Monthly Archives: November 2013

False Faces of Friends and Foes

Our God is truly amazing!!! After our flurry of activities in Scotland, we were able to take a kind of chill week to relax and get into the rhythm of things here in Newcastle. It was a short train ride from Stirling to Scotland, but it was incredibly beautiful along the way. We have been completely welcomed into the family of God at St. Luke’s, and I have gotten to connect with many friends from last year. The vicar here Robert, has commented several times that he hopes we stay for a really long time. We will see what happens, but at the very least, we know that we can be close to friends and family over the holidays, which is always a blessing.

We have the privilege of staying with Paul, a friend I met from last year, who has a unique perspective on things. He was not raised in the church and did not have the most pleasant of lives growing up. However, Jesus found him and brought him to St. Luke’s just like he brought us here. He is one of the most honest people I know. He talks about how he feels and openly admits when he is wrong. That is not something that is found today, an open transparency.

As we were walking our customary 45 minutes to the church last week, we began to talk about the people here in Newcastle. For those who do not know, Newcastle was rated the third in most popular European nightlife destinations only beaten out by London and Berlin and 7th in the world category. In other words, Newcastle is a huge party city. The funny thing is that for the “normal” person, being out in the daytime, you may never know this. However, the nighttime, especially weekends, is when the craziness begins.

As Paul and I began to talk, we discussed the different masks that people choose to put on and how it is evident here. He mentioned how a lot of his friends all looked nice and began to dress in the same stylish manner and how they would give other people a hard time. I remarked how that had never been a big deal to me. It was easy to see how some people have so many faces that they put on for other people, they may not even know who they are any more, or perhaps they do not like who they really are so they use masks to fit in. We suggested some of the false faces people put on, one for work and school, one for friends and partying, one for church, one for looking good and one for relaxing… There are an infinity of masks that people will put on and there are a plethora of reasons why they may put these on. I think it comes down to one basic reason. Fear! We are often afraid to let people know who we really are. Will they like us? Will they judge us? Will they hurt us? Will they accept us? Will they be open with us or give us a cold mask of superiority?

I have found that some of the best masks can be found in the church. We like to present ourselves perfect, even though we all know that we are not. We dress nice, act our best, and are on our best behavior. Often, those who have not come to Christ yet, come in hurting and see all these perfect plastic people and decide they can never be a part of this perfection. Sometimes, our masks are so good we almost begin to believe them. Outsiders coming in would never believe that the church is made up of hurting broken people and so they often do not feel welcome there. We are afraid that others will judge us and who we really are if we let them know we are broken. Why is this, because we judge the imperfections in others. I know for me, this was one of the sins I struggled with for so long. I could look at someone and see myself as better than them even though I was struggling with my own stuff. God led me through a place where I did a lot of work with young people in the prison system and people of all walks of life and this helped me to learn to be real, honest and transparent.

I want to encourage you to be yourself. Be real, honest and transparent. The church should be where we get together as transparent people and reveal Christ shining through all of our situations and failings. People should feel more welcome in the church than anywhere else in the world. We show the love of Christ to all who are caught up in the ways of the world, because we too were ones such as this. And even now, when we know the Truth, we do not follow Him as we should. We fail! How much more can we expect those who do not know the Truth to walk like they do? You are accepted by God who will never hurt you. You are free to be yourself. I am not perfect at this, but I am learning more and more how to be my own strange self.

Final story – Yesterday, we went out to celebrate our three month anniversary (you would be celebrating too if you were me and had such an awesome wife!!!). We decided to see a movie, and as we were buying tickets, I was having fun being myself. The guy asked me if I was a student or had anything that would discount the tickets. I was just messing with him and said “No, we are foreigners though. That should be worth something. Or you could give me the redhead discount.” He also happened to be a Ginger so I guess he thought it was funny or something. Anyway, I realized that after I had bought the tickets, he had given us a student discount, which was actually quite a big one. I had not actually been trying to get a discount, but was just being myself and got blessed.

Just remember, God made you. He accepts you, no matter how strange you might be (believe me, I know from experience). He loves you and will never leave you alone or love you less. Who else’s opinion matters?

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Shout Out From Scotland – Video Update #4

Scotland is ready for revival and their time is now!!! Scotland is the gateway to Europe, so check out this Video Update from our time in Scotland to see specific ways you can be praying for the nation and the people there to see this wave of revival sweep not only across Scotland but to all of Europe!!!

Forever Faithful

Our time in Scotland was a flurry of unceasing activity and I barely had any time to stop and breath let alone write a blog.  It was a nice feeling being so involved with ministry that by the end of the day, we were exhausted.  So, I did not write anything while I was in Scotland, but my wife is amazing and somehow found time.  Now, we are at the next stop on our trip Newcastle, England, but I thought I would write a retro blog about two things while I had a little time to sit and reflect on our Awesome Father!

The first is that it was just a blessing to be in Scotland. We were welcomed in such a mighty way and never got a negative glance. We got to encourage, strengthen, and pray for so many people and this was not even a place we planned on coming.  At the beginning, God told us to look for the open doors and go there along the way.  This was such a wide open door that it did not even appear to have one.  It truly was a blessing to be in Scotland, and we know that God used us to bless many people.

While we were there, I got to share several times a message God gave me while we were landing in Edinburgh.  I did not get a prophetic vision like my wife (which she shared earlier in a blog titled Lighthouse of Life), but these two messages working together, hers and mine, blessed many people.  God spoke the word to me to remind the people of Scotland that He is Faithful!  The promises that He has spoken will come about, it just takes our faith and patient perseverance until it happens (Hebrews 6:12).  The people in Scotland have been praying the promises of God into existence for so long. We met so many small fiery prayers groups who were all contending for God to come and do a mighty work in their land.  How many years of prayer did it take for God to bring about freedom from slavery? How many were praying that this would be ended that we will never know or hear of?  These faithful prayers prepared the way for God to move mightily.  They are praying that God will send revival to their country and to Europe with the same fervor and expectation.

Just as I reminded the people of Scotland of the Faithfulness of God and the surety of His promises coming about, I want to mind you as well.  It seems that as we go throughout this life, the thorns of this world grow up and choke out the fruit from the promises God has made to us or given us through His Word.  The cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, and pleasures of this life choke out the fruit that the promises of God wants to bring about in our lives.  Gods promises will always come about, but it depends on our continued faith and perseverance as to the timing and fruitfulness of these promises (Luke 8:14-15).

So, hold on to every promise of God as if your life depends on it, because it does. Never let the lack of seeing things happen hinder you from believing and praying that the promises of God will come about.  Trust and obey what God has said to you and never let anything else keep you from bearing the fruitful reward of His promises in your life!!!  Never accept any less than the very best, the promises of God being fulfilled completely in your life and the lives of all you are around!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

The Spiritual Significance of Scotland

Scotland Flag

As we have been here, it is clear that the spiritual significance of this country is greater than we first imagined.  It is ingrained into everything here, even down to the Scottish flag.  It’s creation and symbolism has great spiritual meaning and was the image of victory in the past.  It is in the shape of Christian Apostle and martyr, St. Andrew’s cross symbolizing his crucifixion upon an x-shaped cross.  Legend has it that in 832, Óengus II led an army to battle and on the eve of the battle, he was engaged in prayer and vowed that if granted victory, he would appoint St. Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland.  Andrew then appeared to him in a dream and assured victory.  On the morning of the battle, white clouds forming an X shape in the sky were said to have appeared.  Upon seeing this, Óengus and his men took the field and despite being inferior in numbers, were victorious.

Currently, we are staying in Stirling, Scotland and there are mounds of historical and spiritual significance here.  Stirling was once the capital of Scotland but is interestingly enough, one of Scotland’s smallest towns.  King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England was crowned at The Church of the Holy Rude here in Stirling,  he was baptized at Stirling Castle and his name may be familiar to you because the King James Bible written in 1611 bears his name.

stirling castle

Because of its strategic position and placement, it historically was always being attacked or invaded with intention of takeover.  Stirling Castle was one of the largest and most important castles because it was the last castle remaining in Scottish hands.  It underwent at least eight sieges with the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence, including one of the most well known, the Battle of Stirling Bridge with William Wallace (as seen in the movie, Braveheart.)  Stirling is the “Gateway to the Highlands” and part of what is called the Central Belt of Scotland, which includes Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh.  Stirling is known as the belt buckle and William Wallace said, “He who holds Stirling holds Scotland.”  

Scotland Map

Wow!  Just as significant as it was to hold Stirling and to keep it from being taken over by invading armies in the early years, it is equally as important now.  Once an invading army was able to capture Stirling, they had easy access to all of Scotland.  Upon visiting the Stirling Castle and learning of its history and the lives that were given to keep Stirling in Scottish hands, I realized that this same battle is taking place today.  Perhaps not quite the same with gaining power over the land physically, but spiritually.  It is said that Scotland is the “Gateway to Europe.” You can reach the countries of Europe easily from Scotland and this I believe, is a prophetic word.  It also explains the vision of light missiles that the Lord gave me in prayer for Scotland as well as another man which can be found in my previous post, Lighthouse of Life.

There is an openness here and God is being invited in through so many different people and He is doing crazy things.  Being able to partake in many different ministries here in Stirling, I have no doubt of that or that Stirling has a big part in this move.  “He who holds Stirling holds Scotland.”  All it takes is God’s people coming together in unity and contending for this to occur. Oswald Chambers said, “Prayer does not prepare us for the greater work, prayer IS the greater work.”  A Scottish man told us at a cafe church that a missionary years ago said the Lord gave him the message that, “Strangers will come and build your walls”, in regards to Scotland.  Isaiah 58 compares true and false worship and true fasting that heals, frees, loves, restores, serves. Verse 12 says, “Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.  Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.”  Isaiah 60 is talking about revival and verse 10 states, “Foreigners will rebuild your walls…”  God has revealed this as a promise over Scotland.

A battle wages today for souls.  The enemy will do whatever he can to divide and conquer and he will steal, kill and destroy whatever he can get his hands on in the process.  Is there any area of breach in your life? Is there any offense that has been allowed to take root and birth bitterness, anger, unforgiveness?  Romans 16:20 says, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under YOUR feet.”  If there is, I encourage you to hand it over to God and through His power, crush the enemy!!!  The victory is freely yours through Jesus!  Take hold of your triumph today!!!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!

Lighthouse of Life

God is moving quickly and He now has us in Scotland!  The call to come here was so evident and was what I believe to be the widest open door that we have had so far.  We have been more than welcome here and have been privileged to partake in numerous ministry opportunities.  While on the plane traveling to Scotland, I was praying for the Lord to show us what we were to do here as well as claiming a word from my sister-in-law, Tiffany, that God would reveal to us what the spiritual needs of the countries and places we travel to are.  The Lord then gave me a vision of a large lighthouse with a bright light shining directly up to the Heavens placed atop a vast hill.  There were many believers gathered around it praying, worshipping and asking the Lord to “Open the Heavens Wide.”  Each time that this was sung, the intensity of their passion grew and they poured out more of themselves into this prayer. With each growing cry, the light shone brighter and grew larger.  As this progressed, a hole began to open in the clouds and the glory of the Lord filled the sky as the beam of light reached into the Heavens.  The hole opened up even more and this continued until the people gave absolutely everything that was within them.  Then, the light in the Heavens (God’s presence) exploded and came down and filled the plush, green land.  When it dissipated, particles of light began to appear all across the land and missiles of light shot out to nations all across the world.

The Lord revealed to me through this vision that Scotland is alive but for too long it has remained dormant awaiting an awakening.  The people gathered around the lighthouse and the particles of light are those that are meeting and contending for a swift move of God to fall upon the nation as it has before.  Unity must be a main piece of how this change will come. God gave me Ephesians 5:1-14 which is all about living in the light, being children of light, Christ is the light.  The main verse being Ephesians 5:14, “Arise, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”  Isaiah 60:1-3 says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”  

The interesting thing upon sharing this vision with the people here is that God has revealed this same vision to other Americans who were then led here upon His call.  A woman years ago had a vision of 400 lighthouses.  I met a man at GHOP (Glasgow House of Prayer) from my hometown who received a similar vision of the lights and missiles reaching out to the nations that eventually led him here to stay.  Another American woman spoke of a lighthouse whose light (revival) spread from the northwest to the east, as mine did.  There are over 100 cities/towns where Lighthouses of Prayer are taking place in Scotland, of all denominations and backgrounds praying for this move.  We’ve met a few leaders of the groups and the lighthouse is a very significant symbol to them.  We’ve found that there is a lot of prayers going up but a lack of unity among the churches and ministries which has been taking place for centuries.

Please join us in prayer for Scotland that the spirit of division would be destroyed and that unity would be restored to the people.  Psalm 133 says that where there is unity, the Lord commands blessing.  Light= what is Good + Right + Pure.  Christ is the Light.  I urge you to take hold of these verses and to be that beacon of light that helps usher in awakening.  If there is any place in your life where there is a lack of unity or broken relationships, I encourage you to do your part in mending them so that unity will come that will bring forth blessing.  What better blessing than to see Scotland, your nation and all nations be revived and set on fire for Jesus!!!  

Blessings,

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Victory for the Vikings – Video Update #3

Our time in Norway has come to an end. Check out this video to see how you can be praying for Norway and the Norwegian people as well as a special appearance from a Viking Warrior!

Please follow us, like this video, share it, and partner with us in prayer as we continue our journey to Scotland tomorrow as well as praying about partnering with us financially. We covet your prayers and support and pray a special blessing over you as you continue with us on this amazing adventure of following the call of the Lord!!!