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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.”
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Exponential Strength

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child. You know that I desire all My children work together to advance the Kingdom. Unity in My body gets jobs done quicker, easier, and better. 

Do not try to complete a task on your own that you were never designed to. Draw from the strengths of others. Work together in unity for My Kingdom, My glory, My purposes. 

The blessing in unity is more than just a spiritual one but a physical one. Many hands make light work, but more importantly, you are exponentially stronger when you stand together with all My children.

Unity in The Kingdom causes major growth, and this is what I desire for you. I want to see you grow personally and as a body in an amazing way. 

Press in to me, and you will come into unity with all my children who are seeking Me as well. This is my desire for you.  I love you My child!!!

Psalm 133:1-3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon,Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing—Life forevermore.

Deuteronomy 32:30 How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had surrendered them?

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Powerful, Potent, Precious!!!

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child. I am opening up the heavenlies and accomplishing objectives on the earth just because you ask. If you only knew how powerful your prayers really are.

I do not let even the smallest seemingly pathetic prayers fall to the ground. I take them up and place them in a treasure chest where I keep my most valuable things. These prayers are treasures to be poured out upon you at a specific time for a specific purpose. 
In the same way, they are powerful weapons with which to combat the enemy. 

Continue to press in to Me and watch the treasure trove and spiritual armory overflow and the enemy be beaten back because of your prayers powering and enabling My servants to gain the victory.

Your prayers are not pathetic or puny but powerful, potent, and precious for advancing My Kingdom. Never back down! Never relent! Never give up! I love you My child!

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Got My Eye on You

Daily Encouragement –

I love you My child. I love it when you seek me out. I love it when you cry out to Me. I will surely answer your cries because you are My child, and I love you!

Remember, I am here to provide and take care of all your needs. I see beyond what you do and know what is best. I will bring you into the best as you trust in Me.

My ear is listening to every cry, and I see every tear. Be sure that I will walk with you through every difficult situation and be there to give you everything you need. 

I will be your provision and blessing to give you the necessities and shower you with special things. I bless in the physical and the spiritual in ways you may never even recognize.

I am here to lead you, guide you, and bless you. I take pleasure in spending time with you My child. I love you!!!

Psalm 34:15-19 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Every Last One

Daily Encouragement –

My child, I love you and have given you everything you need for the journey ahead. This journey in the spiritual will be more difficult than any physical journey. You have already started, but do not see your end destination. 

I am molding, shaping, refining and purifying you, your heart, and your desires.  Soon you will look more like Me, love like me, and have the same passion for My children that I have. 

No one is too far away. None are hopeless. None have lost all their chances. I will not give up on anyone and neither should you.  

You know My heart is for every last one to know Me even if there are a lot of last ones in your eyes. They all must know Me.

Go and be my delegate to them. May they see Me through your words, actions, and genuine love.  This is how I want to use you to spread My Kingdom. 

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” 

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 

Step Out & Step Up

Belize Day 4 – 

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Today, we traveled to a nearby orphanage.  It was frustrating to me that it took an absurd amount of time to get there even though it was not very far away. Somehow, stopping at the store and going to the bathroom, we lost about an hour, but that is what happens traveling with a team of 40.  I ended up playing Uno with some kids and talking with them the whole time.
After we got back, we went for a swim in the creek and then prepared for the youth service.
We walked back to Jubilee church where 3 hours of awesomeness took place and there were a lot of people who stepped out where they were not comfortable and shared words and prayed for people.  I prayed as a father over a young girl and God touched her to the point of tears.
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My brother-in-law Bryson got to share his testimony as part of the service and this touched and ministered to so many people.  I could see the walls breaking down as he shared openly and honestly how God raised him from the dead both physically and spiritually and turned his whole life around to a point where I am honored to call him my brother indeed.
It looks like the weather has a possibility of delaying our flights if things do not change. Interesting with the word that I got before our trip.  God did some amazing things tonight and touched many hearts.
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Devotion –
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Over and over, one can see men and women from the Bible being called to step out.  Peter stepped out of the boat literally.  In Acts, we see where Paul and His companion heal a man and the people want to sacrifice to them as gods.  Paul stops them and preaches to them and then ends up getting stoned to death.  God miraculously raises him from the dead, and he goes to the next town and does the same thing.  Paul was willing to step out and be obedient no matter what the results.  Succeed or fail, he was going to be obedient to share the good news.  Every time, God asks us to step out and be obedient, He is inviting us to step up into new levels with Him.
What about you?  Will you accept the invitation to step out and step up???
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Challenge –
Ask Holy Spirit for the courage to step out in full obedience to Him!  Ask Him to speak something challenging, and then step out and do it!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Prayer and Fasting

Simple Discipleship

This is the fourth message in the series: Simple Discipleship.

We have already discussed, Being a Leader/Disciple, Intimacy/Love of God, Worship and Sacrifice.

Here is what we will be studying for next week:

Holy Spirit/Power of God

Scriptures for Study: 1 Sam 10:1-13, Joel 2:28-32, John 16:5-15, Acts 1:4-14, 2:1-11, 1 Cor 2:9-16.

Here are my Notes: Simple Discipleship Week 4

Here is the Audio Sermon: Prayer and Fasting

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As we begin to look at prayer and fasting, we must first ask two important questions:

What is Prayer?

What is Fasting?

In studying this topic, my definition of prayer would be inviting God into our lives and situations by bringing things to Him.  

We are encouraged to pray without ceasing.  We are not supposed to go around with our eyes closed and heads bowed all the time, but wherever we go and whatever we are doing, we are to be in constant communication with God inviting Him into our situations and surroundings and making Him a part of our everyday activities.

In coming to understand more about it, my definition of fasting is giving up legitimate pleasures as a sacrifice to gain breakthrough and a deepening relationship with the Lord.  

God has given us necessary things, and it is the blessing of the Lord to us for them to be good.  However, in talking about sacrifice, we saw that we were to give up something important to us to gain a deeper relationship with God.  Fasting is a sacrifice of something that we  enjoy (Food, Entertainment, Sleep…) so that we get breakthrough and walk into a deeper communion with the Lord.

Fasting always works together with prayer.  Everywhere that fasting is mentioned it is in combination with prayer.  Fasting without prayer is just dieting.  The point of fasting is to give up a legitimate pleasure and use the extra time that we have to spend praying.

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In Daniel 10, in is clearly evident that as Daniel was praying and fasting, he was empowering God’s spiritual forces to bring about change.  Something happens as we fast in conjunction with prayer that empowers heavenly forces to win spiritual battles.  As a result of this, Daniel was strengthened, encouraged, and given answers that he was seeking.  You have the ability to empower heavenly forces to win spiritual victories through fasting and prayer!!!

In Isaiah 58, it is even more evident that fasting with the wrong motives and wrong heart is no good and not even accepted by God.  As we fast, God brings revelation to us and we then have the choice whether to repent and be obedient or to ignore the revelation.  When we ignore what God is saying, our fasting and praying is not powerful or effective but our hearts become increasingly hardened to the voice of God.  Fasting and prayer is powerful when we repent and walk in obedience to the revelation of the Lord.

Look at a few of the benefits of the right type of fasting and praying from v. 12.  God is able to build where there was once destruction.  The enemy is constantly trying to bring destruction in our lives, but through fasting and prayer, God is able to build something that lasts on top of this destruction.  God strengthens our foundations, revitalizes our spiritual heritage for us to pass on in greater measures to our children, fortifies our defenses and clarifies our paths.  This is the kind of fasting and prayer that I want to be a part of!!!

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In Matthew 6, we come to find the importance of not being religious.  In regards to both prayer and fasting, Jesus mentions the secret place.  The thoughts and intentions of our heart is what God judges so we should never do these things out of obligation or for other people to be proud of us.  We should have a genuine desire to grow closer to the Lord and out of that heart in the secret place, God is able to give spiritual treasures.  I would rather be rewarded by God rather than men any day!!!  

It is also important to realize that the prayer and fasting that we do right now affects eternity.  When we are in heaven, there will be no need to pray or fast because we will be partying with Jesus face to face.  Right now, we have the unique ability to affect eternity with our pure prayer and holy fasting!!!

In Habakkuk 2, we find out that it does not matter how you pray, but that you are actually communicating with God.  The prophet says clearly that he was waiting to be corrected.  Habakkuk’s prayers would raw and filled with emotion.  He did not come with proper words and civilized emotions.  He came as he was and expressed himself honestly and was willing to repent and be corrected.  

We also find the importance of prophetic revelation or vision.  Revelation from God gives us tiny glimpses into our God-sized destiny and this compels us to align ourselves with Him and move more into it.  As we write these things down, it is an encouragement to us when it takes longer to get here than we want (which is 99.99% of the time), an encouragement to others when it does finally come about, and a testimony to the glory and faithfulness of God.

The most important lesson from Mark 9 and Matthew 17 is that in the middle of our hopeless situations that we do not feel as if we can pray or have the faith to pray for complete deliverance and healing, we pray for the grace to overcome our doubt and for God to strengthen our faith.

I encourage you to pray and ask Holy Spirit to bring revelation as you meditate on these questions:

What am I praying for right now?

What are the things I have given up praying for?

Is my secret place worthy of being rewarded?

What has God revealed and called me to that I am not being obedient or repentant to?

What legitimate pleasure am I willing to give up that I might receive a spiritual breakthrough in myself and the lives of others and be launched into a deeper communion with the Lord?

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I pray even now that God would give us all hungry hearts to know Him in deeper and mightier ways than ever before.  Help us all to repent of the things which you reveal in our hearts and surrender to walk in full obedience to what He is calling us to.  May our secret places be worthy of reward, and may God bring forth mighty spiritual rewards because of our faithfulness and perseverance in the secret place.

I would like to encourage you to pray and give something up in fasting so that you are able to step into a deeper walk with the Lord and that greater spiritual breakthrough would come in your life!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!