Belize Day 4 –
At the beginning of this week, I had an overwhelming urge to do something!!! I want to start a church, Bible Study, preach more, pray for people more, minister more!!! I feel like I have so much that I can do to build the Kingdom of God, but still no direction where to apply it. This is frustrating, but I know that God is using us, and working in us to prepare us for the next step. This does not make the waiting time any easier though. Here is the third part in a devotional series that God has been speaking to me to help me and my family walk more into the destiny that He has for us.
Now, since we know that we are Designed for Destiny and as we are removing every obstacle and making sure that we are receiving the Best Possible Signal, we must be very careful not to let anything destroy the destiny that God has for our lives. There are a broad range of things that can be destroyers, Anger, fear, insecurity… but one of the most common destroyers of destiny is unforgiveness.
Imagine you order a meal from McDonalds. You scarf down the burger and are eating the fries when you discover a used band-aid nestled at the bottom of the box. Would you be able to finish the rest of the fries? Would you even want to?
Something bad no matter how small can ruin the rest of a good thing!!!
You should know, God wants you to walk in dynamic destiny right now. You must position yourself to receive and remove all obstacles. One of the most dangerous destroyers of destiny is unforgiveness. The devil will use this to steal from you. If he can cause you to take up an offense, your destiny begins to wither and die until you are able to forgive.
Read Matthew 18:21-35
Here, Jesus tells a parable explaining forgiveness. One servant was forgiven an immense sum that he would never be able to pay back, but that servant would not forgive his friend a few bucks. Because of his lack of mercy, the unforgiving servant was punished.
You are called to be a representative of Christ. When you come to Him, He forgives you such an enormous debt that you could never repay Him. He gave His life up completely for you. Because of this mercy that was freely given to you, you do not have a right to be unmerciful. No, what they did is not right, and yes it hurt you deeply. But God granted you mercy and freedom from death, and you also must grant mercy and let God deal with it. In releasing that offense, God is able to release you into fully walking in your destiny because you are a better representative of Him. Get rid of the band-aid and enjoy the fries!!!
Challenge: Ask Holy Spirit to reveal everyone that you need to forgive. Write their names down on a sheet of paper. Release each name to God and ask Him to help you forgive them completely. Rip your list up and throw it away as a physical act of canceling their debt.
Suggested Reading: Matthew 6:9-15, Ephesians 4:29-32, Psalm 103
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
At this moment, Gibsons Go Global is in a time of waiting. One of the hardest difficulties during any time of waiting can be the confidence that God is still speaking, and that we are still hearing Him. I know that in each one of our lives, we go through different times of waiting. It is important that during these times that we are tuning in more closely to The Lord and getting anything in our lives out of the way that would hinder us from hearing Him. I know that the only thing that I can do during the time of waiting is listen carefully, be obedient, and do what seems good to do until I get more clear direction. Below is the 2nd devotion in a series that God has me writing. For the First in this series, please read Designed for Destiny.
Everyone has experienced problems with weak Wi-Fi. The farther your computer is away from the router and the more obstacles between the two will cause you to get a frustratingly weak signal. The best Wi-Fi is when you place yourself as close to the router as possible and remove all obstacles. It is the same when you want to walk into your God-given destiny.
Just because you are designed for destiny does not mean that you will ever reach your full potential. You must put yourself in a place to receive, remove all obstacles, and be obedient to the Truth you have received. Your destiny and the power to walk in it can only come from God. Walking closely with Him, your destiny will be revealed one step at a time as you encounter His presence (2 Cor 3:18)!!!
Read 1 Samuel 3:1-4, 21
Samuel was a young boy, maybe 12 or 13. At the time before Jesus came, the presence of God was housed in an ark and separated from the people. However, Samuel slept as close as he could to the Ark, positioning himself to receive.
Even when God showed up and spoke to him, he did not recognize His voice. He was inexperienced and untrained in the ways of the Lord, but he put himself in the right position. When Samuel realized that God was speaking, he was quick to be completely obedient. He spoke with humility and honesty, and everyone knew it was from the Lord. Because Samuel placed himself in God’s presence continually and was obedient, God raised him up to walk into his destiny one word and one step of obedience at a time!!!
Is your signal coming in clear from the Lord?
What obstacles do you need to remove to strengthen that signal?
What do you need to do to position yourself to receive from Him?
Challenge: Pray and ask Holy Spirit to reveal any obstacle that is disrupting the signal between Him speaking and you hearing. Whatever He reveals, give it to Him today and listen for Him to begin speaking more clearly.
Suggested Reading: Hebrews 12:1-3, James 4:7-10, 2 Cor 10:3-6
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
I shared in the previous post the message of the Call to Commitment that we as followers of Christ are called to walk in. After I delivered this word to the church, the Holy Spirit came upon me in a powerful way. As I sat there, He began to speak to me that for the people in the church this message would cost them much more than it would ever cost me. He said that this would even cost some of the hearers their very lives. As the Lord spoke this to my heart, I began to cry and be moved in my spirit for the people.
Here in India, Hinduism is predominant, and Christianity is the minority. It is legal to be a Christian; however, it is against the law to share your Christian faith. This being the case, we are international lawbreakers!!! For us, the worst thing that would happen to us is that we would be deported. However, the nationals we minister with every day, face much more life changing consequences. They can be fined, beaten, imprisoned, or even killed in keeping with the law. This persecution causes the people here to make a complete commitment to Christ every single day fully knowing the cost of their actions. In America, often we will face the “persecution” of people mocking us, calling us names, saying mean things to us, treating us poorly… Here, when the people turn from hinduism or islam (both of which are much more prevalent than Christianity) they will be completely disowned from their family and possibly village. This along with physical persecution causes Indians to truly understand the cost in following Christ before coming to Him. By the time they are willing to come to Him, they know that there is no turning back and give themselves completely to His service.
In spite of all this persecution, the church in India is growing and thriving in a mighty way. Too often, in the US, we will make the half-hearted commitment to the Lord and easily turn back from doing the great things for Him that we were all designed to do before we were born.
How would each one of our lives be different if our commitment was true and full; and no matter what happened to us, our families, or our lives, we pressed in and were completely committed and obedient to the Lord???
What would the day to day changes be, in full commitment to Christ, that would cause us to be “persecuted” in our school, work, and even church?
When we seek to be committed to the Lord in such a way, the enemy will come in and try to make us do far less than the great exploits that Daniel spoke about. The devil will try to use anything he can to keep us from being fully committed and doing great things for the Lord. These are just three key lies the enemy has used against great men of God to keep them from being used greatly.
3 Lies that Make us Ineffective
- Too young (Jeremiah 1:5-10) Here, Jeremiah buys into the lie that he is too young to do what God is calling him to. God encourages him that He will be with him and do great things. The rest of this book proves the great things Jeremiah does when he overcame this lie and committed fully to the Lord.
- Past sins that are too horrible (Jonah 3:4-10) Jonah gets a call from the Lord and simply does not want to do it. He runs from the Lord, and his heart is so hardened against the Lord that it takes three days in the belly of a fish before it is softened enough to repent. Jonah grudgingly carries out the command of the Lord and offers a simple eight word proclamation to Nineveh. As a result, over 120,000 people turn to the Lord and the whole city is saved. God used him in spite of His unwillingness and blatant disobedience. In the same way, God can and will use you if you are committed to Him no matter what the past held for you.
- Excuses, Excuses (Exodus 3-4) When God comes and supernaturally speaks to Moses, Moses gives Him any and every excuse that he can come up with. He says “I am nobody,” “I cannot speak,” and “Use someone else”. God continues to destroy all of these lies, and Moses is used to free an entire nation of people.
Sadly, people are so steeped in the wisdom of this world that even in the church, they can rely on their own insights and miss the wisdom of the Lord. When we were preparing to go out on this mission we knew that God had clearly given us a word to “Go”; however, there were many good Christian people that advised against it. These counselors knew us and wanted the best for us, but I understood later that they had no investment in our lives. The people that we called to pray and fast with us for a week, all gave us the confirmation that we were to go. The ones that listened fully to how God had called us and the word that He had spoken to us understood and have encouraged us along the way. The Lord had called us and we had to choose whether to follow Him in full commitment or to do what made sense. We do not know yet the full outcome of our obedience, and I pray that we are always able to follow Him in what he calls us to do no matter how others will end up treating us. In the end, we have been obedient and the Word of God has gone forth. Whatever things that come from this mission, whether great or not, we know that we have been obedient to the Lord.
I pray that you are encouraged to be committed no matter what the cost may be or the tests that may come. Whether we are ever tested as the Indians are or not, we must stand as truly committed followers of the Lord no matter what!!! We are designed to truly carry out great and mighty things. James 5:17 tells us that Elijah was man just like us. There is no difference between us and this great man of God. Wherever he came from and whatever the Lord took him through, he stood the cost of commitment, and God did great things through him. For us, the choice is the same as every one of these men in the Bible. Leonard Ravenhill said once that sometimes “the enemy of the best is the good.” We can do many good things, but if we settle for these because they are easier or require less of a commitment, we are not doing the best that God has for us!!! You have been created the best, by the Best, for the best!!! Never settle for only the good, press in for the very best!!! Never back away from your commitment!!! Always stand for the Lord in every situation!!!
Are you conquering the lies of the enemy that will hold you back from being truly committed to Him?
Ask Holy Spirit to reveal any lie that has caused to you settle for less than the best He has for you. Examine the cost of following Him into the great things He has for you and ask Him to strengthen you to walk in the very best ways!!!
The promise of the Lord is that if you are completely committed to Him you will be strong; and just like Daniel, Jeremiah, Jonah, Moses, and Elijah, you will do great things!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The days have gone by quickly since we left Kosovo last Thursday and now we find ourselves being in India for almost a week. We were joined here at the house late Sunday evening by a team of 30 people from World Race. They have been traveling to different countries for 7 months now serving and partnering with local ministries in each country. India is their stop for this month and then they will be off to Nepal. Prakash and Ravi, the leaders here, have organized different ministry things to do; Jeremiah and I feel that some of our time here will be partnering with them in what the Lord is doing here.
Yesterday was the first day of really experiencing Indian culture through being taken to one of the largest hindu temples here. This experience was all new to me and I did not know what to expect. Almost all of India practices hinduism and there are over 2 billion gods that the people worship. It is nothing to go down the road and see 5 temples or places of worship, even at the trees and in the median of the highway. The moment I stepped outside the van, I began having pain in my left knee as if I had twisted it, though I had not. The deeper I went into the temple, the stronger the pain grew. It did not take long for me to discern that there was something evil taking place in the spiritual there; and I knew this because of the unexplained pain. I was not ready for what I would see when we went through the dark tunnel with signs explaining how one would get to heaven, who god is, and all of the other beliefs. Upon exiting, I was blinded by such bright light reflecting off of the gold sculpted idol at least 4 stories tall. It was surrounded by grey pointed stones that enclosed the worship area and it bore a trident and a snake wrapped around its neck, among many other disturbing things. It felt as if I was walking into a spiritual prison. After going through all of the required processes of removing shoes, skipping the hand washing and surpassing the priest waving smoke on us, we entered the main worship area where one is able to see the god in all its “glory.”
By this time, the pain had increased and spread down my lower leg to my foot. I was praying against it but told Jeremiah, and he said that he had a headache and his left leg was hurting as well. During debriefing later, we discovered that many people experienced headaches and pain. We spent time in silent prayer over the area, the people of India, and that God would tear down every idol and make His authority as the One True God known to them. My heart broke for the people that the enemy has deceived so many into believing they have to do all of these things for a god to hear them and bless them. The enemy has counterfeited what God has done and perverted the truth. This was extremely evident to me when seeing the babies and children with markings on their head from birth. It is as if the enemy has tried to lay claim to the children when they don’t have a choice and are brought up in these beliefs. He tries to show it by the physical markings on them. Oh that God would come in His power and wash away all of these things!
During our journey, God had me begin reading from 1 Samuel and in the Gospels for my daily readings. I am finding more and more that in what I have been reading, I am seeing it in real life as we go along. I finished 1 and 2 Kings, which is all about how the kings did not do what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and established idol worship, defiling the Temple of the Lord and making it a place of idolatry. After more than 200 years of disobedience to the Lord, King Hezekiah was brought forth and destroyed every ounce of idol worship and evil that had been established, and brought back worship of the Lord.
In prayer over India when we arrived on Friday, the Lord gave me the verses, Isaiah 56:7-8, “I will bring them to My holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in My house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices because My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations. For the Sovereign Lord, who brings back the outcasts of Israel says: I will bring others, too, besides My people Israel.” and Micah 4:5, “Though the nations around us follow their idols, we will follow the Lord our God forever and ever.” There was once a move of God in India, just as in King David’s reign; but the enemy has come in with lies that have deceived many. I believe these are prophetic words for India and pray that God would raise up people to speak truth. I pray that the power of God would triumph over the works of the enemy bringing forth freedom and life to the people here.
This is my prayer for America as well, that every physical and spiritual idol would be torn down and the reign of the Lord would reside in each heart! India is a Threat Level 3 when it comes to missionaries. This means that we are viewed as hostiles with the intent of converting and disrupting the way of life here; we are dangerous and the word of the Lord is not welcome here. America is a place of freedom and of resources that are meant to be given out and shared. Let this be an encouragement to you that if you aren’t able to go out physically to other nations, that your prayers are just as and more important than anything! A lifestyle of Radical Prayer brings forth revival. Do you have the passion and determination to pray radical prayers and to give of your time, resources, and efforts for the people of the world? If so, ask the Lord to take you to even deeper levels and how you can give love more!
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!
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!!!
The last week has been crazy and full of crazy revival fire being poured out upon us and upon Norway!!! Circuit Riders in Grimerud, Norway was awesomely epic. We met so many amazing people and told our story multiple times, at least 10 times, every single day. It seems that our obedience is an encouragement all over the world. We made some great contacts and we will see if God opens any doors with the people we met here. I also got to see some old friends from my time in Hawaii. It was truly a God filled week!!!
During worship, and the personal time I had with The Lord, I was meditating on the word He had given me for Norway. You can check out the previous word In the post titled “News from Norway”. While I was thinking about this, He gave me a phrase “Run to the Battle!!!” The Christians in Norway, and everywhere else around the world for that matter, cannot sit back and let the enemy do whatever he wants. We are called to run to where the battle is and attack the enemy so that he is unable to take any more ground. On top of that, we are supposed to push him back and cast him out of the places that are rightfully the Lords.
God blesses us when we run to the battle with miraculous victory! He will not let us fall or allow us to be overcome when we stand and fight for Him!!! Joshua 10:1-15 tells us of a time when Joshua led the people to run to a battle. It says that they traveled all night to get to where their allies were being attacked before it was too late. They arrived and The Lord put the enemy into confusion and then sent a hailstorm and killed more people with hail than they did with the sword. Then, God made the sun stand still in the heavens so that they could defeat the entire army before they escaped. God miraculously defeated a 5 army combined force because Joshua was willing to run to a battle that he probably did not really want to get involved with (See Joshua 9).
In our own lives, we must not sit back and watch as the enemy takes ground or destroys our allies. We cannot sit back and do nothing while the enemy gains power around us and takes away our strength. The minute that we quit fighting or running to where the battle is, that is when we get overrun. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings where they were fighting to hold the wall. The enemy was ever attacking and changing tactics and coming from different sides. The heroes were protected inside the wall as long as they ran to where the enemy was attacking and fought them off. When they were unable to do so, the wall fell!
Be strong and full of courage because The Lord fights our battles for us! He gives us the strength to run and the wisdom to know where to run and it is our duty to run to the battle and destroy the works of the enemy!!! When you fight with The Lord, even against impossible odds, He will bring about an awesome victory because of who He is!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!