Witness Him Now
OK, I do not have enough time to do this blog service, but the Healer has come with power, and it is spectacular. Sunday morning God woke me up and spoke to me about healing. I then went to church, and Todd preached about healing. I met with Todd yesterday morning, and God is speaking the same thing to both of us. Then this morning Leia woke up with a blinding migraine headache. God healed her. But more than that, He showed her how.
I cannot wait to post the rest of the story. I just don't have time right now. God is so good!!! Please pray for me that God will give me the time I need to blog and to do my videos. I want to share all of this goodness with you.
Blessings, my friends. May you, too, meet the Healer.
I read a scripture a few days ago that thrills my soul. John 15:16-17 says, "You didn't choose Me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, SO THAT the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using My name. This is My command: Love one another."
God wants us to bear fruit so that He can answer our prayers? Is that so? This makes me want to shout and sing. For the last several years the fruit inside of all of us has been getting larger and more everlasting. The love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control that is inside of us is ruling our lives now. No matter what happens, no matter what anyone says or does, the fruit wins. It is pretty spectacular, but then look at the scripture...
God chose us and appointed us to bear everlasting fruit SO THAT the Father will give us whatever we ask for in Jesus' name. Wow! Wow! Wow! Whatever we ask for! It is time to ask. God is poised to answer. He wants to set captives free. He wants to heal broken hearts. He wants to comfort those who mourn. He wants to show Himself strong amongst His people. He chose us and appointed us to bear everlasting fruit so that we would be in a position to ask and He would be in a position to answer. God is so good! He said that His Temple would be a house of prayer for all nations. That is what we are becoming. Wow! I hope this verse hits your heart like it is hitting mine because there are many battles to be fought, and God has chosen us to partner with Him in the fight.
Zechariah 12 says it this way, "This message is from the LORD, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and formed the human spirit. I will make Jerusalem (that's us in spiritual terms) like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations (principalities and powers and rulers of darkness in high places) will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves.
"On that day," says the LORD, "I will cause every horse to panic and every rider to lose his nerve. I will watch over the people of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of their enemies. And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, "The people of Jerusalem have found strength in the LORD of Heaven's Armies, their God."
On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a flame that sets a woodpile ablaze or like a burning torch among sheaves of grain. They will burn up all the neighboring nations (principalities and powers) right and left, while the people living in Jerusalem remain secure. The LORD will give victory to the rest of Judah first, before Jerusalem, so that the people of Jerusalem and the royal line of David will not have greater honor than the rest of Judah.
ON THAT DAY THE LORD WILL DEFEND THE PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM: THE WEAKEST AMONG THEM WILL BE AS MIGHTY AS KING DAVID! AND THE ROYAL DESCENDANTS WILL BE LIKE GOD, LIKE THE ANGEL OF THE LORD WHO GOES BEFORE THEM! For on that day I will begin to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
THEN I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem.
This is the time period we are living in. This is that day. This is what we were appointed to do - bear everlasting fruit so that we can ask God for anything using the name of Jesus, and He will do it. God wants us to be in a position to ask, and then He wants us to ask. He is poised and ready to answer. So let me encourage you. God has called and chosen you for such a time as this. It is time to get our lives right with God so that we can pray.
A little over four years ago the LORD allowed me to be a part of a prayer ministry in our small town. We called this place the Prayer Closet. I spent every weekday morning for nearly six months interceding for our families and pastors and leaders and protectors and nation. Even though I speak to God almost non-stop throughout every day, this was the first time that I had ever intentionally, consistently interceded for people. I will forever be changed because of this. Now, God is calling me to intercede once again. This time it is war.
We are going to set up a War Room at our church. You may want to do the same. In our church we are going to set up notebooks. These notebooks will contain scriptures and the people we are intereceding for. I am going to write down the scriptures that come to my mind, but if you have other scriptures, will you please share them with me. God said that He is ever looking over His word to perform it. I want to give Him every opportunity to do just that. These are the sections:
3. Pastors and Spiritual Leaders
4. Protectors and Defenders
6. Front Line Warriors
8. Church Prayer Requests
Some of our prayers will be lists. For example, I will list everyone in my family that I will intercede for. The other prayer warriors will do the same; however, if we have someone that we want to concentrate on, we will fill out a form that has his/her name, spouse's name, children's names, description of who he/she is, and his/her needs. We will also have a place to put a picture. Then if a scripture comes to mind of what we want to pray over him/her, we will put that also. All pastors, spiritual leaders, protectors, and front line warriors will have their own sheet.
The following are scriptures that come to my mind when I think of praying for the people in these categories:
PRAYER FOR SELF:
LORD, in 2 Chronicles 7:13-16, You said, "At times You might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour our crops, or send plagues among us. But THEN if we, Your people, who are called by Your name will humble ourselves and pray and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, You will hear from heaven and forgive our sins and restore our land. Then Your eyes will be open and Your ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For You have chosen this temple (me) and set it apart to be holy - a place where Your name will be honored forever. You said that You will always watch over me, for I am dear to Your heart.
So LORD, I am asking that You would search my heart and know me. Try my anxious thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me into paths of life everlasting. God, I open my heart wide to You. Search every part of who I am. If there is anything in me that is displeasing to You, I ask that You would bring it into the light so that I can deal with it. Expose my enemies. Defeat them. Let me crush them under my feet. LORD, it is Your kindness that leads us to repentance. I ask that You send Your kindness. Make me holy. Let every part of me be separated from this world and all that it has to offer so that I may bring honor to Your holy name.
I ask that You will create in me a cIean heart and an upright spirit. Let every thought that I think and every meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight. If it is true that You look favorably on me, let me know Your ways so I may understand You more fully and continue to enjoy Your favor. And remember that this nation is Your very own people. LORD, I pray that from Your glorious, unlimited resources, You will empower me with inner strength through Your Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in my heart as I trust in Him. My roots will grow down into Your love and it will keep me strong. LORD, give me the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep Your love is. May I experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then I will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Father of glory, I ask that You would give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. May the eyes of my understanding be enlightened that I may know what is the hope of Your calling, what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward us who believe, according to the working of Your mighty power which You worked in Christ when You raised Him from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And You put all things under His feet, and gave Jesus to be head over all things to the church. That's me, LORD, I am a part of His body. Fill me with all Your fullness and teach me how to walk in that fullness. LORD, I want to know You. I want to please You. I want to make You happy. Show me how. I ask this in Jesus' name. AMEN
PRAYER FOR FAMILY:
LORD, You said that You would lavish Your unfailing love for a thousand generations of those who love You and keep Your commandments. God, I thank You that Your promises are "Yes" and "Amen". It is Your desire that none parish, but all come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I want to thank You LORD for Godly inheritance. You said, "Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! Thank You, LORD, that You have taught my heart to fear Your holy name. Thank You that my heart wants to obey and honor You completely. That is a work of the Spirit, and I rejoice in it. I rejoice that this great love for You is passed down from generation to generation by Your Holy Spirit and through Your great and precious promises. Now LORD, I am going to recite back Your promises to me for my family. I speak these promises over all of my children and their spouses. I speak these promises over my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren. I speak these promises over a thousand generations because I do love You, and I do keep Your commandments.
LORD, in Isaiah 44, You said for me not to be afraid. You said that You will pour out water to quench my thirst and to irrigate my parched fields. And You said You will pour out Your Spirit obn my descendants and Your blessings on my offspring. You said they will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank. Some will proudly claim, "I belong to the LORD." Others will say, "I am a descendant of Jacob." Some will write the LORD's name on their hands and will take the name of Israel as their own." Thank You, Jesus!
Then in Isaiah 49, You said, "See, I will give a signal to the godless nations. They will carry my little sons back to me in their arms; they will bring my daughters on their shoulders. "Who can snatch the plunder of war from the hands of a warrior? Who can demand that a tyrant let his captives go? But the LORD says, "The captives of warriors will be released, and the plunder of tyrants will be retrieved. For I will fight those who fight you, and I will save your children. All the world will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel!" Thank You, Jesus!
In Deuteronomy 30:6, You said, "And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. Isaiah 29:22-24 The LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says to the people of Israel, "My people will no longer be ashamed or turn pale with fear. For when they see their many children and all the blessings I have given them, they will stand in awe of the God of Jacob. Then the wayward will gain understanding, and complainers will accept instruction."
Isaiah 54:11-15 "O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli. I will make your towers of sparkling rubies, your gates of shining gems, and your walls of precious stones. I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace. You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away, you will live in peace, and terror will not come near. If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat."
"And this is My covenant with them," says the LORD. "My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children's children forever. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
PASTORS AND SPIRITUAL LEADERS:
Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The LORD has called ____________________________________ before his birth; from within the womb He called him by name. He made ___________________________ words of judgment as sharp as a sword. He has hidden _________________________________ in the shadow of His hand. He is like a sharp arrow in God's quiver. He said to ______________________________, "You are My servant, Israel, and you will bring Me glory."
________________________________ replied, "But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet _______________________________ leaves it all in the LORD's hand; He will trust God for his reward."
And now the LORD speaks - the One who formed ___________________________ in his mother's womb to be his servant, who commissioned him to bring Israel back to Him. The LORD has honored __________________________________ and has given him strength. "I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring My salvation to the ends of the earth." The LORD, the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel, says to the one who is despised and rejected by the nations, to the one who is the servant of rulers; "Kings will stand at attention when you pass by. Princes will also bow low because of the LORD, the faithful one, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
"At just the right time, I will respond to you. On the day of salvation I will help you.I will protect you and give you to the people as My covenant with them. Through you I will reestablish the land of Israel and assign it to its own people again. I will say to the prisoners, 'Come out in freedom,' and to those in darkness, ' Come into the light.' They will be My sheep, grazing in green pastures and on hills that were previously bare. They will neither hunger nor thirst. The searing sun will not reach them anymore. For the LORD in His mercy will lead them; He will lead them beside cool waters. And I will maike My mountains into level paths for them. The highways will be raised above the valleys. See, My people will return from far away, from lands to the north and west, and from as far south as Egypt." Isaiah 49
May the Spirit of the LORD rest upon ____________________________, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay. He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. Isaiah 11
God I ask that You would give ___________________________ complete knowledge of Your will, and give him spiritual wisdom and spiritual understanding. Then he way he lives will always honor and please the LORD, and his life will produse every kind of good fruit. LORD, I also pray that You will strengthen ___________________________with all Your glorious power so that he will have all the patience and endurance he needs, and may he be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. LORD, may a Spirit of praise and thanksgiving be planted deep inside of _____________________________. May it be a spring that overflows in every circumstance of life. May it bubble over onto others. I ask this in Jesus' name. AMEN Colossians 1:9-11
Last week I was painting the outside of a house on the other side of the lake, and I was praying while I painted, when the LORD asked, "Why are you always trying to move Me? Did it ever occur to you that I am trying to move you?" Then a gust of wind came at that moment...I was three levels up on scaffolding at the time. :) I had just read that God rides the wind. Then the LORD said, "Pay attention."
For any of you that know me well, you know that I don't pay attention. I am always in my "own little world". But I began to meditate on what God said, and I began to pray, "LORD, teach me to pay attention and to understand what it is that You want me to do." Now you already know that the LORD had already revealed to me that He is at the "head of the column of the enemy army" (Joel 2). That changed my life. I then began to think about everything that happened, "LORD, what is Your purpose with this?" So my prayers changed. I no longer went straight to, "LORD, heal this person or set them free," instead I would start my prayers with, "LORD, open his heart to Your Spirit. LORD, if there is anything in his life that opposes You, I ask that You would reveal this to him. And LORD, send a spirit of conviction and a spirit of repentence into his heart that he may turn and live." So I was already heading in this direction, but now I began to meditate on every little thing that happens.
Last year I listened to a teaching series by John Bevere. In it he said that God pulled him over one day (he was driving down a highway at the time) and said, "Did I not tell you to pray without ceasing?" John said, "Yes." God then asked, "Is this a one way conversation or two?" John said, "Two." Then God said, "If I want you to pray without ceasing, does it not tell you that I want to communicate with you all the time?" Now meditate on that one for a while. Then my mind went to the book THE HARBINGER. It was fascinating the lengths God went to to get His message across. He is into minute details. That book blew me away. Then my mind went to Psalm 139 where it says that if you could number the thoughts that God thinks about each one of us everyday, it would be more than the sand by the seashore. Wow! He thinks about me that much? If that is true, then it goes to reason that He has plans for us, plans to prosper and not to harm, plans to give us hope and a future, and He is continually trying to move us toward those plans. We just don't realize that each obstacle, each person who opposes us, each "no", each closed door, each broken plan, each....the list goes on forever. Our God loves us and He is trying to move us toward Himself all the time. Wow! All we have to do is pay attention, fix our eyes on Him (get our eyes off of the problem), guard our heart (make sure our thoughts line up with His), and in everything give thanks.
So who is moving who? I don't think I want to try to move the "hand of God" any longer. I want to join Him in what He is doing. I want to submit my will to His. I want to rejoice in every minute detail of my life because I know that my God is orchestrating something wonderful...even if it doesn't feel that way at the time.
Blessings to you, my friends. May you, too, choose to be moved by the mighty hand of our God, and may you find joy in the process.
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."