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Revelation of Truth 27/40

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!

On this day, day 27, we have come to know we cannot walk alone especially in our outlandish commitments to The Lord.  It is by His grace and mercy and walking with a community of faith that we are able to accomplish everything He has for us.  I pray that you have a close community that will be praying and standing with you especially when the enemy comes in to distract, deceive, divide, and destroy.  Please know that this community is here to spur you on to greater love and greater works in The Kingdom. You are not alone!

Something happens when we fast that opens us up to receive in a way that nothing else can. We are caused to look past our own selfish desires and look to God for everything that we need.  We become little by little less self-sufficient and increasingly God-sufficient. He has everything that we need and gladly gives us it all as we seek Him.  It may not come in the time or way that we want, but God’s blessings are continually being poured out upon us, and it is easier to recognize this when we are fasting.  

We are going to focus on one of these blessings today that is the birthplace of repentance that leads to revival.  We have heard that often a revival of repentance precedes a spiritual revival, but how does a desire for repentance come?  The prophet Jeremiah lived in a time of great rebellion, disobedience, and stubborn hardness against The Lord.  Somehow, Judah thought that since they were God’s chosen people that He would bless whatever they did and be with them however they lived.  Jeremiah was sent to repeatedly warn them to turn from such thinking.  If they would turn from their sin and seek The Lord, He would forgive and truly bless them the way He desired.

This is the setting of today’s reading. Jeremiah is confined and cannot go out to the people. So he writes the words of The Lord and sends Baruch with the revelation of Truth:

Jeremiah 36:6-7 You go, therefore, and read from the scroll which you have written at my instruction, the words of the Lord, in the hearing of the people in the Lord ’s house on the day of fasting. And you shall also read them in the hearing of all Judah who come from their cities. It may be that they will present their supplication before the Lord, and everyone will turn from his evil way. For great is the anger and the fury that the Lord has pronounced against this people.” 

Even though the people of Judah are not living according to God’s standard or law, they have regular times of fasting where they would gather at the house of The Lord.  These religious acts did not do much because their hearts were wrong.  Because of this the full blessing of the Lord could not come upon them.  However, in the fasting, Jeremiah knows they are receptive to the revelation of Truth more than at any other time.  The purpose of the revelation of Truth is to bring the people to repentance.

Vs. 9-10 Now it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the Lord to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem. Then Baruch read from the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the upper court at the entry of the New Gate of the Lord ’s house, in the hearing of all the people. 

All the people come together for the religious fasting and Baruch is obedient to do what he is commanded. All the people are gathered in religious fasting in their most holy place, and they receive the revelation of Truth.  The land had recently undergone a reformation and cleansing of the land under the reign of King Josiah, however, they are quick to turn their hearts away again.  They gather to fast, probably instituted by The previous king, but are devoid of understanding and obedience.  Next, we see some of the people and officials response to the revelation of Truth.

Vs. 16 Now it happened, when they had heard all the words, that they looked in fear from one to another, and said to Baruch, “We will surely tell the king of all these words.”

Conviction comes to the hearts of these leaders of the people in such a way that they know they must present this revelation to the king.  They are truly convicted by this revelation of Truth and bring it to the King.  It seems the king is convicted by these words as well, but his response is anger not repentance. He cuts up the scroll, burns it, and tries to have Jeremiah and Baruch killed.  Sadly, even after the revelation of truth brings conviction to some and the people are already gathered in fasting, repentance never comes and Judah goes into captivity not long after this.  

As we continue in fasting and prayer, God will bring continuous revelation of Truth as we seek Him.  However, we must be quick to repent in every area we are out of line and come to Him.  In this way, revelation of Truth leads to repentance, and repentance brings revival.  The revelation of Truth cannot bring revival on its own.  Our hearts proper response to this revelation will be repentance for our own actions, and the lifestyle of our people.  This proper response by us will lead to a change in the people around us, and then God can send a mighty revival to the land.  

My encouragement for today is to continue to set your heart to seek God.  As you do, be carefully listening for Him to bring the revelation of Truth, because it will come.  As these words come may your heart be soft and pliable to align even more fully with God’s great purpose and plan.  A right heart response to the revelation of Truth will be repentance that leads to revival.  Even though it may seem that this revival is only taking place within you at the moment, know this.  Revival within you will come out of you.  The people with revival continually flowing inside them are the ones that God uses to ignite revival in their families, regions, and nations. These are the ones that are propelled into the next level with Him.  This is who we are designed to be!

Jesus, here I am Your child. I come to You and ask for new revelation of The Truth. I know that You are The Truth, and I am asking for new revelations of You. As this revelation occurs, help me to be able and willing to align myself even more fully with You. Give me a heart of repentance for every area that is out of order, and bring me into a revival of relationship with You. Jesus, give me new revelation of who you are and draw me closer than ever before!

Practical –

  • Ask Holy Spirit for revelation of Truth
  • Ask Him to give you a soft and pliable heart
  • Walk in a heart of repentance
  • Align yourself to obey all He asks of you

Be blessed to receive continuous revelation of Truth. May you receive revelation that leads to repentance in the mind, body, and soul.  May this revelation lead from repentance to revival in you.  May this blessing transform who you are and flow out of you to bring transformation in your family, region, and land!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Possess the Land

Encouragement for Today 

What are you working for? What do you have stored up for the future? What is of greatest value to you?

I am the Lord your God, Creator of Heaven and earth!!! What could be of greater worth than knowing Me? I have all the wisdom you could ever need. I have all the possessions and land you could ever want. All the blessings of The Spirit are mine to release. 

Do not worry or fear because of the troublings of this world. Come to Me!!! Trust in Me fully and completely!!! Put your trust in Me and the land shall be a possession for you. Your inheritance will be the Holy mountain of My presence. 

What could be of greater worth than direct access to Me and My Kingdom? Here it is, all for the taking as you come to Me!!! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 57:13 “But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain.”

V. 15 “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Faithful to Save

Daily Encouragement –

Are you feeling broken down, discouraged, or weak? Is there fear in your life? Do you need help?

Come to Me! I am the God of salvation! I am strong, mighty, and faithful to save! I have defeated the enemy over and over again and cannot be overcome!

You do not have to be perfectly strong. Come to Me and receive My perfect strength! Come and know the great things I have done, am doing, and will do! Speak forth the Truth and even shout the victory I have accomplished for you and those around you. As you do this, it releases power for Me to do more and greater in your life! 

I have the water you desperately need to be rested, encouraged, and strengthened. Come to Me, with joy, and receive all that you need today! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 12:2-3 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ ”Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Dynamic Destiny

Daily Encouragement – 

Are you living for the moment? Are you focused on getting to the weekend? Can you only see the here and now? Do you feel broken down and weary in the drudgery of life?  

When you focus on the moment and what you can gain in the here and now, this is walking in the flesh. Your destiny is so much greater than you could hope to see, think, or dream in your own ability. I truly want you to step into who I have created you to be and do all I have created you to do. 

I have great, amazing plans for your future, but you must follow Me to step into them. You cannot do it on your own or in your own power. You will never see your destiny if you are only looking at what you can see. 

Come close to Me and let’s dream together! Let’s focus on the destiny I have created specifically for you and who I have called you to be. Without Me, you will fall miserably into mundane obscurity and never do any of the significant things I have placed within you to do.

Come to Me and let’s walk into heavenly destiny together!!! I love you My child!!! 

Lamentations 1:9 “…She did not consider her destiny; Therefore her collapse was awesome; She had no comforter.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Greater Than Jesus?

Daily Encouragement Dec 5 –

Are you greater than I am? Are you truly following Me? Are you walking as I walked? 

I was sent into the world to bear witness of The Father, The Truth. I never prayed to be taken out of the world or moved somewhere else. This world is hard and fear, son, darkness, and death are around every corner. But do not fear! I am with you! 

I never prayed for Myself or My own to be taken out of the horrible unpleasant situations we were in. Where I was, was where I was sent! That is where I was sent to serve. 

When you pray to be taken out of the darkness instead of shining My light where you are, you are saying you are more important and greater than I Myself did. Pray for strength to shine brightly and bear witness of the Truth for I am always with you no matter where you are!!! I love you My child!!!

John 17:15-19  I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them and protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth. 18 Just as You commissioned and sent Me into the world, I also have commissioned and sent them (believers) into the world. 19 For their sake [e]I sanctify Myself [to do Your will], so that they also may be sanctified [set apart, dedicated, made holy] in [Your] truth.

Believing is Seeing!!!

Being here in Mizoram with my friend once again is an amazing dream come true. The last time I ministered with him was almost two years ago in India, and here we are once again side by side. Though this man of God is six years younger than me in the physical, he is so much further in the spiritual than I am in many areas. I love ministering with him for several reasons. For me and the giftings that God has most strongly placed in me, my friend is a great ministry partner. His gift of healing and the level he walks in flows in the Spirit with the gift of Faith that I have been given, and these complement each other well. Because of this, great things happen so much more when we are around each other than when we are alone.

Sage and Jeremiah before ministry time

Jeremiah and his friend before ministry time

As we gathered together one night to host the presence of God, He spoke to me in worship. I laid my open hands on the floor in front of me. I felt that as I bowed before Him, He was fitting my hands with something. I pictured that giant tanks of something were attached to my hands. As I asked Him what this meant, He spoke that tonight, He was going to heal blind eyes through my hands. I did not know exactly what to do with this. This has never happened through me before, but at that moment, I had a choice whether to believe Him or not. Somehow, God strengthened me to believe this word, and I brought it to my friend who was leading ministry. I told him what I had heard. Later, he got up and told people to come forward for healing. He then specifically called all the people who were blind or had any sort of eye problems to come and have me pray for them and shared this word. Honestly, I was a little anxious and this moment, but somehow I was able to believe this word from The Lord.

“Did I not tell you, that if you believe that you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40. This is what Jesus said to the people concerning Lazarus, and I felt this was exactly what was happening during this situation.

Because of my belief in the Word of The Lord, He was able to show His glory through me. No less than 6 people came to me asking prayer for their eyes with varying degrees of eye problems. Each and every one of them was completely healed. One of the last people that came to me came and asked prayer for the anointing to increase in her life and that she would grow in The Lord. I noticed that she had glasses on and asked if I could pray for her eyes as well. After praying for the other things, I took off her glasses and prayed over her eyes. When I got done, she could see perfectly and never put her glasses back on, but she took them with her. I saw this same girl the next day and offered up a praise to The Lord because her glasses were nowhere to be found.

I share this testimony because I want you to know that I am no one special, I have never seen blind eyes opened before. I am the same as you. I just believed that when God spoke this word to me, He would do it. I did nothing but believe. I want to encourage you in your life to listen to the Lord and believe what He speaks. If I had not believed, I would not have brought the word to my friend, and never would have asked this girl if she wanted prayer for her eyes. But, because I believed, I was able to see the glory of God working through my very own hands!!!

Listen to The Lord, believe that words that He has spoken to you, and prove it through your actions by stepping out on the truth of these words. Jesus says in John 14:12 “to the one who believes, the things I have done and greater he will do!!!” When we believe in what The Lord speaks, whether in His word or to us personally, we will do great and mighty things!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

The Call to Commitment

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

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

Prayer and Fasting Church

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

Prayer Fasting Church

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

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

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

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

4 Keys to Commitment –

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

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

Are you walking as a fully committed Follower of Christ?  

Are you succeeding in each of these four areas?  

Are you strong and carrying out great exploits for Him? 

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

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

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!