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Ukraine – Sealed for Freedom & Fire

UKRAINE PROPHECY – November 30, 2019

A few days ago, I had a dream and part of it included me being in an airport and heading out to a foreign nation for ministry. As I was walking through the airport headed to my gate, I passed by the doors where incoming flight passengers exit through to leave the airport. For some reason I walked through those doors instead of going to the gate. As soon as the first set of doors shut, I immediately regretted doing so and knew I would have to go through the whole security and checking in process again, afraid that I would run out of time. I ran through it all and ran to the gate. In front of the gate, there was a little gallery set up where I was also teaching prophetic art lessons and had my work on display. On a table was an oversized canvas where I had an unfinished oil painting of a former governmental leader in varying shades of green.

At the end of a second dream that immediately followed, I found myself in a little city center with many roads connecting to it. The shops and colors were vibrant and lively. Suddenly, a little grandmother scampered over to me and in her language, ushered me over to her little shop offering me a drink and bite to eat. I went over to her and she brought me a glass bottle with a bubbly drink of which I struggled getting the lid loose. As I slowly unscrewed it, I sensed the force that was contained in this little bottle and I ran over to the center where I began. I held the bottle away from me, expecting a large explosive mess; and yelled to the friend who was with me, “She’s gonna blow!” Then I came out of the dream and immediately thought, “That’s Little Russia.”


Assuming Little Russia was just another Chinatown or Little Italy, I looked it up. Little Russia is in fact not a little mock town of the original, but an archaic geographical term for Belarus and Ukraine.

Knowing nothing about Ukraine, I began to ask God what He desired to reveal to me and He said:

“I see you and have not forgotten you, Ukraine. I know you better than you know yourself and know who I created you to be.

For though you seemed small and insignificant in the past; I am bringing you up out of isolation and setting you up for promotion. You have fought long and hard for your place, your rightful inheritance; and it will not be taken from you and given to another. In fact, I will cause those who sought to rob you and dethrone you to come and bow before you. Yes, you will receive the honor you deserve and never got.

No longer will the trickster seek to rob you of your place; but will be brought low before Me as I rescue you. Coming is the day when you will see the final deliverance from all who sought to destroy you and lead you away in shackles of submission!

I am stamping My seal of approval on you and you will never again fight for your right. Big brother will no longer loom over you; casting his shadow of intimidation and threat of disqualification.

I say to you, do not cower in fear at what comes; but rise up and stand confidently and boldly before Me that I AM The One Who redeems your past and reinstates you.

Do not dread the legislation that comes your way, but lean into Me and watch as I overthrow every unjust act seeking your demise. Once I set My signet upon a thing, it cannot be revoked, reversed, or removed.”

As the Lord was saying this, I was taken into a vision where I was overlooking the nation of Ukraine. I saw God’s hand pick up His golden signet ring, which has an interchangeable face. He picked up an emblem of a dove with an olive branch in its mouth, and He placed it in the open face of the ring.

Suddenly, an angel came forth and poured red wax over the capital of Kiev and then God stamped His ring into the wax with great force and authority. As He did, a great explosion took place and as He lifted His hand, I saw the seal engraved with the dove. I knew the dove represented Holy Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Then a wave of fire was loosed from the seal that spread out in all directions like ripples in the water, and the entire nation was set ablaze. I could hear the roar and crackling of the blaze as the raging fire lighting up Ukraine’s borders began to spread. I knew that God was marking the nation with Holy Spirit that would usher in the baptism of the fires of Revival; which would begin and spread to the surrounding nations, specifically former Soviet Union-ruled nations. 


After this encounter, I began to research the history of Little Russia and discovered a rich Revival history that took place out of this region. The Gospel is first recorded to have been introduced to the people of the region by the Apostle Andrew after the wave of persecution hit Jerusalem and the apostles and believers were sent out.

In the capital of Kiev in the 900’s, a mass Baptism of Kiev Rus’ under the rule of Vladimir the Great transpired. Though the region followed a pagan idol, Vladimir met with many representatives from other religions desiring to worship only one god. Of the Muslims he found there to be “no joy, only sorrow and a great stench.” He rejected Judaism because of their loss of Jerusalem. Seeing German churches, he “found no beauty, only gloom.” His representatives found that at Hagia Sophia, they “no longer knew whether we were in Heaven or on earth; nor such beauty, and we know not how to tell of it.”

Later Vladimir converted to Christianity and was baptized, and then baptized his 12 sons and governmental leaders. He destroyed the idols he erected years before and then sent an edict to all residents of Kiev, “rich, and poor, and beggars, and slaves”, to come be baptized in the river the next day. He then built a church to commemorate the event, as well as another one right on the hill where the idols once stood. Talk about taking back a mountain! This began a wave across the land of mass baptisms and churches being erected where pagan sites once were.


I sought the Lord for revelation about the dreams I had. I believe that walking through the double doors “past the point of no return” symbolized the nature that Ukraine has lived in for what seemed like eons.

But the Lord is saying, “Where you, Ukraine, thought your time was passed, it’s not over yet! I’m setting you on a fast-track and you already have your tickets in hand! You will not miss out on what I am doing and where I am taking you!”

About the artwork in the dream, Ukraine has always possessed a unique gift from the Lord where the arts are concerned. During Stalin’s evil reign, he sought to squelch the freedom of creativity and expression in the arts and literature of the Ukrainians.

The Lord is bringing a fresh wave and freedom of expression with the arts in this new day, drawing specifically from the spiritual roots of the Ukrainians. Fresh pieces and works will begin to surface and arise out of the creative heart of God that will reflect His nature in a new way and many will become world-renowned overnight. He is using the unexpected and unheard of to display His wonders in a greater fashion.


There are wells of Living Water and Revival in Ukraine that have been suppressed and capped for centuries; though mounting pressure has been continually increasing. The Lord is bringing in the change agents to loose the wells and soon, the fires of freedom and Revival will blow!!!

He is setting His seal upon the heart of Ukraine, Kiev. Out of this place will fresh fires go forth in a ripple effect that will not only set Ukraine free and ablaze once and for all, but also blaze the trail for nations once suppressed under the thumb of the evil one to follow.

Genesis‬ ‭35:1-7, 9‬ ‭(AMP‬‬)
Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you [in a distinct manifestation] when you fled [years ago] from Esau your brother.”

Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the [idols and images of] foreign gods that are among you, and ceremonially purify yourselves and change [into fresh] clothes; then let us get up and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.”

So they gave Jacob all the [idols and images of the] foreign gods they had and the rings which were in their ears [worn as charms against evil], and Jacob buried them under the oak tree near Shechem.

As they journeyed, there was a great [supernatural] terror [sent from God] on the cities around them, and [for that reason] the Canaanites did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. There he built an altar [to worship the LORD ], and called the place El-bethel (God of the House of God), because there God had revealed Himself to him when he escaped from his brother.

Then God [in a visible manifestation] appeared to Jacob again when he came out of Paddan-aram, and declared a blessing on him.

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Pakistan: Power & Glory Shines

My time here in Pakistan has quickly escaped me and here I find myself preparing for the final night of the Power & Glory Prayer & Peace Festival; all to return to the hotel, pack up my bags and head to the airport.

There are so many amazing testimonies of salvations, incredible healings, and people receiving a deep touch from Jesus. I plan to unpack these things more in the days ahead as I have had time to go over them after I return to the states. But one thing I can say for absolute unwavering faith: thousands upon thousands have stood in the valley of decision, awaiting an encounter that would completely transform their lives. My friends, our Papa has swung His sickle and has gathered in an overwhelmingly abundant Harvest!!! We are not only reaching the masses here in person, but reaching the nations as it is broadcasted to the lost all around the world! When we said before that we were after the 1,000,000,000 soul Harvest, we weren’t playing around. This is what Jesus is after and we will stop at nothing to bring Him the reward of His sufferings!!!

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As we have been here, I have my own mission mandated to me by Jesus along with souls. I have come to Pakistan to decree and declare the word of the Lord over this nation and to call forth the Light of Life to be erected and established here. I love these people; they are such beautiful souls, Muslim, Hindu, and Christian alike. Jesus is not only after the soul of man in Pakistan, but He is after the whole nation to fulfill her purpose and destiny. As I have been here, I have been receiving downloads from Holy Spirit to prophesy over the land and I will decree another here today.

A few days ago while in prayer on October 9, 2019, I heard the voice of the Lord say to me:

“Pakistan, your light is beginning to shine brighter than ever before! Truly, the nations will come to your light, the brightness of your rising. Yes, the City of Lights will shine upon the hill like a beacon of hope to the nations. The nations drowning in darkness will flock to you for the Light of Life. They will know the way in which they should go and will find that which they seek – which is to gaze upon Me in My beauty, upon Me in My Sanctuary. So much Glory is rising up from you and out of you. You truly have no idea of what all I have in store for you! If I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto Myself. I will draw them into My Presence, My light and Life. Oh, Glory! Oh, Light! Oh, Life! Rise up!”

As the Lord spoke this word, I was given a vision of the nation of Pakistan and as I overlooked the nation, I saw coming forth from the soil, emerging forth from the ground, Jesus. It was as if He had walked through a wall. Where there was the nation of Pakistan, appearing as if nothing is changing; suddenly Jesus arose like He was being erected as a lighthouse over the land.

During our time here, we have truly seen the manifestation of this word; especially during the evenings at the gatherings. The Power, Presence, and Glory has been so thick and weighty as the kabod of God descends and invades this land. Nothing can stay the same when God fills the atmosphere and when the Love of God enters in. It is this very Glory, Light, and Life that is touching thousands to receive their healing, miracle, and transformation as they encounter the Love of Jesus. And with first-hand experience, I can tell you: these are some of the hungriest people I have encountered. Once they have seen the Light of Jesus and experienced His beauty, His holiness, His love; they come rushing forth for a special touch from Him.

Please continue to pray for tonight that we would see even more souls than we have seen thus far, pray that every interference to the will of God would be broken, and that hearts would be fertile soil to not only receive the Word of God being sown upon them; but that the seed would take root and bear abundant fruit! Pray for souls!!!

Isaiah‬ ‭60:1-3‬ (‭NLT‬)
Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

Ephesians‬ ‭1:18-20 ‭(AMP‬‬)
And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,”

Matthew 5:14-16 (AMP)
You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

The Turnaround: Part 2

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Prophetic painting done at Azusa Now by Chapman Hamborg

Yesterday I shared a word that the Lord released last year on October 5, 2017, regarding His heart towards America and the current climate of the nation. You can find it here: The Turnaround: Part 1. With Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the newly appointed replacement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy taking his seat of power in the Supreme Court, much change is to come in the high courts of America. With the wave that is coming, it will usher in a turning of the tide of the nation. This move was prophesied by the Lord when He released these words while in prayer some 9 months ago.

Today, I will be sharing the second word that the Lord spoke to me on October 10, 2017, when He blasted my heart with His cry for the destiny of America. I will be raw and admit and confess that when He released these words, I was in the early stages of stepping into a new calling in the prophetic, prophesying to the nations. I had just begun seeking Him more pointedly for divine revelation into His heart for the nations and the occurrences taking place in the world in September. He had put it on my heart to start a journal specifically dedicated to prayers and prophecies for the nations and promised that He would bring revelation as I sought His heart out, just like in Proverbs 25:2, God conceals the revelation of His Word in the hiding place of His glory. But the honor of kings is revealed by how they thoroughly search out the deeper meaning of all that God says.” (TPT)

In my confession, I admit that as I began receiving these revelations, I feared sharing them. I have delivered plenty of prophetic words to individuals and large groups of people before. But the mere idea of sharing a word for the whole of a nation seemed a daunting task with only fearful questions resulting, “what if it doesn’t come to pass? What if I get it wrong, Lord? Then immediately I will be discredited in whatever I say and be labeled as a false prophet.” He had encouraged me to begin to watch, observe, and learn from biblical, past, and current prophets within the Global Body of Christ; to learn the different waves of prophecy, how it is revealed and imparted to the nations, and how He always brings to complete fruition the Word that He casts forth (Isaiah 55:11,So will My Word be which goes out of My mouth; it will not return to Me void (useless, without result), without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”)

My other fearful concern was that I had missed my opportunity for sharing the word if I had not spoken it exactly when it was received. But the Lord redirected that fear to face Scripture. In reading the book of Daniel, as the Lord released prophetic revelation to him, there were specific times where He told Daniel it was not time to release the Word of the Lord, and in due time and in the proper season, He confirmed its releasing.

As I was dealing with all of these fears, the Lord was addressing each one of them with His Truth, bringing me to a boldness and level of obedience to share whatever He speaks, when He reveals the proper time.

Azusa Now gathering in April 2016

Thousands of people say, “Yes!”, to the call of God at the Azusa Now gathering in April 2016 for the salvation of America.

So without further ado, I give you the divine Truth released on October 10th for America:

Fire like a light burning bright in the darkest of spaces is the kind of fire that I pour out. No amount of darkness can possibly overshadow it. The Light just shines even brighter. Darkness cannot extinguish it. Its only option is to flee. I have heard the cries of My Burning Ones united together in seeking My face and I am TURNING THE TIDE of this day from a day of evil and death to a day of REDEMPTION.

Like Abraham’s intercession spared Lot and the few, so has the intercession of My Chosen Ones met My ears and I am responding. In the miraculous will I move. This generation will no longer be a godless, fatherless generation. I have heard the cries and seen the desperation in the hearts of many. Every idol erected out of the depravity of man, every evil action sown out of the evil in man’s heart is being destroyed. I am coming in with mercy because I hate sin and murder. I so desire a covenant relationship with My Creation. Because of the petitions of My bold and brave ones that have given of themselves, I am honoring their sacrifice.

There will be justice for the shedding of innocent blood. Salvation is on the rise! A swift move will come forth with the removal from power those who reject My will. In their place, I will erect those who will humbly stand up for righteousness and for what is good. No longer will I allow corruption to run amok in this nation for the fruit of surrender is forgiveness and healing. True justice will be served where it is due and the hearts of man will come under the revelation of the knowledge of Jesus as King.

Surely, a nation will change as this becomes a reality. I Am Lord over it all! I have placed a leader in position ready to humble himself before Me to unite and receive godly counsel. All the devils in hell have arisen against his election for fear of My Son removing their hand of influence and power. Indeed, this will all take place. All of this because My children have had enough and have taken a stand against this present evil.

See, a new dawn is on the rise!

Isaiah 59 (NLT)

Isaiah 60 (NLT)

“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces; now He will heal us.
He has injured us; now He will bandage our wounds. In just a short time He will restore us, so that we may live in His presence.” 
Hosea 6:1, 2 (NLT)

“So let us know and become personally acquainted with Him; let us press on to know and understand fully the [greatness of the] Lord [to honor, heed, and deeply cherish Him]. His appearing is prepared and is as certain as the dawn, and He will come to us [in salvation] like the [heavy] rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.”
Hosea 6:3 (AMP)

Let us continue to pursue the Word of the Lord for America and all of the nations of the world. As we press in we will begin to see come to fruition the truths spoken in the secret place as they are declared from the mountaintop!

One last encouragement from yours truly, never let fear intimidate you out of your calling. I literally ran from and denied being a prophet of Truth but my calling outran me and I had to come face to face with the reality that God wanted to use me to transform nations. The destiny of God for your life will always be unatainable and infinitely and eternally greater than you. It is God’s unique design that through His divine partnership, we will shake the world and turn it right-side up…and in it all, in our weakness and humble obedience, He gets all the glory…every time. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Step Out & Step Up

Belize Day 4 – 

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Today, we traveled to a nearby orphanage.  It was frustrating to me that it took an absurd amount of time to get there even though it was not very far away. Somehow, stopping at the store and going to the bathroom, we lost about an hour, but that is what happens traveling with a team of 40.  I ended up playing Uno with some kids and talking with them the whole time.
After we got back, we went for a swim in the creek and then prepared for the youth service.
We walked back to Jubilee church where 3 hours of awesomeness took place and there were a lot of people who stepped out where they were not comfortable and shared words and prayed for people.  I prayed as a father over a young girl and God touched her to the point of tears.
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My brother-in-law Bryson got to share his testimony as part of the service and this touched and ministered to so many people.  I could see the walls breaking down as he shared openly and honestly how God raised him from the dead both physically and spiritually and turned his whole life around to a point where I am honored to call him my brother indeed.
It looks like the weather has a possibility of delaying our flights if things do not change. Interesting with the word that I got before our trip.  God did some amazing things tonight and touched many hearts.
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Devotion –
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Over and over, one can see men and women from the Bible being called to step out.  Peter stepped out of the boat literally.  In Acts, we see where Paul and His companion heal a man and the people want to sacrifice to them as gods.  Paul stops them and preaches to them and then ends up getting stoned to death.  God miraculously raises him from the dead, and he goes to the next town and does the same thing.  Paul was willing to step out and be obedient no matter what the results.  Succeed or fail, he was going to be obedient to share the good news.  Every time, God asks us to step out and be obedient, He is inviting us to step up into new levels with Him.
What about you?  Will you accept the invitation to step out and step up???
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Challenge –
Ask Holy Spirit for the courage to step out in full obedience to Him!  Ask Him to speak something challenging, and then step out and do it!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Destiny Destroyer (Unforgiveness)

Weight of Unforgiveness

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?

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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.

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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.

Destroying Unforgiveness

Suggested Reading: Matthew 6:9-15, Ephesians 4:29-32, Psalm 103

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Best Possible Signal

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.

Are You Getting a Signal?

Are You Getting a Signal?

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.

Ark of the Covenant

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?Remove the Obstacle

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!!!

The Cost of Commitment

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.

Jeremiah and baby

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!!