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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.


22
Jul 2018

Living and Breathing or Sound Legal Document

The Constitution is a legal document. Like all legal documents, it says some things and doesn’t say other things. Former Congressman, Tom Delay, said of the Supreme Court, “We have a judiciary run amok.” Former Chief Justice Rehnquist said about the Court many years ago in 1985, “It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine upon mistaken understanding of constitutional history. The ‘establishment clause’* has been expressly freighted with Jefferson’s metaphor for nearly forty years. There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the framers intended to build a wall of separation between church and state. The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or the intent of the framers.”

If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.” (Proverbs 28:9; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank God for Supreme Court justices and Congressmen who know the truth about the Constitution and the Supreme Court and proclaim it for the world to hear.
  • Command that every decision made without underlying support in the Constitution will be rolled back over time!
  • Say that the wall of separation between church and state is a fictional one and it is coming down!

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we thank you for government leaders, even Supreme Court Justices who know the truth about our high court’s actions. They have spoken strong words to alert the people that the Court is overplaying its role. They have sounded the alarm to let us know that judgements they have made have been based on false premises and should be corrected. We command the reversal of those decisions. We know that will take time and we are okay with that, but the sooner, the better. The most influential lie has been the “separation of church and state” lie. It is causing some of the worst damage and we ask for that one to be exposed now! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

The lie of the separation of church and state will be fully exposed and undone!

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


21
Jul 2018

Altering the Constitution of the United States

Why are the courts the problem? Because they have cast off restraint and no longer do what was initially intended of them. They are largely activists and not constitutionalists. They legislate from the bench, rewriting the Constitution. When necessary, if they can’t twist what they want out of the Constitution, they just ignore it altogether. They explain that away by calling the Constitution a “living, breathing document”.  In other words, “We don’t have to go by what it says any more. If we don’t like what it says, well, we just say it doesn’t apply to us today, so we’ll do something differently.” Some call it judicial tyranny. The late Justice Antonin Scalia referred to his own colleagues as “black robed masters.” He went on to decry the manipulation of the Constitution by the other justices. He said, “In the last 20 years, we have found the right to abortion, which is so little rooted in the traditions of the American people that it was criminal for 200 years. And, the right to homosexual sodomy, which is so little rooted in the traditions of the American people that it was criminal for 200 years. So, it is literally true that the Court has essentially liberated itself from the text of the Constitution, and even from the traditions of the American people. The Constitution is not a living organism.”

Without guidance from God, law and order disappear, but God blesses everyone who obeys his Law.” (Proverbs 29:18; CEV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Cry out, “God we need You in the Supreme Court! We need godly justices! We need justices like Justice Antonin Scalia! We need order on the Supreme Court!”
  • Declare, “The Supreme Court Justices must do what the Constitution says! They cannot make decisions up out of the air! They cannot make laws! The Constitution is not a living, breathing document; it is a solid and stable foundation of our republic! The nation is returning to the honoring of the Constitution’s stability!”
  • Make a prophetic statement! Shout, “The Supreme Court is shifting! The Supreme Court is shifting! The Supreme Court is shifting!” (Clap and shout until you feel the victory!)

A prayer you can pray:

God we need You in the Supreme Court! We need godly justices! We need justices like Justice Antonin Scalia! We need order on the Supreme Court! The Supreme Court Justices must do what the Constitution says! They cannot make decisions up out of the air! They cannot make laws! The Constitution is not a living, breathing document; it is a solid and stable foundation of our republic! The nation is returning to the honoring of the Constitution’s stability! The Supreme Court is shifting! The Supreme Court is shifting! The Supreme Court is shifting! Thank you, Jesus! So be it!

Today’s decree:

Judges who honor the Lord and the Constitution will find favor with God!


20
Jul 2018

Turning the Enemy Back at the Gate

I believe the walls in our nation are represented by the presidency, the Congress, and other governmental entities. The gates are the courts (See Nehemiah 6:1-2). The Lord said to me once while I was praying at the Supreme Court, “You must focus on the courts. More has happened to lead this country away from God through the Court than any other institution. You must close that gate to the forces of darkness that have infiltrated the nation.” More has been done to harm the cause of Christ and bring a culture of death, destruction, and evil through the courts than anywhere else. In biblical times, it was often at the gate of a city that a court or governmental body met. The Lord went on to say, “You must close that gate at the Supreme Court to unrighteousness, and you must open that gate to Me.”

Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, although at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates, then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, saying, ‘Come, let us meet together at Chephirim in the plain of Ono.’ But they were planning to harm me.” (Nehemiah 6:1-2; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask God once again to turn the tide of the culture of death that has emanated from the Supreme Court over the last 50+ years. (We are going to highlight some of these cases over the next few weeks.)
  • Thank the Lord for some recent rulings that are life-giving and just.  Things have started to turn!
  • Declare that the gate at the Supreme Court is closed to further unrighteousness and national harm.
  • Declare that the gate at the Supreme Court is open to God!
  • Speak “life” to the gate of the Supreme Court. Turn the tide and declare it to be a place of where godliness, holiness, righteousness, truth and justice flow into the nation.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, turn the tide of the culture of death that has been primarily flowing from the Supreme Court’s decisions for the last 50 years. Recently, we have seen a few cases resolved in ways that bring us hope, but a lot of filth has come into America as a result of this wide-open gate of death and destruction. Thank you for the recent victories! We declare that the gate at the Supreme Court is open to You! It is closed to unrighteousness, immorality and death. We say that from it shall come rulings establishing life and that abundantly for Americans! Life, justice, truth, holiness and righteousness! We turn the enemy back at the gate! In the mighty name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

We declare the Supreme Court will be a gate of Life to the nation!


19
Jul 2018

This is America?

You can’t stand in the Supreme Court building, not even on the steps, and pray in an obvious way. You have to be all the way out on the sidewalk, if you don’t want security stopping you. You can’t stand in the Court building or on the steps and read your Bible. If you don’t stop when they ask you to, they will take you to jail. I have been in there and read scripture and made declarations, but I had to be very careful. On one occasion, the only way we could get away with it was to cluster as if we were a tourist group. We couldn’t bow our heads or close our eyes. We had to pray with our eyes open and act like we were conversing together. I was incensed as I read that scripture into the courtroom. I had to hide in that cluster of people to do it. We are not talking about making a disturbance or bothering or interrupting a person or the Court’s proceedings. I still had to hide to read a scripture into the Supreme Court! That, sadly, is America today.

So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: ‘How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.’” (Mark 3:23-27; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Identificationally repent for the sad situation that we cannot pray openly and respectfully in or on the steps of the Supreme Court building.
  • Announce to the Court that the atmosphere is about to change!
  • Thank the Lord for bringing this dark situation into public view, so it can be exposed and dealt with.
  • Turn toward the Supreme Court from wherever you are in the nation. Find scriptures and pray them that direction, as if you are shooting arrows that way. “See” them hit the mark!
  • Get The Battle for America. Listen and pray through it.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, this is America, the land of the free and the brave. How is it that the strongman at the Court has so terrorized us? Who is this spirit and what is this political motivation that keeps the Court prayerless? We say, “Enough!” Lord, forgive our nation for determining that our  highest court is fine without prayer. Forgive us for tolerating the ousting of intercessors from this head of our judicial system! We will not live in fear any longer. We honor our authorities, but our First Amendment rights are being trampled on at the institution meant to uphold those rights! Thank you for bringing this into the light, so it can be dealt with! Give me specific scriptures to declare and decree to the Court.  I will believe they will hit their mark and the strongman at the Court will be uprooted. Thank you for teaching us and training us how to governmentally intercede, Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ powerful name, amen.

Today’s decree:

Americans will soon be able to pray freely at the Supreme Court!


18
Jul 2018

Where the Strongman Lives

Years ago, a wonderful intercessor who gave her life to pray full time for Washington, D.C., led me on a number of prayer journeys there. She was a strong and gracious lady and knew many of the Congressmen and women, who highly trusted her. She was very tuned-in to the things of the spirit there. After one of these prayer journeys, she said, “Now, I’m going to take you to where the strongman lives.” The “strongman” is spoken of in Mark 3:23-27 and Matthew 12:29. This is referencing a demonic force that rules in any particular situation. I knew where we were going—we headed to the Supreme Court. She said, “The strongest ruling spirit over America is headquartered here in this building.” I believed it and still do.

“How can anyone enter the strongman’s house and carry off his property unless he first binds the strongman. Then, he will plunder his house.”(Matthew 12:29; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Did you know that if you are caught praying in the Supreme Court building, you can be removed by the security officers there? You can even be arrested. Declare that God will be honored in the Supreme Court and that prayer will be welcomed there.
  • Press in for the strongman of God-lessness and humanism to be uprooted.
  • Nothing says that a Supreme Court Justice cannot be open about their faith. We can certainly see their political bent! Cry out for any Justices that know and love God to be open about God’s influence in their lives and decisions.
  • Pray that every believing clerk and staff member working behind the scenes makes intercession for Court decisions a key part of their day. Intercede for these we often don’t ever think about.
  • Ask God to raise up an ongoing intercessory prayer group for those that work there, so the darkness and God-lessness will be driven out.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, the Supreme Court does not belong to the enemy. It belongs to the people of the United States of America. It is not meant to be a place of dark, man-inspired decisions, where judges make laws rooted in their political philosophies. It is meant to be a place where constitutional truth and justice is found. Jesus, You are the source of justice. You are Truth. I say that You, Judge of the whole Earth, will be welcomed in the highest Court of the land. No longer will Your people be driven out for humbly seeking You in that place. The strongman of God-lessness and humanism will be uprooted. Those justices that know You will feel free to pray and say they do. They will be free to state that the basis of their decision has come from seeking Your wisdom, as they examine the tenets of the Constitution, and they will not be mocked. Staff and clerks will feel free to meet together to intercede over each day’s procedures and tasks. They will bathe that  building and all its important activities in prayer! Their prayers will drive out the darkness and loose the Court from the strongman that holds our justice system in its grips. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Today’s decree:

Let the Glory of God fill the Supreme Court!


17
Jul 2018

Legislating From the Bench

The Supreme Court of the United States was established, as were the Executive branch and the Congress (the legislative branch), by the U.S. Constitution in Article III, Section 2. The Justices were to serve for life, unless they were found to be corrupt, and had very limited power. Their role was meant to be one that kept the other two branches of the government in check. Over the years, however, the political leanings of the justices has taken on a significant role in the proceedings and decisions of the Court. Molding societal mores has been an unfortunate outcome of the decisions of the liberal members of the Court. They have decided matters according to their political bent, making the Constitution’s wording fit their moral opinions. Remember that this document was written after much prayer by men who were primarily God-fearing. It would lay the foundation for a Republic that acknowledged and honored God.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Identificationally repent for the manipulation of our founding document by some of our former Supreme Court Justices. (Read Daniel 9 for an example of national identificational repentance.)
  • Ask God to give us judges as at the first – men and women who honor Him and will limit themselves to acting within the powers of the Constitution.
  • Intercede for the current 9 Supreme Court Justices to rule in accordance with the Constitution.
  • Pray that God would be honored in every governmental office in America.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, hear my cry for mercy for America and our Courts. We have been wicked and rebelled; we have turned away from Your commandments and Your laws. Our judges have sinned against You and have dishonored the system of government You led us to establish. We need You to set things right, Lord. Change out every single Judge You need to until the Court is set with those who will honor You and the Constitution in their decisions. In the meantime, Holy Spirit, guide the decisions of the nine justices currently on the Court to keep themselves reigned in. Let them not rule with political motivation, with an eye to reconstruct our society by legislating from the bench. That is not their role! May God be honored in every governmental office in our land! Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree there will be no more judicial activism!


16
Jul 2018

Past Regrets

Now and then a President is absolutely sure he has found the perfect nominee as a Justice of the Supreme Court. Sometimes, it turns out that person reveals themselves to not be who the President thought they would be. While we want a strong supporter of the Constitution, that can mean different things to different justices. Sometimes, they simply change their views over time. For example, President Eisenhower called Chief Justice Earl Warren the biggest mistake he ever made. Warren ruled in Brown v Board of Education on behalf of segregating public schools. A number of Republican appointees to the Court have been much more moderate than their appointing presidents ever imagined them to be, including the retiring Anthony Kennedy. They sided with the liberal end of the Court on abortion and gay marriage cases. For our children’s future in America, we can’t bear another mistake like that.

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If our Senate ever needed discernment, it is in the confirmation process of a Supreme Court Justice. Pray.
  • Declare that our nation will not accept another generation of unrighteous, unholy Supreme Court decisions.
  • Decree that our children will not reap the fruit of our generation’s missteps in choosing a Supreme Court Justice.
  • Prophetically open the door to the vacant Supreme Court seat to the one of God’s own choosing and close it to anyone else. (Isaiah 22:22)

A prayer you can pray:

God, our President has made his choice. Now, it is up to our Senate to see what Brett Kavanaugh is truly made of. Don’t let politics blind their view of him. We, as representatives of the United States of America, will not accept anyone who will align themselves with the enemies of God. We won’t accept decisions that kill infants in the womb or that put stamps of approval on immoral lifestyles. We refuse to leave a United States like that to our children and children’s children. We want to turn the battle at the gate now, in our generation! We say that the vacant Supreme Court seat is only open to the one of God’s own choosing and close it to anyone else. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Today’s decree:

Let the fabric of our next Supreme Court Justice choose life and godliness!


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