Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”
Today, I will choose to be thankful and bless The Lord no matter how my body may feel. Right now, if you have given up food, it is normal for your body to go through some of the same symptoms of withdrawal. Too much salt, sugar, and caffeine in our daily lives will cause headaches, nausea, achy limbs, a general feeling of weakness… as these are removed, and the body rids itself of toxins. The good news is that these fleshly oppositions should pass today or tomorrow completely. If you have decided to participate in this fast, the only question now is –
What’s it worth to you?
In our daily lives, we rarely have to give up anything of true value. However, when we do, we must calculate if it is truly worth it. There is a great difference between when you look into your purse or wallet and decide what you will pay for a shirt, a book, or a meal; and when you must consider the price you would pay for an education, a car, or a house.
An object is only worth as much as we are willing to give for it. Careful thought is put into how much a man will pay for a ring because you cannot put a price on the one that you really love. As we fast and go through the daily troubles and temptations (i.e. your boss buying your favorite lunch for everyone the first day of the fast) let us look to Jesus and consider how much He is worth to us.
Maybe this is where you find yourself today: 2 Corinthians 4:8-11 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Troubles, persecutions, and the death of the enemy may come upon us in many different ways, but even as our flesh is delivered to death it is a necessary sacrifice to manifest the life of Jesus in our flesh! May the life of Jesus shine out of you today and bring glory to The Father!
Here is something else to think about. In the middle of a discourse on denying your flesh, Jesus asks these two questions in Mark 8:36-37: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
What is a soul truly worth? Jesus bled, suffered, and died that your soul might be completely set free. That is how much your soul is worth to Him. How much is Jesus truly worth to You? How much do you value the lost souls around you?
Jesus, I am willing to do whatever it takes and give up whatever it costs that you may be glorified and that lost souls may come into Your Kingdom!!! Help me to truly value You not just in my thoughts and words but in my daily actions of obedience!
• Read Mark 8:34-38 and contemplate the value of a soul.
• Make sure you have included a list of lost or backslidden people in your daily prayer time.
• Listen and obey when Holy Spirit brings up specific things to do for these individuals.
Be blessed to know the true value of your soul and the souls of those around you as you celebrate The Word to accelerate The Kingdom!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
ENGLAND PROPHECY – August 15, 2017
“There is a missions and mobilization movement about to take place.
I have been stirring and shaking up the old and abandoned ways to freedom and soon a fresh rain will begin to pour. Do not forget what I have done before, but press in for what is on the horizon. The influx will be greater than any ever seen before and you must be ready!
Gird up your loins as Elijah did and run ahead to prepare the way for what is coming! I will place within you a special strength to bear the task and nor grow weary in the process.
Behold, the clouds will gather, but part on that great day when I will rain down My Spirit in a mighty way! Look to the sky for the sign of the Latter Rains on the horizon. Many will miss it because they are focused on the big picture; but see, I am in the tiniest of details and each are important and imperative to bringing about a lasting, ever-increasing mighty wave.
Seek Me on what I have designed your role to be and make the necessary preparations to bring forth obedience on your part.”
Isaiah 65:8-10, 16-25 (MSG)
God ’s Message: “But just as one bad apple doesn’t ruin the whole bushel, there are still plenty of good apples left. So I’ll preserve those in Israel who obey Me. I won’t destroy the whole nation. I’ll bring out My true children from Jacob and the heirs of My mountains from Judah. My chosen will inherit the land, My servants will move in. The lush valley of Sharon in the west will be a pasture for flocks, and in the east, the valley of Achor, a place for herds to graze. These will be for the people who bothered to reach out to Me, who wanted Me in their lives, who actually bothered to look for Me.”
“Then whoever prays a blessing in the land will use My faithful name for the blessing, and whoever takes an oath in the land will use My faithful name for the oath, because the earlier troubles are gone and forgotten, banished far from My sight.
Pay close attention now: I’m creating new heavens and a new earth. All the earlier troubles, chaos, and pain are things of the past, to be forgotten. Look ahead with joy. Anticipate what I’m creating: I’ll create Jerusalem as sheer joy, create My people as pure delight. I’ll take joy in Jerusalem, take delight in My people: No more sounds of weeping in the city, no cries of anguish; no more babies dying in the cradle, or old people who don’t enjoy a full lifetime; one-hundredth birthdays will be considered normal— anything less will seem like a cheat. They’ll build houses and move in. They’ll plant fields and eat what they grow. No more building a house that some outsider takes over, no more planting fields that some enemy confiscates, for My people will be as long-lived as trees, My chosen ones will have satisfaction in their work. They won’t work and have nothing come of it, they won’t have children snatched out from under them. For they themselves are plantings blessed by God, with their children and grandchildren likewise God-blessed. Before they call out, I’ll answer. Before they’ve finished speaking, I’ll have heard. Wolf and lamb will graze the same meadow, lion and ox eat straw from the same trough, but snakes—they’ll get a diet of dirt! Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill anywhere on My Holy Mountain,” says God.
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh
One week from now, we will have completed The 40. Praise The Lord for His grace and mercy. Whatever God has called you to fast, you must be very careful in breaking the fast. A total fast must be broken with small amounts of juice every 4-6 hours. A juice fast should be broken with small amount of light fruit gradually adding in more complexity and quantity of food. After fasting for so long, our bodies stop producing certain enzymes and it can have disastrous effects if we lack self-control at the end of the fast. May God give us all the strength not just to pray and fast for His glory, but to break the fast and eat in a way that glorifies Him.
A few days back, we started talking about being God’s witnesses. This starts from a place of knowing and growing in Him. As we grow in Him, we will gain his heart and desires and begin to pray and ask for what is most valuable to Him. Souls and nations would be at the top of this list. In our asking specifically for the lost in our family, neighborhood, sphere of influence, and nations, we must begin to speak out the wonderful works of God. This is how all people will come to know who our Great God is.
Today, we move on to the next phase in being a witness: Act. When we know God deeper, are praying along with His desire for souls, and speaking out our testimony and witness for His glory, we must begin to act on what Holy Spirit has called us to do. Words without action are hypocrisy and will never lead to the next level with Him. Let’s look at what The Word has to say about this.
Joshua 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses..
Here, Moses has just died and Joshua has become the new leader over all of Israel. I am sure Joshua is a little bit apprehensive in trying to follow in the footsteps of such a great man of God. In the first chapter of Joshua, both God and the people tell Him not to fear multiple times. In the middle of God’s encouragement to Joshua, He reveals this promise to him. God has given Joshua and the people all of The Promised Land, but they have to go and take it. They had to act in obedience with the word of God for this promise to take effect. Let’s dig a little deeper into this.
The word tread in this verse comes from the Hebrew “Darak” which means to tread, lead, guide, wield, shoot, aim, march. If we study this out, we find that God is giving us every place we have aimed our hearts in line with His will to seek. He is giving us every place we have followed Him in obedience to lay hold of. It takes our action added on to our speaking, praying, and knowing that will allow us to be the witness that God has called us to be. You have to walk the walk not just talk the talk.
That is what God says in the Old Testament, but let’s see what Jesus has to say on the same subject:
Luke 17:5-10 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ”
The apostles come to Jesus and ask for Him to increase their faith, as we probably have done ourselves. Jesus reveals that it is not the size of their faith that is most important. The smallest mustard seed of faith is enough to do seemingly impossible things. Jesus then gives an illustration of masters and servants. There is a reason these verses say “The Lord said”. The issue is not about increasing and gaining faith, it is about increasing obedience. Contained in the promises and revelation of Truth we have been given, are conditions according to our obedience. Noah was instructed to build and ark. Abraham was called to go out. Moses was to go and speak to the Pharaoh. We could go through the scriptures proving what Jesus reveals here. Actions and obedience are what take us to the next level.
My encouragement for us today is to take our witness to the next level. We must continue on with knowing God, asking for his heart of compassion for the lost, and even past speaking out His wonderful works. We must begin to act in obedience to whatever He calls us to do. We do not need to be rewarded for being obedient to God, but we He is the rewarder! We will be rewarded whether we see it now or not. However, we must not be obedient to Him because of the reward we will get, but because He is worth it, and we love Him! Practical action combined with speaking the word and asking for what God desires, because we are growing in knowing Him, will lead us to be propelled into the next level with Him.
Jesus, I want to be obedient to everything You have called me to do. You are my Lord and Master and what You say help me to always obey. I know that Your power and promise depend upon my obedience to You. Help me never to limit what You are wanting to do in or through me because of my disobedience. I want to love You with my “YES” and with my obedience!
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you to know Him more
- Seek to know The Father’s heart
- Speak out what God has done for you, your testimony
- Act in obedience to everything He tells you to do
Be blessed with knowing and growing in God, receiving His heart, speaking The Truth of your testimony, and becoming increasingly obedient to everything you are called to. As this happens may you be propelled into the next level with Him!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We can see here that this power comes from, with, and through Holy Spirit. This power comes as we wait and seek him. However, this power comes for a purpose. The power of Holy Spirit that comes as we wait and seek Him is the power to be a witness. If you study out this word “witness“in Greek, it is where we get the English word martyr. The Holy Spirit revival power that we have been pressing in to receive is the power to be a martyr. Now, when we say martyr we are literally talking about someone who has died for the gospel. However, the original meaning of witness is one who believes, speaks, and lives with the genuine, strength, faith, and conviction that what they have seen and know is true and will stand by it even unto death. This is next level stuff. This is the step up that we are seeking! This is where the rubber meets the road!
Some may not have realized that as we press deeper into knowing Jesus and walking with Him, we are gaining His heart and being empowered to walk as martyr-level witnesses. This is the stepping up and stepping out. Some may have for years sought to know God, in the secret place, in the quiet place, and grown holy and in knowing The Father’s heart. Feel free to review Holiness Leads to Harvest from day 7. The secret place of knowing God’s heart will always lead to the next step up of stepping out and sharing who He is!
Some of you may not know me personally, but I have always been an introvert that in the past was bound up by fear and insecurity. As God has led me through years of coming to know Him and getting free of the baggage and bondage, that we all carry, and coming to know Him more and more in the secret place, He is releasing a gift of evangelism to me. I do not understand it, and honestly am extremely uncomfortable in everything He is continuing to ask me to do and walk in. However, I am no longer saying I am an unwilling evangelist, because it is my delight to do His will. In this process, especially more recently, God is continuing to develop in me His heart for souls. He is constantly reminding me that the fields are ripe for the harvest. Both the field outside our door and around the world are ready to receive the wonderful works of God from Holy Spirit power-filled martyr-level witnesses.
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal God’s heart in the secret place
- Ask for power to be a Witness
- Walk in obedience into the harvest today
Be blessed with the peace and power from Holy Spirit today. May you receive a heart for the harvest and the boldness to walk in the power you have received as you are propelled into the next level with The Lord!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Here we are at day 25! It is hard to imagine before The 40 that we could be so far in and a little over two weeks from completing the commitment God has placed in our hearts. The spiritual benefits that come from the daily overcoming of obstacles to remain faithful in worship to The King of The Universe will one day astound us all. Never give in to the fleshly desires now in exchange for the eternal reward that is being built up for you and everyone around you. Let’s press on and press in together.
By this time, the weight of the impossible has probably tried to crush you or in the very least discourage you. Several people have indicated to me this week that they were worried about me physically. One even said that I was crazy and out of my mind. However, as long as we are partnered with Jesus and what He has for us, I would rather be walking in the mind of Christ than my own mind anyway.
It should not be a surprise to any of us that trusted spiritual and especially worldly influences around us do not understand the depth of what is taking place. The God of great grace and mercy has called us out, or we have submitted to Him out of worship, in order for the impossible to take place. When God moves, it is not understood completely by the most spiritual people we could ever think of. We desire the perfect grace and mercy of God to be made manifest in us, our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, regions, and nations. As much as we think we may understand Him and His ways, we do not.
We can see clearly that hunger and expectation has the ability to change the situations around us. The woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48) only wanted to get close enough to touch Jesus’ garment. She did what was illegal and could have gotten her stoned to death by pushing,maybe even crawling, through a crowd of people and just to put her “unclean” hands on Jesus. It was her hunger and expectation that drove her to do what others would not. This was the faith that healed and restored her. This is where we are today. We are all believing for the “impossible” things to happen for the glory of God!
But what if these things do not happen during or after The 40?
What if we go through The 40 and do not see anything change?
What if our hunger and expectation are seemingly not rewarded?
Take heart, my brothers and sisters, this will align us on the same level as one “after God’s own heart”, David. David was hand picked by the Lord and anointed to be king long before it actually takes place. David has to live a life of character and actually doing the job of the king, like challenging Goliath, before he ever saw the promotion that God had anointed him for. Eventually, he became king and did great for a while.
However, it seems David had a weakness for women. Because David decided to give in to this weakness just one time, it led him to deception, adultery, murder, and pain. The prophet Nathan reveals that God has seen it all and finally David repents. What is the judgment for all of this sin? David’s recently born son would die. This is where we pick up in the scripture reading for today:
2 Samuel 12:15-16 And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill. David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.
Even though David knew he deserved the judgment and punishment that God had said, he increases his expectation that God’s great mercy and grace is greater than his sin. David comes in humility, prayer, and fasting and cries out to God for mercy for his baby. He does this for 7 days until the baby dies. His servants do not even want to tell him that his baby has died because they are unsure what he will do when he finds out the worst has happened. David’s hopes, desires, and expectations for the life of his baby because of the mercy of God are about to be crushed. What will his response be?
I do not know what the physicians were telling him and Bathsheba, but God had told him the baby would die. That seems to be a very definite thing to me. Surely, trusted and godly people came in after a few days of prayer and fasting and felt the need to prepare him for the worst. There was no reason for him to expect that God would do anything different than He Himself had said. However, David increased expectation in The God of grace and mercy. Throwing himself at the feet of The Great Shepherd and walking through the valley of the shadow of death, David is rewarded with seemingly nothing. Here is David’s response when he finds out this baby is dead:
Vs. 20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.
He cleans himself up, puts on his best worship attire, and goes to The house of The Lord and worships. Great expectations unmet did not crush David and cause him to turn away, but causes him to be able to praise through the pain of unmet expectation. This does not make sense to anyone and they ask him about it.
Vs. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”
His expectations and prayers were unmet, and he chose to worship and adore God anyway because he knew His God. The Great God of Mercy and Grace was still the same whether David got what he desired or not.
Vs. 22-23 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
David knew the value in hunger and increasing expectation to work mighty things in the heavenly realm. It had not happened the way he wanted. However, because of a right heart of hunger and expectation to pray the greatest prayer he could think of, he was prepared to praise even through the pain. Immediately after this, Solomon is born and God names him Jedidiah which means beloved of the Lord. David’s hunger and expectation caused a blessing to take place that was not the way David prayed or wanted, but came about at a different time and different way.
This is the kind of hunger, expectation, and faith that I want!
No matter the difficulties, trials, and impossibilities that we bring to the Lord during this time, may we all increase our hunger and expectation to see the impossible made manifest into reality. Even if these things do not take place how we want or think they should, we must pray for the best and cry out to God. Today, increase your hunger and expectation and may this increase your worship through both met and unmet expectations.
Jesus, increase my hunger and expectation today. I want to have faith for the impossible miracles to take place no matter what I see or hear. Help me to trust You to bring about the greatest good as my expectations are increased, and I cry out to You for the greatest good. Help me to never be discouraged or back down from believing the best no matter what I may see with my eyes or hear with my ears.
- Take a good look at what you are praying for.
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you increase expectation and hunger to believe in the greatest possible good
- Ask for strength, grace, and mercy for the faith to continually believe for the impossible
- Ask for worship and fresh faith to replace discouragement or unbelief that tries to come in
Be blessed with an exponential increase of expectation and hunger to continuously believe for what seems impossible to man. May all discouragement and unbelief be replaced with worship and even more increased expectation because of new revelations of The Great God of Mercy and Grace in your life..
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
As we continue to press in toward the halfway point, we must choose to remember that Jesus is worth all that we have to give and so much more. Whatever you have chosen to fast, it is a pleasing offering to Him. We do it because we love Him and want to give Him even more worship in our very bodies. May you be reminded of Jesus’ worth. He is worth giving up our very lives that He may be exalted and glorified above every idol in the land.
Today, I want to challenge you and “spur you on toward love and even greater works.” Whatever level of devotion to The Lord you find yourself at this moment, Jesus deserves so much more. Too many times, we may look at the people around us and gauge our level spiritually. We are doing pretty well compared to Joe Shmoe over there. We have been praying, fasting and seeking The Lord in a special way for almost 3 weeks now. We must be doing pretty well.
Personally, this is one of the areas that I have to constantly war against, spiritual pride and judgment. In order that we do not think too highly of ourselves, remember Jesus’ story of the tax collector and the Pharisee. The Pharisee came boasting at all of his accomplishments and what he was doing for God, while the tax collector cried out for God’s mercy. Jesus says this about the tax collector:
Luke 18:13 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Let us never forget our place in The Kingdom. All of us must come to the feet of The cross; then we are “raised up together to be seated in heavenly places with Him.” He is worthy of more than I could ever give to Him. Our bodies, efforts, hearts and lives are poor in comparison to what He is worth, however, I gladly give all that I have.
We must never compare ourselves to other people and gain some sort of feeling of spiritual superiority. We are humble creatures in need of Jesus. We should always have more that we desire to give. For God’s pleasure, I was designed to worship. May He forever receive even more worship from our lives.
In Luke 2, we find the story of a lady names Anna:
Luke 2:36-38 A prophetess named Anna was also in the temple court that day. She was from the Jewish tribe of Asher and the daughter of Phanuel. Anna was an aged widow who had been married only seven years before her husband passed away. After he died she chose to worship God in the temple continually. For the past eighty-four years she had been serving God with night-and-day prayer and fasting.
After being married for only 7 years, her husband died. She did not live in regret, grief, or anger at God. She gave deep devotion to The Lord and served night and day in the temple. She was seeking The Lord out of a pure humble heart for more than 84 years.
What was her reward for all this? She got to see Jesus!!!
Lord, let that be my reward. You are worth it to me!!!
You may be doing more than some, but there is always a deeper level of devotion to go to. You can never make God do anything, but you must desire to see the deep secret places of God. Imagine the depths of the Lord that few have been able to reach because they cannot go the distance or give up the junk that is in the way. May this be the cry of your heart, “I will give up the junk in deep devotion to Jesus so that I may gain access to the deepest places with Him!”
Jesus, I want to see Your face. I desire to hear Your voice. I long for new revelations of Your love. You are the source from which all things flow. If I have to give up everything to see You, You are worth it! May this ever be the longing of my heart.
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal and remove any spiritual pride
- Ask for revelation of Jesus’ worth
- Commit to a deeper level of devotion
- Obey whatever Holy Spirit speaks
Be blessed with new revelations of Jesus’ worth and the desire and ability to advance to deeper levels of devotion with Him. May you access the deepest place with Him that few ever find!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!