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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!!!

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Completely Clean

Daily Encouragement –

What have you done to get to where you are in life? Are you successful? Have you overcome every obstacle? Are you self-sufficient? 

I am Yahweh, Creator of Heaven and earth!!! I am all-sufficient and the provider of all things!!! No matter what you may have done or accomplished in this life, you need Me and My help! You have failed and done wrong in some area that you can never erase. You may have tried to hide or balance out the negative with positive, but you will never be able to take away what has happened. 

Come to Me! I have provided the perfect sacrifice that all the wrong, malicious, evil things done by you are able to be taken away and completely cleansed! You do not need to hide what is completely clean!

Come to Me! Trust in Jesus’ perfect sacrifice to cleanse, restore, and make you new! This is why Jesus came and died so that you could come to Me, exactly the way you are, and be made pure and holy! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 
All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Good News!!!

Daily Encouragement –

Could you use some good news? So many bad things happen all around and even in your own life, does it rob you of peace? Do you need to be rescued you from your present circumstances? 

Here I am! The good news is I am always here for you and your help. All you have to do is come to Me. I always love, forgive when you ask, and help you when you come to Me. If you can let go of your pride and admit that you need Me, I can bring the freedom, life, and peace you need. 

The good news is that I am here to rescue you and release peace and joy upon you.  Come to Me and grab ahold of all I have to give! This news is so good that you should be sharing it with others that need what I have as well. 

Come to Me! Point others to the good news and receive all that you need together from Me, the One who loves you!!!

Isaiah 52:6-7 “Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day That I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’ ”How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Never Crushed

Daily Encouragement – 

Is life weighing you down? Do you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? Are you burdened with the worry and troubles of this world?  

Come to Me! I am The Lord Almighty!!! I am Strong and Mighty to save! Only I can truly deliver you from your burdens! You must let them go and give them to Me!

Do you realize I have carried you and helped you before you were even able to know Me? Now that you are older and wiser, you feel like you must make it on your own. However, you need Me now more than ever before!!! The world wants to crush you under its weight, cares, and troubles. 

Come to Me and I will free you from the oppression and weight! Only I have the true peace, joy, strength, and life that you really want and need. Come to Me and receive all that you need and more in abundance. I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 46:3-5 “Who have been upheld by Me from birth, Who have been carried from the womb: Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you. “To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal And compare Me, that we should be alike?”

Vs. 9 “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

My Way

Daily Encouragement –

Do you feel like you are fighting an uphill battle? Do you always seem to go against the grain and rub people the wrong way? Do you have seemingly unnecessary struggles and difficulties in daily life? 

I am The Almighty God!!! Come to Me and walk in the way I have prepared for you! My way is the only way of true peace, life, and strength. Any other way will be a struggle because you are trying to make your own way. 

My way is not the easiest, but it is the right way. I have gone before you in the way and truly walk beside you to help in all things. I will never leave you alone, but I am here to strengthen and guide you in The Way! 

I have called you by name to walk into My Kingdom together with Me. Why would you struggle and fight just to go your own way and do your own thing? I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 45:2-3 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. 
I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I [am] the Lord, Who call you by your name,

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Wandering? Forgotten? Chosen!

Daily Encouragement – 

Do you ever feel like you are wandering aimlessly through this life? Do you know the purpose why you are here and what you are supposed to do? Are you able to do it? Do you feel like you have no direction and no strength to move even if you knew which way you were supposed to go? 

I have chosen you!!! I am The First and The Last, and I have chosen to help you and for you to come close and know Me! I call you to come near and will never cast you aside. 

I will forever strengthen and uphold you as much as you will allow! The closer you come to Me the more I am able to strengthen, encourage, and reveal the purpose and direction I have for you. Come close to Me and receive all you will ever need! 

Need a little more? Come a little closer and see the abundance of all I have to pour out upon you!!! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 41:9-10 “You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away; Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Out of the Pit

Daily Encouragement –

Do you feel like you are missing something? Is something trying to hold you back and drag you down? Do you feel lifeless and powerless where you are? 

I am the Deliverer and Bringer of True Life!!! I am the One Who sets free, saves, and gives you a reason to praise Me!!! I do not set you free for personal gain, but because you are in bondage and need help. I love you completely and desire for you to walk in complete freedom. 

I will pull you out of your pit as you call out to Me. True repentance causes Me to discard and disregard your sin no matter the grievance. The blood of Jesus truly takes away the corrupt sin that would cause you to drown in death. Jesus paid the price for you that you may come close and receive all the fullness of life I have for you. 

Come to Me and receive true freedom. Walk in life, and praise The One Who made the way for you to live. I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 38:17, 19 “Indeed it was for my own peace That I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back… 
The living, the living man, he shall praise You, As I do this day; The father shall make known Your truth to the children.”