Sep 2018

Finding peace in the Midst of the Storm 

“When all around is sinking sand, on Christ the solid Rock, I stand…”1 There are times in all of our lives when chaos seems to be overwhelming us. Our life circumstances have moved beyond our control. We find nothing to grab onto. We can’t sleep, can’t eat, and often don’t have a clue what course of action to take. It may seem like there is nothing we can do except wait it out. Those are the times we are so thankful we know Jesus Christ! Where would we be without Him? The enemy’s shouts may grow deafening, our losses may be staggering, and it may feel like wolves are circling our feet, waiting to finish us off.  However, we have a Savior! Jesus is the everlasting love to which we can cling. When we are innocent, we can rest in Him. When we are unable, He is more than able. He will defend us, deliver us, heal us, and restore us. He loves us.

“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:17-18; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Florence has destroyed homes, businesses, livestock, and other agriculture. At least 37 lives have been lost. Weep with those who are weeping. Pray they would turn to the Lord and feel his sweet and loving presence. Pray that the old hymns, like the one above, would flood their memories and turn their hearts toward the Lord.
  • Pray for everyone involved in the Brett Kavanaugh situation to be touched by God’s hand. Continue to intercede for truth to be known.
  • Intercede for the media. They can be used to report truth, but they are attempting to be mind-molders in this season. They seem more intent on trying to influence opinions rather than report facts. Headlines and first paragraphs (often, all that is read in an article) are largely inflammatory. Call them into order!
  • Run to God with your own personal life situation, if you are experiencing circumstances beyond your control. Find rest and peace, and grace to help in time of need.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, the tragedies occurring in North and South Carolina are horrible. My heart is turned toward all those who are suffering the loss of loved ones, property, and businesses. No amount of monetary compensation can restore lives and memories. People need You, Jesus. Holy Spirit, reveal Christ to many. Let compassion lead to revival in those devastated areas. Remind them of the words of songs they may have heard some time in their lives. Let those old hymns bring them comfort. Still the political firestorm over the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Give everyone involved wisdom to know how to proceed. Let truth be known. Correct the media! We call them into order and say, “Report the truth! I don’t want to hear your opinions or see that you have twisted things to suit your own biased narrative!” Lord, I need You in (tell Him about your own challenging situation). I don’t know how to proceed. I need to feel Your love, concern and comfort. Heal my heart and keep me close to You while You sort it all out for me. I trust You and Your Word. In Jesus’ loving name, amen.

Today’s decree:

Storm, be at peace! Be still!

1 From the Hymn, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.”

Sep 2018

Let the Truth be Revealed

Christine Blasey Ford is the name of the anonymous source of a letter Sen. Dianne Feinstein presented to the FBI last week. Now, there is a name and face to go along with the charges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He can now find a frame of reference for the charges. Also now revealed is the name of the other young man involved in her allegations – Mark Judge. Both Judge Kavanaugh and Mr. Judge have denied the allegations against Kavanaugh. The charges are specific and very serious. Judge Kavanaugh said, “This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.” He went on to say he would like to be able to defend his integrity. A representative of the White House stated that Mrs. Ford should be heard. No woman should ever be subjected to attacks such as she describes in her letter and she should be able to make her complaint under oath. Judge Kavanaugh should be heard, as well, and given an opportunity to face his accuser. Ultimately, the Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee have to decide how to proceed. Ekklesia, we will appeal to the Judge of the universe who has seen the end from the beginning and who alone knows the entirety of the truth. May it be known in the earth, as well.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Go to God as Judge of the Earth, our Judge, Lawgiver and King. Ask Him to expose the truth of this matter.
  • If Judge Brett Kavanaugh is innocent, let him be exonerated. If not, let him step down. Pray he does not step down due to intimidation if he is innocent!
  • Intercede for Christine Blasey Ford. Ask God to draw her to Himself and save her if she does not already know Him. She is now known by all of us. What a wonderful opportunity to pray for her salvation. Ask Jesus to heal her from all of the traumas of her life.
  • Pray the same for Mark Judge.
  • Ask God to grant wisdom to the Senators on the Judiciary Committee to know how to proceed, especially Chairman Chuck Grassley.
  • Cover the Kavanaugh daughters in prayer. Ask God to keep them from trauma of these allegations against their dad.

A prayer you can pray:

God, we come to you as Judge of the heavens and the earth. You are our Judge, Lawgiver and King. You alone know all of the circumstances that happen and the motives of the hearts behind them. We need truth in this situation. We want to know for sure if Brett Kavanaugh is who he says he is. Minister to Christine Ford. If she doesn’t know You. We join the multitudes praying for her today. We also ask You to make Yourself known to Mark Judge. Let Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Grassley, seek You for wisdom and strategy. If Brett Kavanaugh is innocent, let things move forward on schedule. Keep charge over his children and keep them from the trauma of this situation. In Jesus’ wonderful Name, amen.

Today’s decree:

Let truth be revealed in the Kavanaugh hearings!

Sep 2018

Character Assassination

Sometimes the enemy overplays his hand and we can see exactly what he is up to. He showed his hand this week in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process. If we weren’t sure that Judge Kavanaugh might be chosen by God to be the next Supreme Court Justice, we might want to reconsider that position now.  Senator Dianne Feinstein let the Senate Judiciary Committee know Thursday, in their scheduled meeting, that she had forwarded an anonymous letter to the FBI for investigation. The letter alleged sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh when he was 17 years old and in high school. The letter arrived in July through the office of Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA). She forwarded it to Sen. Feinstein who made no mention of it until Thursday. “This has all the indicators of an 11th hour character assassination and a desperate attempt to delay and defeat the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, who has a sterling reputation in his community, his profession, his church and among hundreds of friends, colleagues, and co-workers.”(Carrie Severino)1 A separate letter has since arrived to Committee Chairman Sen. Grassley’s desk. It is from 65 women who said they have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school. “Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity,” the women wrote. “In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”2

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.” (Proverbs 22:1 and 5; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Intercede for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Pray that he will be able to stand strong and not give up amidst this attack against his reputation. Just the mention of  horrible accusations can taint our reputation. He will need to rely on God to exonerate him.
  • Ask God to intervene and turn Senator Feinstein back from this course of destruction.
  • Pray for the Senate Judiciary Committee members to seek truth and justice, not political gain.
  • Contact your Senators and let them know how you feel about Judge Brett Kavanaugh as our next Supreme Court Justice.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we bring Brett Kavanaugh before you. He is a fallible human, but it appears he has tried to live his life in an integrous manner in everything he has done. In his personal life, as well as in his professional life, he has been consistent. We ask You to intervene and clean up this mess. Do not let the enemy rob this man of his godly reputation. Senator Feinstein and others responsible for this smear campaign need to be brought to task, Lord. We will leave that up to You, but we do ask You to correct the record against Judge Kavanaugh. Exonerate him and remove any stain or blemish. Let many Christians call their Senators and let them know we are standing with him and want him confirmed as our next Supreme Court Justice. Obviously, the enemy is very afraid of him serving in that office! In Jesus’ holy name, amen.

Today’s decree:

The enemy’s plan to ruin Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be exposed and will fail!

1 Learn more about Carrie Severino here.

2 Letter posted in full on 9/14/18. Accessed 9/14/18.

Sep 2018

Day of Worship

There is a lot going on in the nation and in the spirit realm right now. At times like this, I just want to worship Him. I hope you do too. Between spiritual storms, political storms, and physical storms, sometimes we have to stop, rest, and worship. So, today is going to be that day. John Thurlow wrote an amazing song, “Storm All Around You”, about the throne of God existing within a storm of lightnings and thunderings. God is not moved by storms. He loves the power and the glory of the storm so much that He chooses that to be His environment! He is Prince of Peace in the midst of it all. He desires us to come in close to Him and be able to worship in the midst of the storm. It displays a faith that the enemy cannot stand. Satan has to move out of the way when the people of God worship in the midst of the storm. At that point, our faith is unstoppable.

Let these verse guide your worship:

“From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God.” (Revelation 4:5; NLT)

Turn to the LORD! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6;CEV)

When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.” (Proverbs 10:25; ESV)

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.” (Psalm 34:17-20; ESV)

Today’s decree:

I will worship You, Lord, in the midst of the storms I face and the storms my nation faces! To You be the glory!

Sep 2018

Hurricane Florence, Flooding and the Aftermath

Hurricane Florence has proved to be catastrophic. I know many of you have been praying. Please don’t stop. My wife, Ceci, has been monitoring the situation closely since the beginning and we sent out an emergency prayer alert on Wednesday, ahead of the storm. The good news is that Florence was downgraded as it came ashore from a 4 to a 1. That’s the good news. The bad news is that once ashore, it slowed down. This means that huge amounts of rain hit the coast of North Carolina and up to 20” of rainfall has caused widespread flooding. Hundreds of people have had to be rescued. Over half a million people remain without power. More than 2100 flights have been cancelled. As of this writing, two precious lives were lost and we pray no more will be. The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, has warned that the storm could continue for days. There have been a number of prophetic words released giving reasons why God may have allowed this storm, but today, I want us to focus on praying to hasten the end of this national tragedy.

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” (Mark 4:39-40; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ask God to forgive our nation if there is any sin that we are missing, which may have allowed this storm.
  • Command the storm to stop completely!
  • Intercede for the hundreds of thousands impacted by Florence. Lives, health, homes, jobs, travel, utilities, and communication services are all affected at this time.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, we humble ourselves before You today and bring our national situation to You. Hurricane Florence was allowed to hit our shores and has caused great distress. We repent of any sin, current or past, that is undealt with before the cross of Christ and the throne of grace. Reveal things to us that we cannot otherwise see, so we can avert these tragedies in the future. We have seen You dissolve and divert storms in the past, as Your people humbly prayed. We see in Matthew, Mark and Luke that Jesus calmed storms. We want that level of faith, so the citizens of the United States do not have to suffer such loss. May many turn to You, Lord, in this hour of great need. But, how much better if we were saved from it and could testify of Your saving grace! Be seen in the midst of the storm! Bring it to an end! Let the earth swallow up the water! Heal our land! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today’s decree:

We say to the storm named Florence, “Peace! Be still! Flooding, subside!”

Sep 2018

Engaging the Culture

“The Church is entering a season where we will produce elite warriors, statesmen, and heroes. They will be mighty men and women. We have forward momentum and we are going to feed it. We are going to give more resources to leadership preparation than just Sunday morning offerings given to cover the bills. We are going to have to plan. Five-fold ministry has largely been replaced by event planning. I really don’t think large crusades are wrong. However, I think we do need American Idol wanna-be’s and Dr. Phil’s. There have to be some Christians out there like that—created for cultural influence—given a voice in the culture. It’s time for Believers in this nation to stop hiding under the balcony in the second service and get where they belong in the Ekklesia. And, some of us have to help them get there.” (Don Lynch)1

I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.” (John 17:14-16; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Can you imagine Christians, acting as the Ekklesia—the governmental authority of God— in every corner of the culture? Oh, we mostly work in the world now, but we largely hide our faith. We get to repent for our hiddenness.
  • Call forth the bold who will engage the culture! Call forth the creatives, the talented, and the most brilliant minds in Christianity, whom God has called into positions of cultural influence!
  • Call forth the five-fold equippers who are willing to pay the cost to disciple the culture-impactors.
  • Pray that our church-growth models will be replaced with societal harvest models.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I want to sit here and dream with You for a bit. I have been feeling this new boldness coming on the Church. Whether we are the five-fold equippers or the influencers, the Ekklesia is about to open its mouth and roar! We will be heard and seen. No more hiding out inside our church buildings. We will work together to prepare this generation for government, media, arts and entertainment, and other places where the molders of society are. We choose not to relegate those realms of influence to the devil and those he uses. We won’t just pray, we will act. We will speak. We will write. We will change everything around us, as God leads us forth into a new type of spiritual warfare. So, come on equippers, get ready. You have to be ahead of those coming up behind you or they will pass you by. My eyes can see the harvest fields, so white. Come, Lord, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Here come the Believers who are “culture-impactors”!

1 Learn more about Don Lynch here.

Sep 2018

The Importance of the Midterm Elections, November 6th

“The mid-term elections in November are possibly the most important mid-terms that we have ever seen. This election has the ability to completely shift our nation into a great awakening and reformation or see us regress deeper into darkness. We must arise and live out Isaiah 60 for the sake of His kingdom and our Christian heritage. At this time, the giants of the land are trying to taunt us into giving up and going home. As I write this, we are seeing a huge power-hungry manifestation of spiritual darkness trying its best to hold on to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, there are more angels on the side of righteousness than there are darkness. We are only one Supreme Court justice away from possibly seeing Roe vs. Wade overturned. (Pray for Judge Kavanaugh.) In order to see President Trump fulfill his destiny of shifting the Supreme Court, he needs a majority of the Senate. There are 35 U.S. Senate Seats up for election.  See those up for election by clicking here.” (Ken Malone)1

Arise, shine, for your light has come,  and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:1

  • Pray—Decree that darkness will NOT prevail in this land.  
  • Pray for conservative leaders to be elected on state and national levels.  
  • Decree the VICTORY OF THE LORD over America.
  • Activate—Do not be passive. Be aggressive in seeing this nation turn to the Lord.
  • Be Bold—The Lord told Joshua that in order to possess the land he had to be courageous.  (Joshua 1) Speak out. Do not fear!
  • Go to your county government seat and pray.
  • Vote—Go and vote and encourage others to vote as well.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we say that darkness will not prevail in this land! Righteous leaders who fear You, honor the U. S. Constitution, and will represent the people of their districts well, are those we want to elect to political offices across America. We don’t want those who will expand the enemy’s agenda of humanism, ungodly moral practices, and anti-Christian sentiment. We declare Your victory over America! We will pray and act to get Believers to the polls and involved in the political process, as the results can bring peace and righteousness into the land. Make Your Church as bold as Joshua and the armies of Israel were when they went in to possess the land. They stayed close to You and fought for all You said was theirs. Remove all fear from us as we move into these uncomfortable arenas. We choose to go to our city and county government buildings and pray for all who work there and serve us. Also, we will vote and make our voices heard—helping to advance our nation toward a great awakening and reformation. Honoring Jesus’ sacrifice, amen.

Today’s decree:1

Through our aggressive prayer and action, we can see a continued victory in America!

Learn more about Ken Malone here.

Sep 2018

The Importance of Prayer Coupled With Voting

“Cheryl and I have been praying and prophesying into civil government since 2003.  Our involvement in government came through a dream Cheryl had in November of that year.  We have worked in both state and national assignments to see America return to its Christian roots.  Since 2000, His Ekklesia (the Church) has seen great victory through prayer and action. We have also seen times in which we lost ground through our inaction.  In 2008, the night of the election in which Obama took office, Wolfe Blitzer of CNN said this, ‘If the evangelicals could get their act together, they could run this nation.’  This is so true. According to Psalm 115:16, He has given the earth to the sons of men. At this time, we have gained ground on both state and national levels. Now it’s time to go into prayer war mode again.  We cannot back off or rest during this midterm election.” (Ken Malone)1

The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.” (Psalms 115:16; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Ponder Psalm 115:16 in light of taking responsibility for the earthly environment in which you want to raise your children and grandchildren.
  • Are you tired of the atmosphere that actively tries to shut Christians up, allows homosexuality and transgender activities, and promotes abortion?
  • Decide to take responsibility for the part of the earth realm the Lord has given to you as your arena of influence – your family, your neighborhood, your schools, your city, your state, and this nation.
  • Ask God how you can pray for each of your areas of influence.
  • Intercede for the Church to wake up, pray and vote!
  • Encourage your Christian friends to vote. You can start by posting this link on Facebook. You can click on the various tabs (Senate, House, Governor, State) to see your state’s races.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You have made it pretty clear in Your Word that You want Your people to involve themselves in the things of the earth. You gave us the earth for our provision, but you also want us to involve ourselves in the matters of the earth, such as in government. Just like we would relegate the earth to weeds and pollution if we did not nurture it, so we relegate culture to humanism and Godlessness if we ignore government.  We eat the fruit of what we refuse to take dominion over in accordance with Genesis 1:28. I choose to engage the culture in my family, my neighborhood, the schools near me, my city, my state, and this nation. Teach me to pray over each of these areas within my sphere of  influence. I call the Church to wake up! Intercede! Get to the polls and vote, lest what we abdicate rules over us! I choose to encourage my family and friends in this as well, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We call America’s Christians to pray and vote!

1 Learn more about Ken Malone here.

Sep 2018

Patriot Day, 9/11/18

9/11. Forever, we will remember! This is a day that America can never forget! The psyche of this nation was altered when terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Center’s tallest buildings, into the Pentagon, and into a field outside of Shanksville,  Pennsylvania. Every year, my thoughts go to the family members and close friends of those that were maimed and those that died. Over 6000 were seriously injured. Many were left with permanent scars, both physically and mentally. Some died as heroes. Some died as innocent victims. The terrorists died deceived. So many stories. So much emotion. The world may seem like a much less safe place since that day, but we will keep our eyes fixed on the Lord as our Protector and Defender. We will finish the work He has given us to do, and we will make His name known across this land.

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If you are reading this before 8:46 A. M. EDT, join the nation in observing  a moment of silence, remembering the 2,996 people lost in the multiple attacks.
  • Pray for those who are still struggling physically or emotionally as a result of wounds received that day.
  • Intercede for the thousands of individuals, families, and friends of those that were wounded or died on 9/11. Ask God to continue to reveal His love and grace to them. Pray for their salvation. The enemy would seek to have them push God away, but stand in the gap for them to see and know Jesus’ love.
  • Intercede that the families of the terrorists involved would find salvation and comfort in Jesus Christ, if they have not already.
  • Call for faith in Jesus Christ to rise up in His people and push all fear off this nation. Fear is the enemy’s tactic to stop us in our tracks. Those who know His love will not fear, but will expand His Kingdom across America.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, we humble ourselves in prayer today and remember so many lives lost and forever changed on September 11, 2001. It was so long ago, but it seems like yesterday. It was one of those days that becomes etched in our hearts and minds. We remember the exact circumstances of that long day. We remember the fear and the questions and the losses. We intercede for those who were hurt or lost loved ones and are still struggling. Please let them know how much You care about them. May they know Jesus—the healer of their hearts and minds. May they know the depth of Your love and care for them. Holy Spirit, draw the perpetrators’ loved ones to the cross, as well, for You are no respecter of persons. They need Jesus, too, and were brought to our minds for intercession because of that infamous day. Our nation feels less safe than it did before 9/11. However, Your perfect love casts out all fear. Send revival to America. Break the power of the enemy to lay a blanket of fear across this nation! We have a harvest to bring in! In Jesus loving name, amen.

Today’s decree:

With our eyes fixed on Christ, we say there will never be another 9/11 in America!

Sep 2018

Passion-sized Weapons

“If we are going to forge warriors in God’s Kingdom, we must also forge weapons that they can wield. We are going to have a generation that requires a new design, a new schematic, a new tactical design for their warfare. The weaponry is going to shift in the new era. You’re going to say, ‘I already have plenty of weapons.’ Get yourself wall displays and get ready to mount them, because God is going to put some new weapons in your hand. You are going to be like David. Once he got the sword of Goliath, you never see him with a sling in his hand again. God will give you a weapon as big as your passion!” (Don Lynch)1

The weapons we use are not human ones. Our weapons have power from God and can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments, and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read 2 Corinthians 10 and Ephesians 6:10-18.
  • Ask God to give the Body of Christ fresh revelation on “weapons of our warfare.” What weapons does God forge?
  • Intercede for the exchange of weapons that is coming. Pray that the Church will be willing to lay aside slingshots, so we can learn to wield the swords of the Goliaths we have conquered.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, thank You for Your Word! It is a treasure to my heart! As I read 2 Corinthians 10 and Ephesians 6:10-18, Holy Spirit, teach me. Show me things I have never seen before about the way You are equipping me to engage in spiritual warfare. I pray that the Body of Christ will cooperate with You in this season of Divine exchange. How can we move forward in Kingdom expansion, unless we are willing to lay down old weapons and old ways of thinking. Fill our hearts with Your passions and Your dreams! Stir our hearts to be excited to pick up the swords of our vanquished enemies! Why would we even want to try to fight with slingshots when we are given the might to lift our enemies’ swords? Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree:

God is giving us weapons as big as our passions to take down the giants of this nation!

1 Learn more about Don Lynch here.

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