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Where Are the Fearless Waymakers?

PROPHETIC WORD – March 16, 2020

I heard the Lord say in prayer this morning:

“In the coming days, you will see and know a deeper release of My hand in the land. You will see a wave of life arise where the spirit of death has run rampant. Where many were in darkness feeling their way along the walls like the blind; behold, a great light will shine and shake everything. This will bring a mighty awakening of My Body and she will begin to see with My eyes and not through the eyes of fear.

To a world drowning in fear, she will be that beacon of hope and life in the midst of chaos. Suddenly, a release of heavenly blueprints for the ending of this scourge will be given to her as she seeks Me and partners with Me in this move.

She MUST NOT bow her knee to the enemy nor hunker down in fear that leads to destruction! She must rise up, push back full force against the tide, and see Heaven’s backing come through.

Just as with Elisha’s servant, may her eyes be opened to see the great army that stands at the ready to trample every foe – for greater are they that are with her than they that are against her!!!

Sound the trumpet and raise the battle cry! Watch as I scatter your enemies before you! Watch as I lay to waste that which has sought to destroy and devour!

I say to you…

Where are they who would take a bold and fearless stand against the enemy?!

Where are they who would prepare the way for the coming move of victory?!”

Psalm‬ ‭11:3-4‬ ‭(TPT‬‬)
“What can the righteous accomplish when truth’s pillars are destroyed and law and order collapse? Yet the Eternal One is never shaken — He is still found in His temple of holiness, reigning as Lord and King over all. He is closely watching everything that happens. And with a glance, His eyes examine every heart. For His heavenly rule will prevail over all.”

As we see the earth shaken amidst the current demonic attack through the coronavirus, the Body of Christ is continuing to go through the sifting I shared about August 28th of last year in the post, The Great Sift for the Shift: The Call to Holiness.

God is looking for those in this hour filled with fiery faith to stare this demon of fear in the face and command that it bow its knee to Jesus, the King of Kings! He is calling forth the waymakers who refuse to bow their knee to Jezebel and her minions!

When His eyes search the earth, will He find a submitted heart and vessel in you to wage war on the enemy? Will He find a trustworthy warrior who knows the end of the story and refuses to allow the enemy to gain the upper hand? I pray for the grace, mercy, and boldness to fill you up and to partner with Him in establishing HIS KINGDOM HERE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!

Hebrews‬ ‭10:37-39‬ ‭(TPT‬‬)
For soon and very soon, “The One who is appearing will come without delay!” And He also says, “My righteous ones will live from My faith. But if fear holds them back, My soul is not content with them!” But we are certainly not those who are held back by fear and perish; we are among those who have faith and experience true life!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Son of Righteousness: Fear Him Alone

This morning while in prayer, I received a powerful revelation from the Lord.

I had seen prior that there was the first “confirmed” coronavirus case in our county and city. Now, I personally have grown extremely put off to social media and even the news because there is literally nothing spoken of other than this demonically-inspired attack. I have not ceased in praying its inevitable end nor have I held back in commanding its demise.

However, there has been a transaction take place from the fear of the Lord (even in the global Body of Christ) over to the fear of the enemy and death. This transaction isn’t in reality that different than the transaction that took place in Eden. God gave man dominion over the earth and man handed that dominion over to the enemy of our souls. Man exchanged the truth of sonship over for the lie of mistaken identity and deception.

We see this taking place today as churches, prayer gatherings, and the community of the ones who KNOW the Victor have begun to shut their doors and cease to gather in the authority that Christ bought for us and restored to us by His precious blood. Paul explains this rectification to us in Colossians 1:

Colossians 1:15-20 (TPT)

“He is the divine portrait, the true likeness of the invisible God, and the firstborn heir of all creation. For in Him was created the universe of things, both in the heavenly realm and on the earth, all that is seen and all that is unseen. Every seat of power, realm of government, principality, and authority—it all exists through Him and for His purpose! He existed before anything was made, and now everything finds completion in Him. He is the Head of His body, which is the church. And since He is the beginning and the firstborn heir in resurrection, He is the most exalted One, holding first place in everything. For God is satisfied to have all His fullness dwelling in Christ. And by the blood of His cross, everything in heaven and earth is brought back to Himself— back to its original intent, restored to innocence again!”

Christ’s blood was enough. His blood restored all of creation to its original design and He handed the keys over to US once again. The distinguishing factor between the revelatory Bride and the misled Bride is the revelation that we have the very Spirit of Christ living on the inside of us…therefore, we truly do have the authority He promised us in Matthew 10:1and we have the keys of the Kingdom He promised us in Matthew 16:19.

As I pointedly prayed protection over my region of assignment, the Lord spoke this simple phrase…

“Sickness cannot remain in Righteousness.”

This word struck me and brought deep revelation. Pondering on it, He quickened me again to Malachi 4:2-3:

“But for you who fear My name [with awe-filled reverence] the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap [joyfully] like calves [released] from the stall. You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the LORD of hosts.

It dawned on me why the fear-mongering has led to worldwide panic and hysteria. The enemy knows that if he can draw away man’s reverential focus and fear of the Lord to fear the “shadow of death” reaching its hand across the nations, then we will not receive the joy and healing promised us as the Son of Righteousness dawns on us. We cannot trample upon that which we fear…we will be crushed and choked out by it. When we truly fear the Lord, we recognize that He is over it all and we are able through His divine enablement, to destroy the works of the devil.

There is a divine invitation from the Lord in this hour to repent for fearing what is inferior to our High Priest and our Victor; and to once again walk in sonship. When we know WHO we are and WHOSE we are, we will walk in all He promised us and see the world transformed by His dunamis power! It’s time to ekballo every demonic attack and decree and declare that the enemy will NOT take up residence here…not on our watch!!!


Two years ago, I had an encounter with an angel of Righteousness. He wasn’t a puny being. He was about 8 stories tall and held in his hand a golden sword with which he struck the ground. His boots were clothed in gold and he stood firmly in place, unwavering. Across his chest was a bronze breastplate and he was shrouded in a white tallit. I knew he was dispatched to take his stand and establish Kingdom authority and possession of the land I was praying over. Fire burned in his eyes and he was ablaze with the fires of righteousness. Every part of him radiated purity and consecration. He set up residence upon a high place, a portal of righteousness, and I saw a zoomed out view of the entire region. I then saw an angel bigger than a city descend from Heaven and take his place as a guard and keeper of the city. He stretched forth his arms and surrounded the city as a shield.

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I sought the Lord about what I saw and that is when He first spoke Malachi 4:2 and its correlation with the angel. The Hebrew word for “wings” is “kanaph” and is translated: “corner, covering, edge, ends, fold, garment, kind, skirt”. A tallit is a symbol of God’s holiness. This is why the angel wore a tallit…the fringes of the garment are also called the “wings”. It is this very reason it was so significant to Jesus that the woman with the issue of blood reached for the hem of His garment and received her healing. This is why He felt great power leave Him and He recognized her out of the masses touching Him.

Sickness, infirmity, and death are incapable of abiding in righteousness because it is burned up in His fires of holiness and purity.

Zechariah 2:5 says, “For I,’ declares the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire around her [protecting her from enemies], and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ”

This is another sifting unto shifting and another wake up call for the Global Body of Christ. The separation of the wheat from the chaff. The realization of the authority of the believer.

Who will wake up, rise up, take up their keys, and shut the door to the enemy over their families, regions, and nations; and fling wide the gate to the realm of Heaven’s Kingdom?!?! Who will dispatch angels on assignment to carry forth the word of the Lord by our declarations?!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

America: His Hand Extends

It has been a while since I have shared on here. It seems like God has Jeremiah and I in seasons where one will be receiving the bulk of words and encouragements and then He will switch it on us. Jeremiah did great with the recent 40+ posts during the Celebrate to Accelerate Fast!

These past few months have been a bit wild, a bit crazy, and full of a whole lot of change and growth. Jeremiah got a word from the Lord at the end of last year that has held true in literally every area of our lives, “Everything changes!” One of the many things He had up His sleeve for 2020 definitely was a sweet surprise…we will be having a beautiful addition to our tribe of Fiery Ones in the fall!

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I believe that the word, “Everything changes,” is not just something that is for our family, but I believe it something He is bringing about in so many spheres, regions, and nations. There is a cataclysmic shift taking place in 2020 that will set the precedence for decades to come.

While in prayer this morning over the Presidential Primary Elections, I heard the Lord say:

My hand is not too short to save, nor is My arm too short to deliver. You will indeed to see the unexpected take place as a great wave moves across your land. I have watched the injustice continue to wreak havoc and destruction on your land and I am stepping into say, “No more!”

Through all of the trials and suffering, I have been at work even as man continues to desecrate the freedom I have marked America with. For behold, because I love America and do not desire her to perish, I, Myself, am stepping into save her. For I have looked and found no one worthy to defend and protect that which I hold dear. Because of this, I stepped in and put My hand upon her to promote and defend the cause of justice; wrapping myself in a cloak of divine passion! I stepped on the scene and have sought out a righteous remnant to carry forth My cause and to fight for true liberty. I have hand selected My chosen ones from the highways and byways, those of who many have said, “Who are these and where have they come from?”

I am extending My hand of mercy and giving a reprieve. Though the battle is not over, I am showing mercy on America and by this, will continue to expose the darkness with My glorious light! Much can be said of those who take heed of My words and do not slumber in their wake.

Let this be a wake up call to My Church – Refuse to be lulled to slumber and apathy while you are called to be change agents and rebuilders and restorers! But before you become these ones, you must first be changed, rebuilt, and restored to innocence in righteousness again!

Isaiah 59:16-19 (TPT)

“And then He was astonished to see that there was no champion, not even one, who would rescue the oppressed. So then His own mighty power was released to deliver, and His own righteousness supported Him. He put on righteousness as His body armor, salvation for a helmet; a garment of warring vengeance was His uniform and passion, his cape. He will repay wrath to His enemies and retribution to His foes, according to what they have done. Reckoning is coming to the islands for what is due them. From the west to the lands of the rising sun, the glory of the name of Yahweh will be held in highest reverence, for He will break in as a flood, rushing river driven on by the breath of Yahweh!”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

Are You Getting Soft? 37/40

You are invited to join us for the Celebrate to Accelerate fast! Please review Celebrate to Accelerate and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement.

With only 4 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. However, they were also feasting out 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, God should be receiving some sort of thanksgiving, praise, or honor, but 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 in repentance or feasting in celebration.

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 flesh.  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.  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 blessed today with the ability and willingness to walk in obedience to all God is revealing. May you be accelerated and released into The Kingdom more and more as you obey passionately and wholeheartedly all that you have been given both in The Word and by The Spirit!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Ask Him (Your Inheritance) 32/40

You are invited to join us for the Celebrate to Accelerate fast! Please review Celebrate to Accelerate and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement.

It’s week 5, and we are still alive. We are down to single digits until the end of the fast. Some may not have thought it possible to go this long, but God has been faithfully going before us, walking beside us, and He will bring up the rear with His glory.  Let’s continue steadfastly seeking The God of Heaven for all He wants to do in us and through us! This is what you were made for, an eternity of seeking Him!

As we have been praying, fasting, and seeking the Lord for His Kingdom to be accelerated in and through us, there has been a shift.  Yesterday, I shared about being God’s Witness and how this comes from the secret, quiet intimacy of knowing God and receiving His heart.  When this takes place, His desire to be made great in our lives turns into the worship of us being witnesses of the testimony He has done in us. Knowing God and growing in your relationship with Him is the first step of being a witness.  

Today, I want to discuss the second step of being a witness, you must Ask!  God desires to use everyone everywhere to be his witnesses.  However, when we come to truly know God and His desires begin to grow inside of us, we will begin to ask and pray to be a witness.  

Do you pray daily for specific lost people around you in your family, at your school or workplace, in your neighborhood?

Although this is something that we should do, because of the cares of this world, often we do not.  The cares of the world often choke out the life of the seeds of prayer that are never sown into the hearts of those who have no knowledge of The King or The Kingdom.  

Somehow, in seeking The Lord, David comes into a place where he hears a heavenly conversation taking place.  This conversation takes place in Psalms 2. God The Father is speaking toThe Son and this is what He says:

Psalm 2:7-8 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

The Father says to The Son, because You are My Son, I will give you an inheritance.  What is this inheritance? The nations and the ends of the earth.  These are God’s to give and He says ask me, and I will give them to you.  If God is our Father in heaven and holy is His Name, His kingdom must come and a His will must be done on earth as it is done in heaven.  You and I are his children, begotten in the gospel.  

How much more should we ask Him for the nations and ends of the earth for our possession?

Have you asked Him for souls, cities, or nations?

Knowing this, let’s jump forward to when Jesus came to the earth. He was surrounded and submersed in all the things we are today. Poverty, sickness, darkness, sin, and death surrounded his every day life. One day these things overwhelm Jesus’s heart of compassion that He has gained by spending time seeking The Father. He sees the hopeless, scattered sheep, but He also sees a great harvest for the Kingdom. There was more work than any one man could ever do just bringing them into the Kingdom.  

What was Jesus’ solution?

Matthew 9:36-38 But when He [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Jesus said pray and ask The Lord of the harvest to call, equip, and send forth laborers.  We are not only supposed to spend our days in prayer and seeking God, but we are also to pray that we may become witnesses, laborers, and vessels of righteousness used by God.  When we know God’s heart, we will ask that His desires be made manifest in the earth. 

My encouragement for today is to begin to ask for souls, pray for an inheritance of nations.  Together we have been seeking to know The Father and growing in Him. Now, let’s begin to pray and ask to be His witnesses, and that He would give us souls, cities, regions, and nations. This is the inheritance of the saints, the saving and discipling of all nations, tribes, and tongues. Over 3 billion people still have not heard the good news, it is time to pray for the Lord of The Harvest to send forth laborers into the field and be willing to go ourselves!

Jesus, I love you! I desire to grow in knowing You and developing Your heart and Your desires. I ask for the nations as my inheritance and the ends of the earth for my possessions. Use me to reach the unreached. May those in darkness see Your light shining brightly out of me and been drawn to You. I am willing to go. Send out Your workers to bring in the harvest that I may not be alone in bringing in this great harvest of souls!!! 

Practical –

  • Ask Holy Spirit to draw you deeper in to knowing Him and give you a heart of compassion
  • Ask for the nations as your inheritance
  • Ask for souls of specific people in your family, workplace, school, and sphere.
  • Pray The Lord of The Harvest to send forth laborers into the field

Be blessed today with knowing God in a greater way than ever before and gaining a true heart of compassion! May you receive an amazing inheritance of souls coming into The Kingdom as the The Kingdom of God is accelerated in and through you!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Know Him (Your Testimony and God’s Witness) 31/40

You are invited to join us for the Celebrate to Accelerate fast! Please review Celebrate to Accelerate and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement.

As we move into the last 10 days of The 40, do not forget to focus your eyes on The King of The Kingdom. He rewards us as we diligently seek Him.  If you are able to give more to The Lord, let’s do it together. He is worth so much more than we could ever give. Let us worship Him in a special way the last 10 days of this fast. 

Yesterday’s encouragement was a shift in what God has been speaking and revealing.  God is speaking about seeking Him and growing into the powerful witness, He has created us to be. Over the next several days, we will see how we can become Holy Spirit filled witnesses of the good news!!!

Today, we will start at a place that we are familiar with, but can never be neglected, forgotten or emphasized enough.  We must come to know God more and more and grow in our relationship with Him. When I speak of knowing God, I am not just talking about the head knowledge that we are accustomed with.  I am speaking of the old Biblical sense of know.  “Adam knew his wife and conceived a son” (Genesis 4:1).  This kind of intimate relationship goes far beyond a mental aspect of knowing.  Jesus is the vine and we are the branches without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). 

What is the key to bearing fruit? Abiding, remaining, knowing Him!

This is not a new concept that Jesus brings us during his time on earth. Let’s move back to the prophet Isaiah long before Jesus and see the constant, faithful, unchanging heart of God for us to know Him.

Isaiah 43:1-3 “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. 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, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…

God is our creator and redeemer. He has a plan and purpose for designing us and creating us. He has called each one of us by name to come to Him.  We are His.  We may not live walk or act like it, but we have been called and chosen by the Creator of the universe.  He did not make us and leave us on our own, as some believe, but He is always with us.  Even in the darkest, most difficult times in our lives, He is with us!  The flames of the enemy will not destroy us when we are near to Him. When we are near to The Lord we will not be overcome. 

Why does He do all these things for us?

He is The Lord our God, our Savior!!! Before we move on, know this, you are never alone when you are seeking The Lord.  It may seem like your prayers are going unanswered.  Situations are difficult, the storms, floods, and fire may be coming against you, but you will stand firm as you stand with God in His strength.  For you are His!

As we walk through the fires, floods, and storms of this life, we have come to know God our Strength, our Sustainer, our Provider, our Savior.  From this place of real life revelation and testimony of what God has done for us, we are called to be His witnesses.

Vs 10-12 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,” Says the Lord, “that I am God.

There is nothing wrong with Christian apologetics and logical historical evidence that gives witness to the reality of a historical Jesus, but your very life and the testimony of what He has brought you through is an undeniable witness on display that brings glory to God.   The more each of us come to know God, trust in Him, and are transformed into His image, the greater testimony we have. As we come to know Him and our testimony increases, we become growing witnesses to God’s goodness, faithfulness, and are able to give Him greater glory from our lives.  Nothing and no one else can cause such a transformation as has taken place in the lives of those who are daily coming to know Jesus more.

This is the first step of being a Holy Spirit empowered martyr-level witness and my encouragement for you today.  Come to know The Savior, Redeemer, and Sustainer more than ever before.  Come to know Him, and recognize what He has taken you through and out of. This has caused your very life to be a witness of who God is.  You are God’s undeniable witness right where you are today. Never be afraid to share who He is that has done such a mighty work in your life!

Jesus, help me come to know You more than ever before! Thank you for touching, changing, and transforming me from a rebellious, selfish sinner into a faithful, righteous saint. Use my life as a witness and testimony of You for Your glory. Even in the middle of the storms of life, I want my life to radiate Your glory because You are with me keeping me from harm.  I want to be Your witness and testimony in every aspect of my life!

Practical –

  • Ask Holy Spirit to help you come to know Him in a greater way today
  • Remember where you have come from, and what He has brought you out of
  • Thank God for His mighty work in Your life
  • Ask to be used as a greater witness and testimony for His glory

Be blessed today with revelation of the life-changing power of knowing Jesus more. May you see clearly where you have come from and how He has been with you through the journey.  May you be a living testimony and witness that continually gives glory to God!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Daily Direction 24/40

You are invited to join us for the Celebrate to Accelerate fast! Please review Celebrate to Accelerate and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement.

May the strength of The Lord be upon you today! I know I need it. It seems that in the midst of my fasting, every little thing becomes a major deal. Sleeping less is usually not a big deal, but in the middle of fasting, it becomes even harder to continue the commitments we have made to The Lord with a right heart.  Do not let the weakness of the flesh or the enticements of the enemy draw you to the lesser thing, but it is time to go up and go higher to the place where we can touch and be touched by heaven. Supernatural strength be upon us all today!

We have discussed some major life changing fruit that prayer and fasting can produce in our lives.  This power-packed duo has the ability to do so many things that are super big and majorly important, saving a city, healing a land, shifting the heavens…  However, let us not overlook the ways that fasting and prayer aids us in everyday life.  

As we look at a passage from the book of Ezra, let me set up the background for you.  Israel, God’s chosen people, had rebelled and walked away from God. Because of this, judgment came upon them through the Babylonians, and they are taken into captivity.  During captivity, we find Daniel faithfully serving the Lord through fasting and prayer out of a heart of repentance and humility.  Grace and mercy come at the set time, partnering with the prayers of Daniel and others, and God uses Cyrus to set the people free and allow them to return and build Jerusalem.  

Ezra was of the priestly class and takes it upon himself to lead one of the groups of people back to their homeland.  Nehemiah the cup-bearer to the king also brings people back to the land during the same time period.  Ezra is preparing to lead this large group of Jews on a long journey to their home.  This is where we pick up the story:

Ezra 8:15 Now I gathered them by the river that flows to Ahava, and we camped there three days. And I looked among the people and the priests, and found none of the sons of Levi there. 

As they were preparing to leave, Ezra found that none of the designated spiritual leaders of the people were with them. Ezra was the only one who had volunteered to go with the people.  How disheartening this must have been to be the only spiritual leader around that was being voluntarily obedient to press into the freedom and return to the promised land that God had given them. All the other “men of God” had decided to remain in bondage, captivity, and comfort rather than press through to breakthrough and walk in the freedom and blessing that God had given them.  

After compelling some of his brethren, other priests, to come with him he must realize that the task of traveling with all these people and an abundance of silver and gold, to be used as an offering to God and to pay for the work of rebuilding their cities, will be more difficult than he thought. Therefore, this is what Ezra does:

Ezra 8:21-23 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.” So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.

Ezra is being faithful and obedient in his daily life to do what God has sent him to do. He is walking in wisdom to gather other leaders to care for the people going with him, others that will follow, and those that are already in the land.  It seems that Ezra is walking as a wise leader, full of faith, obedience, and wisdom; but he realizes that he needs God’s help.  Without His protection, they will be easy prey for their enemies.  So, Ezra humbles himself and asks for help from the Almighty God.  Obviously God is with him.  God set it up for all these things to take place. Clearly, Ezra is continually declaring the goodness of God and His hand of protection upon them even to the king.  However, Ezra calls the people to humility, fasting and prayer that he might lead them and protect them in a special way.

Today, you and I can be walking with God completely and totally full of faith and obedience.  We can trust the Lord and be walking fully in his calling, but this does not mean that we do not need Him to be continually with us to strengthen us and keep us from going astray.  Right now, more than ever, you need him right where you are. You need Jesus to invade your home, your neighborhood, your workplace, your school, your church, your city and nation. No matter how spiritually mature you may be or how good things may be going, pride is the only thing that will cause us to walk our daily lives without asking God for supernatural protection and direction.

What is the result of Ezra’s call to humility, prayer, and fasting for direction and protection?

Ezra 8:31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem. And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambush along the road.

God faithfully directed him and the people the way they should go and protected them along the way.  There may not have been any amazing sign or wonder displayed, but this small group of poor, former slaves and their families, traveling with all their herds, possessions, and an abundance of gold and silver, were protected daily as they traveled more than 900 miles over four months.  

My encouragement for you is to intentionally invite The Lord into your daily life today and every day. As we fast and ask God for the “big”, “spiritual” requests, do not forget your need for Him to strengthen, guide, and protect your daily, routine, coming and going.  Holy Spirit must be infused into every moment of our lives that the glory of God may be constantly and continually flowing into and out of us for all those who need Him to come and drink!

Jesus, I thank You that You are The One who does mighty signs, wonders, and miracles.  I also thank You that you are The Good Shepherd that walks with me in my everyday life. I need Your protection and direction in every moment of my life. I invite You to lead me and guide me every single day to walk in Your way. May I never forget to recognize and honor You in every part and every seeming small part of my life!

Practical –

  • Invite Holy Spirit to be with you right now
  • Acknowledge your need for Him to guide and protect you today
  • Ask Him to reveal Himself in a special way within your daily routine activities
  • Recognize and Glorify God in the “small” as well as the “big” blessings today

Be blessed with the ability to know and recognize with increasing perception the amazing blessings God is working on your behalf in your daily life! As this happens, may you glorify Him and be accelerated in The Kingdom !

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!