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Advance 22/40

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 done!  We are now past the halfway mark, past Daniel’s precedent of 21 days, and beginning week 4 of The 40.  Do not waver! Do not falter! Press into Jesus, and be propelled into the next level with Him!!

This morning, I felt The Lord highlight one word, “Advance“.  This word means a lot to me for different reasons, but one of the reasons is this is an official military term, in my mind at least.  As we move forward into uncharted territory, God is leading and guiding.  He has gone before us to direct us in the right way we should go (John 10:4). Yesterday, the focus was on Touching The Kingdom, and the seeking of direction and revelation through humility, hunger, repentance, prayer, and fasting.  This should be our way of life until we receive our orders.   Then, we must “Advance” into all God has for us.  

Even understanding a proper definition of advance gives us a clue into what God is speaking to us today. 

Advance: 

  • Move forward in a purposeful way (Help us all to move forward with Your plans and in Your purposes Lord!)
  • Accelerate growth or progress of (We desire to progress and grow in You, Lord)
  • Raise to a higher rank (Thank you for raising us up to higher ranks in The Kingdom as we faithfully carry out our assignments at the level we are now.)
  • To lift up (Lift us up into heavenly realms with You)
  • Bring forward in time (Bring us all forward in time that we may be mature believers on mission with You!)
  • My personal definition would be the effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end.  May we all be advanced in our own lives, and be used to advance The Kingdom of God today!

    In the Word, we can see this happening throughout the entire Bible, but we will focus on what is taking place in Acts 13.  The setting of this passage is the rapid growth of the church.  If you remember, they were first called Christians at Antioch, literally meaning “little Christ”.  The gospel is being proclaimed, and persecution has taken the life of James the apostle.  This was the first of the apostles to be martyred.  Peter was set to be killed as well, but through constant prayer, God miraculously delivers Him.  This is where we pick up in our reading.  

    The church is at a pivotal point in history. They must come to a decision if the persecution and death is too much and they should calm down in what they are doing, or if they should continue to advance The Kingdom in spite of all this.  

    Acts 13:1-2 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 

    The response of the early church to the persecution and death of James and near martyrdom of Peter is to gather together and minister to The Lord. 

    How was this done? In Acts 2:42, 47 and 6:4 we find some clues: continue steadfastly in apostles doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer, praising God, and ministry of The Word.  In this passage we see, they also fasted.  Fellowship, worship, prayer, and fasting are literally ministry to The Lord. As they ministered to The Lord, Holy Spirit revealed what they were to do next.  

    It is interesting, they did not have a vision-casting meeting. They did not form a committee to talk about business. They did not try to figure out the most logical business model to follow. They gathered the leaders to worship, prayer, and fasting.  It is a sad fact that in many churches today, call a church business meeting and everyone shows up, but call a church prayer meeting more crickets show up than people.  However, if you call a prayer meeting without food and call a people to fast, this is like what happened in the early church. Only hungry people allowed.  This is where Holy Spirit brought revelation of what was to happen next.  

    When Holy Spirit released this revelation, they did not end the meeting and say lets get to work. Why? Because this was not the point of the meeting.  They were there to worship God with everything they had to give.  As a result, when they received revelation this is what they did:

    Vs. 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

    They continued in worship, prayer, and thanksgiving. What Holy Spirit revealed in a time of worship, prayer, and fasting was commissioned and sent out by worship, prayer, and fasting.  The focus was ministering to God and the commissioning and sending out of Barnabas and Saul for the advancement of The Kingdom was part of this ministering to God.  No man or even church was glorified in the sending out of these men. 

    Verse 4 begins with “So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit…”  There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that this was a work of Holy Spirit for the advance of The Kingdom.  This is before Saul had prove himself to the church.  He is still in the care of Barnabas and there is probably still those who do not fully trust him.  That did not matter when Holy Spirit had set him apart to send him out. In the very next chapter Saul is violently persecuted and stoned. The strength knowing Holy Spirit had called him and sent him out enabled him to return to the very cities that this took place.  

    My encouragement for us today is that as we gather together daily to worship, pray, and fast, whether together in body or spirit, Holy Spirit will bring wisdom, understanding, and revelation that only comes from Him.  As He does, may we all be strengthened with might to advance The Kingdom and walk in what He has called us to.  Nothing can hold you back from advancing to the next level with Him if you are living and walking as His partner.

    Practical –

    • Ask for revelation of how you can minister to God today
    • As you minister to Him, seek wisdom, revelation, and understanding that only comes from Him
    • As He reveals, ask for the strength and ability to obey
    • Continue in Worship and ministry to Him
    • Obey all He directs you to do

    Be blessed with the ability to truly advance The Kingdom in partnership with Holy Spirit. May you receive wisdom, understanding, revelation and might as you minister to Holy Spirit.  May this propel you to the next level with Him!

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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    Touching The Kingdom 21/40

    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 the end of week three. Day 21 is important because we have a biblical precept in Daniel.  There is great spiritual benefit in fasting The 21, but let’s not stop and settle on less than God intends.  If you have been prompted to go The 40, or desire to partner with us who have, come along on this wild adventure of seeking The reward of Jesus.  Let’s reap the benefits together of commitment, obedience, humility, and hunger. 

    Sometimes in our lives, we have such a desire to know, understand, or even hear a specific word that we will do whatever it takes to get an answer.  This is where we come upon the prophet Daniel.  He needs an answer and has been doing whatever it takes for three full weeks.  Let’s see what that entailed for him:

    Daniel 10:2-3 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

    The answer Daniel was seeking did not come from his regular lifestyle of praying and fasting that we see him involved in throughout his life.  So, it seems he goes back to the first fast we see him involved in, a fast for purity from the pagan culture (Daniel 1:12-15). This fast allowed him and his friends to receive the blessing of heaven after 10 days and beyond.  Daniel returns to this fast to purify himself from the pagan culture around him.  However, he does not stop when nothing occurs after 10 days.  What he is seeking is so important that he continues on and more than doubles what he had originally done.  

    What is the result?

    Daniel 10:5-6 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was  girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude.

    Daniel’s eyes are opened to see a heavenly revelation. Some scholars differ as to who this is, some say Jesus, others say Holy Spirit.  I do not think that Daniel had this debate going on in his head.  Neither did those around him at this time, because the men around Daniel did not see anything.  We find in the next verses that there were men with Daniel, but they see nothing.  They had not been praying and fasting for an answer and because of this, their eyes are not opened to the heavenly realm. They were not hungry, did not humble themselves, and their spiritual eyes were not opened.  

    Daniel 10:7-9 And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength.  Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground. 

    Not only did the men with Daniel not see what he saw, but when they did sense the supernatural coming close, it caused them to fear and flee for their lives.  They were unable to see, unable to hear, and unable to stay in the presence of God that was being revealed to Daniel.  Daniel himself could not stand; but he saw, he heard, and he stayed!

    Daniel 10:10-12 Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

    Not only did Daniel see heavenly vision and hear heavenly words, Daniel was literally touched by heaven.  As he was touched, he was encouraged, strengthened, and given understanding that would not have come any other way.  That is what I want!  Daniel humbled himself in prayer and fasting and received exponentially more than what he had given up for the 21 days. 

    This is where we are today on day 21. If you go on reading in chapter 10, Daniel’s persistent prayer and fasting empowered the heavenly warriors to break past the demonic entities over the region that he might receive the revelation he was seeking.  My what power came about from three weeks of praying and fasting.  

    Jesus, I want to see You in the heavenly realm in the fullness of Your glory. I want to hear You speak in the complete revelation of Your voice. I want You to touch me with Your hand of encouragement, strength, and understanding that I may continue to seek You in greater and deeper ways than ever before! Help me to go beyond what others have done and seen. Give me the hunger and desire to search for You in increasing measures for all of my days. 

    Practical –

    • Ask Holy Spirit for eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to fully understand Him
    • Study Daniel 10
    • Ask for the hunger and ability to go to the deeper places with Him
    • Obey whatever He speaks to you

    Be blessed with revelation and strength to continue on and receive the fullness of the spiritual blessings in store for you, the one who is seeking The Lord. May this propel you into new levels with Him!

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    What If?!?!

    What if we really lived like God were the most important thing? 

    What if our plan was to seek You first?

    What if we really were a house of prayer for all nations?

    What if we possessed the land You had given to us?

    What if we did what we were designed to do?

    What if we threw out the broken format?

    What if we got rid of what was not working and sought to know You?

    What if we trashed the gimmicks and sought to really know You?

    What if You were our priority?

    What if we really loved you with our whole heart?

    What if we ordered our lives with You first?

    What if we ordered our gatherings with You first?

    What if we really acted like we needed you?

    What if we really wanted you to show up?

    What if we expected You to touch us?

    What if You were the most important thing in our lives?

    What if we lifted You up and watched as You drew all men to Yourself?

    What if we fasted and prayed until You showed up?

    What if???

    What would happen???

    John 12:32 (Jesus speaking) “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 

    Matthew 6:33  (Jesus speaking) “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

    Mark 12:29-30 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.”

    John 15:5  (Jesus speaking) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

    Luke 19:10 (Jesus speaking) for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” 

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    Alone in the Dark??? No More!!!

    Daily Encouragement –

    Are you unsettled in your mind and body? Do you deal with unnatural fear? Are you lost walking in a place you do not know the way?

    Here I am! I am Faithful and True, and I am right here with you!!! I will lead you and guide you in the way of peace and rest. Come to Me and you will find all that you need! 

    You will find strength to overcome every obstacle and fear in your life as you follow Me! Press in to Me and see what I will do and where I will lead. 

    There has never been One more trustworthy or reliable than I am. You can depend on me. I will never leave you on your own to fight your way through this life. 

    Be sure that you are not walking away from Me. I will come and stay as close as you let me and speak as much as you will listen. I will bring you deeper into the Kingdom than you ever thought possible as you trust in Me more and more. I love you My child!!! 

    Isaiah 50:10 ““Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness And has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord And rely upon his God.”

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    My Way

    Daily Encouragement –

    Do you feel like you are fighting an uphill battle? Do you always seem to go against the grain and rub people the wrong way? Do you have seemingly unnecessary struggles and difficulties in daily life? 

    I am The Almighty God!!! Come to Me and walk in the way I have prepared for you! My way is the only way of true peace, life, and strength. Any other way will be a struggle because you are trying to make your own way. 

    My way is not the easiest, but it is the right way. I have gone before you in the way and truly walk beside you to help in all things. I will never leave you alone, but I am here to strengthen and guide you in The Way! 

    I have called you by name to walk into My Kingdom together with Me. Why would you struggle and fight just to go your own way and do your own thing? I love you My child!!!

    Isaiah 45:2-3 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. 
    I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I [am] the Lord, Who call you by your name,

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    Piece of The Puzzle

    Daily Encouragement –

    What is the dream and vision in your heart? What do you truly desire? What are you holding onto and will never let go? 

    I am faithful!!! My promises are true and perfect! I will complete everything I have purposed and spoken! The pure dream and desire in your heart comes from Me. Do not let it be tainted by the temporary pleasures of this life! 

    Come to Me and let My presence wash over you to purify and cleanse you from the ways of this world. Let My pure and holy desire be renewed again within you!!! Hold tightly to Me and the dream I have placed in your heart and never let go!!! Come and partner with My dream and desire that I have revealed in you. 

    Who would dare seek Me out, discover the dream and desire of My heart, hold fast to it and never let it go until My Kingdom comes to this earth? 

    Stir yourself up to take hold of Me and encourage others to do the same. Only together can you make My heart’s desire a reality. In doing this, your dream, a tiny piece of My dream, will come into its fullness. Let’s go after it together!!! I love you My child!!!

    Hebrews 10:22-24 “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,”

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

    Loose Lips or Holy Heart

    Daily Encouragement – 

    What is coming out of your mouth? What is coming out of your heart? Does what you are saying line up with what you are doing? What are your actions revealing? Do you really know Me? 

    Here I am! Come to Me! You do not have to keep yourself at a distance any longer. I will love you, and I will teach you all you need to know if you come to Me!  

    I will change your heart! I will cause you to know Me not just in word but action. Come and honor Me with all your heart! Give yourself to Me completely again today and watch what I will do. 

    Come and experience My love! Come and know Me really and truly! All the rules and regulations of man cannot bring you into deeper relationship with Me. 

    Come and know Me and My heart, and all the desires for other things will melt away even as your hunger and thirst for Me increases! I love you My child!!! 

    Isaiah 29:13-14 “Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, 
    Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people, A marvelous work and a wonder…”

    Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!