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Season of Sweat, Storms, and Stretching

I want to confess that our time here in Cambodia is very different than what I expected it to be.  We have been here more than two weeks now, and God has had us focus on praying and encouraging the staff here at the base in Battambang.  When I envisioned coming back to Cambodia where I spent more than two months only two years ago, I thought we would be doing some of the same things as I did before.  However, God has us doing things that are quite different but exactly what He needs to be done.

Staff at YWAM Battambang

Staff at YWAM Battambang

Right now, it is the hot season in Cambodia.  Ironically, we came from the hottest part of the season in India to the hottest part of the season in Cambodia.  I heard an American who lives here remarking that it was 106 degrees in the shade.  Being from Texas, I understand the heat and know it well.  However, I do not like how it is so humid here that your clothes are constantly soaked with sweat even when indoors.  At any point in time, I could take off my shirt and wring it out and fill a bowl with the sweat.  It is not fun and definitely is not attractive, but it is where God needs us to be.

The only relief that we have had from the scorching heat was a violent monsoon that came out of nowhere.  It tore up the carport covering and part of the eating area and literally drenched our room before we were able to do anything to stop it.  I was outside for less than five minutes rescuing the truck from being demolished and came in dripping wet.  I guess it did not really matter because our room was half submerged anyway.  Apparently, we got more than two and a half inches in about 30 minutes.  After all this,  I have found some comfort in this verse, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God” (Isaiah 43:2).

While repairing a broken bicycle and dripping with sweat, a lady that has been here a while said something to me that I took as an encouragement from the Lord.  She said that right now, in hot season, is exactly the right time to come and encourage the staff.  The heat is not fun, classes are about two months from being finished in one of the schools, and most people are worn down at this time.  It would definitely be more comfortable to be here not in hot season, but God knew that He needed us here right now to encourage His people.

When God calls us, He is always directing us to what He needs us to do, He is just waiting on us to be obedient and come into line with where He needs us to be.

His people are much more important than our personal comfort!  Over and over, we have to remind ourselves that we do not make decisions based on our own comforts.  If that were the case, we never would have come to Cambodia, India, or on this faith journey at all.

Ming Hing and her granddaughters

Ming Hing, a blind woman Jeremiah prayed for 2 years ago and her granddaughters

God gives us the strength to grow beyond our comfort level so that His work may be done where He needs it and at the time He needs it to be done!

Worshipping the Lord in unity

Worshipping the Lord in unity

Where you are right now, ask yourself.  Are you in a place where you are comfortable?  Is it pleasant both physically and spiritually?  Are you being stretched so that you can grow or are you resting comfortably in what you have?

God constantly wants to be stretching us beyond what we are able to do for two reasons.  One, He wants us to grow and be able to do greater things in the Kingdom.  Secondly, and more importantly, when we are able to accomplish things that we could never do on our own, He is the only One who will receive glory.

I know that you are sitting there and have the desire to do great things for the Lord and to bring great glory to His name.  Ask Holy Spirit right now, where have you settled into a lifestyle of comfort?  Ask Holy Spirit to stretch you and do great things through your obedience to Him. Pray that He will give you everything that you need along the way, and trust that He will provide it.  Pray that He would use your life to bring great glory to His name!!!

I bless you to know that God is the great provider!  He gives strength in our weakness!!!  He gives mercy in our failures!!!  He gives us the ability to grow and change more and more into His image!!!  He gives us a continual life of adventure in obedience so that the comforts of this world do not make us ineffective for His Kingdom!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Rains of Revival

Previously my husband shared the word that the Lord had given him for Spain The Mighty Wind and the Dry Bones, however, I will recap a little bit before I share the word that God has given me. The day that we arrived in Spain Pastor JoseMaria picked us up from the airport, and he, with no relation to what we had been discussing, began to tell us about an unusually strong, strange wind that woke him up during the night a few times. I thought it odd that something so ‘strange and unusual’ would happen the night before our arrival. I immediately felt that there was something taking place in the spiritual and being made evident in the physical but decided to pray into this before sharing with anyone.

The next morning in prayer with Jeremiah, the Lord confirmed this word to me as he shared that this phenomenon caught his attention, and God had revealed the same thing to him. I took note of this and began praying throughout the week as to what this word meant for Spain. God reminded me of when Elijah prayed for rain. This event takes place at the end of the 3 1/2 year drought that Elijah prophesied over Israel as an affront to baal, who supposedly controlled the natural forces; which led to the contest on Mount Carmel where Elijah challenged the people of Israel, King Ahab and the prophets of baal to choose who to follow. Two altars were built, to God and to baal, and God made Himself known as the One True God by consuming with fire the drenched altar Elijah built. Now that Israel made the confession that the Lord is God, Elijah informed Ahab that a mighty rainstorm was coming. Elijah took his servant, climbed to the top of the mountain, and humbled himself, bowing low to the ground with his face between his knees praying. Six times he sent his servant to look out to the sea and each time, the servant returned, having seen nothing. Elijah sent him the 7th time, and this time the servant returned saying in 1 Kings 18:44, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Elijah immediately rose, told Ahab to return to Jezreel with haste and the Lord gave Elijah special strength to run ahead of Ahab’s chariot, beating him on the 17 mile trek to Jezreel.

Next, Verse 45 says “a heavy wind brought about a terrible rainstorm.” Just as wind brings about a change in the atmosphere and climate, so does Holy Spirit. The Lord told me through these verses that the “rain is coming.” Spain, as Jeremiah said, can be seen as a very dry place spiritually. And indeed, there has been many years of spiritual drought here. But there are churches of believers, missionaries and those praying for His Spirit to sweep across the nation again. This unification brings about blessing (Psalm 133.) When the people of Israel saw that their hearts belonged to something that didn’t exist, they came back to God. It was then that the tide shifted, and the time had come for the rain. Though there was no physical sign that his prayers were effective, Elijah persisted, knowing that God would come through, until he saw the fruit come forth through the ‘small fist sized cloud’. James 5:16-18 says, “…The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” The last word that God gave me was that just as God enabled Elijah with ‘special strength’ to return before the rain came, He is enabling the people, ministries and churches here with special strength to be able to house the flood of people that will come when revival arrives.

Are there areas in your life that have been dry and lacking fruit? Are there things that you have been praying and contending for so long that the lack of results has brought discouragement and a dip in your faith? Take heart! My husband and I know very well that the dry times are difficult. We went through 10 months of waiting for change and direction and thought He wasn’t speaking to us. What we found when we heard the final word of “GO!” was that God had been speaking all along; we had just been so set on seeing giant fruit that it overshadowed the small fruit appearing. Though the cloud was so small, it was a harbinger of the ‘terrible rainstorm’ to come, meaning that the small things bring about the great things yet to come. God is faithful, and we must look ahead for the tiny fist sized cloud giving way in the distance. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal where He is working in the small things, be thankful for those things, but continue to press in for the larger things.

Blessings,

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!