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The Lion’s Roar for the Divine Reorder

This morning in prayer, I had an incredible encounter.

Suddenly, I found myself in an otherworldly location, and inter-dimensional round suspended high above you. At that moment, The Lion of Judah appeared in His majestic, glorious splendor. He walked up to me and I ran to Him, following before Him and clinging to Him. I rested in the warmth of His strength and my face was resting in the gentleness of His thick mane.

He nuzzled me and then took a few steps forward overlooking the circle of the earth. Suddenly, He let out a massive roar that transcended time and space and He roared over the earth causing the earth to shake. I asked Him what He was doing and He said, “Watch and see.”

I looked out again over the earth and in the midst of the shaking, a brilliant light burst forth and cast its light over the earth. I asked Him what I was witnessing. He replied, “I am sounding the trumpet blast for the grand upheaval. Where the enemy had his claws sunk in My Bride, My Body, causing corruption, deception, and interruption; I am releasing the sound waves of a mighty and divine reorder. The shaking you see is his chokehold being shaken loose. It is also the shaking that one does when shaking a collection of rock and soil in a sieve. All of the sediment is filtered out with continuous shaking and stirring, and the true treasure is revealed and exposed.

I desire a pure Bride to carry forth My mission in the earth. As the great light of awakening rises upon her, she will emerge from the shaking glowing bright for all creation to see. Her light will never be hidden or snuffed out again; nor will she place a bushel over it out of fear and intimidation. When this divine reorder is said and done, My true Bride will emerge and be prepared for the Heavenly enlistment.”

Job‬ ‭37:1-5‬ (‭AMP‬‬)
“Indeed, at His thundering my heart trembles and leaps out of its place. Listen carefully to the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that goes out of His mouth! He lets it loose under the whole heaven,  and His lightning to the ends of the earth. After it, His voice roars; He thunders with the voice of His majesty, and He does not restrain His lightning [against His adversaries] when His voice is heard. God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.”

‭‭Psalm 77:18‬ ‭(TPT)‬‬
“Rolling whirlwinds exploded with sonic booms of thunder, rumbling as the skies shouted out Your story with light and sound and wind. Everything on earth shook and trembled as You drew near.”

Joel‬ ‭3:16-17‬ (‭AMP‬‬)
“The Lord thunders and roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem [in judgment of His enemies], and the heavens and the earth tremble and shudder; but the Lord is a refuge for His people and a stronghold [of protection] to the children of Israel. Then you will know and understand fully that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem will be holy, and strangers [who do not belong] will no longer pass through it.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:8-10, 13-14‬ (‭TPT‬‬)
“Once your life was full of sin’s darkness, but now you have the very light of our Lord shining through you because of your union with Him. Your mission is to live as children flooded with His revelation-light! And the supernatural fruits of His light will be seen in you—goodness, righteousness, and truth. Then you will learn to choose what is beautiful to our Lord…Whatever the revelation-light exposes, it will also correct, and everything that reveals truth is light to the soul. This is why the Scripture says, “Arise, you sleeper! Rise up from your coffin and the Anointed One will shine His light into you!””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭(AMP)
“You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

‭‭Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

England: A New Send Is Upon You

ENGLAND PROPHECY – August 15, 2017

“There is a missions and mobilization movement about to take place.

I have been stirring and shaking up the old and abandoned ways to freedom and soon a fresh rain will begin to pour. Do not forget what I have done before, but press in for what is on the horizon.  The influx will be greater than any ever seen before and you must be ready!

Gird up your loins as Elijah did and run ahead to prepare the way for what is coming! I will place within you a special strength to bear the task and nor grow weary in the process.

Behold, the clouds will gather, but part on that great day when I will rain down My Spirit in a mighty way! Look to the sky for the sign of the Latter Rains on the horizon. Many will miss it because they are focused on the big picture; but see, I am in the tiniest of details and each are important and imperative to bringing about a lasting, ever-increasing mighty wave.

Seek Me on what I have designed your role to be and make the necessary preparations to bring forth obedience on your part.”

Isaiah 65:8-10, 16-25 (MSG‬‬)
God ’s Message: “But just as one bad apple doesn’t ruin the whole bushel, there are still plenty of good apples left. So I’ll preserve those in Israel who obey Me. I won’t destroy the whole nation. I’ll bring out My true children from Jacob and the heirs of My mountains from Judah. My chosen will inherit the land, My servants will move in. The lush valley of Sharon in the west will be a pasture for flocks, and in the east, the valley of Achor, a place for herds to graze. These will be for the people who bothered to reach out to Me, who wanted Me in their lives, who actually bothered to look for Me.”
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“Then whoever prays a blessing in the land will use My faithful name for the blessing, and whoever takes an oath in the land will use My faithful name for the oath, because the earlier troubles are gone and forgotten, banished far from My sight.

Pay close attention now: I’m creating new heavens and a new earth. All the earlier troubles, chaos, and pain are things of the past, to be forgotten. Look ahead with joy. Anticipate what I’m creating: I’ll create Jerusalem as sheer joy, create My people as pure delight. I’ll take joy in Jerusalem, take delight in My people: No more sounds of weeping in the city, no cries of anguish; no more babies dying in the cradle, or old people who don’t enjoy a full lifetime; one-hundredth birthdays will be considered normal— anything less will seem like a cheat. They’ll build houses and move in. They’ll plant fields and eat what they grow. No more building a house that some outsider takes over, no more planting fields that some enemy confiscates, for My people will be as long-lived as trees, My chosen ones will have satisfaction in their work. They won’t work and have nothing come of it, they won’t have children snatched out from under them. For they themselves are plantings blessed by God, with their children and grandchildren likewise God-blessed. Before they call out, I’ll answer. Before they’ve finished speaking, I’ll have heard. Wolf and lamb will graze the same meadow, lion and ox eat straw from the same trough, but snakes—they’ll get a diet of dirt! Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill anywhere on My Holy Mountain,” says God.

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Simple Obedience Changes History

Currently, I am in preparation to go out for another full day of ministry. I am sitting outside taking in the gentle breeze, carrying with it the refreshing power of Holy Spirit. Our schedules here are mostly packed full morning to one o’clock in the morning the next day, for the Spanish culture naturally goes late into the evening. I am so glad to be surrounded again in the culture of community and relationship.

As I sit here, I find myself dwelling upon all that God has already revealed and done during our time here; pondering on the heaviness of His Spirit’s Presence the last three days. Three nights ago, we attended a prayer meeting at Pastor Abel’s church in Elche in preparation for Operation Andrew, the outreach plan set in place the last time the team visited. The goal of the operation is to bring the churches here together and the members locating lost people that they know, and they began praying for their salvation after last visit. This trip’s focus will be on going out and preaching the Gospel to these lost ones and we believe that after the almost nine months of sowing prayers into their salvation, that we will see an abundant harvest come forth.

As we worshipped, prayed and interceded, the Presence of God invaded mightily. We all got up and shared words the Lord had given us for what He was preparing to do and it was obvious that God is doing a new thing, raising up a mighty army in this land. I shared the words the Lord had given Jeremiah and I when we last came in 2014, found in The Mighty Wind and the Dry Bones, as well as the word the Lord gave me in September of last year, and the word He gave me in prayer for this trip, of which I shared here To Spain for the Glory of His Name. The power of God fell in great proportion and the place was electric with expectation for a great outpouring of Holy Spirit to fall upon the land and people.

The following morning, an unusually strong wind came through that was so powerful and everyone everywhere were saying that winds like this have not been seen before and it was strange. The winds of the Spirit came sweeping in through the land, carrying upon it the Word and power of the Lord. That evening, we hosted the pastor’s rally where we gathered the pastors we will partner with to carry out Operation Andrew. There was an incredibly overwhelming heaviness of the kabod Presence of God manifesting in the atmosphere as we worshipped together.

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One evident thing is the majority of the churched people we are encountering are all foreigners. Various Latin American, European, African, Russian, and Chinese families were called from the Lord to come live here, plant churches, and minister to the Spanish people. Spain sowed the Gospel into the nations long ago, and though it has predominantly lost it’s first love, the fruit of it’s labor is returning.

Yesterday, my partner in crime this week, John and I paired with our host Pastors that we will be partnering with throughout the week. We travelled to Torrevieja, a small city south of where we are in Elche, and ministered in their church. I gave the prophetic word that the Lord had given me for Spain and had shared two evenings prior at Pastor Abel’s church. John preached on the importance of the Gospel being the main thing and the reason for which we do all things. We must not be selfish and keep this Good News of salvation to ourselves but must be intentional everywhere we go to share it and give it out!

Afterwards, we were had a few hours to kill before we went to our lunch appointment at one of the church member’s house; so Pastor Elsa took us to the Marina to show us around. The place was filled with tourists and internationals on holiday. I felt impressed upon by the Lord to keep an eye out for treasures hidden in plain sight, people to minister to. I noticed a number of people with crutches and a wheelchair bound person missing an arm. Then an elderly gentleman passed by me who was limping severely and made eye contact with me. I knew he was the one I was to speak to so I turned around to follow him and stop him to talk to him. It wasn’t until then that I realized his right leg was about six inches shorter than his left, and that was why he was walking strangely. I stopped him and asked if he spoke English, but he spoke Spanish; so in my best ability, of which might equate to a three year old, I asked him in Spanish if I could pray for Jesus to heal him, for I had noticed he was walking with a limp. He couldn’t quite understand me, so I motioned my friends over and using Elsa’s phone for translation, typed in what I tried to say so that she could communicate to him. He immediately turned us down and said that God can’t heal his leg. She explained God’s healing power yet he refused. In one last attempt I said that I have seen Jesus heal people and grow their leg out many different times when praying for them. He still refused and did not want prayer either, saying he was fine with his leg and content; so we blessed him in Jesus’ name and went on, praying for his healing on our own.

This was not a failed attempt, sometimes people don’t want Jesus no matter what you do, so you do as Jesus said: shake the dust from your feet and go on. We prayed for him anyway, for nothing can stop us from doing so and the obedience will be rewarded.

We went from there to our lunch appointment at Ilse and Edison’s. They’re Columbian and he was a top chef there so we were blessed with a well-rounded meal of steak, eggplant, potatoes, salad, and paella, a rice dish with fishtail, clams, and mussels. That’s what you call suffering for Jesus, though I had to pray for help eating the ocean life since I do NOT do fish. When you live on the Mediterranean, it’s anticipated that fish will be included; just like being unexpectedly served whole fresh giant anchovies, bones and skin included…what does one do? You say a little missionary prayer, “Lord, wherever You lead me, I’ll follow; whatever You feed me, I’ll swallow.”

We spent a few hours there, then picked up Pastor Pablo and went to our first visit, Ilse’s daughter and son-in-law, Elkin, who moved here two months ago from Columbia. They were opposed to the Gospel but allowed us to come. Upon arrival, Angie answered the door in pain, holding her neck. We sat with them and I shared a picture of my family, for they had two little ones Azariah and Elam’s age. They said we could share with them, so John began to present the Gospel through the tool we are using here, the Evangecube. After doing so, we asked them if they would like to receive Jesus and have eternal life with Him in Heaven and they both accepted Jesus there on the spot!

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We prayed and I asked Angie about her neck. She had a pulled muscle and couldn’t turn her head, in a lot of pain. I asked her if I could pray for her for Jesus to heal her neck; just as she took away our sins when He died on the cross, so he took away our sickness and pain and bore it on the cross. She said, “yes”‘ and after praying, half the pain was gone and she had more mobility. I asked if I could pray for her again, for even Jesus prayed for someone more than once before they received total healing; she agreed. Pastor Pablo interjected and asked to share a testimony. He said he had come in with back pain and as I was praying, he felt a hand reach forth and grab the pain out of his back and he was completely healed! God used it to increase faith in the room and Angie said as I prayed for her again, she felt heat where my hand was. She then had almost full range of motion and the pain was nearly gone!!! Praise the Lord!

I ask that you be in prayer with us for this family that God provide work for Elkin, as they have one month left before their visa expires to find work, or they will have to return to Columbia. Also, please pray that the Lord would continue to minister to them, grow them, place them well in the Body of Christ here, and that they would develop hunger for Him, His Word, and discovering their roles in the Family of Christ.

Please pray for us as well, as we go out today for two more visits, that hearts would be receptive, fertile soil for the Gospel to be planted; and for any more a god-appointments along the way.

Be encouraged dear brothers and sisters, there is nothing special about us. We are simple people being simply obedient to simply Go as He said, and to share the simple Gospel! You can do this wherever you are, simply ask Him to give you His eyes, heart, and Word and be intentional to step outside of your comforts and Go! Be so bold as to ask Him to make you uncomfortable!

Proverbs 28:1‬ ‭(AMP‬‬)
“The wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

Dios de bendiga,

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Harbingers of Hope are Coming!

Recently I was in prayer and intercession for The Send, a gathering of believers coming together in Orlando, Florida on February 23, 2019. The mission of the leaders of this gathering and those attending (myself included), is to do whatever it takes to see the re-evangelization of America and the finishing of the Great Commission. Here is a quick snippet of what this earth-shaking event is about. My prayer is that you will see this and experience the overwhelming heart of Jesus to see nations, people, and hearts set ablaze for the Glory of the Lord. That war on inaction would be your declaration; with fire shut up in your bones. That you would join the wave of Burning Ones to bring Jesus the Reward of His Suffering.

While praying I found myself prophesying through song of the coming wave of Burning Ones. I was then taken into a vision where I could see this wave, of which I have seen numerous times over the past few years. Each time that I saw this wave, I experienced different elements of it. I once saw Jesus riding upon the wave of souls coming forth in the Greatest Revival in history that is to come. Another time, He gave me ears to hear the sound of the wave and the groans of the earth at their releasing. A time after that, I saw these Burning Ones running upon the hills with Jesus riding upon them, leading the charge. He opened His mouth and bellowed out His roar, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah roared for the releasing as in Joel 2. This time was very similar to the other visions I have had, yet there was something very different.

As I stood there, I felt the soil beneath my feet begin to tremble and shake. I looked up and gazed upon the horizon and I saw a wave come over the mountain, vast in size extending beyond my eyes’ reach. In great formation this great army charged forth, rolling upon the hills. The thunder of their feet shook the nations awake like the charging forth of a mighty army of war horses. In their arms, they came carrying His Little Ones, marked by the spirit of adoption. They were clothed with Righteousness and the Fire of His Love emblazoned them and radiated from them.
As I watched, I saw Jesus riding upon this wave atop His unbridled Warhorse, Holy Spirit. In great synchronization, the army mimicked His strides. He was clothed in dazzling white, His eyes blazing with fire mingled with piercing sapphire. His eyes were on the nations and burned for them. He extended His arm and held in His hand a flaming sword. From this sword, representing His faithful promises, He wiped out every enemy set before the army, clearing the path. I heard Him say,

“I am Faithful and True to keep ALL of My promises. Has a single one fallen to the ground? Has a single one gone forth that it did not accomplish ALL that I dispatched it to?

I AM COMING! TELL THEM THAT I AM COMING!

In the blink of an eye, all the nations will see Me for Who I really am. In the blink of an eye, everything will change. Brilliant colors surround Me and I am clothed in My promises for all to see; and indeed, they will see.
For behold, I am coming riding upon the wave of Righteousness; My Burning Ones dwelling and stampeding within the wave. There is no escaping the wave; for the Fire consumes all things and purifies all things.
The fiery compassion of My Love will fuel these Blazing Ones and you will see them coming, carrying My Little Ones in their arms. These will be the Harbingers of Hope to the earth. These will be the ones who have taken up My Little Ones when their silent cries rung out across time and space.
My fiery compassion and Love did this. It beckoned a response from the earth and these are those who have answered the call. They have been cleansed and purified by My Fire and set ablaze with a Commission that is unquenchable and unshakeable. They carry the coming generation in their arms and they have not lost a single one!
Joy mingled with purpose will be their catalyzing force. They will trample upon foes before them because I am riding upon them; and they will do it carrying My Little Ones through. SEE IT NOW!”

I struggle in just sharing this encounter to find the words to formulate what He is doing in this hour; for I am deeply overwhelmed as I see it again so fresh and new in describing it to you. I have had a number of other encounters where He has revealed what is to come and I will share what I am released to share with you. I would like to go back to two posts that I wrote at the last half of this past year, Into the Wilderness We Go!  and 2019: It’s All About Righteousness. Please go and read them for they give a deep insight into this wave that He is releasing and how the earth will be shaken and transformed by the Glory of the Lord.

I believe that He is taking the atrocities that we are experiencing in our nation and in the nations across the earth and using them to further His Truth; for He is sovereign over everything and in charge. He makes beauty out of ashes.

I prophesy that the darkness of deception is being obliterated as the brilliant Light of Life shines forth upon the wings of the dawn. Out of this place will an awakening of His Bride come forth to the purpose for which she was created. She will rise up out of her slumber, take up her weapons and clothe herself in the robe of Righteousness bestowed upon her. She will run with a fire in her eyes, burning with the passionate zeal of the Lord to see the world burning for Him.

The current state of death and abortion in America will no longer be tolerated, for she holds the keys to shut the gates open to the enemy and to unlock and open the ageless doors of destiny; ushering in Heaven on earth. As she stampedes across the land, she will take up the mandate of Justice and burn with His Love for the fatherless and His Little Ones. A new wave of adoption will arise in the physical as well as the spiritual, twins; yes, a double baby boom! His Bride will arise with the compassionate Love of the Father and take up His Little Ones as their own.

The Lord says, “Who are these kings and queens who care for and love My Little Ones? Are they not the ones whom I have established and commissioned as Mothers and Fathers? Are they not the ones whom I have enabled to take up the masses into their arms and shepherd them into Burning Ones? Yes, all of the world will see what I have done! No longer will there be silent screams for help and justice echoing throughout the halls of eternity. Only will joy remain as sons and daughters find their homes in My Burning Ones and in Me! No more will I weep over the spilled blood of My precious Little Ones whom I intricately and perfectly knit together. A day is coming when blueprints are released to expand the spirit of adoption into all spheres of society and a fostering heart will be released upon many to Love families into My Kingdom; bringing the restoration of the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers. Do you see it now? Watch as I take what was once a broken system full of the forgotten and I establish a foundation of family in the center of it all! A Center of Justice will arise! Await and see! Arise and see! It will change everything! It’s time to awaken the mothers and fathers and to take up My Little Ones in your arms and carry them as they go!”

Psalm 9:9-12 (TPT)
“All who are oppressed may come to You as a shelter in the time of trouble, a perfect hiding place. May everyone who knows Your mercy keep putting their trust in You, for they can count on You for help no matter what. O Lord, You will never, no never, neglect those who come to You. Listen, everyone! Sing out your praises to the God who lives and rules within Zion! Tell the world about all the miracles He has done! He tracks down killers and avenges bloodshed, but He will never forget the ones forgotten by others, hearing every one of their cries for justice.

Psalm 24:7-10 (TPT)
“So wake up, you living gateways! 
Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny!
Welcome the King of Glory, for He is about to come through you. You ask, ‘Who is this Glory-King?’ The Lord, armed and ready for battle, the Mighty One, invincible in every way! So wake up, you living gateways, and rejoice! Fling wide, you ageless doors of destiny! Here He comes; the King of Glory is ready to come in. You ask, ‘Who is this King of Glory?’ He is the Lord of Victory, armed and ready for battle, the Mighty One, the invincible commander of heaven’s hosts! Yes, He is the King of Glory!”

Luke 1:17 (AMP)
“It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous [which is to seek and submit to the will of God]—in order to make ready a people [perfectly] prepared [spiritually and morally] for the Lord.”

Isaiah 40:9-11 (TPT)
“Go up on a high mountain, you joyful messengers of Zion, and lift up your voices with power. You who proclaim joyous news to Jerusalem, shout it out and don’t be afraid. Say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ Look! Here comes the Lord Yahweh as a victorious warrior; He triumphs with His awesome power. Watch as He brings with Him His reward and the spoils of victory to give to His people. He will care for you as a shepherd tends his flock, gathering the weak lambs and taking them in his arms. He carries them close to his heart and gently leads those that have young.”

In His name,
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Let Peace Lead the Way

Word of the Lord-

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

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

The plans and direction of many have changed because of the opposition as well as the reaction that many have responded in. The lack of obedience of some who have stepped into discouragement instead of victory has caused a shift and redirection of the plans laid out for others. 

Nevertheless, I work all things together for the good of My children for I have called them to carry out My plans and purposes in the earth. I am marching forth like a mighty Lion to roar over your circumstances to say, ‘Enough is Enough!’ and to silence the enemy and to end his tirade. 

I have shifted the plans of many but the enemy is doubly defeated because when he thought he could put an end to My plans, he only provoked Me to double the defeat. He may have only delayed those plans; but you see, I will accomplish not only the new plans but My original blueprint and promises will still come about, just at a later date when all interference is completely destroyed. I am victorious in it all! I am for you! What a fool the enemy is! 

Take heart My chosen ones! Discouragement will no longer hold you back! My promises fulfilled are your tree of life!”

Proverbs 13:12 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. (NKJV)

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

Psalm 24:6 

This is the generation description of those who diligently seek Him and require Him as their greatest need, Who seek Your face, even as did Jacob. Selah. (AMP)

Psalm 24:7-9 

So wake up, you living gateways! Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny! Welcome the King of Glory, for he is about to come through you. You ask, “Who is this Glory-King?” The Lord, armed and ready for battle, the Mighty One, invincible in every way! So wake up, you living gateways, and rejoice! Fling wide, you ageless doors of destiny! Here he comes; the King of Glory is ready to come in. (TPT)

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Out of Weakness Made Strong

Daily Encouragement – 

Come a little closer and step into a new walk of faith that you never have before!!! You must press into Me and My promises not only for the salvation, healing, and freedom of your soul; but those of everyone around you. It is time to increase your faith and have endurance in faith until you see My promises take place! 

My people of faith throughout history walk in faith that subdues kingdoms, works righteousness, obtains promises, stops the mouths of lions, quenches fire, escapes the edge of the sword, and receives dead back to life again. In the midst of all these things, they were made strong out of weakness. 

It is true there is weakness in you, but this weakness is able to be made into strength by faith in Me! Draw near to Me and let’s walk into strength together. I love you My Child!!!

Hebrews 11:33-35 (AMP) “who by faith [that is, with an enduring trust in God and His promises] subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions, 34 extinguished the power of [raging] fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became mighty and unbeatable in battle, putting enemy forces to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection…”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

The Call to Commitment

We have now been In India for two weeks, and I have yet to write a blog.  Returning to this beautiful place that I love to do ministry so much has not been different than any of the other previous countries.  Yes, there is more poverty, and this is a third-world country.  Yes, it is illegal to preach Christianity here.  Yes, the conditions are different, but the Spirit of the Gospel is the same and compels us to minister in the same ways, if not more, as we did in all the previous countries.  Counting our ministry in New York City, this is our seventh country to be ministering for the Lord in, and we just hit six months of traveling.  I do not think that anything has been like I expected, but the changes have been even more dramatic for my wife.  This is the main reason that I encouraged her to write the first few blogs.  India is the only third-world country she has ever been to, and the first time she has been in Asia.  The experiences to her are much more new and shocking than they are for me.  All of this being the case, she has written some amazing blogs from a first timer’s perspective.  I pray that you are able to experience this culture that is so different from ours in her unique perspective.

Last weekend, we were told that we would be traveling with Pastor Binny to preach to some youth in a neighboring state.  True to Indian culture, we met up with the pastor about two hours after we originally and planned.  Everything we had been told was not entirely accurate, which is very common here.  After staying the night at his mother’s house, we traveled through some very jungle-ish regions (where we saw many monkeys and were told elephants were often seen) to a small village in Andhra Pradesh where a church was holding Fasting-Prayer.  In India, it is very common, usually weekly, that churches will hold a 24-hour or all-day time where everyone in the church gathers to fast, pray, sing, and be taught.  Most of the people will spend all night and/or day here and then have a community meal afterwards.

Prayer and Fasting Church

With the plans being changed, I was not sure if I would be able to share the message that I knew that God had given me.  First, I shared about God’s ministry that had brought us here, and Katie shared the word that God had been speaking to her for India.  After this, Pastor Binny preached a word on faith.  I thought this was the end of the teaching, but about an hour before the fasting prayer was to finish Pastor Binny invited me to share a message, if I had one.  I was glad to be given the chance to share the Word I knew that God had given me to share.

Prayer Fasting Church

Here is the first part of the message that I spoke to the church, but is just as important to you wherever you are:

God began to speak to me about what made the prophet Daniel able to say at the end of his life that “…the people who know their God will be strong and carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32).  At this time, Daniel had experienced the greatness of God in so many ways.  He had escaped death many times, slept with lions, watched his friends last through the fire, survived many changes in rulers, and even governing kingdoms.

Holy Spirit revealed to me that the key to why Daniel was able to continue through all these things and make such a bold statement at the end of his life was found in Daniel 1:8 “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself…”  Here, the scripture is talking about how Daniel chose at a young age not to eat food offered to idols; however, this revealed his desire was not to be disobedient to the Lord in any way.  This commitment led to Daniel and his friends being tested and later honored.  Both Daniel and his friends would be tested over and over again whether they would keep this commitment or value their own lives, status, power… more.  In spite of everything, they made this commitment and stuck to it.  Because of this, their strengths and great exploits are recorded and still bring encouragement to us today.

Meditating on this, God showed me four things that are keys to complete commitment to the Lord.

4 Keys to Commitment –

  1. Consecrate yourself to the Lord.  All of us start in a state of unholiness and dishonor because of sin.  However, through the blood of Jesus, we can be forgiven and are brought to a state of righteousness.  We must then chose to walk in a holy way or return to our former fleshly ways of living and thinking.  (When we are cleansed, we become “…vessels of honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” 2 Timothy 2:21).  
  2. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).  This does not come naturally, but is a continual progression throughout our entire lives learning to love Him with everything we are, everything within us, and everything we have.  This is in direct opposition to our flesh that wants to please and love only itself.
  3. Stir up the giftings that are within you (2 Timothy 1:6-7).  Timothy is reminded to stir up the giftings within himself.  He is not told to pray for God to stir them up, but to stir them up himself.  He is encouraged to act and use the gifts that he has so that they may grow and be pruned into greater and more powerful ones.  This is evident by how the next verse talks about not fearing, but walking in power, love, and all wisdom.
  4. Be completely obedient in all that you do (Luke 17:5-10).  Here, the apostles ask the Lord to increase their faith.  Jesus responds to them by telling them a story about being obedient servants.  No matter what the size of faith you have, you are able to do great things!!!  However, it is obedience to the Lord that not only causes His power to work through you, but causes you to be given more faith and the ability to do even greater things.

As Followers of Christ, we are called to be committed, changed, and active in each one of these areas, or we will not be fully effective for His Kingdom.  I encourage you to examine your commitment to the Lord.

Are you walking as a fully committed Follower of Christ?  

Are you succeeding in each of these four areas?  

Are you strong and carrying out great exploits for Him? 

Ask Holy Spirit to reveal a few specific ways you can work on one of these areas this week!!!

Pray that the Lord will strengthen you in every area and that you would never settle for less than the very greatest of exploits that God has planned for your life.  I bless you with knowing God, being completely committed to Him, becoming strong and carrying out great exploits for His glory!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!