Check out this video to see what God is doing in New York as well as what is the next step for us on our journey!
Check out this video to see what God is doing in New York as well as what is the next step for us on our journey!
Currently, we have over 1000 views of our website, 33 Followers, and so many more people partnering with us in prayer for the work God is doing. Friday night at JHOP (Justice House of Prayer) NYC, the worship leader Kevin came up to us after the meeting was over and had a word to give to us. The word came from Exodus 17:11-13 “And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people” He spoke that God was calling us to be like a Moses and that we were to go out and do great and mighty things. He said that is was important for us to raise up partners everywhere that we go so that they could directly take part in the work that was being done through our efforts.
I want to thank everyone who has partnered with us so far in prayer and giving and bless you for everything you have done for us. We are seeking out all those who can partner with us financially both with one time investments, and with continued monthly blessings. Many of you believe in Katie, myself and the ministry that God is calling us to do. I am asking you to become our continued partners throughout this global journey on which God has called us. We are looking for 50 or more people who can contribute $50 or more each month. A gift of any size and amount will be a blessing to us since we must travel between countries which can get expensive.
Our next stop is Norway. We are expecting to minister here for about a month before heading to the UK. Tickets to Norway are going to cost $1300 for the both of us. While we are here, we will be taking part in a special school to train and equip the people of Norway with proven evangelistic tools. The cost of this school is $730 and will include all of our food and lodging for this time. These are some additional expenses on top of the monthly support we are needing.
We know and trust that God is our provider and sustainer and that He has called us out on this journey. We know that He will provide everything that we need to complete His mission. I would like you to consider two things. One, is it possible that God wants to use you to provide for us? Please pray and ask the Lord what amount you are supposed to give. Two, do you want to share in the fruit of the mission God is leading us to? Everything you give is going into the planting, watering, and harvesting that God has us doing. You are strengthening and encouraging churches through us as you partner with us on God’s Global Mission.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!! and Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!
It becomes more and more evident as we are here the spiritual battle that is taking place all around us. I may not be the most spiritually discerning Man of God, but I can tell when things are happening. I mentioned in a previous post how the evidence of people being influenced by the demonic is more evident especially as we walk the streets. On top of this, both my wife and I are physically more tired than we have ever been, and this seems to become more true after we are out on the streets for any length of time. I believe that the spiritual atmosphere here is so alive with the battle for this city that it spiritually drains us.
I want to share something that happened at a Bible study I was privileged to be a part of. When we arrived, this Bible Study was already well under way with 30ish businessmen in a circle in an office building talking about how we can love God more and become better husbands and fathers as it applied. The group had a special person, who is involved with Bethel, sitting in and sharing about how God had told them to set their eyes to the NorthEastern coast. God was starting to do great things in NYC with the evidence of Bethel and all the other Christian organizations that have recently been getting involved here.
After the gentleman from Bethel had finished speaking and encouraging the men that they were doing a great thing and that God was about to move in great ways in NYC, another man began to share. He began to share about how God’s wrath and judgment were coming to NY and that it was going to be crushed by China and that the people of this city were like the Israelites that had to be judged by the Assyrians. After this man was done sharing, another man began to share about how we needed to reach the people with love and forgiveness. When this man began to speak, the Judgment Man began to raise his voice at him and talk more loudly about God’s judgment and wrath. So the Love guy stood up and went over to the judgment guy and asked him if they could step outside and talk about it so the rest of the group was not disrupted. He explained that this was not a debate but a Bible study but he would be glad to discuss it with him outside.
Apparently, the calm manner of the Love Guy did not sit well with the judgment guy and he started getting very loud and angry. He began to rebuke Love guy and say that He was the devil. It was very apparent to all the rest of us in the room that the love guy and the way he was dealing with things was the correct way, and the judgment guy was angry and out of control. Eventually, they had to call security to escort judgment guy out because he did not want to calm down or quit disrupting the group. Even as he was escorted out the door, judgment guy was calling the people of the group hypocrites because they were such loving Christians to have him removed by security. The response of the group was a proper one. They prayed for him and then continued on with what they had been discussing previously.
It seemed to me that this was a direct assault against what God was doing. He had just brought encouragement to his people that something great was happening in New York, and this judgment guy began to try to bring in despair and the negative. It can be easy to be sucked into the lies of the enemy, because there is an element of truth in them. However, even if everything that man was saying was 100% true, he was not speaking it in a loving or respectful way and was therefore outside of obedience to God.
I encourage you not only to be on the look out for how the enemy would try to come in and snatch away the Word of God that He is trying to speak to His people, but also to be sure that when you are speaking the truth that you are speaking with love. So many people are hurt and broken because well meaning people have spoken words that may have been true, but were not given in order to encourage and build up. Please be sure that as you speak, you are encouraging and strengthening everyone around you. You should be known, just as Jesus was, as the one who has the “words of life”. Speak truth, but speak it so that life comes forth and not death!!!
Please continue to pray for New York City! This is a place that touches so many different kinds of people from so many different countries that the missions done in NYC will literally affect the whole world. Pray for us that we are continually strengthened and obedient to everything God has for us here and as we prepare for our next journey. Partner with us in prayer and finances and pray for our protection and provision as we continue to serve the Lord!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
We have been in New York City for about a week now and several things are becoming apparent. First, it is much harder to blog than before, maybe because I am the one responsible to God for making sure we are being diligent in the ministry He has for us. Second, I am responsible for my wife now when before it was just me. However, I will continue to update you as often as I can about the happenings here.
First, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of praying for us and partnering with us in this way. NYC is a good training ground for us before we head out into other countries, and it is amazing to see the level of demonic activity that is surrounding us. Whether it is because we are on the scene or it is always like this, I do not know, but it is very evident that at least two of these instances were intended to cause us to fear. We are not fearing, just pressing forward.
Also, things are not looking as I originally thought here, but we are still doing ministry. Not the crazy awesomeness that I thought, but it is happening. Please continue to pray that God would open the doors and that we would come to know more about our specific purpose here beyond ministering life and encouragement to my friend Zach.
I wanted to share with you two things that God spoke to me about NYC. As the plane was landing last week, I began to pray for NYC and ask the Lord to reveal what was going on here. He spoke to me that He was birthing Fire in NYC. THis became very evident this week in many ways. Bethel, JHOP, Hillsong, NAMB and many more amazing ministries have set their sights on bringing the gospel here. Each of these are already setup and ministering in various ways.
The second thing was one morning, I woke up singing, “My God’s not Dead, He is surely alive. He’s living on the inside roaring like a lion!” Many people may look at cities like NY and think that it is a godless depraved city. However, God is not dead here!!! He is roaring like a lion and waking up His people. He is calling His children to rise up and take back this Gateway city. When His people control the gateway cities to the nations, they are the ones letting in the glory of the Lord and keeping out the attack of the enemy.
I want to encourage you in your life that there may be situations, people, places where you feel that are godless and so far removed from God and are without Him. He is not dead in that person, situation, or circumstance!!! He is inside and roaring like a lion His truth and love. Perhaps you are the one He wants to use to bring His truth and love to a situation! Ask Holy Spirit if there is some way that He can use you to roar our His truth to the people, situations, and circumstances around you. I bless you with this “My God is Not dead! He is surely alive in You! He is living on the inside of You! He is roaring like a Lion in and through You!!! Let it out and roar the way You were designed to roar as a son or daughter of the Lion of Judah!!!
The adventure that God has called us to has finally begun. It is almost surreal to realize that I am married to the most beautiful woman that God blessed me with, and that our global journey has begun! God is so awesome, and He knows that if I had tried to do things my way, in either of these situations, I would have royally messed things up! But God blessed me and I was obedient so I am where I am today.
God in His wisdom knows that we need continued confirmation of what He is doing so He confirmed our ministry again with an undeniable appointment. Our flight to NY took us first to North Carolina. While we were waiting for our flight to DFW to arrive, Katie turned to me and said she thought she recognized one of the guys waiting with us to board the plane. She thought it was one of the brothers of someone from our church. I almost went and asked him, but just briefly mentioned to God that if it was him, I might be able to talk to him on the plane or something. Well, we boarded the plane and sat down and along comes this fellow, Larry, and he was seated right next to Katie. Before he sat down, I asked him if his name was Larry and he gave me this bewildered look. Eventually, I explained the whole situation and we got to share with him about what we were doing and where we were headed.
It was great that God took care of all the hard stuff because He knew! When we were getting ready to land, I switched seats with Katie so that she could watch all the scenery and was now sitting next to Larry. I had seen that often when he was talking, he would move his neck in an abnormal way. I asked him if it was hurting, and he explained how he had been in a car accident when he was 19. His neck had hurt ever since. I got to talk to him a while about healing and eventually he said to me, “Yeah, I can handle that.” And asked me to pray on the spot for him. I was actually about to ask him if I could pray, but he beat me to it. I was a little disappointed that his neck was not instantaneously healed, but I felt Holy Spirit moving as I prayed.
I pray that he was blessed through our conversations and prayer for him. Obviously, God set all this up in a way that we could not mess up unless we really were trying hard. He also used this as a confirmation that we were where we were supposed to be and that He was leading our every step.
I want to encourage just like the title said that God has got your back! He works all things together for His good to them that love Him! As you go through this life, whether you are on a plane, in the workplace, in the store, school, or whatever; always be looking for what God is doing and where He is calling you to speak. He sets up these little appointments that you can ignore or walk away from. However, you are always called to be a blessing to those around you. As long as you are listening to the Lord and obedient to His calling, amazing things will happen and you just get to be a part of the work that God is doing.
I bless you with the ability to know the Lord and walk with Him in such a way that you know He has got your back and will not let you mess things up. Walk in the power of the Lord and be a blessing to all those around you!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
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As the time draws nearer for us to go out into all the world, God continues to speak His truth to our hearts and souls. God is continuing to speak to us all of the time and we must be careful to hear and obey what He is saying. Today, as I was reading in Romans 2, God was speaking to me about my actions.
Your actions always reveal your heart, in one way or the other! Each time you act, these things are telling you something. The things that you say or do will either convince others of the Truth or convict you of a wrong heart. The actions of two people may be the very same act, but the difference is always the heart behind it, or the intention in the doing the action. Time will always prove the intention behind it. You might be able to lie to yourself, but God is not fooled by a good act motivated by a wrong heart! Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. He rewards you for the heart behind the act and not just the act itself.
If you look at things this way, any time you do something good with a wrong motive, no matter how good the act may be, you are not doing it for God. Whatever you are doing it is really for yourself (perhaps it is to make yourself look or feel better or you are being deceived) or it is for others to see. You are doing these things for others to recognize you and this is a selfish motive. James 4:1-3 confirms this in that God answers us and gives us what we ask for except when our hearts are amiss or we ask out of our own selfishness.
I do not want you to ever be fooled by the enemy! God is not fooled by our actions, but always looks at the heart. When He sees your acts, is He seeing your selfishness or is He seeing a pure heart with a desire to please Him? Ask Holy Spirit to reveal Truth to you about every action that you may do it for the glory of God!
If this is your prayer for your life as it is mine, join me in praying something like this:
“God help me to never do anything out of my own selfish desires, motives, or ambitions. I never want to be deceived into doing anything for the wrong reasons. Help me to live in Truth and selflessness as long as I am alive!!! Make me more like You than ever before! Give me Your heart of love, compassion, and service that I may serve in the same way you did! Help me to become more like you every day in every way!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
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