Belize Day 4 –
The Lord has brought Jeremiah and I on a long journey this past year and a half since we got married. A journey that has forever marked us and set us on a path of no return, a wild and crazy adventure to be discovered. This odyssey brought along with it extreme stretching and growth, an increase in reliance on God, joy, tears, adventure, fun, excitement, hardships, and more than can be expressed in words on paper (or in a blog.) Because of our diligence and obedience, our loving and faithful Father has rewarded us on so many levels and has entrusted us to new and bigger things; the greatest of which is new life. Yes, that’s right, He has made us parents of the most wonderful blessing.
Our little gift growing in my womb is the fulfillment of a promise God spoke to me while we were on our 9 month-long faith journey around the world. You see, before Jeremiah and I were married, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS. This means that small cysts form on the ovaries leading to hormonal imbalance. Often insulin resistance leading to diabetes is a result of that. PCOS is incurable and over time can affect a woman’s fertility greatly along with many other life altering consequences including developing uterine cancer, heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, etc. Being a woman who is called by God to be a mother, I could have let this greatly discourage me and affect the way I dealt with things, especially since this was the second chronic diagnosis I had received in my life. Instead of settling for what had been spoken over me, I refused and believed the Lord for my healing. Psalm 91:1-3 states, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.”
I felt that I was supposed to continue taking the medicine the doctor gave me when we left the U.S. I clearly heard the Lord speak to me while we were traveling that I was healed so I would petition Him to stop taking the meds, however each time He told me to continue taking them. At one point, He even told me that He gave me 7 months of the meds purposely and to finish them out, revealing to me that 7 is the number of completion and perfection. From then on, I waited on Him and held that word. We were in India the end of March when I took my last pill and had felt God leading me to pray and fast for myself, believing for my healing. That this would be when I would see my body work properly. During this special time with Him, He revealed to me the gender of our child and the name very clearly, confirming it many times.
I claimed that promise and kept it close to my heart, awaiting the day that it would come to fruition, for one of my deepest desires was to be a mother. I thought it would come quicker than it did, and I would become somewhat discouraged when it didn’t. I am so thankful for my Husband, for he encouraged me every time that God was revealing to me that I really was healed as I saw my body worked perfectly. God only made me wait 3 months to bring His promise about, and interestingly enough, a total of 10 months…perfection of divine order.
I found out I was pregnant when I got back from England in July and we have been more than blessed to see fruit coming forth from God’s promise. And boy, was it a joyful day having my 19 week sonogram revealing that just as He said about 8 months ago, we would be having a sweet baby boy, baby Azariah!!! 🙂 We are overflowing with joy for all that Daddy has in store for our little miracle, for He has already used our child to minister to many people from the womb. This adventure He has us on has only gotten more exciting and adventurous! “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!
This past week, we were able to return to Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu, India; where Jeremiah visited on his last adventure here in India. Jeremiah was stoked to be able to finally go. We took rest when we arrived there on Friday after very long and hot bus rides. We stayed on the second floor, above Pastor Daniel’s church, and one floor below where the girls from the orphanage stay. On Saturday evening we went to 5 different houses to pray over the families and people of the villages. Some of these people lived in very small “hut” houses and did not have very much to offer, yet they still gave us something to eat and glorious chai tea.
On Sunday, we attended Pastor Daniel’s church and I got to experience what a real Indian church is like, 5 hours full of clapping and bouncing, loud prayers and Holy Spirit happenings. Jeremiah preached about tasting the Lord. Afterwards we prayed for everyone in the church and I was part of a deliverance of a woman who was afflicted by something I could not understand due to language barriers; but I was really challenged to seek the Lord for more discernment when it comes to those type of things. That evening, we went to two different leper colonies and I spoke about the compassionate love of the Father; we fed them and Jeremiah and I laid hands on and prayed over them.
I knew it would be difficult for me going there and seeing these people’s lives and bodies being rotted away through the death sentence the enemy has placed on them. Even then, I was overwhelmed with compassion, as I read so much that Jesus was, and filled with faith that God would bring healing to them. We did not see anything physically happen when we prayed over them, but so many of them asked for prayer and I believe that God touched them and will continue ministering to their hearts, bodies and lives. Afterwards, we went to a street corner where there were some homeless people gathered. I spoke again on God’s love, we sang some songs, and we fed them and prayed over them.
Jeremiah and I were very excited when we found out that we were going to be teaching at the first YWAM DTS in Dharmapuri during the week. This DTS is all local natives to the surrounding area, except for a few staff members that are from a different state. These 16 students, some families, are going on their outreach in three weeks to Sri Lanka and Malaysia, however, a few of them are having issues with getting their visas and passports, some due to finances, so please be in prayer for them that God would provide all they need so that they can be sent out to these needy nations.
We felt that God was calling us to talk about missions throughout the week. On Monday, we talked about original design vs worldly thinking. Our original design is who God made us to be apart from sin, but the enemy through the ways of the world tries to separate us from the truth of who God says we are. I taught them the 4 R’s: Repent (Confessing the sin of believing the lie – Acts 3:19), Receive (Receiving God’s forgiveness and asking Him to fill you with more Holy Spirit – Psalm 103:8-12) , Rebuke (Rebuke the enemy’s grasp on you because of the sin – James 4:7), Replace (Declaring the sin as dead and “paid for” and asking God to come and flood your heart and mind with Truth and empowerment to walk it out – Galatians 2:20.) We then took them through breaking the chains of the past, negative self-image, and false humility; and broke them into groups so they could all ask the Lord for each other’s original design. Great blessings came from this!
On Tuesday, Jeremiah talked about waiting for the word, promises and call of the Lord. I shared on counting the cost and taught primarily from Luke 14:25-30, which talks about the cost of being a disciple. Afterward, I had them ask God for 2 promises for the present time and 2 promises for the future and to write it down, as instructed by God through Habakkuk 2:2-3: “This is what the Lord said to me, ‘Write My answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.’” On Wednesday, Jeremiah shared on faith and perseverance out of Hebrews 11 and faith without conditions. I taught about fear of the Lord vs fear of man and told some of my testimony of how bound up I was in every type of fear there is and how God set me free. I also taught out about unbelief out of Mark 16:9-18 and how unbelief can hinder us from receiving the promises of Jesus through this passage. Then we took them through the 4 R’s again and broke off fear and unbelief. There was so much freedom and fruit brought forth this night!!!
On Friday, Jeremiah taught on bearing fruit out of Luke 8: Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seeds, avoiding burnout, and planting seeds. I talked about the importance of the secret place (Psalm 132:1-5) and how intimacy fuels missions (Luke 10:38-42). It was obvious by the time we left Dharmapuri that we were sent there for reasons other than what we had in mind. From the fruit that was brought forth through teaching at the DTS, we see we went there for that seed planting. Proverbs 16:9 says, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” At times we can be so set in our plans, but God has the ultimate plan. So be encouraged that even when things might not go our way, God’s way brings forth far greater fruit and blessings than our way ever could!
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!
As our time here in Norway draws near an end, I find myself reflecting upon all that has taken place over the last month. The culture here is quite different from back home and way colder, yet I have found myself feeling at home in many ways. We have over our stay attended the house church at Kjetil’s parents with him and we enjoy them and the other couple that is part of it. It reminds me quite a bit of the group that we started over a year ago back home, Fire By Night. It is nice being able to spend quality time with them enjoying a fine Norwegian meal (of which I first experienced lamb) and then tea and coffee time of true fellowship. There is such freedom there as we continue into worship and the word.
The first night that we attended, Jeremiah and I were asked to lead so we took that as an invitation for Jeremiah to proudly introduce his homemade award-winning chili to them, most of which had never experienced the greatness of chili! We met that night, Jan and Katrine, the other couple of the group. I have grown very fond of Katrine, a Norwegian Brit with the coolest accent and personality that I have ever encountered! She even invited me for coffee the next day and blessed me with a straightener after being without for 2 weeks after mine committed suicide in Harpenden, London…(God is faithful to provide!) We shared that night what we had learned at Circuit Riders as well as a word that the Lord had given Jeremiah as we embarked to Norway. After much discussion time, we were given prophetic words from the group and I was blessed to have received a prophetic word from the Lord for them as Norwegians for their country.
The next week, Katrine led the word. She had been moved to deep thought after the previous week about evangelism, what drives us in doing it or not doing it, and how to make practical steps to do it. She works as a coach to help people for interviews, etc. so she made a very thought-provoking question sheet, we split into partners and went through the worksheet to discover the answers. One of the biggest realizations that were brought forth through the discussion was that fear is the main hindrance that grips us. We were asked what we thought the definition of fear was. According to Miriam-Webster’s definition, fear is an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger, or False Expectations Appearing Real. To me, fear is anything that binds, robs, and keeps you from fulfilling God’s purpose and plans for your life. Fear’s very nature is to deceive. The truth is fear is not from God. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
Fear has become (at least in America) an alluring stronghold in the majority of people and the sad thing is that so many, like myself at one time, don’t realize the hold it may have on them. It hides in the horror/thriller movies, ghost-hunting, zombie, tv shows and games, Halloween is celebrated mostly through preying on people’s fears and drawing them forth…all with the excuse that it’s make-believe, not real, so it’s okay to partake in it. These all and more open the door for the enemy to bring fear into your life. It is truly demonic, not of God. Furthermore, it hides subtly in everyday life and I have discovered that it has the most diverse flavors. Fear of man (insecurity), fear of punishment (little peace, joy, hope, faith), fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of the past, and sudden natural fears. I know because I have been at the hand of all of these for the majority of my life. Fear robbed me of so much that God had for me. It was not until I was given the revelation that called out fear for the liar that it was that I was able to gain freedom from each of these and only after that was I free to walk in what God was calling me to fully. It is a daily decision to not allow fear in my life, and becomes more apparent the more aware I am of it’s grips. Had I allowed fear to do what it does best, I would not be here in Norway doing ministry out of the fear of the unknown (how God would provide, what the rest of the trip looks like), failure, fear of man. I would not have even began a relationship with my now husband because of fear of man (literally), abandonment and past hurts. I would still be a shy, insecure, timid woman bound in a life of sickness, depression and living unfulfilled. (Truth.)
I encourage you to examine your life and ask the Lord to show you any area in your life where fear may have a stronghold and where you may be living unfulfilled. Fear can’t just hinder evangelism, it can hinder everything that God has for you and how He wants to change the world through you. The dogs of doom stand at the door of destiny. I remind you of a quote by Amy Sollars, “The enemy’s greatest fear is that we will realize who God has made us to be and we will walk in it.” Don’t let satan bind you up in fear, but bind him up in fear by embracing everything that God has made you to be and do!
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!
The Lord has been reminding me lately of why I am here, of who I am, and of the simplicities that He taught me about a year ago today. He brought to mind Jeremiah 1:4-9: The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for You! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put My words in your mouth!” It was with this word that God urged Jeremiah to look beyond himself and to look to the importance of the task that he was called to fulfill. Even as God commissioned Jeremiah, He has also commissioned us for the same purpose. We must live our life intentionally and with an agenda because we were designed with an agenda written on our hearts…and that is to be Nation-shakers!!!
Jesus was a Nation-shaker. Jesus said to the disciples in Luke 12:49, “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled.” Jesus is the ultimate fire starter, but He yearns for revival fire to already be spread across the earth when He comes and the only way that will happen is if we become those fire starters. Too often we get caught up in the limitations the enemy puts on us and we miss out on all that God is calling us to accomplish. Just as Jeremiah was caught up in seeing his age as limitation, it’s easy to fall into the same lie. However, William Pitt said it magnificently, “We’re too young to realize certain things are impossible. Which is why we do them anyway.” Children don’t see the impossibilities that we cling to. When a child has a goal in mind, they stop at nothing until they accomplish it. This is the faith and determination we all should be walking in as children of God!
If not now, when? If not us, who? Esther faced this same choice. Either she would stand up and not be silent anymore but answer the call with the heart response, “If I perish, I perish.” Or she would remain silent, reformation would come from someone else, somewhere else and she would miss the call having lived her life for nothing. Paul had it right when he said in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.”
The amazing thing is that God’s given each one of us Holy Ghost ideas of creativity! What is your gifting(s)? What specifically is your calling? Have you asked God lately to be specific on what your place is in the Kingdom? He has given each of us Kingdom gifts to bring forth the advancement of His Presence upon the earth! To bring forth the revival He has been stirring in this generation. It’s been spoken prophetically over this generation for years that this is the chosen generation. Are you going to walk in the fullness of it or sit by and let it come from somewhere else, just as it had to when Moses led the Israelites to the Promised Land but it was Joshua that was elected to lead them into the Promised Land. It’s time for the dreamers to awaken to the reality of Heaven invading earth! Be radical! He’s ready to revive and reform. He’s given us GRACE (the divine infusion of God’s enablement to see to it that you fulfill your destiny and all the devils in hell cannot stop it from being a reality because you have embraced Jesus!) Before this can occur, we must come before Him with a humble heart and joyful repentance. It removes every obstacle that would hold us back from the fullness of what Jesus died to release in our lives. Then get ready for the most fulfilling, joyful ride of your life into your destiny!
Blessings of Fire!
Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!
The last week has been crazy and full of crazy revival fire being poured out upon us and upon Norway!!! Circuit Riders in Grimerud, Norway was awesomely epic. We met so many amazing people and told our story multiple times, at least 10 times, every single day. It seems that our obedience is an encouragement all over the world. We made some great contacts and we will see if God opens any doors with the people we met here. I also got to see some old friends from my time in Hawaii. It was truly a God filled week!!!
During worship, and the personal time I had with The Lord, I was meditating on the word He had given me for Norway. You can check out the previous word In the post titled “News from Norway”. While I was thinking about this, He gave me a phrase “Run to the Battle!!!” The Christians in Norway, and everywhere else around the world for that matter, cannot sit back and let the enemy do whatever he wants. We are called to run to where the battle is and attack the enemy so that he is unable to take any more ground. On top of that, we are supposed to push him back and cast him out of the places that are rightfully the Lords.
God blesses us when we run to the battle with miraculous victory! He will not let us fall or allow us to be overcome when we stand and fight for Him!!! Joshua 10:1-15 tells us of a time when Joshua led the people to run to a battle. It says that they traveled all night to get to where their allies were being attacked before it was too late. They arrived and The Lord put the enemy into confusion and then sent a hailstorm and killed more people with hail than they did with the sword. Then, God made the sun stand still in the heavens so that they could defeat the entire army before they escaped. God miraculously defeated a 5 army combined force because Joshua was willing to run to a battle that he probably did not really want to get involved with (See Joshua 9).
In our own lives, we must not sit back and watch as the enemy takes ground or destroys our allies. We cannot sit back and do nothing while the enemy gains power around us and takes away our strength. The minute that we quit fighting or running to where the battle is, that is when we get overrun. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings where they were fighting to hold the wall. The enemy was ever attacking and changing tactics and coming from different sides. The heroes were protected inside the wall as long as they ran to where the enemy was attacking and fought them off. When they were unable to do so, the wall fell!
Be strong and full of courage because The Lord fights our battles for us! He gives us the strength to run and the wisdom to know where to run and it is our duty to run to the battle and destroy the works of the enemy!!! When you fight with The Lord, even against impossible odds, He will bring about an awesome victory because of who He is!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!