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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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    Propelled Into The Next Level

    It has been a great to joy to sit back and watch how God has used Katie to take over most of the encouragement this year.  With what God is speaking now, I felt it necessary to share this encouragement that will help propel you to the next level in your relationship with God.

    Are you in a place of weary waiting?  Have you stood on the promises of God and cried out for so long and nothing seems to happen?  Do you desire a change of circumstances? Are you desperate for doors to be opened? Are you hungry for new power to be released?

    Do you desire to be propelled to the next level?!?!

    Many may not receive this as a word of encouragement.  Most will ignore it and continue in the same old way of life. Some will accept it as truth, but few will take this word of encouragement and put it into practice and be powerfully propelled into new levels with the Lord.

    The principle I am going to speak of was followed by every major player in both the Old and New Testament. Moses, David, Elisha, Peter, Paul, John and so many more all followed this principle and were propelled into new levels of power when they did.  It seems strange in knowing all this that anyone who truly follows Christ would be unwilling to participate in this practice.  It is never easy for any of us to deny our flesh and follow in the footsteps of Christ.  However, obedience will rocket us into the exponential increase that we all desire. 

    For those who truly desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, let us hear what He has to say about this great power available for all who partake in it.

    Matthew 6:16 “…when you fast…”  

    What did He say?  Is that in red? Did Jesus actually say the “F” word?  Why didn’t He say IF you fast”? Isn’t fasting just an option for true extremists?

    How many of you have been in church for years and never heard anything about fasting?  Obviously, this verse must be taken out of context or some obscure part that no one ever reads.  I am sorry to say that this is right in the middle of probably the most famous sermon of all time “The Sermon on the Mount”.  From this discourse we get, “The Beatitudes”, “The Lord’s Prayer”, “Love your enemies”, and many of the other more famous words of Jesus.

    You can read the context for yourself in Matthew 6, but here is a quick refresher.

    Matthew 6:3-4But when you give, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your giving may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

    “When you give” is a passage that probably comes up regularly during offering time in the church. Here, the Father rewards the giving that is done out of a right heart.  Nobody would deny these words of Jesus as being essential to growth in the Lord.

    Matthew 6:6 “…when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

    Here is another widely known passage that is followed by the Model Prayer.  Everyone would affirm that it is necessary to pray and learn how to pray more and better to proceed in your walk with God.  The Father who sees these prayers will reward you for the time spent praying and crying out to Him.

    The passage from Matthew 6:16-18 continues in the same parallel repeating twice, “…when you fast…”. The thought is completed as verse 18 ends your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

    Surely Jesus would not put fasting on the same level as giving and praying in the essential steps to being propelled into the next level in The Kingdom.  Whenever I bring up this topic, people groan and look at me like some sort of alien. “I like food too much”, or “that is too hard,” or “you are crazy”, are some of the common responses that I have received just by bringing up one or two verses as I have mentioned above.  I encourage you to study fasting throughout the New and Old Testament and see the great men that walked it out and what they gained as a lifestyle of fasting with prayer out of a right heart.

    img_6674.jpgIf nothing else, Jesus Himself left us the perfect example. After Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3, He was led by The Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. This was the time of testing that would prove who Jesus really was.  What did Jesus do to prepare and continue to stand strong in the midst of the greatest onslaught of the enemy? At the beginning of Matthew 4, we see plainly that Jesus fasted forty days. He gave up the worldly way of gaining strength and power and took up the spiritual empowerment of fasting and prayer.  Because of this, He was ready for all the enemy had to throw at Him.

    Later in Matthew 17:20-21, prayer and fasting come up again as a dynamite combination that allows the impossible to be accomplished through your life.  So many of us want a secret formula that will help us overcome the enemy, or the secret weapon that will destroy the enemies’ hold on our lives. Here it is:

    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.  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

    If you need more incentive here are just some of the benefits of fasting and praying with the right heart:

    1. Corporate Freedom (The Salvation of a City) Jonah 3:1-10

    Here an entire city, over 120,000 are saved because of repentance, fasting and prayer

    2.  The Healing of the Land2 Chronicles 7:13-14

    If you study it out, the main outward expression of humbling yourself before God is fasting.

    3. To Influence Government and Save a PeopleEsther 4:16-17

    Esther, Mordecai, and the Jewish people fasted and prayed and God brought deliverance.

    4. Personal Freedom and BreakthroughIsaiah 58

    This is probably the best place to view many of the numerous blessings of fasting and prayer out of a right heart.

    5. Empowerment of the AngelicDaniel 9:3-4, 20-21

    6. Opening of the Eyes to Spiritual RealmDaniel 10:2-11, Acts 10:30

    7. Gaining UnderstandingDaniel 9:3-10:12

    There are many more benefits and blessings that can be found throughout Scripture if you care to study the topic further.

    Before I end, I want to give a few simple definitions of fasting.

    Lou Engle states “Fasting and prayer is designed to humble yourself, reveal your flesh, and purify your worship“.

    David Hogan says “Fasting is a good way to get hungry“.

    A personal definition that I have come up with is giving up a legitimate pleasure as a sacrifice to gain breakthrough and a deepening relationship with the Lord.  We do this because we love Jesus, and He is worth it!

    I want to encourage you to begin cultivating a lifestyle of prayer and fasting into your Christian walk.  Every new level in my personal life has been marked by a new commitment to prayer, fasting, and spending time in The Word.

    THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO INCREASE!!!

    From Monday, August 26th – Friday, October 4th God has called me to consecrate a 40 day fast for several reasons not the least of which is Revival and souls for The Kingdom.  I encourage you to fast one, two, or all of the three major areas that we are controlled by:

    1. Food
    2. Media
    3. Sleep

    Allow God to lead you into the next level of fasting that you may be propelled into the next level with Him.

    A word of advice when fasting food more than three days, please study the right way not only to fast but also to break a fast. Often the world understands the health benefits of fasting better than Christians understand the spiritual benefits. Because of this, there are many websites that can aid in fasting and breaking extended fasts.

    If you would like to carry on further study here are the three best books I have found on prayer and fasting;

    1. The Atomic Power with God thru Fasting and Prayer by Franklin Hall
    2. Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince
    3. The Jesus Fast by Lou Engle

    May the Lord truly bless you as you prepare to be propelled into the next level with Him.  Always remember:

    Hebrews 11:6 “…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

    May you receive the fullness of The Great Rewarder!!!

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    A Wave of Peace is Coming!

    This morning in prayer, the Lord told me to go back to a word He spoke one year ago yesterday. As I was re-reading it, He said it is time to share it publicly and that there are many of His children that need to hear this truth and receive Hope Confirmed.

    A new wave of peace is coming upon the wind of outpouring!

    The enemy in this last year has been hard at work to steal the peace of My children and to bring trials and tribulations that seem impossible to overcome. He has worked hard to delay and get in the way of the destiny and blessings I am prepared to pour out.

    The plans and direction of many have changed because of the opposition and reaction that many have responded in. The lack of obedience of some who stepped into discouragement instead of victory has caused a shift and redirection of the plans laid out for others. Never the less, I work all things together for the good of My children; for I have called them to carry out My plans and purposes in the earth.

    Behold! I am marching forth like a Mighty Lion to roar over your circumstances to say, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”, and to silence the enemy and end his tirade.

    I have shifted the plans of many but the enemy is doubly defeated because when he thought he could put an end to My plans, he only provoked Me to double the defeat. He may have only delayed these plans; for you see, I will accomplish not only the new plans, but My original plans and promises will still come to fruition, just at a later date when all interference has been destroyed.

    I AM VICTORIOUS IN IT ALL!

    What a fool he is! TAKE HEART, My Chosen Ones! Discouragement will no longer hold you back! MY PROMISES FULFILLED ARE YOUR TREE OF LIFE!!!

    Isaiah 41:8-13 (TPT)
    “But you — My servant, Israel, Jacob, whom I’ve chosen, seed of My beloved friend Abraham — I drew you to Myself from the ends of the earth and called you from its farthest corner. I say to you: ‘You are My servant; I have chosen you. I have not rejected you! Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from Me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with My strength and help you in every situation. I will hold you firmly with My victorious right hand.’ All who rage against you will be ashamed and disgraced. All who contend with you will perish and disappear. You will look for you enemies in vain; those who war against you will vanish without a trace! I am Yahweh, your mighty God! I grip your right hand and won’t let you go! I whisper to you: ‘Don’t be afraid; I am here to help you!'”

    Proverbs 13:12 (TPT)
    “When hope’s dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life’s sweetness will satisfy your soul.”

    Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

    Moving Forward into New Growth

    Daily Encouragement – 

    New growth is coming to you, My Child, even as you press in to know Me!!! Right now, you are learning how to walk and live in The Kingdom even as you continue through life in this world. Come walk with Me and grow even more into the fruit bearer I have called you to be. There will always be a place of growth and an opportunity to overcome the enemy as you draw near to Me. 

    Press into me and know My rest. As you rest and stand firm in Me, I will cause growth and advancement in The Kingdom. As you stand with Me, I will destroy every work of the enemy in your life. 

    Move forward with Me into The Kingdom and let’s take back what the enemy has stolen from you together. I love you My child!!!

    Ephesians 6:13-14 (AMP) “Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground…”

    Grow with Me

    Daily Encouragement August 23 – 

    Growth!!! Now is a season of spiritual growth. It is time to press in and receive all the special nutrients I have given to accelerate your growth. I want you to be strong and fully nourished for the work that is coming. 

    Press in close and receive everything I have to give right now. I have provided an abundance just for you. Some things are easy to receive, and some take searching out. I guarantee that every bit of seeking out Me and the good stuff that come from Me will be rewarding.

    I am here to give you all I have and am. It is in the seeking Me out that the best growth happens. Strength comes through work. I want to be strong so press into Me!!! I love you My child!!!

    Galatians 6:10 “…let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

    Exponential Strength

    Daily Encouragement – 

    I love you My child. You know that I desire all My children work together to advance the Kingdom. Unity in My body gets jobs done quicker, easier, and better. 

    Do not try to complete a task on your own that you were never designed to. Draw from the strengths of others. Work together in unity for My Kingdom, My glory, My purposes. 

    The blessing in unity is more than just a spiritual one but a physical one. Many hands make light work, but more importantly, you are exponentially stronger when you stand together with all My children.

    Unity in The Kingdom causes major growth, and this is what I desire for you. I want to see you grow personally and as a body in an amazing way. 

    Press in to me, and you will come into unity with all my children who are seeking Me as well. This is my desire for you.  I love you My child!!!

    Psalm 133:1-3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon,Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing—Life forevermore.

    Deuteronomy 32:30 How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had surrendered them?

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    Grow Together

    Daily Encouragement – 

    I love you My child! I am doing a great thing right now in your midst. Do you not see it? Do you not know it?

    I am weaving many people, ministries, bodies… together in unity to accomplish My mission. The good news must be preached in every tongue, carried to every tribe, and everyone must have chance after chance to come to Me. Do not write anyone off but continue with the mission. 

    Friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, and strangers are all in need of Me in a deeper way. They may know Me, but how deeply? How deeply do you know Me?

    There is a greater level of growth you must come to in Me so you may lead others to this deeper place as well. 

    You cannot go alone! You not only need Me, but you need others to push you to greater things and pick you up when you fall. 

    Kingdom advancement is for all of you. Do it together and receive the reward of My Kingdom coming forth in great ways on the earth. I love you My child!

    Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. 

    Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 
    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!