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Propelled Into The Next Level

It has been a great to joy to sit back and watch how God has used Katie to take over most of the encouragement this year.  With what God is speaking now, I felt it necessary to share this encouragement that will help propel you to the next level in your relationship with God.

Are you in a place of weary waiting?  Have you stood on the promises of God and cried out for so long and nothing seems to happen?  Do you desire a change of circumstances? Are you desperate for doors to be opened? Are you hungry for new power to be released?

Do you desire to be propelled to the next level?!?!

Many may not receive this as a word of encouragement.  Most will ignore it and continue in the same old way of life. Some will accept it as truth, but few will take this word of encouragement and put it into practice and be powerfully propelled into new levels with the Lord.

The principle I am going to speak of was followed by every major player in both the Old and New Testament. Moses, David, Elisha, Peter, Paul, John and so many more all followed this principle and were propelled into new levels of power when they did.  It seems strange in knowing all this that anyone who truly follows Christ would be unwilling to participate in this practice.  It is never easy for any of us to deny our flesh and follow in the footsteps of Christ.  However, obedience will rocket us into the exponential increase that we all desire. 

For those who truly desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, let us hear what He has to say about this great power available for all who partake in it.

Matthew 6:16 “…when you fast…”  

What did He say?  Is that in red? Did Jesus actually say the “F” word?  Why didn’t He say IF you fast”? Isn’t fasting just an option for true extremists?

How many of you have been in church for years and never heard anything about fasting?  Obviously, this verse must be taken out of context or some obscure part that no one ever reads.  I am sorry to say that this is right in the middle of probably the most famous sermon of all time “The Sermon on the Mount”.  From this discourse we get, “The Beatitudes”, “The Lord’s Prayer”, “Love your enemies”, and many of the other more famous words of Jesus.

You can read the context for yourself in Matthew 6, but here is a quick refresher.

Matthew 6:3-4But when you give, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your giving may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

“When you give” is a passage that probably comes up regularly during offering time in the church. Here, the Father rewards the giving that is done out of a right heart.  Nobody would deny these words of Jesus as being essential to growth in the Lord.

Matthew 6:6 “…when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Here is another widely known passage that is followed by the Model Prayer.  Everyone would affirm that it is necessary to pray and learn how to pray more and better to proceed in your walk with God.  The Father who sees these prayers will reward you for the time spent praying and crying out to Him.

The passage from Matthew 6:16-18 continues in the same parallel repeating twice, “…when you fast…”. The thought is completed as verse 18 ends your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Surely Jesus would not put fasting on the same level as giving and praying in the essential steps to being propelled into the next level in The Kingdom.  Whenever I bring up this topic, people groan and look at me like some sort of alien. “I like food too much”, or “that is too hard,” or “you are crazy”, are some of the common responses that I have received just by bringing up one or two verses as I have mentioned above.  I encourage you to study fasting throughout the New and Old Testament and see the great men that walked it out and what they gained as a lifestyle of fasting with prayer out of a right heart.

img_6674.jpgIf nothing else, Jesus Himself left us the perfect example. After Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3, He was led by The Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. This was the time of testing that would prove who Jesus really was.  What did Jesus do to prepare and continue to stand strong in the midst of the greatest onslaught of the enemy? At the beginning of Matthew 4, we see plainly that Jesus fasted forty days. He gave up the worldly way of gaining strength and power and took up the spiritual empowerment of fasting and prayer.  Because of this, He was ready for all the enemy had to throw at Him.

Later in Matthew 17:20-21, prayer and fasting come up again as a dynamite combination that allows the impossible to be accomplished through your life.  So many of us want a secret formula that will help us overcome the enemy, or the secret weapon that will destroy the enemies’ hold on our lives. Here it is:

I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

If you need more incentive here are just some of the benefits of fasting and praying with the right heart:

  1. Corporate Freedom (The Salvation of a City) Jonah 3:1-10

Here an entire city, over 120,000 are saved because of repentance, fasting and prayer

2.  The Healing of the Land2 Chronicles 7:13-14

If you study it out, the main outward expression of humbling yourself before God is fasting.

3. To Influence Government and Save a PeopleEsther 4:16-17

Esther, Mordecai, and the Jewish people fasted and prayed and God brought deliverance.

4. Personal Freedom and BreakthroughIsaiah 58

This is probably the best place to view many of the numerous blessings of fasting and prayer out of a right heart.

5. Empowerment of the AngelicDaniel 9:3-4, 20-21

6. Opening of the Eyes to Spiritual RealmDaniel 10:2-11, Acts 10:30

7. Gaining UnderstandingDaniel 9:3-10:12

There are many more benefits and blessings that can be found throughout Scripture if you care to study the topic further.

Before I end, I want to give a few simple definitions of fasting.

Lou Engle states “Fasting and prayer is designed to humble yourself, reveal your flesh, and purify your worship“.

David Hogan says “Fasting is a good way to get hungry“.

A personal definition that I have come up with is giving up a legitimate pleasure as a sacrifice to gain breakthrough and a deepening relationship with the Lord.  We do this because we love Jesus, and He is worth it!

I want to encourage you to begin cultivating a lifestyle of prayer and fasting into your Christian walk.  Every new level in my personal life has been marked by a new commitment to prayer, fasting, and spending time in The Word.

THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO INCREASE!!!

From Monday, August 26th – Friday, October 4th God has called me to consecrate a 40 day fast for several reasons not the least of which is Revival and souls for The Kingdom.  I encourage you to fast one, two, or all of the three major areas that we are controlled by:

  1. Food
  2. Media
  3. Sleep

Allow God to lead you into the next level of fasting that you may be propelled into the next level with Him.

A word of advice when fasting food more than three days, please study the right way not only to fast but also to break a fast. Often the world understands the health benefits of fasting better than Christians understand the spiritual benefits. Because of this, there are many websites that can aid in fasting and breaking extended fasts.

If you would like to carry on further study here are the three best books I have found on prayer and fasting;

  1. The Atomic Power with God thru Fasting and Prayer by Franklin Hall
  2. Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince
  3. The Jesus Fast by Lou Engle

May the Lord truly bless you as you prepare to be propelled into the next level with Him.  Always remember:

Hebrews 11:6 “…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

May you receive the fullness of The Great Rewarder!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Peace Like a River!

Daily Encouragement

Are you on the right track? Are you profiting in this life? Do you know how to gain righteousness? Do you have true peace of mind in what you are doing?

I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life!!! Only through Me can you truly gain anything! There are many ways that lead to destruction and death. However, there is only one way to peace and life. You cannot go your own way!

Come to Me! I am your teacher and The leader in the way you should go. Come follow Me! Obey My word and walk in My way! The reward and profit of following Me in obedience is peace, righteousness, and joy. You cannot gain these by following the ways of the world! Come follow Me!!! I love you My child!

Isaiah 48:17-18 “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Thirsty?

Daily Encouragement – 

What do you want more than anything else? What do you desire? What can truly satisfy the cry of your heart? 

I am The only Life-giver! Only I have the living water that will satisfy the thirsting of your soul!!! My water, I freely give to all who are thirsty. The things of the world will never truly satisfy and cannot quench your thirst. Only the True life I have to give is eternally good. 

Even as you turn to Me with your desire, I will pour put My living water upon you. What you truly need is what I have to give, if you will only come to Me! I desire to give you far more than you could ever drink in your lifetime. I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 44:3 “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire

Living Savior

Daily Encouragement – 

What do you see around you? What are you hearing? Are you able to see and hear anything beyond discouragement, despair, or death? 

I am The Living God of Life!!! All that is of this world and the enemy can never bring anything to life. Lifeless corpses in despair can appear to do a lot, but they are only walking dead without Me! No real life can be in you without Me, The Living God!!!

Come to Me! I am The Living Savior! I am not only able to save you from the death and destruction of this world, but I am able to pour out abundant life upon you in the midst of the worst possible trials of this world. 

I desire you, and all those around you, to know Who I Am and see Me shining brilliantly out of you! Come to Me and be changed to receive even more of the infinite abundant life I desire to pour out over you!!! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 37:17 “Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.”

V. 20 “Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone.”

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Unbreakable!!!

Daily Encouragement –

How solid are you? Do you feel like you are being tossed back and forth in this crazy life? Do you waver to and fro because of the situations around you? 

I am the tried and true firm foundation!!! I am immovable! I am the cornerstone and anything of value must be built upon Me or it will fail and fall! 

There are so many things in the world that seem sure, but when they are the foundation, they will fail and fall. Love is not a good foundation for a marriage. Neither is profit the best starting place for a business. I must be the foundation and cornerstone for all you do. I desire for you to become immovable and unbreakable in Me!!!

Come to Me! Strengthen your ties to the firm foundation and see all the blessings and benefits that flow to you. I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 28:15-16 “… For we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.” 16 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Master of Eternal Destiny

Daily Encouragement – 

Who are you really? How do you present yourself to others? Are you the master of your own destiny? How is that working out for you? 

I am the Lord your Maker! I have created you and allow you to exist! I am the Master of your perfect destiny! Anything you try to do in your own strength is, at best, temporarily satisfying. I have made you for specific plans and purposes, and you can never be truly happy until you are walking in your perfect destiny. 

You will never know, walk in, or be able to continue in the way unless you come and know Me!!! Come to Me! Know Me! Be obedient to all I am calling you to. My way is not only the best way, it is the blessed way, and the only way to walk into your eternal destiny!!! This is My desire for you. 

Come to Me and let’s walk together into your eternal destiny! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 22:11-13 “…you did not look to its Maker, Nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago. 
12 And in that day the Lord God of hosts Called for weeping and for mourning, For baldness and for girding with sackcloth. 
13 But instead, joy and gladness, Slaying oxen and killing sheep, Eating meat and drinking wine: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Eternal Legacy

Daily Encouragement –

What is your legacy? What have you built for yourself? What will last after you have gone? 

I am The Eternal One! My Kingdom is eternal! Come to Me and be a part of an eternal legacy! Come and build My Kingdom that lasts forever! 

Everything that is made by your effort or that you lift up and give power to is nothing! It will all waste away and be destroyed. Your pride, glory, and power will quickly dissipate into nothingness. 

Come to Me! Join My Eternal Kingdom! Humble yourself and lift Me up! Anything and everything of you and this world will be destroyed. My name will be exalted, and I will receive glory forever! 

Come and lift Me up! Build My Kingdom and become a part of My eternal legacy!!! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 2:12  For the day of the Lord of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up— And it shall be brought low—

V. 17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; The Lord alone will be exalted in that day,

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!