Most of us have started The 40 with high expectations, however, now the real work begins. The day to day living it out can be hard since we must constantly seek to overrule our flesh and give ourselves to the Lord. Now is the time to encourage ourselves in The Lord the benefits of keeping The 40 and continuing to walk with Holy Spirit in spite of what our bodies might be telling us.
Prayer and fasting gives us the power to accomplish the “impossible”. Of course, we know that “nothing shall be impossible with God”, yet we still live our lives with “impossible” situations which do not seem to respond to us. Jesus’ disciples had this same problem while He was on the mount being transfigured. A man whose son is assaulted by demons asks for their help. Though they try, they can do nothing about it. When Jesus returns, He easily casts out the demons and heals the boy. He does not seem to be impressed with His disciples’ efforts either. The disciples come to Him and ask why they could not do the same. This is His response:
Matthew 17:20 “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
We do not know what was going on in the disciples’ minds, but Jesus did not ever shy away from directly addressing what people said in their hearts. I believe the disciples did not see a response and had blamed it on not having enough faith. Jesus directly confronts this with The Kingdom Truth that the smallest amount of faith can do the mightiest things in His Kingdom. They had let doubt creep in and this kept them from pressing in to see transformation take place. Then, Jesus says something else interesting that some translations completely leave out.
Matthew 7:21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
What kind is Jesus talking about? Some would say demons, but I think He is talking about the unbelief. Unbelief is a pesky little problem that constantly assaults our media-driven culture. If we cannot see or hear something happening, it is quite hard for us to believe. We can never see the shifting in the heavens when our eyes are on worldly circumstances.
If unbelief keeps us back from doing mighty work in The Kingdom, we should be quick to follow Jesus’ cure for it, prayer and fasting. This dynamite duo is able to demolish and disintegrate the demonic unbelief that has built up in our lives. Through a lifestyle of repentance, humility, prayer, and fasting we are able to say, “God I trust You to take care of the unseen as I partner with You in the physical. I need you to do the “impossible” work of overcoming these spiritual obstacles in me while I do the possible work, with Your help, of repentance, prayer and fasting.”
Jesus, help me to know that you have given me a measure of faith. This faith has the power to overcome every seemingly impossible thing in my life and those around me. Help me to join with you in prayer and fasting that all unbelief within me will be destroyed and Your mountain-moving faith will be displayed in me for all to come and glorify You.
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal the things in your life and around you that you have labeled as impossible
- Pray that every ounce of unbelief is removed from your life
- Participate with Him in doing the impossible whatever He shows you to do
Be blessed with the power to remove all doubt and do the impossible as you walk with God in obedience and humility. May this accelerate The Kingdom in and through your life!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
On the final day of week 1, I wanted to align our focus once again upon the things on God’s heart. God’s heart is for all of His children to become one with Him. Because of this, there are two areas of focus I want to highlight today.
1. Holiness – Please read 2 Corinthians 6:16 -18 for context.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
God yearns for us to live and walk in increasing holiness in body, soul, and spirit. He requires continual advancement of purity of heart if we are to be allowed access into the secret places with Him. Too many times, holiness and purity can seem to be some sort of stoic legalism that keeps us from doing all the “fun” stuff. All of this supposed “fun” stuff creates barriers between us and a Holy God. He cannot allow the filthiness of the world to enter the Holy of Holies for it would be consumed in His Holy Fire and us along with it. It is for this reason that Father God is continually calling us to holiness that we may truly come close to Him. The more we are cleansed from the sin and death of the world, the closer we can come to our Holy Father. Repenting, confessing, and continuing to walk in purity and holiness give intimate access into a holy relationship between The Holy Father and His sons and daughters. His longing is to dwell continually with us. He craves to walk with you and Father you as true sons and daughters. Sons and daughters are forever becoming like their Father.
2. Harvest –
Matthew 9:36-38 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
The heart of The Father flowing through The Son caused him to see a lost humanity waiting to be gathered into His family. What is the solution to this problem? Pray for the laborers! God needs His representatives, His sons and daughters, to go and bring in The Great Harvest of souls. God desires all of His children to become sons and daughters.
Immediately after this in chapter 10, Jesus sends out the disciples to do exactly what He had been doing and to bring in The Harvest. When sons and daughters draw close to The Father, they will receive His heart of compassion for the lost. My former youth pastor calls them pre-Christians, because they have not yet come to know Jesus, but they will in Jesus’ name!!!
Read Isaiah 6:1-6 for context
Isaiah 6:7-8 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
One final example that connects holiness and harvest together comes in the call of Isaiah. Isaiah actively places himself in a position to receive from God. He sees The Holiness of God and is immediately driven to repentance for himself and his people. God is faithful to cleanse him completely. After that, he accesses a secret conversation taking place in the heavenlies. Having received a new heart, his desire is to immediately go for God without any information or limitation. Our desire should be no different. When we are touched, cleansed, and restored; our heart will be for others to receive the same no matter what kind of effort it may take from us.
Jesus, I pray that You will help me to become truly like You. I want to be free of all the filth of the world that I might have intimate access to the secret place with You. Draw me closer than ever before even as I confess and repent of everything that has taken me far from You.
Father, transform me to have Your heart for all Your lost and wayward children. Use me as a laborer in The Great Harvest that all the multitudes of pre-Christians may become part of Your family because of my love and obedience to You.
- Ask Holy Spirit to examine your life and reveal anything out of line with His Holiness.
- Confess this and ask to be cleansed and purified by Jesus’ blood
- Ask for The Father’s Heart of compassion for souls
- Obey all that God asks you to say or do
Be blessed with the ability to walk in holiness and access the secret places of The Kingdom! Be blessed to truly receive the heart of The Father and live a lifestyle laboring in The Great Harvest of souls!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
These past five days have been foundation-shaking and exposing for the Body of Christ. On Saturday, Bethel worship leader, Kalley Heiligenthal and her husband, Andrew’s two year old daughter, Olive, suddenly stopped breathing and was pronounced dead by the doctors.
As heartbreaking as the situation was, precious Olive’s parents issued a clarion call to the Global Body of Christ to boldly pray and contend faith-filled prayers that call forth the Resurrection Power Christ won for us through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. For five days, we have joined with them and hundreds of thousands of believers from across the nations to dare to believe that God really is Who He says He is…the Resurrected King, Whose very breath, authority, power, and Spirit is living on the inside of us.
I have found myself undone and simply messed up at how God is using this situation to jolt awake the Body of Christ to awaken from her slumber and to arise to His call, His light shining upon her. I have seen a beautiful unity arise from the ashes of what the enemy intended for defeat; and a unified Body lift up praise and worship to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Worship is our warfare against every demonic principality and worship is our weapon against every foe that dare raise its hand against the Lord.
I must confess, I have found my own faith examined during these days. We have been through a number of situations in our own lives where we have warred and fought for the resurrection power of God to touch those dearest to us. For reasons we do not understand, we didn’t receive our loved ones back from the dead then. I immediately went into fasting, warring, and prayer mode upon hearing the report on Sunday. I took hold of His commission to me as a guardian of His Little Ones and grasped the hem of His garment; determined to see Olive’s name erased from His list of His Little Ones whose lives had been snuffed out by the enemy before the fulfillment of their days.
I discerned it as an obvious attack against His Little Ones and the Body; for by the evening, I had recorded five accounts from Saturday morning to Sunday evening of those who either died suddenly or whose lives were hanging in the balance.
As the days draw on, the Global Body continues to grow and rally together to call forth Life to Olive, that the breath of Victorious Awakening enter her lungs. I could smell the stench of the enemy creeping in to whisper doubt and unbelief as the situation appeares more “impossible” as time goes forward, placing a clock on God’s miracle power. I found my faith challenged to dare to believe that though I didn’t see the answers I cried out for in the past, that HE IS THE RESURRECTION and it’s not my idea to Resurrect. When push comes to shove, my job is to believe, decree, and declare; and let Him do the rest. I am going all in to fasten my line of faith to Jesus and believe with all I am that HE IS FAITHFUL AND HE IS LIFE.
This is Awakening.
The Body is shaking and hell is trembling. Surely, the world will see the undeniable power and realty of God in a way it has never seen. I genuinely believe the word He gave me a few months ago, The Great Sift for the Shift: The Call to Holiness, is coming forth in an even greater way to prepare the Bride for her Groom in the coming days.
While praying Tuesday morning, I heard the Lord say:
December 17, 2019
“I am continuing to sift and separate, to shake and reorder. I am continuing to expose unbelief so that faith can take its rightful place in My Body. For many, they have cast their lines of faith on the wrong side of the boat and have caught nothing. I am releasing a corporate opportunity to unlatch the cords of faith from the fruitless works; and to recast them in fruitful waters where My Spirit is brooding over.
I am releasing the call for My Bride to fasten her faith to Me and My promises. There is no room in My Kingdom for double-mindedness, doubt, and unbelief. I am ekballo-ing those barriers out of these waters so that My Bride may receive what has been prepared and promises that she may receive her reward.
I am reawakening the governmental authority in My Bride again. She has forgotten what she has been given authority and dominion over — what I victoriously and rightfully restored when I became the firstborn of many from the dead. I am reminding her of WHO she is and WHOSE she is! She must have her faith fastened to Me in order to rule and reign in her position and authority.”
Hebrews 11:33-35 (TPT)
Through faith’s power they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality!
It was faith that shut the mouth of lions, put out the power of raging fire, and caused many to escape certain death by the sword. Although weak, their faith imparted power to make them strong!
Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array.
Faith-filled women saw their dead children raised in resurrection power.
Yet it was faith that enabled others to endure great atrocities. They were stretched out on the wheel and tortured, and didn’t deny their faith in order to be freed, because they longed for a more honorable and glorious resurrection!
When looking at the Greek, verse 33 literally means:
The divine persuasion and confidence / to contend for a prize through intense warfare, to endeavor with strenuous zeal; to descend from a higher abode to a lower plane to cast down that which exalts itself above the Kingdom of God / to exercise Christ’s authority and dominion living on the inside of us over the kingdom of darkness; and to establish the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth / to accomplish a task or assignment through action / to establish divine righteousness and to deliver the verdict of justice through God’s judicial approval / to strike or hit the target, or reach the mark with pinpoint accuracy / the divine assurance of His good promises.
What have you fastened your faith to? Are there promises you’ve yet to see fulfilled? Keep pressing in and pressing through, to see your breakthrough!
John 21:4-7 (AMP)
As morning was breaking, Jesus [came and] stood on the beach; however, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish [to eat along with your bread]?” They answered, “No.”
And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat (starboard) and you will find some.” So they cast [the net], and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great catch of fish.
Then that disciple (John) whom Jesus loved (esteemed) said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”
So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer tunic (for he was stripped for work) and threw himself into the sea [and swam ashore].
Sometimes it takes a simple adjustment in our faith and in our lives to become perfectly aligned with the Father’s will for us, in us, and through us. At times our vision can become askew through life circumstances, doubt, unbelief, and when we are unable to see past what we perceive in the natural that appears contrary to His promises and Word. When realignment takes place, we are thrust into the abundant harvest He always designed for us and our eyes see Him and His Glory.
In Mark 5, Jairus, the synagogue official came to Jesus asking Him to heal his daughter who was sick and on her deathbed. Then, messenger from his household appear delivering the news that the girl had died.
Mark 5:36, 38-40 (TPT)
But Jesus refused to listen to what they were told and said to the Jewish official, “Don’t yield to fear. All you need to do is to keep on believing.”
When they arrived at the home of the synagogue ruler, they encountered a noisy uproar among the people, for they were all weeping and wailing. Upon entering the home, Jesus said to them, “Why all this grief and weeping? Don’t you know the girl is not dead but merely asleep?” Then everyone began to ridicule and make fun of Him. But He threw them all outside.
Then He took the child’s father and mother and His three disciples and went into the room where the girl was lying.
The story continues with Jesus laying hands on the girl and speaking, “talitha koum”, which means, “little girl (or little lamb), wake up from the sleep of death.” Immediately, she awakens and is resurrected!
The world may look on and see all of this worship, contending, and bold faith for Olive’s resurrection as foolishness; but He uses what the world calls foolish to confound the wise. We must follow the example Jesus set. He refused to listen to the report that brought death, that spoke in opposition to the will of God. He discerned the girl had died prematurely and she still had a destiny to fulfill.
In fact, He declared Awakening! He gave the invitation to believe again, to come up higher, and to cast down fear! And to all the mockers and scoffers, He kicked them out, making no room for them!
In the Greek, it is the word, “EKBALLO”, which means, “to cast forth, hurl forth, thrust forth, with violence.” It is the same word used when Jesus said, “I cast out demons by the finger of God…” (Luke 11:20), and when He said to His disciples in Matthew 9:38, “As you go, plead with the Owner of the Harvest to thrust out many more reapers to harvest His grain!”
Are there promises in your life that appear to have died prematurely? Has doubt, fear, and unbelief crept in and disengaged or derailed you from the manifestation of His Glory revealed in your life? Refuse to give ear to the report of the enemy, and kick out every opposing force in your life, leaving no room for them to hinder the will of God! Dare to believe that every word He has spoken will not return void and without bearing fruit! Dare to dream again and trust in His timing! Decree and declare the Word of the Lord until you find yourself saying, “It happened just as He promised!”
I end with this: All day yesterday and today I have heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the Glory of God?!”
He IS the Resurrection and the Life! You need only BELIEVE!
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh
You have made it! Today is the last day of The 40! Whatever else has taken place over the duration, we have set our hearts to seek The Lord, and together we have reached the finish line. Even though The 40 will be completed tomorrow, I pray that we have all gained something that will stay with us throughout the rest of our lives.
May the hunger and humility of seeking Jesus first and coming to Him for everything we need only increase as we are propelled into new levels with Him! Begin even now looking for the change, the increase, the revelation, and recognize that it comes straight from The throne because of His faithfulness as The Rewarder.
The last few days, we have been talking about feasting, celebration, and obedience. We must always have a right heart no matter what we are doing so that only God will get the glory. Today, I want to look at some of the words of Jesus that not only give us hope for today, but help look to the future as well.
Matthew 9:14-15 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Contained in these words of Jesus are some very important things we need to see. We, as disciples of Jesus, are called “friends of the bridegroom”. We are Jesus’ friends if we are his disciples. It is always important to realize that we move from being servants and slaves to friends and heirs. We will take joy in what Jesus takes joy in. Whatever He sets His heart on will be on ours as well. We should be completely full of joy in the presence of Jesus. As we seek Him, we come into a place of celebration even though their may be depression, despair, and darkness all around.
Jesus also lets us know in these passages once again that we are supposed to fast. Currently, we do not have Jesus with us in the body. In our fasting, we are longing for Him, The Great Bridegroom to return just as He said He would. Fasting prepares us to receive Jesus in the right way at His second coming. Then Jesus goes on to say:
Matthew 9:16-17 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Again, we see that fasting prepares our hearts to receive the new things that Jesus wants to release to us in preparation for His return. If we are not filled with Holy Spirit over and over again, we will become crusty, dried out, and useless for the Kingdom. The more that we fast and seek Him, we will be prepared to receive The Great Bridegroom at His second coming.
We also need to realize that through fasting and prayer, seeking Him, and being obedient we will hasten the return of Jesus.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
In this chapter, Jesus is asked when the end will come. Jesus tells a lot of signs that will indicate the nearness of the end. However, this passage tell what must take place before then end. Once again, we return to The Father’s heart for souls. The gospel must be preached in every nation or tongue and then Jesus The Bridegroom will return. Fasting, praying, seeking The Father and being obedient will give us His heart for those who do not know Him. By His Spirit, we are enabled and empowered to be His witness everywhere that we go, across oceans and across the street.
My encouragement for today is not to stop seeking The Lord and to ever remain obedient to Him even after The 40 ends. We are friends and therefore will desire to show our love in practical ways even beyond our intitial commitment. If we truly desire Jesus The Bridegroom to return in all of His glory, we will seek Him, gain His heart, and be an obedient witness to share Him anywhere and everywhere that He may take us.
Jesus, I desire to see you returning in all of Your glory! I want to walk on this earth as your friend ever working to prepare the way for Your second coming. Do a work in my heart and my life that I will never stop seeking to know you and help others to know you and well. Help me to prepare my heart and this land for your return. I love you and know that You are worth so much more than I could ever give. So, once again, I give you my heart and life to do with as You will!
- Ask for revelation of Jesus as your friend and bridegroom
- Seek Him for His heart
- Live in obedience to all that He asks if you
Be blessed today with the ability to truly be propelled into the next level. May your heart and life come more into line with Jesus, and may you give Him all that He deserves, today, tomorrow, and forever!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Somehow in seeking The Lord, David comes into a place where he hears a heavenly conversation taking place. This conversation takes place in Psalms 2. God The Father is speaking to His son and this is what He says:
Psalm 2:7-8 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
The Father says to The Son because You are My Son, I will give you an inheritance. What is this inheritance? The nations and the ends of the earth. These are God’s to give and He says ask me, and I will give them to you. If God is our Father in heaven and holy is His Name, His kingdom must come and a His will must be done on earth as it is done in heaven. You and I are his children, begotten in the gospel.
How much more should we ask Him for the nations and ends of the earth for our possession?
Have you asked Him for souls, cities, or nations?
Knowing this, let’s jump forward to when Jesus came to the earth. He was surrounded and submersed in all the things we are today. Poverty, sickness, darkness, sin, and death surrounded his every day life. One day these things overwhelm Jesus’s heart of compassion gained by spending time seeking The Father. He sees the hopeless scattered sheep, but He sees a great harvest for the Kingdom. There was more work than any one man could ever do just bringing them into the Kingdom.
What was Jesus’ solution?
Matthew 9:36-38 But when He [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Jesus said pray and ask The Lord of the harvest to call, equip, and send forth laborers. We are not just supposed to spend our days in prayer and seeking God, but we are to pray that we may become witnesses, laborers, vessels of righteousness used by God. When we know God’s heart, we will ask that His desires be made manifest in the earth.
My encouragement for today is to begin to ask for souls, pray for an inheritance of nations. Together we have been seeking to know The Father and growing in Him. Now, let’s begin to pray and ask to be His witnesses, and that He would give us souls, cities, regions, and nations. This is the inheritance of the saints, the saving and discipling of all nations, tribes, and tongues. Over 3 billion people still have not heard, it is time to pray for the Lord of The Harvest to send forth laborers into the field and be willing to go ourselves!
Jesus, I love you! I desire to grow in knowing You and developing Your heart and Your desires. I ask for the nations as my inheritance and the ends of the earth for my possessions. Use me to reach the unreached. May those in darkness see Your light shining brightly out of me and been drawn to You. I am willing to go. Send out Your workers to bring in the harvest that I may not be alone in bringing in this great harvest of souls!!!
- Ask Holy Spirit to draw you deeper in to knowing Him and give you a heart of compassion
- Ask for the nations as your inheritance
- Ask for souls of specific people in your family, workplace, school, and sphere.
- Pray The Lord of The Harvest to send forth laborers into the field
Be blessed today with knowing God in a greater way than ever before and gaining a true heart of compassion! May you receive an amazing inheritance of souls coming into The Kingdom as you are propelled into the next level with the King!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We can see here that this power comes from, with, and through Holy Spirit. This power comes as we wait and seek him. However, this power comes for a purpose. The power of Holy Spirit that comes as we wait and seek Him is the power to be a witness. If you study out this word “witness“in Greek, it is where we get the English word martyr. The Holy Spirit revival power that we have been pressing in to receive is the power to be a martyr. Now, when we say martyr we are literally talking about someone who has died for the gospel. However, the original meaning of witness is one who believes, speaks, and lives with the genuine, strength, faith, and conviction that what they have seen and know is true and will stand by it even unto death. This is next level stuff. This is the step up that we are seeking! This is where the rubber meets the road!
Some may not have realized that as we press deeper into knowing Jesus and walking with Him, we are gaining His heart and being empowered to walk as martyr-level witnesses. This is the stepping up and stepping out. Some may have for years sought to know God, in the secret place, in the quiet place, and grown holy and in knowing The Father’s heart. Feel free to review Holiness Leads to Harvest from day 7. The secret place of knowing God’s heart will always lead to the next step up of stepping out and sharing who He is!
Some of you may not know me personally, but I have always been an introvert that in the past was bound up by fear and insecurity. As God has led me through years of coming to know Him and getting free of the baggage and bondage, that we all carry, and coming to know Him more and more in the secret place, He is releasing a gift of evangelism to me. I do not understand it, and honestly am extremely uncomfortable in everything He is continuing to ask me to do and walk in. However, I am no longer saying I am an unwilling evangelist, because it is my delight to do His will. In this process, especially more recently, God is continuing to develop in me His heart for souls. He is constantly reminding me that the fields are ripe for the harvest. Both the field outside our door and around the world are ready to receive the wonderful works of God from Holy Spirit power-filled martyr-level witnesses.
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal God’s heart in the secret place
- Ask for power to be a Witness
- Walk in obedience into the harvest today
Be blessed with the peace and power from Holy Spirit today. May you receive a heart for the harvest and the boldness to walk in the power you have received as you are propelled into the next level with The Lord!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!