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The Send: Ask for the Nations!

On Wednesday of last week during my prayer time in preparation for The Send, I was led by Holy Spirit to begin praying out and prophesying Psalm 68.

Psalm 68:1 (TPT)
“God! Arise with awesome power, and every one of Your enemies will scatter in fear!”
V. 3-4 – “But let all Your godly lovers be glad! Yes, let them all rejoice in Your Presence and be carried away with gladness. Let them laugh and be radiant with joy! Let them sing their celebration-songs for the coming of the Cloud Rider Whose name is Yah!” 

I began to see in this passage what He has been showing me for some time as He rides among the clouds, among the wave that is coming. We as His Sent Ones have a reason to rejoice as He not only has gone before us, but He leads the charge, and also goes with us covering us as we GO! 

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THIS is what adoption looks like! Love was released at The Send. Andy and Holly Byrd and their children are such a pure and holy example of the adoptive heart of the Father.

The next few verses really got me and happen to be completely in line with what took place at The Send. We committed to take up at least one mission field to accomplish His commission in the earth and to see it set ablaze: Neighborhoods, High Schools, Universities, ending the orphan crisis and placing all orphans into homes through the Spirit of Adoption, and finally, the nations. None of this can be accomplished if we do not Carry His Love with us. We are the Harbingers of Hope going into all the earth to declare that LOVE IS ON THE WAY!!!

As you read these next passages, I strongly encourage you if you haven’t already, to read them slowly and really allow them to sink in until they mark you and become your reality unto commission and action marked with compassion.

V. 5-6 – To the fatherless He is a Father. To the widow He is a Champion Friend. To the lonely He makes them part of a family. To the prisoners He leads into prosperity until they sing for joy. This is our Holy God in His Holy Place! But for the rebels there is heartache and despair.”
V. 7-8 – “O Lord, it was You Who marched in front of Your people, leading them through the wasteland. The earth shook beneath Your feet; the Heavens filled with clouds before the Presence of the God of Sinai. The sacred mountain shook at the sight of the face of Israel’s God.”

These are the desires of His heart; to be a Father to the orphans, a Faithful Lover and Husband to the lonely and widows, a Restorer of families, a Liberator, Provider, and Joy-giver. The beautiful thing in all of this is that He has called us to partner with Him to establish these desires into reality and fruitfulness!

It was in the secret place of prophesying these things forth into existence that I got to verse 9 and 10. I began to see the manifestation of a small cluster of clouds swirling into a culmination of storm clouds as with Elijah in 1 Kings 18. Then a song came forth,

The winds are blowing, do you feel it now, do you feel it now?
The clouds are stirring, do you perceive it now, do you perceive it now?
The storm is rolling in, do you hear it now, do you hear it now?
The rains are here, can you feel it upon your skin now?

V. 9-10 – “You, O God, sent the reviving rain upon Your weary inheritance, showers of blessing to refresh it. So there Your people settled. And in Your kindness You provided the poor with abundance.”

I believe we saw this storm manifest at The Send. Within the first 10 minutes of being there, I found myself unable to stand under the weight of His Presence and the awareness of His nearness in that stadium left me trembling, crumpled in a ball on the turf crying out, “HOLY!” During that precious moment, I recognized something in my altered state of being present among thousands of Burning Ones and being wholly and solely in the Throneroom before my King. A single drop upon my head. That single drop resided with me the entire day. I knew the rains would come; and indeed, they did.

Sixty thousand lovers stood out in the ridiculous heat, and having spent the majority of the time on the turf (including being unable to replenish water sources for some time), we did indeed become a parched and weary people; yet all persisted unwaveringly before the Lamb Who is worthy! I truly believe the persistence bore fruit. There came a moment when we cried out to Him for the nations and gave Him our “YES!”, that we would GO! Following this marking moment came a transition that was obvious in the Spirit. We gave Him our adoration and as a blessing, He fulfilled His promise to send His reviving rains. In the physical as well as the spiritual, they felt to be strengthening and refreshing unto commissioning.

When He sends the rains of His Spirit and of outpouring, we must recognize it as a holy, marking moment and abide in it until The Sending. 

Back a few days before when I had been prophesying Psalm 68, I had no idea what He planned to do; and I am left reeling and in a perpetual state of awe and wonder. At the time of praying those words forth, the Lord led me to the page before in Psalm 67. I believe that this was the release after the rains!

Psalm 67 (TPT)
“God, keep us near Your mercy-fountain and bless us! And when You look down on us, may Your face beam with joy!”

V. 2-5 – “SEND US OUT ALL OVER THE WORLD SO THAT EVERYONE EVERYWHERE WILL DISCOVER YOUR WAYS AND KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND SEE YOUR POWER TO SAVE.
Let all the nations burst forth with praise; let everyone everywhere love and enjoy You!
Then how glad the nations will be when You are their King. They will sing, they will shout, for You give true justice to the people. Yes! You, Lord, are the Shepherd of the nations! 
No wonder the peoples praise You! Let all the people praise You more!”

V. 6-7 – THE HARVEST OF THE EARTH IS HERE! God, the very God we worship, keeps us satisfied at His banquet of blessings. And the blessings keep coming!
Then all the ends of the earth will give Him the honor He deserves and be in awe of Him!”

This is The Send. 

We believe that a wave was started that day and that it was only the beginning on the war on inaction. The rains of outpouring were only a glimpse in the coming world-wide Jesus movement. Today, we along with 18,000 others at The Send and world-wide have begun a 40-day Jesus Fast from March 1-April 9 to contend for Jesus, The Evangelist to sweep across the nations. I ask that you join us, for He is worthy of our sacrifice and our worship! The earth is awaiting this wave of fiery sons and daughters; they are awaiting Jesus, The Evangelist! You can go to the link above to sign up as a commitment, find out more information, tips, encouragements, and daily devotionals we will be going through across the globe.

It is promised us in Psalm 133, where there is unity, He commands a blessing! What we do in seizing this kairos moment will mark the futures of our children and shift the world in which they will live in. My prayer is that they enter a world that is on fire for Jesus in manifestation of Luke 12:49.

Please join us in praying these things forth and know that no nation is too dark for Jesus to reach! Set your face like flint in prayer, action, being His hands and feet; and do not relent until there’s breakthrough!!!

Psalm 2:7-9 (TPT)
“I will reveal the eternal purpose of God. For He has decreed over me, ‘You are My favored Son. And as your Father I have crowned you as My King Eternal. Today I became your Father. Ask Me to give you the nations and I will do it, and they shall become your legacy. Your domain will stretch to the ends of the earth. And you will shepherd them with unlimited authority, crushing their rebellion as an iron rod smashes jars of clay!'”

To the ends of the earth,
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

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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!!!

The Call to Commitment

We have now been In India for two weeks, and I have yet to write a blog.  Returning to this beautiful place that I love to do ministry so much has not been different than any of the other previous countries.  Yes, there is more poverty, and this is a third-world country.  Yes, it is illegal to preach Christianity here.  Yes, the conditions are different, but the Spirit of the Gospel is the same and compels us to minister in the same ways, if not more, as we did in all the previous countries.  Counting our ministry in New York City, this is our seventh country to be ministering for the Lord in, and we just hit six months of traveling.  I do not think that anything has been like I expected, but the changes have been even more dramatic for my wife.  This is the main reason that I encouraged her to write the first few blogs.  India is the only third-world country she has ever been to, and the first time she has been in Asia.  The experiences to her are much more new and shocking than they are for me.  All of this being the case, she has written some amazing blogs from a first timer’s perspective.  I pray that you are able to experience this culture that is so different from ours in her unique perspective.

Last weekend, we were told that we would be traveling with Pastor Binny to preach to some youth in a neighboring state.  True to Indian culture, we met up with the pastor about two hours after we originally and planned.  Everything we had been told was not entirely accurate, which is very common here.  After staying the night at his mother’s house, we traveled through some very jungle-ish regions (where we saw many monkeys and were told elephants were often seen) to a small village in Andhra Pradesh where a church was holding Fasting-Prayer.  In India, it is very common, usually weekly, that churches will hold a 24-hour or all-day time where everyone in the church gathers to fast, pray, sing, and be taught.  Most of the people will spend all night and/or day here and then have a community meal afterwards.

Prayer and Fasting Church

With the plans being changed, I was not sure if I would be able to share the message that I knew that God had given me.  First, I shared about God’s ministry that had brought us here, and Katie shared the word that God had been speaking to her for India.  After this, Pastor Binny preached a word on faith.  I thought this was the end of the teaching, but about an hour before the fasting prayer was to finish Pastor Binny invited me to share a message, if I had one.  I was glad to be given the chance to share the Word I knew that God had given me to share.

Prayer Fasting Church

Here is the first part of the message that I spoke to the church, but is just as important to you wherever you are:

God began to speak to me about what made the prophet Daniel able to say at the end of his life that “…the people who know their God will be strong and carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32).  At this time, Daniel had experienced the greatness of God in so many ways.  He had escaped death many times, slept with lions, watched his friends last through the fire, survived many changes in rulers, and even governing kingdoms.

Holy Spirit revealed to me that the key to why Daniel was able to continue through all these things and make such a bold statement at the end of his life was found in Daniel 1:8 “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself…”  Here, the scripture is talking about how Daniel chose at a young age not to eat food offered to idols; however, this revealed his desire was not to be disobedient to the Lord in any way.  This commitment led to Daniel and his friends being tested and later honored.  Both Daniel and his friends would be tested over and over again whether they would keep this commitment or value their own lives, status, power… more.  In spite of everything, they made this commitment and stuck to it.  Because of this, their strengths and great exploits are recorded and still bring encouragement to us today.

Meditating on this, God showed me four things that are keys to complete commitment to the Lord.

4 Keys to Commitment –

  1. Consecrate yourself to the Lord.  All of us start in a state of unholiness and dishonor because of sin.  However, through the blood of Jesus, we can be forgiven and are brought to a state of righteousness.  We must then chose to walk in a holy way or return to our former fleshly ways of living and thinking.  (When we are cleansed, we become “…vessels of honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” 2 Timothy 2:21).  
  2. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).  This does not come naturally, but is a continual progression throughout our entire lives learning to love Him with everything we are, everything within us, and everything we have.  This is in direct opposition to our flesh that wants to please and love only itself.
  3. Stir up the giftings that are within you (2 Timothy 1:6-7).  Timothy is reminded to stir up the giftings within himself.  He is not told to pray for God to stir them up, but to stir them up himself.  He is encouraged to act and use the gifts that he has so that they may grow and be pruned into greater and more powerful ones.  This is evident by how the next verse talks about not fearing, but walking in power, love, and all wisdom.
  4. Be completely obedient in all that you do (Luke 17:5-10).  Here, the apostles ask the Lord to increase their faith.  Jesus responds to them by telling them a story about being obedient servants.  No matter what the size of faith you have, you are able to do great things!!!  However, it is obedience to the Lord that not only causes His power to work through you, but causes you to be given more faith and the ability to do even greater things.

As Followers of Christ, we are called to be committed, changed, and active in each one of these areas, or we will not be fully effective for His Kingdom.  I encourage you to examine your commitment to the Lord.

Are you walking as a fully committed Follower of Christ?  

Are you succeeding in each of these four areas?  

Are you strong and carrying out great exploits for Him? 

Ask Holy Spirit to reveal a few specific ways you can work on one of these areas this week!!!

Pray that the Lord will strengthen you in every area and that you would never settle for less than the very greatest of exploits that God has planned for your life.  I bless you with knowing God, being completely committed to Him, becoming strong and carrying out great exploits for His glory!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Committed Consecration

The advent of wireless Internet is an amazing thing especially as we are traveling. It is especially fun that you are able to take part in some portion of all of our adventures. However, it also means we are at the mercy of the places we are. We have not been able to post as much because we lost the Internet at our abode. I guess it is in some ways a preparation for the lack in India,Cambodia, and anywhere else we have limited access.

This week, I was privileged to bring a message to our cell group. This is not a message that most people may accept, but the mature body of believers I spoke to grabbed ahold of the promise and the word and is running with it. I believe you will to!!! If you have known me for a time, you know that Moses is one of my favorite guys in the Bible. Even beyond that, one of my favorite passages of scripture is Exodus 20:18-21. Here, we see that after three days of consecration, the people of Israel see, hear, smell, and feel the presence of The Lord on Mount Sinai. It even reveals in Deuteronomy that they hear the very voice of God. Even though they had completely consecrated themselves to The Lord for three days, they saw and felt the Holiness of The Lord and were afraid that if they saw or spoke with God anymore that they would die. Moses, being no different than any of them (except maybe that he had murdered someone), knew the holiness of God and knew that nothing of this world was worth keeping in compare to being in the very presence of The Lord. He was not even afraid to die. He just wanted to be in the place that the presence of The Lord was the greatest.

If we think of Moses and how he was able to give up all the passing pleasures of this earth just to gain the prize of knowing God in an intimate way, we see how different he was than most of us. We are so commonly unwilling to give up sleep or food, most of which we get an over abundance of. If we are to know The Lord in the deepest way possible on this earth, we must give up the weights and snares that hold us back from knowing Him. In Hebrews 12:1, we agree that we should be rid of sin, but the weights may be good things that just hold us back or slow us down from knowing Him. Things get in the way, distractions, and we must remove them if we want to know Him. We can always look at others and say that we are more holy than other people because we do, or don’t do, more of any given thing than them. However, when we view our personal righteousnesses against the holiness of The Lord, Isaiah says they are like filthy rags (maybe used toilet paper in today’s language).

I would encourage you to spend some time with Holy Spirit and see if there is one or more things that you need to consecrate to him and not do, and do more of the getting to know Him that we are all so quick to be too busy to do. Several people in the group decided to cut out television and focus on The Lord. What will you do to get closer to The Lord? I don’t know about you, but I have no love of the things of this world, and I am trying to be willing to give up all this world has to offer for the knowledge of knowing Him. Holiness is a gift that brings us closer to Him, we just have to get all the other things out of the way so that we can be more like Him and be closer to Him!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire