Oct 2019

The Hinge Year

I think this next year is going to be one of the most strategic years of our lives. I think we are going to need to go through this next year with sobriety. We are going to need to be very alert. We are going to need to be sober and watching and listening, because this is the year that will shape our future in many ways. I believe historians will write about this year and say, “This was the hinge year.” So, over the next few days I am going to share with you what I believe the Lord is saying about this next year.

I believe Amos 9:13-15 is the message for this year. In fact, I really like it in the Message version where it says that things are going to happen so fast we won’t be able to keep up. It says good things will be happening all at once. All kinds of blessings are coming! This is the season we are moving into. We are moving into a season of acceleration and great celebration. 

Daniel 2:20-22 says, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.” Sometimes it seems like things move very, very slowly, but preparation stages are often slow. Chronos seasons can become mundane and it can seem like we are stuck. We are not. The routine season actually prepares us for the suddenlies and the season of acceleration. We are now moving into one of those periods of great acceleration.

“‘Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.’ God’s Decree. ‘Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel.’” (Amos 9:13-15; MSG)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Get up and shout and praise Him. We have entered a season of celebration!
  • Brush off, shake off, or throw off anything of the old season that would hold you back. Get rid of it. Complacency, tiredness,feeling downtrodden or beaten down, sickness, weakness, fear, lack, tell it all to go! Determine not to let anything hinder your movement forward now.
  • Know what your assignment for the season is. You may have lost sight of some things in the slow, mundane time we have just come through. Ask God to help you make His vision for your life plain. Write it down and believe Him for it. Be sober-minded and exact in this.
  • Get Daniel 2:20-22 deep in your spirit for this next year. It says, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.” You will work with Him in the next season to establish some currently strategically hidden things. Get ready for Him to reveal these things to you. 

A prayer you can pray:

God, You are my God! You are holy and mighty, loving and just, merciful and worthy of all of my praise! I will praise You in the morning, at noon, and at night. I will praise you alone, with my family, and in the midst of the congregation, I will praise you in the hidden places and praise you on the streets. The Name of the Lord is to be praised and I won’t let another praise You in my place! You have changed the season! It is a season of celebration! It is a season of acceleration. Lord, the last season felt like drudgery at times. Oh, the Church did some things in You and said some things for You, but nothing like it is about to! I want to be fully ready, so I shake off complacency, tiredness, weariness, doubt, limitation, and lack. No more, Lord, no more will I allow the enemy to beat me down and make me think this time is never coming. The season has arrived! Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to You. It is You who changes the times and the seasons; You remove kings and establish kings; You give wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is You who reveal the profound and hidden things; You know what is in the darkness, and light dwells with You. So, show me what is in Your heart for me at his time. Equip me in every way to run with You, Jesus, and advance Your Kingdom in this nation. Amen.

Today’s decree:

“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now! Things are about to accelerate!” (Amos 9:13; MSG)

Oct 2019

A Word From Chuck Pierce

Many of you know that Chuck Pierce and I do many prophetic conferences together and have for many years. From time to time, Chuck will give a profound prophetic Word during those meetings. These words are not always lengthy, but they are significant. Earlier this year, he addressed the ending of abortion in America and I thought you would want to see this.

“My daughter-in-law called me and asked me if I had the faith for the overturning of Roe v Wade. I told her that I am not praying that way. I said that I am praying because I see something that is going to penetrate the Supreme Court from state to state to state that will cause God to awaken us to the heartbeat of the child in the womb. That’s the only way this is going to shift in America. We have to hear the heart in the womb beating and that will change the course of the law.”

Since that time, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Alabama have passed Heartbeat bills. All of those bills, except for Alabama’s, have been blocked in the courts for now. Other states are working on getting their own versions passed. The basis of the Heartbeat bills is that abortions cannot be performed after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected in the womb. That can happen as early as 6 or 7 weeks gestation. Pray that the states continue to fight for the lives of our nation’s unborn children until their heartbeats are heard across this land.

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:8-9; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask for the Father’s heart to beat with every preborn infant’s heart.
  • Decree, “God will rise up as a Father and Defender of the unborn!”
  • Ask the Lord to come to the aid of our nation, even as He comes to the aid of the children in the womb.
  • Pray Isaiah 55:8-9 over this situation.
  • Intercede for all of the states that have passed Heartbeat bills into law, then had them challenged and blocked in federal courts. Unblock them! 
  • Pray that other states would rise up and pass heartbeat bills of their own.
  • Compassionately intercede for healing from the effects of abortion on the women who have had them.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we ask that You align Your heart with the heart in every womb. We say that once the heartbeat is heard in the womb, we will decree that You will rise up as a defender and as a father for each one of those children. Father, we loose You to come to the aid of this nation in a whole new way. You have strategies we would never think of. Your ways are higher than our ways. We pray for the Heartbeat bills that have passed into law and have been signed by respective Governors to be honored as the will of the people. Give other states the boldness to get their Heartbeat bills passed until there is a huge string of virtually identical cases headed to the Supreme Court. Save our children, Lord. Save us from the bloodbath that is abortion. Save the women from future trauma, regret and grief. Save our nation from the iniquitous act of abortion in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God is rising up as a Father and Defender of the unborn in America! Let the heartbeats of the babies in the womb be heard across the land!

Oct 2019

Bold As Lions – Willaim Tyndale

“William Tyndale was a passionate Christian, a watchman, a scholar, an ordained priest, and he was educated at Oxford. He saw firsthand the universal corruption within the Roman Catholic Church (of that day.) The Pope and his bishops believed they were incapable of error in all spiritual matters. For William, the infallible, inerrant Word of God, the Holy Bible, was this reformer’s final authority. 

“The spiritual climate of his nation was sterile and barren. The Roman Catholic Church went to extreme measures to prevent the ordinary common people from having any independent understanding of the Bible. In direct defiance of the Pope’s law, William laid a foundation of the New Testament from the original Greek. The translation was far different from the Roman Catholic Church’s Latin Vulgate version. His resistance to the Pope marked him as going rogue and unleashed the full wrath and rage of the Papacy. He was hunted down much like David fleeing from the demonized fury of King Saul. 

“William knew it was illegal to translate the Bible into English, the language of the common person. But after seeing people wander aimlessly without truth, after talking with priests who knew very little of the Bible themselves, William went about making copies of his version…and getting the Word out to as many people as possible. This was his passion and Divine assignment. His dream and mission, if successful, was that the boy plowing the fields, who owned a Bible, would know more than the priests of the time. William was no criminal. He was a faithful pioneer, a reformer, a messenger of hope and deliverance, who dreamed of his generation and generations yet to come to encounter Jesus in the life-giving Word of God.” (Brian Gibbs)

“Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that each person who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17; WEB)

“‘Look! The days are coming,’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘when I will send a famine throughout the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water— but rather a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.’” (Amos 8:11; ISV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask the Lord to give you the passion for the Bible that William Tyndale had.
  • Talk to the Lord about your specific relationship with His Word. Do you read it, lean on it, rely on it, trust it, live by it? Or, has it become common to you? Do you take it for granted?
  • Commit to take the Bible more seriously in the future, learning to use it to learn of Him. 
  • Look for passages to war with over your circumstances, family, city, state, and nation.
  • Consider Jesus, the Living Word of God, the author and finisher of your faith, Savior of the world. 

A prayer you can pray:

God, it is incredible to hear how someone like William Tyndale would literally lay their life down for the sake of the written Gospel. In his case, he lived and died for the Word of God written in English, the language of the people in his community in his day. While many of us take Your Word for granted and hardly read it today, it was the most precious commodity of his life. Give us that level of passion for the Word of the Lord. Make us fear Amos 8:11 lest it become our permanent condition. If men like Tyndale laid their lives down so we common people could read the Bible, what are we thinking to treat it so lightly today? Is it because Bibles are everywhere, even on our electronic devices? Is it because we think we have read it so much, we don’t need its fresh revelation daily? Do we think we know You so well that there is nothing more we can learn of You from its wonderful pages? Lord, forgive us! Let us treasure it, share it, read it, study it, and incorporate its words in our everyday lives. Let Your Word come alive to us in a fresh and new way. Let it be declared and decreed from our lips and may our tongues worship You with it as long as we have breath. Living Word of God, Jesus, let Your Word be that sword that we use to shift our circumstances, our families, our cities, states, and nation. Let our hearts agree with its contents so much so that we are able to resist temptations and withstand the spirit of this age. God, thank You for the Bible, the inerrant Word. Thank You for revealing Yourself to us as we read it. We are a blessed generation in a blessed nation to have such free access of it. We worship You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We have been given the blueprint for life-saving, society-transforming, culture-shaping, and history-making in the Bible, God’s Holy Word!

1 Excerpted with permission from “Bold As Lions”, by Brian Gibbs.

Oct 2019

Bold As Lions – Francis Asbury

“In studying revival history, you will find that Francis Asbury is considered the father of the American ‘circuit riders’ who helped shape our Christian culture. The circuit riders were the powerhouse itinerant preachers on horseback that carried the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the wilderness terrain of America’s colonies.

“Inside the saddlebags of Asbury and the circuit riders, you would find not only their Bible, their hand-written sermons and hymnals, but you would also find the petitions and legal forms for the freeing of slaves. For the circuit riders, being a revivalist and abolitionist was one and the same. It was no contradiction for them to approach both church and state issues openly with the life giving power of the Gospel. They were not afraid to engage the cultural fight for true liberty and biblical justice.

“Just as slavery had to be condemned and banished, there must be a moral outcry (today) against inhumane and repulsive murder of innocent children. My prayer is that in our lifetime we will see abortion abolished and the curse of innocent bloodshed reversed from our nation. I believe that God desires to raise up modern-day revivalists and abolitionists who will burn with the same fervor and convictions as Asbury.” (Brian Gibbs)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Say, “Lord, give me a heart for revival and biblical justice like Francis Asbury and the circuit riders had!”
  • Proclaim, Luke 4:18 and 19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
  • Make a strong declaration that you stand for what God stands for and you stand against what God stands against. This includes abortion.
  • Declare, “We will see the ending of abortion in America in my generation. I will do whatever I can to see this barbaric practice ended in the United States and anywhere our country has promoted it.”
  • Intercede for the ending of abortion in America.
  • Consider giving an offering to an anti-abortion ministry like Save the Storks, National Right to Life, LifeSite News, etc. You may even decide to volunteer for a life center in your city.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, give me a heart for revival and biblical justice like Francis Asbury and the circuit riders had! Help me not to seek comfort and peace, but rather to fight for true liberty and biblical justice. There is a new “justice movement” rising in this nation. It is a movement You have stirred up among Your followers. Those who love You are finding it impossible to say nothing or do nothing about the millions of babies being lost to abortion each year in America. Even worse, our country has been promoting it and funding it among developing nations until recently. God, extend mercy and reverse any curse this has brought on America. Lord, I say, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” I desire to actively engage in this battle until abortion is eradicated from this land. Save the mothers. Save the babies. Convict the doctors and administrators and other supporters of this heinous act. Cut off funding completely from the abortionists. Let funds flow to life centers, instead, so moms-to-be and new moms and dads can be supported in the raising of their children. I bless Christian adoption agencies and pray adoption becomes very attractive to this generation of potential young parents. I will put my money and my time, as well as my prayers and words on the line until I see the ending of abortion in America, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Let the modern-day revivalists and abolitionists rise up and erradicate abortion from America!

1 Excerpted with permission from “Bold As Lions”, by Brian Gibbs.

Oct 2019

Bold As Lions – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“My life has been deeply impacted through the courageous faith of this man (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). I like to think that he and I would have been great friends in life. When I think of Bonhoeffer, I can’t help but think of unstoppable courage—he was truly bold as a lion. 

“Dietrich was one of the first Germans to oppose Adolph Hitler during his rise to power, and to openly support the Jewish people. Instead of cowering down and bowing to the Nazis, he stood virtually alone in calling for the church’s resistance to the persecution of Jews. 

“Bonhoeffer, along with Martin Niemoller and Karl Barth, did all they could to rally support in the Confessing Church movement against the Nazis. As you can imagine, it made them a sure target for the Gestapo. The intensity of Nazi suppression grew stronger against the Confessing Church and also led to Dietrich’s authroization to teach being revoked in 1936. Ultimately, it led to his death. Even as the intimidation and threats of the Gestapo grew worse, it did not stop him from taking necessary risks to voice his convictions. He would often quote Proverbs 31:8, ‘Who will speak up for those who are voiceless?’ It was his burning passion that had to voice defending the Jews in Nazi Germany.” (Brian Gibbs)

“Who will rise up against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” (Psalm 94:16; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Literally, stand up you are willing to take a stand against evil in America as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his friends did.
  • Ask God to give you a heart like He gave Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a heart as bold as a lion’s.
  • Anti-semitism, other racism, abortion, homosexuality and gender confusion, and the promotion of other sinful practices, are enemies of the cross of Christ in this nation today. Don’t confuse the sin (promotion of sinful activities and thought processes) with the sinner. We must love the lost to Christ, but we must lovingly separate the sin from the penitent one. Stand in the gap and intercede between what is and ought to be in America.
  • Let God give you His heart and passion for at least one of these issues tearing apart our nation and holding the lost in bondage.
  • Open your mouth and decree His decrees against wickedness in America.
  • Declare that the promoters of wickedness will become silent before the righteous.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, as I stand before You today, give me a heart filled with the boldness and courage you gave Dietrich Boenhoffer and his friends. They stood against a terrifying enemy in their day in the form of the Nazi Gestapo. They had the power to remove him from his job, his livelihood, as well as to ultimately take his life. He didn’t care. He knew what he had to do as a Christian. He was compelled by his love for You to stand up for the Jewish people, even though it meant earthly losses. He knew he had to speak up for the voiceless. Forgive me my fear of loss. Forgive me for desiring comfort above all else. Make me unafraid. If God is for me, who can be against me? If I don’t stand up for those oppressed and attacked for their faith today, what will become of this country? If I don’t take a verbal and active stand for the voiceless, the unborn, will our nation ever turn toward righteousness? I take a stand against the wickedness seeping quickly through the cracks in our nation’s foundations. Sinful things that once were hidden in darkness are now shouted as acceptable, but their way leads to spiritual death. I can’t keep silent and watch my nation embrace the road to hell. I decree that America will find its way back to You in massive outpourings of awakening. The lost will turn from their wickedness and publicly repent of the error of their ways. Turn us, Lord, turn us. Shut the mouths of the accuser of the brethren and let righteousness reign in America. We honor and exalt You, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We, the Confessing Church in America, will speak up for the voiceless before God and before man!

1 Excerpted with permission from “Bold As Lions”, by Brian Gibbs.

Oct 2019

Discovering Your Roar – The Prophetic Voice

“Have you ever heard the statement, ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care?’ I made this a core value many years ago, and I’ve tried to live by this throughout all my years pastoring and leading people. It’s good to show people you care. It’s good to express love through acts of kindness.

“Yes, we need to show love. We desperately need the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through our hands in signs and wonders and miracles. But let’s not forget that the Holy Spirit is also the voice of prophecy, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, and gifts of faith that cry out to be expressed with words. 

“…People need words. They crave to hear something genuinely prophetic, from someone removed from the absolute closeness of their situation to speak life to them. Unfortunately, many have lost the prophetic voice – their roar. Believers are reading their Bibles, listening to podcasts, attending church, mailing finances to missionaries, but the busyness of this life and the proverbial phrase, ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,’ has silenced many.” (Brian Gibbs)

“Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.” (1 Corinthians 14:5; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Are you more comfortable working the works of Jesus than saying the words of Jesus over people? If so, ask the Lord to give you the faith and grace to operate in the verbal gifts, as well.
  • If you have silenced your prophetic voice over the years, you get to repent.
  • Begin by interceding out loud. Find a place you can speak out your prayers for others. It can be a closet, another room in your home, your office, or your car. It will make it easier to later speak those words to others in person.
  • Commit 1 Corinthians 14:5 to memory and ask God to work this in your life. Exercise this grace gift as often as you can until the prophetic gifts are flowing from your lips.
  • Prophesying over a city or nation is just the same as prophesying over a person. Ask God for words to speak life to America. Declare and decree those things.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, it is much easier to show people how much Jesus loves them by engaging in acts of service. It takes much more faith to speak Your words of life and love and exhortation. The verbal prophetic gifts are not natural for me. Holy Spirit, You are going to need to give me the faith and training to open my mouth and speak prophetically over people. I will find a place to pray out loud and practice. Fill my mouth with Your words. Show me what scriptures to use as Your sword in various situations. Then, make me bold to share those words with the people I have been praying for. In 1 Corinthians 14:5, Apostle Paul said, “Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.” This is Your Holy Word. Paul expressed Your heart’s desire for the Church. God, You spoke all things into being. Your words spoken through Your Church into the earth realm even today will bear fruit. This is what You said in the Bible. So, give me Your perfect words to pray over others, to pray into situations, and to pray over our cities and this nation. I desire to be a prophetic mouthpiece in fulfillment of Your Word, Jesus. Fill my mouth. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will open up our mouths and be the prophetic voice of God to this nation!

1 Excerpted with permission from “Bold As Lions”, by Brian Gibbs.

Oct 2019

A President Under Fire and in Need of Prayer

I don’t know many people who could weather the attacks that President Trump does. Many times it seems like he can hardly breathe without the press or his political rivals attacking. Many changes have occurred in the President’s staff and Cabinet again recently. Many changes may still need to happen. Everywhere we are hearing, “Impeach him!” Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, even made a decision to start impeachment inquiry before there were any charges! Has the government gone mad?

The prophets said this was coming! President Trump is a very bold man. No one could ever accuse him of not speaking his mind! One Christian prophet has likened him to General Patton – a man respected by those he led, but who was rough around the edges. I’ve always liked Patton. I do, however, see a need for the President to seek God, not just his advisors, for increased wisdom. I am convinced he will be known as President Donald John Trump, his full legal name, before his term is out. He has given us more than a strong economy and jobs. He is restoring religious freedom and putting judges in the courts, even 2 Supreme Court justices. He stands for life and the Lord will honor that. We must pray for that encounter of intimacy with the Lord in this next year.

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” (James 4:8; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask God to give our president increased, and increasing, wisdom. 
  •  Intercede for him in this season of upheaval, asking God to use the challenges to draw him close and teach him His ways.
  • Many on President Trump’s staff, as well as cabinet members and advisors are men and women of consistent prayer. Pray that their advice will be more and more God’s advice.
  •  Declare that our president will never lose his boldness – in fact, it will keep increasing!
  • Intercede for him, asking the Lord for that encounter He has promised through the prophets, in which he is transformed into Donald John Trump.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I am asking You to give President Trump wisdom. I respect him, but in areas where he may not be using Your wisdom, show him Your ways. I say he is going to grow in wisdom. May he never lose his boldness! Let his boldness be more and more tempered by the Holy Spirit and by wisdom. I pray that as long as he is in the White House, he will have a backbone of steel. When he knows that something is right, don’t let him bend. I’m asking You to show him what to do as he appoints judges and other key governmental positions. Don’t let him deviate to the right or the left, but let him always appoint the ones that You want. We are so thankful for Your people that You have positioned near Him. Let him hear Your voice through them, but also seek You directly. Let that day arrive, as foretold by Your prophets, in which He encounters the living God. Let his character and name be changed to fit that new man. May he be known as Donald John Trump.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

President Trump will know the Lord and be forever changed. He will continue to change the nation, as God changes him!

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – The Door is Him

In John 10 there is a great passage where it talks about the Lord being the Great Shepherd of the sheep. He says in that passage, “I am the door.” Let me tell you what that says to me. As you go through the door that the Lord opens for you, at some point you will find out that you are actually passing through Him. He has made a place for you. He has made room for you. He is the entrance. He is the Door.

The doorway, as we have said previously, may be narrow confining or difficult to get through. It may require faith to get through. You may have to take a leap of faith or take a risk to get through. Fears may need to be overcome to get through a door of hope. You may have to say out loud, “I am coming out of this prison.” But, you know what? When you come through on the other side of a door He opens, you come into this awesome pasture. You find the Great Shepherd is the door and He is waiting for you. He leads you through the door.

I understand that sheep gates in biblical times were so narrow that only one sheep at a time could go through. This way, the shepherd could count them and watch for them, because he knew them by name. He could inspect them for any injuries or problems. Then, they would come through into this broad place. He brings them into green pastures with everything they need. On the other side of that door you will find plenty of revelation, plenty to “eat”.  The Great Shepherd is the Door.

“Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.’”  (John 10:7-9; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Meditate on the truth that He is the Door you are going through. Think about that. See yourself standing in the doorway. Let Him show you what He is seeing about you as He is watching you go through. Let Him minister to your wounds and speak lovingly to you.
  • Worship Jesus, your Savior, for a while today.
  • As you see yourself standing in the doorway, which is Him, thank Him for all that He has provided. Thank Him for His goodness and forget none of His benefits. Thank Him for the narrow places that have challenged your faith and caused it to grow. Thank Him, because you are learning to follow the leading of Holy Spirit more closely.  Thank Him for renewing your hope and increasing your faith. Thank Him for healing you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Thank Him.
  • If you have the ability to take communion with Him, do so some time today.

A prayer you can pray:

[Today, I want you to have a very personal time with the Lord. No matter what you are facing, how narrow your path, how filled with obstacles, how great your challenges, He is bringing you through it. He is the door! He is bringing you through. Follow the steps above and come into a new place of refreshing and revelation in Him.]

Today’s decree:

Jesus, we will go through the narrow door today, the door that is YOU!

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – The Narrow Door

Luke 13:24 talks about a narrow door. It is narrow, but it leads to life. The greek word for narrow is “stanos”. It also means “confined”. I found another interesting thing about this word. One source said it is “narrow or confined as a result of different obstacles or things that might be standing nearby.” In other words, you have a path from here to there, but you have to navigate through a narrow place, because there is a lot of clutter or debris or obstacles in your way. 

Think of going through the woods and going down a narrow path. If you are a hiker or walker, you likely know exactly what I mean. You may need to avoid the edge of a cliff or just be able to squeeze through a rocky outcropping. Some of you have been moving in or out and know what it’s like to navigate through boxes and debris filling a room or hallway, where you have to navigate  a pathway through it all. That’s the description of this word “narrow”. 

So, the Lord is saying that there are times where there is a door opened to us, but there are things in the way. We have to manipulate, maneuver, twist, and squeeze to get through it. We can even miss an open door like this. We are often looking for a big, wide door. We think God’s going to do something so obvious and easy that we just stroll right through once the door opens. Sometimes, He does. Sometimes, that door is very narrow and you will find yourself having to carefully navigate your way forward. Maybe you will be hearing Holy Spirit so clearly that you will just shoot right around the obstacles and get through quickly. So, look carefully and watch. Be on the alert for that narrow door.  

Combine this door with the door of opportunity or “effectual service” in 1 Corinthians 16:9. There were adversaries at that door. This is that. 

“Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Luke 13:24; NET)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • This door can be a door of salvation. Intercede for your lost loved ones to find and be able to navigate through the narrow door to find eternal life.
  • This door can be a door where warfare to advance is necessary. Ask the Lord for the faith and strategy to get past your enemies and through the door into life.
  • Wisdom may be needed at this door. James 1:5 says to ask God for the wisdom you lack and He will provide it without hesitation.
  • The obstacles may be physical. Command the physical obstacles to move out of the way, for God says we can even command a mountain to move if we have the faith for it.
  • Our battles are often in our minds. We may even perceive obstacles in the way that are not there, or are not as big of a deal as our mind makes them out to be. Remind yourself that you have the mind of Christ and ask Jesus what He thinks of the situation. 

A prayer you can pray:

Father, give us revelation of how to navigate through narrow doors you open in our lives. The first door we know is a narrow door is the door of salvation. Few are able to navigate through that door, as they may need to lay some things down or change some things in their life to get through it. Lord, what they don’t know yet is that everything they could ever put aside to follow You will be more than worth it! Grant our lost loved ones the grace to go through the narrow door of salvation!

You also tell us that our spiritual adversaries may wait at the door making it a challenge to get through. Satan and his cohorts will try everything to stop us from going through and into the blessings You have prepared for us on the other side. Give us faith and determination to press through every obstacle for the high prize You have prepared for us if we persevere. We also ask for wisdom to make it through. We don’t know what we don’t know. We know You think differently than we do, so we humbly ask for a grace gift of wisdom to help us know the wise way to navigate through. We don’t want to fall into the enemy’s traps. Where the obstacles are physical ones, we command them to get out of the way! Where the obstacles are in our minds, we ask You, Jesus, to let us think the way You think. In alignment with Your heart and mind, we can overcome everything in our path. We can make it through the narrow door and into our future! 

Our nation is also facing a narrow path forward right now. Our national future is at stake. The enemy knows it and is trying everything to keep us from getting through our national door of destiny to fulfill Your dreams and plans for America. We apply all of the above strategies to the atmosphere that is dark and clouding the way forward. To every plan of darkness, we say, “Flee!” To every person standing in the way, we say, “Go!” Help us to see things from Your perspective, Lord, so we can intercede, war in the heavenlies, decree and declare, and command every block gone until Your righteousness shines like the noonday sun. By Your grace we will make it onto solid ground again. Grace to the mountain, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Narrow doors full of obstacles are where the Church’s and the nation’s greatest victories  lie! We will not fear, but forge ahead!

Oct 2019

Going Through God’s Doors – A Door of Opportunity

In 1 Corinthians 16, the Apostle Paul says he’ll remain in Ephesus for a while, because “a wide door for effective service has opened to me.” I believe God is about to open some real critical doors of opportunity for some of us. Doors of opportunity are opening.

I think some shifts are coming in the economy where some people who move in that realm and understand it are going to double their net worth. A number of years ago, Chuck Pierce talked about the economy doing some things. He spoke a certain month and said to watch for this and that. Peter Wagner was there and heard the prophecy. He talked to Chuck about it and made sure he understood it clearly. When that month hit, Peter moved his investments. In 2 months, he saved the equivalent of 2 years of his retirement salary. That’s no small thing. At that same time, lots of people lost tens of thousands of dollars. Some lost millions of dollars. But, somebody was listening to the prophet and wasn’t affected. If you look at that as an offsetting of what was lost by others, even those that had no losses came out ahead.

So, what’s going to open for you? I don’t know. It could be something in business. Maybe it’s a new ministry opportunity. It could be regarding a relationship. Is it something you have dreamed about that God is about to move you toward? There is a door opening. Be ready! 

There are also doors of opportunity opening for America. You know how I know this? By the amount of warfare that has picked up nationally. Notice that Paul mentions many adversaries right along with his mention of the newly opened door of opportunity. Watch for the national doors, as well as the personal ones.

“But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost; for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” (1 Corinthians 16:8-9; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Doors of opportunity are doors of service. They may be doors to serve the Lord or doors to serve others. They are often life-changing doors, even doors that determine future direction. Call for the doors of opportunity to clearly form!
  • Intercede for the Body of Christ. Many have grown discouraged and tired. Pray that they lift up their eyes and see with faith the doors of opportunity God is opening to them in this new season. Pray they have the strength to go through their new doors.
  • Can you see the doors of opportunity God may be opening for you? Press into the Lord in that place of intimacy until He can help you see your next door. Just like Peter Wagner did, wait for Him clarify the situation and show you how exactly how to walk through that door. Then, do not hesitate, but go!
  • Declare over the chaos the nation is in, “Doors of opportunity for America, form now! Lord, save our President! God, show the world that Your hand of blessing is on this nation!”
  • Tell the enemy to get out of the doorway, God’s purposes are coming through!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You are a door-forming God. You form doors of opportunity for us at strategic times in strategic seasons, just like You did for the Apostle Paul in the Bible. He saw his next door of opportunity opening. It was a clear door of service. It was his next assignment. Lead us just like that today. We want to see our doors of opportunity just that clearly, We want to recognize the door even by the adversary sitting on the doorstep. We don’t want to be afraid to war to get through the door. You will make us victorious over that enemy if You have called us to go through that door it’s blocking. Lord, lift Your Ekklesia out of the place of weariness and despair many have come to in the last season. The enemy has surely been trying to wear down the saints. It has even been working, because the onslaught has been overwhelming. If You did not stay his hand, we would not even be able to crawl over the thresholds of the new opportunities. It’s been like this for our President and many of his Cabinet Secretaries, also. Send prophets to help them know what is happening to them. Let the Church commit to pray for these national leaders. Keep good men and women from retiring from Congress, if they are needed there. Refresh them if they are so tired they can’t take it any more. Let us tell them we are with them in the battle for the nation’s future. We say, “Doors of opportunity for America, form now! God, show the world that Your hand of blessing is on this nation!” In the mighty name of Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The door of opportunity that is forming will bring blessing to many Believers who have ears to hear and eyes to see.

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