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What Will Reverse the Curse on America?

This week, grievous news surfaced in the nation of America that has caused a tumultuous upheaval of what has been widely accepted as a cultural norm. On Tuesday, applause filled the Senate chambers of New York as the sound of celebration reverberated in the atmosphere for the passing of the Reproductive Health Act bill, calling for legal abortion until birth; and removing capital punishment for the harm or death brought to babies pertaining to such terms. As with a great portion of America and nations around the world, I have grieved deeply over this horrendous act of disregard for the sanctity of life.

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I shared more on what the Lord revealed in the immediate aftermath of this decision a few days ago in a post titled, Salvation Through a Babe. You could say that that post was part one of I’m not sure how many more to come. The Lord is continuing to download prophecies and visions pertaining to this great crisis and state of our nation.

The following morning as I sought the Lord in sorrowful prayer, I began asking Him what He has to say about the devastating news; and what He is doing in and through it all. I know without a shadow of a doubt that regardless of the atrocities taking place in my nation and across the earth, that nothing surprises Him. He knew before the foundations of the earth were created that these decisions would be made by our legislative branch. A people dredged in sin and stained with innocent blood will suffer great judgement at the hands of our Just God. He demands justice. I also know unswervingly that He is still sovereign over it all and still in control. He will allow a people to remain in sin and death only so long before He sends a deliverer to set free and redeem. I believe in His name, His character, and His promises. He promises that if we, dead in our sin would turn to Him in repentance, then He will deliver, heal, and restore us.
This is what I heard Him say:

“The shadow of darkness will last for a time but I am the One Who decides night’s end and the breaking forth of the dawn; shattering the shroud of darkness.
Is it man who determines the right to life? Was it man with Me in the beginning when I spoke light into the darkness and put a great divide among them? No, it was My Son and the Light of My Son exposes all darkness and erases it.
Was it man with Me when I breathed upon the dust and it sprang into a human being? No, the breath of My Spirit did that; and the Life of My Son saved man from eternal death.
So why do you give man so much credit? Man is simply a pawn in carrying out the eternal purpose of satan — to kill, slaughter, and annihilate. Let this be a divine wake-up call, My Bride! I am the God of Justice; I demand justice for those who are oppressed. I demand freedom for the captive. I assure you, this atrocity and injustice IS NOT beyond My control. The enemy thought he had gained the high ground by taking possession of a great gateway but he HAS NOT won the war! Look not at what is seen, but the unseen.

Surely, the blind and slumbering will be jolted awake with the severing of an arm. Drastic, unthinkable measures must take place to awaken My Bride. For I am turning around this death decree and awakening My gatekeepers, generals, and warriors to the war at hand: to take their place and perform their purpose. As awakening invades The Church, I will release holy strategy and blueprints for a divine turnaround.

My warning for you is this — it is up to you how far down the road of death and unrighteousness you go. At what point will you choose to wake up? The enemy has already devised plans like you have seen this week for many gateways to bring death and destruction. How long will you partner with him through silence and inaction? How many of My babies whom I have intricately designed for earth-shaking purposes must you allow to perish under the weight of your sin? 

If you will awaken, fall on your faces in repentance and partake in mourning as I mourn deeply for your unrighteous deeds and the innocent blood that stains your soil; then I will deliver you and not just break Haman’s curse on your land, but I will reverse the curse.

An awake and active Body will make great strides with Me. I will place orphans in families, heal and restore relationships. You will see a wave of adoption rise, in the spiritual and in the physical. Surely, kings and queens in My Kingdom will love children and families into My Kingdom. Only joy will echo forth. No more weeping and mourning, but a divine cleansing and wave of restoration. Behold, you will see a mighty outpouring shower upon you.”

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America is shrouded under Haman’s curse right now. A decree was pronounced in the demonic realm declaring theft, death, and annihilation that began on January 22, 1973; 46 years ago. Over 60 million lives destroyed, voices never heard, destinies never fulfilled. This is unacceptable. We are in a time experienced by the prophet, Isaiah. Arrogant Assyria has arisen to spout deception, dissension, division, and death.

Isaiah 10:1-5 (TPT): “Woe to those who legalize injustice and write oppressive legislation! You rip away the rights of the poor and prey upon widows and orphans! What will come of you on your day of visitation when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? And what will you do then with all your great wealth? You’ll have no option but to cringe among the captives or fall among the corpses of the slain! Yet despite all this, His anger has not subsided, and His hand is poised to strike. Woe to arrogant Assyria, the rod of My anger!”

Isaiah 1:11-13 (AMP)
“’What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me [without your repentance]?’ Says the Lord. ‘I have had enough of [your] burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed cattle [without your obedience]; and I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls or lambs or goats [offered without repentance]. When you come to appear before Me, who requires this of you, this trampling of My [temple] courts [by your sinful feet]? Do not bring worthless offerings again, [your] incense is repulsive to Me; [your] New Moon and Sabbath [observances], the calling of assemblies—I cannot endure wickedness [your sin, your injustice, your wrongdoing] and [the squalor of] the festive assembly.’

The Lord is exposing falsehood within His Bride. Every ounce of deception brooding and permeating His Bride is being exposed. He is reaching in, ripping open the heart of His Bride and revealing hidden sinful ambitions, inaction promoted by fear and apathy, false humility, disobedience [whether direct or slow obedience], selfish pride, and pious deceit.

The simple fact that the murder of His Little Ones has been allowed to continue for 46 YEARS reveals the overall state of The Church. If His Bride had stepped out and responded in deep repentance and fear and trembling of the Lord, this unacceptable injustice would have met it’s end decades ago. He cannot stand the wickedness and He has had enough! “Outward sacrifices are empty if there is no inward reality.”

Isaiah 1:15-17 (TPT)
“When you stretch out your hands to pray, I will hide My eyes from you. Repeat your prayers all you want, but I will not listen, for your hands are stained with innocent blood. Wash yourselves and make yourselves clean. Remove your evil actions from My sight and stop sinning! Learn what it means to do what is good by seeking righteousness and justice! Rescue the oppressed. Uphold the rights of the fatherless and defend the widow’s cause.

This is the Wake-up call for the nation of America and the Bride of Christ. You cannot outrun the consequences of unrighteous filth; the only response is to face them head on and face the Only One Who can deliver, heal, and restore!

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Isaiah 1:18-20 (TPT)
“‘Come now and let’s deliberate over the next steps to take together.’ Yahweh promises you over and over: ‘Though your sins stain you like scarlet, I will whiten them like bright, new-fallen snow! Even though they are deep red like crimson, they will be made white like wool!’ If you have a willing heart to let Me help you, and if you will obey Me, you will feast on the blessings of an abundant harvest. But if you are stubborn and refuse to obey, the Sword will eat you instead. The mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”

V. 21-23 (NLT)
“See how Jerusalem, once so faithful, has become a prostitute. Once the home of justice and righteousness, she is now filled with murderers. Once like pure silver, you have become like worthless slag. Once so pure, you are now like watered-down wine. Your leaders are rebels, the companions of thieves. All of them love bribes and demand payoffs, but they refuse to defend the cause of orphans or fight for the rights of widows.

I heard it said once, “To a people without mixture, He will pour out His Spirit without measure.” I fully understand now what the Lord meant when speaking that. It is time to pick which side eternity we will stand upon. Heaven defends the cause of the fatherless and helpless. In fact, the King of Glory, Jesus, the Mighty Warrior defended this cause unto death, death on a cross. He shed His blood as the final atonement, that there be no more shedding of innocent blood.

V. 24-25 (NLT)
“Therefore, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the Mighty One of Israel, says, ‘I will take revenge on My enemies and pay back My foes! I will raise My fist against you. I will melt you down and skim off your slag. I will remove all your impurities.'”

THE TIME IS NOW TO DECLARE WAR ON INACTION! CHOOSE LIFE!!! RECOGNIZE OUR DIRE NEED OF HIM AND HIS DELIVERANCE, SEEK HIS FACE ON OUR FACE!!! IF we will obey Him and take Him at His Word, then we will see a Divine Restoration of the irreparable damage taken place in our land.

V. 26-27 (TPT)
“‘I will restore deliverers as in former times and your wise counselors as at the beginning.” Only then will you be called the Righteous City and the Faithful City!’ Yes, Zion will be redeemed with justice and her repentant converts with righteousness.”

James 1:27 (AMP)
“Pure and unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit and look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress, and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world.”

Let this be the prayer from the depths of our souls, oh God:

JESUS, I PLEAD YOUR BLOOD OVER MY SINS AND THE SINS OF MY NATION. GOD, END ABORTION AND SEND REVIVAL TO AMERICA!!!

TAKE ACTION: JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO END ABORTION. SIGN THE PETITION. SPREAD THE WORD. BE THE CHANGE AGENT HE WANTS TO USE IN THE EARTH. FOSTER FAMILIES INTO THE KINGDOM. FOSTER CHILDREN. ADOPT. DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY IN OBEDIENCE.

SIGN THE PETITION: THE MORAL OUTCRY

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

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So What About That Red Wave?

Yesterday was a remarkable day in the nation of America. For many in the Body of Christ, they’re grieving over the exchange that took place as the Democrats gained control of the House. We have seen many prophetic voices in the streams prophesy recently a “red wave” or a “red tsunami”, alluding that in these mid-term elections the Republicans would gain control across the board. I have read and listened to many trusted voices and I believe that much of what was to take place was contingent on the Bride of Christ rising up in prayer, action, and support of Kingdom of Heaven living. Now today, not to my surprise since nothing is new under the sun, these obedient prophetic voices are under attack and being labeled as false prophets, and the enemy is causing the religious, offensible ones to go on a senseless rampage.

I am not saying that sometimes we prophets get it a bit off or might even get it completely off for a number of reasons. Let’s be real, we are all still human and if I learned anything from discussing this with my Husband this morning, it would be that when God reveals prophecy, we must also be careful to deliver the straight up Word or vision in obedience and not allow our interpretations of it shift or sway the details. When God reveals something, it could be easy to interpret a detail through what makes sense to us. Let’s not get all up in arms condemning and crucifying those who spoke out what they believe God revealed to them; whether they heard and share correctly or were off. Rather, let’s encourage them as they, themselves will be dealing with the fall out of last night’s results.

I also say this because I, myself, learned this in the past two days. In prayer yesterday morning over the elections, I received part of the Word that I will share below, but struggled the entire time with seeing in part, the vision being foggy, distractions, and interruptions from my now early bird toddlers (thanks daylight savings…) I tried again to get clarity and revelation in the afternoon thinking that because of the subject of the Word, that I needed a complete Word to share before the day was through or it could be irrelevant. I was unsuccessful, except for a slight addition. Seeing the majority of the results last night, I was a bit discouraged because I, too, heard the Lord say that there would be a “red wave” result; and had been hearing that and prophesying it in prayer for weeks.

This morning I decided to sit down and seek the Lord for understanding and fullness of revelation, and I finally got it. What I realized through the Word, was that I did indeed hear clearly from the Lord, however, I had been interpreting the details based on my own analysis and wisdom instead of seeing from the Lord’s eyes and possessing His full knowledge. He confirmed what He intended with the Word below:

“A wave is rising to bring a tide of change in the atmosphere of transference. A divine transference of mantles are taking place in the spirit realm even now. For many, I have already gone ahead and anointed them to take their place, as with David. In the days to come, the unrighteous, the ones My Spirit has departed from, will surely come to a revelation that their seat of power has been plucked from their hands, as did Saul. Surely, there will be many unexpected changes take place that were thought impossible. For behold, many will say, “I can’t believe this is happening! I was a shoo-in!” Because My children have stepped up out of their caves of hiding and apathy, have taken their rightful places as My Kingdom ambassadors and advancers, I have dispatched angels on assignment to disrupt the influence of the enemy and even run off those who would oppose My divine plan. Look out and see upon the horizon, the red wave rising in increasing proportions, signifying the new wave of revival being birthed on the heels of the blood of the Lamb being poured out upon the nation of America – washing away sin and making atonement for the shedding of innocent blood. The tables have turned for you, America! Begun, the transformation has.”

While, the Lord was speaking this Word, I was taken into an open vision. In this vision, I walked up to a set of double doors where the Senate and House of Representatives meet. Just then, an angel with the appearance of a man stood next to me. He was dressed in a white robe with brown hair and had a young face. I knew in my spirit that he was an angel of justice. He said to me, “come on!”, and he opened the doors and we entered through them. Before me was the meeting place of Congress. We walked down to the front of the room where there is a pathway of separation from the seats up front as well as seats all around and behind us. Standing in the empty room, I looked up at the seats in the front of us and began to see certain seats highlighted as if they were lit up like a lightbulb. I began to glance around the room and saw spread out all around the room, seats lit up. I looked at the angel of justice who had not said anything at this point and asked, “what does all of this mean?” I heard a booming voice in the room say, “32.” I asked him what it meant, for I didn’t understand. He said, “32 seats of change. 32 chances for transference.”

Just then, I saw a giant set of scales descend down upon us and take its place before us. I inquired of what was before me. The angel said, “the scales of justice are taking their place. They will weigh every single member – yes, every single judge of your nation will be weighed on this scale of righteousness. For every one that does not measure up to My standard of righteousness, they will be given either the chance to turn away from their wickedness and corrupt opposition and turn to Me or they will be deposed.” I looked and on the top of the scale was an eye that searched into the depths of each and determined whether they were fit to govern or if they were possessed by darkness as their influence.

“Take a look and be ensured that the Word of the Lord will not fall void and fruitless, but WILL accomplish all it was sent forth to. Surely, a red tsunami WILL come, just not in the way that many anticipated. In the next two years, you will see the repercussions of this scale take effect; for the opposition has been heavy and intense, but I am more powerful than any enemy and I WILL have My way! I decree and declare that in the days ahead, what looked like a major victory of the enemy will prove to have only increased the activity of angels on assignment. Investigations will come against the very ones who wish to investigate My chosen one. Fraud will be exposed. Deception will be revealed. The seedpods of corruption and darkness will not be planted in the soils of your governing bodies. They will not take root, but will each be unearthed and cast into the fire.

“I tell you now, as divine judgement takes place in the courts of America, you will find even the transference of seats take place in ways and methods not seen in decades. Even of those newly elected ones, some will be cast out because of the revealing of dark secrets expected to remain concealed. Surely, no one is safe! Young and old, alike, all will be judged! You will hear many say, “how can this be? Surely, this isn’t true!” The shock that takes place will be on a large-scale as if an earthquake just struck the courts of America. Indeed, corrupt, corroded structures established on unsteady soil will crumble! None will be able to withstand the shaking! Only those with firm foundations established on righteousness will be able to withstand not only the initial quake, but also the aftershocks!”

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As he said this, I saw the shores of a coast and saw the waters begin to recede into the heart of the sea; exposing bare the seabed beneath and everything that was once hidden is now seen clearly. I knew in my spirit that this was the recession of the sea in preparation for and preceding the massive waves of a tsunami. I then heard the Lord say, “The time is now for recession unto succession.”

Isaiah 51:4-5 (AMP)
“Listen carefully to Me [says the Lord], o My people, and hear Me, o My nation; for a [divine] law will go forth from Me, and I will quickly establish My justice as a light to the peoples. My righteousness (justice) is near, My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the peoples; the islands and coastlands will wait for Me, and they will wait with hope and confident expectation for My arm.”

Beloved, we must not be swayed to and fro by what we see with our eyes, for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises] (2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP). Even if the elections did not go the way many thought, wanted, or hoped, God is still sovereign over it all and has not given up on America because of a party change. “So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; it will not return to Me void (useless, without result), without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 AMP). It is time to press on, press forward, seek His face, and seek to carry out Kingdom Advancement!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Intercessors Arise for America!

As the testimony trial against Supreme Court Justice nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh occurs today, I urge you with all assertion to press in and intercede for this event. There is great enemy opposition moving in the midst of every part of Kavanaugh’s election into office. I believe that this is a pivotal moment in the course of what is to come for the nation of America and that what happens next will reveal the course of what our nation is headed towards. While praying about these matters this morning, I very clearly heard the Lord say,

“Like a shooting star, a flame of righteousness, carrying the favor of Joseph, I have established Brett Kavanaugh to be one that throws down dark pillars of impurity; leading the way into My ways. Every shadow fears his election and opposes it because the shadows will be utterly squashed under his feet! Demonic principalities that have laid in power for 45 years are trembling for their grip of death is about to be broken in shattering proportions! 

They are grasping at straws, hoping to gain any attempt of the upper hand, but they shall truly fail and suffer a miserable, embarrassing defeat! Where they attempted to smear the character of My chosen change agent, just like with Joseph, they will not succeed for what I establish WILL take power and precedence over every lie. Like a child throwing a temper tantrum over not getting its way, so too will they be put in their rightful place. Every lie will be exposed and because I am sovereign and My hand is upon the government and whole of America, I will hold in contempt every distraction and opposition to My purposes coming to total fruition. Just like with Joseph, it will only drive Me to thrust Kavanaugh into a greater place of influence, favor, and power. 

Nothing can stop what I am doing for America is Mine and I am raising up a company of warriors that will stand up and stare the unjust, demonic spirits in the face and expel them from the courts of this nation.

AMERICA, IT’S NOT OVER YET! WAKE UP CHURCH!

Wake up to your purpose in this life! Join together in unison and ransack enemy territory and drive out demonic forces ahead of you. If you will awaken to the times and take hold of the authority given you by My Spirit, I will march in like a Mighty Warrior and raise a battle cry that THE TIME FOR ASSAULT ON THE ENEMY IS NOW! I will lead the way into purging, clearing the path, and ushering you into a new day of release into your destiny as a NATION OF LIFE AND LIGHT!”

I truly believe in my spirit that the demonic force that has been operating for 45 years in America through Roe v. Wade is greatly stirred and frustrated at its fate come the election of godly men and women in the high offices of the government of our nation. Every demon in hell is in great opposition against the removal of their vice grip of power in bringing forth the death and destruction of 59 million innocent babies and counting.

It is time for the Body of Christ to wake up from apathy and disconnectedness to the realities of what is taking place. To say that we are not into politics and what is taking place in our governing bodies is the incorrect mindset. We should keep a watchful eye on the occurrences of those who are leading us and governing us as a nation. Isaiah 9:6-7 says, “For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. There shall be no end to the increase of His government and of peace, [He shall rule] on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from that time forward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.” Jesus is the Ultimate Judge over the nations, over His creation.

Join with us in interceding and calling forth the increase of the government of Jesus upon the nation of America! It is our duty as believers and Followers of The Way to rise up and take a stand against injustice and tear down every demonic stronghold within our nation. Until these things come about, the fullness of the releasing of the Third Great Awakening will only be brought forth in portions. Until the shedding of innocent blood is met with divine recompense, we will not see LIFE be restored to America. WE MUST RISE UP AND PRAY!

Joel 2:1-3 (MSG)
“Blow the ram’s horn trumpet in Zion! Trumpet the alarm on My holy mountain! Shake the country up! God’s Judgment’s on its way—the Day’s almost here! A black day! A Doomsday! Clouds with no silver lining! Like dawn light moving over the mountains, a huge army is coming. There’s never been anything like it and never will be again. Wildfire burns everything before this army and fire licks up everything in its wake. Before it arrives, the country is like the Garden of Eden. When it leaves, it is Death Valley. Nothing escapes unscathed.”
V. 6-7 (AMP)
“Before them the people are in anguish; all faces become pale [with terror]. They run like warriors; they climb the wall like soldiers. They each march [straight ahead] in line, and they do not deviate from their paths.”
V. 8-11 (MSG)
“The invaders charge. They climb barricades. Nothing stops them. Each soldier does what he’s told, so disciplined, so determined. They don’t get in each other’s way. Each one knows his job and does it. Undaunted and fearless, unswerving, unstoppable. They storm the city, swarm its defenses, loot the houses, breaking down doors, smashing windows. They arrive like an earthquake, sweep through like a tornado. Sun and moon turn out their lights, stars black out. God Himself bellows in thunder as He commands His forces. Look at the size of that army! And the strength of those who obey Him! God’s Judgment Day—great and terrible. Who can possibly survive this?”

Joel 2:12-13 (AMP)
“Even now,” says the Lord
“Turn and come to Me with all your heart [in genuine repentance], with fasting and weeping and mourning [until every barrier is removed and the broken fellowship is restored]; rip your heart to pieces [in sorrow and contrition] and not your garments.” Now return [in repentance] to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness [faithful to His covenant with His people]; and He relents [His sentence of] evil [when His people genuinely repent].”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Venezuela: Time to Shake Loose

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Yesterday morning, the Lord laid the nation of Venezuela on my heart, reminding me of a Word He spoke to me while in prayer a week ago over the nation. Venezuela has been in a major economic and political crisis for eight years due to the poor decisions of then president, Hugo Chávez, and now president, Nicolás Maduro. It is one of the most violent nations in the world, and we are seeing a mass exodus of Venezuelans fleeing the corruption, violence, poverty, and seeking refuge and asylum. There is truly a great need for a move of God in Venezuela. Desperation has sank in and the nation is in great need for an answer to the crisis at hand.

Prophetic Word for Venezuela- AUGUST 22, 2018

Change. Change is necessary to see a shaking in hierarchy. There is a place where many would seek to disrupt the already fragile economic systems for their own selfish gain. It is through these that the enemy would like to use to completely cripple the nation unto permanence. There are hidden cells of corruption that the enemy is moving and operating through to bring destruction from the inside out. Yes, many do not even know about them. The enemy would seek to have these cells remain in the dark, unseen by the eyes of big brother.

Surely, I tell you, there will be a shaking take place in the heart repetitively until the powers of darkness’ hold is shaken loose and its restrictive grip around your neck is loosed. No longer will your life be choked out and no longer will you suffocate under the hold and shadow of corruption. Hold on for a time longer and watch as I shake you right-side up.

While in prayer last week, honestly knowing nothing about what is and has been taking place in Venezuela, the Lord released this Word concerning the matters at hand. Little did I know at the release of the Word that the day prior, as well as the same day of the 22nd, there were category 7 and higher earthquakes taking place along the northern coast of the nation, which the capital of Caracas resides along.

We must begin to pray for the nation of Venezuela with great fervency. From this Word, I believe that there will be repeated shakings take place within the land as a manifestation of the shakings taking place in the spiritual realm, as the Lord sifts Venezuela. With so much corruption bearing down upon the people, only death is looming overhead as the strong grip of the enemy seeks to choke out the life of this rich nation. An intervention is needed to redirect the tide of the nation from one of poverty and malnourishment unto fulfillment.

As I write this, I feel the Lord highlighting one key component to all of this. I hear Him saying,

Venezuela was created to be rich in oil. It is the most oil-enriched nation on earth. Nations come to her light to receive the oil of fulfilling. But instead of relying on Me to replenish her sediment, she has sold herself to outlying hands. She has relied on the sustenance and sustainability of others. Those in charge of leading her into greater potential and into freedom has instead led her into starvation. They have torn her down and devalued her to the point of prostitution. Corruption set in and began to eat away at her wealth and health. Death’s hold is strong, but I declare that MY hold is unbreakable!

Watch as I shake loose and break the hold of corrosion upon your very being. You will begin to see life resurface and supernatural, creative miracles take place to restore and regenerate your land into a whole being. No longer will you rely solely on foreign lands to sustain you, but you will see My sustaining hand upon you as you find miraculous growth take place. Corruption uprooted, life established, and you will find that the oil of gladness will so fill the atmosphere that you can smell its fragrance. You will indeed be the most oil-enriched storehouse known to all nations, Venezuela. I will restore your worth and establish you as the vial of the oil of purity.

Isaiah 1:21-28 (AMP)
“How the faithful city has become a prostitute [idolatrous, despicable], she who was full of justice! Right standing with God once lodged in her, but now murderers. Your silver has turned to lead, your wine is diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes and chases after gifts. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the widow’s cause come before them [instead they delay or turn a deaf ear]. Therefore the Lord God of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: ‘Ah, I will be freed of My adversaries and avenge Myself on My enemies. And I will turn My hand against you, and will [thoroughly] purge away your dross as with lye and remove all your tin (impurity). Then I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning; afterward you will be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.’ Zion will be redeemed with justice and her repentant ones with righteousness. But rebels and sinners will be crushed and destroyed together, and those who abandon (turn away from) the Lord will be consumed (perish).”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Prayer and Fasting

Simple Discipleship

This is the fourth message in the series: Simple Discipleship.

We have already discussed, Being a Leader/Disciple, Intimacy/Love of God, Worship and Sacrifice.

Here is what we will be studying for next week:

Holy Spirit/Power of God

Scriptures for Study: 1 Sam 10:1-13, Joel 2:28-32, John 16:5-15, Acts 1:4-14, 2:1-11, 1 Cor 2:9-16.

Here are my Notes: Simple Discipleship Week 4

Here is the Audio Sermon: Prayer and Fasting

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As we begin to look at prayer and fasting, we must first ask two important questions:

What is Prayer?

What is Fasting?

In studying this topic, my definition of prayer would be inviting God into our lives and situations by bringing things to Him.  

We are encouraged to pray without ceasing.  We are not supposed to go around with our eyes closed and heads bowed all the time, but wherever we go and whatever we are doing, we are to be in constant communication with God inviting Him into our situations and surroundings and making Him a part of our everyday activities.

In coming to understand more about it, my definition of fasting is giving up legitimate pleasures as a sacrifice to gain breakthrough and a deepening relationship with the Lord.  

God has given us necessary things, and it is the blessing of the Lord to us for them to be good.  However, in talking about sacrifice, we saw that we were to give up something important to us to gain a deeper relationship with God.  Fasting is a sacrifice of something that we  enjoy (Food, Entertainment, Sleep…) so that we get breakthrough and walk into a deeper communion with the Lord.

Fasting always works together with prayer.  Everywhere that fasting is mentioned it is in combination with prayer.  Fasting without prayer is just dieting.  The point of fasting is to give up a legitimate pleasure and use the extra time that we have to spend praying.

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In Daniel 10, in is clearly evident that as Daniel was praying and fasting, he was empowering God’s spiritual forces to bring about change.  Something happens as we fast in conjunction with prayer that empowers heavenly forces to win spiritual battles.  As a result of this, Daniel was strengthened, encouraged, and given answers that he was seeking.  You have the ability to empower heavenly forces to win spiritual victories through fasting and prayer!!!

In Isaiah 58, it is even more evident that fasting with the wrong motives and wrong heart is no good and not even accepted by God.  As we fast, God brings revelation to us and we then have the choice whether to repent and be obedient or to ignore the revelation.  When we ignore what God is saying, our fasting and praying is not powerful or effective but our hearts become increasingly hardened to the voice of God.  Fasting and prayer is powerful when we repent and walk in obedience to the revelation of the Lord.

Look at a few of the benefits of the right type of fasting and praying from v. 12.  God is able to build where there was once destruction.  The enemy is constantly trying to bring destruction in our lives, but through fasting and prayer, God is able to build something that lasts on top of this destruction.  God strengthens our foundations, revitalizes our spiritual heritage for us to pass on in greater measures to our children, fortifies our defenses and clarifies our paths.  This is the kind of fasting and prayer that I want to be a part of!!!

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In Matthew 6, we come to find the importance of not being religious.  In regards to both prayer and fasting, Jesus mentions the secret place.  The thoughts and intentions of our heart is what God judges so we should never do these things out of obligation or for other people to be proud of us.  We should have a genuine desire to grow closer to the Lord and out of that heart in the secret place, God is able to give spiritual treasures.  I would rather be rewarded by God rather than men any day!!!  

It is also important to realize that the prayer and fasting that we do right now affects eternity.  When we are in heaven, there will be no need to pray or fast because we will be partying with Jesus face to face.  Right now, we have the unique ability to affect eternity with our pure prayer and holy fasting!!!

In Habakkuk 2, we find out that it does not matter how you pray, but that you are actually communicating with God.  The prophet says clearly that he was waiting to be corrected.  Habakkuk’s prayers would raw and filled with emotion.  He did not come with proper words and civilized emotions.  He came as he was and expressed himself honestly and was willing to repent and be corrected.  

We also find the importance of prophetic revelation or vision.  Revelation from God gives us tiny glimpses into our God-sized destiny and this compels us to align ourselves with Him and move more into it.  As we write these things down, it is an encouragement to us when it takes longer to get here than we want (which is 99.99% of the time), an encouragement to others when it does finally come about, and a testimony to the glory and faithfulness of God.

The most important lesson from Mark 9 and Matthew 17 is that in the middle of our hopeless situations that we do not feel as if we can pray or have the faith to pray for complete deliverance and healing, we pray for the grace to overcome our doubt and for God to strengthen our faith.

I encourage you to pray and ask Holy Spirit to bring revelation as you meditate on these questions:

What am I praying for right now?

What are the things I have given up praying for?

Is my secret place worthy of being rewarded?

What has God revealed and called me to that I am not being obedient or repentant to?

What legitimate pleasure am I willing to give up that I might receive a spiritual breakthrough in myself and the lives of others and be launched into a deeper communion with the Lord?

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I pray even now that God would give us all hungry hearts to know Him in deeper and mightier ways than ever before.  Help us all to repent of the things which you reveal in our hearts and surrender to walk in full obedience to what He is calling us to.  May our secret places be worthy of reward, and may God bring forth mighty spiritual rewards because of our faithfulness and perseverance in the secret place.

I would like to encourage you to pray and give something up in fasting so that you are able to step into a deeper walk with the Lord and that greater spiritual breakthrough would come in your life!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

 

 

Worship and Sacrifice

Simple Discipleship

This is the third week is the Simple Discipleship series.  Here are the first two messages in this series.

  1. Being a Leader/Disicple
  2. Intimacy/Love of God

Here is the topic of study for next week:

Worship and Sacrifice

  • My notes can be found here: Simple Discipleship Week 3
  • Here is the Audio Teaching from Feb 17, 2016: http://lwcburleson.sermon.net/main/main/20609931

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As we begin learning about Worship and Sacrifice, we must first ask ourselves,

What is Worship?  

What is Sacrifice?

If we do not have a proper understanding of these things, then as we discuss them, we will never come to a true understanding.  My prayer is that as we investigate the scriptures, that we will understand even more the meaning of these and how we can apply them to our lives.

Worship – Honoring and lifting high another as higher than yourself out of a heart of love in response to God’s word, act, or nature.

Sacrifice – Giving up completely something that is greatly important to you for the benefit of another because you love them.

Here, I am talking specifically of the worshiping God, but we worship and lift high so many things that are undeserving.  Food, sleep, money, fashion, entertainment, sports, people, can all be worshiped in spite of not being worth it.  In this one statement, you may be feeling judged and your toes may feel stepped on, but this is the reality of the matter in my life as well as the lives of so many others.

We have a struggle in the morning when our alarms go off whether we will rise and spend time with the Lord worshiping Him or worship the god of sleep that is so seductive especially when it comes time to make the decision.  I could go on and on about each one of these, but every time we choose these things over obedience to God and love for Him, we are worshiping them and lifting them high as the important things in our lives.

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In 2 Chronicles 21, we come to learn that we worship God when we accept His word and are obedient without doubting or questioning what He says.  Jehosophat had no direct command of God to put His worshipers on the front lines.  They did it out of an act of obedience and thus worshiped God by being obedient and trusting in the word of God.

In Genesis 22, Abraham is called to sacrifice his son that God had just revealed was the son of promise.  Abraham trusted God in such a way that as they went to the mountain in Vs. 5 Abraham says we go to worship.  Abraham’s heart of sacrifice is a true act of worship to God.  He was willing to give whatever God asked in obedience out of his great love for Him.

In John 4,

What Jesus mean to worship God in Spirit and truth?

  • God wants a constant communion with you in the day to day.  He does not want you to worship Him in a church or at your house only, but in the Spirit everywhere you go in every situation that you are in.
  • God wants you to be honest with Him.  You cannot fool God.  He sees the thoughts and intentions of your heart.  If you are giving Him something small and seemingly mediocre out of a good heart, it is greater worship than giving the very most you have out of a wrong heart. (1 Cor 13:3)

In Malachi 1, God desires our very best.  If we bring God half-hearted worship out of duty, these things are not pure and holy and actually dishonor and disrespect God.  He would rather no one worship than to have duty-filled worship out of grudging hearts.  He wants pure and holy worship that is a true witness to who He is.  This only comes when we are giving God our best out of a willing and loving heart.

In 2 Samuel 24, David reveals that God is blessed by our sacrifice more than he is blessed by our excess.  We see this concept over and over throughout the Bible that when we give God something valuable to us, that is true worship.  Those giving because they have extra does not impress God.  Jesus states this in a different way when talking of the widow in Mark 12:41-44. God desires our pure and holy sacrifice so He can bless us with better than our very best!!!

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Finally, in Luke 7, a “sinner” probably a prostitute comes in to the middle of the pastors and elders of their day.  She humbles herself completely to the judgmental and critical thoughts and stares and worships Jesus.  This “sinner”  sacrificed more and gave more in worship than anyone else around.  Because of her sacrifice and true heart of worship, her sins are forgiven, and she is saved.  She was forgiven much and so loved much.  The fact that she loved much caused her to sacrifice her most valuable possession and her pride as an act of worship to Jesus.

Does you love cause you to sacrifice your pride and valuables in worship to the Lord? 

Nothing I have spoken is out of judgment or condemnation, but Holy Spirit has even convicted me in studying these things.  Our love for God will always lead us to a true worship which is displayed in what we are willing to sacrifice for our True Love.

Ask Holy Spirit these questions and be obedient in what He is speaking:

Are you giving your very best to God?  This is true worship.

What is God calling you to sacrifice to love Him and worship Him in a deeper way?

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May you be blessed with knowing more of the Love of God than ever before, and may you receive the fullness of the blessing that comes through true worship and sacrifice.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

 

 

False Faces of Friends and Foes

Our God is truly amazing!!! After our flurry of activities in Scotland, we were able to take a kind of chill week to relax and get into the rhythm of things here in Newcastle. It was a short train ride from Stirling to Scotland, but it was incredibly beautiful along the way. We have been completely welcomed into the family of God at St. Luke’s, and I have gotten to connect with many friends from last year. The vicar here Robert, has commented several times that he hopes we stay for a really long time. We will see what happens, but at the very least, we know that we can be close to friends and family over the holidays, which is always a blessing.

We have the privilege of staying with Paul, a friend I met from last year, who has a unique perspective on things. He was not raised in the church and did not have the most pleasant of lives growing up. However, Jesus found him and brought him to St. Luke’s just like he brought us here. He is one of the most honest people I know. He talks about how he feels and openly admits when he is wrong. That is not something that is found today, an open transparency.

As we were walking our customary 45 minutes to the church last week, we began to talk about the people here in Newcastle. For those who do not know, Newcastle was rated the third in most popular European nightlife destinations only beaten out by London and Berlin and 7th in the world category. In other words, Newcastle is a huge party city. The funny thing is that for the “normal” person, being out in the daytime, you may never know this. However, the nighttime, especially weekends, is when the craziness begins.

As Paul and I began to talk, we discussed the different masks that people choose to put on and how it is evident here. He mentioned how a lot of his friends all looked nice and began to dress in the same stylish manner and how they would give other people a hard time. I remarked how that had never been a big deal to me. It was easy to see how some people have so many faces that they put on for other people, they may not even know who they are any more, or perhaps they do not like who they really are so they use masks to fit in. We suggested some of the false faces people put on, one for work and school, one for friends and partying, one for church, one for looking good and one for relaxing… There are an infinity of masks that people will put on and there are a plethora of reasons why they may put these on. I think it comes down to one basic reason. Fear! We are often afraid to let people know who we really are. Will they like us? Will they judge us? Will they hurt us? Will they accept us? Will they be open with us or give us a cold mask of superiority?

I have found that some of the best masks can be found in the church. We like to present ourselves perfect, even though we all know that we are not. We dress nice, act our best, and are on our best behavior. Often, those who have not come to Christ yet, come in hurting and see all these perfect plastic people and decide they can never be a part of this perfection. Sometimes, our masks are so good we almost begin to believe them. Outsiders coming in would never believe that the church is made up of hurting broken people and so they often do not feel welcome there. We are afraid that others will judge us and who we really are if we let them know we are broken. Why is this, because we judge the imperfections in others. I know for me, this was one of the sins I struggled with for so long. I could look at someone and see myself as better than them even though I was struggling with my own stuff. God led me through a place where I did a lot of work with young people in the prison system and people of all walks of life and this helped me to learn to be real, honest and transparent.

I want to encourage you to be yourself. Be real, honest and transparent. The church should be where we get together as transparent people and reveal Christ shining through all of our situations and failings. People should feel more welcome in the church than anywhere else in the world. We show the love of Christ to all who are caught up in the ways of the world, because we too were ones such as this. And even now, when we know the Truth, we do not follow Him as we should. We fail! How much more can we expect those who do not know the Truth to walk like they do? You are accepted by God who will never hurt you. You are free to be yourself. I am not perfect at this, but I am learning more and more how to be my own strange self.

Final story – Yesterday, we went out to celebrate our three month anniversary (you would be celebrating too if you were me and had such an awesome wife!!!). We decided to see a movie, and as we were buying tickets, I was having fun being myself. The guy asked me if I was a student or had anything that would discount the tickets. I was just messing with him and said “No, we are foreigners though. That should be worth something. Or you could give me the redhead discount.” He also happened to be a Ginger so I guess he thought it was funny or something. Anyway, I realized that after I had bought the tickets, he had given us a student discount, which was actually quite a big one. I had not actually been trying to get a discount, but was just being myself and got blessed.

Just remember, God made you. He accepts you, no matter how strange you might be (believe me, I know from experience). He loves you and will never leave you alone or love you less. Who else’s opinion matters?

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!