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Advance 22/40

You are invited to join us for The Propel Fast! Please review Propelled To The Next Level and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement!

Well done!  We are now past the halfway mark, past Daniel’s precedent of 21 days, and beginning week 4 of The 40.  Do not waver! Do not falter! Press into Jesus, and be propelled into the next level with Him!!

This morning, I felt The Lord highlight one word, “Advance“.  This word means a lot to me for different reasons, but one of the reasons is this is an official military term, in my mind at least.  As we move forward into uncharted territory, God is leading and guiding.  He has gone before us to direct us in the right way we should go (John 10:4). Yesterday, the focus was on Touching The Kingdom, and the seeking of direction and revelation through humility, hunger, repentance, prayer, and fasting.  This should be our way of life until we receive our orders.   Then, we must “Advance” into all God has for us.  

Even understanding a proper definition of advance gives us a clue into what God is speaking to us today. 

Advance: 

  • Move forward in a purposeful way (Help us all to move forward with Your plans and in Your purposes Lord!)
  • Accelerate growth or progress of (We desire to progress and grow in You, Lord)
  • Raise to a higher rank (Thank you for raising us up to higher ranks in The Kingdom as we faithfully carry out our assignments at the level we are now.)
  • To lift up (Lift us up into heavenly realms with You)
  • Bring forward in time (Bring us all forward in time that we may be mature believers on mission with You!)
  • My personal definition would be the effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end.  May we all be advanced in our own lives, and be used to advance The Kingdom of God today!

    In the Word, we can see this happening throughout the entire Bible, but we will focus on what is taking place in Acts 13.  The setting of this passage is the rapid growth of the church.  If you remember, they were first called Christians at Antioch, literally meaning “little Christ”.  The gospel is being proclaimed, and persecution has taken the life of James the apostle.  This was the first of the apostles to be martyred.  Peter was set to be killed as well, but through constant prayer, God miraculously delivers Him.  This is where we pick up in our reading.  

    The church is at a pivotal point in history. They must come to a decision if the persecution and death is too much and they should calm down in what they are doing, or if they should continue to advance The Kingdom in spite of all this.  

    Acts 13:1-2 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 

    The response of the early church to the persecution and death of James and near martyrdom of Peter is to gather together and minister to The Lord. 

    How was this done? In Acts 2:42, 47 and 6:4 we find some clues: continue steadfastly in apostles doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer, praising God, and ministry of The Word.  In this passage we see, they also fasted.  Fellowship, worship, prayer, and fasting are literally ministry to The Lord. As they ministered to The Lord, Holy Spirit revealed what they were to do next.  

    It is interesting, they did not have a vision-casting meeting. They did not form a committee to talk about business. They did not try to figure out the most logical business model to follow. They gathered the leaders to worship, prayer, and fasting.  It is a sad fact that in many churches today, call a church business meeting and everyone shows up, but call a church prayer meeting more crickets show up than people.  However, if you call a prayer meeting without food and call a people to fast, this is like what happened in the early church. Only hungry people allowed.  This is where Holy Spirit brought revelation of what was to happen next.  

    When Holy Spirit released this revelation, they did not end the meeting and say lets get to work. Why? Because this was not the point of the meeting.  They were there to worship God with everything they had to give.  As a result, when they received revelation this is what they did:

    Vs. 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

    They continued in worship, prayer, and thanksgiving. What Holy Spirit revealed in a time of worship, prayer, and fasting was commissioned and sent out by worship, prayer, and fasting.  The focus was ministering to God and the commissioning and sending out of Barnabas and Saul for the advancement of The Kingdom was part of this ministering to God.  No man or even church was glorified in the sending out of these men. 

    Verse 4 begins with “So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit…”  There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that this was a work of Holy Spirit for the advance of The Kingdom.  This is before Saul had prove himself to the church.  He is still in the care of Barnabas and there is probably still those who do not fully trust him.  That did not matter when Holy Spirit had set him apart to send him out. In the very next chapter Saul is violently persecuted and stoned. The strength knowing Holy Spirit had called him and sent him out enabled him to return to the very cities that this took place.  

    My encouragement for us today is that as we gather together daily to worship, pray, and fast, whether together in body or spirit, Holy Spirit will bring wisdom, understanding, and revelation that only comes from Him.  As He does, may we all be strengthened with might to advance The Kingdom and walk in what He has called us to.  Nothing can hold you back from advancing to the next level with Him if you are living and walking as His partner.

    Practical –

    • Ask for revelation of how you can minister to God today
    • As you minister to Him, seek wisdom, revelation, and understanding that only comes from Him
    • As He reveals, ask for the strength and ability to obey
    • Continue in Worship and ministry to Him
    • Obey all He directs you to do

    Be blessed with the ability to truly advance The Kingdom in partnership with Holy Spirit. May you receive wisdom, understanding, revelation and might as you minister to Holy Spirit.  May this propel you to the next level with Him!

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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    Press Through to Breakthrough 19/40

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    Here we go again!  Another awesome day in The Lord.  There may not be anything special to day 19 for you, but God has a special reward for those who diligently seek Him.  He has your reward!  He is the reward! He has more on day 19 to give than yesterday, and I pray a special outpouring of His glory and grace to continue in strength, life, and provision today!

    Hallelujah!

    God is good and continually blesses our mouths with good thing.  Whether we are eating or not, He nourishes our soul and spirit with true manna from heaven.  Every single one of us is seeking Him in prayer and fasting for a reason and a purpose.  I have encouraged you to make a list of things to be praying and declaring over the length of the fast.  Do not neglect to pray for these things.  On my list are the impossible things, supernatural healing, wisdom from heaven, open doors, souls, nations, freedom and breakthrough.  Do not allow discouragement to dishearten you from pressing in and continuing to lift these things up in prayer to the Lord. 

    We do not see all that is taking place in the spiritual realm, but we know this:

    James 5:16-18 tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer! 17 Elijah was a man with human frailties, just like all of us, but he prayed and received supernatural answers. He actually shut the heavens over the land so there would be no rain for three and a half years! 18 Then he prayed again and the skies opened up over the land so that the rain came again and produced the harvest.
    Passionate, diligent, earnest prayers from a believer walking in righteousness have the power to change things that happen in the spiritual realm.  We discuss this more in “Shifting the Heavens“.  What is does not mention in this passage is that Elijah had to go before the Lord and pray seven times before He began to see the fruit of his prayer for rain to return to the land (1 Kings 18:42-46).  Elijah’s powerful prayers were not immediately answered.  He had to press through to breakthrough.  He had to get past his doubts, fear, worries, and seeming lack of power to experience the blessing that God had promised would come.  He had to look to the promise and press in until he saw fulfillment of that promise.

    Later, we see an interesting story taking place in Judges 20 that demonstrates the point even more fully.  During a time when Israel was without a leader, every man did what was right in his own eyes.  Here, the city of Gibeah, of the tribe of Benjamin, had committed an atrocity.  Their fleshly desire to abuse and injure a Levite led them to instead rape and murder his female slave.  Instead of repenting, the entire tribe of Benjamin “backs their boys” and goes out to war against the rest of Israel who is coming against them as retribution for turning from The Lord and committing this atrocity.

    Israel asked The Lord if they should war against Benjamin and who should go first.  God speaks for them to go and put Judah first.  Following God’s direction, 22,000 men of Israel are slain during Israel’s defeat that day.  Israel goes to God again and asks if they should return to the battle.  God says go, and at the instruction of God, 18,000 more people are slaughtered and Israel defeated.  Israel, God’s people fighting for justice and righteousness, are sorely defeated because they listened and obeyed God’s words explicitly.  

    Why was this happening?  Why were they defeated? What was taking place?

    Twice, Israel went through devastating tragedies and they were doing right.  They were obeying the law.  Whatever else was happening, there was tremendous discouragement was taking place over their defeat.  This is their response:

     

    Judges 20:26-28 Then all the children of Israel, that is, all the people, went up and came to the house of God and wept. They sat there before the Lord and fasted that day until evening… So the children of Israel inquired of the Lord… saying, “Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of my brother Benjamin, or shall I cease?”  And the Lord said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand.”
    Again, the people of Israel return to the Lord.  This time, it says that all the people came to The Lord with repentance, fasting and prayer.  We do not know if all the people were unified before, but now, they know they need a breakthrough and only God can help them.  Their military prowess has been overwhelmingly defeated and only God can give them the breakthrough.  In unified hearts, prayers, and fasting, they follow the instructions of the The Lord and 30 of their people die in the battle the next day, but 25,100 of the tribe of Benjamin are defeated.  Whether the change was in their hearts, mind, or actions, they finally come into line with The Lord and gain their victory and breakthrough.  

    This is my encouragement for today, it is in repentance, fasting, and prayer that our hearts fully come into line with God, His plans, and His purposes.  Whether the change takes place in us or in the spiritual realm, we cannot always understand or know.  What I do know is that we must press through to breakthrough.  A butterfly must struggle to be released from its chrysalis or it will never have the strength to fly in the power it has been given.  It will languish and die if released by some other unseen force beyond its own struggle.  Through the struggles, it is empowered to breakthrough and fly.  May this word be manifest in us today.  Through your struggling and warring with God in the secret place, may you press through and gain the strength and sustenance to breakthrough and walk in the next levels with Him.
    Jesus, help me to never give up on following You and what You have called me to do, say, pray for, or walk in.  I trust You to complete Your promises even as You strengthen me to press through every hindrance into the destiny You have designed for me.
    Practical –

    • Ask Holy Spirit to bring to remembrance the promises spoken to you that you may not be pressing in to see take place at this moment.
    • Ask for a renewal of strength to press in for the breakthrough in these areas
    • Ask for His patient perseverance to press through the fear, worry, unbelief, and other obstacles
    • Continue to press through for the breakthrough

    I bless you to receive the power and strength of The Almighty to press through that the breakthrough may take place in you and the lives of all those around you. 

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    Accomplish The “Impossible” 9/40

    You are invited to join us for The Propel Fast! Please review Propelled To The Next Level and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement!

    Most of us have started The 40 with high expectations, however, now the real work begins.  The day to day living it out can be hard since we must constantly seek to overrule our flesh and give ourselves to the Lord.

    Now is the time to encourage ourselves in The Lord the benefits of keeping The 40 and continuing to walk with Holy Spirit in spite of what our bodies might be telling us.

    Prayer and fasting gives us the power to accomplish the “impossible”.  Of course, we know that “nothing shall be impossible with God”, yet we still live our lives with “impossible” situations which do not seem to respond to us.

    Jesus’ disciples had this same problem while He was on the mount being transfigured.  A man whose son is assaulted by demons asks for their help.  Though they try, they can do nothing about it.  When Jesus returns, He easily casts out the demons and heals the boy.  He does not seem to be impressed with His disciples’ efforts either.  The disciples come to Him and ask why they could not do the same.  This is His response:

    Matthew 17:20 “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

    We do not know what was going on in the disciples’ minds, but Jesus did not ever shy away from directly addressing what people said in their hearts.  I believe the disciples did not see a response and had blamed it on not having enough faith.  Jesus directly confronts this with The Kingdom Truth that the smallest amount of faith can do the mightiest things in His Kingdom.  They had let doubt creep in and this kept them from pressing in to see transformation take place.

    Then, Jesus says something else interesting that some translations completely leave out.

    Matthew 7:21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

    What kind is Jesus talking about? 

    Some would say demons, but I think He is talking about the unbelief.  Unbelief is a pesky little problem that constantly assaults our media-driven culture.  If we cannot see or hear something happening, it is quite hard for us to believe.  We can never see the shifting in the heavens when our eyes are on worldly circumstances.

    If unbelief keeps us back from doing mighty work in The Kingdom, we should be quick to follow Jesus’ cure for it, prayer and fasting.  This dynamite duo is able to demolish and disintegrate the demonic unbelief that has built up in our lives.  This is how we say, “God I trust You to take care of the unseen as I partner with You in the physical.  I need you to do the “impossible” work of overcoming these spiritual obstacles in me while I do the possible work, with Your help, of prayer and fasting.”

    Jesus, help me to know that you have given me a measure of faith.  This faith has the power to overcome every seeming impossible thing in my life and those around me.  Help me to join with you in prayer and fasting that all unbelief within me will be destroyed and Your mountain-moving faith will be displayed for all to come and glorify You. 

    Practical – 

    • Ask Holy Spirit to reveal the things in your life and around you that you have labeled as impossible
    • Pray that every ounce of unbelief is removed from your life
    • Participate with Him in doing the impossible whatever He shows you to do

    Be blessed with the power to remove all doubt and do the impossible as you walk with God in obedience and humility.  May this propel you into new levels in The Kingdom!

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    The Undaunted Ones

    This afternoon I felt very strongly the winds of Holy Spirit blowing. While resting in His Presence and residing in prayer, I felt a pressing from the Lord to pray for all who have been facing demonic oppression and opposition as of late. I could feel for some that the enemy fire has been great and overwhelming, bringing chaos into minds and lives; for others I could sense the weighty presence of the enemy overshadowing those who are desperately focused on fulfilling their callings but the weight of opposition has become heavy and the strength to go on is waning.

    I know that for our family personally, we have encountered varying degrees of these attacks since Jeremiah returned from Southeast Asia. I, myself, have been facing the heavy artillery of the enemy coming against my health and with random attacks over the last two months. Speaking from experience, I understand the feeling of being pressed on all sides as Paul speaks about in 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (TPT),Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. 9We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out. 10We continually share in the death of Jesus in our own bodies so that the resurrection life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity.”

    Even still, QUITTING MUST NOT BE AN OPTION if we are to fulfill our destinies. For those bearing this struggle I want to encourage you with verses 13-15 (NLT), But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, ‘I believed in God, so I spoke.’ 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to Himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.”

    In this time with the Lord, He began to speak a strong, yet relevant word for this time and season that is pertinent and very important if we are to overcome the enemy and walk out and into all that He has ordained for us, fruitfully:

    There has been a release of mining spirits from the enemy. These spirits seek to dig deep into the dwelling of My children – the place designated for Me and My promises. Their goal is to uproot and extract all that is reserved for My Kingdom; and then to leave a void in which no wealth remains. Once this takes place, their goal is to detonate explosives in the form of demonic attacks such as debilitating illnesses, distractions, accusations set to destroy one’s character and rapport, spreading lies to cause division, placing word curses, and to come against any aspect of truth.
    All of this with hopes of leading to aborted destinies and callings, depression, anxiety, and loss of life. The spirit of witchcraft, python, division, fear, unbelief, anger, doubt, infirmity, and death all fall into this category. The oppression has amped up against My children as of late because the enemy is threatened by what lies ahead. Because of this, all of hell has upped their game and are taking full advantage of this season of celebration of devil worship through halloween, day of the dead, etc.
    There is a gateway of access given over fully and even joyfully to all that is evil in this season. There has been an exchange specifically in the kingdom realm over these things. Yet in all of this, I am sovereign over it all.
    If only my people would pray. If only they would rise up and take up their authority over the enemy, close the gateway to hell and it’s minions – this takes place through their declarations and prayers and refusal to submit to what plagues them. Rise up and bind what has been opposing you, restricting you, constricting you, and squashing you. The opposition you see is against the ascent, against the destiny and your calling’s fulfillment.
    Pray for strength to stand when the foreboding presence is heavy, the warfare – intense, the opposition thick. Shut any doors that may remain open to what opposes Me, and get low, seek My face, and receive all that you need. DO NOT give up, give in, or give way!!! DO NOT abort that which I have placed within you!
    Stop pouring your praise and honor into that which serves hell – stop celebrating hell! Stop serving hell about your actions! Put an end to your word curses, all unwholesome talk, unbelief, lustful and murderous thoughts, Christian witchcraft, yes, even rebellion; your selfishness, and idol worship! There is no place in My Kingdom for things such as these.
    Pursue righteousness. Against these things, righteousness will trump and conquer! As you walk into and in righteousness, your light will shine forth like the dawn, and the nations will come to your light! Upon the horizon, you will gaze forth and see that which I have promised and placed within you stretched out and made manifest before you!
    The Son’s rays will illuminate their brilliance and cast resurrection and salvation light up on all that is fruit destined to your name. All of this IF you do not to give up or quit. All of this is contingent upon what you choose to do. So I say to you – choose to overcome!

    Revelation 21:5-8 (NLT) “And the One sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then He said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And He also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be My children. But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.’”

    We overcome the enemy through our praise and victory song to God in the fires of adversity. We defeat every spirit opposing the destiny of God through our decrees and declarations. This victory not only breaks the chains and bindings upon us but sets up breakthrough for those around us. I urge you to read Acts 16:16-34 and be encouraged to persevere as you see how Paul and Silas faced opposition and their praise broke through adversity unto freedom and salvation for not only themselves, but also for the masses.

    If you have been facing these things, know that the warfare is not too powerful to destroy you. The attacks are not too great to squash your dreams and destiny. Take up your sword, even if you be beaten and worn, and rise above, ascend above the snake line, and destroy the works of the enemy through your prayer, declaration, and praise! You shall not be restricted, constricted, or restrained anymore in Jesus’ name!!! Gird up your loins, remain steadfast and undaunted, and run the race set before you unto completion and full fruition!!!

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    Isaiah 60:1 (AMP) “Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come, and the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you.”
    Isaiah 60:2-3 (NLT) 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.”

    Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

    Roll Away The Stones!!!

    Daily Encouragement – 
     
    Roll away the stones!!! Inside you are stones of unbelief, doubt, pride, selfishness… These stones cover the death in your life, but as you hide it away, you are hiding it from the life I want to bring. I have abundant life to bring to these dark, unseen places. 
     
    If you can, believe that I want to heal and bring life instead of judgment and punishment. If you can believe, you will see My glory!!! 
     
    My glory is to take the dead, dark places in you and bring them life and healing. My glory is to take broken places in you and cause restoration. It is My glory revealed to make weakness strong, bring the dead to life again, and freedom to captive. 
     
    Come and believe and see My glory revealed!!! I love you My child!!!
     
    John 11:38-40 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

    See My Kingdom!!!

    Daily Encouragement –

    Come close to Me in a new way today! I want to open your eyes to new things you have never seen before! I want to open your mind to dream dreams you never imagined! Your mind is too limited because of the world you live in. 

    Come and be a part of My Kingdom, and open your mind to the possibilities I have for you. Work diligently to root out all the doubt and unbelief from your life. The enemy brings these things to cloud and confuse your mind to not be able to walk in the supernatural kingdom I have called you to live in. 

    Your destiny is waiting for you to open your eyes and truly see me! The enemy blinds with unbelief, but I will shine a light in you that will cause you to be My light to the whole world! I love you My child!!!

    John 9:39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    Light of Truth

    Daily Encouragement – 

    I am strengthening Truth in your life!!! Walking in The Truth means no deception, great or small, may have its way with you. The enemy is a master deceiver and wants to bring doubt and deception into your life without you realizing it. 

    When My Truth comes, these things cannot be hidden but will be revealed. You will no longer be able to live in deceiving yourself or others in the rationalization of sin. You will not be able to accept the subtle lies of the world, or words spoken out in supposed wisdom. The wisdom of this world is foolishness to Me and My Kingdom. 

    My Kingdom is one of Truth! No lie, no darkness can stand when the light of the Truth shines out of Me. Come to Me, and I will brighten the darkest places of who you are and cause you to shine. I love you My child!!! 

    1 John 1:5-6 God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection]. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [of sin], we lie and do not practice the truth;

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!