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The Great Sift for the Shift: The Call to Holiness

There is a great shaking in the Body of Christ taking place in this season. We are seeing many respected leaders falling away and leaving their faith, accusations of misconduct coming forth towards others, and many are in the throes of warfare and demonic opposition. In recent weeks the Lord has put a heaviness upon my heart and spirit towards His holiness; and I have felt extremely led to hide away in the secret place with Him. In the past few days He began to remind me of a number of dreams and words that He gave me drawing towards this shaking that is taking place. I did not understand much of it at the time, however He is beginning to open the eyes of my understanding to see and know what He is speaking and revealing.

In the coming days I will share some of these dreams and words as He leads. I truly believe that we are in a time where God is shaking His Church right-side up and that He is enacting a greater call and command into His holiness. While praying and dwelling on this, I heard Him say:

“There will come a great sift for the shift. Things cannot stay the same and remain as they were; for where I am going, anything that is unclean and unholy cannot enter through the door. The door is narrow and only that which reflects My holiness and glory can enter through it.
Do not be surprised at what you see in the days ahead as I continue the sifting and shaking. I am sifting out all of the junk, the dross that hinders My Bride from entering into true purity and reverence of My name and nature.
No longer can My Bride remain straddled upon an imaginary fence, enjoying the fleeting pleasures of this life while being double-minded and half-hearted. This really is an ALL IN OR NOT IN AT ALL kairos moment in time.
For behold, a door stands before those with eyes to see, ears to hear, and a holy heart of wisdom and understanding. My voice is beckoning them higher into the unseen realm, the realm where Righteousness dwells!
Where are they who would put away the pleasures of this life for that which cannot be taken away?! Where are they who would seek My face above all other earthly things?! Where are they who would be Living Light; manifestations of My holiness in the earth?!

img_6725.jpgMoses never got to feast on the fruits of the land long promised him, nor was he allowed to even set foot in it. He was only allowed to gaze upon it from a distance and had to watch a new generation be risen up to take possession of it.

How could it be that the man whom God had raised up to be a deliverer for His chosen people would never see the fullness of the deliverance?

How could it be that the man whom God refers to as His friend would be the greatest betrayer of his day?

How could it be that the one man whom God allowed into His glory time and time again, whose very face shone with the glory of God, and who met with God face to face, would be removed from that Presence at the end of his days?

God clearly reveals to us the answer in the following passages:

Numbers 20:6-13 (AMP)
Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the Tent of Meeting (tabernacle) and fell on their faces [before the Lord in prayer]. Then the glory and brilliance of the Lord appeared to them; and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
“Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock in front of them, so that it will pour out its water. In this way you shall bring water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their livestock drink [fresh water].” 
So Moses took the rod from before the Lord, just as He had commanded him;  and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. Moses said to them, “Listen now, you rebels; must WE bring you water out of this rock?”
Then Moses raised his hand [in anger] and with his rod he struck the rock twice [instead of speaking to the rock as the Lord had commanded]. And the water poured out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank [fresh water].
But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed (trusted) Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, you therefore shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them. These are the waters of Meribah (contention, strife), where the sons of Israel contended with the Lord, and He showed Himself holy among them.

In Deuteronomy 32:49-52, the Lord told Moses to go upon a mountain and overlooking the Promised Land; but he would die and never enter it. In verse 51, God says, For both of you betrayed Me with the Israelites at the waters of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin. You failed to demonstrate My holiness to the people of Israel there.

When we fail to be a manifestation and demonstration of the holiness of God through our very existence, we have lost our fixation upon the ONE THING. 

Things started out great; they went into the secret place and the Presence and Glory of God resonated in their midst. However, Moses lost sight of what God commanded, which was to declare to the rock the promise of living waters that were to come forth.

Moses became more fixated on man and emotions and allowed them to lead him into the grievous sin of attempting to touch God’s glory.

He struck the rock and yes, waters flowed forth; but he disobeyed God and he operated out of self-glory (must WE bring you water out of this rock?”). He performed a sign and wonder out of the anointing without the holiness and glory of God covering it. Therefore, God showed Himself holy among them through the act because Moses did not partner with Him in the miracle.

Sadly, because of that act, Moses’ promise was stripped from him and he was forced to gaze at a distance the Promised Land he gave his life for. 

We see in 2 Corinthians 3:13 that Moses put a veil over his face to hide the diminishing glory.

If we take on the likeness of that which we behold, then the glory glow on Moses’ face was a direct reflection and manifestation of that which he beheld as he stood
FACE TO FACE with the HOLY GOD.
In Moses wearing a veil over his face, it was intended to hide the diminishing glory.
The betrayal God is talking about in the passages above includes that Moses failed to demonstrate His Holiness because he began to lose sight of FIXING HIS EYES ON THE HOLY GOD. Out of this failing, HE FELL INTO UNBELIEF.

DO NOT EVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE ONE MAIN THING!!!
FIX YOUR EYES OF JESUS!!!

In Leviticus 10:1-3, Nadab and Abihu disobeyed the Lord by burning before Him the wrong kind of fire, different than He had commanded.” Their disobedience and lack of reverence for what is holy cost them their lives as the fire of God burned them up. Moses told Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when He said, ‘I will display My holiness through those who come near Me. I will display My glory before all the people.’ 

We will all face the Holy Fire of God. We will either pass through it and everything unholy will be burned out of us and off of us that we may emerge reflecting the brilliance of His holiness…or we will be consumed by it and lose our place and promise.

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Photo: Fuu J

We have this great promise and encouragement as we press into the pressing and the forge:
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NLT)
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedomSo all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.

May this be our prayer: “Oh, Holy Lord! Put us in the forge that we may emerge a holy being sanctified and glorified in You! Burn out and off of us anything that would make us an unworthy vessel for Your Presence to dwell in and flow through…at any cost!!! May we not offer up to You strange fire! May we decrease that You may be fully and wholly increased in us and through us all of our days!!!” 

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

We Are But Vessels for His Glory

This week has been a whirlwind and I find myself unable to keep up in sharing of what has been taking place; but the fruit has not ceased in coming forth in greater proportions. In all things, I find myself continually saying, “expect the unexpected”, as I shared in my previous post.

On Tuesday, the ladies and I went with AnaMaria, our incredible host, to her church to share and minister at a ladies’ meeting. My mother and sister-in-love shared about ministering to Jesus first and cultivating intimacy with Him. I went to the meeting thinking I had nothing to share, but on the way the Lord downloaded what He desired the ladies to know. I shared on how the Lord has called the warring women of Spain to stand, arise, declare the Word of the Lord over their land, and to claim their inheritance. The whole meeting bore a weighty Presence of God and then we were asked to pray over the women.

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Sharing a prophetic word and charge to the warring women of Spain. 

As I prayed over the ladies, Jesus began to speak to me about them and give me pictures of what He was declaring them. I gave them the words and the women began to share of how they had been weighted down in anxiety and depression, and had numerous ailments and afflictions. One lady had pain in her back and stomach for 2 and a half years and the doctors had no answers, saying she was making it up. I had a picture of her hands tied and Jesus coming and loosing the bonds. I then prayed for her twice and the pain significantly lessened. For another, I saw Jesus putting His hands on her shoulders and massaging them. She said for 5 months she’s had many worries and severe anxiety and her shoulders have hurt the whole time. I also saw she had weights tied to her ankle. I gave her this word and said she had pain in her leg for 5 months and had trouble walking. I prayed for her and she said she felt heat where my hands were on her leg and shoulders and the pain left her. She felt taller and freer. Many others were healed, encouraged and freed from bondage; it was a fiery time of release all around!

After the ladies meeting we met up with Israel, Abi (Israel’s sister), and her friend, Eva, to share the Gospel with her. I shared the Gospel using the Evangecube; but I didn’t expect that God would have me include my testimony of giving my life to Jesus and being forgiven, healed from all of my diseases, and set free from anger, unforgiveness, fear, unbelief, and bitterness. It was an emotional time and she was deeply moved by my passion for Jesus and in my testimony of what He has done for me. In the end she gave her life to Jesus! She said that she felt a peace come upon her as she made this decision; and she was touched so much that she set up another meeting with a coworker to have us share with him on Thursday as well.

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My sister-in-love, Tiffany, myself, Abi, Eva, my mother-in-love, Debbie, and baby Joanna

On Wednesday evening, we met up with our pastors for another meeting with a couple whom they were to marry. We got a bit lost in translation and were under the impression that the couple we were meeting with were delving into witchcraft and were not necessarily up with Jesus. We found out later upon meeting Enrique, Amanda, and their children, Christian, and Nicole, that this was not the case. We shared the Gospel with them and they came to the Lord! I discerned they needed prayer for healing and they said the oldest daughter, Louisa, had a cyst under her arm and she needed prayer for healing; as well as Enrique needing healing for asthma. They were touched from the Lord and genuinely wanted God’s hand leading their lives as they go forward. We prayed for them and blessed them, their family, their marriage, and their home.

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My partner, John, Pastor Elsa, myself, Enrique, Amanda, their children, Christian and Nicole, and our translator, Julietta.

Brothers and sisters, we are simply vessels to be used for His Glory. He doesn’t need us to accomplish and establish His will on earth, but He chooses to invite us in to partner with Him in His grand plan here on earth. I’ve said it before and I will say again, there is nothing special about us. We are simple people being simply obedient. Being a vessel means that we have emptied ourselves of ourselves and have invited God to come in and fill us with His Spirit until it overflows and drenches those in our midst. With His Spirit living within us, leading us, guiding us, and flowing through us, we cannot fail! We must be a willing vessel for the power of God to be released through us. We can be a vessel but if we are not completely willing and submitted to Him, we will be ineffective and stagnant. We will be like the Dead Sea, who receives the water of life but has no outsource; therefore, it’s waters are distasteful and dead, there is no life within them.

Romans 9:22-28 (TPT)

“And in the same way, although God has every right to unleash His anger and demonstrate His power, yet He is extremely patient with those who deserve wrath—vessels prepared for destruction. And doesn’t He also have the right to release the revelation of the wealth of His glory to His vessels of mercy, whom God prepared beforehand to receive His glory? Even for us, whether we are Jews or non-Jews, we are those He has called to experience His glory. Remember the prophecy God gave in Hosea: “To those who were rejected and not My people, I will say to them: ‘You are mine.’ And to those who were unloved I will say: ‘You are my darling.’” And: “In the place where they were told, ‘You are nobody,’ this will be the very place where they will be renamed ‘Children of the living God.’ ” And the prophet Isaiah cries out to Israel: Though the children of Israel are as many as the sands of the seashore, only a remnant will be saved. For the Lord Yahweh will act and carry out His Word on the earth, and waste no time to accomplish it!”

Have you made yourself a willing vessel for the Lord today? Have you been truly emptied of yourself that Father may fill you with His Spirit and flow through you as a conduit of revival?

The power of God flows freely through a conduit such as this, and that’s how hearts are touched, lives are saved and are transformed. I encourage you to evaluate your life with the Lord today and ask Him if you are a fully willing vessel being used for His Glory; and how you can become freshly submitted to a Him today! This must become our daily submission and partnership with Him, a continual process of refining and growth.

Signs and wonders will follow those who believe, those who are conduits of revival.

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

India: Governments Overthrown to Make Him Known

Recently, I was in a deep moment of worship and intercession with the Lord and was listening to a prayer set from a prayer room in our region. They began to pray and intercede for the launching of a global missions movement and prayed specifically over the nation of India. While praying myself, a song came forth from a deep place in the Spirit:

On the breath of the four winds, here come the flames| flames of fire, Your servants
to bring You a song, bring You a song, bring You a song of praise
They’re singing: Come on in, come on in|it’s time to ascend
to the hill of the Lord|to seek His face like never before
Upon this rock, I’ll establish a house|a house of praise for all your days
Can you hear them singing?|Come on in, come on in, it’s time to ascend

In this place, I was caught up in a vision to a place that I have been once before five years ago. I was in a dark room that was as if it was a negative space, like it was fully dark. When I glanced to the left, I saw an architect desk lit with an overhead lamp and Jesus was sitting at it. I walked over to Him from behind and He glanced back, smiled at me, and motioned me over with a nod; inviting me into His work space and in on what He was working on. Looking at the desk, I saw a large blueprint sheet with an outline of the nation of India. He held a pen in His hand and He was drawing on the nation.

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Photo: Yuliyan Velchev

It was unclear to me at first what He was doing, so I asked Him what He was working on and He said,

“I am overthrowing governments and kingdoms. Many will come toppling down; and I will build My House upon their ground. Governments built upon unstable foundations will crumble down, every power and principality in opposition to Me will follow suit and bow down to Me. I am more powerful than every single entity and worthless idol residing over the nation. Soon, you will see them fall down and all will see Me as the One Who alone is God!” 

Jesus then began drawing some more and there were three locations that stuck out on the picture of the nation. When I looked, I saw that the three places were north-central, west-central, and south-centrally located. I asked Him what it meant and He replied,

“A cord of three strands is not easily broken; and a unified body yields great power. I am about to shake things right-side up and the masses will see My glory as I tear down every idol opposed to Me. Watch as I destroy that which glorifies another and see as I establish high places in which the lost may come into My family. Yes, the orphans will find a home. I am raising up those who will establish and implement My values and principles in a nation that was once far from Me, but has turned to Me. You will remember the time so long ago in which My Truth was first received by you and you will honor it as a memorial across your land.

“As I uproot evil within your government, I will remove from power those in which have exploited your poor for riches’ gain; for I hate exploitation of My children. Every offering made to idols will return void as your carved images topple to the ground in pieces! This will be the sign of a divine purge taking place across the whole of the land.

“You will see a rise in the value of your rupees as I bring into play a front-runner to govern your nation. He will be a man you have not known and many will find themselves saying, ‘Who is this man? Where has he come from? He has risen from the low places and yet he has prestige and speaks with great power and authority.’ I have been at work within his heart and I have been creating a hunger and desire for Me within him.

“A righteous indignation will arise within him towards glory given to idols and he will begin in partnership with Me, to eradicate your land of enemy strongholds. It will be so foreign to you, for you have not seen such pure and righteous actions in ages.

“Curiosity will begin to sweep across the land at the power behind it. The saying, ‘curiosity killed the cat’, will carry a dual meaning; it will be a paradox. To the curious, they will receive life where they were once headed straight for death’s doors. The only cat dying here will be satan as his grip on the souls of this land are ripped from his hands, and he is sent plummeting to the pit.

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Ganges River Photo: N/A

“You will see life begin to spring forth from the soil of your land like never before. Where there were once dry bones littering your land, you will see a mass burial of all that has displayed death. Watch as the unthinkable takes place, where your waters were once polluted with death, a supernatural cleansing will come forth, bringing new life and restoration. You will drink of the well of salvation and of the rivers of living water and you will never thirst again!”

Isaiah 56:7 (NLT)
I will bring them to My holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in My house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.

Haggai 2:21-23 (MSG)
God’s Message came a second time to Haggai on that most memorable day, the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month: “Speak to Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah: ‘
I am about to shake up everything, to turn everything upside down and start over from top to bottom—overthrow governments, destroy foreign powers, dismantle the world of weapons and armaments, throw armies into confusion, so that they end up killing one another. And on that day’—this is God’s Message—’I will take you, O Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, as My personal servant and I will set you as a signet ring, the sign of My sovereign presence and authority. I’ve looked over the field and chosen you for this work.’” The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

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.

 

1 Timothy 4:8 godliness is profitable for all things

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!!!

Determining Destiny

It has been over a month since my last post and sometimes that is how life is.  However, a major life change has happened, and I could not be more excited about how God is moving.  After 15 months of being back from our missionary journeys, plugging in wherever we can, God has sent us to a church.  God has confirmed in us that we are to be assistant pastors at Living Water Church in Burleson.  I have started working here part-time this week, and the more I get to know the pastor, the church and the people; the more convinced I am that God has us right where He wants us.

Things rarely happen how we think that they will.  I would have loved to be doing more sooner, but God accomplishes His plans in His timing.  It is how we handle the things that the world throws at us and the times of waiting that allows us to determine our destiny.  This is the fourth devotion in the Destiny Series [1: Designed for Destiny, 2: Best Possible Signal, 3: Destiny Destroyer (Unforgiveness)].

In a superhero’s life, there are moments when one choice determines their destiny. For Bruce Wayne, the death of his parents could have caused him to become insane or a criminal. However, he chose to use this as an incentive to dispense justice. This choice made him the greatest hero of all time!!!

Bruce Wayne/Batman

Sadly, Batman is just a fictional superhero.  However, you have the ability to affect your destiny, as well as the destiny of those around you, today. Right Now!!!  You do not have to be a billionaire or be special in the eyes of the world. You just have to be willing to listen and be obedient to whatever God speaks.

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Read Acts 9:10-20

Here, we meet a certain disciple. Ananias was listening and heard a disturbing word. “Go and pray for Saul of Tarsus”. Saul was known as a destroyer of the church, and he had authority to imprison and kill believers. Ananias had the choice to be obedient against his desire and comfortability or disobey. Because of his obedience, Saul was healed and saved. In effect, all of Paul’s missionary journeys, salvations, churches he established, and books of the Bible that you still read today resulted from Ananias’ obedience. What a destiny for someone who is never mentioned again before or after!

If you are walking with God, you are a certain disciple just like Ananias. You may feel unimportant and meaningless at times; however, as you position yourself to receive from God and are obedient to what He speaks, you become infused with His power and presence. As He leads you to speak and pray for others, God’s presence can be infused into other’s lives. Your choice to walk into your destiny with God has the power to transform you and everyone around you!!!

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One tiny word can change, save, or set a life free when spoken out of Obedience and Truth!!! 

One simple act can affect a person, a nation, or all of eternity if you are walking with the Spirit into your destiny!!!

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Challenge: Take time to listen carefully to Holy Spirit. Write down what He reveals. As He gives a word or action, be obedient to take action, do it or speak it. Talk to a leader if you have questions or need someone to help you be obedient.

Suggested Reading; James 5:17-18, Hebrews 11, Jonah

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!