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Humble Yourself 23/40

You are invited to join us for The Propel Fast! Please review Propelled To The Next Level and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement!

I want to release a song that God gave me for my sons 2 and 4 years old.  “It’s a good, good, good, good, good, good, dayyy. It’s a good, good, good, good dayyyy!” Its kind of a catchy little tune that gets in your head, and I often sing it when they, or I, am not in the greatest mood.  So, if you are struggling today on day 23 or if you are doing great, may you be blessed with knowing, “It’s a good, good, good, good, good, good, dayyyy.  It’s a good, good, good, good dayyyy!”

As we press on in The 40, we must remember to focus on Jesus for our strength and sustenance. We need him today more than we ever have whether we are fasting or not.  When we admit our need for Jesus and that we cannot do anything on our own, in agreement with John 15:5, we are stepping into humility.  As we continue to fast and pray The 40, humility is one of the greatest virtues we could gain.  Humility partnered with prayer and fasting has an indescribable power that begins to release itself in us and flow out from us.  

Let’s examine a few places in scripture where humility is partnered with repentance, prayer and fasting.  In 1 Kings 21, you actually find the only place of fasting without prayer, humility or repentance.  The wicked queen Jezebel actually calls a demonic fast as she schemes to murder Naboth and take his vineyard from him (1 Kings 21:9, 12). This is done through pride and for personal gain and results in false accusation.  No humility here.  

As King Ahab goes to survey his newly acquired vineyard, Elijah is sent to him with a message. Ahab, Jezebel, and all their children will be completely destroyed and wiped out.  This is a judgment because of their wickedness, rebellion, and constant disobedience to turn from God and his ways.  The following verses contain Ahab’s response:

1 Kings 21:27-29 So it was, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning. And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, “See how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the calamity in his days. In the days of his son I will bring the calamity on his house.”

Even though the judgment of The Lord had been pronounced repentance, fasting, and prayer were evidence of a humbled heart before God and his judgment was delayed until a later time.  The fasting and repentance were proof that Ahab had truly humbled himself and submitted himself to God. It was too late to avoid judgment, but God recognized and had mercy for a time before judgment took place.  

As we continue looking at humbling ourselves, repentance, fasting, and prayer, we move to a passage we discussed in Touching The Kingdom.  Here, we see the prophet Daniel has moved from repentance prayer in chapter 9 into fasting and prayer for 21 days.  He is pressing in for revelation and desires to gain understanding. As this happens, he sees, hears, and is touched by the heavenly realm:

Daniel 10:2-3, 12 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three full weeks were fulfilled…  Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

The angel recognizes that Daniel is seeking understanding and humbling himself in prayer. This humbling of self was evidenced by the fact that he was repenting, fasting, and praying.  These are only two of the verses that can be found that provide proof that fasting is a fruit that comes from a repentant and humble heart. 

How much more should we seek to have a heart of repentance and to humble ourselves through fasting knowing our God of great grace and mercy that works mightily on our behalf?!

The final passage I want to pinpoint is one that we all probably know and may even have memorized. We have used this scripture for years because of the promise contained within, but I did not understand the full meaning until just recently God opened my eyes to a revelation that was hidden right in front of my eyes. 

2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

During the National Day of Prayer and other regular prayer meetings, this passage will come up frequently because everyone knows we need our land to be healed.  Now, more than ever, we can see the division and disunity the enemy is trying to bring into the whole earth. 

What is the solution? The people of God must come together in true repentance, humility, prayer, and seeking God. In various other places humbling yourself is equated with the action of fasting that evidences your need for God.  

Is it possible that this passage that is referenced over and over actually is a call to the people of God to repentance, prayer, and fasting in a spirit of humility that the sin of our land be forgiven and for our prayer to be answered?

There is true power in corporate humbling ourselves through fasting, prayer, and repentance. We must tap into this power if we want to gain the benefits that result.  

Vs. 15-16 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.

My encouragement for you today is to come seeking God with a heart of humility and repentance. Just because we are fasting does not mean we are humbling ourselves. However, when we realize our need for Holy Spirit to help us, and recognize that He is the only one that can do supernatural work in our lives and in the healing of our land, the eyes and ears of heaven will be open and attentive to us. God’s holy name will be on us to sanctify us, draw us closer than ever before, and heal our land. As this happens, we will daily be propelled into the next level with Him!

Jesus, I desire to humble myself before you today. I recognize my utter dependency on you.  Without you I can do nothing. Thank you that I can come boldly before your throne of grace and ask for all I need. Do a mighty healing in me and in the land as I come to you in humility and repentance today.  Make me a sanctified place of residence for Holy Spirit and use me to do your work.

Practical – 

  • Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you your need for Him
  • Humble yourself by coming to Him in repentance and humility 
  • Ask for the strength and sustaining power to walk in obedience today
  • Obey all He calls you to do

Be blessed with new revelation of humility and your need for God, and the ability to walk into deeper levels of humbling yourself. May your land be healed and your people restored as you humble yourself and are propelled into new levels with Him!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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The Breaker is Here!

Yesterday was a day of remembrance. Yesterday was Purim, the day of remembrance for Jews of the deliverance and victory over the death decree issued by Haman to exterminate all of the Jews across the land. God raised Esther up as queen in a kairos moment of time to decree a 3-day fast to seek God for deliverance from Haman’s curse. She risked everything, even her very life, to go before the king on behalf of the salvation of her people. Insert God’s divine favor and providence. The end result: Haman’s hanging, followed by a reversal of the curse on His people, and the destruction of every evil force determined to kill, slaughter, and annihilate them. Complete victory.

We have been in a 40-day world-wide Jesus Fast since March 1 through April 9. Thousands across the nations have taken up a commission of intentional prayer and fasting to see the ending of abortion in our day, and that God would Ekballo a new wave of laborers into the Harvest.

Yesterday marked day 21 of the fast and as I sought the Lord, I felt such a significant breakthrough, even more than I did the day before, being halfway through the fast. In prayer, God reminded me of Daniel 10. Daniel had been 21 days into a fast seeking God for deliverance and salvation for his people. Then God sent a messenger declaring that FROM DAY 1 of his fasting and intentional prayer, his prayer had been heard in the courts of Heaven. FROM DAY 1, angels were commissioned at the declaration and decree of the word of God through his lips. The angels hearken to the Word of God to complete it! (Psalm 103:20) The following three weeks were that of great spiritual warfare in the unseen over the releasing of Heaven’s decree and action. Then God sent a breaker, Michael, to war and defeat the opposing forces, so that His Word would be made manifest.

When I awoke that morning, I had thought it odd that I was completely congested when I had felt fine the night before. However, as He led me back to Daniel, He revealed to me that the congestion I was experiencing was a direct reflection of the congestion in the gateways of the supernatural realm. All demons in hell are in direct opposition to the will of God for the nations coming to fruition. So it is no surprise that there would be a great congestion of demonic forces attempting to block the way of angelic messengers carrying forth the Word and Will of God to the Global Body of Christ. Anything to prevent a Global Harvest from coming to fruition and completion. It is then that He spoke:

My daughter, THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR HAS COME!

I AM HERE TO BRING THE BREAKER, YES, THE HAMMER! A time of great breaking, yes, a smashing will take place. Every stubborn resistance and wall of opposition is coming down and being destroyed NOW!

No longer will there be continuous road blocks severing the connection to total Kingdom access; but there will be UNENDING ACCESS in the days to come. I HAVE COME TO BE THE RECONCILIATOR to what was once broken and disjointed. I have come to BREAK OPEN THE PORTALS that have become blocked. No longer will it be said, “the way is blocked!” UNDEFILED CONNECTION! I have dispatched My Messengers, My Burning Ones, to clear the path and make it ready! All congestion is breaking off RIGHT NOW!!!

Throughout the day, I experienced total breakthrough and victory over every enemy attack that I experienced. THIS is what God wants to do. He wants to be the breaker of every yoke, every attack, every prison door, every shackle, every opposition. The Breaker comes when we fast! He can’t help but to respond to the hunger that is released! Isaiah 58 is evidence of this.

Fasting is a gift from God in that as we give Him the gift and offering of ourselves that He would be glorified through our sacrifice, praise, and obedience through fasting; He returns a great eternal reward back to us that not only affects us personally, but fasting literally shifts the spirit realm over nations!!! Fasting is an act bigger than ourselves. 

Isaiah 58:6-7 (AMP)
“[Rather] is this not the fast which I choose, to undo the bonds of wickedness, to tear to pieces the ropes of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and break apart every [enslaving] yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not to hide yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood?”

Isaiah 58:8-12 (TPT)
“Then My favor will bathe you in sunlight until you are like the dawn bursting through a dark night. And then suddenly your healing will manifest. You will see your righteousness march out before you, and the glory of Yahweh will protect you from all harm!
Then Yahweh will answer you when you pray. When you cry out for help, He will say, ‘I am here.’ If you banish every form of oppression, the scornful accusation, and vicious slander, and if you offer yourselves in compassion for the hungry and relieve those in misery, then your dawning light will rise in the darkness and your gloom will turn into noonday splendor!
Yahweh will always guide you where to go and what to do. He will fill you with refreshment even when you are in a dry, difficult place. He will continually restore strength to you, so you will flourish like a well-watered garden and like an ever-flowing, trustworthy spring of blessing.
Your people will rebuild long-deserted ruins, building anew on foundation laid long before you. You will be known as Repairers of the Cities and Restorers of Communities.”

Daniel 10:12-14 (AMP)
“Then he said to me, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing in opposition to me for twenty-one days. Then, behold, Michael, one of the chief [of the celestial] princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision is in regard to the days yet to come.'”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh