WHAT IS THE TRUE SOURCE OF LIFE?

F04E5AD0-37D0-49E2-BFDC-368BA9914270EZEKIEL 47:1: “After this, he brought me back to the doorway to the Temple. To my amazement, there was water flowing out toward the east from beneath the threshold of the Temple! (The Temple faced eastward.) The water flowed down from beneath the right side of the Temple, that is, from the south-facing side where the altar was located.”

OBSERVATION: What is the true source of life? Isn’t it amazing when we realize that what is true in the natural is often equally true in the spiritual!? And what a wonderful picture we find of this truth in Ezekiel’s vision of the river flowing from the restored Temple of Jaweh, and directly from the exact location of the altar! This vision is repeated in the book of Revelation.

  • “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This pure river of water, the water of life, is the Holy Spirit of God! Jesus proclaimed to his disciples on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles:

  • “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” ‭‭John‬ ‭7:37-39‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Now think of the comparison between the natural and the spiritual! We would never think about trying to live without water. In fact, man can survive a great while without food, but he cannot survive without water. Here is an interesting fact – in adults, about 60% of their entire body consists of water! That is amazing!

However, an equally amazing fact is how often we try to live life in our own strength, and neglect the “water of life”. It is so easy to rely on our own understanding and make things happen in our own power and strength. Yet, truth be told, this is even more foolish than trying to survive without physical water. In essence, we become dead men walking without the power and presence of the Holy Spirit daily in our lives.

  • “So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Zerubbabel had led the first group of Jews back to Jerusalem following the Babylonian captivity of 70 years. He had erected the altar, and laid the foundation of the Temple. However, mountains of rubble stood as a reminder of the enormous task that lay ahead. How could they rebuild such a great structure from broken and charred rubble? The answer – it would not be by might, nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit of God!

Whatever we are facing – God’s “river of life”, the Holy Spirit, runs from His throne to our lives. The Holy Spirit comes to bring us life, teach us God’s Word, guide us in the pathway of righteousness, and empower us with God’s Grace! Just as we cannot live without physical water, we cannot live without the “water of life”! We need the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit in these last days more than ever before! This is not a day to live parched and dry. This is a day to be immersed in the wonderful river of God!

  • “Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:14-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Lord, I do not want to live ankle deep, knee deep, or waist deep in the “river of life”. Grant me the grace to jump in completely! Jesus, fill me anew with the Holy Spirit. Let me drink freely and fully from the “river of life”. Help me to walk in full surrender to the Spirit’s guiding, and to live in the full empowerment of His presence in my life!

In Jesus Name!

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WILL MY DREAMS EVER COME TRUE?

4781DDD5-61DB-4440-BAAC-BDB02563CFFDEZEKIEL 37:4-6: “Then the LORD told me, “Prophesy to these bones. Tell them: ‘You dry bones, listen to the message from the LORD: “(5) This is what the Lord GOD says to you dry bones! ‘Pay attention! I’m bringing my Spirit into you right now, and you’re going to live! (6) I’m going to grow tendons on you, regenerate your flesh, cover you with skin, and make you breathe again so that you can come back to life and learn that I am the LORD.’” (ISV)

OBSERVATION: Will my dreams ever come true? This is a question I am wrestling with as I read these verses. When I speak of dreams, I am not referring to my own desires, but the dreams and visions that the Lord has spoken into my life. Many times they seem out of reach – like a valley of dry bones.

This vision of Ezekiel is a wonderful reminder of what role I play in the fulfillment of God’s plans for my life. God brings a prophetic word or promise to my life, but then what? This is where the challenge begins, and where I can learn a very important lesson from the valley of dry bones.

The valley of dry bones represented the nation of Israel, and God’s promise of her restoration. However, the valley of dry bones can also speak to us of the disappointment of our unfulfilled visions and dreams from the Lord. We know that God has spoken to us, but when we look out over our life it seems like a valley of dry, disconnected bones. How will our visions and dreams come to life?

The common mistake I have made is to begin to try connecting the dry bones myself. In other words, since God is not doing things on my timetable, I will give Him some help. Have you ever made that mistake? I have learned that when I try to do God’s work, it never ends up very well. I may have some moderate success in connecting some of the bones, but it never produces the life that I am hoping for. So what do I do?

I need to acknowledge the valley of dry bones. I need to realize that I can never fulfill God’s vision and purpose for my life in my own strength. I need the power of the Holy Spirit! But there is something I can do. I can prophesy to these bones! I can speak the word and promises of God that He has given to me over these dreams and visions. This is affirming what God has said, and trusting God to bring it to pass. This is what Ezekiel did!

  • “So I prophesied, just as I had been ordered to do so. Immediately there was a noise and a rattling—and then all of a sudden the bones came together by themselves! Each bone came together, all of them attached together!” (Ezekiel 37:7, ISV)

When I first came to Weatherford, Texas in 2003, God spoke some wonderful promises into my heart. I came to preach to a church that had closed, and was told there might be a remnant that would gather together for a restart. The Sunday I came to preach there was 1 person in attendance. Yet, during that service, the Lord began to give me a vision of a vibrant and growing church. I saw the dry bones, but God saw a living church. He called my family to pioneer this work, and for years all I could do was prophesy to the dry bones.

Then something wonderful began to happen. God began to knit a small handful of people together and He gave us a common vision and dream for what is now called The Fellowship at Weatherford. He brought new life into our hearts, and renewed our vision whenever it seemed to dim. Today, The Fellowship is a growing and vibrant family of faith that is reaching out to our community with the love of Jesus Christ in many different ways. People are engaged in ministry, filled with love and caring for each other, and have a vision for the lost in both our community and our world.

It did not come in my timing. There were moments when I grew discouraged and wondered if God’s promise was ever going to come true. Yet, the word that He gave me in 2003 was His promise, and He has watched over it to bring it to pass. He will do the same for you! Our job is to trust in the Lord, and prophesy (proclaim) His promises. His job is to bring it to life!

Lord, there are still many valleys in my life that have yet to come to life. Yet, this morning I choose to prophesy to these dry bones and trust You to bring them to life! You are always faithful, and you will always fulfill Your promise – in Your timing!

Dry bones – live!

In Jesus Name!

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AM I WILLING TO “EAT” GOD’S WORD?

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EZEKIEL 3:1-3: “Then he told me, “Son of Man, eat! Eat what you see—this scroll—and then go talk to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth and he fed me the scroll. Then he told me, “Son of Man, fill your stomach and digest this scroll that I’m giving you.” So I ate it, and it was like sweet honey in my mouth.” (ISV)

OBSERVATION: Am I willing to “eat” God’s Word? This may sound absurd, but this is exactly what the Lord told Ezekiel to do. The Lord gave the scroll of His Word to Ezekiel and he said – “Son of Man, eat!” It is hard for me to contextualize this into a common every day observance. When was the last time someone handed you a Bible and said – “Son of Man, eat!”

Yet isn’t this exactly what Jesus said to the enemy of our souls, when He was tempted in the wilderness?

  • “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:1-4 NKJV)

And in John 6, Jesus made it even more personal.

  • “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35 NKJV)

Jesus came to this earth as the express image of the Father. Everything the Father said, Jesus said. Everything the Father did, Jesus did. Jesus did not come to do away with some of the law. Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. Jesus came to affirm – ALL OF GOD’S WORD!

  • “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20 NKJV)

So, I am faced once again with my original question. Am I willing to “eat the scroll”? Am I willing to look at the whole counsel of God, the entire revelation of Scripture, and embrace the Scriptures that bring me joy, and also the Scriptures that call me to the cross? We live in a “promise verse” Christian culture. We pick and choose the verses we like, and dismiss the verses that either make us uncomfortable, or that we disagree with. However, when you “eat the scroll” – you cannot pick and choose!

Now, no one is advocating that we literally “eat” our Bibles. However, if we are not spiritually “eating the scroll” – we are not truly and fully partaking of the “Bread of Life”. We are not called to follow a “Jesus Light,” or a Jesus of our own making. We are called to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood. We are called into full communion with Him – both in the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings. We only achieve that when we live in the full counsel of God’s Word – for Jesus is the Word of God! Paul eloquently prayed,

  • “…That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11 NKJV)

In days filled with evil and violence, when the hearts of men are growing cold, and when believers seem to lack both the power of God and the perseverance of faith – we need to “eat the scroll!” We need to pay the price of full and complete discipleship. This only comes when we surrender fully to the “whole counsel” of God’s Word.

Lord, fill me anew with Your Holy Spirit of truth. Guide me in the Scriptures to both understand Your “full counsel,” and understanding give me the grace to immediately and joyfully obey. Help me walk in both the power, humility, and wisdom of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

In Jesus Name!

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THE TRUE ESSENCE OF “SUCCESS”…

0AF162A5-34B0-474E-BC34-D8E7600DD032-6671-00000805A3C053AFREVELATION 2:10: “Don’t be afraid of what you are going to suffer. Look! The Devil is going to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested. For ten days you will undergo suffering. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the victor’s crown of life.” (ISV)

OBSERVATION: What is the most misunderstood concept of Christianity in our Western culture? I believe it is the concept of what it means to be successful. Somewhere in our affluence, we have overlaid the concept of wealth and ease over the definition of true success. The common thought is this – If we are walking by faith, then we will be living in abundance. This is the picture of success for the world, why should it be anything different for the believer?

When one reads the Bible honestly, it is hard to continue to hold such a view. The paradox of Scripture is quite clear. Jesus said,

  • “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:24-26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So if true success is not found in “gaining the whole world”, then where is it found? It is found in faithfulness! The Church of Smyrna was a small persecuted church. To everyone else they appeared to be poor, broken down, and suffering. Yet, to the Lord, they appeared quite differently.

  • “To the messenger of the church in Smyrna, write: ‘The first and the last, who was dead and became alive, says this: ‘I know your suffering and your poverty—though you are rich…”. (Revelation 2:8-9, ISV)

In the Lord’s eyes, the first and the last, the one who was dead and became alive – they were rich! This proclamation was not referring to worldly riches. It was referring to the riches of their faith in Jesus Christ. There are two things you will never find in a persecuted church. You will never find a lack of vibrant faith, or an abundance of complacency.

The Church of Smyrna was rich in faith, and their faith was shown in their faithfulness!

The call to faithfulness is not a call to simply hang in there so that you can get what you want. The Biblical call to faithfulness is the call to endure in faith – no matter what. Jesus told this small, yet rich church, that they would be persecuted for a period of time. Yet, if they were faithful until death – they would receive the victor’s crown of life. This did not mean that they were all going to die in the persecution. It was simply a call to be faithful to the end – no matter what!

Paul is a model of this call to faithfulness. He endured great suffering for the cause of Jesus Christ, yet he did not waiver from his calling. He learned in every situation to walk in faith. Paul was faithful when he was in want, or when he abounded.

It was not about what Paul had – it was always about Who had Paul!

  • “…To which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭1:11-12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)
  • “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

Paul, like the Church of Smyrna, was looking forward to the reward of true success. It is not a crown of gold, silver, and precious jewels. It is the Crown of Life that the Lord Jesus Himself will place on each one who has walked in faith – until death. It is the reward of those who finish the race of life in faithfulness. This is the true measure of success!

Lord, grant me the grace to be successful today – by walking in faithfulness to Your commands. May I truly seek first Your Kingdom in all that I do, and may I hunger for Your righteousness in all that I am becoming. Lord, help me to be faithful!

In Jesus Name!

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AMERICA STANDS AT THE CROSSROADS…

2545369A-7B97-4C90-9138-E98E51A7898D-6391-000007A5A7A82A9DJEREMIAH 7:3-7: “This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Change your ways and your deeds, and I’ll let you live in this place. 4) Don’t trust deceptive words like these, and say, ‘The Temple of the LORD, the Temple of the LORD, the Temple of the LORD,’ 5) but rather, truly change your ways and your deeds. If you truly practice justice between each person and his neighbor, 6) and if you don’t oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow, and don’t shed an innocent person’s blood in this place, and if you don’t follow other gods to your own harm, 7) then I’ll let you dwell in this land, the land that I gave to your ancestors forever and ever.” (ISV)

OBSERVATION:America stands at the crossroads. This is the thought that rushed to my mind as I read these verses from the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah was proclaiming the Word of the Lord to a rebellious nation (Judah) who was falsely trusting in their heritage and position. They were the chosen people of God, and they had the Temple. Surely judgment would not come near their door!

I think the Church in America may be in danger of having the same attitude as the Nation of Judah. We trust in our religious surroundings, and in our national heritage. Surely judgment will never come near our door. Yet, this is a false hope and assurance. We cannot hope in things that are made of brick, wood, stain glass, or tradition. We cannot take ease because our flag is made of red, white, and blue, and we have been victorious for these many years. David proclaims in the Book of Psalms,

  • “The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭33:10-12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

We are not saved by our history, by our military, by our economic status, or by our false security in piety. A nation is only preserved when God, the Creator of the Universe, is Lord! This is how our nation began. The founding fathers knew this principle and it is evident in all of our founding documents. Yet, just like the nation of Israel and Judah, time and time again we drift away from this truth. And just like Judah we cry – “America, America”(“The Temple of the Lord, The Temple of the Lord”), as if this alone will save us. David goes on to write,

  • “No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭33:16-17‬ ‭NKJV)

I am not a doomsayer. I am an optimist by nature. I always believe in, always hold out for, the best to come to pass. Even now I am praying for a great awakening in our land. In reading the history of past great awakenings, the spiritual condition that existed in America was just as bad as the one that exists today. God is full of lovingkindness and great mercy. Judgment is His strange work, and restoration flowing out of repentance, is His heart. Yet, we cannot simply cry out “Peace, Peace” – when there is no peace. We must call all men and women to seek the Lord, while He can be found.

God did not preserve His own Temple simply because it was built in Jerusalem. The nations of Israel and Judah refused to repent, and the glorious Temple that Solomon had built finally laid in a rubble of burnt wood and broken down stone. Ultimately America will repent – or America will cease to be the America I have known and loved throughout my lifetime. Like Jeremiah it grieves my heart, and I do not write this warning lightly, or with any satisfaction.

I realize that repentance is not the job of our nation as an entity. Repentance is the job of the individual. Repentance begins with my heart and life! Lord, search me this morning and try me. If there is anything in my life that is displeasing to You, grant me the grace to turn from it in true humility and repentance, and turn fully to You. Help me to love only You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Bring revival to my heart, and let me be a flame of Your love that ignites others to turn to You in their lives.

LORD, BRING A GREAT AWAKENING TO OUR LAND ONCE AGAIN!

In Jesus Name!‬‬

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AM I FASTING FOR THOSE IN NEED?

FCD1D606-8713-41FC-B017-8FC1A4007ED1-5699-000006696E44190FISAIAH 58:6-9:This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The GOD of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, GOD will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” (The Message)

OBSERVATION: Am I fasting for those in need? Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is lost in most of the church. And just like those to whom Isaiah was addressing, for those who do fast it many times becomes a spiritual exercise that is directed at getting something from the Lord for oneself. When we face extreme difficulty, or a great need – we may turn to fasting and praying for direction, asking the Lord to provide us with an open door. There is nothing wrong with this, but if our fasting is only this, it will become an action that is unacceptable to the Lord.

When we think of fasting we think of giving up food for a period of time. The Israelites loved to do this, and it became a show for them. Jesus addressed this in His Sermon on the Mount.

  • “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:16-18‬ ‭The Message‬‬)

Fasting is to be between an individual and God, never a show of religious piety to impress others. And fasting is also to be an action of love and compassion toward others. This is what the Lord, speaking through Isaiah, was saying to Israel, and is also saying to us! If fasting is denying ourselves of something so that we can seek God, fasting for others is denying ourselves so that we can truly love God – as we love others!

Isaiah, speaking the Word of the Lord, makes fasting a very tangible act of love! There is no question about the fast that the Lord desires. Here is the list from these verses in Isaiah:

  • Break the chains of injustice
  • Get rid of exploitation in the workplace
  • Free the oppressed
  • Cancel debts (this was directed a loans with interest that were made to their fellow Jews)
  • Sharing your food with the hungry
  • Opening your home to the homeless (providing shelter)
  • Putting clothes on the shivering
  • Being available to your own families (both in time and provision)

The Jews were complaining that they were humbling themselves before God, fasting regularly, and God was not listening to them. God’s answer – “You are being very religious, but you have forgotten to love.” This sounds very familiar to something Jesus said to the Church of Ephesus.

  • “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out. But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall! “Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.” (Revelation 2:2-5 The Message)

‭‭Hard work and religious piety are important – but they can never replace tangible love! God did not look down from heaven and shout with a megaphone – “I LOVE YOU!”

  • This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” (John 3:16 The Message)

Beloved – if God so loved us, we should also love one another! (I John 3:16). With the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with the hungering around the world, with the poor in our own Nation, and with all the injustice and oppression we see every day – WE ALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER INTO THE FAST THAT THE LORD DESIRES!

The question is – WILL WE?

Lord, give me a compassionate heart for the lost, the oppressed, those who are victims of injustice, for the hungry, the poor, and the needy. Let my compassion be a tangible expression of worship through generosity in both my finances and my practical assistance. May I stand up for the truth, and may I truly love others – like You loved me!

In Jesus Name!

(If you want to make a donation to help Foursquare Disaster Relief who is giving aid to both the Texas Gulf Coast, and now to Florida, go to http://www.forsquare.org/fdr . God Bless!)

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A PRAYER FOR HURRICANE IRMA AND HARVEY…

JOB 37:11-13: “He also loads the clouds with moisture, scattering his lightning with the clouds. It whirls about in circles at his direction to accomplish all that he commands throughout the surface of the entire world, whether for discipline on his land or to demonstrate his gracious love, he causes it to be realized.” (ISV)

OBSERVATION: Lord of all Creation, Sovereign God, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and as we watch Hurricane Irma rushing to the Florida coastline – I cry out to You for mercy. I acknowledge that You are God, and that with just a word You can calm the strongest storm.

Our sins as a nation are many. In the scales of justice we deserve discipline and judgment. However, You are a God of compassion, rich in mercy, and full of loving kindness. Turn these storms into an opportunity to display Your mighty power and to demonstrate Your gracious mercy and love.

I pray that as a nation we would lay down our swords. In the Civil War we killed one another with military weapons. Brother against brother, we died for our anger toward one another. Now we are battling again with words of hate and anger. Many are taking up weapons and inflicting physical harm. We have not learned from the past, we are repeating it. Only a sovereign outpouring of Your Holy Spirit can turn us back toward You once again.

Pour out Your Spirit again on this land. Bring another Great Awakening. Turn our weapons of hatred and anger into tools of love and forgiveness. Save to the uttermost. Deliver those who are oppressed. Give sight to those who are blind. Bring forth a mighty revival that will turn millions of hearts throughout this world back to You.

Lord, we humble ourselves under Your Mighty Hand. Forgive us, heals us, protect us, and deliver us from evil. Rise up and speak “…Peace be still…” to the storms we face, both on our seas, and in our land. Pour out Your mercy upon ALL in the pathway of Hurricane Irma, and upon those rebuilding from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. We ask this in sincere prayer, O God of all Creation!

In Jesus Mighty Name!

  • “Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” ‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭7:12-16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
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