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The Lost Relic of the Crown of Life

This morning while in prayer, the Lord brought me back to a word He spoke at the end of 2018, in regards to what 2019 would look like, 2019: It’s All About Righteousness. He then spoke a phrase that reverberated in my spirit. I believe that the key that He released through this revelation and vision is another lost relic as mentioned in the post linked above, that He is bringing forth in this hour. He said,

“Press back against the dirge!”

As I sat on the phrase, meditating on it and inquiring the Lord of its meaning, I heard Him say:

”The veil is the thinnest in the inner chambers. For those who dare to enter in, they will receive a crown of life here on earth by My blood. It is with this crown that they gain access to the authority with which it contains. When they place it upon their heads, they will receive sight from on high. They will gain wisdom from the vaults of Heaven and will be protected against the spirit of fear that seeks to plague the mind; and they will be motivated by wisdom‘s leading.

Signs and wonders will follow those who possess this crown. These will be they who are set apart for My purpose of reawakening the dead. To the dead, it will be the blinding light shining forth from the heads of these that will jolt the dead awake, drawing them into the Light of Life.

What I have spoken will surely come to pass. These unrelenting, undaunted ones will be the forerunners of the new healing movement.

I am stirring these Burning Ones to press back against the dirge!

I always interrupt funerals and the mournful songs never last! Soon enough, the sound of joy and celebration erupts louder than the songs of death and sorrow and it drowns them out! You will see this arise in this day and time. Death and darkness cannot withstand the Light of Life! They are extinguished!

You will see a multiplication of healings take place as these hungry hearts utilize their weapon in this crown, which is faith. These warriors will ascend the mountain of the Lord and be filled and supercharged with My Spirit to take down fear and death. They will then return from the dark cloud of My Presence empowered and authorized to trample upon even the fiercest of enemies and dark principalities.”

Psalm 24:3-6‬ ‭(AMP‬‬)
Who may ascend onto the mountain of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to what is false, nor has sworn [oaths] deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation (description) of those who diligently seek Him and require Him as their greatest need, who seek Your face, even [as did] Jacob. Selah.

Isaiah‬ ‭2:2-3‬ (‭AMP‬‬)
Now it will come to pass that in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord will be [firmly] established as the highest of the mountains, and will be exalted above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house (temple) of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go out from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

James‬ ‭1:12‬ (‭TPT‬‬)
If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭11:2-4‬ ‭(AMP‬‬)
And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and of the [reverential and obedient] fear of the Lord — and He will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make decisions by what His ears hear; but with righteousness and justice He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the downtrodden of the earth; and He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:21-22‬ ‭(TPT‬‬)
The lovers of God who chase after righteousness will find all their dreams come true: an abundant life drenched with favor and a fountain that overflows with satisfaction. A warrior filled with wisdom ascends into the high place and releases regional breakthrough, bringing down the strongholds of the mighty.

Hebrews‬ ‭11:33-34‬ (‭TPT‬‬)
Through faith’s power they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality! It was faith that shut the mouth of lions, put out the power of raging fire, and caused many to escape certain death by the sword. Although weak, their faith imparted power to make them strong! Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array.

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Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh‭‭

Detroit – There’s Healing Glory in the Cleansing

This morning I heard the Lord saying in my time with Him, “Come a little closer, My dear. Draw a little nearer, higher up the mountain with Me; for there are some secrets I want to show you.”

I was then caught up in the spirit and taken to a drug house where there was a couple who were high on drugs with an infant. Something happened and the man picked up a box and began filling it with drugs and needles as the woman sat behind him with her baby in her arms. He handed the box to me and they, though still being high, gave me all that they had for they had a new reason for life.

Suddenly, I found myself standing in the clouds overlooking a large river that ran through Detroit with a large bridge crossing it. Then an angel joined me to stand on my right and I asked what this was. He said, “watch and see!” I looked to the river that was filthy as darkness blanketed the city. Just then, a bright and explosive light occurred in the dark clouds and a massive angel the height of a skyscraper entered into our realm from Heaven clothed in golden light. He shot down and landed on the bridge entrance, where he then drew his sword and thrusted into the bridge all the way through into the river. A mighty shaking took place and a golden glory shot through his sword into the river. I could see demons that had been bringing in the opioids stopped dead in their tracks on the bridge, unable to pass through his sword.

A cracking began to take place from his sword behind him into the road and traveled through city streets and blocks until it reached the steps of a demonic temple in the center of the city. It traveled up the steps and into the temple all the way into the secret chambers where there was a fire and statues of Baal and Baphomet. The crack struck both statues and each came crumbling to the ground, and the fire was extinguished.

I was taken to the angel once again. Then a secondary shaking occurred and an explosion shot from his sword upward into the sky, where a golden portal opened with angels flooding into the city from heaven. They flocked into alleyways and in homes, destroying all drugs and began to take possession back from what was used for evil. I asked the angel next to me what I was seeing. He said, “you are seeing the crack down on what has rained here for far too long.“ I replied, “this region has such a rich heritage of revival and so many revivalist to have poured themselves out here to establish Your Kingdom, Lord.“

Suddenly, I felt a hand on my right shoulder and I turned to see Jesus standing next to me with a smile on His face. He said in response to my statement, “Yes, I love this land and I am striking the land with My divine justice. I am interrupting and disrupting the channels of access to demonic interferences and influences. What you see before you is the portal of Heaven open right on top of the enemy’s gateway access and he is being kicked out for good! I am going back to the heart in the door of access to pharmakeia and divination and they are being destroyed. No longer will I stand and watch the enemy destroy what has been planted here.
I am bringing healing to these waters from the overflow of the river in Heaven. No longer will these waters be filled with filth, for I am bringing cleansing and it shall now be called the Euphrates. You will see all these things take place in the days to come; and then a mighty outbreak will come forth of Heaven invading earth, here and forever. Mark My words, so shall it be! Declare its coming!“

Then I found myself back in my chair.

After I recorded this encounter, I began to look up Michigan and Detroit, for I know very little other than some revival history in the days of old; and I have never been to Michigan. I began to search and see if there was indeed a river that flowed through the city and was shocked to find that I indeed was taken above the city overlooking Ambassador Bridge, where I saw the angel stand upon and open Heaven’s portal. The bridge stands over the Detroit River, connecting the U.S. to Canada; and it is the busiest international border crossing in terms of trade. The river has also been one of the most polluted in the region. Blocks down from where I watched the crack travel is the world’s largest masonic temple, in the exact place I saw it stop in the encounter.

I believe what Jesus was revealing is that the opioid epidemic and the darkness affecting Detroit has been ushered in through demonic activity and witchcraft stemming from this temple. The temple was opened on February 22, 1926 (2-22). I believe there was a handing over of the keys of the Kingdom (Isaiah 22:22) to the enemy that took place in that day and a continuous spiral downward began leading Detroit to death and decay.

Where there should have been watchmen on the wall in those days and gatekeepers keeping guard of the city and that gateway, somewhere there was a failure to stand at post and protect the city from enemy invaders.

The good news is, God is alerting His gatekeepers and watchmen in this hour once more to stand at your posts, take back the keys of access, and to decree and declare that Heaven’s portal be opened over Detroit!

Join with us in prayer over Detroit, that she would become what she was always designed to be!

May every idol be cast down in Detroit, Michigan and Jesus be lifted high! May every spirit of darkness and death be destroyed and their spells broken in Jesus’ mighty name! As a gatekeeper and watchman on the wall, I take up the keys of the Kingdom and I bind every demonic access into this city and state, I lock the door permanently in Jesus’ name! I fling wide the door to Heaven and say, let Heaven come and fill this city! Let her rivers be cleansed as Jesus said, and that she now be called the Euphrates (The Good Fruitful One); and that the overflow of the River in Heaven would bring healing to her city and people as it is in Heaven!

Revelation‬ ‭22:1-5‬ ‭(TPT‬‬)
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, flowing with water clear as crystal, continuously pouring out from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The river was flowing in the middle of the street of the city, and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life, with its twelve kinds of ripe fruit according to each month of the year. The leaves of the Tree of Life are for the healing of the nations. And every curse will be broken and no longer exist, for the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there in the city. His loving servants will serve Him; they will see constantly His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more. They will never need the light of the sun or a lamp, because the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever!”

Isaiah‬ ‭22:22‬ ‭(AMP‬‬)
“Then I will set on his shoulder the key of the house of David; When he opens no one will shut, When he shuts no one will open.”

Matthew‬ ‭16:19 (TPT)
“I will give you the keys of Heaven’s Kingdom realm to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in Heaven, and to release on earth that which is released in Heaven.”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh


Son of Righteousness: Fear Him Alone

This morning while in prayer, I received a powerful revelation from the Lord.

I had seen prior that there was the first “confirmed” coronavirus case in our county and city. Now, I personally have grown extremely put off to social media and even the news because there is literally nothing spoken of other than this demonically-inspired attack. I have not ceased in praying its inevitable end nor have I held back in commanding its demise.

However, there has been a transaction take place from the fear of the Lord (even in the global Body of Christ) over to the fear of the enemy and death. This transaction isn’t in reality that different than the transaction that took place in Eden. God gave man dominion over the earth and man handed that dominion over to the enemy of our souls. Man exchanged the truth of sonship over for the lie of mistaken identity and deception.

We see this taking place today as churches, prayer gatherings, and the community of the ones who KNOW the Victor have begun to shut their doors and cease to gather in the authority that Christ bought for us and restored to us by His precious blood. Paul explains this rectification to us in Colossians 1:

Colossians 1:15-20 (TPT)

“He is the divine portrait, the true likeness of the invisible God, and the firstborn heir of all creation. For in Him was created the universe of things, both in the heavenly realm and on the earth, all that is seen and all that is unseen. Every seat of power, realm of government, principality, and authority—it all exists through Him and for His purpose! He existed before anything was made, and now everything finds completion in Him. He is the Head of His body, which is the church. And since He is the beginning and the firstborn heir in resurrection, He is the most exalted One, holding first place in everything. For God is satisfied to have all His fullness dwelling in Christ. And by the blood of His cross, everything in heaven and earth is brought back to Himself— back to its original intent, restored to innocence again!”

Christ’s blood was enough. His blood restored all of creation to its original design and He handed the keys over to US once again. The distinguishing factor between the revelatory Bride and the misled Bride is the revelation that we have the very Spirit of Christ living on the inside of us…therefore, we truly do have the authority He promised us in Matthew 10:1and we have the keys of the Kingdom He promised us in Matthew 16:19.

As I pointedly prayed protection over my region of assignment, the Lord spoke this simple phrase…

“Sickness cannot remain in Righteousness.”

This word struck me and brought deep revelation. Pondering on it, He quickened me again to Malachi 4:2-3:

“But for you who fear My name [with awe-filled reverence] the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap [joyfully] like calves [released] from the stall. You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the LORD of hosts.

It dawned on me why the fear-mongering has led to worldwide panic and hysteria. The enemy knows that if he can draw away man’s reverential focus and fear of the Lord to fear the “shadow of death” reaching its hand across the nations, then we will not receive the joy and healing promised us as the Son of Righteousness dawns on us. We cannot trample upon that which we fear…we will be crushed and choked out by it. When we truly fear the Lord, we recognize that He is over it all and we are able through His divine enablement, to destroy the works of the devil.

There is a divine invitation from the Lord in this hour to repent for fearing what is inferior to our High Priest and our Victor; and to once again walk in sonship. When we know WHO we are and WHOSE we are, we will walk in all He promised us and see the world transformed by His dunamis power! It’s time to ekballo every demonic attack and decree and declare that the enemy will NOT take up residence here…not on our watch!!!


Two years ago, I had an encounter with an angel of Righteousness. He wasn’t a puny being. He was about 8 stories tall and held in his hand a golden sword with which he struck the ground. His boots were clothed in gold and he stood firmly in place, unwavering. Across his chest was a bronze breastplate and he was shrouded in a white tallit. I knew he was dispatched to take his stand and establish Kingdom authority and possession of the land I was praying over. Fire burned in his eyes and he was ablaze with the fires of righteousness. Every part of him radiated purity and consecration. He set up residence upon a high place, a portal of righteousness, and I saw a zoomed out view of the entire region. I then saw an angel bigger than a city descend from Heaven and take his place as a guard and keeper of the city. He stretched forth his arms and surrounded the city as a shield.

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I sought the Lord about what I saw and that is when He first spoke Malachi 4:2 and its correlation with the angel. The Hebrew word for “wings” is “kanaph” and is translated: “corner, covering, edge, ends, fold, garment, kind, skirt”. A tallit is a symbol of God’s holiness. This is why the angel wore a tallit…the fringes of the garment are also called the “wings”. It is this very reason it was so significant to Jesus that the woman with the issue of blood reached for the hem of His garment and received her healing. This is why He felt great power leave Him and He recognized her out of the masses touching Him.

Sickness, infirmity, and death are incapable of abiding in righteousness because it is burned up in His fires of holiness and purity.

Zechariah 2:5 says, “For I,’ declares the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire around her [protecting her from enemies], and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ”

This is another sifting unto shifting and another wake up call for the Global Body of Christ. The separation of the wheat from the chaff. The realization of the authority of the believer.

Who will wake up, rise up, take up their keys, and shut the door to the enemy over their families, regions, and nations; and fling wide the gate to the realm of Heaven’s Kingdom?!?! Who will dispatch angels on assignment to carry forth the word of the Lord by our declarations?!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Stand Strong and Inherit The Promise 36/40

You are invited to join us for the Celebrate to Accelerate fast! Please review Celebrate to Accelerate and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement.

Now, we are so close to the end. The end is in sight.  Do not give up or surrender to the enemy. Press on and obtain the prize of knowing Jesus in a greater way.  The 40 has been a special time of sowing seed, and we will fully complete it together if we do not lose heart!

Today, as we press on toward the end. I was reminded of something that needs to be shared.  Lou Engle, a man who is known for fasting and praying as a lifestyle, has said that often, we do not see the fruit of 40 days of fasting until afterwards.  My wife and I have been seeking the Lord diligently for a long time with varying degrees of success in hearing and seeing.  However, it seems that during The 40, many times there there are few dreams, visions, or life-changing words.  I want you to know that if you are experiencing this, others are as well. It can be discouraging to be in this place, but know this, you are not alone, and the best fruit takes a little longer to grow.  

As we look at faith and patience partnering together to bring forth fruit, we must recognize the entire book of Hebrews was written for this purpose. I encourage you, the last few days of The 40, I encourage you to read through Hebrews a couple chapters at a time.  This book was written to Jewish people that had converted to Chrisitanity, but were not seeing the benefits and blessings they had been told about.  Because of this, they were considering returning to religious Judaism which they were more accustomed to and familiar with.  

Hebrews 6:12 “…do not become sluggish [lazy], but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

In this chapter the writer of Hebrews reveals that the great fathers of the faith, such as Abraham, inherited the promises of God by faith and patience.  The promises that God gives are not received by a one time prayer and here you go.  The greatest promises took years of enduring faith for the people of God to see take place.

Vs. 15 “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

Abraham being the example here, had to wait until he was well past the normal point of having children to receive the first fruit of his promise Isaac. God promised to give him more than the stars in the sky multitude of descendants, and he had to patiently endure just to see Isaac.  Through faith and patience, he obtained and inherited the first part of an amazing promises that is still being fulfilled today!

Over in Hebrews 11 is the other half of the story:

Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

Sarah also had to have a persevering faith to believe that what God said he would bring forth through her would take place. The good thing that we see here is her unbelief, she laughed at the word of The Lord, is not recorded.  Only the faith and patience that inherits the promise is recorded in the history of heaven.  

Even after Abraham and Sarah received the primary fulfillment of their promise Isaac, God tested them to see if they would still have faith that would be supernaturally obedient and enduring to give God glory through the seed.  This is what is recorded about Abraham’s faith:

Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

Abraham had such an assurance in the faithfulness of God to bring about the promise that He had spoken Abraham believed God would raise Isaac from the dead to complete it. This faith was that much more incredible, because no one was recorded to have ever been raised from the dead before this time.  This is just one of the fathers of our faith who is a great example of inheriting the promises of God by faith and persevering patience.

My encouragement for us today is to stand strong, never give up and never lose heart. Maybe you have seen some fruit already from The 40, maybe not.  Look to the faithfulness of God to bring forth the seeds that have been sown and grown during this season to bring them forth at exactly the right time.  Give glory to God and testify of His goodness in the smallest of hopeful blessings, knowing this: “God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all you can ask for, hope for, or imagine…”  (Ephesians 3: 20).  Look for the fulfillment of your prayers, big or small, and let them spur you on to faith and patience in obtaining the promises of God and never giving up on what God has spoken!

Jesus, I desire to truly be one of Your children of faith. No matter what I may see with my eyes, I will look to You to fulfill Your promises. Help me to have continually increasing faith and patience in You that You may bring forth all that You have for me and want to do through me. May I never give up on You because You are faithful!!!

Practical –

  • Read through Hebrews over the next week
  • Ask Holy Spirit to reveal promises that God has spoken to you
  • Ask for an increase in faith, patience, and obedience
  • Walk out all God has called you to do

Be blessed today to stand strong and be the person of faith you were created to be!  May you stand strong in faith and persevere through every obstacle to lay hold of the promises of God as The Kingdom is accelerated in and through you!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Press Through to Breakthrough! 19/40

You are invited to join us for the Celebrate to Accelerate fast! Please review Celebrate to Accelerate and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement

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 things.  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 taking place at 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 its 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 into new 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 have given up on.
  • 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!!!

Freedom, Breakthrough, and Blessing 10/40

You are invited to join us for the Celebrate to Accelerate fast! Please review Celebrate to Accelerate and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement!

Congratulations, you have made it to double digits, and by the end of the day, you will be a quarter of the way through the fast.  For those who have elected to fast on only water, the experts say that today or tomorrow all hunger and weakness should be gone and the physical health benefits should begin to be readily seen over the next few days. 

Whenever I am called to fast, I return over and over to Isaiah 58.  This is an amazing chapter that focuses on two things: 

1. Fasting the proper way 

2. The many personal benefits of fasting 

Vs. 1-5 are speaking of a people who had regularly scheduled fasting days.  Set times each months, they would fast, supposedly to honor God, and expect to receive the heavenly blessing from these fast.  However God rebukes them because of their selfish and evil motives:

Isaiah 58:5 Do you think I’m impressed with that kind of fast?  Is it just a day to starve your bodies, make others think you’re humble, and lie down in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call that a fast?  Do you think I, Yahweh, will be pleased with that?

A proper fast is not for others to see, but for God to come in and purify our heart and our desires.  If we continue fasting to hear from God, but are not obedient to bring our other fleshly desires into control as He reveals them to us, our heart is wrong and we forfeit all the spiritual benefits that we would have received.  A change must take place and a humbling of our hearts where Holy Spirit is given the right to search out and place His finger on any area that is out of order.  When He highlights this area, we must say, “Yes sir, I give this to you right now.  Change me and make me new that I may never return to that old selfish, sinful way.”  

As our hearts are set right and our focus is to allow Holy Spirit to renovate and restore our hearts and desires, we will reap the benefits of the fast that follow. Vs. 6 begins this way ““Is this not the fast that I have chosen…“, and what follow are the many varied benefits of fasting with a right heart:

  • Loose the chains of wickedness
  • Undo heavy burdens
  • Set the oppressed free
  • Break every yoke
  • Share your bread with the hungry
  • Shelter the poor homeless
  • Clothe the poor naked
  • Recognize and provide for those around you in need
  • The light and favor of God will shine upon you
  • Healing will come forth quickly
  • Righteousness will lead you
  • Glory of God will follow you
  • The Lord will answer your cries
  • He will continually be your Guide
  • He will faithfully satisfy your soul
  • He will constantly strengthen your bones
  • You will be given the right to
    • Rebuild long-deserted ruins
    • Raise up foundations of generations
    • Repair the cities
    • Restore the communities

The list of benefits in these seven verses is almost overwhelming.  You could write books on each one of these topics and God’s amazing power to work through one whose heart is set to follow him in obedience, humility, prayer and fasting.  

I encourage you as you continue to walk The 40, return to this passage over and over for encouragement when difficulties arise.  Confess and repent of anything revealed by Holy Spirit, and return to the place of right fasting with a right heart. God has designed you for a plan and purpose.  You are called to be totally free and walk in Kingdom breakthrough in every area of your life.  Partnering with Holy Spirit in fasting and prayer with a true heart of humility and obedience will bring about freedom and breakthrough in a way that will accelerate The Kingdom in and through your life!

Jesus, I pray that you will help my heart to be continually set on you.  May my desires line up completely with You and Your word, and my actions continually be obedient to what You speak.  I want to lay down my life as a sacrifice that you may use me as an instrument of righteousness to build Your Kingdom however You see fit.  Help me to partner with you today in humility and obedience. 

Practical –

  • Ask Holy Spirit to reveal any selfish or ungodly desires in your heart
  • Bring these before the Lord in confession, repentance and humility
  • Meditate on the benefits listed in Isaiah 58
  • Ask yourself, “What can God do through my life given to Him completely with a heart of humility and obedience?”

Be blessed today with the ability to walk in new levels of humility and obedience to every leading of Holy Spirit.  May this humility and obedience propel you in receiving all these benefits and more that you may accelerate The Kingdom, and advance into the next level with Him. 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

The Press 4/40

You are invited to join us for the Celebrate to Accelerate fast! Please review Celebrate to Accelerate and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement!

The fast is beginning to get real. I would venture to say that most people who have undertaken a complete food fast have not gone past three days.  The good news is that it should begin to get easier now.  The physically hard part should be over soon if it is not already.  A word of wisdom, the spiritually and relationally hard part will probably remain throughout the fast. 

The enemy does not want you to go the 40.  Temptations will arise.  Also, friends and family will inevitably find out and can be your greatest hindrance to completing the fast.  While trying to love and take care of you, they will pressure you that it is not healthy to fast, especially 40 days. 

As it shows in the picture above (a honey press), the pressure on the sons and daughters of God brings the true treasure to the surface and allows the good stuff (honey) to be extracted brought forth and refined.  The “press” brings forth the pure golden treasure that brings praise glory and honor to The only One worthy, Jesus.

My encouragement for you today comes from –

Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Press on and Press In! Jesus Himself laid down his life that you may be completely saved, healed, and delivered. Can you continue to lay down your flesh for the rest of the 40 days? There is a secret in the 40 day time period that I will share soon, but now you should recognize that Jesus set the example of the 40 before He began His ministry.  Press on and press in for the prize of Jesus Christ! Exponential increase will come as you press in past the normal way of life or even past the normal way of fasting.  Relationship increase and depth as well as spiritual insight will be continually advanced as we press in to Him. Jesus is The Reward!!!  Jesus is Worth it!!!  Jesus is the Prize!!!

I also want to encourage you from –

Esther 4:16-17 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” 17 So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.

Here, Esther calls a three day fast of all her people.  There were many fasting before this time if you read vs. 3, but this is an intentional time of fasting and praying together. 

What was the result of this three day corporate fast?  

The government of the day was influenced to overthrow a demonically inspired law and an entire people group were saved.  That is the power of the three day fast that we are now advancing past. Nations and people groups will be changed as you press on and press in to Him. 

What transformation can take place in you, your family, your neighborhood, city, and nation as a result of a simple 40 days of fasting and prayer???

Jesus, give me the strength and ability to press on through the struggles that I might press in to knowing Your heart.  I desire to see supposedly impossible things and people transformed as I press in to you!!!

Practical – Let Holy Spirit guide your Godly dreaming of what can take place through this 40 day fast. 

Be blessed as you press in for an acceleration of salvation, healing, and deliverance in yourself and the people around you as you celebrate The Word!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!