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Precipitating The Latter Rain 11/40

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!

It is time once again to examine our reasons to commit to The 40.  We must constantly refresh the reason behind the fast or we will be drawn away by the enticements of the world to what may seem better.

Why have you committed to press in to The Lord through fasting?

Whatever your reason may be for going into this fast, today, I want to give you another one. Fasting precipitates the Latter Rain.  The former generation experienced what they refer to as the Latter Rain and there have been many prophecies about the former and latter rain coming together in these days ahead using the passage Joel 2:23.  Though this is the passage used by so many about the coming releasing of The Spirit in a mighty way, few know the context in Joel during this time.  Another passage of scriptures you may know well is Joel 2:28-32.

Joel 2:28-29 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and  on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

This may be one of the most referred to passages in the charismatic church especially since it is referenced by Peter in Acts 2:17-21 when the Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples in such a powerful way.  Again, it seems that no one knows the context of what is happening in the book of Joel preceding this.  We often overlook “minor” details that can lead us to a true revelation to how God wants to bring about what He has promised conditionally.  It is especially important to view the context because this passage starts with, me paraphrasing, these things will take place after something else happens.

If you read the book of Joel, this is a time of tremendous devastation in the entire land of Judah.  An enormous plague of locusts had come and stripped the entire country of all vegetation.  Famine and drought as well as starvation and death of man and animals was taking place.  This was the worst possible moment in the people’s lives, and they needed a solution.  The prophet Joel came with a solution:

Joel 1:13-14 Gird yourselves and lament, you priests; Wail, you who minister before the altar; Come, lie all night in sackcloth, You who minister to my God; For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God. 14 Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land
Into the house of the Lord your God, And cry out to the Lord.

The solution for this crisis is humility, repentance, prayer, and fasting.  This plague was a result of the people’s constant refusal to turn to God and follow His ways.  Therefore, He allows the effects of their disobedience to come upon them.  Turning back to Him is the only way to change their situation, and fasting is a sign of a true repentance and humbling of the heart.  

In case the people did not want to take the advice of a mere prophet of God, The Lord Himself gives the solution for their problem in the very next chapter:

Joel 2:12-13 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”  13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.

Here, God calls for repentance, fasting, and prayer.  Fasting is a true evidence of a desire to change and come into line with God and His purposes instead of partnering with our own flesh.  This is what will cause the grace and mercy of Heaven to be made evident in our lives.  This is not just a call for certain group of people like the holy priests or pastors.  Vs. 15-17 tells us that it is for:

  • People
  • The Congregation
  • Elders
  • Children
  • Babies
  • Newlyweds
  • Priests

No one is left out of this call to come to the Lord in repentance, fasting, and prayer.  No this is not a mandatory thing.  However, this is what is referring to in Vs. 28 after you come as an entire people in humility, repentance, fasting, and prayer then God will pour out His Spirit.  The apostles received The Holy Spirit after waiting and in unity in The Upper Room for 10 days.  We know they were praying together, but I believe they were fasting as well.  The outbreak of The Spirit at Azusa was a result of 10 days of fasting and praying together.

Here we are, committed to The Lord and each other for The 40.  What can God do with our hearts that come to Him in humility, repentance, fasting, and prayer?

Jesus, I ask that you will take this simple offering of my life, my commitment to you and use it for Your Kingdom.  I desire for The Great Outpouring of The Spirit that has so often been talked about.  I come to you in humility, repentance, fasting, and prayer right now.  Come and move in a mighty way that you may receive the glory that is due Your name!!!

Practical – 

  • Read Joel 1-2
  • Ask Holy Spirit to reveal how you can partner with Him in your personal prayer time
  • Ask Him to reveal how to call your community into humility, repentance, fasting, and prayer
  • Be obedient to all that He speaks.

Be blessed with the power to partner with Holy Spirit in precipitating the Latter Rain.  May this lifestyle propel you into the next level with Him!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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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!!!

The Send: Ask for the Nations!

On Wednesday of last week during my prayer time in preparation for The Send, I was led by Holy Spirit to begin praying out and prophesying Psalm 68.

Psalm 68:1 (TPT)
“God! Arise with awesome power, and every one of Your enemies will scatter in fear!”
V. 3-4 – “But let all Your godly lovers be glad! Yes, let them all rejoice in Your Presence and be carried away with gladness. Let them laugh and be radiant with joy! Let them sing their celebration-songs for the coming of the Cloud Rider Whose name is Yah!” 

I began to see in this passage what He has been showing me for some time as He rides among the clouds, among the wave that is coming. We as His Sent Ones have a reason to rejoice as He not only has gone before us, but He leads the charge, and also goes with us covering us as we GO! 

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THIS is what adoption looks like! Love was released at The Send. Andy and Holly Byrd and their children are such a pure and holy example of the adoptive heart of the Father.

The next few verses really got me and happen to be completely in line with what took place at The Send. We committed to take up at least one mission field to accomplish His commission in the earth and to see it set ablaze: Neighborhoods, High Schools, Universities, ending the orphan crisis and placing all orphans into homes through the Spirit of Adoption, and finally, the nations. None of this can be accomplished if we do not Carry His Love with us. We are the Harbingers of Hope going into all the earth to declare that LOVE IS ON THE WAY!!!

As you read these next passages, I strongly encourage you if you haven’t already, to read them slowly and really allow them to sink in until they mark you and become your reality unto commission and action marked with compassion.

V. 5-6 – To the fatherless He is a Father. To the widow He is a Champion Friend. To the lonely He makes them part of a family. To the prisoners He leads into prosperity until they sing for joy. This is our Holy God in His Holy Place! But for the rebels there is heartache and despair.”
V. 7-8 – “O Lord, it was You Who marched in front of Your people, leading them through the wasteland. The earth shook beneath Your feet; the Heavens filled with clouds before the Presence of the God of Sinai. The sacred mountain shook at the sight of the face of Israel’s God.”

These are the desires of His heart; to be a Father to the orphans, a Faithful Lover and Husband to the lonely and widows, a Restorer of families, a Liberator, Provider, and Joy-giver. The beautiful thing in all of this is that He has called us to partner with Him to establish these desires into reality and fruitfulness!

It was in the secret place of prophesying these things forth into existence that I got to verse 9 and 10. I began to see the manifestation of a small cluster of clouds swirling into a culmination of storm clouds as with Elijah in 1 Kings 18. Then a song came forth,

The winds are blowing, do you feel it now, do you feel it now?
The clouds are stirring, do you perceive it now, do you perceive it now?
The storm is rolling in, do you hear it now, do you hear it now?
The rains are here, can you feel it upon your skin now?

V. 9-10 – “You, O God, sent the reviving rain upon Your weary inheritance, showers of blessing to refresh it. So there Your people settled. And in Your kindness You provided the poor with abundance.”

I believe we saw this storm manifest at The Send. Within the first 10 minutes of being there, I found myself unable to stand under the weight of His Presence and the awareness of His nearness in that stadium left me trembling, crumpled in a ball on the turf crying out, “HOLY!” During that precious moment, I recognized something in my altered state of being present among thousands of Burning Ones and being wholly and solely in the Throneroom before my King. A single drop upon my head. That single drop resided with me the entire day. I knew the rains would come; and indeed, they did.

Sixty thousand lovers stood out in the ridiculous heat, and having spent the majority of the time on the turf (including being unable to replenish water sources for some time), we did indeed become a parched and weary people; yet all persisted unwaveringly before the Lamb Who is worthy! I truly believe the persistence bore fruit. There came a moment when we cried out to Him for the nations and gave Him our “YES!”, that we would GO! Following this marking moment came a transition that was obvious in the Spirit. We gave Him our adoration and as a blessing, He fulfilled His promise to send His reviving rains. In the physical as well as the spiritual, they felt to be strengthening and refreshing unto commissioning.

When He sends the rains of His Spirit and of outpouring, we must recognize it as a holy, marking moment and abide in it until The Sending. 

Back a few days before when I had been prophesying Psalm 68, I had no idea what He planned to do; and I am left reeling and in a perpetual state of awe and wonder. At the time of praying those words forth, the Lord led me to the page before in Psalm 67. I believe that this was the release after the rains!

Psalm 67 (TPT)
“God, keep us near Your mercy-fountain and bless us! And when You look down on us, may Your face beam with joy!”

V. 2-5 – “SEND US OUT ALL OVER THE WORLD SO THAT EVERYONE EVERYWHERE WILL DISCOVER YOUR WAYS AND KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND SEE YOUR POWER TO SAVE.
Let all the nations burst forth with praise; let everyone everywhere love and enjoy You!
Then how glad the nations will be when You are their King. They will sing, they will shout, for You give true justice to the people. Yes! You, Lord, are the Shepherd of the nations! 
No wonder the peoples praise You! Let all the people praise You more!”

V. 6-7 – THE HARVEST OF THE EARTH IS HERE! God, the very God we worship, keeps us satisfied at His banquet of blessings. And the blessings keep coming!
Then all the ends of the earth will give Him the honor He deserves and be in awe of Him!”

This is The Send. 

We believe that a wave was started that day and that it was only the beginning on the war on inaction. The rains of outpouring were only a glimpse in the coming world-wide Jesus movement. Today, we along with 18,000 others at The Send and world-wide have begun a 40-day Jesus Fast from March 1-April 9 to contend for Jesus, The Evangelist to sweep across the nations. I ask that you join us, for He is worthy of our sacrifice and our worship! The earth is awaiting this wave of fiery sons and daughters; they are awaiting Jesus, The Evangelist! You can go to the link above to sign up as a commitment, find out more information, tips, encouragements, and daily devotionals we will be going through across the globe.

It is promised us in Psalm 133, where there is unity, He commands a blessing! What we do in seizing this kairos moment will mark the futures of our children and shift the world in which they will live in. My prayer is that they enter a world that is on fire for Jesus in manifestation of Luke 12:49.

Please join us in praying these things forth and know that no nation is too dark for Jesus to reach! Set your face like flint in prayer, action, being His hands and feet; and do not relent until there’s breakthrough!!!

Psalm 2:7-9 (TPT)
“I will reveal the eternal purpose of God. For He has decreed over me, ‘You are My favored Son. And as your Father I have crowned you as My King Eternal. Today I became your Father. Ask Me to give you the nations and I will do it, and they shall become your legacy. Your domain will stretch to the ends of the earth. And you will shepherd them with unlimited authority, crushing their rebellion as an iron rod smashes jars of clay!'”

To the ends of the earth,
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Chosen Vessel

Daily Encouragement – 
I love you and have great plans laid out before you. These will come forth even as you move into Me. 

I am bringing forth the fires of revival. Old wells and new springs will burst forth with cleansing, refreshing, and washing of hearts. 

Revival of the heart and returning to me, the One and Only Love, is the center of what will take place. 

Love Me, follow Me, obey Me, and see My Kingdom go forth. This will happen even as you follow Me and walk with me to the ends of the earth. The very nations are Your inheritance to revive, disciple, and send out. 

It is not about you. I am looking for willing vessels to love and serve me. Through these vessels, I will transform this world and bring forth My Kingdom like never before. 

You are My chosen vessel!!!
Matthew 28:18-20