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Heart to Obey 37/40

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

With only 5 days left of the fast, I am sure I am not the only one counting down until the end.  As much as I have loved going through The 40 together, I am ready to celebrate and enjoy good things once again, as I am sure we all are.  In the final days of this fast, there will be a shifting from talking about the importance of giving God glory in fasting, humility and repentance to glorifying Him in feasting, celebration, and obedience.

Today, I want to look at a place in scripture where the people were fasting out of a wrong heart but expecting good results. They were also feasting our of a wrong heart.  Everything was all about how it made themselves feel and not what God wanted.  Let’s examine the book of Zechariah:

Zechariah 7:2-3 when the people sent Sherezer… to ask the priests who were in the house of the Lord of hosts, and the prophets, saying, “Should I weep in the fifth month and fast as I have done for so many years?” 

The people in captivity are away from their homeland, but are still trying to cling to their heritage, history, and traditions. They sent this man to the priests to ask if they should continue their ritual of fasting as they always had.  This is the response they get from God:

Vs. 5-7 “Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months  during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me—for Me? When you eat and when you drink, do you not eat and drink for yourselves? Should you not have obeyed the words which the Lord proclaimed through the former prophets… ?’ 

God is not impressed with their act of fasting, because they are doing it for their own benefit. God is not getting the glory.  Even in their eating and drinking that God could be receiving some sort of thanksgiving, praise, or honor, it is all about themselves instead of Him.  Whether you are fasting or feasting, obedience to The Lord is what allows you to worship and glorify Him!  If your heart is right, you will be able to praise The Lord whether you are fasting or feasting.

Vs 8-10 ” Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.’ 

The practical things God reveals to Zechariah for the people to do are not difficult, but neither are they easy for a people used to pleasing their own selves.  God must be the center, the main goal, and aim of our hearts if we are to truly worship Him in every area of our lives.  

Vs. 11-12 “But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts.

The revelation of The Lord was streaming forth from the mouth of the prophet, but they would not obey, turned away, and would not even hear what God was calling out of them.  Selfish people with selfish hearts were unwilling to change and come into line with The God of grace and mercy.  This made their heart hard, and they had to suffer the consequences of their disobedience.

The 40 has been all about the softening of our hearts and the opening of our ears to hear. This becomes easier to do as we have a special time set apart to seek Him.  However, as we near the end of the fast, and will soon return to our normal way of life, what is to keep us from hardening our hearts and continuing to walk in our own ways?

Obedience! Obedience is key to daily walking in worship.  God is continually speaking forth His revelation, and we will continue to hear as we obey what we have been given. When we are disobedient to the Word of The Lord, our hearts will become hard.  The more we disobey, the more we will walk in our own way. God longs to pour out His mighty blessings upon us. He always has the best for us, but this is dependent upon our obedience to come into line with Him.  

My encouragement for us today is to seek The Lord for a new heart to walk in continuous obedience.  We will not always want to obey.  We will not always feel like obeying. In these times, we must truly believe that Jesus is worth our complete and total obedience. A heart of obedience will always lead us to worship and glorify our God and Father of grace, mercy, and love no matter what may be going on in us or around us.

Jesus, right now, when my heart is more receptive to you than ever, I want to be completely obedient to You, Your plans, and Your purposes.  I want to follow You and walk in Your way no matter what may be taking place in my life.  Whether it is something I want to hear or do, I want to totally obey all that You speak that You may receive all the praise, glory, and honor possible from my life. 

Practical –

  • Ask Holy Spirit to give you a willing and obedient heart
  • Glorify Him in your obedience today
  • Thank Him for all He has done, is doing, and will do

Be be blessed today with the ability and willingness to walk in obedience to all God is revealing. May you be released and propelled into the next level with Him as you obey to the best of your ability!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Step Up & Step Out 30/40

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!

Here we are on day 30 of The 40! Whether things have gone great for you or not God is moving. Bad things have happened to us during this time. Our car, computer, and finances are down… Praise The Lord! Great things have happened through The 40, doors are opening to the nations, increase in evangelistic opportunities, revelation of actions we took a year ago beginning to bear fruit, increased fire and revival being released and community being built… Praise the Lord!!! God is doing much more than we can see or understand because we are committed to seeking Him! 

God spoke to me something simple this morning as I was praying over my list, “Step Up and Step Out“.  We have been focused on drawing into the secret place and committing ourselves completely to God.  We have been drawing near to receive revelation, rightly respond in repentance and worship, and walk in a constant state of revival. Now, it is time for us to step up to the next level and step out of the secret place. As we step out of the secret place, we must carry His presence with us out into the world with the power and grace that Holy Spirit brings.  

God has had me teaching through Acts during Sunday School, and he reminded me of some of the revelation that needs to be released to our community.  In the first eight verses of Acts 1, Jesus is with his disciples speaking his last words to them before he leaves.  This passage also takes place concurrent with Matthew 28, Mark 16 and Luke 24.  While we will be discussing Acts 1, I encourage you to read Jesus words in each of these chapters and how they are all connected.  Jesus, tells his disciples to go and wait for the promise in Jerusalem that they may be “endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). This same thought continues here in Acts 1:

Acts 1:8 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.

My encouragement for us today is to step up and step out. The extended times we have spent in seeking The Lord through humility, repentance, confession, fasting, and prayer have empowered us by Holy Spirit to step up into the next level with Him. Holy Spirit is equipping us to daily step out of the secret place and carry the revelation of truth we have received to the ones who do not even know what they need.  Our time seeking The Father’s heart is transforming us into martyr-level witnesses. May we all walk in Holy Spirit power and declare the wonderful works of God in our words and actions everywhere we go.

Jesus, help me to truly come to know you and have your heart for harvest.  Help me to fully receive Your power to be a mighty witness of who You are no matter where You may send me. I desire to have Your heart, speak Your words, and be your witness everywhere that I go today, tomorrow, and forever!

Practical –

  • 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!!!

Repent and Worship 28/40

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!

Here we are on the last day of week four of The 40. It is amazing to think that now we are 2/3rds of the way through and have less than two weeks to go. I remind you that God is doing amazing things beyond what we can see in the physical realm. Be encouraged that you can press in to Him and press through to the next level in The Kingdom.

Yesterday, I began a discussion that will continue on today.  If you remember, in Revelation of Truth, we looked at one of the major precursors to revival taking place in us and through us.  The revelation of God’s word and the truth contained therein must bring about a proper response. The word itself is power, but our response to God’s word is what brings transformation.  

Today, I want to encourage you in responding rightly to God’s continuous revelation of truth.  God is always speaking, we must be always asking for open ears to hear what He is saying. Since our response is key to revival taking place in us and through us, let’s look at a place in scripture that demonstrates this.  

Nehemiah 8:18 Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a sacred assembly, according to the prescribed manner. 

Nehemiah has brought back a portion of the Israelites back into their homeland that God had taken them out of as judgment for their constant rebellion.  Nehemiah begins to act as a governmental ruler who is deeply devoted to God.  He has come to help organize and rebuild the city both physically and spiritually.  Part of this task involves restoring the prescribed feasts and gatherings that God had instituted for the worship and remembrance of past testimonies throughout Israel’s history.  During this eight day feast, the book of the law is read every day.  The revelation of truth is coming to the people for a week during a time of celebration and joy.  Then the eighth day happens.

Nehemiah 9:1-3 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads.  Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for one -fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the Lord their God.

The eighth day was a day of sacred assembly. The constant revelation of the truth, even during a time of celebration and joy, cause the people to see the ways they were no longer aligned with God and His holiness.  As a result, they come in humility, fasting, and repentance. Their response to this revelation is not merely mental assent, but demonstrated itself in practical application.  

When revelation came, they fasted and mourned, and then separated themselves from the foreigners.  At this time, their had been many who had intermarried with foreigners and whose children could no longer speak their native language.  God had forbid this so that Israel would not be led astray to worship the demonic idols of the land.  They begin to confess and repent of their sins even as they separated themselves from it.  They stood up and took responsibility for not only their own actions, but also the rebellion of past generations.  After this, they aligned themselves further with The Lord by further revelation of truth.

Then it says something interesting in verse 3, “…they confessed and worshipped the Lord their God.”  A heart in right response to the revelation of the Truth is transformed from former sin to repent and confess.  This repentance and confession is an act of worship to God.  When we turn from doing things our own way and pleasing our own fleshly selfish desires, this is an act of worship to God.  If your heart is in continuous right response to God, you will be always ready to confess and walk in worship when His revelation comes forth.  This constant repentance, when revelation takes place, puts us in a constant state of being brought life again and again.  This is revival.  Revival starts with our right response, repentance, confession, and worship, to the revelation of truth.  

My encouragement today is to seek The Lord more than ever before. As we do this, our hearts must be ready to receive, day to repent, and ready to worship that true transformation may take place in us and through us. Repentance and confession is a special act of worship that touches the heart of the Great God of Mercy and Grace and causes Him to pour out the blessing of life continually upon us. It is from this place that we are changed and empowered to bring lasting change to others. Let us be found today, tomorrow, and increasingly in this place that true worship may arise before The Throne of God and we may be propelled together into the next level of The Kingdom!

Jesus, I desire to come to you continually. May my heart forever be in a place of right response to Your revelation. I desire to truly worship you as I repent and confess of everything that breaks me from progressing deeper in communion with You. Help me to worship you rightly and forever be in a place to receive your continuous life-giving Spirit. Help Holy Spirit life to flow out of me in increasing measure that my family, neighborhood, region and nation may be revolutionized by You in me!

Practical –

  • Ask Holy Spirit to bring revelation of truth
  • Be quick to repent, confess and worship God
  • Ask for the power to live in obedience
  • Look for ways to release the life-giving Spirit through your words or actions today

Be blessed with the ability to walk in true worship by repentance and confession as the revelation of Truth comes in increasing measure.  May the Life-giving Spirit flow into you and be released out of you as you are propelled into the next level in The Kingdom today!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!


The New Thing 14/40

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!

As the final day of week two ends I want to congratulate you on continuing one-third of the way through the fast.  God has been doing amazing things and will continue to do so. I can see where He has personally strengthened and sustained me in so many ways already, and I am looking forward to the transformation that will continue to take place in us all.  Keep up the good work!!!

I want to encourage you today from a word that God began to speak to me this morning.

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

Right now, God is doing a new thing in a new way!  No longer will you look at the past to define your future, but you will look to Him.  He said, “I am The Way!”  You do not need to look anywhere else, but straight to Him.  He is the source of revival water, and it flows from Him because He is The Living Water.  He is The Life that all men need.

Almighty God cannot be held back by the barriers of humanity.  He will break them all down with the weight of His presence.  The good news for us is that He will flow quickly and easily to the lowest spot around.  He will fill to overflowing the ones who have made themselves ready. 

Nothing can stop the presence of The Lord from completely consuming those who have their face set on seeking Him.  Though it may take longer than you want, He will flood you with His presence.  He will overwhelm you with His love.  He will cover you with His glory, and lift you up to be seated in heavenly place with Him.  He says, Come to Me you humble, hungry, and thirsty, and I will give you more than you could ever handle. I will give you all of Me!”  

The next chapter in Isaiah has a promise that continues this thought:

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring

Right now, you and I are making ourselves ready.  We are hungering in the physical because we desire to be truly hungry in the spiritual.  All that God has for us, all that He wants to do, cannot be held back if we are hungry and thirsty for him.  David Hogan says this, “Fasting is a good way to get hungry.”  This statement is so simple, yet so profound.  We have been getting hungry for 14 days now with more to go.

What can God do with a people who are truly hungry and thirsty for Him?

Look around you.  Now is the time that we need God more than ever before.  Crazy things are happening around us.  Wars, tragedies, griefs, depression, and despair consume the airways and conversations everywhere that we go.  The generations seem to be getting worse and worse in every area.  Crime is up, morality is down, and no one seems to care.

I need to be dry and needy for God to come and consume me.  I need to be the dry and cracked ground praying for an outpouring of the flooding presence of The Water of Life.  I need to be completely consumed in His presence that family, friends, neighbors, and nations are transformed by the greatness of the well of life overflowing out of me.  

Will you join me?

Are you hungry?

Are you thirsty?

Are you ready?

Jesus, I ask right now that You will make be completely hungry and thirsty for You and Your presence!  I want to be overfilled beyond capacity.  Overflow me that I may influence family, friends, neighbors, and nations with You, the River of Life.  Take me as a willing vessel and use me however You see fit.  

Practical – 

  • Ask Holy Spirit to make you hungry and thirsty for more
  • Give up something extra that steals your time, and give that time to seeking Him
  • Be obedient to everything that He speaks to you

Be blessed with the new thing that God is doing right now. May you be forever hungry and thirsty, yet forever filled with the fullness of the overflowing presence of an all-consuming God as you are propelled into the next level with Him.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

The Kairos Moment for the Emerging and Enlisting: Draft of the Burning Ones

A time ago while in prayer, the Lord began to speak an incredible word for now and the coming days. As I typed it up, I began to feel the Lord impress upon my spirit how truly important this word was and He put forth an urgency in the spirit of the time in which we have now entered into. He began to impress upon me the importance of calling a world-wide fast again for this kairos moment in time; but He would not let me share the word or call the fast in the time that I recorded the word.

I spent the next month praying about His timing and then my fiery husband, Jeremiah, came to me and said that he felt God calling for a 40-day fast that was to begin on August 26th – October 4th. There was my answer. I also did not feel led to release this word yet and felt that Jeremiah was to be the one to call the fast. After continued prayer, I feel the time is now to share the word. Jeremiah has been posting encouragements and prayer/activation focuses daily (which can be found in the “Propel Fast” tab in the categories on the right; and more info on the Propel Fast here).


I heard the voice of the Lord saying:

“Doors of great proportion are open to usher in great waves.  Do you hear them now? Do you hear their sound crashing against the shore of arrival? Do you see them rolling in? Surely, the Son’s reflection will be seen upon the surface of the deep and He will have His reward!

WHERE ARE THEY WHO WOULD CATCH THE WAVE AND RIDE UPON IT WITH ME?!

WHERE ARE THEY WHO WOULD RISE UP AND TAKE HOLD OF THIS DIVINE INVITATION TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING GREATER AND MORE ASTOUNDING THAN ANYTHING EVER SEEN?!

Do you see My Son leading the charge and leading the way? Yes, I am issuing a decree across the nations, a draft, calling on My Burning Ones to come out of their caves of isolation and the wilderness of preparation!

Now! Now is the time for the emerging and the enlisting!

My eyes search from the east to the west, the north to the south and everything in between for the ‘YES’ men whose hearts are ablaze and who are prepared to abandon it all and give their lives for the completion of this mission.

Come forth! Come out of your hiding! Come step into your purpose and fulfill your call to fulfill the deep desire of My heart!

Your weapons are on the shore of decision, awaiting their retrieval as you jump into the waters. Surely, D-Day is upon you and not a single stone will remain unturned as the waves crash upon the shores of salvation!

Are you ready? I have given you all you need to be ready…Are YOU ready?

It is bigger than you think! More vast than you know! Here come the waves!!!”


I have heard the Lord use the phrase D-Day before, particularly one year ago. I questioned then what He meant by it and began to research it; so when He spoke this phrase again to me, I had a sense of what He was declaring into the atmosphere with this word.

D-DAY: “In the military, D-Day is the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated, the unnamed day on which an operation commences or is due to commence, the day on which an important operation is to begin or a change to take effect.”

I continued to research and process His phrasings, particularly in regards to military language and discovered this:

DRAFT: “Conscription is commonly known as the draft, but the concepts are not exactly the same. Conscription is the compulsory induction of individuals into the Armed Services, whereas the draft is the procedure by which individuals are chosen for conscription.”

ENLISTMENT: “An enlistment is the period of time for which one is committed to military service.” “Enlisted Soldiers are the most important part of the Army structure. They carry out orders and complete missions. As a Soldier, you will be challenged to accomplish tasks that will put your abilities to the test, and you will discover talents that you never dreamed you had.”

Beloved, we have transitioned into a kairos moment in time where God is extending the invitation to join His Army to take down demonic strongholds and principalities over people, families, cities, regions, and nations.

THE TIME FOR WAR ON INACTION IS NOW!

If you thought you could escape the draft into holiness by hiding in the shadows and caves of sin, you are gravely mistaken. This is a war over souls that we are talking about. If we are not for the Lord in everything, then we are His enemies. He is not looking for half-hearted soldiers who will bail the moment things get intense. He is looking for abandoned warriors set on completing the mission set before them…AT ANY COST. You have to be cleansed and made holy to be a part of this Army. His Holy Spirit will not flow through an unholy vessel.

His secret operation is kicking into effect. Who will commit to this time of empowerment to overthrow the kingdom of darkness?! Who will die to self that breakthrough would come not just in our own lives, but our families, government, and in the nations?!

Joel 3:9-16 (NLT)
“Say to the nations far and wide: ‘GET READY FOR WAR! Call out your best warriors. Let all your fighting men advance for the attack. Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears.

TRAIN EVEN YOUR WEAKLINGS TO BE WARRIORS. COME QUICKLY, all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley.’ 

And now, O Lord, CALL OUT YOUR WARRIORS! ‘LET THE NATIONS BE CALLED TO ARMS. LET THEM MARCH to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I, the Lord, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all.

SWING THE SICKLE, FOR THE HARVEST IS RIPE! COME, TREAD THE GRAPES, FOR THE WINEPRESS IS FULL. THE STORAGE VATE ARE OVERFLOWING…’ 

THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS ARE WAITING IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION. THERE THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL SOON ARRIVE….The Lord’s voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth will shake. But the Lord will be a refuge for His people, a strong fortress for the people of Israel.” 

Joel 1:14-15 (MSG) says to “Declare a holy fast…get the leaders together, round up everyone in the country. Get them into God’s Sanctuary for serious prayer to God…The Strong God has arrived. This is serious business!”

Joel gives us an empowering picture of what this Army of the Lord, His Burning Ones looks like in Joel 2:1-11:

“Like dawn light moving over the mountains, a huge army is coming. There’s never been anything like it and never will be again.” … “A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; the land is like the Garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; surely nothing shall escape them.” … they charge forward like warhorses…they leap along the mountaintops…like the roar of fire sweeping across a field of stubble, or like a mighty army moving into battle.”

Their enemies flee with terror. “They run like warriors; they climb the wall like soldiers.” … “The invaders charge. They climb barricades. Nothing stops them. Each soldier does what he’s told, so disciplined, so determined. They don’t get in each other’s way. Each one knows his job and does it. Undaunted and fearless, unswerving, unstoppable. They storm the city, swarm its defenses, loot the houses, breaking down doors, smashing windows. They arrive like an earthquake, sweep through like a tornado.

“The Lord utters His voice before His army, for His camp is very great, because strong and powerful is he who [obediently] carries out His word…”

Truly the Harvest is Ripe! Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision, awaiting the day of their visitation unto salvation!

Who will be the warriors advancing forth, trampling foes and ransacking enemy encampments, taking back possession of what was stolen?!

Who will be the boots on the ground who refuse to quit, give in, relent, or back down to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth?!

Join us on this journey! If this is you, then welcome to the Burning Ones Army! Greater things are to come! Let us know of your commitment so we may be mutually encouraged in the faith and as Hebrews 10:38-39 reminds us:

WE WILL NOT DRAW BACK IN FEAR BUT PRESS IN AND PRESS THROUGH FOR THE FULL SALVATION, HEALING, AND DELIVERANCE OF THE SOUL!!!!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Propelled Into The Next Level

It has been a great to joy to sit back and watch how God has used Katie to take over most of the encouragement this year.  With what God is speaking now, I felt it necessary to share this encouragement that will help propel you to the next level in your relationship with God.

Are you in a place of weary waiting?  Have you stood on the promises of God and cried out for so long and nothing seems to happen?  Do you desire a change of circumstances? Are you desperate for doors to be opened? Are you hungry for new power to be released?

Do you desire to be propelled to the next level?!?!

Many may not receive this as a word of encouragement.  Most will ignore it and continue in the same old way of life. Some will accept it as truth, but few will take this word of encouragement and put it into practice and be powerfully propelled into new levels with the Lord.

The principle I am going to speak of was followed by every major player in both the Old and New Testament. Moses, David, Elisha, Peter, Paul, John and so many more all followed this principle and were propelled into new levels of power when they did.  It seems strange in knowing all this that anyone who truly follows Christ would be unwilling to participate in this practice.  It is never easy for any of us to deny our flesh and follow in the footsteps of Christ.  However, obedience will rocket us into the exponential increase that we all desire. 

For those who truly desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, let us hear what He has to say about this great power available for all who partake in it.

Matthew 6:16 “…when you fast…”  

What did He say?  Is that in red? Did Jesus actually say the “F” word?  Why didn’t He say IF you fast”? Isn’t fasting just an option for true extremists?

How many of you have been in church for years and never heard anything about fasting?  Obviously, this verse must be taken out of context or some obscure part that no one ever reads.  I am sorry to say that this is right in the middle of probably the most famous sermon of all time “The Sermon on the Mount”.  From this discourse we get, “The Beatitudes”, “The Lord’s Prayer”, “Love your enemies”, and many of the other more famous words of Jesus.

You can read the context for yourself in Matthew 6, but here is a quick refresher.

Matthew 6:3-4But when you give, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your giving may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

“When you give” is a passage that probably comes up regularly during offering time in the church. Here, the Father rewards the giving that is done out of a right heart.  Nobody would deny these words of Jesus as being essential to growth in the Lord.

Matthew 6:6 “…when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Here is another widely known passage that is followed by the Model Prayer.  Everyone would affirm that it is necessary to pray and learn how to pray more and better to proceed in your walk with God.  The Father who sees these prayers will reward you for the time spent praying and crying out to Him.

The passage from Matthew 6:16-18 continues in the same parallel repeating twice, “…when you fast…”. The thought is completed as verse 18 ends your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Surely Jesus would not put fasting on the same level as giving and praying in the essential steps to being propelled into the next level in The Kingdom.  Whenever I bring up this topic, people groan and look at me like some sort of alien. “I like food too much”, or “that is too hard,” or “you are crazy”, are some of the common responses that I have received just by bringing up one or two verses as I have mentioned above.  I encourage you to study fasting throughout the New and Old Testament and see the great men that walked it out and what they gained as a lifestyle of fasting with prayer out of a right heart.

img_6674.jpgIf nothing else, Jesus Himself left us the perfect example. After Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3, He was led by The Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. This was the time of testing that would prove who Jesus really was.  What did Jesus do to prepare and continue to stand strong in the midst of the greatest onslaught of the enemy? At the beginning of Matthew 4, we see plainly that Jesus fasted forty days. He gave up the worldly way of gaining strength and power and took up the spiritual empowerment of fasting and prayer.  Because of this, He was ready for all the enemy had to throw at Him.

Later in Matthew 17:20-21, prayer and fasting come up again as a dynamite combination that allows the impossible to be accomplished through your life.  So many of us want a secret formula that will help us overcome the enemy, or the secret weapon that will destroy the enemies’ hold on our lives. Here it is:

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.  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.

If you need more incentive here are just some of the benefits of fasting and praying with the right heart:

  1. Corporate Freedom (The Salvation of a City) Jonah 3:1-10

Here an entire city, over 120,000 are saved because of repentance, fasting and prayer

2.  The Healing of the Land2 Chronicles 7:13-14

If you study it out, the main outward expression of humbling yourself before God is fasting.

3. To Influence Government and Save a PeopleEsther 4:16-17

Esther, Mordecai, and the Jewish people fasted and prayed and God brought deliverance.

4. Personal Freedom and BreakthroughIsaiah 58

This is probably the best place to view many of the numerous blessings of fasting and prayer out of a right heart.

5. Empowerment of the AngelicDaniel 9:3-4, 20-21

6. Opening of the Eyes to Spiritual RealmDaniel 10:2-11, Acts 10:30

7. Gaining UnderstandingDaniel 9:3-10:12

There are many more benefits and blessings that can be found throughout Scripture if you care to study the topic further.

Before I end, I want to give a few simple definitions of fasting.

Lou Engle states “Fasting and prayer is designed to humble yourself, reveal your flesh, and purify your worship“.

David Hogan says “Fasting is a good way to get hungry“.

A personal definition that I have come up with is giving up a legitimate pleasure as a sacrifice to gain breakthrough and a deepening relationship with the Lord.  We do this because we love Jesus, and He is worth it!

I want to encourage you to begin cultivating a lifestyle of prayer and fasting into your Christian walk.  Every new level in my personal life has been marked by a new commitment to prayer, fasting, and spending time in The Word.

THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO INCREASE!!!

From Monday, August 26th – Friday, October 4th God has called me to consecrate a 40 day fast for several reasons not the least of which is Revival and souls for The Kingdom.  I encourage you to fast one, two, or all of the three major areas that we are controlled by:

  1. Food
  2. Media
  3. Sleep

Allow God to lead you into the next level of fasting that you may be propelled into the next level with Him.

A word of advice when fasting food more than three days, please study the right way not only to fast but also to break a fast. Often the world understands the health benefits of fasting better than Christians understand the spiritual benefits. Because of this, there are many websites that can aid in fasting and breaking extended fasts.

If you would like to carry on further study here are the three best books I have found on prayer and fasting;

  1. The Atomic Power with God thru Fasting and Prayer by Franklin Hall
  2. Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince
  3. The Jesus Fast by Lou Engle

May the Lord truly bless you as you prepare to be propelled into the next level with Him.  Always remember:

Hebrews 11:6 “…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

May you receive the fullness of The Great Rewarder!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Time to Take Up the Sickle!!!

This past weekend, I was privileged that God opened up a crazy door for me to attend the International Young Prophets gathering near here. It is a company of young prophets partnering with the Elijah’s of our day to establish the Kingdom of God in the nations. There are not enough words to describe all that took place, however, I will share a vision I had the morning of the second day I attended. Prior to knowing I would even go, all week in prayer and prophetic declarations and worship, I found myself crying out repeatedly, “Oh, God! Swing Your sickle and bring forth the Harvest!!!” Prior to going the first day, I found out the gathering was called, “The Sickle.”

I was standing before a bare field all around me to the left, right, and behind me. Before me was a massive field of tall stalks of wheat so white and so great in proportion that it was blinding. This field stretched beyond the reach of my vision. Suddenly, a gentle breeze of Holy Spirit breathed upon the field and the stalks swayed in the quiet stillness surrounding me.
The wind of the Spirit blew a fresh wind of new life upon me; leading me to walk forward and look in front of me. As if being given a fresh pair of eyes, I saw it. Just to my left I saw staked into the ground, a sickle. It was as if a pillar of the light of the sun broke through the clouds overhead and shone upon the sickle, highlighting it. Immediately in my spirit I was completely aware that the sickle had been sitting there, staked into the soil for years awaiting a laborer to come, take it up, and to use it to reap the Harvest. It had been passed over and rejected many times before and had been crying out to be taken up for generations past. Seeing the color of the Harvest revealed this truth — it was OVERRIPE!
I immediately without hesitation, lunged forward, grabbed it, and yanked it out of the soil. As I did, suddenly, a dynamite power hit me as if I was struck by lightning; with the surge of power being great, overwhelming, and overpowering. I took the sickle up and thrust it toward the Harvest. As soon as I did, an explosive power stretched out from the sickle and like a fast-paced tidal wave, the Harvest was mowed down and harvested in a mighty, thunderous motion. The explosion echoed throughout time and space, greater than the sound of a sonic boom. The fields before me now lay barren and cleared, having brought in the fullness of the Harvest. I heard the Lord say:

“CAN A NATION COME TO ME IN A DAY? Can a nation of millions of disenfranchised, lost, barren, and dying souls be brought into My Kingdom in a moment? Surely, it is possible, or I would not have said it long ago! I have done it before and I will do it again!

In the stillness and quiet, My Spirit has nurtured and tended to the stalks to sustain the life that existed. In the forgotten, dormant period, life ensued. In the times that My laborers neglected the Harvest set before them and left it to waste, I held it in the palm of My hands.

Behold, I am breathing new life upon all that you have known. Many have known one aspect of life for far too long that you have become deceived into thinking that you see and possess the fullness. But I say to you: BE NOT DECEIVED! NO ONE can know all there is to know about life! Put off your competition! NO ONE can reap the entirety of the Harvest alone in their own will! It takes THE ENTIRETY OF MY LABORERS CONJOINED AND CONVERGED, yes, knit into Me, to set the nations ablaze for My Glory! Watch as I breath a fresh wind upon what I have given you to steward. What you have known will no longer be your reality. Watch as I cause a great shifting in the focus and direction of what I have given; unsealing that which has been hidden. Yes, A GREAT SHIFTING IS HERE!

A time ago, the Harvest set before you had reached its initial ripeness and awaited ones that would bring it in. With great disappointment and sadness in My heart, I FOUND NONE that would take up the tools I had set before them to gather up the souls that I had placed ahead of them. There the tools lay, forgotten to gather dust. Will I allow My Harvest to decay and rot because of lack of reapers? Of course not! EVERY SOUL MATTERS! EVERY SOUL HAS A DESTINY AND PURPOSE THAT I DESIGNED FROM BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH!

I have not relented in calling forth those I desire to equip to carry forth My grand purpose! As I have tended to the crop and watched it brighten and expand, great expectation has built up in inexplainable proportions, that I might find someone willing to answer the call.

Therefore, I AM BRINGING FORTH THE SUDDENLIES IN THE SHIFTING! I will not leave you to squelch all that I desire any longer! WATCH AS I TAKE YOUR MINISTRIES AND BRING A GREAT SHAKING! WATCH AS I TAKE YOUR LIVES AND BRING A MIGHTY SIFTING! I will cause you to shake off all of your man-made mantles and pedestals; and I will turn your lives right-side up!

I AM RELEASING NEW EYES TO SEE THE HARVEST SET BEFORE YOU. I WILL BAPTIZE YOU IN COMPASSION FOR THE LOST, THAT WILL CAUSE YOU TO GO TO UNENDING LENGTHS, YES, EVEN FORSAKING YOUR LIVES UNTO DEATH, TO REAP THE HARVEST! SUDDENLY, YOU WILL SEE! ASK OF ME! ASK ME FOR THE NATIONS! THEY’RE YOURS! NOW, GO!!! Take up that which I have set before you and ANSWER THE CALL! BE THE ANSWER!!! DO NOT DELAY ANY LONGER! I AM READY!!! PARTNER WITH ME TO SEE A TIDAL WAVE INFLUX, greater than the world has ever seen! IT IS TIME!

Isaiah 66:8 (TPT)
“Who has even seen or heard of such a wonder? Could a country be born in a day? Can a nation be birthed so suddenly? Yet no sooner does Zion go into labor than she gives birth to sons!”

Matthew 9:36-38 (TPT)
“When He saw the vast crowds of people, Jesus’ heart was deeply moved with compassion, because they seemed weary and helpless, like wandering sheep without a shepherd. He turned to his disciples and said, ‘The harvest is huge and ripe! But there are not enough harvesters to bring it all in. As you go, plead with the Owner of the Harvest to thrust out many more reapers to harvest His grain!'”

Mark 4:29 (TPT)
“Then, when the grain is ripe, he immediately puts the sickle to the grain, because harvest time has come.”

Revelation 14:14 (MSG)
“I looked up, I caught my breath!—a white cloud and one like the Son of Man sitting on it. He wore a gold crown and held a sharp sickle. Another Angel came out of the Temple, shouting to the Cloud-Enthroned,’Swing your sickle and reap. It’s harvest time. Earth’s harvest is ripe for reaping.’ The Cloud-Enthroned gave a mighty sweep of His sickle, began harvesting earth in a stroke.”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh