Nov 2019

Thankful for a Prosperous Nation

Prosperity is measured in various different ways by economists, social scientists, financiers, and governments. It can be measured in GDP (gross domestic Product), in overall value of resources, in numbers of wealthy individuals, in amounts of money spent, in the value of intrinsic attributes, such as happiness, etc. Regardless, anyone living in the United States of America knows it is a prosperous nation. That doesn’t mean every person is prosperous. We definitely have the poor among us, and some people face challenges attaining the “American Dream”. Overall, however, this is a land of opportunity. Many from around the world dream of coming here and work hard to do so. Since the 2008 housing and market crashes, we have had an unprecedented increase in our economy. It is providing more jobs today than at any other time in our history. Wealth is being created here.

Many of us have more than enough to meet our needs and share with others. We give to support missionaries to go tell people about Jesus, plant churches, and minister to the felt needs of many worldwide. We give massive amounts to charities that spread the Gospel, feed the world’s hungry, provide medical assistance, education, clean water, entrepreneurship, and many other things. We are a giving nation.

Let’s look at how the Bible defines prosperity. In Deut. 8:18, the Word tells us to remember the Lord, because He is the One that gives us power to create wealth. In many places it tells us that God supplies our needs and provides for us. The Bible tells us that doing what the Bible says will show us how to become prosperous. (Do you know that there is more written about money than salvation in the Bible?) It tells us to work hard and honor the Lord in all of our labor. We are also to honor Him with the results, acknowledging that He gave it and giving a portion back to Him in tithes and offerings. We are not to be greedy, selfish, or complaining. We are to be thankful, trusting completely in Him. Individually, we can become prosperous in Him and together, we become a prosperous nation.   

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Let’s “remember the Lord today”. Thank Him for His goodness to you and your family. Spend some time and thank Him thoroughly for all He has given you – family, property, jobs, health or means to become healthy, church, friendships and other relationships, etc.
  • Remove complaining from your heart and thank Him for your job or your family’s source of provision. Bless bosses, employees, corporate leadership, donors, customers, clients, the government or any others that source your living.
  • Thank the Lord for our prosperous nation. 
  • Bless the wealthy and pray that they will come to know Jesus as their Savior and Provider. The Bible tells us this is rare and hard for them, as they have trouble seeing His importance in their lives. The wealthy, powerful, and influential often miss honoring Him because they feel self-made. They must learn to honor Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They need our prayers.
  • Intercede for the poor and those who have trouble finding their place in our economic structure. Pray they will come to know the love of God and that His love will provide for every place of lack.

A prayer you can pray:

God, You are good. You are so good to me. You are God Most High. You are the Maker of the heavens and the earth. You have created all things and by You they were created. It is not possible for me to lack any good thing, because I know You and You care for me. If You clothe the lilies of the field and feed the birds of the air, surely You can provide for me and my family. Why do I ever worry. Any financial troubles I may face are surely temporary, because You can give me what I need, direct me to know how to find provision or even create provision. You can put me in the exact right place at the exact right time to find what I need. I am so thankful today for so many things. I am living in a wealthy place. I am living in a prosperous nation. I am grateful for (name things off to the Lord that are specific to you). 

Forgive my complaining about any resource You have given me. I am thankful for my job and those that provide my sustenance from it. You give to me and I can give to others. Throughout this nation, many are working and then giving to support others here and around the world. It’s not just for me that You prosper me. I pray that the wealthy realize this. Don’t let them hoard what they have been blessed with. Give them a heart to share what they have learned and multiply themselves. Show them how You have helped them. Reveal Jesus to the lost, both rich and poor, but especially to the rich who don’t often see a need for You. Let them honor You with their wealth, even as the poor give out of their need. Meet every need of those who cannot fully provide for themselves, Jesus. Save them and let them know the great compassion You have for them. Amen. 

Today’s decree:

We are thankful to God that He has made us a prosperous nation. It is one that can provide for our citizens and share His love with others around the world.

Nov 2019

Thankful for Our Military

The United States military is made up of five branches—Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Most of us are aware of our military, but we don’t know much about why they each exist and how they function. We are thankful that some serve to protect us, but we don’t know exactly how they do that. So, today, I thought I’d give you a short lesson on 4 of the 5 U.S. military branches of service. You can read more about all of them by clicking here.

The U. S. Army is our military’s land warfare branch. They were established on June 14, 1775 as the Continental Army. That was the army that fought the Revolutionary War. The army is the largest branch of the military, by far, with over 1 million in our fighting force. The mission of the U. S. Army is “to fight and win our Nation’s wars, by providing prompt, sustained, land dominance, across the full range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict, in support of combatant commanders.” They are primarily a defensive force.

The U. S. Marine Corps came into existence on November 10, 1775 and their distinction was to be equipped to fight on land or on sea. It is the smallest branch of the service with just over 200,000 troops. Their responsibilities include “seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and other land operations to support naval campaigns. Additionally, they provide development of tactics, technique, and equipment used by amphibious landing forces in coordination with the Army and Air Force.” They are considered an elite fighting force and are the expeditionary arm of the military.

The U. S. Navy was born October 13, 1775. They are the naval warfare branch of the military and the largest and best equipped navy in the world. It has almost a half a million individuals in service. The U. S. Navy exists “to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through sustained forward presence.The U.S. Navy’s functions comprise sea control, power projection and nuclear deterrence.” Deterrence or preventing war and preventing the escalation of war is a primary duty of our Navy.

The U. S. Air Force came into being on September 18, 1947, as a separate fighting force. Prior to that, the USAF was a part of the U. S. Army. As with our Navy, it is the most advanced air force in the world today. It is comprised of apx. 321,000 in active duty. Their purpose is “to preserve the peace and security, and provide for the defense, of the United States, the Territories, Commonwealths, and possessions, and any areas occupied by the United States; and to overcome any nations responsible for aggressive acts that imperil the peace and security of the United States.” It is our offensive force and is often sent in to show the power of the U. S. Armed Services against an aggression. 

“Give praise to the Lord, my Rock. He trains my hands for war. He trains my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and is like a fort to me. He is my place of safety and the God who saves me. He is like a shield that keeps me safe. He brings nations under my control. (Psalm 144:1-2; NIRV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for the U. S. Armed Forces, which protect our citizens from aggression from other nations.
  • Thank Him for the more than 2 million individuals on active duty across all branches of service.
  • Thank Him for the family members who serve right alongside their spouses and parents, sacrificing stable lifestyles for constant upheaval for the sake of that defense.
  • Pray for each branch of service as outlined above, thanking God for the strength of each branch and their ability to function optimally for the defense of our freedom.

A prayer you can pray:

God, You are a mighty man of war, according to the Word. You train us to war in intercession. We choose to use those weapons of warfare to intercede today in thanksgiving for members of our U. S. military. We live safe and free, because of all of those who serve in the armed forces of America. It is a sacrifice we do not take lightly. Each of their lives and the lives of their spouses and children matter to You. They each sacrifice much for the rest of us. We are thankful for their work to defend, protect, search out, and attack any threat to our national security. We pray for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force. Keep each one strong, well-funded, and able to do what they do in unity and with cutting edge technology. Keep giving their leadership wisdom. Provide scientists, contractors, and others supporting them, witty inventions and ideas that will keep our nation’s military the very best in the world. Thank you that we help keep other nations free, as well. Thank you for our Armed Forces, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We are thankful for the U.S. Armed Forces, who work hard to search out, prevent, defend against, and attack the aggression of any nations seeking to harm our citizens.

Nov 2019

Thankful for Liberty

Our founding fathers were all about liberty. It wasn’t that they woke up one day and were suddenly patriotic and nationally-focused. They were largely Christians. They understood from their Bible readings and common study of the Word that liberty was very important to God. Liberty and freedom are used almost interchangeably in the Bible. The meaning in the Greek is to be free of anything that would enslave us, or to remove anything that blinds us to the majesty of Christ.

The founders saw liberty as a key freedom; as a right given to them by God, their Maker. For whom the Son sets free is free indeed! And, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty! In their world, the Spirit of the Lord was involved in every aspect of their daily lives. They looked to God for everything and acknowledged Him in leading them daily. Our government was even formed as they sought Him for Divine guidance. 

From the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

From the preamble to the U.S. Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord that you get to live in a nation where liberty is protected by its constitution.
  • Consider the meanings of liberty in the New testament as expressed above. 
  • Read aloud the first few lines from the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution, which are written above. Ponder their meaning.
  • Declare that liberty is a basic human right given by God, our Creator! 
  • Say, “May nothing stand in the way of God’s people seeing Him in the fullness of His Majesty.”
  • Intercede for any group of people that you may know of who are still not yet experiencing full liberty in America.
  • Pray for the lost to come to Jesus and find true freedom and liberty in the One who sets us free from sin and death and hell.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, may we never take our liberty for granted in America. Because we live free in this nation, this is not something that often crosses our minds. However, there are many in the U.S. that have suffered without liberty for long periods of time throughout our history. Blacks under slavery did. Other minorities have, as well, such as the Japanese after Pearl Harbor was attacked. Our Native American populations have been restricted in their freedom in many ways. Women have had their freedom limited in the past, as well. God, we are thankful that our nation’s founders considered liberty to be a basic human right, even if they didn’t perfectly provide it at the first. Over time, we have gotten closer to the goal of all men and women living free in this nation. In Christ, we know we are always free. We want nothing to ever stand in the way of observing Christ’s majesty! That is the epitome of liberty! If we can see You and worship You, Jesus, we will live free, regardless of any limitations we may face in civil society. Thank you for liberty! Amen. 

Today’s decree:

We are thankful for the liberty guaranteed to us in America!

Nov 2019

An Historic Day of Thanksgiving

On December 16, 1773, an act that would lead to the U. S. Revolutionary War ensued. It would come to be called “The Boston Tea Party”. That season of America’s history should be studied well by every pastor. Pastors need to be convinced that this nation had solid Christian roots. We all need to see the role that pastors played in keeping their congregants informed of the issues of the day, as well as leading them in prayer and action regarding those matters. Today, I have an excerpt from a sermon for you on a national day of thanksgiving called by the “provincial government” of the Massachusetts colony. There was no standard Thanksgiving Day holiday at that time, but days of Thanksgiving were regularly called by government authorities. This one was to be observed “In thanksgiving to God for the Blessings enjoyed; and humiliation on account of public Calamities.” “Public calamities” is referring to the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. I encourage you to go here and read it in its entirety and see who Rev. John Lathrop was. His Thanksgiving sermon is a part of the recorded Christian history of this nation.

Sermon by JOHN LATHROP, A. M.

Pastor of the Second Church in Boston
December 15, 1774

“AUTHORIZED by a divine precept, [Exodus 34:22] and excited by the feelings of gratitude, the inhabitants of these northern provinces, have made it their constant practice, to meet in their religious assemblies, at the close of the year, and devoutly offer unto the Lord, their sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

“When the fruits of the earth are gathered in, and we are furnished with provisions for an expensive winter season, nothing can be more proper, than for a people professing godliness, to unite in paying their thankful acknowledgments to the father of the universe, for the expressions of his goodness.—And we rejoice, that the representatives of this Province, who, in the present distracted state of our public affairs, have been consulting the most proper ways to recover and secure our invaded liberties, were not unmindful of the blessings we receive from God almighty; but have invited us to observe this day of general thanksgiving.

“But although we have much reason to bless the Lord, for the many expressions of his goodness, through the course of the last year, it is proper, even on this day of festivity, ‘to humble ourselves before God, on account of those sins, for which he hath suffered our present calamities to come upon us, and implore the divine blessing, that by the assistances of his grace, we may be enabled to reform whatever is amiss, that so God may be pleased to continue to us the blessings we enjoy, and remove the tokens of his displeasure.’” 

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:1, 3, 7-8a, & 10; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for a nation that honored the Lord at its point of establishment.
  • Thank God for our Christian heritage, which is well-recorded for all to see.
  • Thank Him for the examples we have in history of pastors, such as Rev. Lathrop, who engaged the culture and taught their congregants how to properly reside in a fallen world.
  • Ask the Lord to stir our pastors today to be bold in their pulpits. We need to know more than how to live a Christian life. We need to know how to expand God’s Kingdom in the world around us and keep the darkness out.
  • Thank the Lord for the United States of America. We may not be a perfect nation, but we are a nation He established and we are largely a nation that worships Him.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we come to you and thank You for the United States of America. We thank You for our Christian heritage. We thank You that we can look back on our history and see how You led Your people here to come and form a nation that would honor You in everything they did. They were careful to seek You for every decision they made. The pastors kept the people informed from their pulpits of what was going on in the country, and why. They were not shy about this. They were bold, There was no concept of keeping the Church separate from matters of the State. They looked to the Word of God to help them know if the government was operating properly. Then, they told the people if it was or was not! They never let the government decide how Believers would serve You. They led the people to seek You on behalf of the government officials acting out of alignment with the Word. What a concept! Christians holding their governing officials to account. Where are those leaders today? We call them forth, Lord! Raise them up. Fill them with boldness and fill their mouths with Truth from Your Word. Teach us, lead us, guide us and sustain us, Holy One. We love You and we love America. We pray all this with thanksgiving in the Name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

We thank God for America’s Christian heritage!

Nov 2019

The Powers of the President

“While there may have been some differences among the Framers as to the precise scope of Executive power in particular areas, there was general agreement about its nature.  Just as the great separation-of-powers theorists – Polybius, Montesquieu, Locke – had, the Framers thought of Executive power as a distinct specie of power. To be sure, Executive power includes the responsibility for carrying into effect the laws passed by the Legislature – that is, applying the general rules to a particular situation. But the Framers understood that Executive power meant more than this.

“It also entailed the power to handle essential sovereign functions – such as the conduct of foreign relations and the prosecution of war – which by their very nature cannot be directed by a pre-existing legal regime but rather demand speed, secrecy, unity of purpose, and prudent judgment to meet contingent circumstances.  They agreed that – due to the very nature of the activities involved, and the kind of decision-making they require – the Constitution generally vested authority over these spheres in the Executive. For example, Jefferson, our first Secretary of State, described the conduct of foreign relations as “Executive altogether,” subject only to the explicit exceptions defined in the Constitution, such as the Senate’s power to ratify Treaties.

“A related, and third aspect of Executive power is the power to address exigent circumstances that demand quick action to protect the well-being of the Nation but on which the law is either silent or inadequate – such as dealing with a plague or natural disaster. This residual power to meet contingency is essentially the federative power discussed by Locke in his Second Treatise.

“And, finally, there are the Executive’s powers of internal management.  These are the powers necessary for the President to superintend and control the Executive function, including the powers necessary to protect the independence of the Executive branch and the confidentiality of its internal deliberations. Some of these powers are express in the Constitution, such as the Appointment power, and others are implicit, such as the Removal power.” (Attorney General Bill Barr)

“Every person must submit to and support the [governing] authorities over him. For there can be no authority in the universe except by God’s appointment, which means that every authority that exists has been instituted by God. So to resist authority is to resist the divine order of God, which results in severe consequences. For civil authorities don’t intimidate those who are doing good, but those who are doing evil. So do what is right and you’ll never need to fear those in authority. They will commend you for your good citizenship.” (Romans 13:1-3; TPT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Call the three branches of the U. S. government into constitutional order!
  • Read the following excerpts from Attorney General Bill Barr’s statement above as a decree. These are the duties and rights of a U. S. president as granted by the U. S. Constitution:
    • “Executive power includes the responsibility for carrying into effect the laws passed by the Legislature.”
    • “The President has the power to handle essential sovereign functions – such as the conduct of foreign relations and the prosecution of war, which demand speed, secrecy, unity of purpose, and prudent judgment to meet contingent circumstances.”
    • “The President has the power to address circumstances that demand quick action to protect the well-being of the Nation but on which the law is either silent or inadequate – such as dealing with a plague or natural disaster.”
    • “The President is the one to superintend and control the Executive function, including the powers necessary to protect the independence of the Executive branch and the confidentiality of its internal deliberations.”
  • Declare, “Any attempt by legislators who want President Trump removed from office for any reason that is within his right as the President and chief officer of the Executive branch will unravel through the impeachment hearings.”
  • Again today, ask the Lord to use this impeachment process to educate the U. S. citizenry on government, the roles of each branch of government, and the separation of the powers of each branch.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we call the three branches of the U. S. government into right order. We say that the powers given each one by the U. S. Constitution are the parameters they must operate within. The legislative branch can hold the president to account, if they operate outside of their constitutional role. So, we remind ourselves of the powers given to the President in the Constitution, as outlined by U. S. Attorney General Bill Barr: “Executive power includes the responsibility for carrying into effect the laws passed by the Legislature. The President has the power to handle essential sovereign functions – such as the conduct of foreign relations and the prosecution of war, which demand speed, secrecy, unity of purpose, and prudent judgment to meet contingent circumstances. The President has the power to address circumstances that demand quick action to protect the well-being of the Nation but on which the law is either silent or inadequate – such as dealing with a plague or natural disaster. The President is the one to superintend and control the Executive function, including the powers necessary to protect the independence of the Executive branch and the confidentiality of its internal deliberations.” Any attempt by legislators who want President Trump removed from office for any reason that is within his right as the President and chief officer of the Executive branch will unravel through the impeachment hearings. Lord, please let these hearings cause the American people to want to learn how our government functions. Highlight the Constitution. Grant us knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Amen.  

Today’s decree:

Let it be known that the Executive power of the President is given for the well-being of the nation!

Learn more here about Attorney General Bill Barr and his speech at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention.

Nov 2019

The Foundations of Presidential Power

“The grammar school civics class version of our Revolution is that it was a rebellion against monarchical tyranny, and that, in framing our Constitution, one of the main preoccupations of the Founders was to keep the Executive weak. This is misguided. By the time of the Glorious Revolution of 1689, monarchical power was effectively neutered and had begun its steady decline. Parliamentary power was well on its way to supremacy and was effectively in the driver’s seat. By the time of the American Revolution, the patriots well understood that their prime antagonist was an overweening Parliament. Indeed, British thinkers came to conceive of Parliament, rather than the people, as the seat of Sovereignty. 

“During the Revolutionary era, American thinkers who considered inaugurating a republican form of government tended to think of the Executive component as essentially an errand boy of a Supreme legislative branch. Often the Executive (sometimes constituted as a multi-member council) was conceived as a creature of the Legislature, dependent on and subservient to that body, whose sole function was carrying out the Legislative will. Under the Articles of Confederation, for example, there was no Executive separate from Congress. 

“Things changed by the Constitutional Convention of 1787. To my mind, the real ‘miracle’ in Philadelphia that summer was the creation of a strong Executive, independent of, and coequal with, the other two branches of government.

“The consensus for a strong, independent Executive arose from the Framers’ experience in the Revolution and under the Articles of Confederation. They had seen that the War had almost been lost and was a bumbling enterprise because of the lack of strong Executive leadership. Under the Articles of Confederation, they had been mortified at the inability of the United States to protect itself against foreign impositions or to be taken seriously on the international stage. They had also seen that, after the Revolution, too many States had adopted constitutions with weak Executives overly subordinate to the Legislatures. Where this had been the case, state governments had proven incompetent and indeed tyrannical.

“From these practical experiences, the Framers had come to appreciate that, to be successful, Republican government required the capacity to act with energy, consistency and decisiveness. They had come to agree that those attributes could best be provided by making the Executive power independent of the divided counsels of the Legislative branch and vesting the Executive power in the hands of a solitary individual, regularly elected for a limited term by the Nation as a whole. As Jefferson put it, ‘[F]or the prompt, clear, and consistent action so necessary in an Executive, unity of person is necessary….’” (Attorney General Bill Barr)

“For the Lord shall be our judge, the Lord shall be our lawgiver, the Lord shall be our king; he himself will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22; JUB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Our three-branch republican form of government is based loosely on the three roles the Lord holds, as noted in Isaiah 33:22. Thank the Lord for the wisdom He gave our governmental framers as they sought Him.
  • Read carefully the civics lesson above. 
  • Pray that our U.S. citizens would be more interested in understanding our form of government and the role each of the three branches play—Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.
  • Intercede for the upholding of the U.S. Constitution’s powers given to the Executive branch and the Executive-in-Chief—the U.S. President.
  • Declare that Civics classes will return as a required class to U.S. schools. Who will take up the cause to write the courses?

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, You modeled within your own self the form of government that would become the form the United States follows today. We have a Republic, a three-branch system of checks and balances, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial, with both elected and appointed leaders. The Executive and Legislative are political (chosen by the people) and the Judicial is free from politics (appointed by the current sitting president). What a miracle it is. It has served us well for 243 years. So many Americans do not understand that we are a Republic, because civics is no longer taught in most schools. If they don’t understand our form of government, then they won’t understand things like the powers given to each branch. They also won’t understand the checks and balances the Constitution grants to each branch. In other words, what politicians say in the media is what people are going to believe. How can they know if the president is overstepping his boundaries? How can they know what the Congress can appropriately hold the president accountable for? Lord, bring us back to honoring the U. S. Constitution and the wisdom in its words! Bring back civics courses nationally, so our next generation of students will understand our replublican form of government. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The full powers of the U. S. Presidency will be not be diminished or overridden by a renegade Congress!

Learn more here about Attorney General Bill Barr and his speech at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention.

Nov 2019

What Fruit Will Our Nation Bring Forth?

“I think we are going to need to determine what fruit will be brought forth from this nation. We are going to need to intercede in a way that brings forth that fruit. We are going to need to act in a way that develops that fruit. There is a spiritual war surrounding President Trump. However, even if President Trump died tomorrow, there would still be a war to uproot God’s covenant plan. It’s not just about President Trump. It’s about God’s covenant plan in this land. We need our nation to come forth in a way that displays who we really are. The deep state wants to make us be something else. That means your freedom over God’s covenant blessing would be harmed. So, how we move forward is key. We have to pray for our president, as the Lord commands us to pray for our president. 

“When we pray for the president, it’s not just about that person. It’s about the structure that person represents. I have prayed for every president. One of the meanings of visitation is ‘how we cast our vote’. How you vote is how you’re visited. Therefore it is really important how we pray for Mr. Trump. I feel if he can be uprooted out of time, then there will be a shifting away from certain natural freedoms, then spiritual freedoms can be uprooted. We need to stand and say what the Lord says.” (Chuck Pierce) 

“Righteousness lifts up a nation, but sin is a disgrace in any society.” (Proverbs 14:34; GWT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Write down or say out loud what fruit you feel needs to come from this nation. You might say things like righteousness, justice, truth, racial equality, life, care for the poor, etc.
  • Now, write down or say the things you see the enemy wanting to develop. Abortion, sex-trafficking, socialism, and sexual promiscuity come to mind. 
  • Intercede between what is and ought to be in America regarding the things you believe should be the fruit of America.
  • Declare, “The Deep State will not prevent the fruit that God would approve from developing. We will not allow things that break our national covenant with God.”
  • Pray for President Donald J. Trump. 

A prayer you can pray:

Father, the enemy is working hard to uproot the covenant You made with this nation. He has a plan and agenda for America and it is not anything like the one You have. He has a need to get rid of You and your precepts in order to get his plan furthered. That’s what all the division is about. That’s what all the attack against President Trump is about. It’s a spiritual war that has come into the natural realm. It’s been going on a long time, but now it is really heating up. The enemy thought he was really close to uprooting us completely from Your plan, but Donald Trump’s election changed all that. Things are slowly reversing and those supporting the shift away from our covenant roots cannot stand it! It seems they will stop at nothing until they uproot that covenant. But, we, Your intercessory army, will stand strong in prayer to uphold it. The Deep State will not prevent the fruit that God would approve from developing. We will not allow things that break our national covenant with God. We will correct our words and actions to line up with Your Word. We will preach Your gospel with boldness and see a harvest of souls come in. Those new Christians will help move us toward righteousness. They will be on fire and will demand Your principles be cultural and governmental. It is already happening. We ask for your protection over President Trump and that You continue to use him to rock the boat and keep this nation moving toward the fulfillment of that covenant You made with us. We must have spiritual freedom to fulfill our nation’s calling. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will fight for our natural freedoms, so our spiritual freedoms are maintained!

Learn more about Chuck Pierce here.

Nov 2019

America as a Fig Tree

“The Lord spoke to me from a parable in Luke 13:6-9, ‘He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and found none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, good. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’”’ God showed me America as a fig tree. He spoke to me from this parable that there would be an attempt in the third year of the Trump presidency to pull the fig tree up by the roots and look at the fruit of America from that perspective. You have to remember that America is not the same as it was when the nation was founded. So, the Lord said clearly that there would be an attempt to pull up what President Trump represented and to have that removed. I then saw that it was an attempt for him to be impeached. To be clear, the Lord showed me there would be an attempt to impeach President Trump in his third year in office. 

“I believe God is currently digging around this whole nation. I think He is saying, ‘How do you want to bring forth this nation? How are you going to bring forth this nation?’ God is saying this to lead us to pray the way that is needed going into this 4th year. It’s about the fruit this nation will produce. It’s about how we seek out what God wants us to bring forth. God doesn’t do anything without first telling the prophets. God is clearly saying, ‘Leave it alone and don’t uproot it. Let’s fertilize it with prayer and see if it bears fruit in the 4th year.” (Chuck Pierce)

“‘Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.’” (Matthew 12:33; WEB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Consider the parable of the fig tree. Consider the words the Lord spoke to the prophet, Chuck Pierce. Consider America’s covenant roots.
  • Decide how you are going to intercede. What is the Lord wanting us to participate in? What decision is He making about America. Rightly divide in prayer.
  • Do not let the enemy limit your freedom. Don’t let comments made in the press or by influential people limit your freedom. 
  • Find God’s heart for this nation and intercede!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we speak against the uprooting, the premature uprooting. Don’t let this presidency be uprooted in this third year. We say, “it will not be uprooted this year.” We say there will be such a godly work done instead in this year. Let our voices get louder and louder. Let our expressions of freedom get louder and louder. Lord, we ask You to intervene in some way in the uprooting that is going on in this land. It’s not just about a man. It’s about the uprooting of a righteous root. We can’t allow that. We can’t allow the enemy to shift America away from Your purposes. We won’t break covenant with You, though many others have. 

Today’s decree:

America’s covenant root with God will not be uprooted!

Nov 2019

New Authority in Prophetic Proclamations

The whole prophetic movement is going to a new level. The role of the prophetic is changing. It is the era of the saints movement and the Lord is putting the sword of His Word in the mouths of His people. The Church hasn’t been  standing in faith for full manifestations of the Holy Spirit. We haven’t opened our mouths and prophesied outcomes. Instead, we have petitioned the Lord. That has not been incorrect, because God tells us to ask. However, a day comes when we are to decree a thing. We need to decree a thing as if it has already come to pass, because in the heart of God it already has. This will take us to a new higher level of faith. It is a level that will surprise and shock you. God has had some prophets in a season of travail and birthing, and now the manifestation of those years of hidden intercession will be seen. 

Don’t be surprised at spiritual attacks that come. The enemy wants to devour this new movement. It’s coming so fast, the prophetic gift will be on so many, and prophets are going to be so accurate, that the enemy is afraid. God won’t have you intercede to the point of birth and not give birth. What He said is coming is coming!

God has raised up those that are able to prophesy over presidents and future presidents of nations. He has brought up those who can prophesy to marketplace, government, and media leaders. It is time for the prophets to prophesy to the kings. We are going to see a clear and definite shift from “Sunday and Wednesday” prophets to “9 to 5” prophets. Prepare for the culture-shift. These prophetic voices will arise with the confidence with Elijah. They are emerging with great confidence and boldness and the world will see God and the power of Jesus Christ.

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Yahweh comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6; WEB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Call for the prophets to multiply themselves, to teach and train the saints in the release of the Word of the Lord.
  • Call for all the saints of the Most High to get up and prophesy the Word of the Lord.
  • Call for the release of the Word of the Lord with accuracy and manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
  • Call forth the prophetic voices into the marketplace, government, education and the media.
  • Believe for societal shifts as the army of God arises with God’s two-edged sword in their mouths.

A prayer you can pray:

God, we are excited to be in the saints movement. It is time for all of the people to prophesy. Let Your prophets rise up and equip and train. Let them lead the way and show forth the faith needed, the boldness needed, and the grace needed to prophesy what You have said and are saying. Let Your words in the mouths of the prophets create. Let the prophecies manifest quickly. Let the enemy start shaking in his boots, because the army of God is rising with the Word of the Lord in their mouths. Let the saints rise up and move from asking to declaring. Let the decrees be decreed! Multitudes of voices all speaking and declaring the Word of the Lord. What exciting days You have brought us to, Lord. 

What days are these where prophetic words come to pass quickly. Where accuracy is heightened and faith is rising to speak the Words, and then the Words cause faith to rise further! These are the days that the saints of old longed to see! They spoke of these days, and now we get to live them. Do not let us be complacent now. Not now! Now is the time to rise and speak and act. Now is the time for the prophets to be released into the arenas of influence—government, business, education, media, and arts and entertainment, in addition to church and family. Let the earth respond to the rising tide of prophecy that is about to hit it like a tsunami. Let the purposes of God come to pass in the earth, even as they do in heaven, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Your words matter! Prophecy and decree the Word of the Lord. Shift and change the environment around you!

Nov 2019

How We Can Pray Regarding the Impeachment Hearings

Public impeachment hearings began today against President Trump. Both sides of the political fence were proclaiming victory on this first day. William Taylor, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department, testified. Liberals were saying they presented a strong case that President Trump overstepped his boundaries of authority.  Additionally, they say he withheld funds to get compliance from the Ukrainian President Zelensky. Conservative commentators are saying there were few actual facts presented. Rather, there was a lot of hearsay and unprovable statements. They also presented counter-statements saying that the withholding of funds was not done to get Ukraine to comply, and that President Zelensky never knew the funds were being withheld. We think the hearings are meant to sway public opinion against President Trump, as no witnesses have been approved by the Democrats who can testify against the “whistleblower”. 

Please continue to pray into these hearings, separating truth from falsehood. The next one is Friday, 11/15, when Marie Yovanovitvh, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, will testify. You can write your U.S. Representative here and ask for fair and just hearings with witnesses for both sides allowed to be questioned. There is an additional prayer guide you can obtain through that link, as well, which gives you specifics on who is testifying, who is on the committee holding the hearings, and other issues. Take advantage of it!

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” (Proverbs 6:16-19; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Pray for every aspect of the hearings.
  • Boldly declare Proverbs 6:16-19.
  • Say, “We proclaim the opposite spirit into the hearings: humility, truthfulness, a desire to bring healing to the nation, the unveiling of wicked schemes, desires in the witnesses to do good for the country, truth-telling witnesses, and those who can minister a peaceful resolution of these matters.”
  • Get the prayer guide here and pray for the committee members.
  • Pray for President Trump and his family through this trial. Pray for their physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.  

A prayer you can pray:

God Most High, You are the one that sees the end from the beginning. You know the outcome of this trial the president is in. It is a very challenging moment in a very challenging presidency. His opponents have put him through one thing after the other to try to get his election reversed, his presidency annulled, get him removed from office, and now, to keep him from being re-elected. It’s like nothing we have witnessed ever before in history. President Trump has done much for life, for religious freedom, for the economy and the American worker. We don’t discount sin. However, we won’t tolerate false accusations against him, either. Separate truth from falsehood. Twisting of truth is not truth. Partial truth is not truth. The full truth is what we are all after and we say, “The full truth is what we will get!” Both sides will have a voice! We will not tolerate injustice or a kangaroo court where minds are made up in one direction and only witnesses to back that mindset are presented. No! 

There are six things You hate, seven that are detestable to You: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. We proclaim the opposite spirit into the hearings: humility, truthfulness, a desire to bring healing to the nation, the unveiling of wicked schemes, desires in the witnesses to do good for the country, truth-telling witnesses, and those who can minister a peaceful resolution of these matters. Protect the president and his family from the effect of these attacks. Let Your precious blood, Jesus, protect their minds, bodies, emotions, and spirits. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Lord reverse the things You hate in the impeachment hearings!

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