Sep 2019

Perfect Vision in 2020

“Autumn received a word from the Lord in the middle of corporate worship the other week. When the Lord spoke to her, He said this:

“‘Look upon the horizon, because 2020 is coming. You will be able to see clearly, because the rain has stopped. Now that the storms have passed, 2020 will be a bright and shining day for the Kingdom of God. 2020 is perfect vision and I am going to perfect the vision that I have given you. Things that were foggy, out of focus, disrupted or obscure will become crystal clear for 2020. There is a harvest coming in this new year. I will sharpen your eyes to see the ripe harvest.’

“As the Lord continued to speak to Autumn she saw a vision of hands getting dirty in soil. She also saw reapers shaking trees to harvest the ripened fruit.

“The Lord began to speak to her again, saying, ‘This will be a year of reaping. 2020 will be a year marked by harvest. Intercession has churned the atmosphere. The prayers and intercession that have been made for prodigal sons and daughters have been heard. These prayers will be answered and prodigals will be released.

“‘Many prodigals will return home. Captives will leave their chains behind. Sickness will flee from bodies. A wave of awakening will sweep across the land and souls are in the current.

“‘Get your vision ready. Your vision will need to be clear in order to see the harvest. Clear vision will move you into position to help restore the souls that will be swept into the Kingdom. Get your vision ready to see clearly because the rain has passed. 2020 is on the horizon. Look upon the horizon and prepare to see clearly into the future.’

“The Lord spoke so powerfully to Autumn about preparing for the year 2020, because it is on the horizon. This is an hour where we must look upon the horizon and be ready for all God will do in the upcoming year and seasons to come.” (Autumn Dawson)1

“Therefore said he unto them, ‘The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.’” (Luke 10:2; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Put your hands on your eyes and command them to see as God sees!
  • Can you see the harvest yet or are you still seeing sinful people that you don’t want to deal with? Ask the Lord to heal any spiritual blindness. Keep asking until you know you are seeing the lost as He sees them.
  • Ask God to give you and His Church hearts to restore and heal the broken.
  • Stir up your faith to believe the words of the prophets!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, help us to get serious about correcting our sight. The prophets are seeing this and we are hearing it more and more. There is a seeing and saying that is coming and it is going to be historic! We have got to see the ripe harvest through Your love-filled eyes. Yes, we must call them to repentance, but not with the harshness of religion. We must intercede for them and then do and say whatever You tell us to. If we see their sin, it’s so we can intercede for them, so they can receive the exact right miracle that the Great Physician has ordered for them. Let us be Your eyes and mouth, hands and feet. Turn spiritual blindness in the Church into prophetic accuracy. We want to hit the mark over and over and over again. Holy Spirit, make hearts tender toward the Father. Send us forth to find the ready ones. Help us to see them in the midst of the throng. Save, heal and deliver in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

I can see the ripe harvest all around me! I am ready to join the great company of harvesters God is loosing across the land!

1 Excerpted from a Word posted on Elijahlist 8/31/19 by Joe Joe and Autumn Dawson. Read the original Word here.

Sep 2019

The Year to Say

At Rosh Hashanah this year, which begins September 29th, we are going to move from a ten year season of “ayin” – to see – into 10 years of “peh” – to say. We are going to see and then say what we see. The words we speak are going to be powerful. They are going to shift things in the earth realm and cause them to line up with the heavenly realm. I’m telling you this early, so you can get yourselves in a season of preparation for this shift. It is going to be a very powerful season of declaration.

Some of the things you will need to be aware of are:

  • You are entering a season for the Lord to purify your heart, because it is out of the heart that the mouth speaks. If you have a tainted view of things, your declarations and decrees will not be God’s but your own. You are going to filter what you see through offense, bitterness, political viewpoints, cultural experience, etc.
  • God’s ways are not your ways, they are higher than yours. Don’t quickly interpret what you are seeing, feeling, sensing, or even reading in the Word. Ask Him to reveal what He is saying or trying to show you, so you say and decree the right thing at the right time for the right purpose. Expect to be surprised by Him.
  • It is possible that prophets are going to be saying opposite things. One will say one thing and another the exact opposite. God won’t be saying things where He contradicts Himself. We are going to have to discern which truly is the Spirit of the Lord.
  • The prophetic anointing is a speaking anointing and there is a company of prophets movement coming. Many will be raised up to speak His Word accurately into the earth. There will be schools of the prophets raised up in many places and evangelism will be steeped in the prophetic, where the Holy Spirit will stir up in His Church words of knowledge and words of wisdom that will draw the lost to Jesus.
  • There will be an intense love for God’s Word. People will be speaking it everywhere they go and great cultural shifts and breakthroughs will follow His Word and manifest as signs and wonders.

” Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read Isaiah 6:1-7 where God cleanses Isaiah’s lips. God was preparing Isaiah to speak His Words. He cleansed Isaiah’s heart and lips all at the same time. Ask the Lord to do this for you.
  • Repent of any presumption where you filter and make assumptions of what the Lord is showing You or saying to you.
  • Ask Him to correct your vision and tell you specifically what He wants said, so He can accomplish what He needs to accomplish.
  • Pray for increased discernment.
  • Fast and pray and soak in His Word, Make yourself ready to be one of His prophetic mouthpieces, ready to reap a harvest of souls. Expect miracles, signs, and wonders, as you minister in the miraculous through words of knowledge and words of wisdom.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, forgive us because we are people of unclean lips. Cleanse our hearts and minds, so we can discern what Your will is for this season. Cleanse our hearts and we shall be cleansed. Cleanse our mouths and we shall speak Your Word with boldness and great effect. The nation needs many prophetic voices and many prophetic decrees and declarations. We need to make ourselves ready to partner with You to prepare the way for the harvest to come in. We need to clearly hear You tell us exactly what to say and when to decree it. Clear the filter from our minds, so we don’t taint Your Word with our own interpretation. We want our words to be effective, going forth to accomplish Your will for America. The harvest depends on it. Put Your words of knowledge and wisdom in our mouths, so we can reap a harvest of souls. Let signs, wonders, and miracles overtake us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Let the prophetic company of God’s mouthpieces arise to decree His purposes into the land!

Sep 2019

Patriot Day 2019

“On Patriot Day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001. With gratitude, we honor the brave first responders, resolute members of our military, and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary courage to save others on that fateful day. We will always be grateful for the heroic men and women of our Armed Forces who fought in defense of our country in the aftermath of the largest terrorist attack on American soil, and we will never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our liberty and freedom.

“Many Americans vividly recall the precise moment when terrorists killed our fellow Americans at the World Trade Center in New York City; at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and on a quiet field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A beautiful September morning was marred by stark disbelief, agonizing sorrow, and profound suffering. America’s strength, courage, and compassion, however, never wavered. First responders instantly rushed into harm’s way to save their fellow Americans from the wreckage of the attacks, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decisively fought back and saved countless lives at the cost of their own, and Americans from across the country provided aid, assistance, and comfort to those in need. Against the backdrop of cowardly acts of terror, America once again demonstrated to the world the unmatched strength of our resolve and the indomitable power of our character.

“This year, I was proud to sign into law the Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. This bipartisan legislation, named in honor of New York first responders Officer James Zadroga, Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, and Detective Luis Alvarez, permanently reauthorizes compensation for victims and their families, first responders, and those on the front lines of rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. Through this legislation, our Nation is fulfilling our sacred duty to those who risked their lives for their fellow Americans on that infamous September day 18 years ago.

“Our prayers will continue for the survivors who still bear physical and emotional wounds and for the families who lost loved ones. We also pray for the members of our Armed Forces who risk their lives in service to our country and for the first responders who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of others. Today, let us remember that our Union — forged and strengthened through adversity — will never be broken and that the immeasurable sacrifices of our patriots will never be forgotten.

“By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107–89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2019, as Patriot Day.  I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

“IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.” (Donald J. Trump)

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’” (Psalm 91:1-2; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

Today, take a solemn moment, read through the Declaration by President Trump above. Read Psalm 91 out loud, and pray for the Lord’s peace and safety over the United States of America. 

A prayer you can pray:

“Almighty God, 9/11/2001 will be indelibly inscribed on our memories. We looked with horror on the terrorist attacks of that day. But we looked with honor on acts of courage by ordinary people who sacrificed themselves to prevent further death and destruction. We shed our tears in a common bond of grief for those we loved and lost. We journeyed through a dark valley, but your light has led us to a place of hope. We have turned our grief into determination. We are resolved to do what is good, and right, and just. Help us to remember what it means to be Americans – a people endowed with abundant blessings. Help us to cherish the freedoms we enjoy and inspire us to stand with courage, united as one nation in the midst of any adversity. Lord, hear this prayer for our nation. Amen.” (By an unknown Navy Chaplain, published through the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance)

Today’s decree:

We acknowledge Jesus Christ and put our full trust in the Lord our God to keep the United States of America safe from all harm!

Sep 2019

Honoring the First Responders of 9/11/2001

“In the wake of the September 11th attacks, courageous Americans raced into smoke, fire, and debris in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The whole world witnessed the might and resilience of our nation in the extraordinary men and women of the New York Fire Department and the New York Police Department, selfless patriots of unmatched character and devotion. I grew up with them so I can tell you that’s absolutely true.  

“We also commemorate the heroes of the Port Authority Police.  The first responders from across the country rushed to New York and worked endless days and sleepless nights. They fought to rescue every person trapped in the rubble, and then searched for months to find the remains of the fallen. The love and loyalty of our 9/11 responders knew no bounds. 

“Our nation also owes the families of the fallen a profound debt that no words or deeds will ever repay.  But we can and we will keep our nation’s promise to them.

“[I have signed] the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. This law makes permanent the financial support for families who lost precious loved ones as a result of the September 11th attacks. It also provides pensions for those who are suffering from cancer and other illnesses stemming from the toxic debris they were exposed to in the aftermath of the attacks. Many of those affected were firefighters, police officers, and other first responders.  Since September 11th, we have lost more than 2,000 first responders and survivors to 9/11-related cancers and illnesses. Currently, thousands of men and women are battling cancer and other illnesses due to 9/11. We pledge to stand by the families of those affected, today and every day. We will stand with you.

“I want to thank lawmakers in both parties for working with common purpose to pass this vital and critical legislation. We have an obligation, and it’s a sacred obligation, to the families and first responders of 9/11.

“To every 9/11 hero, you poured out your heart, your sweat, your soul, and everything you had for your country. You ran toward the wreckage, into a ball of flames, like, frankly, nobody in this country had ever seen. You searched for survivors. You went back day after day and night after night to save lives and return the fallen to their families, to rebuild and recover, and to show the entire world that nothing will ever break America’s spirit. Over the last two decades, you have endured hardship with amazing grace and incredible grit. Through it all, you care and you work, and you love, and you will always remember all of those great families.  You lift up our communities and you remind us all what it means to stand united as ‘one nation under God.’

“For your entire lives, you have gone far beyond your duty to us, and today we strive to fulfill our sacred duty to you.” (President Donald J. Trump)

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:9-10; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Today, read through President Trump’s words of honor for 9/11’s first responders. Intercede for them and for their families as you read through his speech. May we never forget!

Today’s decree:

We will always honor the first-responders who helped so many on 9/11/2001.

Sep 2019

Dealing With Generational Sin and Iniquity

Isaac was Abraham’s son. He was born with some of his father’s iniquities. He was even born with his father’s lying, manipulative nature. God had to clean him up. Isaace said the same thing to a foreign king that his dad, Abraham, had. He said, “You can have Rebekah (Isaac’s wife). She is my sister.” In Genesis 26 is the story of God exposing this sin, so he can redeem Isaac and cleanse him from this iniquitous bent. This is so He can get on with the covenant that He established with Abraham, and so He could get The Dream back. Genesis 26 is all about the redemption of this man’s nature. God couldn’t just say, “I can do this through your sin or in spite of it.” He said, instead, “I know how to redeem it, so I’m going to clean you up, then I am going to bless you. Then, I’m going to re-establish the same covenant through you that I established through your father, Abraham.”

Then, Jacob comes along and, surprise, surprise, God has to do the same thing with Jacob. Jacob has a fallen nature also. In Genesis 28, God reveals the promise to him and says, “I’m going to work this dream out through you. However, I can’t really do it through you yet, because you are still a conniver and a schemer and a thief…  I am going to do this through you, though.”

Most people don’t know that when God came to Jacob in Genesis 28, Jacob had not even made up his mind whether he was going to serve Yahweh or one of the idols in the land. He was not a saintly man that was following hard after God. He was a worldly man that hadn’t decided what god he wanted to serve. Read it and see. Jacob basically listened to God lay his plan out and then he said, “If You really do these things, then You can be my God.” Ha! What a deal for God! Jacob even said, “If You make me rich, I’ll tithe to You.” So, for twenty years God works things out in this man. For twenty years, God never refers to Himself as the God of Jacob, but as the God of his fathers or the God of Abraham or the God of Isaac. In 20 years, never does it say, “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

“From there he (Isaac) went up to Beersheba. That night the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.’” (Genesis 26: 23-24; NIV)

“Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. (God) said: ‘I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.’” (Genesis 28:10, 13-15, and 20-22; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read the sections of scripture above from Genesis 26 and 28.
  • Are you aware of iniquitous patterns in your family line that can block God’s movement in and through your life?
  • Do you see an attitude where you tell God how fortunate He is to have you in the kingdom? Are you telling God how He can use you? Are you laying out conditions with God as to how you will serve Him?
  • Are you willing to bring them to the cross and let God deal with them quickly? 
  • Do you want the Lord to be able to tell your children and grandchildren that He was your God and He wants to be theirs, as well?
  • As the Lord ministers life and truth, forgiveness and deliverance to you, intercede for those before and after you in your family lineage. Intercede for those who haven’t yet decided to make Jesus their God.
  • Intercede for the nation’s iniquities, as well.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we are so much like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We see patterns of iniquity in us and in our family lines. Even American cities have the iniquitous flavor of certain people groups that have settled there. These strongholds must be broken. For us, personally, coming to Jesus is the first step to that. We are thankful that, unlike Isaac and Jacob, we have Jesus. We can bring everything to the cross that is holding us back. Have we fully decided to make You our God? Have we praised Your Name in our homes and in our cities? Have we humbly given You our whole life or, like Jacob, are we demanding You conform to our image of You and what we want from You? We want to be saved, healed, delivered, transformed, and reformed. We want the world to see Jesus in us. We want to expand Your dream in this nation. We want our children and grandchildren to hear how we served the One True God, Jesus, Yahweh, Jehovah, and how we made You known in the earth, especially to our loved ones. Dream through us, sweet Savior and Lord Jesus. Dream through us. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God is well able to deal with our iniquities, so He can fulfill His dream through us!

Sep 2019

God’s Dreams Are Always Alive

When God is revealing His dream to a person or a nation, they don’t always know up front what He’s doing. I don’t think our founding fathers thought, “We’ve got to have this freedom and this liberty, because we are going to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth.” I believe there was a part of them that understood in some unexplainable way that God was in this, but their overriding desire was for their own freedom and liberty. God starts working His sovereign plan even when we don’t know He’s doing it. 

God took a very flawed human being named Abraham. He used Abaham even though he lied about his wife and told the king, “You can have her. She’s my sister.” He slept with his maid and started a family line that wasn’t God’s plan at all. He messed up bad and broke covenant with God. Yet, God is big enough to know He can take flawed vessels and still work His dream through them. He can save them, heal them, cleanse them, deliver them, and restore them. 

This is why it angers me when people start to say that God can’t do this or that through America. They start laying out our flaws, as though He has ever had a perfect vessel other than the Lord Himself. God is not a hypocrite. He doesn’t just sweep sin under the rug. He is a redeeming God. Before He ever creates the vessel, He knows how He’s going to purify the vessel and redeem them, so He can get the dream through them. 

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15; NASB)

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Let the revelation sink in that Jesus is the only unflawed vessel that God has ever used in all of history.
  • Do not think, however, that God will use you in your sinful state. He can, but He desires to use those He has cleansed and restored to relationship with Himself. Jesus died, so that You can be set free. God is able to deliver you and restore you. Repent of your sin.
  • This is all about intimacy with Him. He reveals His dreams to those He is close to. Desire intimate friendship with Him.
  • Pray for others with broken lives and broken dreams to be restored to relationship with Jesus.
  • Intercede between what is and what ought to be in America. This nation was formed by God for His purposes, to fulfill His dream. Cry out against the things that are preventing His dream from being fulfilled. 

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, You have set Your verdict over America. America will be saved. You are accelerating. You are breaking up the fallow ground and taking us deeper to deal with the curses of things such as racism and the shedding of innocent blood. You are healing us and delivering us from the effects of Native American broken covenants, and all the sin and immorality, and all the legislating God out of America. From a place of personal repentance and restored intimacy with You, we are going to rise up and stand in the gap and say what You are saying. Your promises to us are about to intersect their moment. We are going to break up that fallow ground in intercession and get the root system alive again for this nation. The roots of Christianity in America have all been covered over with junk. The ground’s hard. But, the root system is not dead. That’s where Your dream lives, God! It is alive and well and we speak Your resurrection life to it, Jesus! It’s all been covered by the blood of Jesus. It’s all been dealt with by Your Son, Lord. Let the dream live again, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

Today’s decree:

Dream of God, come into being in the U.S.A. now!

Sep 2019

God’s Dream for America

God’s plan with Abraham was not just to bless a man. His plan wasn’t about just giving him a family and land. All that was about something bigger. It was about God establishing the way He would redeem the dream. God said something like this to Abraham in Genesis 12, “I put a dreaming nature in my people, so if I want to get this guy to work with me, I have to give him a dream, because I made him to dream. If I stifle that, I will frustrate him and this won’t work. I am going to appeal to the nature I have put in him—to dream—and then I’m going to tuck My dream in his dream.” 

In Genesis 12:1-3, God planted His dream in Abram (whom He later called Abraham). Let me paraphrase what God said here: “I’m going to give you a dream, Abram, but in the fulfillment of that dream I’m going to get The Redeemer into the earth. All the earth is going to be blessed and I’m going to get My dream back through your dream.” 

Let’s talk about America. It’s not about a nation. It’s never been about just a nation. It’s about The Dream. God never said, “You know, I think I’m going to make Myself the most powerful nation on earth,” or, “I’m going to make this nation the richest.” It was all about the dream to raise up a nation that would be the leading Voice of the Gospel in the earth. Israel gave Him the Messiah that redeemed, and America is the number one nation to trumpet the message.

“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household to the land that I will show you. Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name.’” (Genesis 12:1-3; NET)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank God that He never gives up on an individual or a nation. When He has a dream, He always redeems and transforms, just like He did Abram to Abraham and Jacob to Israel. 
  • Thank God that He transforms, and heals, and mends, and forgives, and cleanses, so He can call us His friends.
  • Thank God that He removes every giant in our lives and every giant in our land, so He can see His dreams come to pass.
  • Ask Him to do the same for you.
  • Ask Him to do the same for America.
  • Say, “It’s not just about those of us as individuals, or about those of us living today. This is about Your eternal purposes.”

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we thank You for Your mercy. You keep covenant and mercy. You know our weaknesses when You call us, whether it’s a person or a nation. You are so confident in Your ability to transform, and heal, and mend, and forgive, and cleanse. You call us friends when we are still struggling. You say, “No, no, no. I know who you are. I have a dream for you. You are going to so walk with Me that I’m going to be able to use you to change the world. We thank You that You have a dream so strong that it can take out every giant in the way of that dream. We must only partner with You and take hold of past covenants. We must take hold of what You were doing way back when and say, “It’s not just about those of us as individuals, or about those of us living today. This is about Your eternal purposes.” We are asking You to heal America. Send a Third Great Awakening, not because we deserve it, but because You love to redeem. You love to restore Your dream. You have a plan for this nation with all of our flaws. You still have a plan. You still need us to be that light to the nations. We thank You that You are not finished with America. We get to be a part of this great harvest! We give You praise in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God’s dream for America was that we would be the Voice of the Gospel in the earth and that will be who we are!

Sep 2019

To Dream With God 

God dreamed. He didn’t start by dreaming about a renewed or restored planet. His dream was not the earth. His dream was family. It was always about people. Earth and the creating, the renewing, and the refurbishing, was not the dream. It was for the dream. That has been all about the creating of a home for the dream. Every time we start to remove the dream from the people, we start defiling the dream. That’s when liberty turns into license. That’s when life evolves into things. 

God dreamed of family, He created His family, then He lost His family. He lost His dream, but He said, “I’m going to get the dream back! I am going to take from you, Satan, what you stole, and I’m going to redeem the family back to Me. Before I had ever lost the dream, I had already made provision to redeem the dream.” 

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask the Lord to make us dreamers like He is.
  • Say,  “I need to start dreaming. If I stopped, I’m going to start again. I’m going to find the dreams that You wrote for me in Your Book and on my heart. I’m not just going to dream for myself. I’m going to dream for others. I’m going to become Your dreaming friend.”
  • Intercede for those who have once dreamed, but have had their dreams stolen or shattered by the enemy. Ask the Lord to heal their hearts and restore their ability to dream.
  • Intercede for those who are lost and have never known what it is like to dream together with God. Call them into the Kingdom of God-dreamers.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, make us dreamers like You. Your desire is that every Believer would dream. You wrote dreams for every one of us. Cause us to say, “I need to start dreaming. If I stopped, I’m going to start again. I’m going to find the dreams that You wrote for me in Your Book and on my heart. I’m not just going to dream for myself. I’m going to dream for others. I’m going to become Your dreaming friend.” We intercede for those who have experienced broken dreams. We know that You can heal broken hearts and restore the ability and the will to dream. You remove cynicism and pain. You heal hearts that have become hope-deferred. We ask for a resurrection of dreams. We pray for those that have never really tapped into the power of dreaming. We want to dream Your dreams, so let us get really serious about spending time with You, asking You, “What are Your dreams for me?” The true “dream quest” begins with coming to the cross. So, we call to the cross all those who are not yet a part of Your family, Jesus. We call them into that place of salvation, so they can begin to dream with You, too. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We are going to dream God’s family-building, nation-restoring dreams together with Him!

Sep 2019

The Only Ones Who Dream Are God and His Kids

We need to keep our focus on the big picture. We can’t get tunnel vision in this hour. So, I am going to talk to you about God’s “big picture”. We’re going to talk about God’s dream. Our nation came from some people who got together at the foundation of our nation and dreamed about what could be. We have defiled that dream. We’ve gotten together and turned God’s dream for us into a materialistic American Dream. God has been working to try to restore to us His dream for this nation, not just the restoration of a material dream. 

So, let’s go back to Genesis for a minute. The Hebrew word for “create” and the word for “dream” have the same Hebrew root. Yatsar, yetser. The word “yetser” means to dream or imagine. It is a hidden desire tucked in the heart of someone. It’s an unfulfilled desire for the future. “Yatsar” is “create”.  If you are like me, then you will find it incredibly interesting that God put inside the concept of dreaming, the power of creating. Everything you see around you, everything you see on the planet, started with a dream. Even something as small as a toothpick started as a dream someone had to solve a problem. 

God has put something of His nature in human beings. He might have said something to Adam like, “Adam, I’m going to reveal to you the secrets of the universe. All you see around you now is dirt, animals, plants. But, there are skyscrapers in the materials there. The ability to fly is hidden in My invisible laws. Many other things are hidden, but you will search them out. I have created you in My image and likeness. You’re going to be more than angels. You’re going to be My family. I want people I can dream with, because angels don’t dream. Angels just obey. Animals don’t dream. They make their way through life by instinct. The only ones who dream are Me and My kids.”

“Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit… A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches. The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there… The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.” (Genesis 2:8-9a, 10-12 and 15; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Let’s ponder some things today. Think about the God-connection between the Hebrew words yetser, to dream, and yatsar, to create. 
  • Look closely at the excerpt from Genesis 2 above. Have you noticed before that God mentions the trees growing from the ground and their fruit? Have you noticed His comments on the raw materials in the land where the rivers flow? Think about why God mentions that.
  • Have you ever thought about the fact that only God and His kids dream and create?
  • What are some of the things you know God dreams about?
  • What does “family” look like to God?
  • What does the nation which honors the Lord look like?
  • Intercede for this nation in light of the revelation He has given you.

A prayer you can pray:

God, surely Your thoughts are higher than ours and Your ways are very different than ours. Our thoughts must become like Yours and Your ways must be embraced by us, if we are to advance Your Kingdom in this nation. This devotional today is very thought-provoking. That You have a dream and You are fulfilling it, we see in part. The fact that Your dream is so full, so complete, with everything needed to expand Your Kingdom in the earth realm is something far beyond what we were thinking. It’s so much more than salvation. It’s so much more than morality. It’s not something new, but something ancient. It began before the beginning. We don’t know where all of this will take us, as a people or as a nation, but we want to be a part of Your unfolding plan. We want to create within our sphere of influence. We want to design and build the buildings, prepare the food, create the course, write the books and the laws. We want to explore the heavens and the depths of the sea looking for the truths You have hidden and desire us to search out. We want to unfold the mysteries of Your Word and make You known by the lost. We want to exemplify “family” to a world that really has trouble with the concept more and more all the time. We want America to fulfill Your dream for establishing it. Give us Your dreams and the creative power to bring Your Kingdom into this nation and into this world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The people of God will dream with Him and create His family!

Sep 2019

God’s Dream to Transform America

One of Chuck Pierce and my stops on the Time to Plow tour was Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. It would be hard to find a place with a stronger connection to the birth of America and the American Dream than this historic location. It has, in fact, been called “the cradle of liberty” and “the womb of the revolution.” Faneuil Hall was where Samuel Adams and other Founding Fathers gave many of their impassioned speeches urging the colonists to fight for independence.

For me, speaking in this historic room was both inspiring and a bit intimidating. As I worshiped, I inquired of Holy Spirit what He wanted to say to me about the evening and what he might want me to share. He began highlighting the fact that this was a place of dreams, a building where an oppressed people dreamed of freedom and liberty. In many ways, the American Dream found its next expression in this very room. 

Holy Spirit then focused me on information shared with me before the meeting began. The name Faneuil comes from the same root word as “Penuel” in the Old Testament, which means “the face of God.” It was at Penuel that Yahweh finally conquered and captured the heart of Jacob, transforming him and changing his name to Israel (Genesis 32). Only then could God use the man Israel to fulfill his role in birthing the nation of Israel, through which He would bring the Messiah and restore His dream of a family.

Then, the connections began taking place in my mind:

  • God’s dream of freedom for His human family was in part, birthed at Penuel.
  •  The American Dream for freedom was also birthed, in part, at Penuel (Faneuil). 
  • Both dreams were essential to the salvation of humankind—Israel would birth   the Savior, America would trumpet this good news: the gospel.
  • Then Holy Spirit said, “Just as I rescued My dream at ‘the face of God’ (Penuel) by transforming Jacob, I will rescue My dream by transforming America through a face to face encounter with Me. I will have My dream!”

“A man came and wrestled with [Jacob] until the sun came up. The man saw that he could not defeat Jacob. So he struck Jacob’s hip and put it out of joint. Then the man said to Jacob, ‘Let me go. The sun is coming up.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will let you go if you will bless me.’ The man said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he answered, ‘Jacob.’  Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob. Your name will now be Israel, because you have wrestled with God and with men. And you have won.’ So Jacob named that place Peniel. He said, ‘I have seen God face to face. But my life was saved.’” (Genesis 32: 24-28 and 30; ICB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for face-to-face encounters between the Lord and His people, especially those He has called to lead in this season.
  • Thank God for America’s Christian heritage and our forefathers who stood in the gap in prayer and in action to see it manifested.
  • Pray for the future of America and its connection to God’s overall dream for the restoration of His family.
  • Do you need to wrestle with God for your own future and to see His dreams fulfilled in you? Let Him fully conquer your heart.
  • Ask the Lord to restore “family” to the Church. Ask Him to heal families within the Body of Christ, as well.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, restore, restore, restore restore, restore. Restore us, restore the Church, and restore Your vision for this nation. Restore relationship with You. Restore Your dream of family and help us participate in that. Come and look at us. Look at us in worship. Look at us in prayer. Look at us in a depth of relationship with You and look at us in our lost and sinful condition. Restore us to Yourself through the revealing of the work of Jesus on the cross. Change us. Transform us. Your Presence will do that. Your face-to-face Presence makes us hunger for You and thirst for the righteousness that only You give. Give us the passion for You and Your purposes that You placed burning in the hearts of America’s leaders so long ago at Faneuil Hall. They were transformed and set on fire by Your Presence and confrontations. They saw You in Your Word, and they knew what to say and do to shift a nation. Do the same with us, Lord. Let us wrestle with You until we are dream-restorers, too. Let us know what name You would give us and let us live that name. Let us see our families restored. Show us what we can do to help restore Your family to You. Heal us and we will be healed. Restore us and we will be restored. Let Your dream be fulfilled in Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

Today’s decree:

God will transform America by face to face encounters between His people and Himself!

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