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Awakening is Breaking Forth!

In the past few weeks since returning home after The Send, I have encountered extreme warfare that I believe has been rolling across many in the Body of Christ in this hour of transition into the new era. Being truly lit on fire during my time there, I immediately recognized a slumbering spirit partnered with a spirit of disillusionment and disorientation rising up in opposition. I returned with a fresh commission and suddenly it became extremely difficult and took great pressing to connect into the dream stream with the Lord and to see and hear clearly.
I get up rather early in the morning to seek Him and found that every morning a slumbering spirit kept attacking me; so overwhelmingly strong was its attempts. I have spent the past few weeks battling and warring against it, with much frustration I must admit. I can attest that yesterday morning I broke through. I was in the middle of reading Isaiah 46 and struggling to stay focused. When I got to verse 13 and read it, immediately it was as if something snapped that I could even hear in the spirit; and I came out of it right then and was completely awake and aware.

Isaiah 46:13 (TPT)
“I am bringing My righteousness closer to you; it is not far off. My deliverance will not be delayed, for I will set My salvation in Zion for Israel My glory!”

Isaiah 46:13 (NLT)
“For I am ready to set things right, not in the distant future, but right now! I am ready to save Jerusalem and show My glory to Israel.”

I knew without a doubt that what took place resonated across time and space, representing what He is releasing throughout the nations; signifying the moment of season’s change. Where I had been warring to hear and see through the fog stationed before me, suddenly I perceived with undimmed eyes and heard with unclogged ears. He told me to go back a chapter to Isaiah 45 and to remember a verse from it that I shared in two posts, Salvation Through a Babe and 2019: It’s All About Righteousness, a few months ago; to remember what He declared then.

Isaiah 45:8 (TPT)
“Shower down righteousness, O heavens above. Let the clouds drip with deliverance! Let earth’s womb open and bear salvation’s fruit, with righteousness rising up beside it! I, Yahweh, have created them all!”

As I read the verse, I was overcome with joyful expectation and a greater understanding of a word He has been speaking to Jeremiah and I this year, “A storm is coming!” It is then that I heard Him say:

America, your days are numbered.
Numbered are the days in which you will remain in your current condition. Numbered are the days in which the hand of the enemy has played you and delayed you from entering into your spring season. Where there was once a dried up winter laden with a bitter freeze and cold; the warmth of the Son’s rays are stretching forth to melt away the dead of winter. To your astonishment, you will find that as the snow and ice melts away, life is exposed and unearthed beneath the blanket of slumbering. The bondage you have known for far too long as an arctic winter will keep you in darkness no longer.

Look out upon the horizon and see the sun breaking forth! Look out and see the new life shooting up from the nourished soil. I take the things once dried up and frozen in darkness and I breathe new life in the change of season.

I have seen and heard the hunger and prayers offered up as incense before My Throne and the bowls have tipped, running over! Behold, I have watched as the tear-stained prayers and petitions and the rumbling growls of the hungry have crept and swept across My Throne! They have washed My feet as an offering of praise.

Truly I tell you, just as I brought eternal honor to My servant, Mary for her pure devotion and adoration; so will I honor and bring an eternal remembrance to the fresh offering being given in this hour. The sacrifice has been and will forever be worth it!

I say to you, DO NOT RELENT IN YOUR PURSUIT for just as the offering has been spilled out before and upon My feet; you will see it turn into a steady stream flowing from My Throne to the floodgates. They will burst open at the force of the stream crashing into them and you will see them returned back to you in storm clouds bringing the abundance of rain!

DO YOU HEAR THE TRICKLE NOW? DO YOU PERCEIVE IT? CHANGE IS IN THE AIR!

The more that you seek My face in the secret place, the greater the outpouring of Heaven! Gaze out upon your land and prophesy that which I have spoken. Declare the increase of LIFE that I have shown you. DO NOT BE SILENT, but allow your awakened state to call forth the awakening and the ascension! Look out and see RIGHTEOUSNESS RISING! RIGHTEOUSNESS IS COMING! I am ready to make My goodness pass before you! I will cast My Glory upon you!

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An almond tree is the first tree to awaken with Spring’s arrival. Almond means “awake.”

All this past weekend I kept seeing 111 and 1111 literally everywhere I turned, way more than normal. Those numbers are symbolic of transition and awakening. I even saw an almond tree signifying awakening and season’s change, among other things, like in Jeremiah 1. I knew that something was coming forth in the spirit then and that a breaker was being released. He spoke when the lights switched on yesterday morning, “I am coming forth to complete what I began!”

Jeremiah 1:11-12 (AMP)
“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see the branch of an almond tree.’ Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfill it.'”

It is no coincidence either that a change in seasons in the natural with the start of Spring tomorrow is occurring in this moment of time. All of creation is responding to the shift taking place!

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Song of Solomon 2:10-13 (TPT)
“The one I love calls to me: 
Arise, My dearest. Hurry, My darling. Come away with Me! I have come as you have asked to draw you to My heart and lead you out. For NOW IS THE TIME, My beautiful one. THE SEASON HAS CHANGED, THE BONDAGE OF YOUR BARREN WINTER HAS ENDED, and the season of hiding is over and gone. THE RAINS HAVE SOAKED THE EARTH and left it bright with blossoming flowers. The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived. I hear the cooing of doves in our land, FILLING THE AIR WITH SONGS TO AWAKEN YOU AND GUIDE YOU FORTH.
CAN YOU NOT DISCERN THIS NEW DAY OF DESTINY BREAKING FORTH AROUND YOU?
THE EARLY SIGNS OF MY PURPOSES AND PLANS ARE BURSTING FORTH. THE BUDDING VINES OF NEW LIFE ARE NOW BLOOMING EVERYWHERE.
 The fragrance of their flowers whispers, ‘THERE IS CHANGE IN THE AIR.’
ARISE, My love, My beautiful companion, and RUN WITH ME TO THE HIGHER PLACE. For NOW IS THE TIME TO ARISE AND COME AWAY WITH ME.”

Today marks day 50 of the 50 Days of Prayer for Life and the ending of abortion, that I have been a part of. Last night was also the premiere of the new film, Unplanned, a true story about Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director’s dramatic transformation to loving God and exposing the spirit of abortion. We will also be hitting the halfway point in our 40-day Jesus Fast tomorrow, the day of Spring equinox. California is experiencing a Super Bloom of wildflowers after the fires swept through the state last year.

I truly believe that the Word of the Lord above is in response to the prayers, petitions, and fasting taking place globally for an ending of abortion and Ekballo, a resurgence of Life, an emergence of awakened Burning Ones, and a commission of laborers into the Harvest. In pondering on His word that He has heard the rumbling growls of the hungry and of the increase in 111 awakening signs, He spoke through my mouth, Ecclesiastes 11:1.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 (AMP)
“Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, [be diligently active, make thoughtful decisions], for you will find it after many days.”

Beloved, NOW is the hour in which the sacrifices and offerings of praise are being returned to us. NOW we will see the first fruits of love and obedience! I have shared on these things for the past year; but I feel such a strong pull in the spirit to surge through and charge forth! DO NOT RELENT OR GIVE IN, FOR WE ARE NOT THOSE WHO DRAW BACK IN FEAR UNTO DEATH! WE ARE THOSE WHO PRESS IN AND PRESS FORWARD TO THE FULL SALVATION, HEALING, AND DELIVERANCE OF THE SOUL!!! 

THE BREAKER IS HERE! DO YOU NOT PERCEIVE IT? 

SEASON’S CHANGE. WINTER IS OVER. THE RAINS OF HEAVEN ARE HERE. LIFE IS BURSTING FORTH EVERYWHERE. IT’S TIME TO AWAKEN, ARISE, AND ASCEND!!!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh
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A Harvest You Didn’t Plant

On Saturday morning while enjoying my quiet time with the Lord in prayer and worship, I opened my Bible and when I looked at where it opened to, I heard the voice of the Lord pronounce something so clearly. Open in my Bible was Galatians 6 and the title of that section was, “We Harvest What We Plant.” As I read it, the Lord declared in a booming voice in the room, “YOU WILL HARVEST WHAT YOU DIDN’T PLANT.” 

I began to inquire of the Lord His meaning in that statement. I am not a foreigner to the understanding of sowing and reaping. I am also not one to think it odd that He would make such a bold statement contrary to what Paul wrote when writing his letter to the Galatians, for He is the One Who does all things impossible and beyond our comprehension. I am even further not surprised that He spoke this because He has over the past few months sporadically stated and revealed the same thing, in varying ways; whether through words or visions. As I sought Him, He spoke the following:

“NOW is the time that you will step into the new and the unheard of! NOW is the time that you will step into a new harvest! NOW is the time that you will harvest what you didn’t plant! NOW is the time that the natural order of things no longer is the only way; for I am making a new way! A harvest has sprung up that you didn’t plant in a land that has been sown into before you. It is a land that you didn’t know was even yours as an inheritance.”

As I read the first section of chapter 6 in Galatians, I sensed what the Lord was hinting at in His “NOW Word”. He was drawing emphasis to verse 9 and I have shared a few versions below to expand your understanding before I expound upon my revelation:

Galatians 6:9
(AMP) Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.”
(TPT) And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!”
(MSG) “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.”

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When I began to really study the verse, I discovered some very key things to know and understand, to really get what the Lord said to me. I know that there are many who feel like they have been through the ringer, through the fire, through the storm; and for some, may even feel as if they have been battered and beaten in the process…perhaps, even too broken to recover. I’m going to break down this verse before I share a deeper word.

The verse in the Greek would read, “And [in] well doing not we should grow weary in time for due we will reap a harvest not giving up.” The phrase “we should grow weary” is derived from two words meaning “to be faint or weary, in heart.” They denote “losing heart, or being negatively influenced with the outcome of experiencing inner weariness.” 

One of the most important parts of this verse I believe, is the next phrase, “in time.” The word for this is “KAIROS”, meaning “fitting season, the right moment, favorable moment, opportune time, opportunity.” It comes from the word, “kara”, which means “head.” This is saying that things are “COMING TO A HEAD”, or to “take full advantage of.” 

The word “due” means “one’s own, property.” “We will reap a harvest” is referring to “receiving a reward for well-doing.” The word “not” is like an “if, then” conditional statement. The last part, “giving up” means “to let go, unloose, release.”

In this revelation of verse 9, I believe that in this hour God is saying, “Do not allow yourselves to become swayed by the circumstances surrounding you, nor identify with them. Do not allow heartsickness to cause you to relinquish what has been designated as your own inheritance, for NOW THINGS ARE COMING TO A HEAD! It is time to take full advantage of the favor of My face, the open doors set before you, of the season of outpouring I have ordained for you. DO NOT under any circumstance, let go of My promises, for they WILL always come to pass, bearing fruit. IF you do not turn away from Me, THEN I will pour out double the recompense for your troubles, double the blessing for your obedience and steadfastness, AND I will bless you beyond your wildest dreams. DO NOT MISS THIS MOMENT! SEIZE IT WITH ALL OF YOUR BEING!”  

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Beloved, NOW IS THE TIME to not let go! NOW IS THE TIME to take hold of what is AT HAND! DO NOT LET the enemy of your souls win and steal your destiny from you!!!

I read a post this morning on Facebook about the wondrous works of God when we do not give up; and I saw a comment from a woman that brought deep sorrow in my spirit for the body of Christ in the face of adversity. She said that ‘she just didn’t have it in her and couldn’t do it anymore, that she had been through too much to keep going.’ She had given up. The enemy has arisen in this hour to throw out every punch, jab, throw, and weapon in his desperate attempt to thwart the destinies of God over His Bride; and it infuriates me. It infuriates me that he has violated, assaulted, and silenced the children of God to the point of defeat.
Jesus said in Matthew 10:7-8, (TPT) And as you go, preach this message: ‘Heaven’s Kingdom realm IS ACCESSIBLE, CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH.’ You must CONTINUALLY bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick, and MAKE IT YOUR HABIT to BREAK OFF the demonic presence from people, and raise the dead back to life. FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED the power of the Kingdom, SO FREELY RELEASE it to others.” 

THIS is what we were made for! The only way that we don’t have Kingdom authority and power, Heaven’s backing, angelic assistance, and victory is if we set our focus on defeat and give it up. I feel the stern warning of the Father saying, “DO NOT relinquish this call! If you do, you become another destiny snuffed out by the enemy. This goes beyond you! If you give up, you have not only relinquished YOUR destiny, but you have aided in the enemy’s stake at the souls from your intended harvest, as well as others’. He doesn’t just win with taking you out, but he will not stop until he takes out your harvest! DO NOT QUIT!!!”

FATHER, MAY WE CHOOSE TO SET OUR FOCUS ON YOU, JESUS! The storms of this life amount to nothing when our eyes are fixed on You, the Author and the Finisher of our Faith! It is then that we will fulfill ALL that You have destined and created us for! It is then that we will see the world ignited with Burning Ones, set ablaze with the Undaunted Ones, and see the fullness of the reward of Your suffering returned to You, Jesus!

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Hebrews 12:1-3 (SMG)
“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means WE’D BETTER GET ON WITH IT. Strip down, start running—and NEVER QUIT! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS, Who both began and finished this race we’re in. STUDY HOW He did it. Because HE NEVER LOST SIGHT OF WHERE HE WAS HEADED—that exhilarating finish in and with God—He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility He plowed through. THAT will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”

Now, I bring things full circle to the original Word of the Lord at the beginning of this post. When we truly grasp these truths above, that WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS and that WE DO POSSESS EVERYTHING WE NEED TO FULFILL OUR DESTINY AS WE SEEK HIM IN THE SECRET PLACE; we are able to gather in the harvest of our own labors, AND ALSO the harvest of souls born from the toils of the pioneers gone before you!

John 4:37-38
(MSG) “The Harvester isn’t waiting. He’s taking His pay, gathering in this grain that’s ripe for eternal life. Now the Sower is arm in arm with the Harvester, triumphant. That’s the truth of the saying, ‘This one sows, that one harvests.’ I sent you to harvest a field you never worked. Without lifting a finger, you have walked in on a field worked long and hard by others.”
(TPT) And this confirms the saying, ‘One sows the seed and another reaps the harvest.’ I have sent you out to harvest a field that you haven’t planted, where many others have labored long and hard before you. And now you are privileged to profit from their labors and reap the harvest.”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Prophecy: Dawn of the Sent Ones

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While praying last night to the Lord, I heard very clearly His voice saying,

“THE DAWN OF THE SENT ONES IS UPON US! The time has come for My Sent Ones to be unleashed! For a time you have been in the wilderness of preparation, and NOW IS THE TIME OF THRUSTING, of EKBALLO!

What the enemy intended to be a derailment of purpose and destiny, I have turned around for double recompense. Where the enemy sought to destroy, I have commanded victory for My children and the enemy will suffer double the defeat. What was once going to be a difficult road to plow, resulting in much toiling and labor, has become a LANDSCAPE OF HARVEST! Yes, gaze ahead and see the fields that are RIPE FOR HARVEST!!!

In the wilderness of preparation, I have been stripping off every weight and hidden snare that the enemy would have chosen to try and trip you up and to bind you on your path. I brought you into a place of deep hiding, where it seemed as if the world as you knew it was turned upside down; where it seemed as if every door that was once wide open to you in ministry, relationships, finances, favor, were being slammed shut in your face. I have heard the cries of My children, crying out from a place of deep desperation. Each and every tear shed in this season has not fallen to the ground unnoticed or forgotten. I have caught every single one and hold them dear to My heart.

Where the enemy took the opportunity to whisper in your ear during this quiet season that your destiny has been lost, forgotten, and forsaken, I have been there close beside you in every moment, echoing into the halls of your eternity: DO NOT GIVE UP! DO NOT GIVE IN! YOU’RE ALMOST THERE! THE TIME TO PUSH IS NOW! YOUR BIRTHING IS HERE! YOUR DAWN OF RELEASE IS UPON YOU! You’re in the threshold of the ring of Fire, of transition; and if you will HOLD STEADFAST AND KEEP YOUR EYES ON ME, you will burst through the doorways of destiny with monumental force and breakthrough, making quite an entrance! Now is not the time to decide to abort the baby- now is not the time to give up or grow weary in the mission and purpose! It’s coming whether you like it or not; the only way you could abort your destiny is IF YOU CHOOSE to give up! Only then will it fall to the ground. If you give up, you will not only miss out on the INCREDIBLE BLESSINGS, FRUIT, THRILL, and JOY OF THE FULFILLMENT, but someone else will have to come along and pick it up to carry it to completion and reap the benefits of their YES.

Again, I say to you, THE DAWN IS UPON YOU! Do you not see the rays of sunlight rising upon the horizon? Gaze forth and be amazed at the beauty of it! To those with eyes to see, you will gaze out in not the distance, but the nearness of the uniquely designed destiny painted before you. Receive the blessings of obedience that are always greater than the sacrifices made. OH, THE JOY THAT IS HERE NOW!

Step up, and step out into all that I have released upon the wings of the wind. Fly with Me in a higher dimension, soaring high above it all! You will see from an aerial view, all that has been laid before you. Yes, you will see not in part, but in full vision and will be able to carry the vision to the greatest completion!”

Joel‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)
It is a day of darkness and gloom, a day of thick clouds and deep blackness. Suddenly, like dawn spreading across the mountains, a great and mighty army appears. Nothing like it has been seen before or will ever be seen again.
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Isaiah‬ ‭60:1-3‬ ‭(AMP)‬‬
Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come, and the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you. For in fact, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness will cover the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you [Jerusalem] and His glory and brilliance will be seen on you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭(TPT)‬‬
And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!

Galatians‬ ‭6:9-10‬ (‭MSG‬‬)
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. 

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Grow with Me

Daily Encouragement August 23 – 

Growth!!! Now is a season of spiritual growth. It is time to press in and receive all the special nutrients I have given to accelerate your growth. I want you to be strong and fully nourished for the work that is coming. 

Press in close and receive everything I have to give right now. I have provided an abundance just for you. Some things are easy to receive, and some take searching out. I guarantee that every bit of seeking out Me and the good stuff that come from Me will be rewarding.

I am here to give you all I have and am. It is in the seeking Me out that the best growth happens. Strength comes through work. I want to be strong so press into Me!!! I love you My child!!!

Galatians 6:10 “…let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

A Moment in Time…

It has been a very challenging season for us over the past few months.  First of all, we would like to apologize for not being more up to date on posting as well as sending out monthly newsletters since the one we sent out in September.  The day that Katie began to work on the newsletter for October, our computer that contains just about everything we do for ministry stopped working mysteriously.  We have had to wait too long for the means to get it fixed and returned to us in a usable form.  But praise the Lord, we are now up and running again!!! 🙂

Coming back to “normal” non-missionary life has been difficult in many ways.  As we were traveling, we were standing on the word of the Lord to go, and we obeyed that word to the best of our ability.  Now that we are back, it has been hard to understand what God has for us here and what He is saying next for work and ministry.

Although it has been a challenging time, we have been privileged to be able to carry on ministering in many different ways.  We are privileged to be a part of leadership in Encounter God’s Presence (EGP).  Formerly, this was an annual youth camp and leadership retreat, but now it has been developing into weekly meetings and numerous youth rallies across our network of churches.  Katie has been involved in the organization and administration of things as well as being able to use her prophetic gifting to give words at several events.  Recently, we traveled with an EGP team to Hobbs, New Mexico to put on a rally for the youth.  Over a hundred youth came together and worshiped, prayed, and sought the Lord together.  During this time, many were ministered to, and Katie even got to pray and watch as a young girl’s leg grew out.  This along with her prophetic words touched the lives of many youth there.

Hobbs Youth Rally

This church invited the team to lead worship the next morning so that the entire congregation could be a part of what God was doing.  We went early to pray and prepare our hearts to be filled with His presence and then give out what we had received.  God had been speaking to me during this weekend a word that I was able to share with the worship team before they were able to minister to the congregation.  During the service that followed, the power of God was displayed throughout the church and the pastor gave up his message to allow the Holy Spirit to minister as the worship continued to usher in the Kingdom of God!!!

Worship at Hobbs First Assembly

The word that God had been speaking to me was a simple phrase, “A Moment in Time Changes Everything!!!”  As I meditated on this word, God began to reveal more.  We live our lives from moment to moment never really knowing what will come next and not being able to change what has been done in the past.  Each moment, we are given the opportunity to be obedient to the Lord and the Truth that we know.  Each moment in time changes what will come next for better of for worse.  As we are faithful to the Lord and His word to us, our moment in time will come into contact with another person’s moment in time and they will be changed by the Presence of the Lord we carry with us.  These life changing moments may not seem different than any other moment, because it is not even us doing anything but being obedient to the Lord.  This obedience to Him allows Holy Spirit to flow supernaturally through us to whomever we come into contact with.

In Acts 9:10, we come upon “a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias”.  He appears to be no special person, not a pastor or leader in a church.  He was a certain disciple like you and I are supposed to be.  He was spending time listening to the Lord and allowing his spirit to be filled by the presence of God.  When he got a word to go and pray for a man named Saul, he did not even really want to.  He had heard of all the evil horrendous things that Saul had done in the name of God, and did not want him to be healed.  This would be a bit like God telling you to go and pray for a well known member of ISIS.  Nevertheless, because of his relationship with the Lord he was obedient.  Saul was miraculously healed and chose to follow the Lord.  Ananias, a relative nobody, had a moment in time that God’s power and presence was able to be infused into Saul’s life, and this changed everything!!!  Saul became Paul and later became a traveling missionary and church planter, was appointed as an apostle, brought the word of God to the Gentiles, and wrote most of the letters that still influence us to this day.  Ananias gained a mighty eternal inheritance of all of these things because of a simple act of obedience that he did not even really want to do.  His moment in time still influences us today and changed all of eternity!!!

We can see all kinds of these life-changing moments throughout the Bible and even to modern day history.  At the time, they do not even seem to be that important, but because God was able to infuse Himself into the obedience of His people, miraculous things took place and a supernatural legacy was brought about.  Think about Abraham who left everything behind to follow the Lord, and his willingness to give up his most precious son Isaac, we are his inheritance.  Moses gave up the pleasures of the palace and the solitude of the wilderness to speak the words of truth to Pharaoh, and he became the leader of God’s chosen people.  After much resistance, Jonah spoke a word of destruction to Nineveh that saved the entire city.  The Bible is made up of simple individuals like you and I (Elijah was a man with a nature like ours… James 5:17) who chose to follow and obey the Lord and this changed history!!!

This is who you are!!!  This is your inheritance!!!  This is your destiny!!!  God calls you as His own to walk in faithful obedience to Him.  As you walk out the simple mundane acts of obedience, it allows God to inject His Spirit into the situation so that the miraculous can occur. At the time, you may not see, realize, or feel anything special.

One “little” word or one “small” act of obedience will change the world when God is the one leading and directing!!!

A tiny word can change, save, or set a life free when spoken out of Obedience and Truth!!! 

A simple act can affect a person, a nation, or all of eternity if we are walking with the Spirit!!!

One moment in time changes everything!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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!!!

We Can Do Nothing Against the Truth

The Lord gave us the privilege of sharing a nice Christmas meal, centerpiece of bacon-wrapped turkey, with a great family of the faith. We were welcomed in and had such great fun and fellowship with them. This was our first Christmas away from our physical family, but we were elated to spend it with such great spiritual family. As we were talking, Robin was talking about Fenwick’s window. (Here in Newcastle, this store spends copious amounts of money to decorate their window, and people stand for hours to see it. It is big part of the Christmas season here). He commented that in a previous year, one of the displays had been a Nativity. Apparently, a child looking at the window asked what this had to do with Christmas. For us, this was an unthinkable tragedy. The real meaning, the Truth about Christmas, had been taken out of the season. The way the world celebrates Christmas, we might as well rename this season Mas-presents or some such nonsense. In reading this week, I came across these verses from the final chapter of Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 13:8-10 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. Therefore I [Paul] write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.

As Followers of Christ, we must live by these verses. We must be careful not to ever do anything against the Truth, but for it. The world has launched a concentrated attack on Truth and are trying to replace it with personal relativism (whatever is right for you). It seems that it is the mission of some to exhaust themselves in service of the Truth so that many more might be made strong in it. No one can ever be whole or complete without the Truth, which is Jesus. We stand and battle for the Truth with all that we have in us, but at the same time, we cannot use or authority or knowledge to destroy or bring destruction. We must always bring the Truth in a way that encourages. Everyone knows that if you bring the Truth and beat someone over the head without, it does not help them. It can be likened to an ambulance driving up to someone who has been injured backing up and running over them. It is there to help them, but can cause a lot of damage to them if it is not properly handled. We must do all that we can to stand for the Truth and speak it in Love!!!

Do not forget to apply this to yourself as we also seek to. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal any area in your life that you may not be fully standing in the Truth. Seek to stand wherever He reveals. Also, ask Him to reveal how you can stand and speak the Truth in love and encouragement and not cause harm to those who need it the most.

We continue to love and pray for the Family of God as a whole and pray that you are blessed and encouraged by everything that we are a part of. If these blogs have been an encouragement to you, think about following them and sharing them with friends so that others may be encouraged and experience the Truth in a new way.

Blessings of Jesus, the True Reason for the Season!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!