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Back to Texas: Newsletter #1

We are ending one journey of the Lord and beginning another as we head back to the U.S.  We will begin sending out monthly newsletters that will keep you informed with what God is doing currently with us as well as covering bits and pieces of this journey with the Lord that is coming to an end.  Here is our first newsletter.  We look forward to sharing with you all that God is doing!!! 🙂

May 2014 Monthly Newsletter

May 2014 Monthly Newsletter

 

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Forever Faithful

Our time in Scotland was a flurry of unceasing activity and I barely had any time to stop and breath let alone write a blog.  It was a nice feeling being so involved with ministry that by the end of the day, we were exhausted.  So, I did not write anything while I was in Scotland, but my wife is amazing and somehow found time.  Now, we are at the next stop on our trip Newcastle, England, but I thought I would write a retro blog about two things while I had a little time to sit and reflect on our Awesome Father!

The first is that it was just a blessing to be in Scotland. We were welcomed in such a mighty way and never got a negative glance. We got to encourage, strengthen, and pray for so many people and this was not even a place we planned on coming.  At the beginning, God told us to look for the open doors and go there along the way.  This was such a wide open door that it did not even appear to have one.  It truly was a blessing to be in Scotland, and we know that God used us to bless many people.

While we were there, I got to share several times a message God gave me while we were landing in Edinburgh.  I did not get a prophetic vision like my wife (which she shared earlier in a blog titled Lighthouse of Life), but these two messages working together, hers and mine, blessed many people.  God spoke the word to me to remind the people of Scotland that He is Faithful!  The promises that He has spoken will come about, it just takes our faith and patient perseverance until it happens (Hebrews 6:12).  The people in Scotland have been praying the promises of God into existence for so long. We met so many small fiery prayers groups who were all contending for God to come and do a mighty work in their land.  How many years of prayer did it take for God to bring about freedom from slavery? How many were praying that this would be ended that we will never know or hear of?  These faithful prayers prepared the way for God to move mightily.  They are praying that God will send revival to their country and to Europe with the same fervor and expectation.

Just as I reminded the people of Scotland of the Faithfulness of God and the surety of His promises coming about, I want to mind you as well.  It seems that as we go throughout this life, the thorns of this world grow up and choke out the fruit from the promises God has made to us or given us through His Word.  The cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, and pleasures of this life choke out the fruit that the promises of God wants to bring about in our lives.  Gods promises will always come about, but it depends on our continued faith and perseverance as to the timing and fruitfulness of these promises (Luke 8:14-15).

So, hold on to every promise of God as if your life depends on it, because it does. Never let the lack of seeing things happen hinder you from believing and praying that the promises of God will come about.  Trust and obey what God has said to you and never let anything else keep you from bearing the fruitful reward of His promises in your life!!!  Never accept any less than the very best, the promises of God being fulfilled completely in your life and the lives of all you are around!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

The Spiritual Significance of Scotland

Scotland Flag

As we have been here, it is clear that the spiritual significance of this country is greater than we first imagined.  It is ingrained into everything here, even down to the Scottish flag.  It’s creation and symbolism has great spiritual meaning and was the image of victory in the past.  It is in the shape of Christian Apostle and martyr, St. Andrew’s cross symbolizing his crucifixion upon an x-shaped cross.  Legend has it that in 832, Óengus II led an army to battle and on the eve of the battle, he was engaged in prayer and vowed that if granted victory, he would appoint St. Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland.  Andrew then appeared to him in a dream and assured victory.  On the morning of the battle, white clouds forming an X shape in the sky were said to have appeared.  Upon seeing this, Óengus and his men took the field and despite being inferior in numbers, were victorious.

Currently, we are staying in Stirling, Scotland and there are mounds of historical and spiritual significance here.  Stirling was once the capital of Scotland but is interestingly enough, one of Scotland’s smallest towns.  King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England was crowned at The Church of the Holy Rude here in Stirling,  he was baptized at Stirling Castle and his name may be familiar to you because the King James Bible written in 1611 bears his name.

stirling castle

Because of its strategic position and placement, it historically was always being attacked or invaded with intention of takeover.  Stirling Castle was one of the largest and most important castles because it was the last castle remaining in Scottish hands.  It underwent at least eight sieges with the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence, including one of the most well known, the Battle of Stirling Bridge with William Wallace (as seen in the movie, Braveheart.)  Stirling is the “Gateway to the Highlands” and part of what is called the Central Belt of Scotland, which includes Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh.  Stirling is known as the belt buckle and William Wallace said, “He who holds Stirling holds Scotland.”  

Scotland Map

Wow!  Just as significant as it was to hold Stirling and to keep it from being taken over by invading armies in the early years, it is equally as important now.  Once an invading army was able to capture Stirling, they had easy access to all of Scotland.  Upon visiting the Stirling Castle and learning of its history and the lives that were given to keep Stirling in Scottish hands, I realized that this same battle is taking place today.  Perhaps not quite the same with gaining power over the land physically, but spiritually.  It is said that Scotland is the “Gateway to Europe.” You can reach the countries of Europe easily from Scotland and this I believe, is a prophetic word.  It also explains the vision of light missiles that the Lord gave me in prayer for Scotland as well as another man which can be found in my previous post, Lighthouse of Life.

There is an openness here and God is being invited in through so many different people and He is doing crazy things.  Being able to partake in many different ministries here in Stirling, I have no doubt of that or that Stirling has a big part in this move.  “He who holds Stirling holds Scotland.”  All it takes is God’s people coming together in unity and contending for this to occur. Oswald Chambers said, “Prayer does not prepare us for the greater work, prayer IS the greater work.”  A Scottish man told us at a cafe church that a missionary years ago said the Lord gave him the message that, “Strangers will come and build your walls”, in regards to Scotland.  Isaiah 58 compares true and false worship and true fasting that heals, frees, loves, restores, serves. Verse 12 says, “Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.  Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.”  Isaiah 60 is talking about revival and verse 10 states, “Foreigners will rebuild your walls…”  God has revealed this as a promise over Scotland.

A battle wages today for souls.  The enemy will do whatever he can to divide and conquer and he will steal, kill and destroy whatever he can get his hands on in the process.  Is there any area of breach in your life? Is there any offense that has been allowed to take root and birth bitterness, anger, unforgiveness?  Romans 16:20 says, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under YOUR feet.”  If there is, I encourage you to hand it over to God and through His power, crush the enemy!!!  The victory is freely yours through Jesus!  Take hold of your triumph today!!!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!