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Time to Take Up the Sickle!!!

This past weekend, I was privileged that God opened up a crazy door for me to attend the International Young Prophets gathering near here. It is a company of young prophets partnering with the Elijah’s of our day to establish the Kingdom of God in the nations. There are not enough words to describe all that took place, however, I will share a vision I had the morning of the second day I attended. Prior to knowing I would even go, all week in prayer and prophetic declarations and worship, I found myself crying out repeatedly, “Oh, God! Swing Your sickle and bring forth the Harvest!!!” Prior to going the first day, I found out the gathering was called, “The Sickle.”

I was standing before a bare field all around me to the left, right, and behind me. Before me was a massive field of tall stalks of wheat so white and so great in proportion that it was blinding. This field stretched beyond the reach of my vision. Suddenly, a gentle breeze of Holy Spirit breathed upon the field and the stalks swayed in the quiet stillness surrounding me.
The wind of the Spirit blew a fresh wind of new life upon me; leading me to walk forward and look in front of me. As if being given a fresh pair of eyes, I saw it. Just to my left I saw staked into the ground, a sickle. It was as if a pillar of the light of the sun broke through the clouds overhead and shone upon the sickle, highlighting it. Immediately in my spirit I was completely aware that the sickle had been sitting there, staked into the soil for years awaiting a laborer to come, take it up, and to use it to reap the Harvest. It had been passed over and rejected many times before and had been crying out to be taken up for generations past. Seeing the color of the Harvest revealed this truth — it was OVERRIPE!
I immediately without hesitation, lunged forward, grabbed it, and yanked it out of the soil. As I did, suddenly, a dynamite power hit me as if I was struck by lightning; with the surge of power being great, overwhelming, and overpowering. I took the sickle up and thrust it toward the Harvest. As soon as I did, an explosive power stretched out from the sickle and like a fast-paced tidal wave, the Harvest was mowed down and harvested in a mighty, thunderous motion. The explosion echoed throughout time and space, greater than the sound of a sonic boom. The fields before me now lay barren and cleared, having brought in the fullness of the Harvest. I heard the Lord say:

“CAN A NATION COME TO ME IN A DAY? Can a nation of millions of disenfranchised, lost, barren, and dying souls be brought into My Kingdom in a moment? Surely, it is possible, or I would not have said it long ago! I have done it before and I will do it again!

In the stillness and quiet, My Spirit has nurtured and tended to the stalks to sustain the life that existed. In the forgotten, dormant period, life ensued. In the times that My laborers neglected the Harvest set before them and left it to waste, I held it in the palm of My hands.

Behold, I am breathing new life upon all that you have known. Many have known one aspect of life for far too long that you have become deceived into thinking that you see and possess the fullness. But I say to you: BE NOT DECEIVED! NO ONE can know all there is to know about life! Put off your competition! NO ONE can reap the entirety of the Harvest alone in their own will! It takes THE ENTIRETY OF MY LABORERS CONJOINED AND CONVERGED, yes, knit into Me, to set the nations ablaze for My Glory! Watch as I breath a fresh wind upon what I have given you to steward. What you have known will no longer be your reality. Watch as I cause a great shifting in the focus and direction of what I have given; unsealing that which has been hidden. Yes, A GREAT SHIFTING IS HERE!

A time ago, the Harvest set before you had reached its initial ripeness and awaited ones that would bring it in. With great disappointment and sadness in My heart, I FOUND NONE that would take up the tools I had set before them to gather up the souls that I had placed ahead of them. There the tools lay, forgotten to gather dust. Will I allow My Harvest to decay and rot because of lack of reapers? Of course not! EVERY SOUL MATTERS! EVERY SOUL HAS A DESTINY AND PURPOSE THAT I DESIGNED FROM BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH!

I have not relented in calling forth those I desire to equip to carry forth My grand purpose! As I have tended to the crop and watched it brighten and expand, great expectation has built up in inexplainable proportions, that I might find someone willing to answer the call.

Therefore, I AM BRINGING FORTH THE SUDDENLIES IN THE SHIFTING! I will not leave you to squelch all that I desire any longer! WATCH AS I TAKE YOUR MINISTRIES AND BRING A GREAT SHAKING! WATCH AS I TAKE YOUR LIVES AND BRING A MIGHTY SIFTING! I will cause you to shake off all of your man-made mantles and pedestals; and I will turn your lives right-side up!

I AM RELEASING NEW EYES TO SEE THE HARVEST SET BEFORE YOU. I WILL BAPTIZE YOU IN COMPASSION FOR THE LOST, THAT WILL CAUSE YOU TO GO TO UNENDING LENGTHS, YES, EVEN FORSAKING YOUR LIVES UNTO DEATH, TO REAP THE HARVEST! SUDDENLY, YOU WILL SEE! ASK OF ME! ASK ME FOR THE NATIONS! THEY’RE YOURS! NOW, GO!!! Take up that which I have set before you and ANSWER THE CALL! BE THE ANSWER!!! DO NOT DELAY ANY LONGER! I AM READY!!! PARTNER WITH ME TO SEE A TIDAL WAVE INFLUX, greater than the world has ever seen! IT IS TIME!

Isaiah 66:8 (TPT)
“Who has even seen or heard of such a wonder? Could a country be born in a day? Can a nation be birthed so suddenly? Yet no sooner does Zion go into labor than she gives birth to sons!”

Matthew 9:36-38 (TPT)
“When He saw the vast crowds of people, Jesus’ heart was deeply moved with compassion, because they seemed weary and helpless, like wandering sheep without a shepherd. He turned to his disciples and said, ‘The harvest is huge and ripe! But there are not enough harvesters to bring it all in. As you go, plead with the Owner of the Harvest to thrust out many more reapers to harvest His grain!'”

Mark 4:29 (TPT)
“Then, when the grain is ripe, he immediately puts the sickle to the grain, because harvest time has come.”

Revelation 14:14 (MSG)
“I looked up, I caught my breath!—a white cloud and one like the Son of Man sitting on it. He wore a gold crown and held a sharp sickle. Another Angel came out of the Temple, shouting to the Cloud-Enthroned,’Swing your sickle and reap. It’s harvest time. Earth’s harvest is ripe for reaping.’ The Cloud-Enthroned gave a mighty sweep of His sickle, began harvesting earth in a stroke.”

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

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India: Governments Overthrown to Make Him Known

Recently, I was in a deep moment of worship and intercession with the Lord and was listening to a prayer set from a prayer room in our region. They began to pray and intercede for the launching of a global missions movement and prayed specifically over the nation of India. While praying myself, a song came forth from a deep place in the Spirit:

On the breath of the four winds, here come the flames| flames of fire, Your servants
to bring You a song, bring You a song, bring You a song of praise
They’re singing: Come on in, come on in|it’s time to ascend
to the hill of the Lord|to seek His face like never before
Upon this rock, I’ll establish a house|a house of praise for all your days
Can you hear them singing?|Come on in, come on in, it’s time to ascend

In this place, I was caught up in a vision to a place that I have been once before five years ago. I was in a dark room that was as if it was a negative space, like it was fully dark. When I glanced to the left, I saw an architect desk lit with an overhead lamp and Jesus was sitting at it. I walked over to Him from behind and He glanced back, smiled at me, and motioned me over with a nod; inviting me into His work space and in on what He was working on. Looking at the desk, I saw a large blueprint sheet with an outline of the nation of India. He held a pen in His hand and He was drawing on the nation.

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Photo: Yuliyan Velchev

It was unclear to me at first what He was doing, so I asked Him what He was working on and He said,

“I am overthrowing governments and kingdoms. Many will come toppling down; and I will build My House upon their ground. Governments built upon unstable foundations will crumble down, every power and principality in opposition to Me will follow suit and bow down to Me. I am more powerful than every single entity and worthless idol residing over the nation. Soon, you will see them fall down and all will see Me as the One Who alone is God!” 

Jesus then began drawing some more and there were three locations that stuck out on the picture of the nation. When I looked, I saw that the three places were north-central, west-central, and south-centrally located. I asked Him what it meant and He replied,

“A cord of three strands is not easily broken; and a unified body yields great power. I am about to shake things right-side up and the masses will see My glory as I tear down every idol opposed to Me. Watch as I destroy that which glorifies another and see as I establish high places in which the lost may come into My family. Yes, the orphans will find a home. I am raising up those who will establish and implement My values and principles in a nation that was once far from Me, but has turned to Me. You will remember the time so long ago in which My Truth was first received by you and you will honor it as a memorial across your land.

“As I uproot evil within your government, I will remove from power those in which have exploited your poor for riches’ gain; for I hate exploitation of My children. Every offering made to idols will return void as your carved images topple to the ground in pieces! This will be the sign of a divine purge taking place across the whole of the land.

“You will see a rise in the value of your rupees as I bring into play a front-runner to govern your nation. He will be a man you have not known and many will find themselves saying, ‘Who is this man? Where has he come from? He has risen from the low places and yet he has prestige and speaks with great power and authority.’ I have been at work within his heart and I have been creating a hunger and desire for Me within him.

“A righteous indignation will arise within him towards glory given to idols and he will begin in partnership with Me, to eradicate your land of enemy strongholds. It will be so foreign to you, for you have not seen such pure and righteous actions in ages.

“Curiosity will begin to sweep across the land at the power behind it. The saying, ‘curiosity killed the cat’, will carry a dual meaning; it will be a paradox. To the curious, they will receive life where they were once headed straight for death’s doors. The only cat dying here will be satan as his grip on the souls of this land are ripped from his hands, and he is sent plummeting to the pit.

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Ganges River Photo: N/A

“You will see life begin to spring forth from the soil of your land like never before. Where there were once dry bones littering your land, you will see a mass burial of all that has displayed death. Watch as the unthinkable takes place, where your waters were once polluted with death, a supernatural cleansing will come forth, bringing new life and restoration. You will drink of the well of salvation and of the rivers of living water and you will never thirst again!”

Isaiah 56:7 (NLT)
I will bring them to My holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in My house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.

Haggai 2:21-23 (MSG)
God’s Message came a second time to Haggai on that most memorable day, the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month: “Speak to Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah: ‘
I am about to shake up everything, to turn everything upside down and start over from top to bottom—overthrow governments, destroy foreign powers, dismantle the world of weapons and armaments, throw armies into confusion, so that they end up killing one another. And on that day’—this is God’s Message—’I will take you, O Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, as My personal servant and I will set you as a signet ring, the sign of My sovereign presence and authority. I’ve looked over the field and chosen you for this work.’” The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh

The Importance of The One (Southeast Asia)

I have been back in the states for a few days now, but it is still almost unreal where I have gone and what God has done with me. For me, a normal person who said “Yes, I will follow”, it is almost unbelievable what God has done. After a week, 10 teams of three and four came back with an offering to the Lord of 4,612 souls. This is not including the healing, encouragement, and freedom that was ministered to countless people, churches, and other organizations. I praise God that I was able to contribute an offering to give glory to His name!!!

As I think back to some of the most powerful encounters with what God did over the trip, I am reminded of the importance of stopping for the one. All throughout Scripture, Jesus is teaching and ministering to large crowds of people, but is frequently interrupted by the one. One person needs some special attention, healing, freedom, or salvation. When this happens, Jesus does not ignore them and continue on to minister to the crowd, but gives them as much love, compassion, and care as the large crowds. He takes the time to minister to the one. 

Even though we literally saw thousands of people come to know the Lord, the most powerful times were when God brought the one. The time I felt the most powerful move of God was for one person. God orchestrated things for me to preach at an evening service in a large church. The pastor of this church had some personal problems, but had still invited me to come and speak. Before even going, I was told not to expect anyone to come forward for an invitation time because it was culture for them to commit to follow Jesus later during a personal meeting with the pastor.

As I worshipped, I felt the presence of God in a mighty way, and as I spoke the word, I was experiencing part of His heart of compassion for the people. Although it has rarely happened, God moved me to tears as I called for His lost sons and daughters to come to their Good Father. No one moved, but I knew I was here for this purpose so I continued to press in. After some time, one lone girl in pink came down and knelt at the altar. She broke the cultural expectations, in front of over 100 people, and courageously came to The Good Father. Not too long after that three more came. I was so overcome, I could not even lead them in a prayer, but left that to the translator to do. As I went down and prayed for each one, the floor was wet with the tears of the this teenage girl. She remained there weeping for the whole ministry time as we prayed for the sick. Afterwards, the over abundance of joy that was exuding out of her was evidence that she had been changed. This is why I was there, for this one girl. The others were just a bonus from God for my obedience.

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You may not be called at this moment to go and evangelize on a street corner to dozens of people or preach in a church or conference to hundreds or thousands. However, you are called to the one who does not know. One neighbor, family member, friend, or co-worker is who you are called to speak to. One cashier needs to hear the Truth. One worker in a store has been prepared to receive. One person at the park is hurting and in need. That is who you are called to no matter who you are.

I encourage you today, begin to look around you for the one who is hurting, lost, in need. Pray for them, then open your mouth and speak the truth that is in you. As you are faithful to shine the light that is in you, God will be faithful to bring more to you. Never forget, at one time, you were the one that needed someone to speak the truth to you and to be shown the heart of a Good Father. May God bless you to be the one to minister His heart to the one today, this week, and for the rest of your life!!!

Matthew 18:14 So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones be lost. 

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Ask of Me!!! (Southeast Asia)

Without any knowledge or forethought of returning to Southeast Asia, God has prepared a way for me to return.  The location is new (and undisclosed for safety reasons) but the vision and mission is the same to respond to Jesus’ command of “Follow Me” with a resounding YES!!!

While fasting and praying for this upcoming trip, a scripture was spoken to me very clearly. 

Psalm 2:8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will assuredly give You the nations as Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth as Your possession.’ 

This is the desire of The Lord for you today!!! Too often, we ask for such small mediocre things. God I need finances, take this stress from me, heal my headache… There is nothing wrong with asking these things, and I celebrate every prayer and act of faith in crying out to God.  However, if this is all we are asking for, we are aiming far lower than the Almighy God of the Universe desires or is capable of. 

My God is powerful and mighty and does great things beyond what we could ever ask for, hope for, or even imagine.  It is time for all of us to come out of small thinking and small prayers and graduate into Kingdom Prayers.  I desire a grand inheritance in The Kingdom!!! 

God has given me the privilege of traveling to many nations. I know most people may never have the opportunities I have been given, but how many nations have you asked for?  How many times have you poured out your heart for those in other countries to know The Lord and walk with Him? How often do you ask God to give your nation to you as an inheritance? Admittedly, I have not prayed as often or as fervently as I should, but God has given me the faith to ask for the nations as my inheritance.  

Now, as I travel again, unexpectedly, and without really praying for the specific location He has prepared for me before now, God has found a willing vessel. This is what He wants. Your abilities, talents, and gifts are not important. What is important is your willingness to be filled and desire to be used for His Kingdom.  

I encourage you today with this verse that has been on my heart the last month or so:

Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies (dedicating all of yourselves, set apart) as a living sacrifice holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.”

It is time for us all, once again to worship God in the best way possible, by giving ourselves to Him just a little bit more today and letting Him do what He wants to do in and through us.

God, make us more willing and yielded vessels to You and Your will. Open our mouths to declare Your truth, may our thoughts and prayers be ever for Your Kingdom, and may our every breath be used for service in Your Kingdom anywhere You may take us, whether around the block or around the world. May we all have the faith and an abundance of grace to worship You with our whole lives!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

I Am with You to Save!!!

Daily Encouragement –

Are you feeling attacked and oppressed? Is your flesh weak and failing? Nothing going the way you planned? Do you feel alone in the middle of all this darkness?

You were never meant to walk through this life on your own!!! Come to Me! Cry out to Me for help in time of trouble! It is time to seek Me and worship Me right where you are. In the middle of your greatest weakness and oppression, I will prove Myself to be The Mighty One, your Savior!!! 

Only I have the power to free you completely from all oppression and attack. Whether external foe or internal fleshly desire, I will conquer the enemy as you come and worship Me!!! 

Come and worship no matter where you may be at this moment or how you feel. I am the Mighty One Who is with you to save!!! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 19:19-20 “In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. 
20 And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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!!!

Stand Strong and Speak

Belize Day 3 –
Today was a little more relaxed as we gathered together in the morning.  We have four professional teams coming to play futbol, all under 13 yrs old. One team recently won an international championship. We started with some worship and games, and I spoke to them for about ten minutes.
 4 teams playing 4 games is an all day event.  We watched, ate, and cheered on the teams. Finally, at the end, we awarded them some medals, water bottles and other practical and candied items.
Our final event of the day was for the guys on the team to lead a men’s meeting and the women to lead a women’s meeting at two different churches.  About 40 men were gathered for the men’s meeting and we went for two and a half hours in worshipping, preaching and praying for people.
It was here that I met a man named Sebastian. I talked with him for a while and found out that he was a new believer, 10 days, he had been saved and here he was hungry to learn. He admitted readily that before, he had been to several of the surrounding countries dating beautiful women but had by the grace of God not gotten any diseases like HIV… I think there was a little bit more than dating going on.  As I sat and talked, it was good to see how God was moving and how I got to be a small part of the growth of this man in the kingdom. Just being here and encouraging him was an important part of why I came on this trip.
Devotion –
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Psalm 24:3-6 Who may ascend into the hill of the LordOr who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LordAnd righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face.
It is time for you to stand up in the Kingdom!!!  You stand to fight, to run, to act, and command authority.  You cannot sit by and let things return to the evil one, but you must stand and take back the Kingdom of God.
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Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
It is time for you to strengthen yourself in the Lord!!!  Without Him leading, guiding, and strengthening you, you will not be able to stand.  He is the most important part of anything you do, and everything flows out of your relationship with Him.  Spend time deepening and strengthening that relationship and you will truly be able to stand strong!!!
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Matthew 28:19-20 “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
It is time for you to speak out!!!  Even if you are standing strong, if you do not speak out the truth of why and for Who you are standing, then you might as well be a tree or a statue.  It is good to stand strong but everyone around you needs to know the goodness and might of the Lord and the strength He has put in you.  He calls you to go and preach.  If you just go or just stand, you are the same as any other good ol’ boy.  However, when you speak out the Truth, this is what sets you apart from everyone else.  You have the love and truth of the Lord and this is why you must go out to share the love and truth that He has placed in you.
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Challenge –
Ask God to help you to stand, go, and fight today to build His Kingdom.  Strengthen yourself in Him by spending a little extra time with Him.  Thank Him for this strength of heart and ask Him to strengthen you more.  Today, speak out the truth and love that you have.  Share the good news in a small or great way by speaking forth the wonderful works of God and why you are who you are, not by your power or might, but by the Grace of God and His Spirit!!!
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Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!