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Press In and Press Through Till There’s Breakthrough: A Call to Fast and Pray!

Early yesterday morning as I sat in prayer and to seek the Lord, He began to speak to me. For me, one of the biggest ways that He speaks to me is when I submit myself to His leading and His voice, by putting pen to paper. Yesterday was no different.

I felt such a strong pressing of this word and of it’s imperative timely status in the spirit. A kairos moment is upon us! I very much sensed that in the days leading up to Pentecost on June 9, that Father is bringing forth from Heaven a slim window of opportunity to the Body of Christ to see promises revealed transform into promises fulfilled. This has become increasingly apparent to me in the past few weeks and the urgency of the hour at hand is increasing as well.

This is what He said:

“NOW IS THE TIME in which the windows of Heaven are open and My blessings are being released in great proportion. NOW IS THE TIME in which My angelic messengers are carrying forth into the earth promises longed for, hoped for, prayed for, and warred for. There is an opened access door into the storehouses of Heaven to deliver that which was once blocked of release.

BEWARE of a slumbering presence that seeks to hinder the release and to stall the revealing! It seeks to blind and conceal with darkness, the revelation of divine release.

I tell you truly, IF you will commit to set your gaze, focus, and sights upon My Kingdom in this hour, THEN  I will bring into you that which has been promised. I will send warring angels on your behalf to bring deliverance and divine release.

DARE TO DREAM BIG WITH ME!

DO NOT LET slumber fall to your eyelids lest you remain blinded and fail to receive that which is coming on the clouds!

STAY AWAKE AND STAY UP WITH ME!!!

Circle your promises and keep circling them until I give the signal for every demonic delay to come toppling down; yes, crumbling down!!!”

Beloved, we MUST NOT allow this moment to pass us by! We must not be like those who in Jesus’ day, dwelt among THE ANSWER to every prophecy they had held onto for hundreds of years; and yet, they were completely blinded to the reality that their Savior stood right in front of them. Even His own disciples, His closest friends, doubted His resurrected existence as He stood among them.

It is time to strip off all unbelief, all doubt, all fear and complacency, every lie, and every deception that would blind us to His Presence and His activity in the earth at this moment and in the time to come!

I must share that something interesting occurred as I received this message from the Lord. The spirit of slumber attempted to overtake me. One could say, “Well, you had four hours of sleep! Of course that would happen!” I don’t disagree. However, this time was different. I was wide awake at 4:30 to seek Jesus and it was not until He began to release this word that I sensed the onslaught of this spirit. I discerned it’s presence and I warred for the Word, though my eyelids be heavy. To my husband, it probably would’ve been the gentlest of warring that he’s seen from me; not noticeable, even.

I believe something natural in the Kingdom of Heaven took place. Because I had submitted myself to Him to seek and receive, He fought for me. Because He saw my hunger and longing, He slayed the giants opposing me. I will say, most of, if not all of the word I received was written down with my eyes closed as I rested in He, Who fights my battles. He began to expose that which sought to hinder the release of the word was indeed, the ‘slumbering presence’ in which He spoke of.

As I dwelled on this word, He reminded me of a prophetic declaration and song that came forth from my lips two days ago, “Press in, and press through till there’s breakthrough!” 

He then led me back to the Gospel accounts I studied last week from Jesus’ encounter with His disciples, Peter, James, and John in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before He was betrayed by Judas and led to His crucifixion. I was wrecked last week of His interaction with His closest friends in their last moments together. He chose them to join Him in praying, for the hour was urgent to seek God.

Mark 14:33-35 says, “An intense feeling of great horror plunged His soul into deep sorrow and agony. And He said to them, ‘My heart is overwhelmed with anguish and crushed with grief. It feels as though I’m dying. STAY HERE AND KEEP WATCH WITH ME.’ He walked a short distance away, and being overcome with grief, He threw Himself facedown on the ground. He prayed that if it were possible, He would not have to experience this hour of suffering.Verse 37-38 says, Then He came back to His three disciples and found them all sound asleep. He awakened Peter and said to him, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Do you lack the strength to stay awake with Me for EVEN JUST AN HOURKeep alert and pray that you’ll be spared from this time of testing. For your spirit is eager enough, but your humanity is feeble.'”

They couldn’t stay awake for even ONE HOUR! Why?!?!?!?! 

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He did this three times, going off to pray in agony as though He were dying. Three times He returned to find His closest friends asleep. I believe He placed a test before them of their devotion to Him through any trial that may come. He chose them specifically to join Him in His secret place; however this time, they joined Him in what was probably the sole dark night of the soul in His life. I believe it was perhaps similar to Elijah’s test of Elisha in 2 Kings 2. Elisha prevailed in this test and not only saw His father taken into Heaven, but also received a double portion of Elijah’s mantle because he refused to depart from his father and was determined to receive what his Father had.

However, I do not believe the disciples passed Jesus’ test. They did not refuse to depart from Him in this moment where He obviously was like they had never seen Him be. They remained where they were and allowed Him to go on in solitude to cry out to God for relief from the cup He was to drink of. What if when He said, “STAY HERE AND KEEP WATCH WITH ME”, that it was actually a command to abide with Him and an invitation to join Him in His suffering? Luke 22:43-44 say that He called for an angel of glory to come and strengthen Him.” Would that have been necessary if they had joined Him?

Verses 39-42 state, “Then He left them a second time and went to pray the same thing. Afterward, He came back to the disciples and found them sound asleep, FOR THEY COULDN’T KEEP THEIR EYES OPEN AND THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO HIM. After praying for the third time, He returned to His disciples and awoke them again, saying, ‘Do you plan on sleeping and resting indefinitely? THAT’S ENOUGH SLEEP! THE END HAS COME AND THE HOUR HAS ARRIVED for the Son of Man to be handed over to the authority of sinful men. Get up and let’s go. DON’T YOU SEE? My betrayer draws near.'”

THEY COULDN’T KEEP THEIR EYES OPEN AND THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO HIM. 

What came upon them and overtook them so greatly that they literally COULD NOT keep their eyes open and keep watch with Him and had no answer for Him as to why? I believe that it was the same slumbering spirit that Father spoke of in the message He gave me. It seeks to blind in darkness, the vision and provision of Heaven. The word for “keep watch” and “see” literally means, “to see in the spirit”. Jesus was not telling them to watch with their natural eyes, but to keep watch and guard with their spirit eyes. If it is allowed to operate, then it will block what is being released from Heaven to earth.

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I believe that in this hour, Jesus is calling His Bride to band together, stand together, and contend together through a season of intense and intentional prayer, fasting, and seeking. There are promises that have been pent up and blocked from release but His promise is that if we will seek Him in these ways, that He will send His angels to remove the barriers that the release may come.

I truly believe that we are in a brief Daniel 10 moment of time. Just as Daniel set his face to pray and fast for the release of revelation of the vision, WE TOO, MUST SEIZE THIS MOMENT WITH ACTION! I believe that just as with Daniel, if we do this, we will be met by the same glowing man to dispatch angels of deliverance. He is Jesus.

Per the urging of the Lord, I am calling a 40-day fast beginning tomorrow, May 1st until Pentecost Sunday, June 9th. I strongly urge you to join me! If you have been contending for miracles, healing, salvations, promises, deliverance; NOW IS THE TIME!!! Just as He met His faithful ones who remained through the release of Holy Spirit and fire on Pentecost, I believe that He is bringing forth the same in this hour!!!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

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Time to Take Up the Sickle!!!

This past weekend, I was privileged that God opened up a crazy door for me to attend the International Young Prophets gathering near here. It is a company of young prophets partnering with the Elijah’s of our day to establish the Kingdom of God in the nations. There are not enough words to describe all that took place, however, I will share a vision I had the morning of the second day I attended. Prior to knowing I would even go, all week in prayer and prophetic declarations and worship, I found myself crying out repeatedly, “Oh, God! Swing Your sickle and bring forth the Harvest!!!” Prior to going the first day, I found out the gathering was called, “The Sickle.”

I was standing before a bare field all around me to the left, right, and behind me. Before me was a massive field of tall stalks of wheat so white and so great in proportion that it was blinding. This field stretched beyond the reach of my vision. Suddenly, a gentle breeze of Holy Spirit breathed upon the field and the stalks swayed in the quiet stillness surrounding me.
The wind of the Spirit blew a fresh wind of new life upon me; leading me to walk forward and look in front of me. As if being given a fresh pair of eyes, I saw it. Just to my left I saw staked into the ground, a sickle. It was as if a pillar of the light of the sun broke through the clouds overhead and shone upon the sickle, highlighting it. Immediately in my spirit I was completely aware that the sickle had been sitting there, staked into the soil for years awaiting a laborer to come, take it up, and to use it to reap the Harvest. It had been passed over and rejected many times before and had been crying out to be taken up for generations past. Seeing the color of the Harvest revealed this truth — it was OVERRIPE!
I immediately without hesitation, lunged forward, grabbed it, and yanked it out of the soil. As I did, suddenly, a dynamite power hit me as if I was struck by lightning; with the surge of power being great, overwhelming, and overpowering. I took the sickle up and thrust it toward the Harvest. As soon as I did, an explosive power stretched out from the sickle and like a fast-paced tidal wave, the Harvest was mowed down and harvested in a mighty, thunderous motion. The explosion echoed throughout time and space, greater than the sound of a sonic boom. The fields before me now lay barren and cleared, having brought in the fullness of the Harvest. I heard the Lord say:

“CAN A NATION COME TO ME IN A DAY? Can a nation of millions of disenfranchised, lost, barren, and dying souls be brought into My Kingdom in a moment? Surely, it is possible, or I would not have said it long ago! I have done it before and I will do it again!

In the stillness and quiet, My Spirit has nurtured and tended to the stalks to sustain the life that existed. In the forgotten, dormant period, life ensued. In the times that My laborers neglected the Harvest set before them and left it to waste, I held it in the palm of My hands.

Behold, I am breathing new life upon all that you have known. Many have known one aspect of life for far too long that you have become deceived into thinking that you see and possess the fullness. But I say to you: BE NOT DECEIVED! NO ONE can know all there is to know about life! Put off your competition! NO ONE can reap the entirety of the Harvest alone in their own will! It takes THE ENTIRETY OF MY LABORERS CONJOINED AND CONVERGED, yes, knit into Me, to set the nations ablaze for My Glory! Watch as I breath a fresh wind upon what I have given you to steward. What you have known will no longer be your reality. Watch as I cause a great shifting in the focus and direction of what I have given; unsealing that which has been hidden. Yes, A GREAT SHIFTING IS HERE!

A time ago, the Harvest set before you had reached its initial ripeness and awaited ones that would bring it in. With great disappointment and sadness in My heart, I FOUND NONE that would take up the tools I had set before them to gather up the souls that I had placed ahead of them. There the tools lay, forgotten to gather dust. Will I allow My Harvest to decay and rot because of lack of reapers? Of course not! EVERY SOUL MATTERS! EVERY SOUL HAS A DESTINY AND PURPOSE THAT I DESIGNED FROM BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH!

I have not relented in calling forth those I desire to equip to carry forth My grand purpose! As I have tended to the crop and watched it brighten and expand, great expectation has built up in inexplainable proportions, that I might find someone willing to answer the call.

Therefore, I AM BRINGING FORTH THE SUDDENLIES IN THE SHIFTING! I will not leave you to squelch all that I desire any longer! WATCH AS I TAKE YOUR MINISTRIES AND BRING A GREAT SHAKING! WATCH AS I TAKE YOUR LIVES AND BRING A MIGHTY SIFTING! I will cause you to shake off all of your man-made mantles and pedestals; and I will turn your lives right-side up!

I AM RELEASING NEW EYES TO SEE THE HARVEST SET BEFORE YOU. I WILL BAPTIZE YOU IN COMPASSION FOR THE LOST, THAT WILL CAUSE YOU TO GO TO UNENDING LENGTHS, YES, EVEN FORSAKING YOUR LIVES UNTO DEATH, TO REAP THE HARVEST! SUDDENLY, YOU WILL SEE! ASK OF ME! ASK ME FOR THE NATIONS! THEY’RE YOURS! NOW, GO!!! Take up that which I have set before you and ANSWER THE CALL! BE THE ANSWER!!! DO NOT DELAY ANY LONGER! I AM READY!!! PARTNER WITH ME TO SEE A TIDAL WAVE INFLUX, greater than the world has ever seen! IT IS TIME!

Isaiah 66:8 (TPT)
“Who has even seen or heard of such a wonder? Could a country be born in a day? Can a nation be birthed so suddenly? Yet no sooner does Zion go into labor than she gives birth to sons!”

Matthew 9:36-38 (TPT)
“When He saw the vast crowds of people, Jesus’ heart was deeply moved with compassion, because they seemed weary and helpless, like wandering sheep without a shepherd. He turned to his disciples and said, ‘The harvest is huge and ripe! But there are not enough harvesters to bring it all in. As you go, plead with the Owner of the Harvest to thrust out many more reapers to harvest His grain!'”

Mark 4:29 (TPT)
“Then, when the grain is ripe, he immediately puts the sickle to the grain, because harvest time has come.”

Revelation 14:14 (MSG)
“I looked up, I caught my breath!—a white cloud and one like the Son of Man sitting on it. He wore a gold crown and held a sharp sickle. Another Angel came out of the Temple, shouting to the Cloud-Enthroned,’Swing your sickle and reap. It’s harvest time. Earth’s harvest is ripe for reaping.’ The Cloud-Enthroned gave a mighty sweep of His sickle, began harvesting earth in a stroke.”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Harbingers of Hope are Coming!

Recently I was in prayer and intercession for The Send, a gathering of believers coming together in Orlando, Florida on February 23, 2019. The mission of the leaders of this gathering and those attending (myself included), is to do whatever it takes to see the re-evangelization of America and the finishing of the Great Commission. Here is a quick snippet of what this earth-shaking event is about. My prayer is that you will see this and experience the overwhelming heart of Jesus to see nations, people, and hearts set ablaze for the Glory of the Lord. That war on inaction would be your declaration; with fire shut up in your bones. That you would join the wave of Burning Ones to bring Jesus the Reward of His Suffering.

While praying I found myself prophesying through song of the coming wave of Burning Ones. I was then taken into a vision where I could see this wave, of which I have seen numerous times over the past few years. Each time that I saw this wave, I experienced different elements of it. I once saw Jesus riding upon the wave of souls coming forth in the Greatest Revival in history that is to come. Another time, He gave me ears to hear the sound of the wave and the groans of the earth at their releasing. A time after that, I saw these Burning Ones running upon the hills with Jesus riding upon them, leading the charge. He opened His mouth and bellowed out His roar, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah roared for the releasing as in Joel 2. This time was very similar to the other visions I have had, yet there was something very different.

As I stood there, I felt the soil beneath my feet begin to tremble and shake. I looked up and gazed upon the horizon and I saw a wave come over the mountain, vast in size extending beyond my eyes’ reach. In great formation this great army charged forth, rolling upon the hills. The thunder of their feet shook the nations awake like the charging forth of a mighty army of war horses. In their arms, they came carrying His Little Ones, marked by the spirit of adoption. They were clothed with Righteousness and the Fire of His Love emblazoned them and radiated from them.
As I watched, I saw Jesus riding upon this wave atop His unbridled Warhorse, Holy Spirit. In great synchronization, the army mimicked His strides. He was clothed in dazzling white, His eyes blazing with fire mingled with piercing sapphire. His eyes were on the nations and burned for them. He extended His arm and held in His hand a flaming sword. From this sword, representing His faithful promises, He wiped out every enemy set before the army, clearing the path. I heard Him say,

“I am Faithful and True to keep ALL of My promises. Has a single one fallen to the ground? Has a single one gone forth that it did not accomplish ALL that I dispatched it to?

I AM COMING! TELL THEM THAT I AM COMING!

In the blink of an eye, all the nations will see Me for Who I really am. In the blink of an eye, everything will change. Brilliant colors surround Me and I am clothed in My promises for all to see; and indeed, they will see.
For behold, I am coming riding upon the wave of Righteousness; My Burning Ones dwelling and stampeding within the wave. There is no escaping the wave; for the Fire consumes all things and purifies all things.
The fiery compassion of My Love will fuel these Blazing Ones and you will see them coming, carrying My Little Ones in their arms. These will be the Harbingers of Hope to the earth. These will be the ones who have taken up My Little Ones when their silent cries rung out across time and space.
My fiery compassion and Love did this. It beckoned a response from the earth and these are those who have answered the call. They have been cleansed and purified by My Fire and set ablaze with a Commission that is unquenchable and unshakeable. They carry the coming generation in their arms and they have not lost a single one!
Joy mingled with purpose will be their catalyzing force. They will trample upon foes before them because I am riding upon them; and they will do it carrying My Little Ones through. SEE IT NOW!”

I struggle in just sharing this encounter to find the words to formulate what He is doing in this hour; for I am deeply overwhelmed as I see it again so fresh and new in describing it to you. I have had a number of other encounters where He has revealed what is to come and I will share what I am released to share with you. I would like to go back to two posts that I wrote at the last half of this past year, Into the Wilderness We Go!  and 2019: It’s All About Righteousness. Please go and read them for they give a deep insight into this wave that He is releasing and how the earth will be shaken and transformed by the Glory of the Lord.

I believe that He is taking the atrocities that we are experiencing in our nation and in the nations across the earth and using them to further His Truth; for He is sovereign over everything and in charge. He makes beauty out of ashes.

I prophesy that the darkness of deception is being obliterated as the brilliant Light of Life shines forth upon the wings of the dawn. Out of this place will an awakening of His Bride come forth to the purpose for which she was created. She will rise up out of her slumber, take up her weapons and clothe herself in the robe of Righteousness bestowed upon her. She will run with a fire in her eyes, burning with the passionate zeal of the Lord to see the world burning for Him.

The current state of death and abortion in America will no longer be tolerated, for she holds the keys to shut the gates open to the enemy and to unlock and open the ageless doors of destiny; ushering in Heaven on earth. As she stampedes across the land, she will take up the mandate of Justice and burn with His Love for the fatherless and His Little Ones. A new wave of adoption will arise in the physical as well as the spiritual, twins; yes, a double baby boom! His Bride will arise with the compassionate Love of the Father and take up His Little Ones as their own.

The Lord says, “Who are these kings and queens who care for and love My Little Ones? Are they not the ones whom I have established and commissioned as Mothers and Fathers? Are they not the ones whom I have enabled to take up the masses into their arms and shepherd them into Burning Ones? Yes, all of the world will see what I have done! No longer will there be silent screams for help and justice echoing throughout the halls of eternity. Only will joy remain as sons and daughters find their homes in My Burning Ones and in Me! No more will I weep over the spilled blood of My precious Little Ones whom I intricately and perfectly knit together. A day is coming when blueprints are released to expand the spirit of adoption into all spheres of society and a fostering heart will be released upon many to Love families into My Kingdom; bringing the restoration of the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers. Do you see it now? Watch as I take what was once a broken system full of the forgotten and I establish a foundation of family in the center of it all! A Center of Justice will arise! Await and see! Arise and see! It will change everything! It’s time to awaken the mothers and fathers and to take up My Little Ones in your arms and carry them as they go!”

Psalm 9:9-12 (TPT)
“All who are oppressed may come to You as a shelter in the time of trouble, a perfect hiding place. May everyone who knows Your mercy keep putting their trust in You, for they can count on You for help no matter what. O Lord, You will never, no never, neglect those who come to You. Listen, everyone! Sing out your praises to the God who lives and rules within Zion! Tell the world about all the miracles He has done! He tracks down killers and avenges bloodshed, but He will never forget the ones forgotten by others, hearing every one of their cries for justice.

Psalm 24:7-10 (TPT)
“So wake up, you living gateways! 
Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny!
Welcome the King of Glory, for He is about to come through you. You ask, ‘Who is this Glory-King?’ The Lord, armed and ready for battle, the Mighty One, invincible in every way! So wake up, you living gateways, and rejoice! Fling wide, you ageless doors of destiny! Here He comes; the King of Glory is ready to come in. You ask, ‘Who is this King of Glory?’ He is the Lord of Victory, armed and ready for battle, the Mighty One, the invincible commander of heaven’s hosts! Yes, He is the King of Glory!”

Luke 1:17 (AMP)
“It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous [which is to seek and submit to the will of God]—in order to make ready a people [perfectly] prepared [spiritually and morally] for the Lord.”

Isaiah 40:9-11 (TPT)
“Go up on a high mountain, you joyful messengers of Zion, and lift up your voices with power. You who proclaim joyous news to Jerusalem, shout it out and don’t be afraid. Say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ Look! Here comes the Lord Yahweh as a victorious warrior; He triumphs with His awesome power. Watch as He brings with Him His reward and the spoils of victory to give to His people. He will care for you as a shepherd tends his flock, gathering the weak lambs and taking them in his arms. He carries them close to his heart and gently leads those that have young.”

In His name,
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Do You See It Now?

Thousands saved in Southeast Asia and the sound of an abundance of rain!!! 💨🌧🌊

This afternoon I shared a final count update from Jeremiah of people who gave their lives to Jesus in a 6 days period while ministering in Southeast Asia in one region! Prepare to be blown away at Jesus!!! Acts 2 being made manifest present day!!!

I also released a brief prophetic Word of the Lord and encouragement pertaining to the outpouring of the rains of the Spirit, holding tightly to the promises of God in the face of adversity, and persevering to receive double the recompense and double the blessing!

The Lord is saying, “where are they that would prepare the way? Where are they that would seek My face in the difficult place?”

Blessings,

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

A Moment in Time…

It has been a very challenging season for us over the past few months.  First of all, we would like to apologize for not being more up to date on posting as well as sending out monthly newsletters since the one we sent out in September.  The day that Katie began to work on the newsletter for October, our computer that contains just about everything we do for ministry stopped working mysteriously.  We have had to wait too long for the means to get it fixed and returned to us in a usable form.  But praise the Lord, we are now up and running again!!! 🙂

Coming back to “normal” non-missionary life has been difficult in many ways.  As we were traveling, we were standing on the word of the Lord to go, and we obeyed that word to the best of our ability.  Now that we are back, it has been hard to understand what God has for us here and what He is saying next for work and ministry.

Although it has been a challenging time, we have been privileged to be able to carry on ministering in many different ways.  We are privileged to be a part of leadership in Encounter God’s Presence (EGP).  Formerly, this was an annual youth camp and leadership retreat, but now it has been developing into weekly meetings and numerous youth rallies across our network of churches.  Katie has been involved in the organization and administration of things as well as being able to use her prophetic gifting to give words at several events.  Recently, we traveled with an EGP team to Hobbs, New Mexico to put on a rally for the youth.  Over a hundred youth came together and worshiped, prayed, and sought the Lord together.  During this time, many were ministered to, and Katie even got to pray and watch as a young girl’s leg grew out.  This along with her prophetic words touched the lives of many youth there.

Hobbs Youth Rally

This church invited the team to lead worship the next morning so that the entire congregation could be a part of what God was doing.  We went early to pray and prepare our hearts to be filled with His presence and then give out what we had received.  God had been speaking to me during this weekend a word that I was able to share with the worship team before they were able to minister to the congregation.  During the service that followed, the power of God was displayed throughout the church and the pastor gave up his message to allow the Holy Spirit to minister as the worship continued to usher in the Kingdom of God!!!

Worship at Hobbs First Assembly

The word that God had been speaking to me was a simple phrase, “A Moment in Time Changes Everything!!!”  As I meditated on this word, God began to reveal more.  We live our lives from moment to moment never really knowing what will come next and not being able to change what has been done in the past.  Each moment, we are given the opportunity to be obedient to the Lord and the Truth that we know.  Each moment in time changes what will come next for better of for worse.  As we are faithful to the Lord and His word to us, our moment in time will come into contact with another person’s moment in time and they will be changed by the Presence of the Lord we carry with us.  These life changing moments may not seem different than any other moment, because it is not even us doing anything but being obedient to the Lord.  This obedience to Him allows Holy Spirit to flow supernaturally through us to whomever we come into contact with.

In Acts 9:10, we come upon “a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias”.  He appears to be no special person, not a pastor or leader in a church.  He was a certain disciple like you and I are supposed to be.  He was spending time listening to the Lord and allowing his spirit to be filled by the presence of God.  When he got a word to go and pray for a man named Saul, he did not even really want to.  He had heard of all the evil horrendous things that Saul had done in the name of God, and did not want him to be healed.  This would be a bit like God telling you to go and pray for a well known member of ISIS.  Nevertheless, because of his relationship with the Lord he was obedient.  Saul was miraculously healed and chose to follow the Lord.  Ananias, a relative nobody, had a moment in time that God’s power and presence was able to be infused into Saul’s life, and this changed everything!!!  Saul became Paul and later became a traveling missionary and church planter, was appointed as an apostle, brought the word of God to the Gentiles, and wrote most of the letters that still influence us to this day.  Ananias gained a mighty eternal inheritance of all of these things because of a simple act of obedience that he did not even really want to do.  His moment in time still influences us today and changed all of eternity!!!

We can see all kinds of these life-changing moments throughout the Bible and even to modern day history.  At the time, they do not even seem to be that important, but because God was able to infuse Himself into the obedience of His people, miraculous things took place and a supernatural legacy was brought about.  Think about Abraham who left everything behind to follow the Lord, and his willingness to give up his most precious son Isaac, we are his inheritance.  Moses gave up the pleasures of the palace and the solitude of the wilderness to speak the words of truth to Pharaoh, and he became the leader of God’s chosen people.  After much resistance, Jonah spoke a word of destruction to Nineveh that saved the entire city.  The Bible is made up of simple individuals like you and I (Elijah was a man with a nature like ours… James 5:17) who chose to follow and obey the Lord and this changed history!!!

This is who you are!!!  This is your inheritance!!!  This is your destiny!!!  God calls you as His own to walk in faithful obedience to Him.  As you walk out the simple mundane acts of obedience, it allows God to inject His Spirit into the situation so that the miraculous can occur. At the time, you may not see, realize, or feel anything special.

One “little” word or one “small” act of obedience will change the world when God is the one leading and directing!!!

A tiny word can change, save, or set a life free when spoken out of Obedience and Truth!!! 

A simple act can affect a person, a nation, or all of eternity if we are walking with the Spirit!!!

One moment in time changes everything!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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!!!

Idolatry In India

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The days have gone by quickly since we left Kosovo last Thursday and now we find ourselves being in India for almost a week. We were joined here at the house late Sunday evening by a team of 30 people from World Race.  They have been traveling to different countries for 7 months now serving and partnering with local ministries in each country.  India is their stop for this month and then they will be off to Nepal.  Prakash and Ravi, the leaders here, have organized different ministry things to do; Jeremiah and I feel that some of our time here will be partnering with them in what the Lord is doing here.

Yesterday was the first day of really experiencing Indian culture through being taken to one of the largest hindu temples here.  This experience was all new to me and I did not know what to expect.  Almost all of India practices hinduism and there are over 2 billion gods that the people worship.  It is nothing to go down the road and see 5 temples or places of worship, even at the trees and in the median of the highway.   The moment I stepped outside the van, I began having pain in my left knee as if I had twisted it, though I had not.  The deeper I went into the temple, the stronger the pain grew.  It did not take long for me to discern that there was something evil taking place in the spiritual there; and I knew this because of the unexplained pain.  I was not ready for what I would see when we went through the dark tunnel with signs explaining how one would get to heaven, who god is, and all of the other beliefs.  Upon exiting, I was blinded by such bright light reflecting off of the gold sculpted idol at least 4 stories tall.  It was surrounded by grey pointed stones that enclosed the worship area and it bore a trident and a snake wrapped around its neck, among many other disturbing things.  It felt as if I was walking into a spiritual prison.  After going through all of the required processes of removing shoes, skipping the hand washing and surpassing the priest waving smoke on us, we entered the main worship area where one is able to see the god in all its “glory.”

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By this time, the pain had increased and spread down my lower leg to my foot.  I was praying against it but told Jeremiah, and he said that he had a headache and his left leg was hurting as well.  During debriefing later, we discovered that many people experienced headaches and pain.  We spent time in silent prayer over the area, the people of India, and that God would tear down every idol and make His authority as the One True God known to them.  My heart broke for the people that the enemy has deceived so many into believing they have to do all of these things for a god to hear them and bless them.  The enemy has counterfeited what God has done and perverted the truth.  This was extremely evident to me when seeing the babies and children with markings on their head from birth.  It is as if the enemy has tried to lay claim to the children when they don’t have a choice and are brought up in these beliefs.  He tries to show it by the physical markings on them.  Oh that God would come in His power and wash away all of these things!

During our journey, God had me begin reading from 1 Samuel and in the Gospels for my daily readings.  I am finding more and more that in what I have been reading, I am seeing it in real life as we go along.  I finished 1 and 2 Kings, which is all about how the kings did not do what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and established idol worship, defiling the Temple of the Lord and making it a place of idolatry.  After more than 200 years of disobedience to the Lord, King Hezekiah was brought forth and destroyed every ounce of idol worship and evil that had been established, and brought back worship of the Lord.

In prayer over India when we arrived on Friday, the Lord gave me the verses, Isaiah 56:7-8, “I will bring them to My holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in My house of prayer.  I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices because My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.  For the Sovereign Lord, who brings back the outcasts of Israel says: I will bring others, too, besides My people Israel.” and Micah 4:5, “Though the nations around us follow their idols, we will follow the Lord our God forever and ever.”  There was once a move of God in India, just as in King David’s reign; but the enemy has come in with lies that have deceived many.  I believe these are prophetic words for India and pray that God would raise up people to speak truth.  I pray that the power of God would triumph over the works of the enemy bringing forth freedom and life to the people here.

This is my prayer for America as well, that every physical and spiritual idol would be torn down and the reign of the Lord would reside in each heart!  India is a Threat Level 3 when it comes to missionaries.  This means that we are viewed as hostiles with the intent of converting and disrupting the way of life here; we are dangerous and the word of the Lord is not welcome here.  America is a place of freedom and of resources that are meant to be given out and shared.  Let this be an encouragement to you that if you aren’t able to go out physically to other nations, that your prayers are just as and more important than anything!  A lifestyle of Radical Prayer brings forth revival.   Do you have the passion and determination to pray radical prayers and to give of your time, resources, and efforts for the people of the world?  If so, ask the Lord to take you to even deeper levels and how you can give love more!

Blessings,

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!