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26
Feb 2020

Finding Our Identity in Him

God wanted me to be a student of  the Word, a teacher, and a writer. I had to be the kind of person who could spend long hours alone, not needing a lot of outgoing, social life. He knew I would live a lot of my life on flights and in hotel rooms. He knew I would study for hours and hours, and write for hours and hours. So, He created me with a personality that is okay with that. I enjoy the quiet and the solitude. I would much rather be off by myself studying than engaging in chit-chat. Chit-chatty people are strange to me, but my quietness may seem strange to you! Doesn’t matter. It’s what God wanted.

If God had not dealt with the thing in me driving myself to clown around in large groups trying to be accepted, I would never have shifted into who I really am. Maybe I would have spent my entire life trying to meet a need in me to get people to like me, and missed who I really am. That’s a scary thought to me. I want to be who I am. I want to be free to be who God made me to be. 

Hear me. This is a completely different way of dealing with identity issues than you may have been taught. There is nothing psychological in this. This is spiritual warfare at its root. Not knowing the love Jesus has for you is an open door for the enemy to come in with all kinds of fears. And he will twist and turn and cause your brain to think like he wants you to think about yourself, until you don’t even know who you are. You will find yourself working very hard in some way just to survive. Satan will steal your identity, kill your true self, and destroy your destiny. This will eventually keep us from sharing the Gospel in the realms of influence He created us for.

“Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is 

for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” (1 John 4:18; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Declare, “I want to know Your perfect love for me, Lord! I want to be confident in Your love for me.”
  • Say, “Your perfect love for me drives out all fear, which the enemy uses to keep me from knowing who I really am in You.”
  • Decree, “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!”
  • Intercede for the Bride of Christ, the army of the living God. Intercede for a fresh revelation of His love, such that all fear to share the Gospel falls away.
  • Pray for great, massive outpourings of His love in revivals across the nation. 

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I need to know Your perfect love for me. I struggle when I cannot feel You and feel like I cannot find You. I want to know Your perfect love for me, Lord! I want to be confident in Your love for me. Your perfect love for me drives out all fear, which the enemy uses to keep me from knowing who I really am in You. I want to know who I am, so I can do what You created me to do. I want to be perfectly positioned by You in the career or other place You have designed me to be. Let’s get to work on any hindrances. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!

You reveal Yourself to the Church through Your Holy Spirit and through Your Word. Make these our deepest friends. Make our hearts long for You in the pages of Your Book. Where we resist You, love us into wholeness. We can help each other become whole and get going in the right direction. We will share Your Gospel more boldly, if we are confident of Your love. Let great massive revivals of Your love sweep across America, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Knowing how perfectly God loves us will remove all our fear, draw us to Jesus, and will release the true identity of the Church!


25
Feb 2020

Reversing the Effects of Fear of Rejection

If you struggle with fear of rejection, you will always manipulate. You will try to control people and circumstances. Show me an agressive, controlling person, and I’ll show you there’s a root of fear somewhere in their life. They may not even know it. 

I once knew a successful businessman, who was very articulate, had a great job, great marriage, and great kids. He had been a successful football player. He had started into that career, then an injury prevented him from continuing. He told me that when he was with the Dallas Cowboys they told him he was the most aggressive player they ever had. In football, that’s good! He went on to say that all his aggression was fear-motivated. He said just that week God had been dealing with him about fear in his life. You would have never known this man was controlled by fear.

Sometimes fear of rejection causes a shyness, but sometimes it results in aggression. I experienced both. Initially, my fear of rejection made me very introverted and shy. Later, I gained a little popularity in school and I became very extroverted, hiding my fear behind the extroversion. For a while, I thought I had overcome my fear of rejection, but the Lord showed me, while I was in Bible college, that it wasn’t the case. It was deep inside of me. I couldn’t see it until God began to reveal it to me.

So, I’ll say it again, “Show me a person who is really aggressive…” They might be very successful in business or their career. But, a lot of that success might be born out of something that is driving them to succeed. They might be driven to perform in a way that makes them okay with who they are. A successful person can often justify the aggressive actions they take to get there. A lot of “excellence” is motivated by fear. Criticism can’t be accepted. Fear causes us to need to be in control and strong. A person who has overcome this has a gentle spirit, even if they are still really good at what they do.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • You can’t just decide to change your personality, whether you are super shy or if you are aggressive and controlling. Even very introverted people can be controlling and manipulative. You have to let God deal with the fear at the root. Pray about that now.
  • Are you peaceful and quiet in your demeanor? Do you feel like you need to make something happen, or are you able to pray and wait for God to work things out His way? We absolutely should act when God says, “Go,” but who is really driving the activity?
  • Read Philipians 4:6-7 above and let the Holy Spirit minister to your heart.
  • Intercede for pastors, ministry leaders, business leaders, and government leaders the Holy Spirit may have brought to mind as you prayed for your own situation.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, You have told me through Your Word that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. You made me the exact way that I am for Your Divine purposes. I can’t do a thing about the fact that I am quiet or outgoing, tall or short, gifted with gab or better conversationally one-on-one. All of these things and so much more are Divine. I accept those things. Somehow, though, the enemy tries to pervert who each of us were created to be by using fear against our minds. That alteration often causes us to be nothing like You want us to be. Rather that patient and kind, I may be impatient and hurtful. I can see some of my weaknesses, but not all of them. I also want to be sure that the things I consider my strengths are the things You designed to be my strengths. If there is any crooked place in me, straighten it out, Lord. I will participate with You in that. Help me to rest in You in the quietness and confidence of Your love for me. I have nothing to prove.

I also intercede for [pray here for those the Holy Spirit has laid on your heart.] I intercede, as well,  for President Trump. Lord, let Him encounter the overwhelming and life-changing power of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, lead, guide, and direct him. Check his words and tweets, so they are truthful, but not hurtful. God, You are powerfully using this President. Minister to the deep-seated fears in His life, and let him know the depths of Your love for him, so he can govern with righteousness and justice until You release him from his task. Thank You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:


A peaceful and gentle spirit comes from being confident in Christ’s love for us.


24
Feb 2020

Types of Fears

There are many types of fears:

  • Fear of falling – we are born with this. It is a gift from God to protect us.
  • Fear of loud noises – we are also born with this fear and it is also a gift.
  • Fear of death – the Bible tells us we do not have to fear this, if we have received Jesus’ compensation for our sin. He overcame death, hell, and the grave.
  • Fear of loss – of people, of relationships, or of things.
  • Fear of rejection – this is a big one that many people deal with. It causes insecurity, clinginess, or emotional distance. 
  • Fear of public speaking – this is also very common, but it may have different root fears. A fear of rejection caused me to fear public speaking. Talk about robbing someone of their destiny! When I was young, I would freeze and my mind would go blank. I could sit across a table and talk to someone, but I couldn’t speak publicly before even a handful of people. I couldn’t even remember my name on one occasion. The humiliation I would feel would reinforce the fear. Eventually, a stronghold was built.
  • Fear of failure – often linked with a fear of rejection. 
  • Fear of change or of the unknown – can be fear of the unfamiliar, or of leaving what is familiar. This is in part what Abraham was dealing with.

These are only a few, but enough for us to examine ourselves.

Dealing with some of these can cause us to run and hide. We try to stay away from certain situations or structures. Fear can paralyze you. Israel’s army was paralyzed by its fear of Goliath. When you get to that point, there is no amount of will-power you can draw on to get you through the situation. You are just stuck. The result is that you can’t act. You can only react. You can’t be who you should be or do what you should be doing.

“For I am the Lord your God Who holds your right hand, and Who says to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I will help you.’” (Isaiah 41:13; NLV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Take a minute and worship the Lord. He is worthy of our worship! We always want to first come to Him grateful and worshipful!
  • From that place of openness to the Holy Spirit, look at the list of specific fears above. After reading the comments, can you see where some are God-given, but most are enemy-driven? Let the Holy Spirit show you if there is a very specific fear the enemy is trying to use to derail you and your destiny.
  • Sometimes we can see the fear from the fruit.
  • Look up some Bible verses on how God delivers us from fear. Read Psalm 23, Psalm 91, and 2 Timothy 1 to start you out.
  • Let His words melt away any fear. 
  • Declare, “Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.”

A prayer you can pray:

Oh, God, I love You and worship You. You are so worthy. I love You so much, but I know You love me more than I can ever fathom. The more I truly know Your love for me, the more fear must loose its hold. Having a revelation of Your perfect love casts out all fear. As I read through the list of specific fears that the enemy could be using to abort my destiny, speak to me. Show me where the attack against me is really rooted. Show me why I am afraid of that specific thing. Show me the fruit of the fear, so I can watch for it in the future. Give me Bible verses to counteract that root of fear, so I can take the sword of the Spirit and defeat my ancient foe. Let me grow confident in Your love and in the comfort of Your Word. You were fighting for me the day You wrote it! You knew what my battle would be and You already designed a way of deliverance. I am so thankful! Lord, even when Your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for You already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of Your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for You are near, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Therefore, I will not fear, but I will trust in the Name of the Lord my God who saves me.


23
Feb 2020

Watch Out for Generational Iniquities

Let’s talk about the difference between sin and iniquity. We’ll continue to use the example of Abraham. A sin is an act. An iniquity is a tendency toward that sin. Iniquities are weaknesses or bents toward a sin. God tells us that those weaknesses or iniquities are often passed on to our children, even to the second and third generation. If you jump over to Genesis 26 from Genesis 20, you’ll see that Abraham’s son, Isaac, did the same thing his dad did. He lied about his wife, Rebekah, being his sister. He even lied to the very same king—Abimelek. In verse 7, the Bible says that Isaac did this because he was afraid he would be killed. Sound familiar? 

The manipulative, conniving nature in Isaac was passed right on to Jacob and onto some of his sons. The Bible tells us that some of these sons never got free of this. The ones that did were ones God had to take into a tremendous encounter with Him. He took them into a season where they really had to deal with that stronghold until He could break it off of them. 

It is important for us to know that when we have weaknesses that become strongholds, most of the time, that stronghold will not be limited to you. It will affect others. It will come through the way you act toward others, and at times may pass right through your bloodline. It is very important that we deal with these things with the help of the Lord.

“When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, ‘She is my sister,’ because he was afraid to say, ‘She is my wife.’ He thought, ‘The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.’” (Genesis 26:7; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read the stories in Genesis 20 and Genesis 26 and compare the sins of father, Abraham, and the son, Isaac. 
  • Ask the Lord if there is anything going on in your life that has been passed to you from a father or mother, and if that is an iniquitous pattern that could be, or has been, passed to a child.
  • Beginning with repentance, let the Holy Spirit guide you in routing the sin and iniquity from your life.
  • Forgive your parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) and intercede for your child(ren).
  • Say, “The Lord is faithful to deliver me from all of my fear, sin, and iniquity through the shed blood of Jesus.”

A prayer you can pray:

Father, thank You that You recorded these stories in Genesis 20 and 26 for us to see the sins of the father visited on the next generation. When I study it out, it is astonishing how Isaac’s sin is identical to Abraham’s. I must accept that there is a reason You put this story in there, beyond just showing Your people two examples of sin. There is a clear generational iniquity happening here. I will be still a minute, so You can show me if there is generational iniquity in my bloodline that the devil can take advantage of. Show me if that iniquity has passed to my child(ren). Jesus, forgive me for that sin in my life. I forgive my parent(s) (grandparent(s)) for opening a door to sin in our family line. I thank You that the blood of Jesus can save our family from that iniquitous pattern. I plead that precious blood over my children and ask You to save them, eternally, and from any generational strongholds. You are more than able to save, heal, and deliver! You are faithful to deliver me and my parent(s) and my children from all fear, sin, and iniquity through the shed blood of Jesus. We will rejoice in that and know that whom the Son sets free is free, indeed! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will invite God to deal with our  iniquities, so our children and grandchildren will be free! 


22
Feb 2020

Don’t Let Fear Abort Destiny

Remember that God had just given Abraham and Sarah a promised timeline to conceive and bear a son. Now, we have this story in Genesis 20 where Abraham gives Sarah to Abimelek saying she is his sister. The Lord intervenes and Abimelek not only repents, but discusses with Abraham the reason for the deception. Abraham had been dealing with fear. As a response to Sarah being in Abimelek’s household, God had shut all the wombs there. Once God had these men sort everything out, and Abraham has confessed his fear, God opens the wombs of all the women of Abimelek’s household. I believe that included Sarah’s. 

Now, nine months after this, Sarah conceives and bears Abraham a son. 

Abraham was so close to losing the promise God had made him. It was right around the corner. He had a three-month window where he could have lost it entirely due to his ongoing, undealt with fear, which was leading to sin and a building a major stronghold in his life. If God had not intervened, Sarah would no longer be Abraham’s wife. She would belong to Abimelek. There would have been no Isaac. 

I think the Lord sent Abraham to Gerar knowing that this was in Abraham. Maybe He thought, “I have got to deal with this in this man. If I don’t deal with this now, sooner or later it is going to destroy him.” Think about this… If a guy is willing to give away his wife, he has got a pretty major stronghold. Now, think about this… There is probably no human being on earth that impacted history and the earth more than this man, who began the nation of Israel with a promise given from God.

“Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.” (Genesis 21:1-2; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Worship the Lord for His ability to save us—not just eternally, but in our life’s circumstances—over and over again!
  • What would have happened if a man named Mordecai Ham had been afraid to preach the Gospel? Billy Graham may never have been saved. Millions brought to Christ through Billy Graham’s preaching may have never known the Lord, either. Think about this for a minute.
  • Do you think your destiny might affect the destiny of others, or the destiny of a place? Think about that for a minute.
  • Say, “God, break my strongholds down! History may be dependent on it.”
  • Now, consider the connection of each Believer’s destiny with others. Intercede for the Body of Christ regarding this. 

A prayer you can pray:

[In your own words or with your own song, worship the Lord for His goodness to you.] Father, You are the One I look to for salvation and deliverance from every work of the devil against me. You are determined to do everything You can do to keep me on Your track. I love this story of Abraham. I never thought before about how he almost messed up his own life, his promise of Isaac, and the long-term promise of establishing Your precious nation, Israel, just because he was afraid. Wow. That is really sobering. When I think about others that may have even aborted the destinies of others and the destinies of nations, it makes me really want to press into you. We really aren’t here to just love a nice life and hope we make it to heaven. We really are here for more than that. We really are here to do more than see men, women, and children ask Jesus into their hearts. We are here to fulfill Your purposes. And, God, we can trust You to give us what we need to make it to the end! You intervened in a dream to the ungodly king! You made him confront Abraham! You saved Sarah from being a victim of Abraham’s falsehood, so she could conceive Isaac. You are faithful to deliver! The Church needs You to do this. Miracuously deliver, Jesus. I need this. Break my strongholds down! History may be dependent on it. Amen.

Today’s decree:

Let God deal with your fear, so destiny can be fulfilled!


21
Feb 2020

Trusting the Lord When You Can’t See Where You’re Going

In Genesis 18:10, God came to Abraham for the last time to announce to him that He was going to give him a child through Sarah. At this point, Abraham and Sarah had been waiting 24 years for this promise to be fulfilled and had completely given up. They were both old. She was barren, and she had been so her whole life. Now God came and actually announced the timing. Before, He had just frustrated them, because He said He was going to do it and they expected it soon. Nothing happened. At this particular visitation, the Lord said, “At this time next year, Sarah will have a son.” 

In Genesis 20, something bad happens. It is one of the low points in Abraham’s life. He and Sarah with all their earthly goods travel through Abimelek’s territory and he becomes afraid. Abraham gave Sarah to Abimelek to save himself and his property. God came to Abimelek in a dream and said, “You’re a dead man, because she is a married woman.” Abimelek feared the Lord and asked Him to please save his nation, because he did so innocently. He had also not yet had a physical relationship with her. Abraham had become afraid and lied to him. God acknowledged that what Abimelek was saying was true and that He was going to keep him from sinning against Him. So, God told him to restore her to Abraham and he would live. 

Then, Abimelek asked Abraham why he would do such a thing. In verse 11, Abraham said, “Surely there is no fear of God in this place and I thought you would kill me because of my wife.” All your life you have heard sermons on Abraham leaving all that he knew and going to a place he had never been, just trusting in the Lord. Even though he had enough faith to do this, there was a piece in his heart that was really struggling. He was afraid, and he had asked Sarah to always say she was his sister wherever they would go. Going into unfamiliar places and circumstances was causing fear to manifest. This was a turning point moment for Abraham. But, God set things up to deal with the fear, then He intervened.

“Abraham replied, ‘I said to myself, “There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.” Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, “This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, ‘He is my brother.’”’ Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimelek said, ‘My land is before you; live wherever you like.’” (Genesis 20:11-15; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Has the Lord ever asked you to do something that was out of your comfort zone? Maybe He has asked you to go to a strange city or start something new. Think about how you felt. Did you happily go or did you need to wrestle a little with fear?
  • If you know you tried to work things out for your life on your own and it made a mess, just repent.
  • Has the Lord given you a promise that is not yet fulfilled? Could there be any fear holding back the fulfillment?
  • Think about a fear you struggle with now. Could it be holding back your destiny?
  • Ask the Lord to turn your fear into a blessing, like He did for Abraham through Abimelek.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, I’m so glad You put this story of Abraham’s humanity in the Bible. It exposed his sin, but we can see how You moved to correct his iniquitous heart. You even blessed him! Go deeper into my heart today, Lord. Show me what You need me to see. When have I resisted You because I was afraid? When have I refused to go where You told me to go, because I couldn’t see past the fear? You can deliver me from all my fears and get me on Your track for my life. You are the One I love. You even heal my heart, so I can love You more and receive Your love more. Forgive me when I have given into fear and made a mess. Keep me on Your perfect path. Fulfill Your promises to me. Don’t let anything stand in the way! Redeem the time and the circumstances I am in as a result of giving into my fear. Turn things so far around that I am even blessed by them in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God wants His people to fulfill their destinies. Be not afraid!


20
Feb 2020

Dealing With Fear

I want to talk to you about how we prosper personally. I do not necessarily mean financially, but in our personal well-being. I’m talking about God’s desire to bring us into wholeness. This is linked to our ability to move forward into God’s purpose for us. To advance. We could talk about a lot of things that hold us back. We can talk about different kinds of sins or problems, weaknesses, doubt, unbelief, fear, hope deferred. All those things are legitimate. But fear is what I think is the most prevalent thing holding us back. Fear keeps so many people from experiencing all that God has for them. Even if you don’t think you are affected by this, open your heart to it. I think there are very few people who are not touched by this in one area of their lives or another. I think this is much more prevalent than we realize. 

There were several years of my own life where I was controlled by fear, and I didn’t know it. I just thought it was my quirky personality. God began to show me in how many ways my personality was formed by fear of rejection. I am going to talk about fear in a broad sense, because many of us are touched by it, but we fear different things. I’ll be using Genesis 20 with references to Genesis 18 as our springboard into this discussion. We’ll look at the example of Abraham. Now, you know that mostly the testimony of Abraham is good. God has a lot of wonderful things to say about Abraham. However, there was a point in his life that fear almost cost him the destiny God had for him. 

This is the guy called “the Father of Faith”. He made it into the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith” passage. That doesn’t change the fact that there was a point in his life where fear almost destroyed what God wanted to do through him. (To be continued.)

“When I needed the Lord, I looked for Him; I called out to Him, and He heard me and responded. He came and rescued me from everything that made me so afraid.” (Psalms 34:4; VOICE)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read Genesis 18 and 20. Ask the Lord for revelation as you do. Don’t just think “Oh, I know this story.”
  • Ask the Lord what fear may be holding you back if you don’t already know.
  • Do a brief Bible study on that fear and ask the Lord to apply those scriptures as a sword to it. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!
  • Declare, “When I needed the Lord, I looked for Him; I called out to Him, and He heard me and responded. He came and rescued me from everything that made me so afraid.”

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I desire to fulfill all that You have planned for me. I want to experience Your full blessings. I do not want the enemy to divert me from what You have created me for. As I read and study Genesis 18 and 20, speak to me Holy Spirit. Open my eyes and show me what I haven’t seen before. I think of Abraham as one of the most faith-filled men in the Bible. His life is such an example of faith for us. He trusted You to fulfill Your promises, even though it seemed like You tarried. We know, of course, that he was very human and he struggled to wait. Where was fear involved? Show me. Show me my own stronghold of fear, if there is one. Help me be willing to hear You. Use your Word to carve it away from my heart until I fully trust You. Love is the antidote to fear. When I know how much You love me, I won’t be able to fall into the enemy’s fear-traps. Deliver me, Jesus. When I need you, I will look for You; I will call out to You, and You will hear me and respond. You will come and rescue me from everything that has made me so afraid. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God is faithful to deliver us from all our fears!


19
Feb 2020

Not Fearing His Life Unto Death

“Just thought I’d share this Black History story about a new Christian hero of mine. While ministering in Cartersville, GA, I heard a remarkable story of a slave preacher and church planter named Jeffrey Milner. Jeffrey Milner was a slave, who preached so powerfully that other slaves were allowed to hear him preach. One day he preached a message entitled, ‘The Truth Shall Make You Free’. Some of the slaves told their masters they were now free, which caused an uproar throughout the county. The slave masters banded together against Jeffrey, and decided to hang him. A gallows was built in the town square for that purpose.

“With the noose around his neck, the mayor asked Jeffrey if he had any last request. He replied, ‘Well, I guess my last words will be my last sermon.’ As Jeffrey began to preach, the power of God fell. People began to weep uncontrollably, and some fell to the ground. The mayor of the town said, ‘Where are your accusers? I find no fault in you!’ And, Jeffrey was released!

He became a church planter in Georgia, and two of the churches he planted are still here today. One is Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where on their website they give their account of Jeffrey Milner.” (William Ford, III)

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Revelation 12:11; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Church, are you as bold as Jeffrey Milner was?
  • Read Revelation 12:11. Notice the part often left out when it is quoted, “and they did not love their lives to the death.”
  • Ask the Lord to deal with any fear you have to share His Good News with others. It is harvest time!
  • Intercede for the Church to overcome the enemy in every regard, whatever it takes!
  • Find another hero of the faith you didn’t know about and learn from them, as well.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, there are heroes of the faith, right in American history, that we are not aware of. Thank You for Your Word and all its stories. There are so many more heroes of the faith throughout history. Thank you for people like Will Ford who You lead to unearth these historical treasures for us. Those like Jeffrey Milner are true examples of the faith in many ways. Most of us today can’t imagine the daily threat of life that slavery held. And, we certainly are not threatened with hanging when we share the Gospel in America today. The anointing on Jeffrey broke yokes of bondage and set free those who didn’t know Satan had enslaved them! Mostly, we can share freely. Lord, why don’t we take advantage of the freedom we have? How quickly could the name of Jesus be glorified if we would get beyond our fear—of name-calling, of reputation-diminishing, of lawsuits. We are even afraid that the Holy Spirit will manifest as He did at Mr. Milner’s hanging sermon. Forgive our embarrassment at Your sovereign movement on the hearts of men. Look! It did not result in Jeffrey’s death, but his willingness to let You be You resulted in his freedom! Father, help us to glorify Your Son, Jesus, and see the lost saved and the Church grown! Amen.

Today’s decree:

May we be so bold that no threat stops our sharing His Gospel!


18
Feb 2020

Overcoming  in Extraordinary Battles

“Personally, there have been attacks in the last year from the inside and outside that I didn’t see coming. Can you relate? There have been major attacks on my body, church and ministry. I’ve had close friends totally misunderstand me, loved ones pass away, family members stricken with illness, etc. I could go on and on. I believe that some of you can as well!

“What I’ve noticed throughout this particular battle is that those who really love you will support you through it all. I am grateful for them and you should be too. During this time, you may experience a spirit of loneliness, even while you’re among a group of people. This is a major part of Satan’s strategy. He wants you to believe that you’re all alone in this unusual war, but I’m here to tell you that you’re not! 

“Though this attack is not ordinary, you will make it through. The secret is found within your decree. Though the attacks are coming fast and hard, you must consistently decree the Word of God, by faith, to counteract the assault of the enemy! When words are decreed, they are established.

“Along with that establishment comes power. When combined with the matchless and mighty name of Jesus, you become a force to be reckoned with; a threat to the kingdom of darkness. It’s your season to put the devil on the run! This is the time that he will run (flee) from you instead of the opposite way around. Glory to God!

“I want to encourage those who are going through the same unusual war that I am, ‘This too shall pass!’ The Lord is always with you even through this warfare that is not ordinary. You will make it through! Please understand that losing a battle here and there does not mean you’ve lost  the war. Jesus won every war, just for you.” (John Veal)

“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” (Job 22:28; KJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for new prophetic voices rising up to encourage the Body of Christ in this season of strong spiritual warfare.
  • Thank the Lord for this encouraging word by John Veal. Intercede for him to overcome in his needed victory, even as you decree your way through yours.
  • Rally yourself! Don’t grow weary! Don’t let the enemy steal your joy! Don’t let the enemy isolate you! Encourage someone else who is in a tough battle, too.
  • Declare, “This battle may be tough, but through it I am learning much about overcoming Satan’s tactics. This too shall pass!”

A prayer you can pray:

God, it is amazing how many new prophetic people are coming onto the scene. It is as if You are Holy-Ghost highlighting them. You are making room for their voices, because their gift of encouragement is so needed right now. This season of spiritual warfare has been so hard. John Veal is one of those new voices. We thank You for him. We can relate to what he is saying. As he is encouraging us, we ask You to answer his prayers for breakthrough. Holy Spirit, carry his decrees to the mark they are intended to hit, Let him see the answers to every one of his prayers. God, let our faith arise and our enemies be scattered! We will encourage ourselves in the Lord! We will run and not be weary. We will walk and not faint! We will see the salvation of our God! We will encourage one another, writing and calling and texting each other to remind each other of God’s promises to us. We will help each other, and through that love and unity, we are going to see victory after victory. Our battles may be tough, but through them we are learning much about overcoming satan’s tactics. This too shall pass! Thank You in advance for the victories, Jesus! Amen.

Today’s decree (by, John Veal):

“It’s our season to put the devil on the run!”

Excerpted from a Word on the Elijahlist. Learn more about John Veal here


17
Feb 2020

A Blessed Nation

From President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address:

“Think of this Capitol. Think of this very Chamber, where lawmakers before you voted to end slavery, to build the railroads and the highways, and defeat fascism, to secure civil rights, and to face down evil empires.

“Here tonight, we have legislators from across this magnificent republic. You have come from the rocky shores of Maine and the volcanic peaks of Hawaii; from the snowy woods of Wisconsin and the red deserts of Arizona; from the green farms of Kentucky and the golden beaches of California. Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history.

“What will we do with this moment? How will we be remembered?

“I ask the men and women of this Congress: Look at the opportunities before us. Our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. Our most exciting journeys still await. Our biggest victories are still to come. We have not yet begun to dream. We must choose whether we are defined by our differences or whether we dare to transcend them. We must choose whether we squander our great inheritance or whether we proudly declare that we are Americans.

“We do the incredible. We defy the impossible. We conquer the unknown.

“This is the time to reignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make.  I am asking you to choose greatness. No matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together.

“We must keep America first in our hearts.  We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise, and the light and the glory, among all the nations of the world.

“God bless you.  And God bless America.”

“And My people (who are known by My name, who will) humbly pray, follow My commandments, and abandon any actions or thoughts that might lead to further sinning, then I shall hear their prayers from My house in heaven, I shall forgive their sins, and I shall save their land from disasters.” (2 Chronicles 7:14; The VOICE)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank the Lord for the amazing diversity of people, and of beauty, of resources, and of innovation, that is the United States of America.
  • Call forth the very best this nation has to flourish and thrive and be blessed.
  • Ask the Lord, “How will we be remembered? How will this generation of Americans be remembered? How will this President and this Congress be remembered? Will this be a season remembered for its blessing the nation, or for bringing a curse on it?”
  • Ask the Lord to bless the United States of America to be a blessing – to those who are citizens, and to those in other places who interact with us.
  • Say, “This is the time for us to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make. God, bless America!”

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, America is a unique and wonderful nation. We are a nation diverse in our ethnicity, our beauty, and our resources. We are innovative and creative. We are a nation of leaders. We are thankful to be able to live here at such a time as this. How will we be remembered? How will this generation of Americans be remembered? How will this President and this Congress be remembered? Will this be a season remembered for its blessing the nation, or for bringing a curse on it? We want to be a blessing, Lord. We want to give more than we take. We want our blessings to advance Your Kingdom on the earth. We must have a grace to walk in a greater measure of love and unity. We are too divided. This is the time for us to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make. God, bless America! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We will pray and we will repent. He will hear, and He will bless this great nation.


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