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Simple Obedience Changes History

Currently, I am in preparation to go out for another full day of ministry. I am sitting outside taking in the gentle breeze, carrying with it the refreshing power of Holy Spirit. Our schedules here are mostly packed full morning to one o’clock in the morning the next day, for the Spanish culture naturally goes late into the evening. I am so glad to be surrounded again in the culture of community and relationship.

As I sit here, I find myself dwelling upon all that God has already revealed and done during our time here; pondering on the heaviness of His Spirit’s Presence the last three days. Three nights ago, we attended a prayer meeting at Pastor Abel’s church in Elche in preparation for Operation Andrew, the outreach plan set in place the last time the team visited. The goal of the operation is to bring the churches here together and the members locating lost people that they know, and they began praying for their salvation after last visit. This trip’s focus will be on going out and preaching the Gospel to these lost ones and we believe that after the almost nine months of sowing prayers into their salvation, that we will see an abundant harvest come forth.

As we worshipped, prayed and interceded, the Presence of God invaded mightily. We all got up and shared words the Lord had given us for what He was preparing to do and it was obvious that God is doing a new thing, raising up a mighty army in this land. I shared the words the Lord had given Jeremiah and I when we last came in 2014, found in The Mighty Wind and the Dry Bones, as well as the word the Lord gave me in September of last year, and the word He gave me in prayer for this trip, of which I shared here To Spain for the Glory of His Name. The power of God fell in great proportion and the place was electric with expectation for a great outpouring of Holy Spirit to fall upon the land and people.

The following morning, an unusually strong wind came through that was so powerful and everyone everywhere were saying that winds like this have not been seen before and it was strange. The winds of the Spirit came sweeping in through the land, carrying upon it the Word and power of the Lord. That evening, we hosted the pastor’s rally where we gathered the pastors we will partner with to carry out Operation Andrew. There was an incredibly overwhelming heaviness of the kabod Presence of God manifesting in the atmosphere as we worshipped together.

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One evident thing is the majority of the churched people we are encountering are all foreigners. Various Latin American, European, African, Russian, and Chinese families were called from the Lord to come live here, plant churches, and minister to the Spanish people. Spain sowed the Gospel into the nations long ago, and though it has predominantly lost it’s first love, the fruit of it’s labor is returning.

Yesterday, my partner in crime this week, John and I paired with our host Pastors that we will be partnering with throughout the week. We travelled to Torrevieja, a small city south of where we are in Elche, and ministered in their church. I gave the prophetic word that the Lord had given me for Spain and had shared two evenings prior at Pastor Abel’s church. John preached on the importance of the Gospel being the main thing and the reason for which we do all things. We must not be selfish and keep this Good News of salvation to ourselves but must be intentional everywhere we go to share it and give it out!

Afterwards, we were had a few hours to kill before we went to our lunch appointment at one of the church member’s house; so Pastor Elsa took us to the Marina to show us around. The place was filled with tourists and internationals on holiday. I felt impressed upon by the Lord to keep an eye out for treasures hidden in plain sight, people to minister to. I noticed a number of people with crutches and a wheelchair bound person missing an arm. Then an elderly gentleman passed by me who was limping severely and made eye contact with me. I knew he was the one I was to speak to so I turned around to follow him and stop him to talk to him. It wasn’t until then that I realized his right leg was about six inches shorter than his left, and that was why he was walking strangely. I stopped him and asked if he spoke English, but he spoke Spanish; so in my best ability, of which might equate to a three year old, I asked him in Spanish if I could pray for Jesus to heal him, for I had noticed he was walking with a limp. He couldn’t quite understand me, so I motioned my friends over and using Elsa’s phone for translation, typed in what I tried to say so that she could communicate to him. He immediately turned us down and said that God can’t heal his leg. She explained God’s healing power yet he refused. In one last attempt I said that I have seen Jesus heal people and grow their leg out many different times when praying for them. He still refused and did not want prayer either, saying he was fine with his leg and content; so we blessed him in Jesus’ name and went on, praying for his healing on our own.

This was not a failed attempt, sometimes people don’t want Jesus no matter what you do, so you do as Jesus said: shake the dust from your feet and go on. We prayed for him anyway, for nothing can stop us from doing so and the obedience will be rewarded.

We went from there to our lunch appointment at Ilse and Edison’s. They’re Columbian and he was a top chef there so we were blessed with a well-rounded meal of steak, eggplant, potatoes, salad, and paella, a rice dish with fishtail, clams, and mussels. That’s what you call suffering for Jesus, though I had to pray for help eating the ocean life since I do NOT do fish. When you live on the Mediterranean, it’s anticipated that fish will be included; just like being unexpectedly served whole fresh giant anchovies, bones and skin included…what does one do? You say a little missionary prayer, “Lord, wherever You lead me, I’ll follow; whatever You feed me, I’ll swallow.”

We spent a few hours there, then picked up Pastor Pablo and went to our first visit, Ilse’s daughter and son-in-law, Elkin, who moved here two months ago from Columbia. They were opposed to the Gospel but allowed us to come. Upon arrival, Angie answered the door in pain, holding her neck. We sat with them and I shared a picture of my family, for they had two little ones Azariah and Elam’s age. They said we could share with them, so John began to present the Gospel through the tool we are using here, the Evangecube. After doing so, we asked them if they would like to receive Jesus and have eternal life with Him in Heaven and they both accepted Jesus there on the spot!

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We prayed and I asked Angie about her neck. She had a pulled muscle and couldn’t turn her head, in a lot of pain. I asked her if I could pray for her for Jesus to heal her neck; just as she took away our sins when He died on the cross, so he took away our sickness and pain and bore it on the cross. She said, “yes”‘ and after praying, half the pain was gone and she had more mobility. I asked if I could pray for her again, for even Jesus prayed for someone more than once before they received total healing; she agreed. Pastor Pablo interjected and asked to share a testimony. He said he had come in with back pain and as I was praying, he felt a hand reach forth and grab the pain out of his back and he was completely healed! God used it to increase faith in the room and Angie said as I prayed for her again, she felt heat where my hand was. She then had almost full range of motion and the pain was nearly gone!!! Praise the Lord!

I ask that you be in prayer with us for this family that God provide work for Elkin, as they have one month left before their visa expires to find work, or they will have to return to Columbia. Also, please pray that the Lord would continue to minister to them, grow them, place them well in the Body of Christ here, and that they would develop hunger for Him, His Word, and discovering their roles in the Family of Christ.

Please pray for us as well, as we go out today for two more visits, that hearts would be receptive, fertile soil for the Gospel to be planted; and for any more a god-appointments along the way.

Be encouraged dear brothers and sisters, there is nothing special about us. We are simple people being simply obedient to simply Go as He said, and to share the simple Gospel! You can do this wherever you are, simply ask Him to give you His eyes, heart, and Word and be intentional to step outside of your comforts and Go! Be so bold as to ask Him to make you uncomfortable!

Proverbs 28:1‬ ‭(AMP‬‬)
“The wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

Dios de bendiga,

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

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The Breaker is Here!

Yesterday was a day of remembrance. Yesterday was Purim, the day of remembrance for Jews of the deliverance and victory over the death decree issued by Haman to exterminate all of the Jews across the land. God raised Esther up as queen in a kairos moment of time to decree a 3-day fast to seek God for deliverance from Haman’s curse. She risked everything, even her very life, to go before the king on behalf of the salvation of her people. Insert God’s divine favor and providence. The end result: Haman’s hanging, followed by a reversal of the curse on His people, and the destruction of every evil force determined to kill, slaughter, and annihilate them. Complete victory.

We have been in a 40-day world-wide Jesus Fast since March 1 through April 9. Thousands across the nations have taken up a commission of intentional prayer and fasting to see the ending of abortion in our day, and that God would Ekballo a new wave of laborers into the Harvest.

Yesterday marked day 21 of the fast and as I sought the Lord, I felt such a significant breakthrough, even more than I did the day before, being halfway through the fast. In prayer, God reminded me of Daniel 10. Daniel had been 21 days into a fast seeking God for deliverance and salvation for his people. Then God sent a messenger declaring that FROM DAY 1 of his fasting and intentional prayer, his prayer had been heard in the courts of Heaven. FROM DAY 1, angels were commissioned at the declaration and decree of the word of God through his lips. The angels hearken to the Word of God to complete it! (Psalm 103:20) The following three weeks were that of great spiritual warfare in the unseen over the releasing of Heaven’s decree and action. Then God sent a breaker, Michael, to war and defeat the opposing forces, so that His Word would be made manifest.

When I awoke that morning, I had thought it odd that I was completely congested when I had felt fine the night before. However, as He led me back to Daniel, He revealed to me that the congestion I was experiencing was a direct reflection of the congestion in the gateways of the supernatural realm. All demons in hell are in direct opposition to the will of God for the nations coming to fruition. So it is no surprise that there would be a great congestion of demonic forces attempting to block the way of angelic messengers carrying forth the Word and Will of God to the Global Body of Christ. Anything to prevent a Global Harvest from coming to fruition and completion. It is then that He spoke:

My daughter, THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR HAS COME!

I AM HERE TO BRING THE BREAKER, YES, THE HAMMER! A time of great breaking, yes, a smashing will take place. Every stubborn resistance and wall of opposition is coming down and being destroyed NOW!

No longer will there be continuous road blocks severing the connection to total Kingdom access; but there will be UNENDING ACCESS in the days to come. I HAVE COME TO BE THE RECONCILIATOR to what was once broken and disjointed. I have come to BREAK OPEN THE PORTALS that have become blocked. No longer will it be said, “the way is blocked!” UNDEFILED CONNECTION! I have dispatched My Messengers, My Burning Ones, to clear the path and make it ready! All congestion is breaking off RIGHT NOW!!!

Throughout the day, I experienced total breakthrough and victory over every enemy attack that I experienced. THIS is what God wants to do. He wants to be the breaker of every yoke, every attack, every prison door, every shackle, every opposition. The Breaker comes when we fast! He can’t help but to respond to the hunger that is released! Isaiah 58 is evidence of this.

Fasting is a gift from God in that as we give Him the gift and offering of ourselves that He would be glorified through our sacrifice, praise, and obedience through fasting; He returns a great eternal reward back to us that not only affects us personally, but fasting literally shifts the spirit realm over nations!!! Fasting is an act bigger than ourselves. 

Isaiah 58:6-7 (AMP)
“[Rather] is this not the fast which I choose, to undo the bonds of wickedness, to tear to pieces the ropes of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and break apart every [enslaving] yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not to hide yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood?”

Isaiah 58:8-12 (TPT)
“Then My favor will bathe you in sunlight until you are like the dawn bursting through a dark night. And then suddenly your healing will manifest. You will see your righteousness march out before you, and the glory of Yahweh will protect you from all harm!
Then Yahweh will answer you when you pray. When you cry out for help, He will say, ‘I am here.’ If you banish every form of oppression, the scornful accusation, and vicious slander, and if you offer yourselves in compassion for the hungry and relieve those in misery, then your dawning light will rise in the darkness and your gloom will turn into noonday splendor!
Yahweh will always guide you where to go and what to do. He will fill you with refreshment even when you are in a dry, difficult place. He will continually restore strength to you, so you will flourish like a well-watered garden and like an ever-flowing, trustworthy spring of blessing.
Your people will rebuild long-deserted ruins, building anew on foundation laid long before you. You will be known as Repairers of the Cities and Restorers of Communities.”

Daniel 10:12-14 (AMP)
“Then he said to me, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing in opposition to me for twenty-one days. Then, behold, Michael, one of the chief [of the celestial] princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision is in regard to the days yet to come.'”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Co-mmissioned for This Time & This Place

Daily Encouragement – 

My Child, I have called and commissioned you for this time and this place!!! Where you are and what you are doing is where I have placed you on a Co-mission with Me. Your family, friends, school, workplace, community… is where you are called to minister life to the best of your ability.  

This is your training ground, and the place you are called to grow and do all the things you have received. Even in the waiting time as you seek Me for what comes next, this is your time and your place. This is where I have called you to minister the light and good news of The Son.

Where you are is no accident even if you do not understand why you are here. I need My child right here right now and that is why you are here. You may not see it, but I am with you missioning to bring My Kingdom. Let’s walk together into destiny!!! I love you My child!!!

John 15:16 (AMP) “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting…”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Adventures in Aussieland – Video Update #10

Hello All!!!  Today is exactly one month since we returned home, but with all the things happening we are just now able to post the video update of what was taking place in Australia.  Some of the highlights from Australia include: numerous healings, including 4 legs growing out, giving away free food that led to us conversing with hippies and drunk aborigines, playing with snakes, categorizing and alphabetizing a library and cooking some chili for a community meal at the YWAM base in Byron Bay.

Look for upcoming video updates including a recap of the entire trip and some outtakes from our unedited video updates.   Our trip to Australia is still not paid ($2,000), so pray about contributing to the ministry that the Lord did here!!!

A Light in the Darkness

The Land Down Under.  Kangaroos, boomerangs, and Steve Irwin.  These are the things we think of when envisioning the Outback.  My wife and I have been in Australia for more than a week now, and this is the first official blog about Australia.  We have been involved in a flurry of activities interspaced with moments of rest.  Things with us are busy and yet chill as the culture here denotes.

Chillin on a rainy day at the Sydney Opera House.

Chillin on a rainy day at the Sydney Opera House.

We are ministering in a small town called Byron Bay.  This area is known for a lot of things… none of which are listed above.  There are beautiful beaches here, lots of surfing, a lighthouse, and cults.  That’s right.  Maybe the Lord prepared us for the culture here by having us visit a cult our last Sunday in Cambodia.  It seems that there is a longing for the spiritual things here that exhibits itself in many ways.

New Age is rampant as well as many other cults that deceive people from the Truth.  Maybe this is because Byron Bay is the most Easterly point in Australia.  It is called the Eastgate, and because of this the enemy wants to take this city as his own.

As strong as the darkness is here, the bright light of the Son is all around.  We have visited two churches here that are solid and on fire, walking in the salvation, healing, and deliverance that Jesus called His people to.  The YWAM community has been here for more than 10 years and God is placing them in the perfect position to destroy the influence of the enemy in this place. Even as we visited the Lighthouse on the cliffs at Eastgate, God spoke to me about the spiritual lighthouses that are here.  There is so much light here that the darkness will not last for long. The gates of the enemy will not be able to stand against the Kingdom of God that is rolling forward here.  It is interesting that the people here, even the ones that are so involved in the dark things, are open to talk and share, and that is what we have been doing.  We listen to their deception and pray, then they sit and listen to the Truth that we have to give.  When the darkness is placed next to the light of the Truth, it becomes clear which one is the light.  There is no denying the light and the darkness.

Photo: Byron Bay Lighthouse at sunset.  Photo cred. Murray Vanderveer

Photo: Byron Bay Lighthouse at sunset. Photo cred. Murray Vanderveer

We got to talk with three surfer-hippie types.  One from Australia, one from Germany, and one from Norway that were all living in a camper van by the beach talked with us about the Truth. In the end, they did not miraculously choose to follow Christ, but the Truth was spoken clearly and seeds were planted.  We did not beat them over the head with the Truth so they would be defensive and not listen to anything we said.  We listened to them and then spoke the Truth without compromise.

It is Holy Spirit’s job to give us the words to say and do the working their hearts.  Nothing I say or do can change a person.  I speak and act in obedience, and God will use me to plant, water, and sometimes harvest.  It is much more fun to harvest and bring a soul into the Kingdom… but it is always a result of Holy Spirit!!!

God has made you to be a light no matter where you may be!!!  The darkness may be dark, but the light is always brighter!!!

Pray and ask Holy Spirit how you can be a light and speak the Truth.  Then, be the Light of the World that Jesus calls you to be (Matthew 5:14-16).

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Table Time

The Lord is amazing and His plans for us are far beyond the awesomeness of our own small ways of thinking. Currently, God has taken us back to Spain. I never thought a year and a half ago that we would be able to return here. In fact, on all my adventures in so many different countries, I have had to make close friends and say goodbye without ever expecting to see them again. However, now my wife and I are back with such good friends here in Spain where we had our first date. We have even been able to have an adult “sleepover” with the first couple we double dated with. The story of how our first date came to be in Spain is one for another time. Feel free to ask us about it when you see us. One telling of this story took almost 2 hours and no one really likes reading long blogs anyway.

Here in Spain, it is hard to find time to write because we are spending so much time with our family. Spiritual family perhaps, but still family. Spain is where we first began to learn about true community. When people in the church begin to meet every evening for prayer, sit at a table after a meal is over for an hour or two, go on walk together… This is how community is built. In our fast-paced way of living, we almost have to budget our time with our friends. We do not have more than 30 minutes or an hour for lunch before we have to get back to work. Here, the people are so much more important than the other things going on.

For me, this is what true family is all about. When I was growing up, our family always ate together around a table. There was no radio, tv or other distractions allowed there. We would sit and eat together and talk no matter how hard it was sometimes. Even as I have grown older, I cherish the times we get around a table and eat, though our family is not even on the same continent most of the time 🙂 For me, table time is family time. It is hard to be angry at your family when you always eat together. There may be arguments, but eventually you know you will be around the table and have to talk about what is going on. Usually, the problems seem silly as you talk about them. Even better than this is when you get to share your triumphs with those closest to you. The table is where you learn about each other and truly become family.

In Spain, the church is a family. Last Friday, we had an unplanned gathering. Marie called Nancy and decided to eat together. Before long, 10 people were sitting around a table laughing and sharing more than a meal, we were sharing family time. So, the real question comes up. Do we in the US want real community? Real community means sharing hurts as well as laughs. It means the giving up of ourselves for the good of others. It means walking beside someone in the hardest of times and never giving up on them. For me, the more a church grows in size, the harder it is to build community. However, a church can never be truly strong and healthy, no matter what the size, if the community of the people is not strong.

Ask Holy Spirit if you are engaged in true community and family. If so, ask how you can add to your family and invite others to become a part of the Community of Christ. If not, ask how you can develop a spiritual family and be a part of the community the way Jesus intended.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!