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Expect the Unexpected (Southeast Asia)

Headhunter warriors

Headhunter warriors give their lives to Jesus!!!

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!!!

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Mass of Erupting Volcanoes

 

Volcán de Fuego

Volcán de Fuego Photo: Albert Dros

A little over a week ago, I awoke to see the news of the sudden eruption of the Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala and the devastation that ensued upon the Guatemalans who resided in close proximity to the volcano. My heart is broken for those who were and are continuing to be affected by the aftermath of the initial eruption, as well as with the effects of the various other volcanic eruptions that have continued over the past months.

I began to seek the Lord over the increase of the awakening of volcanoes across the earth since the beginning of the year. He reminded me of a blog post I wrote back on January 31st, Super Blue Blood Moon. As I reviewed it and the word that the Lord released, I was brought to a deeper level of focus in my prayers, even as the Lord began to release a new word regarding the mass of erupting volcanoes.

Word of the Lord on June 4, 2018:

“The rocks are crying out in a mighty crescendo and roar. The depths of the deep are rumbling and releasing groans in praise. There is an awakening from the innermost being of earth, calling forth for the simultaneous awakening of the sons and daughters of Zion. The fire of My love is rising up, bursting forth! The cloud of My Glory is rolling in. The thick smog of My Spirit is invading all of My creation, descending upon every part. 

Do not overlook the obvious. What you are seeing is not just happenstance. What you are seeing is a call to awaken. Just as a volcano can be active but be in a state of slumber, many of My creation are living their lives just like these volcanoes. These are those whom I have called to join My Burning Ones in ushering in what I am preparing to release in the nations.

Now is not the time to lay down in your comforts, complacency, and ceasing!!!

I have come to cast FIRE upon the earth! Oh, that it were already set ablaze for Me! Oh, that you would see your purpose in the earth and choose to walk in it!”

Years ago, the Lord gave me my life verse that I was to live out the rest of my life by. Luke 12:49 in The Passion Translation says, “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!” In The Message version, verses 49-51 are stated a bit differently, “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!”

I went back and reflected on this passage after the Lord released this word to me and began to delve deeper into the innermost intentions of when Jesus made this statement and what I found was astonishing.

When Jesus said that He has come to set the world on “fire”, the literal Greek translation means the “fire of God”“transforming all that it touches into light and likeness with itself, bringing uninterrupted privilege of being transformed which happens by experiencing faith from Him.” The same fire is referred to in Leviticus 6:12-13 in which the fire of God is to be burning continuously at the entrance of the Tabernacle and it must never go out. First and foremost, Jesus came to bring His all-consuming, all-encompassing, never-ending fire upon the hearts of His creation. This fire was to be what sustains us and gives life to us. Our fire was never meant to grow cold, but to continually increase in power as He breathes His breath of life upon us. 

When He said, “how I wish”, it was not an empty, unfulfilling desire. He literally meant “I will. Am willing. Intend. Design.”-“to desire, wanting what is best because someone is ready AND willing to act. The Lord extending His best offer. Desiring to birth His faith in us which also empowers, manifests His Presence.” It was never a part of His original design for us to not partake in this act of being world changers and nation-shakers. It is what we were created for. This was the dream in His heart before the foundations of the world were laid. This is His “best” for us. Are we READY AND WILLING TO ACT?

Lastly, when Jesus said that He wished it were “already” burning, He was saying, “already now, after all of this waiting. Referring to what is not strictly present but already impacts the present. Point of time preceding another, implying completion.” Can you imagine…Jesus waiting on us? Yes, Jesus IS in a sense waiting on us. Waiting on us to “WAKE UP!” and realize that He wants us to partner with Him in changing the future of nations and people! That is why Jesus says in Luke 19:40“if My followers were silenced, the very stones would break forth with praises!” (TPT)

The sum of all of creation was created to worship and praise Jesus, the only One Who is worthy of praise. Of all of creation, we are God’s chosen ones and have the unique invitation to join Him in what He is doing. Creation is truly groaning, yes, breaking forth with praise; longing for the awakening of the sons and daughters of Zion to step up into their design and to step out into the world to truly turn the world rightside up! 

What you are seeing take place in the earth is so much more than just natural happenings. What is taking place in the natural is a direct reflection of what is taking place in the spiritual realm. “Do not fear what you see and what is to come,” says the Lord, “but rather rise up out of your squishy comforts and accept who you were designed to be and walk in it! The world is waiting on you, I am waiting for you to join Me in bringing My plans to completion!”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Fully Exposed

Daily Encouragement –

Whose approval do you look to? Where do you go for advice? Would you rather hear the Truth or have someone agree with you?  

I am Truth! When you come to Me, I will not tell you what you want to hear or simply agree with you. I will speak The Truth! I cannot speak a lie or even a hint of deception. My word and promises stand for all eternity and cannot be broken. I will not allow them to be perverted for your own selfish comfort. 

I will expose all deception, bring dark things into the light, and reveal the tiniest hint of wickedness buried within you. I desire you to be completely whole and totally set free from the enemy who has tried to sink his claws into you and bring you down to death. 

Come to Me! Sever every tie to the enemy and his deception. Stand with Me on the solid foundation of My word, and watch as My blessings overtake you!!! I love you My child!!!

Lamentations 2:14 “Your prophets have seen (imagined) for you False and foolish visions; And they have not exposed your wickedness To restore you from captivity [by teaching you to repent], But they have seen (imagined)and declared to you false and misleading oracles.”

V.17 “The Lord has done what He planned; He has accomplished His word Which He commanded from days of old…”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Glory and Profit

Daily Encouragement –

Do you want what profits? Do you want to walk in glory? I have the only true glory!!! What I have is the only glorious Kingdom that will profit for all eternity. 

Make sure you are not exchanging eternal profit for temporary pleasure. The things of this world are deceptively attractive and entice you into exchanging My glory for momentary comfortability. Nothing of worth is gained by being comfortable!!! 

To truly profit, you must walk with Me! I never chose the easy, comfortable way. In fact, I chose the cross because it would profit for all eternity. Self-denial for the Glory of God leads to true advancement in His Kingdom! 

Come close to Me! Follow Me! We will walk into Glory and advance The Kingdom for all eternity together!!! I love you My child!!!

Jeremiah 2:11 “My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

True Comfort

Daily Encouragement – 

I am here!!! I am with you!!! No matter what may be going on in your life or around you, I am here to comfort and protect you. 

Know this! My comfort may not be comfortable at first, and it will not be pleasant to your flesh. My comfort comes as I correct your ways, what you do, say, and think. As I reveal Myself and the strength and power of My hand, you must come into line with Me. 

A good protector cannot be weak in mind or body. Do not worry; I am neither. Because of this, I cannot leave you to wallow in false comforts that lead to death. I must guide you, by My strength and love, to the place of true comfort.

Come close to Me!!! Press in to receive the fullness of comfort and protection I have and desire to give you!!! The closer you are to Me, the more I am able to love and protect you. Come close to Me, My Child!!! I love you!!!

Isaiah 40:10-11“Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.
11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

New… Times Infinity

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child. I am beginning to do a great work in the here and now. 

My people, those called and chosen by Me, are beginning to arise and take their place in the Kingdom.  My people are stepping out in obedience and leaving behind the comfortable and familiar. 

Their are new places, new revelations, and new levels to be discovered as you follow Me.  

Do not let the comforts and entertainment of this world seduce you into giving up the destiny I have given you or missing out on the eternal inheritance I have for you.  

There is always more in Me!!! If you are bored or disinterested it is because you need to discover Me in a new way.  The angels are still crying “Holy” and bowing before me, and they have seen something new every time they look.  

You want new adventure, new life, new excitement, new purpose…? Come to Me, and I will reveal the infinity of new and exciting in My Kingdom!!!

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 But as it is written:“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Ever-giving

Daily Encouragement-
 I love you and have chosen you for greatness. Be sure of this, I will never allow you to stay where you are and stagnate in comfort. 

Even as you press in to Me, you are pressing in to an ever-changing Kingdom. It is hard to be comfortable with constant change, but this is the way of the Kingdom. 

I am ever-speaking, ever-moving, ever-working to establish My Kingdom people here on earth. I send forth My encouragement, life, power and heavenly resources to support My sons and daughters. This support is for more than just you, but is for you to distribute to those who lack the backing of Heaven.

 I have you and all My children covered and your generosity with the Kingdom will build it and bring forth fruit. You must not be selfish with My Kingdom, but ever be giving away what you have so I can increase it. 

Luke 6:38