaration. In Psalm 139, a man by the name of David received a revelation of who he was in the eyes of God. I’m not sure what he went through during this time, but something tells me it had a lot to do with his worshiping heart. You see, we finally receive the clear picture of who we are, when we set our eyes upon who God is. And in Psalm 139:14, David wanted you to know something that will set the entire course of your life. He declared, “I will praise You, for I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made." And you are. You really, really are. Not to mention that Jesus Christ died upon the Cross for you to come into full revelation knowledge of how valuable you truly are to the heart of God. Your worth far surpasses someone’s inability to perceive it. Discover who you are in Christ and you won’t be so inclined to just let anyone into your life…again…again…and again.

2. Walk in the Word. I don’t need to elaborate on this too much. It’s as simple as I have stated it. When you align your life to what God has spoken in His Word, supernatural things take place. Flat out. Your vision becomes more clear, your understanding more precise, your discernment more intricate, and your decisions more accurate. Reading the Bible every single day causes you to truly hear His plans for your life. Beg to differ? Here’s an example found in Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a good future." Keep that in mind next time that person from the past tries to sneak in that revolving door to enter back into your life. Will they bring you good? Will their intentions harm you? This will help you in making the next decision.

3. Set the bar high. There is nothing wrong with having standards and never let anyone tell you that you’re “too picky” for having them. Setting the bar high in the beginning is a lot easier than trying to raise it half way through a relationship or friendship. Determining where to set the bar is one thing, but making sure that you keep it there is a completely different story. Decide your convictions, set your standards, make sure they align with the Word, then you set the bar high enough so you don’t even give yourself the option of lowering it for anyone. This will ultimately “weed out” the people who keep trying to come into your life. Once they see you are unwilling to move that bar to fit their “height”, they won’t be so eager to try to slip back into your life.

4. Learn to say “No”. You can be the most caring, considerate, compassionate and loving person in the whole wide world, and yet STILL have the confidence to tell people no. I mean it! This was something I had to unfortunately learn the hard way in my life. I always thought that saying “no” to people who wanted to come back into my life was rude and cold. Far from it. You need to guard your heart above ALL things (Proverbs 4:23), and you also need to be obedient to keep a distance from those God pulled out of your life. Trust me, if He stripped them out of your life, it wasn’t rejection…it was protection. Period.

5. Love from a distance. The choice is not whether to love someone or not. Jesus did not provide us with that type of option. Instead, the choice is from what distance that we choose to love. It is perfectly possible for you to pray for someone, love them for who they are, yet keep a healthy distance from them. I’m not even talking so much as geographically, but emotionally. If you see the pattern of people coming in and out of your life whenever they please, loving them from a “distance”  means to set healthy boundaries. How much communication is appropriate? Do they need to know the details of your life? Could spending time with them give them the wrong idea? These are key things to set in place.

I want to encourage you and leave you with this:

Psalm 16:6-11

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

It’s time to shut down the revolving door and allow God to orchestrate the right people to enter in. Not just anyone deserves access to your life. It’s a new season. Trust Him.

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

Love or Fear? You can’t have both!

Every single day in every one of our circumstances we are given a choice to either walk in love, or walk in fear. You can’t have both at the same time, and in this video I will not only tell you why, but give you a great example of how Peter learned this simple Truth the hard way.

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

And just like that…Faith came alive
As I was laying here pondering my weak faith and the lack of knowledge thereof, I asked the Lord one simple question; “Would You teach me of the faith that pleases You?” And so, He answered…and just like that, faith came alive. I want to share with you the revelation of what has been impressed upon my heart as a 27 year old woman seeking to understand “faith” from a merciful God who so gracefully answered.
Faith is a response of the heart which receives what God has already done for us in Christ. Faith is relying on God’s character, standing on God’s promises, believing God’s Cross, and obeying God’s Spirit with a certainty that surpasses physical sight and human reasoning. Faith ignores bad circumstances, negative feelings, or discouraging thoughts to stand on God’s word and walk in his ways (Isa. 55:8-9). In short, faith simply believes what God says is true.
True faith passively receives the benefits of Christ’s victory on the cross resulting in active obedience to Christ’s commands and submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Saving faith does not involve meriting salvation by human work. However, genuine faith will bear good fruit: an expression of the life of Christ in us. Good deeds are not the foundation of our acceptance with God, but the correct response and fruit of a living relationship with him.


Faith…
Moves faster than thought.
Is followed by action. Always.
Produces strength through Christ while weak in flesh.
Prays without ceasing.
Sees the unseen and believes upon the unknown.
Faith loves what only the soul knows - Christ in me the hope of glory.
Amen.


Amy Basel 2014

And just like that…Faith came alive

As I was laying here pondering my weak faith and the lack of knowledge thereof, I asked the Lord one simple question; “Would You teach me of the faith that pleases You?” And so, He answered…and just like that, faith came alive. I want to share with you the revelation of what has been impressed upon my heart as a 27 year old woman seeking to understand “faith” from a merciful God who so gracefully answered.

Faith is a response of the heart which receives what God has already done for us in Christ. Faith is relying on God’s character, standing on God’s promises, believing God’s Cross, and obeying God’s Spirit with a certainty that surpasses physical sight and human reasoning. Faith ignores bad circumstances, negative feelings, or discouraging thoughts to stand on God’s word and walk in his ways (Isa. 55:8-9). In short, faith simply believes what God says is true.

True faith passively receives the benefits of Christ’s victory on the cross resulting in active obedience to Christ’s commands and submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Saving faith does not involve meriting salvation by human work. However, genuine faith will bear good fruit: an expression of the life of Christ in us. Good deeds are not the foundation of our acceptance with God, but the correct response and fruit of a living relationship with him.

Faith…

Moves faster than thought.

Is followed by action. Always.

Produces strength through Christ while weak in flesh.

Prays without ceasing.

Sees the unseen and believes upon the unknown.

Faith loves what only the soul knows - Christ in me the hope of glory.

Amen.

Amy Basel 2014

A Vision from the Lord: Your Critics - His Platform

The Lord gave me an amazing vision about a year ago of what it looks like in the supernatural when others speak ill of you, slander you, or gossip about you. He showed me His sovereignty and humbled me to realize that all things are truly in His hands. Allow me to share this with you to encourage you that the battle truly isn’t yours, but really does belong to the Lord:

I was standing before the Lord in prayer and I was speaking out that I am casting ALL of my cares and burdens upon Him. I was literally pretending to take these heavy, heavy things off of my shoulders, and I was throwing them on the ground. 
All of a sudden I saw the Lord in all of His glory (well not ALL of it I’m sure…but it was truly breathtaking and that doesn’t even come close to describing what I could see of Him). Every hurtful word ever spoken against me, every negative thought that others had entertained, as I casted them to God, He began to pile them all into a big massive heap. If I held onto a hurtful word spoken against me, He would stop and look up at me as if He was waiting for me to release that burden to Him. He knew exactly what was spoken against me, and it had it’s specific place in this pile. As soon as I casted it down, I saw the words roll right into the pile and He placed them in their specific spot.
He then began to smash them together and mold them into one another until I couldn’t read the words anymore. They were completely destroyed. It was just one massive glob. While He was doing this though, ever so often I saw words roll into this pile that I didn’t recognize. "Wait a minute", I thought. "I didn’t know that was said about me! I didn’t even cast that down to You, God!" He just simply looked up and said, "I know my beautiful one, there’s a lot that comes through that I don’t allow to touch you. I’m protecting you and it would only hurt you too much. I take these words upon myself and hide them from you." I was shocked. What love and compassion.
While He was smashing these words and conversations into this gigantic pile, I noticed more and more words, conversations about me, and hurtful things came rolling in. As if it was nothing at all, He just swiped His hand and smashed the cruel words into the now massive pile. All of sudden He began to shape this formless pile into something. He started molding the edges into points, smoothed out the top so there were no dents or bumps, and lastly, He began to shape indentations on the side that looked like some sort of steps. After He finished, He quietly put His hands down, and knelt to where I was standing. With such intense passion, He looked into my eyes and as a beautiful smile started to form upon His lips, He began to explain His purpose for all of this. 
“Come up here my beloved and step upon these steps. I have built you a platform to take you to the next level. I am positioning you higher in this season.
You see, the accusations, hurtful words, judgements, slander, ridicule, jealous thoughts, envious words, and mocking negativity were meant for harm, but I shall let no harm inflict you. Instead, I take these words of your enemies and I build you a platform. A platform for what you ask? A platform for your ministry, your calling, and your purpose. The evil tendencies of others will inevitably be what lifts you higher and what will cause you to speak with even more passion. All is used for My glory and all is being used to bring you higher. Do not worry and do not tarry, for I am Jesus. I am your perfect Carpenter. I have built for you a stepping structure to rise above. And when you stand upon this platform I am constantlybuilding with the evil words of your enemies, surely it is then that all evil and all of your enemies are under your feet! This is my Word! Rejoice and step up! Rejoice and rise! For nothing shall ever hinder you nor steal from you if you hand it over to me! All things will only lift you higher and higher. For I am the Rock that has set you in mighty places. I am your Perfect Protector and you are covered under my Wings for all eternity! Take refuge. Take heart. Take me at my Word. For am I a man that should lie? Surely you have seen my faithfulness. Watch and be amazed, I am answering your true heart’s desire! You have wanted to be close to me, so I am bringing you higher! For this is what it truly means when I proclaimed that blessed are those who are persecuted for MY sake! The Kingdom of Heaven is yours!”

This vision that the Lord has given me truly shows how sovereign, and merciful He truly is. When you are called, anointed, and appointed, nothing…and I mean NOTHING will ever be able to bring you down! He is lifting you higher and higher on a platform that only He can build from those who try to bring you down! Every word spoken against you shall never prosper because He uses those words as your FOOTSTOOL! Rejoice and be glad, you are protected and loved dearly.

Amy Basel Ministries 2014
A Vision from the Lord: Your Critics - His Platform

The Lord gave me an amazing vision about a year ago of what it looks like in the supernatural when others speak ill of you, slander you, or gossip about you. He showed me His sovereignty and humbled me to realize that all things are truly in His hands. Allow me to share this with you to encourage you that the battle truly isn’t yours, but really does belong to the Lord:

I was standing before the Lord in prayer and I was speaking out that I am casting ALL of my cares and burdens upon Him. I was literally pretending to take these heavy, heavy things off of my shoulders, and I was throwing them on the ground. 

All of a sudden I saw the Lord in all of His glory (well not ALL of it I’m sure…but it was truly breathtaking and that doesn’t even come close to describing what I could see of Him). Every hurtful word ever spoken against me, every negative thought that others had entertained, as I casted them to God, He began to pile them all into a big massive heap. If I held onto a hurtful word spoken against me, He would stop and look up at me as if He was waiting for me to release that burden to Him. He knew exactly what was spoken against me, and it had it’s specific place in this pile. As soon as I casted it down, I saw the words roll right into the pile and He placed them in their specific spot.

He then began to smash them together and mold them into one another until I couldn’t read the words anymore. They were completely destroyed. It was just one massive glob. While He was doing this though, ever so often I saw words roll into this pile that I didn’t recognize. "Wait a minute", I thought. "I didn’t know that was said about me! I didn’t even cast that down to You, God!" He just simply looked up and said, "I know my beautiful one, there’s a lot that comes through that I don’t allow to touch you. I’m protecting you and it would only hurt you too much. I take these words upon myself and hide them from you." I was shocked. What love and compassion.

While He was smashing these words and conversations into this gigantic pile, I noticed more and more words, conversations about me, and hurtful things came rolling in. As if it was nothing at all, He just swiped His hand and smashed the cruel words into the now massive pile. All of sudden He began to shape this formless pile into something. He started molding the edges into points, smoothed out the top so there were no dents or bumps, and lastly, He began to shape indentations on the side that looked like some sort of steps. After He finished, He quietly put His hands down, and knelt to where I was standing. With such intense passion, He looked into my eyes and as a beautiful smile started to form upon His lips, He began to explain His purpose for all of this. 

Come up here my beloved and step upon these steps. I have built you a platform to take you to the next level. I am positioning you higher in this season.

You see, the accusations, hurtful words, judgements, slander, ridicule, jealous thoughts, envious words, and mocking negativity were meant for harm, but I shall let no harm inflict you. Instead, I take these words of your enemies and I build you a platform. A platform for what you ask? A platform for your ministry, your calling, and your purpose. The evil tendencies of others will inevitably be what lifts you higher and what will cause you to speak with even more passion. All is used for My glory and all is being used to bring you higher. Do not worry and do not tarry, for I am Jesus. I am your perfect Carpenter. I have built for you a stepping structure to rise above. And when you stand upon this platform I am constantlybuilding with the evil words of your enemies, surely it is then that all evil and all of your enemies are under your feet! This is my Word! Rejoice and step up! Rejoice and rise! For nothing shall ever hinder you nor steal from you if you hand it over to me! All things will only lift you higher and higher. For I am the Rock that has set you in mighty places. I am your Perfect Protector and you are covered under my Wings for all eternity! Take refuge. Take heart. Take me at my Word. For am I a man that should lie? Surely you have seen my faithfulness. Watch and be amazed, I am answering your true heart’s desire! You have wanted to be close to me, so I am bringing you higher! For this is what it truly means when I proclaimed that blessed are those who are persecuted for MY sake! The Kingdom of Heaven is yours!”

This vision that the Lord has given me truly shows how sovereign, and merciful He truly is. When you are called, anointed, and appointed, nothing…and I mean NOTHING will ever be able to bring you down! He is lifting you higher and higher on a platform that only He can build from those who try to bring you down! Every word spoken against you shall never prosper because He uses those words as your FOOTSTOOL! Rejoice and be glad, you are protected and loved dearly.

Amy Basel Ministries 2014

I love your blog. The exact moment that I needed to hear from God, I found your blog and read your latest post! WOW Amy what a blessing, continue to do what you're doing because it is helping me and I give God all the glory! He is working through you
Anonymous

Thank you so much for taking the time to not only read my blog, but also to write this very encouraging message. God is always on time, isn’t He? He knows just exactly what we need, and He will go to any length to make sure we receive the clarity/revelation/answer we have been seeking…if only we shall take the time to listen and also open our eyes to His promptings. I am honored that He used my blog to speak to you in such a timely matter. They are His words anyways, I’m just a vessel ;)

Thank you once again for the feedback so God receives the glory that He so deserves. Praying for you tonight, and that God continues to confirm His promises in your life. He is so incredibly faithful.

Blessings,

Amy