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The Memorial 20/40

You are invited to join us for The Propel Fast! Please review Propelled To The Next Level and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement!

Well, here we are at day 20, the halfway point.  At the beginning of the fast, it may have seemed impossible to fast The 40, but here we are halfway to completing our commitment.  If you have been here from day 1, congratulations. If you jumped in some time along the way, good job. If you fell and messed up, no problem.  Let’s get up and continue on together in God’s great grace and mercy.  We have the eternal reward of seeing Jesus in a special way today.  Let’s run this race to receive the prize!

Today, is a special day that we remember and mark as a memorial.  We see it as an encouragement to continue, but it is an important spiritual marker as well. God looks on and remembers all the special times we give to seek Him in a special way.  If God is truly “a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”, then special times of seeking Him will receive a special reward.  I am sure we would all like to see some scripture backing up this encouragement.  For this, let us look at Acts 10.

This chapter is pivotal for Acts and especially for us as Gentiles.  Until this point, we have seen the apostles going out and ministering to God’s children in Israel only.  At this moment, God changes the mind of the apostles to include all people everywhere in the preaching of the good news.  God was opening the door for them to go out and preach the gospel to the uttermost part of the earth. To do this, God needed someone that was seeking Him.  Someone who was doing something special in The Kingdom. He needed Cornelius.

Acts 10:1-2 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.

Cornelius was a well-respected Roman leader who was known for fearing God, giving and praying always.  Here was a Gentile seeking God.  He had built a reputation as one who would seek God in a special way, so apparently, he had been doing this for years.  We find out later in the chapter, that not only was he seeking God, giving generously, and praying continually, he was also fasting.

Acts 10:30 So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

Cornelius, a non-Jewish person, had built a lifestyle of seeking God in a special way.  Here was a man that God could use to bring about the most radical change in The Kingdom since Holy Spirit fell in Acts 2.

Acts 10:3-4 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.

What does this verse say? Cornelius’ fasting, prayer, and giving went up as a memorial before The Lord. The eyes of The Lord were looking for someone who was seeking Him to change the very course of history for the rest of eternity.  Unknowingly, Cornelius had built a huge neon sign in the spiritual realm that said, “Here I am, use me!” God did not have to look far or hard to see the great memorial that had been built up for years by this man that had no real guarantee of receiving anything for any of these things he did.  His desire and intention was to seek God and bless His people.  God sees the memorial and says, “Here is a man I can use.”

Cornelius obeys the instructions above and beyond what the angel speaks, it seems even better than Peter.  A reluctant Peter comes and cannot even finish a proper sermon before the hunger and expectation in the people that Cornelius had gathered together was rewarded with the outpouring of The Spirit.

How long did Cornelius cry out, “Here I am use me”? 

How many years of continuous prayer, fasting, and giving were being built up before the time was right for God to move in a mighty way? 

How much time did he spend in the secret place not seeming to receive anything?  

Was Cornelius fasting and praying somewhere while the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles in the upper room? 

How big was the memorial that was built up before God?

On that day, when Holy Spirit fell on him and all the people he had gathered together in obedience to the word, it was all worth it.  He would not have traded one shekel, one meal, one hour that went into the building of this memorial in The Kingdom.  At this point, his spirit was crying out more than ever, “Here I am use me!”

This is my encouragement for you. No matter how you may have struggled during the first 20 days, Jesus is worth it.  The memorial being built in your life is greater than you could imagine. How many have been willing to go The 40 that God might look on the earth and see these memorials all over the earth saying, “Here I am use me!”?  This is who I want to be. I want to be used for The Kingdom. I want to be a laborer in the harvest. I want to be the most useful instrument in The Kingdom. If there is no one else willing to do the dirty work, may my sign continue to say, “Here I am, use me!!!” I know this is your heart as well.

What can God do with a community of people who say “Here I am use me” with their lips and their lifestyle?

Jesus, give me the strength of spirit and resolve to continue throughout the rest of The 40 and beyond in a memorial building lifestyle.  I desire to be the one whose lips and lifestyle loudly proclaim, “Here I am use me!” 

Practical –

  • Ask Holy Spirit to strengthen you to continue in your daily commitment
  • Continue to pray “Here I am use me” with your lips
  • Become increasingly obedient in your day to day life in all Holy Spirit reveals

Be blessed to receive revelation of the memorial you have created by recognizing the answered prayers and receiving the promises of God in an increasing measure.  May you be used mightily for The Kingdom as your heart and character line up with The King’s!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Accomplish The “Impossible” 9/40

You are invited to join us for The Propel Fast! Please review Propelled To The Next Level and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement!

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.  This is how we 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 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 seeming 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 for all to come and glorify You. 

Practical – 

  • 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 propel you into new levels in The Kingdom!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Don’t Be Selfish with The Good News!!!

Daily Encouragement – 

My child, the good news has been richly poured over you. You have been given an amazing opportunity to know Me and come close to Me. 

You must never be selfish with the good news. The good news is for all people to know and receive and come close to Me! You must never withhold or keep it to yourself. There is more than enough for you and all who will receive. 

You were given the good news freely and completely. You must also give out the good news freely and without restriction. I never withhold blessing from you, so you must not withhold the blessing of the gospel from all men.

In giving away what you have received, you will receive more and in greater measure than you ever thought possible. I love you My child! Come close and receive even as you give out all you have!!!

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 2:10 “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Multiplied Rewards

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child. You know that I am able to multiply greatly what you give Me (time, money, resources…). All of these will be multiplied for the good of the Kingdom as you bring them to Me. Even as they are multipled for the Kingdom they will be given back in greater measure to you.

I am the Great Rewarder of all who press in to Me. Right now, your faith is being strengthened, your love is abounding, and your patience is bringing forth fruit. Even though you may have to go through some trials, know that I am with you causing you to be strengthened and grow in the midst of it.

You are pressing in to Me, and I am bringing you the rewards of heaven every single day. May you recognize these rewards and press in to Me even more!!! I love you my child!!!

2 Thessalonians 1:3-5 “your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, 5 which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;”

Hebrews 11:6  “…for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Shortcomings or Successes?

Daily Encouragement – 

My child, I love you. I see your heart and know you want to please Me. There may be many distractions, difficulties, and desires for other things, but the true you shines through it all. 

You bring joy to Me when you seek to follow Me fully. Even though you may struggle, I see you coming to Me, and it brings Me joy. Even through the struggles and difficulties, I see your desire to bring Me glory and love and trust Me with all things. 

You have done well, My child. You may measure yourself by your failures and shortcomings, but I look at your successes and praise you for continuing to walk with Me even when it is hard. Thank you for returning to Me when you have walked away and choosing again to stand with Me until the end. 

Keep it open, real, and raw. No falseness or religiosity is needed with Me. I know you so just be honest with Me. I love you My child.

Philippians 1:3-6 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Grace & Glory

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child, and am pouring out a special measure of My Grace and glory upon you.

My grace is for you right now, and you need it just to last through the day. 

My glory is the spiritual power that comes as you spend time with Me. My glory and Spirit will lead you and guide you throughout the day.

 My glory will water every seed even as Holy Spirit gives you the seeds of Truth to plant.  

Holy Spirit is with you to reveal all things and bring the strength, life, encouragement, and favor of My blessings to you today.

Learn to walk with Him and let my power flow out of you as you step out to share the good news and be obedient to the plans and purposes I have for you.  

I have a special plan and purpose to accomplish through you as you partner with Holy Spirit. Agree and partner with Me and I will do the hard work, the great work, My work through you.

Isaiah 58:8-12 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’“If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 
If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. 
The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 
Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Wonderful Works of God

Again, it seems as if we have not updated in a while, but God is doing amazing things.  I just want to give testimony to something that happened last week.  One of our friends here made us some dinner and we sat to talk with her and another guy on staff about how we have seen the Lord work.  Talk ranged from the fallacy of Calvinism to the amazing power of the Lord working through healing, both physical and spiritual.  After talking for about an hour, one of the guys, Ben, asked for prayer.  It was almost a “I’ll take some of that” moment.  We began by praying for his kidneys.  Apparently, he was born with one kidney a lot larger than the other. Along with this, he was never able to sleep on his back because of the constant pain from his kidneys.  As we were praying for this, Katie got a word to check his legs, and one was shorter than the other.  So, she prayed and his leg grew to be the same length as the other.  By the time we were done praying, his kidney pain was gone, and he has slept on his back since with no pain.  We also prayed for his eyes to be healed so he would not have to wear glasses and scoliosis.  In the other areas, he was instantly healed, but not his eyes.

While we were praying for Ben, another guy on staff named Richard came in and began praying with us.  After we finished with Ben, he asked for prayer for his back and neck. He had trouble with them for a long time.  As we prayed, my wife felt led to check his legs as well, and one leg was shorter before she prayed.  We prayed several times and each time, Richard felt something happen, (muscles loosen, stiffness gone…).  When we were done praying, he was not fully healed, but it felt better than it had in a while.

Richard and Ben enjoying Jeremiah's famous chili

Richard and Ben enjoying Jeremiah’s famous chili

I do not know why both guys were not completely and instantaneously healed. I do not know why God had us do abnormal things like standing on a chair and picking Richard up and holding him in the air.  But, I know that we were obedient to pray and do what He called us to do.  These two guys had enough faith to ask for prayer, and they saw a measure of healing.

After we were done praying for these two, we sat around talking some more.  Another girl came in and mentioned that she was having trouble with her neck and Sonya, the girl who made us dinner and the one we were talking with before the healing broke out was so filled with excitement to pray for her.  We did not see anything happen then, but it was great to see how God reawakened the desire to pray for people because of what she had seen. Interestingly, two evenings later, we had a gathering of young adults here and one of the young men had a word to pray for someone with neck pain. It was the same girl that got prayer. Again, I do not know why she was not healed the first time, but God cared about her enough to reveal prophetically to someone to pray for her. In the end, I noticed something that was key to this whole situation.

These things happened because we began to speak and declare who God was.  We were speaking about principles of healing, and the things that we saw God do on our trip and that led to Ben asking for prayer.  We acted on it and saw Ben healed and this led to Richard’s healing.  Before the young man gave this word, we had been sitting and talking about how good God was and I shared with Him the testimony of two nights earlier.

We are called to be Bold Witnesses for Christ!

We are called to be Bold Witnesses for Christ!

As we speak out the wonderful works of the Lord, it strengthens the faith in people and causes things to happen.  God has called us to be witnesses of what we have seen and know to be true!  The more we share this with the people around us, the more He is able to come and build the faith it takes for miracles to take place.

May our prayer be like the Apostles in Acts 4:29-31 (“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your Word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”  And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.)

No matter what other may think or how they may feel about you, you are a witness and are called to speak of what you have seen and know to be true!  Today, begin speaking boldly about the wonderful works of God and be obedient in whatever He calls you to say or do and watch Him do greater things still!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!