Lead Strong

Not everything you do is supposed to be met with rave reviews. You are called to listen to my voice and move forward with what I say. So hear me Son. You are obeying me. You are listening to me and seeking my will. You have found favor in my eyes. Continue with boldness. Don’t let what people say drag you down. You are mine. I am yours. Continue with the plan I’ve given you and don’t back down. Let the others conform to what I’ve given you, as the leader. I will test them through it. Son, I’m with you. Fear not. Be bold, confident, knowing that all of heaven is backing you up. And we are not weak. March forward right over the Devil’s forces. My power is manifest. 46069

Fresh Word

Son, be at peace.

Allow my river to flow from your heart. Allow the words to be formed in your mouth that will be life and peace. Words that will be authority and bring structure and order. Shall you not be an oracle? You shall. This is your destiny. I must have a mouth piece in the earth. The words must flow from my Spirit to your spirit to your mouth to the ears of those who must hear. Its not only humans who must hear you speak, there are spirits, angelic and demonic who must hear your words. They must hear the sound that they’ve heard for ages past. The same sound, the same authority they’ve heard in heaven. They know and have heard that voice. They recognize the sound of faith as it comes forth into the earth. They have heard it much and they know the change it brings. They respect it. They must bow to it. Son be my mouth piece. Speak what my Spirit gives you to speak. Speak. Speak. Speak!


Another Missions Trip - Here Comes Uganda!!!

Dear Friends,

Many of you remember that I went to Luxembourg and Liberia, West Africa a few years ago. That was a powerful trip. Several of you helped me to make that trip. Thank you.

Earlier this year, I met a young pastor from Uganda. My brother, Andrew, from Texas introduced us. It was a powerful meeting. I really sensed the Lord’s hand on it. In that meeting, he spoke of the Lord’s direction to him to have me come to Uganda, stay in his home, and minister in his church. I agreed to come.

I’m coupling this trip to Uganda with another trip to Luxembourg. Nancy will travel with me to Luxembourg; we’ll minister there for a week. She’ll then return home while I go on to Uganda.

The cost of travel can be high. In this case we're paying for the cost of the flights, some hotel in transit, the cost of hotel in Luxembourg, and other incidentals. This comes out to several thousand dollars. If you are interested in helping by contributing to this trip, you can make a check payable to Joseph Barlow Ministries and send it to the address below or you can go online to my blog at www.josephbarlow.com and contribute through PayPal. These contributions are tax-deductible, you will receive a receipt at the end of the year for your taxes.

We need to purchase these tickets by the end of the third week of October.

If you’re not able to help financially, please keep us in prayer, that the ministry would be very effective and that the pastors and churches where we minister will be strengthened.

God bless you & thanks for your support & help.

Pastor Joseph Barlow
Family Life Christian Center/Joseph Barlow Ministries
640 East St. Charles Road Suite 200
Carol Stream, IL 60188


Knowing Joseph

Exo 1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
To speak metaphorically:
“Knowing Joseph” could stand for the world being familiar with the anointing and importance of the gifts and abilities that rest on God’s children.
“Knowing Joseph” they would have been partakers of the saving graces that God can provide to the world through his church.
“Knowing Joseph” they would hold God’s children in reverence and awe with a reverent fear that behind these people was some omnipotent power whom they did not know personally but it seems that these people do know this power personally.
“Knowing not Joseph” led to bondage for the people of God, because the world feared them because they as a people seemed blessed for some reason.

When there was a man who wore the anointing and had been proven in integrity by fiery adversity, God was able to place a mantle of authority on him that He couldn’t on one untried and unproven.
Joseph was positioned by God and exalted in the eyes of the world because of his extraordinary (God-given) endowment of ability. His work made a marvelous impact on the world because his abilities were extraordinary. Through all this his integrity never crumbled, as was normal for the world. Joseph was a good man. The world knew it. God knew it. He could be relied upon. He was faithful. Thus “knowing Joseph” is a healthy thing for the world. It brings blessing and order. But there must be a Joseph available for the world to know.

Are you a “Joseph” or maybe a “Joseph in training”?

Are you being prepared to bring solutions into this earth that answer man’s deepest problems, not just sacred but secular?

God is looking for someone he can exalt. God is looking for a man who he can lift up into a position of prominence, strength and authority who will work blessings into the fabric of society. Could it be you? Could it be me?

Let’s submit to the training, the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Let’s allow the refiner to complete His work. Let us wait patiently as He lets us sit and wait for the proper timing and positioning of our target.

Ps. 127 says, “like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

Is. 49 says he hid me in Isa 49:2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.

Let God use you.

The Holy War Rages On

The debate between Creationism and Evolutionism is a war of ideas where the victor’s spoil is great. As each idea’s adherents seek to champion their belief, the propagation of their idea over the other becomes the goal. They say it is science versus religion.

I say it is purely religion.

Those on the side of Creation believe what they believe because they want to believe it. They may have been presented with thoughts, teachings, scriptures then something they hear or see in those teachings matches what they see in the world around them. They see that there is a god who designed and built the world we live in.

Those who have chosen to reject the existence of God have sought to define a method for the development of the world we live in. Since they reject the existence of God they must reject any existence of intelligent design. To acknowledge intelligence in design requires the acknowledging the existence of God.

It seems that “scientists” come into the study of origins with a presupposition; they either come believing in the existence of God or disbelieving it. This presupposition predisposes them to an outcome of their study regardless of empirical data and scientific method.

If this predisposition that I propose is true then each side will manipulate, skew, distort and ignore whatever data or evidence does not match their predisposition.

We therefore have a war of religion: Creationism vs. Evolutionism!


You Could Have That!

Hey Friends,
This clock and this calendar are never going to stop! Until you do! But the hours, minutes and days of our life are precious! They are a gift from God. Lived with Him they are fruitful, enjoyable, strengthening and exciting. But please don’t attempt to live this life without Him. His desire is that you just open up your heart to Him. Acknowledge Him. Invite Him. Welcome Him to be a part of your day; a part of your life.
I remember when I was young, my Dad encouraging me, you could have this, or you could have that and I remember thinking, “Really?” But my Dad was right there assuring me that I could have those things that I desired yet seemed beyond my reach.
Our Heavenly Father is the same way. He brings the same encouragement as we allow Him a place in our lives. He will show you great and mighty things that you haven’t yet seen.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)

Handhelds can become parasitic

Hey Friends,

I woke up this morning with the Lord talking to me. Here's the journal entry:

You awaken my ear like one being taught.

Regarding handhelds & other electronics:
They can become parasitic

Jeremiah 2:6
This is what the Lord says
What fault did your fathers find in me
that they strayed so far from me?
They followed worthless idols
and became worthless themselves.

  • Pay attention to what you need
  • Pay attention to what you have
  • Pay attention to what has you
  • What do you focus on?
  • What do you focus on the most?
  • Is it life to you?
  • Or does it take life from you?

Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years.
This is your life -
what will you spend it on?
Where your focus is - there your heart is.

Proverbs 17:24
A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
But a fools eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 19:29
Stop listening to instruction, my son
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Son, I will show you what life is:
Life is when you tap into me and knowledge, wisdom, love and healing begin to flow. Being one with me, spending time listening to my voice, reading my word & preparing your heart for service. This is life.
This multiplies and brings forth my abundance to you.

So walk with Me Son.
Let me lead, guide, direct.
Let me give you focus.
Focus your eyes on Me.
Through me you can see all I would have you see.
Through me, the wisdom you need is revealed.


Trouble In The Land - What To Do

Hey Friends,

The Lord spoke this to me a few months ago:
Here's my journal entry from 2/19/2011

Good morning Lord,

There's a lot of turmoil in the world today - Wisconsin, DC, several states budget battles, in other countries rebellion against standing leadership

Son, there's coming even more shaking. The Kingdom of Darkness will continue to work to consume itself and any others it may.

If no one takes responsibility to correct things the people will return to anarchy.

Son, be fiscally responsible. Always believe me for the things I tell you to do. Trust that my provision will come and don't shrink back from your stand of faith.

I am God and I can and will provide. The government is not God. It cannot provide all that it has promised. Great disappointment will follow these broken promises and you will see violence throughout the land. The way this shakes out depends on what the righteous will do. Pray for those who are called to stand up and speak that they would allow me to speak through them.

So, my friends, let's be praying!
Love ya

Starting A New Journal

Hey Friends,

I love starting a new journal after I've filled up another. I recently started a new one, here's the entry from the first day.

Father, I call forth a new level of revelation, conversation and wisdom as you and I discuss in these pages the things we would share with each other.

Lord, fill my heart & mind with your wisdom.

Son, I'm speaking in such a way as to draw your heart and mind to a more open posture. I want you to hear me more clearly and obey me instantly. My "suddenlys" can be your "suddenlys". Are you ready to move quick when I speak?

Here I am, now follow me.

Know my voice
Know it when it's gentle
Know it when it's kind
Know it when it's soft
Know it when it's strong

I am kind Son.
I am gentle
I am encouraging
But, I'm also a King!
I make decrees and commands that I expect to be obeyed.

Know my voice Son
Hear me whisper
Hear me shout
I am God
Theres is no other
Hear me out!

Son, the path I have for you is long.
There's many years ahead.
Hear my voice speaking to you of my secret wisdom
...known to so few and some of it to none.
Come listen
Let me explain

I go before you...don't make me follow
Watch & see what you see
I will show you
As I go before you it will naturally be in your sight.
You'll know what to do.
- So slow down a bit -
Watch for my hand.
Don't make moves without Me.
There's safety in waiting.
Rest now.

Well, friends, I hope that blessed you.

Move Forward on My Agenda

Son, there is much you can do, but specific things I’ve called you to.

Don’t let the good ideas crowd out or distract from the directions I’ve given you.

Move forward on My agenda.

Son, that’s where you’ll see your desires fulfilled.


Jesus Satisfies Like No Other Can

Tithing does not affect your salvation, but it may affect how you live.

Let’s get our eyes off being wealthy and fix our eyes on Jesus.
Fall in love with Him—not prosperity.
Jesus satisfies like no other can.
If you love money it has you.
If you love Jesus, money can’t hold you.
We must not pursue wealth—no matter what!
Jesus is our financier.

If I pursue Jesus—He’ll make me wealthy.
But it won’t matter to me; I’ll be faithful because He is faithful.

Be strong and powerful in your job.
Wherever God has you right now be a blessing to them.
God’s blessings will flow through you.
Let it all flow through love!

Tithing can be bondage.
Does it come from your heart or are you doing it because you have to?
Are you doing it because you are afraid?
Love me with your money! That’s where the blessing is!


The Power of the Lord is Here

The power of the Lord is here.
Flow with My power—move as My Spirit moves.
Do as you see Me doing, that is where the miracles are.
Keep in step with the Spirit.
When you are in tune with Me that’s when all will see the glory of the Lord risen upon you.
When your praise has been silent and your hands have been low, just at your side not lifted up to me, that’s when you know that the web of the enemy has been entangling you.
So shake off the dust, come before Me with a thankful heart, sing to Me, and let your spirit have dominance.
Your spirit wants to sing, sing son. Joy in Me.
Would I desire that you come up with the goods on your own? No son, it’s Me you’re trying to glorify.


Walk in My Abundance

Son, seeing is something you can always do.
I have granted this to you.
Open your eyes in the Spirit and things will be revealed to you, things that will bless others thing that will bring order to your life, work and ministry—I love you son.
All things are yours. Walk in My abundance.


The Present Turmoil and God's Provision

Good Morning Lord,
There's a lot of turmoil in the world today - Wisconsin, DC, several states budget battles, in other countries rebellion against standing leadership...


there's coming even more shaking. The kingdom of darkness will continue to work to consume itself and any others it may.

If no one takes responsibility to correct things the people will return to anarchy.

Son, be fiscally responsible. Always believe me for the things I tell you to do, trust that my provision will come and don't shrink back from your stand of faith.

I am God and I can and will provide. The government is not God and it cannot provide all that it has promised. Great disappointment will follow these broken promises and you will see violence throughout the land.

The way this shakes out depends on what the righteous will do. Pray for those who are called to stand up and speak that they would allow me to speak through them.


I Am Doing a Work

I am doing a work, son.
I am exalting Myself higher in the earth this day.
I am letting man see My glory and My strength.

What I do will surprise you.

But know that I only act by love.
Be ready to pick up that which falls from this great shaking.


Walk in My Ways

Monumental is the task that is before you.
But My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Walk in My ways and you’ll see My will come.

I’m teaching you the things you need to know.
I love you, son.
Victory is in My word and in your mouth.
Speak what I say.
Bring prayer up to a higher priority.

You can do what I’ve called you to, just buckle down and start doing it.
I love you, son.


By Faith We Receive from God

Faith is important: without it you can just get in line with the world and all that they are receiving, but by faith receive from the hand of God.

By faith a bridge spans the chasm between us and the blessings of God.
By faith we have it on earth as it is in heaven.
By faith we escape the corruption that is in the world.
By faith we receive from God.
God is ready willing and able to complete what He said.
By faith we receive.The Bible is the menu to the supernatural happening in your life.