I woke up with these words ringing in my ears:
I AM PULLING DOWN THE RED TAPE AND GIVING YOU THE BLUE TAPE OF FREEDOM!”
I saw the hands of The Lord pulling down this thick, red tape that had been taped over multiple times and He showed me a long strip of blue tape. I had no idea what this meant, so I researched and this is what I found.
From the timemanagementninja.com
Unnecessary rules and complicated procedures, that get in people’s way of getting their work done.
Official routine or procedure marked by excessive complexity which results in delay or inaction
The negative meaning of the color red is anger, things relating to the flesh
Red Tape Strategies:
Placing obstacles in the way of your team doing creative work
Trusting rules and policies, instead of your employees
Reacting to problems by tightening control, instead of allowing the team to address
No exception policies that restrict employees from getting work done
ECCLESIASTES 5:8 NLT
Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy.
Is the start of something new.
A construction project. Building something new. Remodeling something existing. Producing something better than was there previously.
Blue tape represents constructive, productive activity.
The meaning of the color blue is revelation, freedom, things relating to Heaven.
Blue Tape Strategies:
Allowing your teams to build new things
Removing barriers to creativity
Providing flexibility instead of restrictions
Reducing the obstacles to productivity
Getting out of the way of your employees
ROMANS 8:2 NKJV
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
The Lord is saying:
I am pulling down man-made laws and rules that bind, restrict and hinder you from becoming who you are meant to, from accomplishing what you are meant to, and from reaching those who have been ostracized by religion and the church. I am uprooting, removing, and dismantling every mind-controlling spirit, that has kept you in a state of fogginess, blinding you to My truth and revelations! No more! No more! I am removing the blinders from your spiritual eyes, I am removing the religious handcuffs that keep you prisoner in a glass house of hypocrisy. I am giving you The Blue Tape of Freedom! Freedom to be who you are meant to be in Me, freedom to express yourself in ways that seem unconventional to the religious. I have placed in you unlimited potential to create and express your godly nature with power and authority. Whether it’s music, singing, dancing, painting, sculpting, making jewelry, writing, counseling, cooking, medicine, creating perfumes, building, engineering, whatever you are called to do, I have placed it in you and it is meant to build My Kingdom! I am not who they say I Am; I Am the inventor and creator of all that is good and beautiful. I did not create disease, death, and evil, sin did, disobedience did! And My Son Jesus, with His obedience and sacrifice, came to destroy sin, death, and disease!
I AM GOD!!!! THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE! I CANNOT BE CONFINED TO A BOX OR AN IDEA! THE WORLD HAS NO IDEA WHO I AM, EVEN SOME OF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO I REALLY AM!
I AM ETERNAL, I HAVE NO BEGINNING AND NO END! I HAVE BEEN HERE AND WILL BE HERE FOREVER! I DON’T RESIDE IN A BUILDING, I MAKE MY HOME IN YOUR HEART, IF YOU WILL HAVE ME! YOU ARE MY TEMPLE AND AS SUCH YOU NEED TO DISPLAY MY GLORY! HOW? BY STEPPING INTO YOUR KINGDOM IDENTITY AND EXPRESSING ALL THAT I HAVE PLACED INSIDE OF YOU!! YOU CANNOT REPRESS IT! DON’T LET AGE, GENDER, STATUS, OR LABELS STOP YOU FROM DISPLAYING WHO YOU ARE IN ME! THOSE ARE ALL MANMADE OBSTACLES MEANT TO STOP THE MOVE OF MY SPIRIT! I HAVE EMPOWERED YOU AND GIVEN YOU ALL YOU NEED TO WALK IN THE FULLNESS OF YOUR DESTINY, IT IS UP TO YOU NOW, GET UP AND WALK!
As The Lord spoke I had tears flowing from my eyes, and was overwhelmed with His love for us and His deep desire to see us walk in the fullness of our destiny in Him! It is as simple as: “YES LORD, I WILL!” Once we do, He will remove every hindrance! We need to co-labor with Him. Our mind, beliefs, and ideas, are the biggest obstacle to overcome, that’s why we need to renew our mind by reading The Word!
Ephesians 4:20-24 NKJV
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 2 TPT
1God’s Power Raised Us from the Dead 2 And his fullness fills you, even though you were once like corpses, dead in your sins and offenses. 2 It wasn’t that long ago that you lived in the religion, customs, and values of this world, obeying the dark ruler of the earthly realm who fills the atmosphere with his authority, and works diligently in the hearts of those who are disobedient to the truth of God. 3 The corruption that was in us from birth was expressed through the deeds and desires of our self – life. We lived by whatever natural cravings and thoughts our minds dictated, living as rebellious children subject to God’s wrath like everyone else. 4 But God still loved us with such great love. He is so rich in compassion and mercy. 5 Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace! 6 He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ! 7 Throughout the coming ages we will be the visible display of the infinite, limitless riches of his grace and kindness, which was showered upon us in Jesus Christ. 8 For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! 9 So no one will ever be able to boast, for salvation is never a reward for good works or human striving. 10 We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it! A New Humanity 11–12 So don’t forget that you were not born as Jews and were uncircumcised (circumcision itself is just a work of man’s hands); you had none of the Jewish covenants and laws; you were foreigners to Israel’s incredible heritage; you were without the covenants and prophetic promises of the Messiah, the promised hope, and without God. 13 Yet look at you now! Everything is new! Although you were once distant and far away from God, now you have been brought delightfully close to him through the sacred blood of Jesus—you have actually been united to Christ! 14 Our reconciling “Peace” is Jesus! He has made Jew and non-Jew one in Christ. By dying as our sacrifice, he has broken down every wall of prejudice that separated us and has now made us equal through our union with Christ. 15 Ethnic hatred has been dissolved by the crucifixion of his precious body on the cross. The legal code that stood condemning every one of us has now been repealed by his command. His triune essence has made peace between us by starting over—forming one new race of humanity, Jews and non-Jews fused together! 16 Two have now become one, and we live restored to God and reconciled in the body of Christ. Through his crucifixion, hatred died. 17 For the Messiah has come to preach this sweet message of peace to you, the ones who were distant, and to those who are near. 18 And now, because we are united to Christ, we both have equal and direct access in the realm of the Holy Spirit to come before the Father! 19 So, you are not foreigners or guests, but rather you are the children of the city of the holy ones, with all the rights as family members of the household of God. 20 You are rising like the perfectly fitted stones of the temple; and your lives are being built up together upon the ideal foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, and best of all, you are connected to the Head Cornerstone of the building, the Anointed One, Jesus Christ himself! 21 This entire building is under construction and is continually growing under his supervision until it rises up completed as the holy temple of the Lord himself. 22 This means that God is transforming each one of you into the Holy of Holies, his dwelling place, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in you!
Matthew 23 NLT
Jesus Criticizes the Religious Leaders
23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.
5 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms, they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. 6 And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. 7 They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’
8 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.9 And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
13 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.
15 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell[f] you yourselves are!
16 “Blind guides! What sorrow awaits you! For you say that it means nothing to swear ‘by God’s Temple,’ but that it is binding to swear ‘by the gold in the Temple.’ 17 Blind fools! Which is more important—the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 And you say that to swear ‘by the altar’ is not binding, but to swear ‘by the gifts on the altar’ is binding. 19 How blind! For which is more important—the gift on the altar or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 When you swear ‘by the altar,’ you are swearing by it and by everything on it. 21 And when you swear ‘by the Temple,’ you are swearing by it and by God, who lives in it. 22 And when you swear ‘by heaven,’ you are swearing by the throne of God and by God, who sits on the throne.
23 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. 24 Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!
25 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! 26 You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish,[i] and then the outside will become clean, too.
27 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. 28 Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you build tombs for the prophets your ancestors killed, and you decorate the monuments of the godly people your ancestors destroyed. 30 Then you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would never have joined them in killing the prophets.’
31 “But in saying that, you testify against yourselves that you are indeed the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead and finish what your ancestors started. 33 Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?
34 “Therefore, I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers of religious law. But you will kill some by crucifixion, and you will flog others with whips in your synagogues, chasing them from city to city. 35 As a result, you will be held responsible for the murder of all godly people of all time—from the murder of righteous Abel to the murder of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you killed in the Temple between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 I tell you the truth, this judgment will fall on this very generation.
Jesus Grieves over Jerusalem
37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. 38 And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate.39 For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on The Rising of the Esthers