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Watchmen: Time for the Un-trenching!

This weekend while in a service, I was dwelling on a word released by prophet Jeremiah Johnson, “The Year of the Watchmen”. He shared a word God had been speaking to him for 2019 out of Isaiah 56:9-12; he said, “God begins to rebuke the watchmen of Israel for their failure in fulfilling their assignment to the nation. I believe that in 2019, God has revealed to me that He is going to begin to deal with the watchmen (prophets, leaders and intercessors) who are failing their assignments in their various nations of the earth.”

Isaiah 56:9-12 (TPT)
“All you wild beasts, come and devour, you wild animals of the forest. Blind watchmen, all of them! They have no revelation knowledge; they’re like dumb dogs that don’t even bark — dreaming, sleeping, devoted to slumber. They’re greedy dogs that never eat enough. And the shepherds have no discernment; they follow their own desires. Every last one of them seeks his own profit. Each one says, ‘Let’s get wine and liquor and have a party! And tomorrow, more of the same, except even better!'”

He then shared the 10 Indictments that God has against His watchmen from this passage:

  1. The watchmen are blind.
  2. The watchmen know nothing.
  3. The watchmen are dumb dogs unable to bark.
  4. The watchmen are dreamers lying down.
  5. The watchmen love to slumber.
  6. The watchmen are greedy dogs.
  7. The watchmen are never satisfied.
  8. The watchmen are shepherds without understanding.
  9. The watchmen have turned to their own way.
  10. The watchmen enjoy unjust gain.

With what the Lord has been revealing to me regarding the events of this day and age and His deep longing for His sons and daughters to awaken to that for which they were created, I began digging deep within myself as a watchman asking the Lord to check me. Oh, Lord, let there be nothing in me that would provoke You to have any indictment against me!!! I then began praying for His watchmen when the preacher during the service I was in started to speak about 2 Chronicles 7:14. It is probably one of the most notably referenced verses in the Bible when things are tough. He shed a new light on the verse that I feel is so timely in the awakening that God is wanting to bring forth.

(AMP) “And if MY people, who are called by MY Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

God does not say here, “if those sinners who know not of Me”, or “those who call themselves by My name will humble themselves, pray, and seek My face.” He says, “MY PEOPLE, who are CALLED BY MY NAME.” This in and of itself abolishes the false doctrine and deception instilled in much of the Body of Christ that it’s all the sinner’s fault what is happening to our nation. His demand is not an expectation that the world in sin would be the one to come to Him and petition Him to turn things around; it’s HIS PEOPLE! No, this does not absolve the world of their sins and responsibility to give an account to God for such things. However, it is the responsibility and expectation He has of His people to stand up against anything that opposes Him and to fall to their knees on behalf of their nation and people in Repentance. It is to hold their post and perform their God-given commission of warning the people of impending danger, sounding the alarm, and coming before the King of Kings, waging war on inaction.

I went to the altar praying and interceding for the watchmen in this hour to awaken and arise. I then heard Him say, “It’s time to come out of the trenches!”

I was then taken into a vision where I was lifted above the United States and was looking down upon it as if it were a map. I saw darkness begin to surround the country and a thick black line appeared to outline the United States and grow darker. When the entire nation was outlined, God began to show me the designated gateways and portals in the spirit realm all around the country; but they suddenly began to glow black as ink would bleed on a piece of paper when water is poured out upon it. Darkness started to infiltrate the gateways and overthrow them. God’s indictment against the watchmen holds true in this time and hour. They once stood at their command post guarding the gateways from and closing them to all demonic infiltration; and opening the portals completely to Heaven. Eventually these watchmen began to fall from their high posts because of the ten reasons in Isaiah 56; and the enemy saw an opportunity to take advantage of in an effort to gain the upper hand. 

Then He said, These watchmen have cast down their God-given keys of authority to open and shut, having given in to the forces of darkness seen at a distance. Their inaction gave way for darkness to invade through these portals. Demonic forces from all over the earth have seen the vulnerability of the nation and are flocking to America to take advantage of the abandoned and weak gateways. There is demonic congestion in many gateways from the amount of principalities trying to wedge themselves in through the narrow gates; so much so that many Heavenly/angelic forces are being caught behind this hindrance.

All of this is being allowed to go on as some gatekeepers sit at the doorway, heavily slumbering. The keys to shut the demonic realm lay unused and the keys to unlock the Heavenly realm remain forgotten. Many gatekeepers have grown weary of the warfare and upholding that which is right and pure. Many have been stationed at their posts for ages and have grown weary maintaining their post alone because they have failed to train up the successors to help carry the weight of the call. They have even failed to station guards along the wall. Some have also refused to partner with the next generation of gatekeepers because they are stuck on one method and anticipation of My movements; instead of realizing that the warfare tactics must change as what Holy Spirit is doing changes in this day. 

It is time to awaken and stop allowing indifference to lull the gatekeepers asleep! I say to you gatekeepers, ‘Do not be deceived for one moment to think that you are not responsible for what is taking place in your land! Your inaction has welcomed the realm of hell into your nation and invited in demonic forces from all across the earth to invade your borders. The shroud of darkness and congestion of evil shoving its way through your doors has blocked much of the Heavenly assistance that you so desperately need. Indeed, the Prince of Persia has blocked My way.

AWAKE AND ARISE to your posts and beckon Heaven to come to your aid! Take up your keys of authority in your hands again! DESERTION IS NOT AN OPTION! PASSIVITY IS NOT AN OPTION! INDIFFERENCE IS NOT AN OPTION! SLUMBERING IS NOT AN OPTION! Jonah failed at his attempt in all of these things. It’s TIME FOR THE RECOMMITTAL!  Cleanse yourselves of all unrighteousness, for I require pure and clean eyes. Yes, I require a Righteous Watchman to guard your walls so that every level of demonic activity attempting to come at you will be exposed from afar off!'”

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Ezekiel 22:23-31 (AMP)
“And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’ The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.
Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord had not spoken. The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger.
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; BUT I FOUND NO ONE.
 Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.”

Our land is overrun with evil on a grand scale; much like what we read in this passage from Ezekiel 22, especially if you read the entire chapter. Most incriminating, I believe is the flippant mass murder of our most vulnerable, His Little Ones. We must not leave God gazing out upon our soil and our churches only to find complacent, impotent, slumbering, indifferent deserters who have abandoned their God-ordained posts and destiny! We cannot leave Him saying that He found NO ONE! May a deep and great conviction come upon the hearts of His watchmen in this hour that would awaken all out of drunken, apathetic stupors; and to join together to awaken each other. 

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 16:18-19 (TPT)
“I give you the name Peter, a stone. And this truth of who I am will be the bedrock foundation on which I will build My church—My legislative assembly, and the power of death will not be able to overpower it!
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.

Isaiah 28:5-6 (TPT)
“In that day, Lord Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies, will be a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty for the remnant of His people. He will be a Spirit of Justice for judges to render right decisions. And He will be strength and bravery for those who turn back the battle at the gate.

Hebrews 10:38-39 (AMP)
“But My righteous one [the one justified by faith] shall live by faith [respecting man’s relationship to God and trusting Him]; and if he draws back [shrinking in fear], My soul has no delight in him. But our way is not that of those who shrink back to destruction, but [we are] of those who believe [relying on God through faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by this confident faith preserve the soul.

Beloved, it is going to take every watchman arising to their position of authority, keys in one hand, sword in the other; to combat and defend our land and people from the enemy’s plots. We can no longer sit back and expect someone else to do our job. It is the responsibility of His watchmen to guard and protect His house, defend the Gospel standing unwaveringly on the Truth of His Word, and guarding the holiness of His house as well as our own heart, mind, and body. The dormant coals need to be stoked into a raging flame again! It is our duty to guide His people along the correct path, speaking His Word at His direction. Finally, it is our greatest conviction to keep watch for our Master’s Return, inform the people, and to open the gates that He may come in. We do not draw back in fear that brings destruction, but press in and press forward to the full salvation, healing, and deliverance of the soul!  

Lastly, I leave you with a charge to be His undaunted watchman at all cost. I encourage you to pray out loud this word below in a bold declaration to God in faith and against the forces of hell; inserting your territory, people, inheritance, and land into the underlined word. May you fight until the very end for all that He has entrusted you with.

Be warned, I shall uphold my sacred oath to protect this realm as its gatekeeper. If your return threatens the safety of Asgard, my gate will remain shut…”
Heimdall, the gatekeeper, from the movie, Thor

In His name,
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

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Peace Like a River!

Daily Encouragement

Are you on the right track? Are you profiting in this life? Do you know how to gain righteousness? Do you have true peace of mind in what you are doing?

I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life!!! Only through Me can you truly gain anything! There are many ways that lead to destruction and death. However, there is only one way to peace and life. You cannot go your own way!

Come to Me! I am your teacher and The leader in the way you should go. Come follow Me! Obey My word and walk in My way! The reward and profit of following Me in obedience is peace, righteousness, and joy. You cannot gain these by following the ways of the world! Come follow Me!!! I love you My child!

Isaiah 48:17-18 “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Photo Source: Nasser Nasser/AP/Press Association Images

In my prayer time yesterday morning, the Lord directed my prayer focus and released a very important word and warning for the nation of Egypt.

Prophetic word of the Lord for the nation of Egypt on May 22, 2018:

The Lord says, “Egypt, you spend so much time seeking the approval of surrounding nations and like an orphaned child, you have been left abandoned and empty. Your focus on others has caused you to neglect your own and as a result, your house is descending into ruins. If you continue to sell yourself for the appeasement of those who are against Me, only desolate ruins will you see.
I have not forgotten the good deeds you have done. Yes, I know and remember how you sheltered My Son when death sought Him out. You sheltered Him for a time
under your wings. Upon your peaks, I housed My Presence and spoke My Word forth for all generations. If only you would turn your face away from the evil that the enemy is plaguing your heart with, masquerading as good will and intentions. The enemy sought out death and destruction upon My children in times past and in turn, it suffered death in the deepest forms as recompense.
You seek to control, taking matters into your own hands, trying to boost your failing economy and systems. You will continue to fail miserably until you turn your face to Me.
Who do you think you are to decide who of My creation deserves life? Who do you think you are to try and control what only I have the rightful power to ordain? You wonder why you have lack and why you have seen failure. You have not placed your trust in Me to provide for you in times of growth, so you instead are seeing times of lack and drought.
Egypt, I desire you to flourish and to be filled with overflowing life. STOP trying to do it your own way and LET ME LEAD! I AM the Only One who knows how to bring you into a season and place of fruitfulness, with fruit that will remain. If you will come to Me, I will not leave you as orphans. I will nourish you as a newborn babe receives nourishment at its mother’s breast. I will bring life to your land and show you how to prosper, if you will surrender your own will and intentions to Me. If you will bend and bow your will to Mine, I will place in you a leader who will bring you into the prosperity that I wish to release to you, one who will govern you into right principles and living. Change is coming. It is up to you which kind of change you wish to see in your nation.”

Isaiah‬ ‭19:1-25‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)
This message came to me concerning Egypt: Look! The Lord is advancing against Egypt, riding on a swift cloud. The idols of Egypt tremble. The hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear. “I will make Egyptian fight against Egyptian— brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, province against province. The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will confuse their plans. They will plead with their idols for wisdom and call on spirits, mediums, and those who consult the spirits of the dead. I will hand Egypt over to a hard, cruel master. A fierce king will rule them,” says the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The waters of the Nile will fail to rise and flood the fields. The riverbed will be parched and dry. The canals of the Nile will dry up, and the streams of Egypt will stink with rotting reeds and rushes. All the greenery along the riverbank and all the crops along the river will dry up and blow away. The fishermen will lament for lack of work. Those who cast hooks into the Nile will groan, and those who use nets will lose heart. There will be no flax for the harvesters, no thread for the weavers. They will be in despair, and all the workers will be sick at heart. What fools are the officials of Zoan! Their best counsel to the king of Egypt is stupid and wrong. Will they still boast to Pharaoh of their wisdom? Will they dare brag about all their wise ancestors? Where are your wise counselors, Pharaoh? Let them tell you what God plans, what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is going to do to Egypt. The officials of Zoan are fools, and the officials of Memphis are deluded. The leaders of the people have led Egypt astray. The Lord has sent a spirit of foolishness on them, so all their suggestions are wrong. They cause Egypt to stagger like a drunk in his vomit. There is nothing Egypt can do. All are helpless— the head and the tail, the noble palm branch and the lowly reed. In that day the Egyptians will be as weak as women. They will cower in fear beneath the upraised fist of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Just to speak the name of Israel will terrorize them, for the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has laid out His plans against them. In that day five of Egypt’s cities will follow the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. They will even begin to speak Hebrew, the language of Canaan. One of these cities will be Heliopolis, the City of the Sun.

In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and there will be a monument to the Lord at its border. It will be a sign and a witness that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is worshiped in the land of Egypt. When the people cry to the Lord for help against those who oppress them, He will send them a savior who will rescue them. The Lord will make Himself known to the Egyptians. Yes, they will know the Lord and will give their sacrifices and offerings to Him. They will make a vow to the Lord and will keep it. The Lord will strike Egypt, and then He will bring healing. For the Egyptians will turn to the Lord, and He will listen to their pleas and heal them. In that day Egypt and Assyria will be connected by a highway. The Egyptians and Assyrians will move freely between their lands, and they will both worship God. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will say, “Blessed be Egypt, My people. Blessed be Assyria, the land I have made. Blessed be Israel, My special possession!”
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Beloved, we must be praying for the nation of Egypt in this time and season! There is a critical window of opportunity that will greatly shift the direction of the nation and it is in that window that the fate of the nation will be revealed. Much will be taking place to either make or break the nation. Now is the time to call forth LIFE and a dramatic shift in governing bodies to ones that will overthrow the thrones of darkness erected from outer influences.

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Press In to Press On

Belize Day 6 –
Emerging from our shelter we were greeted with an unfamiliar sight.  Trees as large as houses were strewn everywhere. Branches and leaves had been stripped from the trees and scattered on every inch of the ground.  With the welcome morning light, this is what our eyes came upon.  A new world lay before us, somehow similar to the old, but oh so different.
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Some of us got to work cleaning up immediately and others went off to sleep in their beds and make sure their rooms were not torn apart.  We had a lot of things get wet in our room and some leaves had blown in, but besides that not much trouble.  The power being out is inconvenient for a lot of people, but just another effect of the storm. We worked all morning to pile branches and leaves. Sometime during the night, Santi had forgotten to move his vehicle to a safe place and it had been partially crushed by a monstrous tree.  The highlight of the morning was when we were finally able to get the tree off the truck and see that it was dented and had some broken windows but was still usable.
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Our next task was to clear the downed power lines so that we could get them repaired. Along, the way, we repaired the horse pen while many continued to stack the seemingly endless supply of broken branches and downed trees.  By lunch, most were exhausted and I had to sleep for a few hours.  After a quick nap, I got back to work until dinner when I found out that Sarah was apparently suffering from heat exhaustion and lack of sleep.  I know she worked just as hard as, if not harder than, the majority of the guys and never took a break for water or anything.  She was paying for it. Heidi and I went and prayed for her, and we saw an immediate improvement.  We sat around for about an hour around a candle talking and finally turned in for the night.  This has become a rather interesting real mission trip that most people were unprepared for.
Interestingly, a day or two before I left for Belize, God had spoken something to me during my prayer time.  I was praying and preparing spiritually for the trip and got a strange impression.  It was not even what I would call a word, but I felt as if this mission would be more than what we knew or expected and that we may not come back when we planned on it.  I know now that it was God, but then I had this feeling that this trip was going to be bigger than anyone expected and that something was going to happen that no one planned on or prepared for.  Like I said, it was not clear enough for me to tell the leaders, but it was this nagging thought.  I was unsure of what to expect or if I was just being silly, but I made plans in the physical to have everything taken care of in case I did not come back when I thought I would.
Now, I know that was a word from the Lord.  I doubt any of us would have gone if we had known that we would be in the middle of a hurricane.  However, God was preparing me even before the trip for unexpected things that would take place.  Even on my 28th mission trip, God is still giving me adventure and allowing me to experience something I had never done before and may never do again, endure through a hurricane.
Devotion – 
These are difficult times that we all live in.  God has chosen you to live at this time and He gives you everything that you need to succeed.  The more troubling things that are around you, the closer you need to get to Him!
 Press into Him and He will give you the ability to press on no matter the lack of sleep, uncomfortable conditions, pain, or whatever you may be going through.  
Interestingly, God revealed to me something that I never really could have known or been prepared for, experiencing a hurricane, during my time with Him.  I was close to Him even before the hard times came, and because of this, He was able to prepare me for the unknown hard times to come so that I was ready to endure when the time came.  This demonstrates how important it is to press into Him during the easy times as well as the difficult. 
Challenge – 
Today, ask God to help you to come closer to Him than ever before.  As you do this, look for the encouragement, strength, and life that will come as a result of deepening devotion and intimacy with Him!!!
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.

Worship

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!!!

 

 

Being a Leader/Disciple

Servant leadership

In the last post, Simple Discipleship, I tried to bring you up to speed on where we are at the moment.  I also encouraged you to study several key verses and see what God was saying through them.

In the post, I have included the main points of my notes and the link for the live teaching I did at Living Water Church.  I would like to invite you to comment with your observations and what God was saying to you while studying this teaching.

Before we get started with the discussion, here is the topic for next week:

Intimacy/Love of God

Scriptures for Study: John 15:1-17, 1 Cor 13:1-13, Eph 3:16-21, Deut 7:6-9 

 

This is the first discussion in the Simple Discipleship Series.

Here is the Link: Being a Leader/Disciple

Here are my Notes: Simple Discipleship Week 1

 

Since I have included my full notes, I will try to make this more of a coherent summary.

As we study what a disciple and leader are from scripture, we need to understand the definition of each.

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What is a Disciple? .

Are you a Disciple?

What is a Leader? 

Who are you leading?  What are you leading them to?

A leader is to be more of a father that walks with you through the day to day struggles of life than an instructor.  Anyone can tell you what you should be doing, but a father will take you hand and work through the hard times with you to make sure you come out the other side.

1 Corinthians 4:15-16 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 

It is the job of a father and leader to encourage, comfort, and challenge the people following them to walk more in line with God.  

Every single one of us is created to be a good disciple and a good leader.  How are you doing?  You will be discipled by something and you will lead others into something. What are you being discipled by?  Where are you leading others?

From the scriptures we studied, we can see a few characteristics of good disciples and leaders.

We must be do everything out of love!!! Jesus even loved Judas who he knew would betray him.

We must have Humility!!!  Jesus took the lowest job and did it well even when no one else wanted to do it.

 

We must Serve others!!!  We do not get to choose who we serve or how we serve them.  We must humble ourselves and honor all those we are leading.

We must be the Example and Pioneer!!!  Do as I do.  Lead others by doing it first not just talking about it.  God blesses us when we act, not just when we know or say the right things.

 

A Good Leader is a Good Follower!!!  We must follow Jesus first and foremost and have a close personal relationship with Him.  We must look like Him, smell like Him, walk like Him, and talk like Him so that we can lead others in the right way. And so they never go astray.

We must give God the Glory!!!  Everything we do is through His power and authority so he gets the glory and honor that He rightfully deserves.  We may get some honor and blessing for being obedient, but God gets the ultimate glory and honor for making it happen.

We are Influencers of Heaven!!!  Our actions influence heaven when we are walking in line with Jesus.  Heaven has influenced us and transformed us into sons and daughters.  Because of this, we have the influence of heaven on this world.

We must be Selfless!!!  We deny ourselves legitimate (and illegitimate) pleasures of this world so that we can be truly free and filled with the Presence of God!!!

 

 

We must know True Value!!!  First, we have to know the true value that God has for us, and then we have to know the value He places on the souls of all mankind.

 

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We must be Faithful and Steadfast!!!  The only time for us to test our allegiance is right now.  Will you stand for Jesus when no on else does?

We must Know God!!!  This is the key to being a disciple and leader. Seek to know God in a deeper way!!!

We must Be Strong!!!  When we know God, He makes us strong

We must be Adventurers!!  When we know God in a deep way, we have what we need to do great things, and He can trust us to be obedient in doing great things.

We must be Lead Others into Knowing God More!!!  Part of us knowing God is us sharing that knowledge and relationship with others.  Part of us growing in God us teaching others what we are learning.

We must Understand our Authority!!! God has given all authority to Jesus, and Jesus has given it to us.  Jesus’ authority is ours if we will only walk in it.

We must Go!!!  God calls His followers to action and doing.  What are you doing for Him right now?

We must be Disciple Makers!!! We are called to make disciples of nations.  This comes by us raising up others who can reproduce the discipleship we have instilled within them.

We must be Carriers of Christ!!!  Jesus goes with us, and His power, His Presence, and His authority works in us and through us.

We must be Lovers of Jesus!!!  We must love Him first and foremost in all things, and this love should eclipse all other loves

We must be Willing to Sacrifice!!!  We must lay down our junk and take up what God has for us.  We must lay down our very lives.

We must be Finishers!!! Being a disciple and being a leader are not easy things, but we do not start what we cannot finish.

We must be Spicy and Full of Flavor!!!  People recognized Jesus because of what He said and did and people should recognize us because we are just like Him.

What are we worth if we no longer look like Jesus???

What is a Disciple? A disciple is someone who leaves everything behind and follows Jesus out of a heart of love.

What is a Leader? A good leader is a disciple, who is leading people to do the same thing that He is daily doing.

 

 

 

Our position in the Kingdom is not made up of what we have, it is determined by what we are willing to give up out of love and obedience to our Father.

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What does this study mean if we do not make it personal???  I want you to meditate on these question:

Who am I leading?

Who is leading me?

Who can I disciple?

Who do I want to be discipled by?

Is it worth it to you to be a disciple and leader? 

Ask Holy Spirit to bring revelation to you how you can follow Him more closely.  Anything that you need to confess and leave behind, do it now and never look back!!!

Remember that we are all walking through this together.  May the Lord Bless you and Keep you!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Simple Discipleship

I would like to apologize for taking so long to post, but it has been a crazy fast move of God since the last posting in September.  God led us suddenly to Living Water Church.  Within the last 5 months, God has honored us by placing us in a position as Assistant Pastors.  In November, we began overseeing the youth, and the pastor here had to have a surgery that kept him out for a month and a half.  God very quickly showed His favor in our lives, and we were given a huge responsibility of making sure things were running at the church until the Pastor returned.  We have an amazing group of leaders surrounding us and helping us in our new role, and are thankful to them for being a blessing to us. Azariah

Along with that, we have had a growing Man of God to look after.  He is ever a joy and brings life to us in all things, even when he is getting into mischief.  We are training him up with a love for the nations, and he often asks to see the world.  We take that time to pray for revival and an increase of Holy Spirit and Fire to overwhelm the nations.

Now that the Pastor is back to full strength, things have settled down a bit, and I hope to be posting more often to keep you updated.  God recently opened the door for me to teach on Simple Discipleship.

Simple Discipleship

He gave me a discipleship plan not too long after returning from our around the world trip.  Finally, after a year and a half of waiting, I have been given the opportunity to teach this at the church.  I would encourage you to study through this with us.  I will be posting the weekly topic and verses to allow you to study them, and then about a week later, I will post the recording from my teaching at Living Water Church.  If you are hungry and wish to grow, use this as a study to be discipled and than to disciple others to do the same.  

My intention in this study is to study the major topics of important by studying the scriptures directly.  I have tried to find between 3-5 short scripture references for us to learn together directly from the Word.  I want to teach in such a simple way over each area so that you are able to not only learn it, but you have the ability to teach it the very next day.  I have also tried to take scriptures out of the Old and New Testament to bring a totality of teaching on each subject.  Again, I encourage you to be a part of us growing together through what God is speaking.

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The First Week’s topic is Being a Leader/Disciple.  The scriptures we will be focusing on are: John 13:1-17, John 14:12-14, Mark 8:34-38, Daniel 11:32-33, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 14:25-35, Mark 10:28-31.  

May the Lord bless you in all that you do and may much fruit abound in and around you, no matter where you may be in the world, because of your love and faithfulness to Him!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!