On the final day of week 1, I wanted to align our focus once again upon the things on God’s heart. God’s heart is for all of His children to become one with Him. Because of this, there are two areas of focus I want to highlight today.
1. Holiness – Please read 2 Corinthians 6:16 -18 for context.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
God yearns for us to live and walk in increasing holiness in body, soul, and spirit. He requires continual advancement of purity of heart if we are to be allowed access into the secret places with Him. Too many times, holiness and purity can seem to be some sort of stoic legalism that keeps us from doing all the “fun” stuff. All of this supposed “fun” stuff creates barriers between us and a Holy God. He cannot allow the filthiness of the world to enter the Holy of Holies for it would be consumed in His Holy Fire and us along with it. It is for this reason that Father God is continually calling us to holiness that we may truly come close to Him. The more we are cleansed from the sin and death of the world, the closer we can come to our Holy Father. Repenting, confessing, and continuing to walk in purity and holiness give intimate access into a holy relationship between The Holy Father and His sons and daughters. His longing is to dwell continually with us. He craves to walk with you and Father you as true sons and daughters. Sons and daughters are forever becoming like their Father.
2. Harvest –
Matthew 9:36-38 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
The heart of The Father flowing through The Son caused him to see a lost humanity waiting to be gathered into His family. What is the solution to this problem? Pray for the laborers! God needs His representatives, His sons and daughters, to go and bring in The Great Harvest of souls. God desires all of His children to become sons and daughters.
Immediately after this in chapter 10, Jesus sends out the disciples to do exactly what He had been doing and to bring in The Harvest. When sons and daughters draw close to The Father, they will receive His heart of compassion for the lost. My former youth pastor calls them pre-Christians, because they have not yet come to know Jesus, but they will in Jesus’ name!!!
Read Isaiah 6:1-6 for context
Isaiah 6:7-8 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” 8 Also 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.”
One final example that connects holiness and harvest together comes in the call of Isaiah. Isaiah actively places himself in a position to receive from God. He sees The Holiness of God and is immediately driven to repentance for himself and his people. God is faithful to cleanse him completely. After that, he accesses a secret conversation taking place in the heavenlies. Having received a new heart, his desire is to immediately go for God without any information or limitation. Our desire should be no different. When we are touched, cleansed, and restored; our heart will be for others to receive the same no matter what kind of effort it may take from us.
Jesus, I pray that You will help me to become truly like You. I want to be free of all the filth of the world that I might have intimate access to the secret place with You. Draw me closer than ever before even as I confess and repent of everything that has taken me far from You.
Father, transform me to have Your heart for all Your lost and wayward children. Use me as a laborer in The Great Harvest that all the multitudes of pre-Christians may become part of Your family because of my love and obedience to You.
- Ask Holy Spirit to examine your life and reveal anything out of line with His Holiness.
- Confess this and ask to be cleansed and purified by Jesus’ blood
- Ask for The Father’s Heart of compassion for souls
- Obey all that God asks you to say or do
Be blessed with the ability to walk in holiness and access the secret places of The Kingdom! Be blessed to truly receive the heart of The Father and live a lifestyle laboring in The Great Harvest of souls!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
After the revelation of the importance of The 40, it seems necessary to remind ourselves who God is. I have always been hardcore and radical about everything I do, and some people may mistake my intensity for harshness.
Exodus 34:6-7 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
Here, God tells Moses He would show him His glory, and this is what happens. The nature of God that he saw was mercy, grace, patience, goodness, truth, and forgiveness.
During The 40, it is quite possible that you may mess up or give in to temptation at some point. I have even had a dream that I was eating meat. In the dream, I was horrified because I was supposed to be fasting. Remember this, God looks at and judges your heart. When your heart is to commit yourself to Him in love and obedience, He forgives the mistakes and rewards your intentions.
In contrast to this, the enemy will try to make you feel like a failure and use this tactic to pull you out of The 40. There is forgiveness in “failure” and grace in the mistakes. If your heart is set to seek The Lord, do not let anything hold you back from seeking Him:
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We are looking to Jesus in the middle of our struggles, sin, and failures; and He will reward our hearts. I think it was two years ago that my Dad was having a lot of pain in his knee and was thinking about getting it replaced. God prompted me to volunteer to fast and pray with Him for healing. My Dad was a little reluctant and told me he wanted to pray about it first. About a month later, I found out that from the time I had offered to pray and fast, he had no more pain or trouble with his knee. This was a blessing for me to see how God honored my heart. Even though I did not really want to go through the fast, I was willing, and God worked because of that willingness.
I share this story as an encouragement to you that in the event any mistake might be made. Press on! Keep going! Do not give up on The 40! God forgives completely and can cause you to walk in the fullness of The 40 if your heart is to press in and please Him. Please know, this also applies to those who are not physically able to go The 40. If you started on only water and have to shift your fast because of health issues, keep your heart right. In doing this, God will help you continue in the same power of The 40 even if it has to change.
Jesus, bless us with success and bring forgiveness for what others may see as failure. Help my heart to be set totally to praise, honor, and glorify You! I know you see and honor my heart, and I desire to love you completely with all my heart, my body, and my soul!
- Ask God to reveal any area of weakness and to strengthen you with His mercy.
- If there is any area of supposed failure during The 40, ask God to forgive you and recommit to press in to Him.
- Walk The 40 in full assurance that God is with you to help, strengthen, and even restore you if you fall.
May you be blessed to fully complete The 40 whether by God’s strength and sustenance or by forgiveness and restoration! May you be accelerated in The Kingdom past any “failures” of the past, present, or future!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”
Today, I will choose to be thankful and bless The Lord no matter how my body may feel. Right now, if you have given up food, it is normal for your body to go through some of the same symptoms of withdrawal. Too much salt, sugar, and caffeine in our daily lives will cause headaches, nausea, achy limbs, a general feeling of weakness… as these are removed, and the body rids itself of toxins. The good news is that these fleshly oppositions should pass today or tomorrow completely. If you have decided to participate in this fast, the only question now is –
What’s it worth to you?
In our daily lives, we rarely have to give up anything of true value. However, when we do, we must calculate if it is truly worth it. There is a great difference between when you look into your purse or wallet and decide what you will pay for a shirt, a book, or a meal; and when you must consider the price you would pay for an education, a car, or a house.
An object is only worth as much as we are willing to give for it. Careful thought is put into how much a man will pay for a ring because you cannot put a price on the one that you really love. As we fast and go through the daily troubles and temptations (i.e. your boss buying your favorite lunch for everyone the first day of the fast) let us look to Jesus and consider how much He is worth to us.
Maybe this is where you find yourself today: 2 Corinthians 4:8-11 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Troubles, persecutions, and the death of the enemy may come upon us in many different ways, but even as our flesh is delivered to death it is a necessary sacrifice to manifest the life of Jesus in our flesh! May the life of Jesus shine out of you today and bring glory to The Father!
Here is something else to think about. In the middle of a discourse on denying your flesh, Jesus asks these two questions in Mark 8:36-37: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
What is a soul truly worth? Jesus bled, suffered, and died that your soul might be completely set free. That is how much your soul is worth to Him. How much is Jesus truly worth to You? How much do you value the lost souls around you?
Jesus, I am willing to do whatever it takes and give up whatever it costs that you may be glorified and that lost souls may come into Your Kingdom!!! Help me to truly value You not just in my thoughts and words but in my daily actions of obedience!
• Read Mark 8:34-38 and contemplate the value of a soul.
• Make sure you have included a list of lost or backslidden people in your daily prayer time.
• Listen and obey when Holy Spirit brings up specific things to do for these individuals.
Be blessed to know the true value of your soul and the souls of those around you as you celebrate The Word to accelerate The Kingdom!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Are you ready to accelerate into 2020 with fresh fire, new vision, abundant life, and dynamic destiny? Are you ready to advance the Kingdom in every area of your life? Are you ready for The Kingdom of God to explode out of you in increasing measures? This is your invitation to join us!!!
We have recently been encouraged to begin the new year (Jan 1- Feb 9) with a 40-day fast by one of our friends Charlie Shamp of Destiny Encounters. As I was seeking The Lord for what He was wanting to focus on during this fast, He highlighted this word by Kim Clement, “If you celebrate the Word of the Lord, God said, you will begin to accelerate.“
This will be the focus of The 40 as we commence the new year, Celebrate to Accelerate!!! We must celebrate the Word to accelerate the Kingdom! Too many times we may come to Him in religious awe and reverence and forget that God says in Zephaniah 3:17 “He will rejoice over you with joy… He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy” (AMP). If He rejoices over you with joy, original Hebrew gives the picture of spinning and dancing over you with joy, how much more should we rejoice at His word revealed in us, to us, and through us? What is so special about His word? Here’s a hint for you: John 1:1 “… the Word was God Himself” (AMP). Just in case you did not get it the first time, John 1:14 “And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us…” (AMP).
Now that you can see that celebrating the Word is celebrating Jesus, you may ask, “What does fasting have to do with celebration? Would it not be more appropriate to feast during a celebration?” My question for you is, “What are you feasting upon?” I would much rather feast on the spiritual outpouring of an everlasting heaven than the wasting decadence of this world.
Celebrate Jesus!!! Feast on His presence and His Word from the throne of God!!! As you celebrate and move into alignment with the Word, the Kingdom of God will be accelerated in you and through you!!!
This is your invitation!!! Will you join us in celebrating the Word and accelerating The Kingdom?!?! Will you begin this year anew by feasting on the Word and letting Jesus mold you more and more into His image?!?! Will you see the glory and holiness of God as you press into Him? Will you hear the voice of The Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Will you respond with “Here I am! Send Me!”
This is your invitation!!! It is time to Celebrate The Word to Accelerate The Kingdom!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
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 to His 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 gained by spending time seeking The Father. He sees the hopeless scattered sheep, but He 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 just supposed to spend our days in prayer and seeking God, but we are to pray that we may become witnesses, laborers, 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, 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!!!
- 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 you are propelled into the next level with the King!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We can see here that this power comes from, with, and through Holy Spirit. This power comes as we wait and seek him. However, this power comes for a purpose. The power of Holy Spirit that comes as we wait and seek Him is the power to be a witness. If you study out this word “witness“in Greek, it is where we get the English word martyr. The Holy Spirit revival power that we have been pressing in to receive is the power to be a martyr. Now, when we say martyr we are literally talking about someone who has died for the gospel. However, the original meaning of witness is one who believes, speaks, and lives with the genuine, strength, faith, and conviction that what they have seen and know is true and will stand by it even unto death. This is next level stuff. This is the step up that we are seeking! This is where the rubber meets the road!
Some may not have realized that as we press deeper into knowing Jesus and walking with Him, we are gaining His heart and being empowered to walk as martyr-level witnesses. This is the stepping up and stepping out. Some may have for years sought to know God, in the secret place, in the quiet place, and grown holy and in knowing The Father’s heart. Feel free to review Holiness Leads to Harvest from day 7. The secret place of knowing God’s heart will always lead to the next step up of stepping out and sharing who He is!
Some of you may not know me personally, but I have always been an introvert that in the past was bound up by fear and insecurity. As God has led me through years of coming to know Him and getting free of the baggage and bondage, that we all carry, and coming to know Him more and more in the secret place, He is releasing a gift of evangelism to me. I do not understand it, and honestly am extremely uncomfortable in everything He is continuing to ask me to do and walk in. However, I am no longer saying I am an unwilling evangelist, because it is my delight to do His will. In this process, especially more recently, God is continuing to develop in me His heart for souls. He is constantly reminding me that the fields are ripe for the harvest. Both the field outside our door and around the world are ready to receive the wonderful works of God from Holy Spirit power-filled martyr-level witnesses.
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal God’s heart in the secret place
- Ask for power to be a Witness
- Walk in obedience into the harvest today
Be blessed with the peace and power from Holy Spirit today. May you receive a heart for the harvest and the boldness to walk in the power you have received as you are propelled into the next level with The Lord!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!