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What If?!?!

What if we really lived like God were the most important thing? 

What if our plan was to seek You first?

What if we really were a house of prayer for all nations?

What if we possessed the land You had given to us?

What if we did what we were designed to do?

What if we threw out the broken format?

What if we got rid of what was not working and sought to know You?

What if we trashed the gimmicks and sought to really know You?

What if You were our priority?

What if we really loved you with our whole heart?

What if we ordered our lives with You first?

What if we ordered our gatherings with You first?

What if we really acted like we needed you?

What if we really wanted you to show up?

What if we expected You to touch us?

What if You were the most important thing in our lives?

What if we lifted You up and watched as You drew all men to Yourself?

What if we fasted and prayed until You showed up?

What if???

What would happen???

John 12:32 (Jesus speaking) “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 

Matthew 6:33  (Jesus speaking) “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Mark 12:29-30 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.”

John 15:5  (Jesus speaking) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

Luke 19:10 (Jesus speaking) for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Expect the Unexpected (Southeast Asia)

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Headhunter warriors give their lives to Jesus!!!

Often, our expectations, true or false, will determine our reality. All of us have expectations of the way things will be especially when outside of our routine. Often, I will tell my wife to expect the unexpected; but today, God decided to remind me of this and shatter some of my false expectations.

Many things have already happened on this trip that were better than I had expected. We were told there would be no AC and I did not expect hot water… Hence the way I started out the last post (I just did not know how to work it right). Surprisingly, we have both. I am thankful for them, but God knew they were not necessary for me.

Another thing I did not expect was the opportunity to try some new foods. Both dog and bat were served at a service I went to. Everything was so spicy that through the sweating, tears, and raging fire in my mouth, I could not taste much. I have decided that I do not like bat though because there are way too many bones and not enough meat.  Somehow, I survived.

But really, none of that really matters. What would take place after this service is beyond what I ever expected. Originally, the team I am with had prepared the way by speaking to the pastors and having them prepare homes to visit where the lost would get saved.  The Pastor I was with was not there so he did not receive these instructions. Instead, he decided for us to go out witnessing on the street. When I found this out, I immediately began praying for strength and ability. Those of you who know me could easily surmise I do not have the gift of evangelism, and mass evangelism in public is rather intimidating to me.  I had to give the situation to God and ask Him to give me grace to do something that was entirely outside my comfort zone and expectations.  I am sure I will have to do the same thing tomorrow.

All the way from the service to the first place we would go out, I was praying silently and feverishly. God gave me grace in an excited couple that gathered the people into groups and then had me come over and share. This made it a little easier, but not really more comfortable.  The picture above was the first group they had me come share with.  The intimidation factor is way up there when four people in full headhunting warrior dress are standing there with swords and skulls hanging from their waists looking at you.  God gave me the grace to go all in and all of those red warriors and a few other people around got saved.  We ended up sharing for around an hour and 19 people, that I know of, prayed to become born again.  This was far more than I expected as uncomfortable as I was going in. I praise God for His grace, strength, and boldness to share.

So, what about you? What expectations do you have that need to be broken down? The enemy will always try to put false expectations on you to hold you back from the fullness that God has. What comforts do you need to release? What fears need to be broken? What expectations need to change to come into line with what God wants? Only He can change your wrong mindsets. But, you have to be willing to step out of the boat!!! If I had said no for any reason, I would not have seen these souls enter the Kingdom. If Peter had said no, he never would have gotten out of the boat. Yes, you may fall, but Jesus will be right there with you to save you and put you back on your feet.  

I invite you to ask God right now, to change your expectations to expect what was once unexpected to you. My God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask for hope for or imagine through His power working in me.” I pray that you allow that same power to work through you as you follow and obey Him!!!

Matthew 14:28-31 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

Jeremiah, Man in Fire!!!

Call to Go (Southeast Asia)

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I remember now why I do not take showers in the morning in Asia. The bone-chilling cold water should be reserved for after sweating all day in the heat. However, I am truly awake now as I write this.  This is just one of the few things when God has called us to go, we must give up to say yes.

Your will, your way, your wants and desires are always difficult to give up. “I want it my way.” You may not ever say it out loud, but this is the way you are. I know this, because this is the way I am.  Graciously, the Lord granted me several confirmations that this was a trip I was supposed to be on. I do not often get such clear direction and continually receive confirmation I am supposed to go. I usually just give Him my Yes out of faith.

After the 30+ hours of travel, I can say thank the Lord for giving me the ability to say Yes. Sitting on a plane for any extended amount of time is physically uncomfortable, to put it mildly. However, for me, it has always been hard to sleep so it becomes that much more difficult. But none of this matters because I have said Yes to Jesus and His call for me to go. Unfamiliar places, faces, food, accommodations… None of this really matters for I have given my whole-hearted Yes to Jesus and His way.  

The people here are worth it because He loves them. Even more than that, He is worth it and I love Him!!! Right now, in your life, what is of the greatest value? What do you love the most? What would you hold on to if everything else was stripped away? What if God called you to give that up to Go for Him?  Could you do it? 

My prayer for you is that you hear the call of the Lord to Go and that you say as Isaiah did, “Here I am, send Me!!! No matter the cost, no matter the price I will follow You and say Yes!!!” Jesus is worth flying to the other side of the world and giving up so much! In the same way, He is worth it to lay down your fear, pride, selfishness, to walk next door, up the street, down the fruit aisle… Or wherever else He may have you. He is worth it to give all that You have to speak His good news!!! He gave first, and He gave His best for you.

What do you have to give the Creator of the Universe??? 

I give You my, Yes and my obedience!!! Here I am!!! Send Me!!!

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Possess the Land

Encouragement for Today 

What are you working for? What do you have stored up for the future? What is of greatest value to you?

I am the Lord your God, Creator of Heaven and earth!!! What could be of greater worth than knowing Me? I have all the wisdom you could ever need. I have all the possessions and land you could ever want. All the blessings of The Spirit are mine to release. 

Do not worry or fear because of the troublings of this world. Come to Me!!! Trust in Me fully and completely!!! Put your trust in Me and the land shall be a possession for you. Your inheritance will be the Holy mountain of My presence. 

What could be of greater worth than direct access to Me and My Kingdom? Here it is, all for the taking as you come to Me!!! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 57:13 “But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain.”

V. 15 “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Wholeness and Purpose

Daily Encouragement – 

Are you feeling forgotten, worn out, and used up? Do you feel all alone trying to make your way in this world? Does your life lack true purpose?

I am Your Maker, Savior, and Redeemer!!! I have made you for great purpose and destiny, and you will come to know these things as you come to know Me. I love you and am always with you no matter how you may be feeling. 

I have chosen you and designed you to be healed, whole and complete in Me. You are to be a witness of all the blessings, freedom, and life I continually pour out upon you. I desire to come closer to you than ever before! 

Come to Me and bring Me your brokenness and uncertainty. I will come to you and bring the wholeness and purpose that you desperately need. Come close and let Me abundantly give from the storehouses of true riches for you are My child and I love you!!!

Isaiah 43:10-12 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. 
11 I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no savior. 
12 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.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Stability, Strength, Treasure

Daily Encouragement – 

Is there something missing in your life? Do you feel lacking in substance or strength? Do you want to be strong and stable in these uncertain times? 

I am The God of Grace and Salvation!!! Trouble, weakness, and instability may come upon you, but these never affect Me. My grace, glory, power, and strength never wane even in uncertain times. 

I desire to share all of Who I am with you that you may walk closely with Me. Lift Me up! Seek Me and My Way! As you seek Me out, I will lead you into righteousness. I will pour out wisdom and knowledge from heaven that you may walk stable in all your ways. Only in Me will you find true strength! 

Even as you come to fear Me, seek to know Me and press in anyway. This will cause you to receive My treasure over and over again. I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 33:2 “O Lord, be gracious to us; We have waited for You. Be our arm every morning, Our salvation also in the time of trouble.”

Vs. 5-6 “The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. 6 Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Piece of The Puzzle

Daily Encouragement –

What is the dream and vision in your heart? What do you truly desire? What are you holding onto and will never let go? 

I am faithful!!! My promises are true and perfect! I will complete everything I have purposed and spoken! The pure dream and desire in your heart comes from Me. Do not let it be tainted by the temporary pleasures of this life! 

Come to Me and let My presence wash over you to purify and cleanse you from the ways of this world. Let My pure and holy desire be renewed again within you!!! Hold tightly to Me and the dream I have placed in your heart and never let go!!! Come and partner with My dream and desire that I have revealed in you. 

Who would dare seek Me out, discover the dream and desire of My heart, hold fast to it and never let it go until My Kingdom comes to this earth? 

Stir yourself up to take hold of Me and encourage others to do the same. Only together can you make My heart’s desire a reality. In doing this, your dream, a tiny piece of My dream, will come into its fullness. Let’s go after it together!!! I love you My child!!!

Hebrews 10:22-24 “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!