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01
Aug 2018

A Little About Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well-worn Bible, “I am a Christian. That is to say, I am a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.” (*) He was also the Chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role. When he was President, he was head of the school board in Washington, D.C., and required that the Bible and a book of hymns and songs be used to teach the kids how to read! This is who Thomas Jefferson was—the man they try to quote and say that our founders didn’t want God in school! Those advocating the separation of church and state know exactly what our founders meant when they wrote the U. S. Constitution, yet they teach fiction. It is not hard to find these historical quotes. They just don’t like the truth. It doesn’t fit their narrative.

Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.” (Proverbs 12:17; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • When we twist truth, we can alter history. That has happened in the case of Thomas Jefferson in both his life and his writings. Boldly ask God to correct history!
  • Identificationally repent for our nation’s attempt to remove God from civil society—from our government, schools, businesses and laws—where historical record was ignored or twisted.
  • Declare that a spirit of deception that has come through the manipulation of historical record will be broken off our nation.
  • Declare that Truth will be restored!
  • Command the Supreme Court Justices to thoroughly research historical facts and intent before making arbitrary decisions that shift our nation’s history.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we rarely think of the ramifications when we lie or twist the truth. In the case of Thomas Jefferson, revisionist Supreme Court justices thought they could take the words of a man they considered progressive and just alter them to fit their desire for America. Well, that has left us with an ongoing battle over religious freedom in America, as well as tarnished Thomas Jefferson’s image. Forgive us for our pride, Lord. We want You to be our Lord and King over America. We want our Constitution to be the solid foundation for the nation that it is meant to be. We do not want You rejected from civil society. We are in desperate need of You! We declare that this deceptive turning around of historical words is over now! We say that men and women who honored You will be once again honored in our history books for the stand they took. Truth will be restored to America! We say that only men and women can be seated on the Supreme Court who will look at every bit of historically factual information. They will base their decisions on what the intent of the Constitution’s writers was before they make a decision affecting our nation’s laws and future. God, cause things to be reversed and set right constitutionally in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Truth will reign over America!

* Quote from “America’s God and Country.” Learn more here.


31
Jul 2018

The Price Paid For Removing One Simple Prayer

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.” What price have we paid for removing this simple prayer from our schools, which acknowledged God’s protective hand in our lives? Birth rates for unwed girls aged 15-19 are out of control. Sexually transmitted disease among 10-14 year-olds is rampant. Premarital sex increased. Violent crime increased. Adolescent homicide has gone up considerably since 1962, even after taking into account population growth. The Bible prior to 1962 was used extensively in curriculums. After prayer and the Bible were removed, scholastic aptitude test scores dropped considerably. All of this is documented. This doesn’t even take into account 67 million aborted babies! This also doesn’t mention the rise of euthanasia. Our founding fathers did not even remotely intend to remove God from anything to do with government or public life.

“‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’ Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing.” (Joel 2:12-14a; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Identificationally repent for the removal of prayer in our educational system, leading to the removal of the honoring of God in many spheres.
  • Declare, “We will return to You, honor You, and worship You in every sphere of society.”
  • Pray the simple prayer: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.”
  • Welcome God into this nation. Declare that regardless of what our government officials have decreed, we, the Ekklesia, decree, “You are welcome in our schools, halls of government, and marketplace.”

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, forgive our Supreme Court Justices, presidents, school boards, and other governmental leaders that felt prayer did not belong in the public arena, but only in our homes and churches. How foolish that thought process is! It leaves a huge hole that every other form of religion and doctrine of men comes in and tries to fill—with disastrous results! However, in our generation, we will return to You, honor You, and worship You in every sphere of society. Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country. You are welcome in our schools, halls of government, and marketplace. In Jesus’ loving and forgiving name, amen.

Today’s decree:

God, we fling the doors of welcome open to You in America!


30
Jul 2018

Removing Prayer In School

On June 25, 1962, the Supreme Court of the United States removed prayer from schools based on Engel v Vitale. For 185 years, prayer was allowed in public institutions and the Constitutional Convention itself was opened in prayer. If the founding fathers didn’t want prayer in schools, why did they pray publicly in official meetings? The U. S. Supreme Court, with no precedent in any court history, said prayer will be removed from schools. Here’s how harmful the prayer in question was: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.” That was the offensive prayer.

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Declare, “Prayer wasn’t removed from schools, like the judges supposed. It was sent like a seed to die and now it will spring forth in multiplied prayers in schools everywhere!”
  • Declare, “Our schools will be filled with prayer!”
  • Get your children ready. Teach them and train them how to pray. They can start a movement by standing next to their desks, bowing their heads and quietly praying before they sit down. They do not have to even make a disturbance. They can gather and pray for their school and nation at the flagpole every day, not just one day a year.
  • Determine to raise your children to fear God and not man. Yes, they can pray at home, but why shouldn’t they pray everywhere they go? Does your family pray over meals in restaurants? Then, they can pray over lunch in the cafeteria.

A prayer you can pray:

Prayer wasn’t removed from schools, like the judges supposed. It was sent like a seed to die and now it will spring forth in multiplied prayers in schools everywhere! Our schools will be filled with prayer! Jesus, teach us to teach our children to pray. Let us give them God-ideas every day to fill their school with prayer! We want to start a student-led prayer revolution in the schools. They will publicly pray for their school and nation before they go in. They will pray at their desks before they sit down. They will pray over their lunches. They will pray in groups on playgrounds and quads at lunch time. They will pray at sporting events and at graduations. They will unashamedly pray! Far from the courts shutting down prayer, the persecution will have only made us more bold. What have we been waiting for? Jesus, lead us, guide us, and direct us. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Our schools will experience a prayer revolution!


29
Jul 2018

The Establishment Clause

“Anytime religion is mentioned within the confines of government today, people cry ‘Separation of church and state!’ Many people think this statement appears in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and, therefore, must be strictly enforced. However, the words ‘separation’, ‘church’ and ‘state’ do not even appear in the First Amendment! The First Amendment reads, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ The statement about a wall of separation between church and state was made in a letter on January 1st, 1802, by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut. The congregation heard a wide-spread rumor that Congregationalists, another denomination, was going to become the national religion. Jefferson made it very clear in his letter to the Danbury congregation that the ‘separation’ was meant to be that government would not establish a national religion or dictate to men how to worship God. Jefferson’s letter, from which the church and state statement was taken, affirmed First Amendment rights.” (David Barton)1

Indeed, the time is coming, and it is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for people like that to worship him. God is a spirit. Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24; GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • The President, the Congress, nor the Supreme Court cannot limit our worship of God! Rejoice!
  • Do not bow down to the separation of Church and State! It is not in the Constitution and it must be challenged! Unless you are someone else’s private property, pray where you want to. Read your Bible where you want to, including in school! Anywhere where it is public domain, you can worship God!
  • Get a few friends, go to a public place and worship Him. Plan to draw a crowd and tell them about Jesus.
  • Teach your children how to ask fellow students if they can pray for them. Teach them to pray for the sick and the hurting. Teach them to lead people to salvation in Christ. Teach them how to even pray over their teachers, principals, other school staff, and classroom volunteers. Want to see your school’s atmosphere change?
  • Call the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) or The Justice Foundation for help, if you are told to stop praying or worshipping in any public forum, including your schools.

A prayer you can pray:

God, what a revelation! I can feel the fear lifting. The enemy has tried to put Your people in a box and make us afraid to worship You in the public square. We thought we had to honor the separation of church and state. What a lie! Let Christian parents teach their children to pray in their schools, pray over their friends and teachers, read their Bibles, and sing songs that honor you. I can see our schools’ atmospheres changing! Bless the ACLJ and The Justice Foundation for helping us know how to legally navigate this and take back our First Amendment freedom to worship You anywhere we want to! Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

The courts of America shall not prohibit our worship of God!

1 learn more about David Barton and Wallbuilders here.


28
Jul 2018

Is Marriage on the Rocks?

“In San Francisco a few years ago, sat an imperiest judge who concluded that marriage, as it has existed for more than 5000 years on every continent and in every culture on the earth, is not rational and should be retooled. Although many fine men and women serve on the bench, this decision illustrates the heady abuse of power that is all too common among independent fiefdoms, known as judges. They rule like royal monarchs, and sitting on the top of the pyramid is the U.S. Supreme Court, which threatens the liberty that was purchased with the blood of countless men and women who died to secure it. How did this happen to us? How could such a great and freedom-loving people have allowed themselves to be dominated by a handful of unelected, unaccountable, arrogant, and often gutless judges, many of whom receive lifetime appointments and regularly circumvent the democratic process? It is a breathtaking and ominous development. Was this the desire of the founding fathers when they designed this great representative form of government? Hardly.” (James Dobson)1

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Declare, “Marriage is not defined by man, but by God alone!”
  • Repent for Christians who have not honored their marriage covenants. This opens the door to the world’s judgements of the institution.
  • Pray for every marriage you know, including your own.
  • Pray for the strengthening of the relationships between husbands and wives in general.
  • Ask God for America to once again honor marriage as being between one man and one woman. How sad that we even have to define it.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I honor marriage as You created it. What a miracle to see one man and one woman enter into a one-flesh, life-long marriage covenant. Forgive the Church for not always honoring our marriage covenants. We have esteemed them too lightly and not understood covenant ourselves. The world, therefore, has mocked us and felt they could do a better job at defining what marriage could be. (Pray for every marriage you know, including your own.) Strengthen marriage in America. Let the covenants be honored. Let marriage between one man and one woman be desired and not rejected. Let our nation once again honor Your definition of marriage as the only definition of marriage, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Marriage cannot be redefined by any judge! Marriage belongs to God!

1 Learn more about Dr. James Dobson here.


27
Jul 2018

What Is It That We Are Fighting?

“In 1973 the death of the innocents was sanctioned by the judicial branch of the government. (Since then,) the culture of death has been seeking to overtake America. How can it be that America, whose founding fathers declared the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, would align itself with Naziism and Stalinism? Both of these twentieth century worldviews sanctioned the killing of the innocent. The horrors of the holocaust remain etched as one of the saddest chapters in history, yet the murders of (67 million) pre-born babies is as offensive in the eyes of God as the murder of Jews in Europe. It is past time to shift the judiciary branch of our nation’s government. It needs to be shifted from embracing a culture of death to the affirmation of life. Justices who want to rewrite our Constitution and apply internationalist law to our nation need to be removed. Justices who arrogantly override the will of the people expressed in legislative law need to be removed. It is time we get educated as to what we are fighting.” (Jim Hodges)1

For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Are we fighting with human justices or with a demonic principality? A door was opened to massive death in this nation by nine men. Identificationally repent for the sin of abortion in our nation.
  • Renounce any spiritual alignment with a spirit of death, euthanasia, Naziism, Stalinism, comunism and humanism.
  • Declare over America, “We choose Life!”
  • Close the door to internationalist law in America, as it includes a death culture and would override the Rule of Law we follow, based on our Constitution.
  • Decree the shifting of the justices – out with those who choose death and in with those who choose life!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, it is astonishing how all the enemy needs is an open door in one governmental high place and he comes rushing in to steal, kill and destroy life. Our citizens did not choose to let this demonic principality have access. Only nine Supreme Court Justices did that! The 76 million babies we have now lost to abortion far exceeds the losses of the Holocaust, which was abhorrent! Save us, Lord! We want this blood bath to stop! We, the people of God, choose Life for America! We close the door to international influence in our laws and Courts. We say the door to our courts is closed to any judge who is not pro-life! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

We say “Life” will come through the Supreme Court!

1 Learn more about Jim Hodges here.


26
Jul 2018

Keeping Things Balanced

Gary Bauer, of American Values, said a few years ago, “The courts today are routinely striking down acts of Congress, overturning votes of the people, thwarting the authority of the executive branch on grounds that no one else can find in the Constitution. Slowly, but surely, the courts have set themselves up as masters of government, when in fact they are simply one branch, no more powerful than the executive or the legislative branches, which represent the people. The courts are just as capable of illegality and acting unconstitutionally as the other branches are. But, clearly our founding fathers did not intend for the judiciary to be the Supreme Branch of our government.”1 Things have only barely begun to shift. I don’t see this as a political issue, in case you think I do. I see this as a deeply spiritual issue.

For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver: the Lord is our King, he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22; GNV)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Click here to see the Supreme Court Justices. They are people in need of our prayers. Pray for each one.
  • Some of our Supreme Court Justices may know Christ and some may not. Pray that each and every one would be introduced to Jesus Christ, their loving Savior.
  • Our justices may have unredeemed minds. This should not affect their Court decisions, as those are to be based on the U. S. Constitution and the Rule of Law. Without Jesus in their hearts, it is critical that they adhere to the Constitution for their decisions. Decree it so!

A prayer you can pray:

(Click here to see the Supreme Court Justices. They are people in need of our prayers. Pray for each one as the Lord leads.) Father, the most important thing our Supreme Court Justices need is to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Being saved will change everything, as righteousness will rule their hearts and they will seek You in their decisions. I ask for each to have a Divine encounter with You soon, if they do not already know You. If they do know You and are weary in well-doing, encourage and refresh them. I call each one to lean on the solid base of the U. S. Constitution for their decision making. It is a document created from prayer and seeking Your face. It is solid and true. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Our human Justices need Jesus and the U. S. Constitution to make righteous decisions for the nation!

1 Read more about Gary Bauer and America Values, here.


25
Jul 2018

Warnings From Thomas Jefferson

It’s ironic to me that the man some like to quote as saying that the church and government must be separate is the man that prophesied what is happening now about the turn that the courts would take—Thomas Jefferson. I don’t think he realized he was prophesying when he said, “The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the federal judiciary—an irresponsible body working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction until all shall be usurped from the states.” He went on to say, “The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.” In 1820, a few years later, he said to a man he was debating this with, “You seem to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of constitutional questions—a very dangerous doctrine, indeed—and one that would place us under the disposition of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. Their power is the more dangerous, as they are at office for life and not responsible as the other functionaries are to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing as to whatever hands confide the corruptions of time and party its members would become despots.”

This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God’s standards because it can’t.” (Romans 8:7; GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Interesting, isn’t it, that so soon after the Constitution’s establishment, Thomas Jefferson could already see where the judicial branch could end up? Ask God to stop the humanistic slide.
  • Man without God is not able to keep his own earthly persuasions out of his decisions, according to Romans 8:7. Ask the Lord for more judges that know Him and have been transformed by the renewing of their minds.
  • Declare that our Constitution is not as moldable wax, but as set in stone for the protection of all those who would judge and be judged by it.
  • Call forth honest, God-fearing judges to all levels of the judiciary, but especially to the Supreme Court.

A prayer you can pray:

God, please stop the slide of the courts into the God-less abyss they are moving our nation. We really need people who know You to serve as our judges. Those without a relationship with You will act according to what they think is right, but Your Word says that their refusal to place themselves under Your authority will create a hostile attitude toward You. Forgive them, Jesus, because they do not understand what they are doing. Our society is suffering from their humanistic decisions. Our Constitution is indeed being molded like wax by their lack of a mindset directed by You. Raise up judges from among those that know You. Make a way for more to go to law school and make themselves ready for the bench—all the way to the Supreme Court. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Give us judges that honor the Lord!


24
Jul 2018

Separation of Church and State

I have papers and documents that Thomas Jefferson wrote that actually quote what he said when he mentioned the phrase “separation of church and state.” (See the letter here and the explanation here.) I can tell you who he wrote he letters to and what it was all about. I can tell you it was sixteen years after the Constitution was written. I can also tell you that the phrase was never used in a negative sense to rule in any judicial case in America until 1947. For a couple of hundred years, our fathers and our leaders in government knew what the First Amendment was all about. It was to prevent the government from the establishment of and the regulation of religion – particularly in choosing a specific form of Christian practice. It was to keep government out of the religious practices of the people, not keep the Church out of government. Many of our founders and early government leaders were pastors! That phrase—“separation of church and state”—originally meant about the opposite of what it means today. Since 1947, the courts, the media, and those with a liberal bent have used it to remove God from American society.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Does it bother you that God has largely been removed from the public square by the courts, the media and the other “thought leaders”? Talk to the Lord about this.
  • Decide that what the enemy has caused to be turned against backward, ousting God from America, will be set right again by the Ekklesia! Declare a Divine reversal back to the Constitution’s original intent!
  • Spiritually push the government, and especially the Courts, back into their constitutional boundaries.
  • Read 1 Timothy 2:1-2 this way: “That we may lead peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way, we will make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions” in our nation.
  • Do what 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, it really bothers me that Christians must be afraid of everything we do and say in the marketplace and the public square. Far from being offensive, we should be lights in the darkness, loving and caring. Instead, we are rapidly becoming marginalized and our voices are being stifled by those that want You to go away. As the Ekklesia, we rise up and declare a Divine reversal—God welcome in every aspect of American society once again! Our U.S. Constitution set the boundaries of limitations for government and we decree a return to those boundaries. That we may lead peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way, we will make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God, You are welcome in the public square!


23
Jul 2018

Separation of Church and State—Really?

I don’t think the judges in America who espouse to the “separation clause”* and its erroneous meaning really believe that. They are either pathetically ignorant or they are willingly distorting what the Constitution really says. Or, they are misinformed or deceptive and disingenuous. I don’t really think they are ignorant—they have had too much education. I believe they know exactly, precisely, where that phrase came from. I believe they know it is not in the Constitution. I believe they know the context that Jefferson was speaking from when he wrote the letter that the distortion has come from. I don’t think it makes any difference to them that they know what it means. It has come to a point where they are a law unto themselves. They are taking their own ideology and trying to force it down the throat of the American people. Some of them have one mission and one mission only—to remove God from every facet of American life.

“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: Return to Me,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘that I may return to you, says the Lord of hosts.’” (Zechariah 1:3; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Say to the Lord, “Return to us, Lord! Return to our government! Return to our courts! Return to our classrooms! Return to the marketplace! Return to our city councils and state legislatures! Return, Lord, return!”
  • Tell the enemy to stop using ungodly men and women to try to tell us what the Constitution says.
  • Tell the enemy to stop using men and women who are ignorant of God’s ways to tell us what is right and wrong!
  • Command the Church to stop forming their way of thinking according to the political spirit and the pleasing of man. God’s way is to save sinful man!

A prayer you can pray:

We will return to You, Lord! Return to us! Return to our government! Return to our courts! Return to our classrooms! Return to the marketplace! Return to our city councils and state legislatures! Return, Lord, return! Fix this mess we are in! Satan, we declare a cease and desist order against you to stop using justices who don’t know God as their mouthpieces. We say that they will stop declaring lies and wickedness as if they are truths. The Church will stop listening to those who say good is evil and evil is good. Our moral foundation is in Christ and His Word alone. We ask for the salvation of the souls of those lost judges, Jesus. Then, everything will change! Amen.

Today’s decree:

America will turn to God!

*“Establishment clause” refers to the First Amendment’s statement about the separation of church and state. Read more here.


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