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2019: It’s All About Righteousness

While in a special service at our church on November 14, 2018, the Lord took me into an open vision in which He began to speak to me about what He was preparing for the coming year in 2019. I have stewed on the word and prayed about it since receiving it.

In the vision I saw a vast group of fiery young zealous ones who were burning ablaze for the Lord. Upon the Hill of the Lord, they began to form a line that extended beyond my eyes’ reach. As they lined up, I saw angels standing at an equipping station. In this equipping station were shovels organized in varying sizes. Each Burning One would take up their designated instrument, each sized according to the depth of their task, and would step over to another angel who would hand each one a banner. Upon the banner was written the word, “Righteousness.” As they took up their banner, with joy in their hearts, they began to run down the mountain in a purposeful, fiery descent. These were the trailblazers, the pioneers in what God is birthing. They charged forth to the farthest reaches of the earth, their assignments burning in their hearts. They refused to relent, draw back, or hunker down in the face of opposition and fear.

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Upon their arrival, they took up their shovels and struck the soil of the nation, city, and region that they were assigned to. To some their digging was but for a moment with garden shovels, for their treasure was hidden in shallow soil. For others, they required large shovels to dig deep and labored greatly to bring it forth; and to others, God dispatched angels to man excavators in assistance to unearth what was hidden. They would not relent until they brought forth the relics of the nations, buried and long forgotten. The relics looked like swords, jewels and precious stones, crowns, crosses, various weapons, and many other items of great relevance and importance to the history of these nations.
When the Burning Ones retrieved the forgotten relics, they ran with great violence to return and restore the relics to their rightful places. Awakening was upon their lips and modeled in their actions. I could see them meeting with diplomats, presidents, religious leaders, individuals, and many others from outward significance to unrecognized chosen ones. The relics returned were a sign to the nations to awaken to their purpose, awaken out of slumber, and awaken to righteousness unto restoration. They served as a reminder of where the nation came from, their origin in the faith, and their original design. The Burning Ones called forth these nations to Return to Righteousness.
They then returned from whence they came to the Mountain of the Lord. In their ascent, they blazed a path up the mountain. They met at the top and began to worship the Lord in unity. As their songs arose like sweet-smelling incense to the Lord, the nations began to flock to the mountain, following the fiery trails seared into the wilderness way. Upon the peak took place a divine convergence of the Burning Ones and the Returning Ones. Together as they lifted their praise, they converged to into the Sent Ones.

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This is what I heard the Lord say:
It’s time to Return to Righteousness. 2019 will be the awakening unto Righteousness. In this coming year, a trumpet will sound in the Heavenlies that will awaken My dormant ones. Out they will come, with a fire in their eyes and a fire burning in their bones. They will have awoken from their still state unto their prepared purpose. You will see them gather and with an accelerated ascent, they will shoot up like I have poured miracle grow on them. They will have been the ones that have been tested by the wait, tried by the fire, and emerge as the ones true to testify.
With thanksgiving upon their lips, they will run wearing robes of Righteousness. They will take up the tools for divine excavation. They will go forth, go out, and go up! As they go forth, they will carry awakening in their wings. The sound of their coming will shake the fallow ground and stir up age-old foundations — they will shake up old traditions and break apart every immovable idol. The thunder of their going out will resonate through the ages. It will be deafening to those who are far from are.
The ground trembles under their feet — a mighty army prepared and equipped for battle. Can you see them? My Burning Ones? Can you hear the rolling thunder of their arrival, as a great stampede of horses galloping upon the plains? If you haven’t, you soon will as they arrive. A sound quite like that has never been heard before and it will never be heard again! As they go out, they will charge forth with one heart and one purpose — to shake the nations awake and to set the ablaze.
They will come and begin their excavation process and they will be relentless to unearth Righteousness in the earth again. For behold, they will emerge with the Relics of a Righteousness in the nations. No matter the depth these treasures are located, these Sent Ones will not stop until they retrieve Righteousness and return it to blind and forgetful nations. Their message is this: “Return to Righteousness!” As they recover these lost relics, they will return them to their rightful place and prepare the way for the nations to return to Me. It will not be long before their message shifts from, “Return to Righteousness!” to “Righteousness Restored!”
As the nations come alive to the message/trumpet call of these catalysts, another trumpet will sound in the Heavenlies: “Time for the Ascent!” These catalysts have come down from My Holy Mountain to carry out My mission. As they did, they blazed a trail, a clear path for the nations to travel upon as they find their way back to Me again. Here, upon My Holy Mountain, they will join together and with one heart’s cry and seek My face.”

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Isaiah 45:8 (NKJV)
“Rain down, you heavens, from above, a
nd let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it.”

Isaiah 56:1 (AMP)
“This is what the Lord says, ‘Maintain justice and do righteousness, for My salvation is soon to come, and My righteousness and justice is soon to be revealed.'”

Isaiah 58:8 (AMP)
“Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your healing (restoration, new life) will quickly spring forth; your righteousness will go before you [leading you to peace and prosperity], the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.”

Isaiah 60:1-4 (AMP)
“Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come, and the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you. For in fact, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness will cover the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you [Jerusalem] and His glory and brilliance will be seen on you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes around you and see; they all gather together, they come to you. Your sons will come from far away, and your daughters will be looked after at their side.”

Romans 1:17 (AMP)
For in the Gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, ‘The just and upright shall live by faith.’”

Luke 12:49 (AMP)
“I have come to set the earth on fire. And how I long for every heart to be already ablaze with this fiery passion for God!”

Luke 12:49-51 (MSG) 
“I’ve come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now! I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up—how I long for it to be finished! Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront!” 

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

 

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Expect the Unexpected (Southeast Asia)

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Often, our expectations, true or false, will determine our reality. All of us have expectations of the way things will be especially when outside of our routine. Often, I will tell my wife to expect the unexpected; but today, God decided to remind me of this and shatter some of my false expectations.

Many things have already happened on this trip that were better than I had expected. We were told there would be no AC and I did not expect hot water… Hence the way I started out the last post (I just did not know how to work it right). Surprisingly, we have both. I am thankful for them, but God knew they were not necessary for me.

Another thing I did not expect was the opportunity to try some new foods. Both dog and bat were served at a service I went to. Everything was so spicy that through the sweating, tears, and raging fire in my mouth, I could not taste much. I have decided that I do not like bat though because there are way too many bones and not enough meat.  Somehow, I survived.

But really, none of that really matters. What would take place after this service is beyond what I ever expected. Originally, the team I am with had prepared the way by speaking to the pastors and having them prepare homes to visit where the lost would get saved.  The Pastor I was with was not there so he did not receive these instructions. Instead, he decided for us to go out witnessing on the street. When I found this out, I immediately began praying for strength and ability. Those of you who know me could easily surmise I do not have the gift of evangelism, and mass evangelism in public is rather intimidating to me.  I had to give the situation to God and ask Him to give me grace to do something that was entirely outside my comfort zone and expectations.  I am sure I will have to do the same thing tomorrow.

All the way from the service to the first place we would go out, I was praying silently and feverishly. God gave me grace in an excited couple that gathered the people into groups and then had me come over and share. This made it a little easier, but not really more comfortable.  The picture above was the first group they had me come share with.  The intimidation factor is way up there when four people in full headhunting warrior dress are standing there with swords and skulls hanging from their waists looking at you.  God gave me the grace to go all in and all of those red warriors and a few other people around got saved.  We ended up sharing for around an hour and 19 people, that I know of, prayed to become born again.  This was far more than I expected as uncomfortable as I was going in. I praise God for His grace, strength, and boldness to share.

So, what about you? What expectations do you have that need to be broken down? The enemy will always try to put false expectations on you to hold you back from the fullness that God has. What comforts do you need to release? What fears need to be broken? What expectations need to change to come into line with what God wants? Only He can change your wrong mindsets. But, you have to be willing to step out of the boat!!! If I had said no for any reason, I would not have seen these souls enter the Kingdom. If Peter had said no, he never would have gotten out of the boat. Yes, you may fall, but Jesus will be right there with you to save you and put you back on your feet.  

I invite you to ask God right now, to change your expectations to expect what was once unexpected to you. My God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask for hope for or imagine through His power working in me.” I pray that you allow that same power to work through you as you follow and obey Him!!!

Matthew 14:28-31 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

Jeremiah, Man in Fire!!!

The Mighty Wind and the Dry Bones

Before we left on our journey, my sister had a prophetic vision for us. This vision was rather long, but part of it included that God would give us unique words and prayers to pray into the problems in the countries that we would be ministering in. God has been faithful to reveal to my wife, myself, or both of us unique things to pray over each place.

Upon our arrival, we rode with Pastor JoseMaria and his wife from the airport to his house. He mentioned casually that the night before we had come, an unusually strong wind had woken him up twice during the night. We thought nothing of this until we were praying and seeking the Lord the next day. God began to speak to us both, separately, that this was the wind of the Holy Spirit. After this was revealed, I began to study the characteristics of Holy Spirit and how the wind is used to describe Him. As I did, The Lord led me to Ezekiel 37. Here, The Lord takes Ezekiel to a field of dry bones. He tells him to prophesy to the bones. All the bones come together and flesh and skin even comes to the bones, but these people are still dead. Then Ezekiel is commanded to prophesy to the “Ru’ah” (this is the Hebrew word for wind and it is used interchangeably for wind, breath, and Spirit) that the bones may come to life.

Here, in Spain, the spiritual climate could be described as a dry and dead one. The church is Catholic, but none of the young people go to church. Those that do, often go out of duty and obligation and never out of desire to know God. However, Spain has a rich history and is even said to be a place where Paul journeyed during his lifetime.

There may be bones here, but bones speak that there was once life!!! No matter how hopeless and dry these bones seem, the wind of Holy Spirit is coming to breathe new life into these bones. When the Spirit comes it brings change to the climate. Even as the wind of the Holy Spirit is bringing life to the bones, He is ushering in a change of climate that is bringing the rains of revival. My wife shares here Rains of Revival what God has spoken to her on this subject, and this is how we have been praying for Spain. I believe that the churches are coming together in unity and begin to be formed into the body that they are supposed to be. As we pray and cry out for Holy Spirit to pour himself out upon this land, He will usher in revival and all that comes with it!!!

I urge you to pray this out not only over Spain, but over your life as well!!! In all of our lives, we have places where life has gone and death has come. Where is the vision of our younger years? Where is the passion of the Gospel we once had? Where is the faith in The Lord we were so eager to live in obedience to? Where has the desire to give ourselves as living sacrifices to The Lord and spend our time coming to know Him more?
Without the life and freedom Holy Spirit brings, we are walking in that valley of dry bones!!! I say to you prophesy to Holy Spirit and cry out to Him that the spiritually dead things in you may come back to life!!! Cry out to The Good Father and know “…your Heavenly Father [shall] give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:13).

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!