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Simple Obedience Changes History

Currently, I am in preparation to go out for another full day of ministry. I am sitting outside taking in the gentle breeze, carrying with it the refreshing power of Holy Spirit. Our schedules here are mostly packed full morning to one o’clock in the morning the next day, for the Spanish culture naturally goes late into the evening. I am so glad to be surrounded again in the culture of community and relationship.

As I sit here, I find myself dwelling upon all that God has already revealed and done during our time here; pondering on the heaviness of His Spirit’s Presence the last three days. Three nights ago, we attended a prayer meeting at Pastor Abel’s church in Elche in preparation for Operation Andrew, the outreach plan set in place the last time the team visited. The goal of the operation is to bring the churches here together and the members locating lost people that they know, and they began praying for their salvation after last visit. This trip’s focus will be on going out and preaching the Gospel to these lost ones and we believe that after the almost nine months of sowing prayers into their salvation, that we will see an abundant harvest come forth.

As we worshipped, prayed and interceded, the Presence of God invaded mightily. We all got up and shared words the Lord had given us for what He was preparing to do and it was obvious that God is doing a new thing, raising up a mighty army in this land. I shared the words the Lord had given Jeremiah and I when we last came in 2014, found in The Mighty Wind and the Dry Bones, as well as the word the Lord gave me in September of last year, and the word He gave me in prayer for this trip, of which I shared here To Spain for the Glory of His Name. The power of God fell in great proportion and the place was electric with expectation for a great outpouring of Holy Spirit to fall upon the land and people.

The following morning, an unusually strong wind came through that was so powerful and everyone everywhere were saying that winds like this have not been seen before and it was strange. The winds of the Spirit came sweeping in through the land, carrying upon it the Word and power of the Lord. That evening, we hosted the pastor’s rally where we gathered the pastors we will partner with to carry out Operation Andrew. There was an incredibly overwhelming heaviness of the kabod Presence of God manifesting in the atmosphere as we worshipped together.

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One evident thing is the majority of the churched people we are encountering are all foreigners. Various Latin American, European, African, Russian, and Chinese families were called from the Lord to come live here, plant churches, and minister to the Spanish people. Spain sowed the Gospel into the nations long ago, and though it has predominantly lost it’s first love, the fruit of it’s labor is returning.

Yesterday, my partner in crime this week, John and I paired with our host Pastors that we will be partnering with throughout the week. We travelled to Torrevieja, a small city south of where we are in Elche, and ministered in their church. I gave the prophetic word that the Lord had given me for Spain and had shared two evenings prior at Pastor Abel’s church. John preached on the importance of the Gospel being the main thing and the reason for which we do all things. We must not be selfish and keep this Good News of salvation to ourselves but must be intentional everywhere we go to share it and give it out!

Afterwards, we were had a few hours to kill before we went to our lunch appointment at one of the church member’s house; so Pastor Elsa took us to the Marina to show us around. The place was filled with tourists and internationals on holiday. I felt impressed upon by the Lord to keep an eye out for treasures hidden in plain sight, people to minister to. I noticed a number of people with crutches and a wheelchair bound person missing an arm. Then an elderly gentleman passed by me who was limping severely and made eye contact with me. I knew he was the one I was to speak to so I turned around to follow him and stop him to talk to him. It wasn’t until then that I realized his right leg was about six inches shorter than his left, and that was why he was walking strangely. I stopped him and asked if he spoke English, but he spoke Spanish; so in my best ability, of which might equate to a three year old, I asked him in Spanish if I could pray for Jesus to heal him, for I had noticed he was walking with a limp. He couldn’t quite understand me, so I motioned my friends over and using Elsa’s phone for translation, typed in what I tried to say so that she could communicate to him. He immediately turned us down and said that God can’t heal his leg. She explained God’s healing power yet he refused. In one last attempt I said that I have seen Jesus heal people and grow their leg out many different times when praying for them. He still refused and did not want prayer either, saying he was fine with his leg and content; so we blessed him in Jesus’ name and went on, praying for his healing on our own.

This was not a failed attempt, sometimes people don’t want Jesus no matter what you do, so you do as Jesus said: shake the dust from your feet and go on. We prayed for him anyway, for nothing can stop us from doing so and the obedience will be rewarded.

We went from there to our lunch appointment at Ilse and Edison’s. They’re Columbian and he was a top chef there so we were blessed with a well-rounded meal of steak, eggplant, potatoes, salad, and paella, a rice dish with fishtail, clams, and mussels. That’s what you call suffering for Jesus, though I had to pray for help eating the ocean life since I do NOT do fish. When you live on the Mediterranean, it’s anticipated that fish will be included; just like being unexpectedly served whole fresh giant anchovies, bones and skin included…what does one do? You say a little missionary prayer, “Lord, wherever You lead me, I’ll follow; whatever You feed me, I’ll swallow.”

We spent a few hours there, then picked up Pastor Pablo and went to our first visit, Ilse’s daughter and son-in-law, Elkin, who moved here two months ago from Columbia. They were opposed to the Gospel but allowed us to come. Upon arrival, Angie answered the door in pain, holding her neck. We sat with them and I shared a picture of my family, for they had two little ones Azariah and Elam’s age. They said we could share with them, so John began to present the Gospel through the tool we are using here, the Evangecube. After doing so, we asked them if they would like to receive Jesus and have eternal life with Him in Heaven and they both accepted Jesus there on the spot!

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We prayed and I asked Angie about her neck. She had a pulled muscle and couldn’t turn her head, in a lot of pain. I asked her if I could pray for her for Jesus to heal her neck; just as she took away our sins when He died on the cross, so he took away our sickness and pain and bore it on the cross. She said, “yes”‘ and after praying, half the pain was gone and she had more mobility. I asked if I could pray for her again, for even Jesus prayed for someone more than once before they received total healing; she agreed. Pastor Pablo interjected and asked to share a testimony. He said he had come in with back pain and as I was praying, he felt a hand reach forth and grab the pain out of his back and he was completely healed! God used it to increase faith in the room and Angie said as I prayed for her again, she felt heat where my hand was. She then had almost full range of motion and the pain was nearly gone!!! Praise the Lord!

I ask that you be in prayer with us for this family that God provide work for Elkin, as they have one month left before their visa expires to find work, or they will have to return to Columbia. Also, please pray that the Lord would continue to minister to them, grow them, place them well in the Body of Christ here, and that they would develop hunger for Him, His Word, and discovering their roles in the Family of Christ.

Please pray for us as well, as we go out today for two more visits, that hearts would be receptive, fertile soil for the Gospel to be planted; and for any more a god-appointments along the way.

Be encouraged dear brothers and sisters, there is nothing special about us. We are simple people being simply obedient to simply Go as He said, and to share the simple Gospel! You can do this wherever you are, simply ask Him to give you His eyes, heart, and Word and be intentional to step outside of your comforts and Go! Be so bold as to ask Him to make you uncomfortable!

Proverbs 28:1‬ ‭(AMP‬‬)
“The wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

Dios de bendiga,

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

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The U.S. and Russia: A Preemptive Strike


 

This past Sunday during worship at church, the Lord began to give me a vision that at first was a bit cloudy to me. It began to form but I struggled to understand and see it clearly. It took me coming home and spending the next two days seeking the Lord for clarity of the vision to receive the fullness of it. Here it is:

 

I saw the nations of the U.S. and Russia appear from an aerial view position. Then I saw the faces of Trump and Putin appear over their nations. Afterward, I saw an exchange of missiles launched and flying over the ocean. I knew that Russia was launching attacks on the U.S. I heard the words, ‘preemptive strike’. Russia was full of pride and hate and I knew they were launching strikes in full confidence that they were in supreme power. But I felt that this strike would result in a failed attack because God’s hand of favor was upon the U.S.  The Russian missile was destroyed out over the ocean before it even reached the U.S.  I saw Putin freak out, yelling in anger at the defeat that had occurred. This was his attempt to weaken, decimate, and hinder the U.S. in a desperate attempt to gain control of an already lost situation. The power of the U.S. (and God’s power over it) is perceived as a great threat to Putin’s seat of global power. Most interesting is that the response missile on the U.S.’s behalf began to dissolve upon approach of the Russian borders. I sensed and felt that the Lord is using this brief reprieve as a warning and last grace given to Russia to give up fighting against what the Lord has established and turn to the Him. Every form of opposition to the Lord will have monumental impact as a whole. 

The Lord said, “I hate communism! There is not a single thing that I like about it. It is oppressive, I hate oppression. It is restrictive, I hate restrictions. It is destructive, I hate destruction. I bring freedom and life. The enemy is the bringer of communism. Russia, this is not about a power struggle between nations. This is not about who has more weapons or manpower. This is about what I long to do in the nations. Russia, you are hated and despised by many because of your evil heart and the corrupt actions that flow from it. 

Nevertheless, I love you and desire that you would turn from your wicked ways and return to Me. Open your hardened, closed off heart to Me and let Me come in to heal, reshape, and renew you. Make no mistake…if you do not take heed of My word and return to Me in brokenness and in repentance, your healing will not come. I have plans for you, Russia…great plans, if you would only give up your thirst for power and surrender to Me. I am not willing that any of My little ones perish. Open up your heart to Me, Russia.”

 

I began thinking about the words, ‘preemptive strike’ and what that could mean. I looked it up to get a clear understanding of its meaning and here is what I found: “a first strike attack with nuclear weapons carried out to destroy an enemy’s capacity to respond. A preemptive strike is based on the assumption that the enemy is planning an imminent attack.” Now, I do not believe that this meant that there is going to be an actual nuclear missile/war to take place. I believe it was an attack of some sort from Russia in an attempt to debilitate the U.S. and prevent any future possible offensive moves on the U.S.’s part. 

 

There have been many attempts on the Russian side to come against the U.S., the country with the greatest resources in the world right now. I believe that the Lord’s hand of favor is upon America right now. Putin is a dictator and has been leading his people far away from the Lord, siding with the evil one. His heart has been hardened and callous to the Lord and that is evident through his approval in the ban of sharing the Gospel within the borders of the nation. With the dissolution of the missile upon the Russian borders in my vision, I believe that this it is a sign of the grace of God to turn the heart of Russia back to Him. He gives grace upon grace, even when we do not deserve it. His love for Russia is deep and His pursuit unrelenting. 

 

Brothers and sisters, it is not time to freak out and get caught up in the news and media. It is not time to get caught up in theories, theologies, and opinions. It is also not time to become apathetic to the reality at hand. When we start feeling nothing towards the injustices and problems around the world, our hearts have become just as calloused as those who have turned from the Lord to follow other gods. When we fail to seek His heart for the circumstances being presented, we fail to be the sons and daughters we are called to be. It is time to stop hating Russia for the past, present, and future and realize that God loves Russia. He loves His creation and though His remnant remains, He longs to raise up burning ones among the nation to carry the Gospel with fervor and zeal to all nations. He wants the hearts of all in Russia, just as in every nation to turn to Him. Healing, restoration, and freedom comes when we realize our wickedness, turn to Him, and repent. 

 

Philippians‬ ‭1:28‬ ‭(AMP‬‬)

“And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God.”

 

2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:13-15, 19-22‬ ‭(NLT)‬‬

“At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. 

But if you or your descendants abandon Me and disobey the decrees and commands I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods, then I will uproot the people from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor My name. I will make it an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations. And though this Temple is impressive now, all who pass by will be appalled. They will ask, ‘Why did the Lord do such terrible things to this land and to this Temple?’ And the answer will be, ‘Because His people abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and they worshiped other gods instead and bowed down to them. That is why He has brought all these disasters on them.’”

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Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh