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When Jesus Comes to Town

As I stated in my post on Saturday titled, The Lost Relics of the Simple Gospel and Our Testimony, I will be sharing more today more about my recent trip to Spain. I have been sharing amazing testimonies of what God did while we were there as well as lessons along the way that apply to our everyday life and walk with the Lord.

69F8C63B-E80B-4023-9F2C-34EDA2433C60Our last Friday there, my partner, John and I were scheduled to do something we had not originally planned nor expected to do on the trip; aiding to the major summation of the entire trip…expect the unexpected! We had been told from Pastor Pablo and Elsa, the pastors we paired off with for the two weeks, that there was a couple in the church who were going through marital issues and the husband wanted a divorce. When informing us of this as we headed to another visit earlier in the week, they had asked us if we would meet with them and minister to them to try and bring some kind of reconciliation and restoration. We agreed and prayed for the Lord to do the work and that we would simply be vessels for His power and truth to flow through.

The night prior was when we had ministered and shared the Gospel at a home meeting and three people gave their hearts and lives to Jesus, as shared in the post linked above. Afterward, we went out to a late dinner at the mall nearby and our pastors informed us that the following evening would be when we would meet with the couple. Using Google Translate, they began to fill us in on the issues that had taken place in the marriage and it left us shocked and praying for divine wisdom in how to proceed. There were supposed deep strongholds and strong demonic influence and accusations, with a lot of blanks to fill in.

As Friday ensued, we anticipated that great deliverance and inner healing would need to take place; and in prayer and discussion, we both felt led to call upon our team member, Kirk, to join us as he is well trained in sozo ministry. We had the prayers of our entire team with us. Our friend, Israel, picked us up and would be our translator for the meeting. In sharing, he revealed what he had been told in preparation for the meeting; and our shock grew greater, as did our prayers for direction. We also discovered the discrepancies through translations were not entirely lining up; therefore, we were a bit unsure of what we were walking into.

We met with the couple at the church and then separated them to talk to the husband in private; with the intention of getting to the heart of the matter where he was concerned. He was open and as far as we were concerned, he did not hide any details. In fact, Pastor told us that when he heard that our team was coming to Spain, he began to feel a lack of peace and eventually asked to have a meeting with us saying he was overcome with anxiety and loss of sleep. When Jesus comes to town, all of hell shutters and knows of its impending doom! Things simply cannot remain as they were!

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Ancient dungeon set upon the waters. Though dark and hopelessly drowning on the inside, surrounded by barriers to freedom, the pathway to life lies just outside the prison walls.

We began to learn in taking him through a process of his connection with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that a great many deep wounds and hurts burdened this man as well as a horrific history of abuse from the most trusted members of his family; and he bore the scars to prove it. It was evident that sitting before us was a broken man with a broken past; in deep need of a Savior to completely heal him, deliver him, set him free, and restore him. In the process, I believe that shock of all this man endured as a young child left us reeling and praying for a blanket of peace to continue in ministering to him and drawing him into the heart of the Father, the arms of Jesus, and the comfort of Holy Spirit.

As my tear-filled eyes met Israel’s astonished, tear-stained gaze as he translated, I found myself overcome and overwhelmed with the compassion of Jesus. This man struggled to see the face of the Father, as he drowned in darkness. Filled with hatred and anger at all he had endured, he was unable to allow Holy Spirit into the room. Eventually as we guided him through a series of confessions and forgiveness, he began to feel Holy Spirit with us. He began to hear truth from Heaven about who God made him to be and a breaking off of lies occurred.

We then came to Jesus. He could not see Jesus and felt abandoned by Him in his times of greatest need through years of horror. It was then that Jesus gave me a vision of a specific time when he had endured deep abuse as a very young child and He revealed every detail of the scene before my eyes. It was in that very moment that I saw Jesus come in the room, sit down beside him, and take hold of him, enveloping him in His arms, comforting him. As I shared this through tears, the man broke down weeping and spoke of this very moment in time, of what he had endured and what he was thinking. His eyes were opened to the reality that Jesus had in fact been there the whole time and had never abandoned him or forsaken him, even in his darkest of days. Jesus used this to break off deception and to usher in His truth and reality as our Faithful Friend to the very end. Such is true for each one of us.

He shared how this history paved the way to a life of crime and how he had taken dozens of lives as a hitman for a gang he was a part of. Then Jesus entered the scene in his adult years and he had his first encounter with the power of God at a church gathering. The pastor called him forward out of the crowd and as he reluctantly came up on stage, the pastor prophesied his salvation that would come forth. He drew his gun on the pastor intending to kill him; and the pastor’s response should be that of every Follower of The Way, a martyr’s cry: With hands raised, “Go ahead and kill me! If I die, I am going to die worshipping my Savior!”

With that, he shot the pastor…but no bullet came forth from his gun, the pastor was unharmed! He fired multiple rounds in the air, all successful. Then he fired at the pastor again, with the same failed response! He hit his knees, and surrendered his life to Christ! It took some years and Jesus helped set him free from the gang bent on taking his life and that of his family.

There was always this reality to go back to, a memorial erected in his memory. He lost his way along the path, but sitting with us during this time Jesus confronted the demons of his past, cast them out, broke off the chains, and unlocked the prison doors. In the end, he could see Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, and found a place in Heaven with all three that he never wanted to depart from. We then led him in a prayer of salvation and rededication to the Lord!

Sitting before us was a completely different man than we had met a few hours prior. So much so, that we believe a restorative power was released that night that will ultimately lead to the restoration of his marriage! He also became our driver for Sunday ministry travels!

Who would’ve thought that this man we ministered to would have such an encounter that he, an ex-assassin, would usher us around in ministry?! Now, THAT is what I call adventuring with Jesus!!!

I have a purpose in sharing this testimony. The main point being, it does not matter what our past looks like…Jesus was in it, is all over it, and working through it all to create in us an eternal weight of glory. Everyone has a Saul to Paul conversion in store where no matter how dark and ugly our past is, He will always bring us into a beautiful bliss of abundant life that compels us to go and do the unthinkable to make the name of Jesus famous in the earth and to do as He did.

We are never alone in this journey; never once before we knew Him, nor for a single moment after. It is time to step into His timeline, not the timeline of the past, and to advance; to storm the gates of hell and set free all who are bound as captives in darkness! No matter what appearances say, do it anyway!!! You have the dunamis (dynamite) power of Heaven backing you and going before you…you cannot lose unless you quit!

DO NOT QUIT! DO NOT RELENT IN THE ASCENT!

2 Corinthians 4:7-18 (TPT)
“We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours. Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out. We continually share in the death of Jesus in our own bodies so that the resurrection life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity. We consider living to mean that we are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake so that the life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity. So, then, death is at work in us but it releases life in you. We have the same Spirit of faith that is described in the Scriptures when it says,
‘First I believed, then I spoke in faith.’ So we also first believe then speak in faith. We do this because we are convinced that He who raised Jesus will raise us up with Him, and together we will all be brought into His Presence. Yes, all things work for your enrichment so that more of God’s marvelous grace will spread to more and more people, resulting in an even greater increase of praise to God, bringing Him even more glory!
So no wonder we don’t give up. For even though our outer person gradually wears out, our inner being is renewed every single day. We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.”

For His Glory,

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

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The Undaunted Ones

This afternoon I felt very strongly the winds of Holy Spirit blowing. While resting in His Presence and residing in prayer, I felt a pressing from the Lord to pray for all who have been facing demonic oppression and opposition as of late. I could feel for some that the enemy fire has been great and overwhelming, bringing chaos into minds and lives; for others I could sense the weighty presence of the enemy overshadowing those who are desperately focused on fulfilling their callings but the weight of opposition has become heavy and the strength to go on is waning.

I know that for our family personally, we have encountered varying degrees of these attacks since Jeremiah returned from Southeast Asia. I, myself, have been facing the heavy artillery of the enemy coming against my health and with random attacks over the last two months. Speaking from experience, I understand the feeling of being pressed on all sides as Paul speaks about in 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (TPT),Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. 9We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out. 10We continually share in the death of Jesus in our own bodies so that the resurrection life of Jesus will be revealed through our humanity.”

Even still, QUITTING MUST NOT BE AN OPTION if we are to fulfill our destinies. For those bearing this struggle I want to encourage you with verses 13-15 (NLT), But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, ‘I believed in God, so I spoke.’ 14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to Himself together with you. 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.”

In this time with the Lord, He began to speak a strong, yet relevant word for this time and season that is pertinent and very important if we are to overcome the enemy and walk out and into all that He has ordained for us, fruitfully:

There has been a release of mining spirits from the enemy. These spirits seek to dig deep into the dwelling of My children – the place designated for Me and My promises. Their goal is to uproot and extract all that is reserved for My Kingdom; and then to leave a void in which no wealth remains. Once this takes place, their goal is to detonate explosives in the form of demonic attacks such as debilitating illnesses, distractions, accusations set to destroy one’s character and rapport, spreading lies to cause division, placing word curses, and to come against any aspect of truth.
All of this with hopes of leading to aborted destinies and callings, depression, anxiety, and loss of life. The spirit of witchcraft, python, division, fear, unbelief, anger, doubt, infirmity, and death all fall into this category. The oppression has amped up against My children as of late because the enemy is threatened by what lies ahead. Because of this, all of hell has upped their game and are taking full advantage of this season of celebration of devil worship through halloween, day of the dead, etc.
There is a gateway of access given over fully and even joyfully to all that is evil in this season. There has been an exchange specifically in the kingdom realm over these things. Yet in all of this, I am sovereign over it all.
If only my people would pray. If only they would rise up and take up their authority over the enemy, close the gateway to hell and it’s minions – this takes place through their declarations and prayers and refusal to submit to what plagues them. Rise up and bind what has been opposing you, restricting you, constricting you, and squashing you. The opposition you see is against the ascent, against the destiny and your calling’s fulfillment.
Pray for strength to stand when the foreboding presence is heavy, the warfare – intense, the opposition thick. Shut any doors that may remain open to what opposes Me, and get low, seek My face, and receive all that you need. DO NOT give up, give in, or give way!!! DO NOT abort that which I have placed within you!
Stop pouring your praise and honor into that which serves hell – stop celebrating hell! Stop serving hell about your actions! Put an end to your word curses, all unwholesome talk, unbelief, lustful and murderous thoughts, Christian witchcraft, yes, even rebellion; your selfishness, and idol worship! There is no place in My Kingdom for things such as these.
Pursue righteousness. Against these things, righteousness will trump and conquer! As you walk into and in righteousness, your light will shine forth like the dawn, and the nations will come to your light! Upon the horizon, you will gaze forth and see that which I have promised and placed within you stretched out and made manifest before you!
The Son’s rays will illuminate their brilliance and cast resurrection and salvation light up on all that is fruit destined to your name. All of this IF you do not to give up or quit. All of this is contingent upon what you choose to do. So I say to you – choose to overcome!

Revelation 21:5-8 (NLT) “And the One sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then He said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And He also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be My children. But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.’”

We overcome the enemy through our praise and victory song to God in the fires of adversity. We defeat every spirit opposing the destiny of God through our decrees and declarations. This victory not only breaks the chains and bindings upon us but sets up breakthrough for those around us. I urge you to read Acts 16:16-34 and be encouraged to persevere as you see how Paul and Silas faced opposition and their praise broke through adversity unto freedom and salvation for not only themselves, but also for the masses.

If you have been facing these things, know that the warfare is not too powerful to destroy you. The attacks are not too great to squash your dreams and destiny. Take up your sword, even if you be beaten and worn, and rise above, ascend above the snake line, and destroy the works of the enemy through your prayer, declaration, and praise! You shall not be restricted, constricted, or restrained anymore in Jesus’ name!!! Gird up your loins, remain steadfast and undaunted, and run the race set before you unto completion and full fruition!!!

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Isaiah 60:1 (AMP) “Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come, and the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you.”
Isaiah 60:2-3 (NLT) Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance.”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

I Choose You

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child! I have shown and will continue to reveal to you areas of need all around. There will always be an abundance of need, but the things I show you and place on your heart are where I am calling you to minister.

My heart is for every need to be met, and every person to be touched with My love, healed, set free, and restored to life. You are the one I will use to do this. 

As you come close to Me you will gain My heart and My desire. Holy Spirit will give the strength and determination to do it as well as the perseverance to continue to matter the circumstances. Everything you need can be found it Me and comes from Me.

Come to Me, receive all you need, and carry out what those you are ministering to need. I have done the hard work, am doing it, and will continue to do so. Come to Me and gain all you need for the mission I have called you to.

Matthew 11:27-30 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Prayer and Fasting

Simple Discipleship

This is the fourth message in the series: Simple Discipleship.

We have already discussed, Being a Leader/Disciple, Intimacy/Love of God, Worship and Sacrifice.

Here is what we will be studying for next week:

Holy Spirit/Power of God

Scriptures for Study: 1 Sam 10:1-13, Joel 2:28-32, John 16:5-15, Acts 1:4-14, 2:1-11, 1 Cor 2:9-16.

Here are my Notes: Simple Discipleship Week 4

Here is the Audio Sermon: Prayer and Fasting

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As we begin to look at prayer and fasting, we must first ask two important questions:

What is Prayer?

What is Fasting?

In studying this topic, my definition of prayer would be inviting God into our lives and situations by bringing things to Him.  

We are encouraged to pray without ceasing.  We are not supposed to go around with our eyes closed and heads bowed all the time, but wherever we go and whatever we are doing, we are to be in constant communication with God inviting Him into our situations and surroundings and making Him a part of our everyday activities.

In coming to understand more about it, my definition of fasting is giving up legitimate pleasures as a sacrifice to gain breakthrough and a deepening relationship with the Lord.  

God has given us necessary things, and it is the blessing of the Lord to us for them to be good.  However, in talking about sacrifice, we saw that we were to give up something important to us to gain a deeper relationship with God.  Fasting is a sacrifice of something that we  enjoy (Food, Entertainment, Sleep…) so that we get breakthrough and walk into a deeper communion with the Lord.

Fasting always works together with prayer.  Everywhere that fasting is mentioned it is in combination with prayer.  Fasting without prayer is just dieting.  The point of fasting is to give up a legitimate pleasure and use the extra time that we have to spend praying.

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In Daniel 10, in is clearly evident that as Daniel was praying and fasting, he was empowering God’s spiritual forces to bring about change.  Something happens as we fast in conjunction with prayer that empowers heavenly forces to win spiritual battles.  As a result of this, Daniel was strengthened, encouraged, and given answers that he was seeking.  You have the ability to empower heavenly forces to win spiritual victories through fasting and prayer!!!

In Isaiah 58, it is even more evident that fasting with the wrong motives and wrong heart is no good and not even accepted by God.  As we fast, God brings revelation to us and we then have the choice whether to repent and be obedient or to ignore the revelation.  When we ignore what God is saying, our fasting and praying is not powerful or effective but our hearts become increasingly hardened to the voice of God.  Fasting and prayer is powerful when we repent and walk in obedience to the revelation of the Lord.

Look at a few of the benefits of the right type of fasting and praying from v. 12.  God is able to build where there was once destruction.  The enemy is constantly trying to bring destruction in our lives, but through fasting and prayer, God is able to build something that lasts on top of this destruction.  God strengthens our foundations, revitalizes our spiritual heritage for us to pass on in greater measures to our children, fortifies our defenses and clarifies our paths.  This is the kind of fasting and prayer that I want to be a part of!!!

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In Matthew 6, we come to find the importance of not being religious.  In regards to both prayer and fasting, Jesus mentions the secret place.  The thoughts and intentions of our heart is what God judges so we should never do these things out of obligation or for other people to be proud of us.  We should have a genuine desire to grow closer to the Lord and out of that heart in the secret place, God is able to give spiritual treasures.  I would rather be rewarded by God rather than men any day!!!  

It is also important to realize that the prayer and fasting that we do right now affects eternity.  When we are in heaven, there will be no need to pray or fast because we will be partying with Jesus face to face.  Right now, we have the unique ability to affect eternity with our pure prayer and holy fasting!!!

In Habakkuk 2, we find out that it does not matter how you pray, but that you are actually communicating with God.  The prophet says clearly that he was waiting to be corrected.  Habakkuk’s prayers would raw and filled with emotion.  He did not come with proper words and civilized emotions.  He came as he was and expressed himself honestly and was willing to repent and be corrected.  

We also find the importance of prophetic revelation or vision.  Revelation from God gives us tiny glimpses into our God-sized destiny and this compels us to align ourselves with Him and move more into it.  As we write these things down, it is an encouragement to us when it takes longer to get here than we want (which is 99.99% of the time), an encouragement to others when it does finally come about, and a testimony to the glory and faithfulness of God.

The most important lesson from Mark 9 and Matthew 17 is that in the middle of our hopeless situations that we do not feel as if we can pray or have the faith to pray for complete deliverance and healing, we pray for the grace to overcome our doubt and for God to strengthen our faith.

I encourage you to pray and ask Holy Spirit to bring revelation as you meditate on these questions:

What am I praying for right now?

What are the things I have given up praying for?

Is my secret place worthy of being rewarded?

What has God revealed and called me to that I am not being obedient or repentant to?

What legitimate pleasure am I willing to give up that I might receive a spiritual breakthrough in myself and the lives of others and be launched into a deeper communion with the Lord?

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I pray even now that God would give us all hungry hearts to know Him in deeper and mightier ways than ever before.  Help us all to repent of the things which you reveal in our hearts and surrender to walk in full obedience to what He is calling us to.  May our secret places be worthy of reward, and may God bring forth mighty spiritual rewards because of our faithfulness and perseverance in the secret place.

I would like to encourage you to pray and give something up in fasting so that you are able to step into a deeper walk with the Lord and that greater spiritual breakthrough would come in your life!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

 

 

Kosovo, An Open Door – Video Update #7

Due to lack of good internet, we are just now able to upload the video from our time in Kosovo. God opened a door for us in the nation of Kosovo!  We were able to partner with Him in His ministry there, praying for the people who were in war less than 15 years ago, missionaries sent there to teach the children, a missionary recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, and our friends, Liz and Sam, who were called to be missionaries there.  We also got the opportunity to do an interview for Christian-focused online magazine, Awaken Magazine!

Shout Out From Scotland – Video Update #4

Scotland is ready for revival and their time is now!!! Scotland is the gateway to Europe, so check out this Video Update from our time in Scotland to see specific ways you can be praying for the nation and the people there to see this wave of revival sweep not only across Scotland but to all of Europe!!!

Forever Faithful

Our time in Scotland was a flurry of unceasing activity and I barely had any time to stop and breath let alone write a blog.  It was a nice feeling being so involved with ministry that by the end of the day, we were exhausted.  So, I did not write anything while I was in Scotland, but my wife is amazing and somehow found time.  Now, we are at the next stop on our trip Newcastle, England, but I thought I would write a retro blog about two things while I had a little time to sit and reflect on our Awesome Father!

The first is that it was just a blessing to be in Scotland. We were welcomed in such a mighty way and never got a negative glance. We got to encourage, strengthen, and pray for so many people and this was not even a place we planned on coming.  At the beginning, God told us to look for the open doors and go there along the way.  This was such a wide open door that it did not even appear to have one.  It truly was a blessing to be in Scotland, and we know that God used us to bless many people.

While we were there, I got to share several times a message God gave me while we were landing in Edinburgh.  I did not get a prophetic vision like my wife (which she shared earlier in a blog titled Lighthouse of Life), but these two messages working together, hers and mine, blessed many people.  God spoke the word to me to remind the people of Scotland that He is Faithful!  The promises that He has spoken will come about, it just takes our faith and patient perseverance until it happens (Hebrews 6:12).  The people in Scotland have been praying the promises of God into existence for so long. We met so many small fiery prayers groups who were all contending for God to come and do a mighty work in their land.  How many years of prayer did it take for God to bring about freedom from slavery? How many were praying that this would be ended that we will never know or hear of?  These faithful prayers prepared the way for God to move mightily.  They are praying that God will send revival to their country and to Europe with the same fervor and expectation.

Just as I reminded the people of Scotland of the Faithfulness of God and the surety of His promises coming about, I want to mind you as well.  It seems that as we go throughout this life, the thorns of this world grow up and choke out the fruit from the promises God has made to us or given us through His Word.  The cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, and pleasures of this life choke out the fruit that the promises of God wants to bring about in our lives.  Gods promises will always come about, but it depends on our continued faith and perseverance as to the timing and fruitfulness of these promises (Luke 8:14-15).

So, hold on to every promise of God as if your life depends on it, because it does. Never let the lack of seeing things happen hinder you from believing and praying that the promises of God will come about.  Trust and obey what God has said to you and never let anything else keep you from bearing the fruitful reward of His promises in your life!!!  Never accept any less than the very best, the promises of God being fulfilled completely in your life and the lives of all you are around!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!