Jul 2019

God is the Deliverer – Offense, Part 8

I think that offense is Satan’s most subtle snare. When offenses come, especially when we know we are right. So did you know the Lord will offend you on purpose sometimes? I am not unconvinced that the Lord didn’t purposely have that policeman look over at me just at the right moment to misinterpret what had occurred. There were some things in me having to do with pride, authority, even justice, that God wanted to put His finger on. He’ll do that, you know.

In Matthew 15, Jesus offended the Pharisees. You might say He was rather blunt. He called them hypocrites. The disciples came to Jesus and said, “Do you know you offended those people?” The Lord’s response never ceases to amaze me. He said, “Leave them alone. They are the blind leading the blind. They have hardened their hearts. Just leave them alone.”

He doesn’t mind offending any of us some of the time. He doesn’t mind offending me at times. Does it offend you when Jesus speaks to you plainly? If He confronts you and speaks to you about something that you don’t want to feel convicted about, are you okay with that? Maybe, He does that through another person. I can usually receive things directly from the Lord, but I hate it when He does that through others. It’s one thing when I’m going about my day and He begins to shower down on me His conviction. He tells me I am so wonderful, then says, “But, change this.” Be honest. You hate it too when He uses someone else to bring the message to you.

“Disregard them! They are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14; BSB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Do you ever misinterpret what you see? Are you sure you know the full situation behind the words or actions you observed? Repent.
  • Have you been on the receiving end of someone jumping to conclusions about you? Forgive.
  • Welcome the correction of the Lord into your life. Pray that you will not be blind to your sin, so He will not have to use others to clean you up.
  • Intercede for our nation’s media members. They are often found jumping to conclusions lately, especially about what President Trump says or does. Call by name the ones you know are doing this.
  • Stand in the gap for government leaders who publicly brawl with one another. Do not pick up their offense or choose sides! Keep your heart pure, so you maintain your ability to judge rightly and intercede purely.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I don’t know what it is about human nature that causes us to jump to conclusions. Sometimes it really does seem like we are seeing something unholy, unrighteous or unjust, but things are not as they appear. If it’s not our concern, we need to learn to keep our mouths shut. If it does concern us, we need to remain non-judgemental until we can sit down and hear the other side of the matter. We need greater discernment, as well. I strongly dislike others jumping to conclusions about me and I repent where I have done that to others. Forgive me, Lord. I forgive those who have misjudged my words or actions. I give You full reign to correct me. Let me hear Your gentle rebuke before You have to expose me to others for Your righteousness’ sake. Please check our media in this. They are running rampant and seemingly purposefully causing offense every day, especially against President Trump. Cause our government leaders to stop before they open their mouths in judgement of other government leaders. Let them think of how they would feel about untruthful things said about them. Let them feel the sting of others misinterpreting their actions, then shouting it out on social media! Prompt me to intercede more intensely for Your grace and peace and intervention. Thank you, Jesus, for working with us to defuse all this offense we are living in day to day in America. Amen.

Today’s decree:

May our hearts remain pure, so our intercession is righteous and just!

Jul 2019

Falsely Accused – Offense, Part 7

I once got offended at a cop. He made me so mad. I was innocent. I’ve had my share of transgressions, but this time, I really was innocent. A car in front of me saw this police officer and hit his brakes. I had seen him a way back and was already slowing down. So, when the guy hit his brakes, I hit mine a little harder. I closed the gap pretty fast, though I avoided an accident. I had done the right thing. The policeman pulled me over for tailgating. He didn’t agree with my assessment that I had done the right thing in preventing an accident from the other guy’s knee-jerk reaction. He lectured me. I began to seethe, because I knew that I was innocent. Well, it gets worse. 

He asked me for my registration. Did you know you are supposed to sign it? No? Neither did I. I think this guy was having a bad day or something, because he says, “You didn’t sign this. Did you know I can write you up and charge you $18.00 for not signing this?” Doing my best to be calm, I said, “I did not know I was supposed to sign it, but I can sign it right now, if you want me to.” He gives it to me to sign, then goes back to his car for a minute. In the meantime, I am just seething, because I am being falsely accused, and I know I didn’t do anything wrong. Never mind that I get away with other minor traffic offenses all the time. (Don’t look at me like that! We all do.) What’s that got to do with anything? I was innocent!

He came back with the ticket and told me to drive safely. I replied, “I always do.” I bet my blood pressure was off the charts. Ceci didn’t help. She just told me I needed to calm down. “What do you mean, calm down? I was falsely accused!” I exclaimed. The last thing you want in a moment like that is the truth. 

It took me a couple of days to calm down. I was really eating that raw meat. I was extracting every morsel out of it. That officer was just out there doing his job. I’m sure he was a good man who just made a mistake. I really needed to give him the benefit of the doubt and let it go. I put that thing down and picked it back up at least 10 times over the next week. “I forgive him,” I would think. Then, the next time I would see a cop, all of the emotion and anger was back. But, you know the Lord. He didn’t give me any break. As those emotions rose up, He dealt with my attitude toward authority and toward the law. He made me look at the roots of that anger and my pride. He extracted every morsel from it to bring healing into my life.

“If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.” (Matthew 6:14-15; GNT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • So, we are now on day seven of asking the Lord to look through the hidden recesses of our hearts for any dregs of offense. Did you think we were done? Not yet. Thank Him that He is not done with us yet!
  • Patterns of behavior are clues to our need of deliverance. Just like I seethed for a while every time I saw a police officer, you probably have those things that trigger you all over again. Time after time after time. Some of these offenses may be quite old. Some may be very recent. All of them need to get to the cross. Be brave and ask our faithful Savior for help finding root issues.
  • Pride, envy, jealousy, covetousness, greed, and idolatry are root issues of sin in our life. Fear springs from these. Anger springs from these. Addiction, a side-kick of idolatry, does, also. These are fruit off a bad tree called sin and iniquity. Yes, we are saved when we ask Jesus into our hearts, but we are also “being saved” or sanctified as we daily work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Ignoring the fruit and roots of sin in our lives gives Satan a place in us. Get him out! Acknowledge your sin and iniquitous bents and apply the blood of Jesus there.
  • Pride is in everyone. The Bible calls it the foolish pride of life. It manifested at the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and has been with us ever since. It is often hidden in plain sight; plain sight, that is, to everyone except ourselves. It holds us back, because it makes us think we know better than God. Open the door to your heart and let God root out the pride daily. It is in your best interest to do so. God blesses the humble, but opposes the proud.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, thank You that You are not done with me yet! You are faithful to apply the rod at the right time to keep me on Your narrow path of righteousness. You are the One Who makes us holy, for You cannot partner with the sinful and pride-filled. How beautiful is Your work in my life! My soul knows it well. So, for yet another day, I bring my heart to Your throne of grace. Use Your faithful scalpel of Truth, Holy Spirit. Cut between the thoughts and intents of my heart and don’t leave anything untouched that is meant to be removed today. Pride, envy, jealousy, covetousness, greed, and idolatry. If you are hiding anywhere, His light is about to shine on you. I will be changed by the great love He has for me. He is doing this work today in many thousands of Believers, so your kingdom can be undone in our lives and communities and nation. Revival and awakening are birthed in these waves where He calls us to turn from our wicked ways; to exchange them for righteousness and holiness. We repent of the fruit. We take His axe to the roots, and we will be free! Pride goes before a fall, but the Lord God gives favor and blessing to the humble. Root pride out of us, Lord Jesus. Amen!

Today’s decree:

“The meek shall inherit the land!”

Jul 2019

Be Angry and Sin Not – Offense, Part 3

In the story of Cain and Abel, one did it God’s way and the other didn’t. And, the one who didn’t became angry. He didn’t deal with his anger properly. There is nothing wrong with growing angry. Sometimes we get angry at the wrong things, but it is not a sin in and of itself to get angry. The Bible talks about being angry and not sinning. God made us with emotions. We can even have righteous anger. It is not anger in and of itself that is the problem. If someone hurts you and offends you, the key is what you do with that anger. How do you process it? How do you carry it? How do you get rid of it? 

Cain’s anger turned into depression. His countenance fell. He began to mope and sulk. The next thing you know, that turned into a deep hatred for his brother and he murdered him. God laid a sentence on him. He said, “You are going to be a vagrant. You will be a wanderer in the earth.” It is fascinating to me that Cain says, “Hey, this is too strong a sentence on me. Now, everyone who sees me is going to want to kill me.” God says, “I’ll take care of that. I’ll put a mark on you to make sure no one kills you.” Notice the fact that even though Cain was at fault, he was not punished with death. He was just cast out. 

“‘Why are you so angry?’ the Lord asked Cain. ‘Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.’’” (Genesis 4:6-7; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Fairness and justice are two key words in the nation today. Fairness is defined as “impartial and just treatment or behavior without favoritism or discrimination.” Justice is “the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited awards or punishments. The establishment or determination of rights according to the rule of law or equity.” Think about these definitions for a minute in light of the truth that God is always just.
  • People cannot decide how we should be treated by God. Only God gets to decide that and He is trying to save us! Say, “God is always just. God is always true. God has made a way of escape from the snare of the fowler and “Jesus” is that way of escape.”
  • Intercede for those you know are in the battle for justice. Here are a few: David Daleiden, Jack Phillips, Abby Johnson, Will and Dehavilland Ford, and Dr. Alveda King.
  • Ask God to examine your heart. Are you offended at Him? Humble yourself and work it out with Him, if so. Ask Him to keep you from sin.
  • Are you offended at His Church? If you are, Repent and work it out with God. Pray for His beautiful Bride to become unoffendable.
  • Acknowledge His Divine protection over your life, deserved or not, and worship Him.

A prayer you can pray:

God, You are a God of Justice. You are always righteous and good. You know the end from the beginning and You get to decide where You bestow mercy, grace, and favor. Keep us from becoming offended at You. When we see You grace another with favor and blessing, keep our hearts from misunderstanding fairness and justice. You are the Author of these things. You are the One we can call on to correct injustices against the innocent, even those who do not know You. Correct things in our society that are out of order due to the sinful nature of man. We can also ask You for justice for those who love You. We pray for those fighting against injustices, such as David Daleiden and Jack Phillips. Help them, Jesus! We join our prayers to those battling for righteousness and justice for the unborn, against racism, to deliver from gender identity issues, the breaking of poverty, and other such things in our society. These are matters where tempers flare on both sides and our nation is divided over them. We need Your intervention, Lord. We need Your Wise Counsel. We must find a way to stay unoffended at those we disagree with, so we can bring Your solutions to the table. Forgive us when we have become offended at You, thinking we know best about these things, or thinking You are delaying. Forgive us for becoming offended at Your Church. Wake her up, Lord! Cause every Believer to engage in some way in the battle over these lost souls, and for our nation’s atmosphere to shift! Only You can save us, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God is always just. God is always true. God has made a way of escape from the snare of the fowler and “Jesus” is that way of escape.

Jul 2019

The Lesson of Cain and Abel – Offense, Part 2

There’s an interesting progression in Genesis, Chapter 4, between Abel and Cain, where the first murder occured. The progression that took place in Cain’s life, I think, is very common today. He offered the Lord a sacrifice from the first fruits of the ground. He was a farmer and he brought a sacrifice to the Lord of his crops. Abel, on the other hand, was a rancher, and he brought the sacrifice of an animal, which he offered to the Lord. There is actually a lot going on here. You won’t understand fully, unless you understand some of the words that are used. The passage says that God had regard for Abel’s sacrifice, but not for Cain’s. The reason is that, from the time of the fall (of man), the sacrifice required the shedding of blood to atone for sin. Cain brought an offering to God of the first fruits of the ground. So, God had regard for Abel’s offering. The word “regard” here, means “to gaze at with favor” or “to turn the face toward”. In other words, Abel’s sacrifice, the blood sacrifice, meant that God could turn toward Abel, fellowship with him, and accept him. This was a precursor of the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross, an atoning for sin. He could not accept Cain’s offering, because there was no blood sacrifice. So, Cain became really offended.

The Lord said several strong things to Cain. Let me paraphrase what He said, “Why are you acting this way, Cain? You know the rules. You know the way this works. If you want My gaze, if you want My acceptance, you have to do it this way.” In fact, He says to him in verse 7, “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?” That’s what this was all about. One was accepted. The other was rejected. 

“It came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.” (Genesis 4:3-5; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Understand the conflict that will occur when God turns in favor toward those that accept the sacrifice of His Son. Those who don’t yet know Him will feel this tension.
  • Intercede for the salvation of the lost.
  • Ask the Lord to show you where you are trying hard to get God to accept you. He accepts you through the blood of His Son. Enter His Hebrews 4 rest!
  • Thank Him for saving you! Worship Him!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, my heart is overwhelmed with praises to You for You have done a wonderful thing! You have given every human being an opportunity to be regarded with favor by giving us Your Son, Jesus, as the ultimate blood sacrifice. We can choose to accept Him or not, but the sacrifice is made. Your face now turns toward those who receive that precious life laid down. It is more and more obvious that those not yet accepting that sacrifice see the difference. They feel the lack and don’t understand why they are so frustrated and angry. They lay traps for the godly and long to see us fall. Father, save them! Let us refrain from being offended by them, and love them to You, instead. It is not always easy. Sometimes we may feel like we want to hurt them back, find ways to punish or humiliate them, or make them eat their words, but this is not Your way. That’s the way of offense. Lord, keep us from picking up that bait, so they may see You in Your Church! Grace for the harvest, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

There is only one acceptable sacrifice by which we may be saved – that of Jesus. May we make Him known across our land!

Jul 2019

Offenses Will Come – Part 1

In Luke 17:1, Jesus is teaching His disciples and he uses a word translated “stumbling blocks”, which could also be translated “offenses”. What is a stumbling block or offense? The Greek word here is “scandalon”. We get the word, “scandal” from it, because sometimes when you do “offensive” things, it can create a scandal. There was an object that was a “scandalon”. It was the trigger on a trap, used to trap animals. They would take a raw piece of meat and put it on the trigger of the trap. Then, when the animal would take the meat, take the bait, the trap would be sprung and the animal would be captured. It was also used to describe a pit where they would throw meat or something enticing, then an animal would jump in but couldn’t get out because the pit was too deep.  They would be caught. The point here is that you are going to be baited time and time again in life to pick up an offense.

Sometimes someone will say something to you that hurts, or does something to you that you don’t like. Sometimes it isn’t even wrong, but you have a place in you that’s susceptible. So, time and time again, you are going to go through moments in life where you are tempted to take the bait. When you do take up that offense, then you are snared, and you will be in trouble. Jesus said that it was inevitable that offenses would come. Don’t you love that promise?

“He said to His disciples, ‘It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come. It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he was thrown into the midst of the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard. If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times a day, saying, “I repent,” forgive him.’” (Luke 17:1-4; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Acknowledge to the Lord that His Word is true and offenses will come into your life.
  • Ask the Lord to teach you how to deal with your responses to offense.
  • Pray for those who you believe have  offended you and repent for where you know you have offended others. This prepares your heart for the Lord’s instruction.
  • Become alert to how national issues affect your emotions. Are you offended at the political side you disagree with? Are you interceding or just reacting? Have you become offended. Be honest with the Lord about this. He already knows.
  • Intercede for those you know are attempting to “bait” an entire society for their political purposes.
  • Ask the Lord to work with you until you are able to keep from taking the bait the enemy throws out for you.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, it is sobering to realize that You have said that offenses will come in our lives. Indeed, they do. There are many opportunities to become offended. There are situations that offend us personally. There are national situations that offend us, culturally, morally, and spiritually. You must train us how to deal with offenses that come our way. We need to look at why they came and who they came through. If You have any part in allowing the offenses, what are You after in allowing them? These are lessons we must learn; new things we want to learn about Your nature. Our country is dealing with many matters that can offend us. We can read or listen to the news daily and get offended all over again at certain circumstances. However, You would have us intercede, not react. You would have us carefully watch and seek You and pray, not post all over social media, as fast as we can do so. Jesus, keep us from taking the bait and getting snared, which could cause us to lose our voice. Help us to look for opportunities to extend grace and to forgive. Lord, heal our nation, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

May God’s people turn away from the bait the enemy is throwing down in the nation!

Jul 2019

Women, Walk in Your Calling! You Are Anointed and Dangerous!

“Does everyone have Judges 4 and 5 in their Bibles? Has anyone torn them out? I ask that question, because I rarely hear anyone, at least in evangelical circles, preaching from Judges 4 and 5. Why is that? Because, the primary character in this narrative, Deborah, does not fit modern American evangelical religious tradition. We don’t know what to do with her, so we just ignore her. I think that’s a big mistake.

“You know the story. God is the one that raised up the judges. It was not man’s opinion or vote. God Himself appointed the leaders of Israel at that time. Deborah was appointed by God to be the Judge of Israel and the Prophet of the Lord in that season. I have heard leaders in the American Church say, ‘Deborah was a judgement on Israel. Israel was backslidden at the time and one of the ways God deals with that is to give female leadership.’ There is a problem with that interpretation. First, the Bible never says that. It says that God appointed these leaders, including Deborah. It also says that because of Deboarh’s leadership, Israel enjoyed 40 years of peace! 

“Deborah was very sensitive to the Holy Spirit. She listened to God and understood by the Spirit that the nation was in danger. She understood that the enemy out-numbered them 10-1 and had [advanced weapons of war.] It was a very serious moment in the history of Israel. This woman of God that was attuned to His voice and partnering with Him, went out across Israel and spoke to all the tribes, and rallied an army. Then, she went to her General, Barak, and told him that they had to go to war. She said, ‘The enemy is going to be invading. We have to be ready, and if we will trust in the Lord, He will overthrow the enemy, even though we are out-numbered.’ 

“Barak told Deborah, ‘If you will go with me, I will go. But, if you will not go with me, I will not go.’ Some say that this is evidence that Barak is some kind of a ‘momma’s boy’, because he would not go to war without a woman. However, giftings of God have nothing to do with gender. Barak was not concerned about gender here. He was honoring the office and the anointing that was on this woman. Barak didn’t want to be in battle without the Prophet of God by his side! If you are not sure about this, go to Hebrews 11, where Barak is mentioned as a hero of faith. She prophesies that the battle will be won by a woman, then she goes with him, a beautiful picture of gender partnership. God did a miracle and wiped out the entire enemy army, except for their leader, Sisera. Sisera was killed by a very wise woman, named Jael. She dealt him a lethal blow. She is one of 5 women in the Bible that dealt their enemies lethal blows.” (J. Lee Grady)

“Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel. ‘Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, break out in song!’ ‘Arise, Barak! Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam.’ Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women. He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk. Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workman’s hammer. She struck Sisera, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple. At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell—dead.” (Judges 5:7, 12, 24-27; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask God to forgive the American Church for largely discounting the gift of the Holy Spirit in women who know Him. What great power the Church could have!
  • Ask the Lord to release revelation of the passages of scripture where women are called and anointed of God. We need to be done with this argument in the Church.
  • Declare, “The early Church very clearly understood that gifting came from the Holy Ghost and that none of that gifting was about our ability.”
  • Intercede for women to shake off fear, and societal and denominational traditions of men.
  • Say, “Women of God, rise up and be everything God has created you to be! Come alongside your brothers in Christ and war in the Spirit together until every enemy is routed form this land!”

A prayer you can pray:

God, forgive the Church of America! Half the army of God in this nation has their arms tied behind their backs—by the Church. “We are missing the boat in not empowering Christian women. We, the Church, have a challenge before us. The Holy Spirit in this hour in which we live is trying to get a message across that we must unlock the potential of our women. We must recognize that spiritual gifts do not come in pink and blue packages. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early Church, there were not pink flames on the women and blue flames on the men. The early Church very clearly understood that gifting came from the Holy Ghost and that none of that gifting was about our ability. It is something supernatural working on the inside of we jars of clay, male or female. Lord, You love to take even the weakest of those vessels and display Your power. We must train our women to become fearless, even as Deborah and Jael were.” We must train our men to understand how much they need the advantage of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in women. In man and woman together is the fullness of the Holy Spirit revealed! In that united strength is where the enemy is routed! The American Church needs this revelation! Do it, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

“Women, walk in your calling! There are some Kingdom assignments reserved for women!”

1 Learn more about J. Lee Grady here.

Jul 2019

The Brave, the Strong, the Proud, the Free

“In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, Commander-in-Chief.

“The Continental Army suffered the bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware, and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown.

“At Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their Star Spangled Banner waved defiant. 

“At Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg, our soldiers gave the last full measure of devotion for the true unity of our nation and the freedom of all Americans.  

“In the trenches of World War One, an Army Sergeant named Alvin York faced an inferno of enemy fire and refused to retreat. He said, ‘I won’t leave. I won’t stop.’ He shot his rifle 18 times, killing 18 of the enemy. When they fixed bayonets and charged, he killed seven more. The entire German machine gun battalion surrendered because of one man, Alvin York.

“A generation later, the Army returned to Europe, and embarked upon a great crusade. With knives and rifles in hand, the Rangers scaled the cliffs of Normandy. The 101st Airborne leapt into the danger from above, illuminated only by enemy flares, explosions, and burning aircraft. They threw back the Nazi empire with lightning of their own, from the turrets of Sherman tanks and the barrels of the M1 rifle.

“Outnumbered, American warriors fought through the bunkers of Pork Chop Hill and held the line of civilization in Korea.

“In the elephant grass of Vietnam, the First Cavalry made its stand amid a forest consumed in flame, with enemies at every single turn.

“The Army brought America’s righteous fury down to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and cleared the bloodthirsty killers from their caves.

“They liberated Fallujah and Mosul, and helped liberate and obliterate the ISIS caliphate, just recently, in Syria.  One hundred percent gone. 

“Through the centuries, our soldiers have always pointed towards home, proclaiming, ‘This We’ll Defend.’

“The future belongs to the brave, the strong, the proud, and the free. We are one people, chasing one dream, and one magnificent destiny.  We all share the same heroes, the same home, the same heart, and we are all made by the same Almighty God.” (President Donald J Trump; Salute to America)

“When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you. When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people. He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’” (Deuteronomy 20:1-4; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Before you go on, declare this over yourself, then over the Body of Christ, “Hear, oh Church, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”
  • The United States is fighting or facing a number of potential battles. Some are with other nations, some are moral, and some are internal governmental power struggles. Ask the Lord to target your prayers to at least one of them. (We have given you some to consider below.) 
  • Start by saying, “This, we will defend! Show us how to intercede, Lord. This battle belongs to You!”
  • Physical battles: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and others (click here for a current map.)
  • Where the enemy is threatening: Iran and North Korea.
  • Moral battles: abortion and the fight for Life, gender identity, racial division, other human sexuality/purity, drugs and the opiod epidemic, and pornography and sex-trafficking.
  • Political and governmental division and in-fighting, including hatred of President Trump, the crisis at the U.S. southern border, economics and the rise of socialism.

A prayer you can pray:

God, I declare, “Hear, oh Church, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” (Choose a topic from the list above. Let Holy Spirit touch your heart for at least one of these matters. Do research, if need be, so you are praying with insight and current information. Before you intercede, say, “This, I will defend! Show me how to intercede, Lord. This battle belongs to You!”)

Today’s decree:

“The Lord is fighting our nation’s battles. He will save America!”

Jul 2019

The Natural and Supernatural Air Force

“On a cold December morning in 1903, a miracle occurred over the dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, when two bicycle makers from Ohio defied gravity with a 12-horsepower engine, wings made of cotton, and just a few dollars in their pockets. Just six years later, America was training its first pilots to take these magnificent machines up and over the field of battle.

“In World War I, our flyboys rushed the skies of Europe, and aces like Eddie Rickenbacker filled hearts and headlines with tales of daring duels in the clouds.

General Billy Mitchell saw the promise of this technology, and risked court martial in his quest for an independent air force. He was proven right when empires across the oceans tried to carve up the world for themselves, and America stood in the way. We wouldn’t let it happen. 

“After Pearl Harbor, Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle and his raiders flew B-25 bombers off a carrier deck in the deep Pacific in a daring feat of American resolve.

“And, as President Roosevelt said, the Nazis built a fortress around Europe, ‘but [they] forgot to put a roof on it.’ So we crushed them all from the air. One hundred and seventy-seven Liberator Bombers flew dangerously low, through broad daylight without fighter protection, to cripple the Nazi war machine at Ploiești. More than 300 airmen gave their lives to destroy the enemy oil refineries. And five pilots were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions in that single raid. 

“It was airman Chuck Yeager who first broke the sound barrier. It was airmen like Gus Grissom and Buzz Aldrin, who traded their Sabre jets for rockets to the stars. And it is our incredible airmen today who wield the most powerful weapons systems on the planet Earth.

“For over 65 years, no enemy air force has managed to kill a single American soldier because the skies belong to the United States of America. 

“No enemy has attacked our people without being met by a roar of thunder, and the awesome might of those who bid farewell to Earth, and soar into the wild blue yonder. They are the United States Air Force.” (President Donald J. Trump; Salute to America)

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12; NET)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Take a minute and click on the links provided, which show the history President Trump is talking about. The people and stories are very interesting and worth knowing about! Consider spiritual principles, as you read about natural battles and tactics.
  • Pray that God raises up a new generation of men and women who are as brave and innovative as those mentioned by the president.
  • Intercede for our veterans again today—those who have fought bravely for the freedom of this land we all love.
  • Ask God to increase the numbers in His spiritual “Air Force”, the intercessors, whom He calls to war in the heavenlies for peace on the earth.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, it is exciting to read the stories of our history and those who fought in battles that kept us free. Bless these men the President mentions, if they are still living. Give them comfort and mercy in their old age. Let them know how thankful we are for them. Let our children learn about them in school. Don’t let the history including these men be lost. Let a new generation of men and women be inspired to serve our country, as they learn of these who have done great exploits on behalf of our freedom. Let all veterans be well cared for, prayed for, and thought of daily. Don’t let any be forgotten, even if their names are not in Wikipedia. Every veteran is important. We are here today because of them. We feel the same about members of Your “Air Force”, the intercessors You raise up and train up to war in the heavenlies for the freedom of men and women in the earth. God, raise up more of us. Raise up those who can teach and train a new generation in intercession. Let us war in the heavenlies for peace in the U.S.A., in Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

God’s Air Force will rule the atmosphere over America!

Jul 2019

Honoring America’s Warriors

“America’s fearless resolve has inspired heroes who defined our national character.

“It has willed our warriors up mountains and across minefields. It has liberated continents, split the atom, and brought tyrants and empires to their knees.

“Here with us this evening is Earl Morse. After retiring from the Air Force, Earl worked at a VA hospital in Ohio. Earl found that many World War II veterans could not afford to visit their memorial on the National Mall. So Earl began the very first ‘Honor Flights,’ that have now brought over 200,000 World War II heroes to visit America’s monument. Earl, thank you. We salute you.

“Our warriors form a hallowed roll call of American patriots, running all the way back to the first souls who fought and won American independence. Today, just as it did 243 years ago, the future of American freedom rests on the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it. We are proudly joined tonight by heroes from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, including three recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Thank you.

“They, and thousands before us, served with immense distinction, and they loved every minute of that service.” (President Donald J. Trump; Salute to America)

“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.” (Psalm 144:1; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Warfare is a common theme in the Bible. Do a quick study in Joshua 6 (Jericho), Joshua 7 and 8 (Ai – a battle lost), Judges 7 through 8:21 (Gideon’s battle), 1 Samuel 17 (David and Goliath), and Revelation 19:11-21 (Armageddon).
  • Note in the passages above why God put them in the eternal record of the Word.
  • Today, our battle is not against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities in heavenly places. We do spiritual battle in prayer and intercession. Read Ephesians 6 to remind yourself of this.
  • Earthly armies have a necessary purpose in any government. They keep the people safe by routing threatening foreign armies. Thank the Lord for them!
  • Call for the armies of the U.S.A. and the intercession of the Church to press through together for a full routing of the enemies of God and America’s future.
  • Bless men and women, like former Air Force medic, Earl Morse, for their care and concern for the veterans who have fought for our freedom, from World War II to modern battlefields.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, war is a terrible necessity. No one loves it, but many understand that it is sometimes the only way for evil to be stopped. In order for our general populace to be safe and for our society to continue, we need brave soldiers on the battlefields. Your Word shows us examples of wars fought with purpose. They were fought to gain God-given territory, to back off threatening enemies, to show forth Your Glory and power to the enemies of freedom, and to stop demonic activity threatening total global annihilation in its tracks. You have raised up an army of intercessors in Your Church. We are those who partner with You and intercede, even as our earthly soldiers fight hard against real enemies. We in the Spirit, and they in the natural, keep the enemies of our nation and the earth at bay. Lord, let us press in together to keep the world free from tyranny. May we stop the demonic realm from adjusting the timeline You have laid out in Your Word. We bless those, like Earl Morse, who notice and honor those soldiers who have given the best of their lives to serve in the United States’ armed forces. We are so thankful for all who have served. God, bless them and God, bless America! In the Name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

“We honor the men and women willing to defend the honor of America.”

Jul 2019

Risking It All for Equality and Justice

“Throughout our history, our country has been made ever greater by citizens who risked it all for equality and justice. 100 years ago this summer, the women’s suffrage movement led Congress to pass the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. 

“In 1960, a thirst for justice led African American students to sit down at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was one of the very first civil rights sit-ins and it started a movement all across our nation.

Clarence Henderson was 18-years-old when he took his place in history. Almost six decades later, he is here tonight in a seat of honor. Clarence, thank you for making this country a much better place for all Americans.  

“In 1963, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., stood here on these very steps [at the Lincoln Memorial and called on our nation to live out the ‘true meaning of its creed,’ and ‘let freedom ring’ for every citizen all across our land.” (President Donald J, Trump; Salute to America)

“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.” (Psalms 67:4; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord that He makes us One through the cross of Jesus. 
  • Declare, “No person or government can take away the equality that God has said is ours through the cross. We are equal as male and female. We are equal, though different races. We are equal despite our economic circumstances. Jesus died for us all just the same!”
  • Say, “The United States of America is a nation where struggles for justice and equality have had good results; not perfect, but in positive strides forward.”
  • Identificationally repent for times Christians limited or even persecuted others, following societal mores, instead of following scripture.
  • Ask the Lord to use His people to refine the atmosphere of  justice and equality in America. We should be the ones raising the standard high!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You are the Creator of all. Jesus, You are the Savior. Holy Spirit, You are the unifier of Your Body, making us one, even as You are One. No person or government can take away the equality that You said is ours through the cross. We are equal as male and female. We are equal, though different races. We are equal despite our economic circumstances. Jesus, You died for us all just the same! We, Your Church, should be honoring of the equality of men and women, races and classes, more than any other group on earth. Yet, we have so often failed. We have followed generational patterns. We have honored society’s and the institutionalized church’s “rules”, instead of Your Word. We have even used Your Word to justify our prejudices and the limitations of others. Yet, the United States of America is a nation where struggles for justice and equality have had good results; not perfect, but we have managed to make positive strides forward. Father, forgive us and let us get the walls all the way down. Let us love one another with a holy and righteous love, that sets captives free. Jesus, we honor and embrace Your Word as Truth, and we will not defer from it. So, lead us, guide us, and direct us, Holy Spirit, to establish true justice and equality in this nation. We honor those who have gone before us and honor those doing their part now, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Today’s decree:

We honor those who risked it all for equality and justice in America!

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