THE MOST RELUCTANT CONVERT: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis in theaters Nov. 3

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COLLATERAL BLESSINGS #6: A 79-year old widower in Kansas

When COVID-19 hit, our friend Mylo in Manhattan, Kansas, assessed the extra time he was spending at home and made what turned out to be life-changing decisions.

  1. “I had never been a reader but I decided to make a point of it. I read 35 books and read the Bible cover to cover for the first time.
  2. “I thought I was a pretty good Christian but on reading the Bible I realized–Holy cow! I’m coming up a little short! I decided to start tithing my income (giving 10%) to Christian organizations and paying back people I was indebted to. I donated to three churches and the organization for fibromyalgia, the disease which had taken my first wife’s life. A long time ago when my wife and I lived in Pennsylvania, there were two years when we were broke. Our Sunday School class arranged for someone to come by our house each month and give me an envelope. I had never paid them back. So I did now. They thanked me and said they were donating the money to a food bank!
  3. “I heard a sermon on forgiveness. I realized there were people I hadn’t forgiven. There was a man named Bill I hadn’t forgiven. At one point I hated him so much I wanted to pummel him against a fence. I thought, If I forgive him, I can’t keep hating him. I was driving home one day and lo and behold there was Bill hitchhiking. I pulled up alongside him, opened the passenger door and said,, “Come on in. How’s your day going?” He was really surprised. I found out when I chose to forgive, it was easy to change my attitude toward him.
  4. I also went out of my way to stay in touch with people I couldn’t see in person. That brought so many blessings, I count them every day! You can always find a blessing. There are always going to be tragedies but it’s how you react to them–. Ten percent of life is what happens to me and 90% is my attitude toward it. I want to let go of everything holding me back from living the life God gave me.”

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COLLATERAL BLESSINGS #5: Afghan refugees in Iran

The world is still reeling from the Taliban’s takeover of the cities and villages of Afghanistan.  But, even as the situation in Afghanistan is dire, God is still at work. In these last weeks, we have heard beautiful stories of how He is moving in the hearts of Afghan refugees:

One church has reported 8 baptisms of Afghan refugees who have come to faith in Christ.  An Afghan boy in a refugee camp who recently came to Christ has read through his children’s Bible multiple times already. His Afghan parents are now evangelists.

In refugee camps around the world, Iranian believers are finding opportunities to share Jesus with Afghans in their shared Persian language.  And in the midst of the turmoil we see in the Iran region, new believers – both Iranian and Afghan – are still eager to be trained and equipped in their faith. One of our trainers described the students in this way: “Their desire, their passion, their love is unparalleled.”

As 3-month and 2-week training courses continue to take place, more and more believers are being trained to share the Gospel of Jesus. Even as the world gives us many reasons to lose heart, we can take courage that God is still writing a story of hope and redemption for the Iran region.

Please pray:  For the many Afghan refugees around the world, that the Lord would meet them in their distress. That Iranian believers would continue to reach out to the multitudes of Afghan refugees in need of the hope of Christ. That those trained would grow in wisdom and skill as they serve as evangelists or church planters across the Iran region.

Grace and peace,

David Yeghnazar
Executive Director
Elam Ministries https://www.elam.com/

P.S. Would you join us for 40 Days of Prayer for Afghanistan on Elam’s Facebook page? You can find it here:  Elam Ministries | Facebook
 
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COLLATERAL BLESSINGS #4: Worldwide, in the midst of pandemic, persecution, displacement and economic collapse

ALBANIA – The pandemic has created an unprecedented level of openness to the gospel. Local missionaries have begun using text messages and social media along with their evangelistic meetings as the country that is less than 1% evangelical adjusts to COVID-19 restrictions. Workers need donations for the tools, training and means to bring the gospel to hurting people… reeling from COVID-19, economic paralysis and an anti-religious history.

PHILIPPINES – COVD-19 has left the poor without jobs and more destitute. Workers are distributing groceries to slum-dwellers, food to street children and school supplies to kids from indigent families. . . Ethnic Manobo villagers in a remote area recently heard the gospel for the first time when local missionaries established a base among them, and many of the tribal people committed their lives to Christ. Workers visiting homes elsewhere found people suffering from the coronavirus pandemic were unusually receptive to the gospel.

CHINA – People going through hard times have more questions for local missionaries than they did before the pandemic, which workers are answering through texts, phone calls, Zoom talks and small groups, bringing people closer to Christ. Ministry team leaders are being trained online, with many of them discovering and trying new ways to plant churches.

SPAIN -The leader of a local ministry’s refugee center met a woman who fled her country because her husband had tried to kill her and her daughter. A few days after hearing the worker speak of Christ’s love, she and her daughter put their faith in Him, became ardent evangelists and now have one of the most fruitful house churches in the area. . . Refugees from Syria, Iraq and other countries in conflict are not only parents anxious to provide a safe environment for their children but young singles and even minors who have no resources for shelter, food or health care. Local missionaries help minors with legal counsel and referral to government shelters for youth. The food, baby formula, clothing, integration help and other services they provide to all refugees can mean the difference between life and complications that lead to death.

SRI LANKA – While COVID-19 prohibited most local missionaries from going to the lost, many people came to workers’ house churches and received divine healing and salvation. A lame woman came to a prayer meeting and walked out praising the Lord. “In spite of the COVID-19 problem, God is working in a wonderful way,” a ministry leader said. The father of a physically and mentally ill boy lost his job to the pandemic, and when they visited a church and accepted Christ, the son was healed, and the family soon bean a new business.

NEPAL – Two families who belonged to a sub-Christian church and had long resisted the gospel often argued vehemently with a local missionary. The worker continued meeting with them and persisted in proclaiming the salvation of Christ, and over time the Lord changed their hearts. The families now worship Christ at the local missionary’s church. Throughout the country, local missionaries recently led more than 100 people to Christ, with discipleship taking place mainly through phone and video call amid a country hard-hit by COVID-19. They request prayer for safety and provision as pandemic lockdowns continue.

TURKEY – Even the few refugees who can find work in a pandemic-ravaged economy are barely surviving and frequently call local missionaries asking for help. Workers provide food, water, and other aid, along with hygiene items such as disinfectants, soaps and masks. In so doing they develop bonds of trust and respect and are able to reach more people with God’s Word.

LEBANON – Local missionaries have seen their responsibilities increase in the wake of economic collapse and last year’s Beirut port explosion; among other needs, frightened children of displaced families swelled the numbers involved in a program for kids. Amid the needs, workers established several new house groups. one worker delivered food packages to a refugee father in tears as he was unable to feed his family; the man said the aid was an answer to prayer and prayed to receive Christ. Pray for resources to re-hire staff member laid off due to the economic disaster.

PAKISTAN – In spite of pandemic lockdowns, local missionaries went to several villages and shared the gospel with 1,500 people

INDIA – A woman who suffered a form of insanity for six months was healed after prayer by local missionaries, and then she and her whole family put their faith in Christ. Another woman who was depressed and anxious for 25 years also trusted in Christ and received healing. In the face of coronavirus lockdowns, two or three families come together for worship, and many also pray for each other over the phone. Among other outreaches, local missionaries screened gospel films in 49 places and proclaimed Christ in 881 new villages over a six-month stretch. Pray the Lord will show them more ways to be salt and light.

NORTH AFRICA – COVID-19 has revealed the vulnerability of the working poor; with the pandemic eliminating many jobs, they are even more dependent on food from local missionaries. Mothers unable to afford two meals a day are especially thankful as they come from near and far to obtain food for hungry children. Such aid keeps parents from sending their kids to beg in the streets and helps young students to succeed in school.

ARMENIA – Families displaced after attacks by foreign forces last year were grateful when local missionaries provided food, clothes and Christian literature to 150 families. A Christmas outreach provided 650 gifts to impoverished children, and workers are helping more than 90 poor families with coronavirus-related medical costs, utility bills, clothing and food. Local missionaries request prayer for peace in the country and encouragement and safe travel for workers.

SYRIA – Amid economic ruin and military conflict, local missionaries find many Syrians are displaced within their own country. While providing aid, workers have innumerable opportunities to proclaim Christ and disciple those who receive Him. Pray for recovery of staff reduced due to skyrocketing inflation.

NIGERIA – People living in the shadow of Islamic extremist violence and COVID-19 saw a bright spot in their lives when local missionaries provided six boreholes to provide clean water, raising sanitation levels and reducing water-borne diseases.

IRAQ – A young doctor had nothing but contempt for local missionaries when they led his parents and sisters to Christ, but when his mother and father were dying of COVID-19, he asked the workers for prayer, When both parents suddenly recovered, he knew it had to be more than a coincidence, and he now worships Christ with them and shares his testimony with others at his hospital.. . Many people infected with COVID-19 have sought the Lord amid their suffering, and local missionaries have guided them to Christ. Workers shared the gospel in home visits, special church meetings and aid distributions, among other ways, and 12 families recently accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. In addition, a program to teach the Bible to children led to 64 of them putting their faith in Christ. Many church meetings were held online due to the pandemic, and workers trained family heads to lead small services for those without internet access.

JORDAN – Refugees from Syria, Iraq and other troubled countries arrive having suffered unimaginable loss and tragedy. The help they receive from local missionaries gives them hope for survival and the tools to restart their lives: educational supplies for kids, medical care, job skills training and Bible study. Teams visit refugees in their run-down homes every day to share the gospel. Workers also meet myriad physical and spiritual needs of local Jordanians. They request prayer for strength and wisdom as they face health needs and tough economic times.

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Since founder Bob Finley noticed how effective native Christians were in making disciples of their own people, Christian Aid Mission has placed a priority on assisting ministries that are strategically sharing the gospel with unreached people groups. Vetting these ministries includes background and reference checks and personal visits from organization directors, and the accountability process is ongoing. Please consider a donation to help Christian Aid Mission find, evaluate and support the local missionaries who are doing the most to make disciples of the remaining unreached peoples. Pray that workers will be encouraged by support from the worldwide body of Christ. https://www.christianaid.org/

(Jessica – Supporting pastors and missionaries who already live in a given people group and speak the local language makes so much sense and is so much more cost-effective! We are used to the colonial pattern of spending many years and thousands of dollars teaching our people to learn a language and the customs of a people group and send them, often entire families, to that country. There they have to begin from scratch learning to live in a culture foreign to them and building relationships. CAM can equip men and women to do what they are already doing more effectively–providing money for food, Bibles, wells, school supplies, medical aid, or providing a bicycle or motorcycle to expand the reach of the gospel where it is already being shared.)

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ANOTHER HERO STANDS UP TO HER SCHOOL BOARD: Mother reads sexually explicit library book to board members

by Steven Ahle

The mother of a high school student showed up at a school board meeting and read from a book he got from the school. It was a filthy book about two fourth-grade boys who performed oral sex on each other. The mother was appalled by the contents of the book and she let them know exactly how she felt about the school allowing this type of book being made available to students, her son in particular.

Her daughter is in the fourth grade.

It seems ridiculous that schools ban Dr. Seuss, but allow this type of garbage to be had by students of any age.

Parents must be more vigilant today as teachers try to introduce them to this smut at an early age and to indoctrinate them about per-verted sex. Kids begin having sex too early these days and having books like this one is the main reason why. It’s time to toss school boards and the teachers out on their ears.

Here is what she read to the school board:

“This is my son, Cameron. He attends Leander High School and I’m going to explain to you the book that he received… Last week I asked my children if I could check the books that they’ve picked up from the school.

“My son picked up this brand new book from the shelves in class, “Lawn Boy”. He was under the impression it was about a kid that ends up with a gig mowing the grass at Disneyland. I’d like to share a few quotes with you…”

NOTE BY JESSICA: WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE LONG PARAGRAPH SHE READ ALOUD. I CAN’T BRING MYSELF TO PRINT IT HERE– IF I DID, MY BLOG WOULD BE SHUT DOWN! I don’t want this disgusting stuff in my head–and I don’t want the graphic language and descriptions to attract pedofiles and other per-verts to my blog. I misspell certain words here to keep the censors away. But apparently this is what it is going to take–reading this smut aloud to school board members, or even parents–to shake them into BELIEVING THE TRUTH of what public schools are doing to our children, convincing them we WILL NOT TOLERATE it and getting them to GET RID of it.]

This brave mother finished reading the paragraph to the school board and continued, “In addition, I’ll share with you the exceptional quality of vocabulary, I stopped counting on page 66 After 44 f*cks, and 41 sh*ts. The depravity of the content on the shelves in our schools cannot be mitigated with policy.

“At this point, I need you to know that according to policy FH, local sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, sexually motivated verbal or nonverbal conduct, or other conduct or communication of a sexual nature, when the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity or otherwise adversely affects a student’s educational opportunities or creates an intimidating, hostile educational environment.

“What sort of educational environment do you think the plethora of sexually graphic books create for my children or for any child for that matter? This is not a thing for fourth graders. Who normalizes sex acts between fourth graders? I’ll tell you who.

“Pedofiles.”

Jessica: I aAPPLAUD THIS BRAVE MOTHER!

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CHEERS GREET OHIO MAYOR’S ULTIMATUM TO SCHOOL BOARD: “Your educators are distributing child porn in the classroom. Resign or be charged!”

From several sources


“Members of the board, my name is Craig Shubert. I’m the mayor of this city. It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom. I’ve spoken to a judge this evening and she’s already confirmed that. So I’m going to give you a simple choice: either choose to resign from this board of education or you will be charged. Thank you.”

The deliberate perversion of the morals of our children by liberal, Marxist and LGBTQ+ radicals, quietly chipping away at the foundations of our educational system, began decades ago. Some students are now daring to disobey teachers’ commands “not to tell” their parents the shocking and disgusting things they are being forced to learn and do in class. Some parents are beginning to expose school boards–some parents are even RUNNING for school boards to get them back to basics. And one Ohio Mmyor had the guts to stand up and call out his entire Board of Education, demanding their resignation.

On September 13, Mayor Craig Shubert stepped into the discussion between School Board members and parents of students at Hudson High School. He demanded every member of the School Board resign their position or face child pornography charges over an assignment given to students. His message was very short and very direct (see above).

He told board members he spoke to a judge who said the “642 Things to Write About” assignment amounted to the distribution of “essentially what is child pornography.” The writing prompts including sexual content like, “write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom,” and “rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you’d let your mom read.” It is not clear whether the assignment rises to the level of a crime, though Shubert relayed that a judge believed it did.

Monica Havens, a former teacher and the mother of a high school senior who received the assignment, shared several of the X-rated or otherwise inappropriate prompts at the meeting:

  • “Choose how you will die.
  • Write a scene that begins: ‘It was the first time I killed a man.’
  • Describe your favorite part of a man’s body using only verbs.
  • You have a dream that you’ve murdered someone. Who is it, how and why did the murder happen, and what happens afterward?…
  • You have just been caught in bed by a jealous spouse. How will you talk your way out of this?…
  • Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t…
  • Write an X-rated Disney scenario.
  • A roomful of people who want to sleep together.
  • The first time you had sex.”…

After Shubert’s stern message, parents attending the school board meeting cheered loudly. Reading these accounts of his courage, I cheered with them!

I HOPE TO SPOTLIGHT MORE HEROES MAKING A STAND AGAINST THE DELIBERATE CORRUPTION AND PERVERSION OF OUR BELOVED NATION.

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WHERE SLEEPING BEAUTY WENT WHILE SHE WAS SLEEPING! (See Aug. 17, 18, 19*, 20, 21, Sept. 10 and 11)

“Jesus told me, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know. I have places to go you have not seen. I have islands to visit you have not been on.’

TROY MARQUARD went home to heaven from the COVID ward of Ogden (UT) Regional Hospital last Sunday.

His wife MERRY went home to Evanston, Wyoming.

I called Merry when she got home, intending to make it very brief. I knew she had been through a lot since she and Troy got sick August 1.

But she ended up talking animatedly for 2 hours about how the Lord has been “orchestrating everything” in their lives, up to and including the loss of her beloved husband. “I just want my Troy back,” she said. I could hear the tears.

But in the next breath she was describing how she could sense him “spiritually and physically,” apparently while they were lying in beds next to each other in the same room, both unconscious, intubated, on ventilators–before Merry was well enough to be moved to rehab. “I could see him. I thought ‘Oh, there’s Troy. He has a nice profile. Come on, Troy, wake up!’ I could see myself lying there, too. At least it looked like me.”

“I had the most vivid dreams I have ever had. I was so busy just lying there! With my eyes closed I could see everything. The Lord told me, ‘The world is passing away. Look to the light. Look at the mast!”

“The mast?”

“It’s coming! It’s coming!”

“Then I saw it–a tall ship.” Merry gazed up at the mast and with its cross tree it seemed to look like a white cross “made of blown glass. I wanted to get on that ship. I saw a pirate-looking guy and he asked me for the password. The Lord told me, ‘You know the password,’ and just as He said that, I did. It was ‘Only by the blood of Jesus.’ He said, ‘You’re right. ‘”

But she could not get on the boat. “I saw the door to the boat and Jesus was standing just inside welcoming people. People who were demented or missing limbs or teeth were getting on the boat and immediately being healed and becoming beautiful again. I saw all kinds and colors of little kids. Everybody was happy. They were gesturing to me to come. It was wonderful. I was marveling. That boat was so cool! I wanted to go on the ship to all those places.”

The scene looked really close but “like through binoculars. I could not get on the boat. It wasn’t my time.” The Lord told her “You’re going to go home soon. I have your back. Hold fast! I have food to eat that you do not know. I have places to go you have not seen. I have islands to visit you have not been on.’

“God is still in control even when it doesn’t make sense,” Merry told me. “He was in control and He was going to take care of me. I even saw Jesus’ face. He had really kind eyes.”

She was moved to rehab to strengthen her legs, arms and voice. “I had been paralyzed for so long [10 days intubated, sedated, on a ventilator} I was excited to be able to move again. The physical therapist told me to walk. It had taken 3 people to get me to the bathroom and back but I saw my children Sammy and Shannon [actually 90 miles away!] across the room calling, ‘Come on, Mom! You can do it!” and I thought, I’m going to have tenacity. I’m going to go for it!” I moved so fast I surprised everybody. The doctor said, ‘I can’t believe my eyes!” I even surprised myself. They were amazed that I recovered so fast.”

In rehab on September 10, Merry heard that her husband had passed at 4:40 that morning.

A friend brought her children to the hospital that day. “I didn’t know how to tell them. I didn’t know how they would react to the news. Run away? Hit the wall?” But God gave her a metaphor. “He showed me a vision of an eagle. Eagles have wings that hold them up. When we think we are alone without Troy, God said He would lift us up and take care of us! He made eagles to soar on the wind!” Merry gathered the three together, sat them down and said, “I have to tell you something. Let’s pray first.”

Then she told them their father had died.

Fighting tears, 14-year old Josh said, “God told me. I woke up at 6:00 and God said, ‘The clock says 4:45. Your father has gone to heaven.'”

Shannon, the 9-year old, said “An angel woke me up about 4:00 and told me, “I am going to take someone you love to heaven!” She described her visitor as having a white robe, golden sandals, blond hair and “big white wings with a little bit of gold on the tips of them.”

Merry is home now and getting better fast. “My brain is getting clearer. My voice is stronger. I can almost make a fist with my left hand and my tongue doesn’t feel as ‘burnt’ as it did.”

When they miss Troy and feel lonely, the family knows they will never be alone. God will lift them up on wings like eagles. They are made to soar with the wind.

They know where Troy is. He is sailing with Jesus to wonderful places, to places he has not seen and islands he has never been on. And someday they will be together again.

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HOPE! “There is a shift occurring and a fresh wind of Holy Spirit is beginning to forcefully blow. Wind of God, come, in Jesus’ name!”

September 17, 2021
By Dutch Sheets


The Showdown

I like to sprinkle in encouraging prophetic words and encounters on the GH15 posts. When I do so, please allow them to do more than just encourage you, however. Use them! Holy Spirit releases these words and promises so we can pray and decree them. Also, as we do, strategies are birthed in our hearts and minds. The following word is from my brother, Tim Sheets, and is very powerful.

“Holy Spirit gave me a vision on August 11, 2021, four days before the impending collapse of Afghanistan started being revealed to the world. On that day, I suddenly became very alert in my spirit and had the feeling I was missing something. I pondered this prayerfully and asked Holy Spirit to reveal to me what it was. After a few moments, I began hearing from Holy Spirit, ‘It’s time for the showdown.’

“I knew Holy Spirit was referencing Elijah’s showdown with the 450 prophets of Baal and the wicked government of Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kings 18). An altar was built with a sacrifice placed upon it and the deity who answered by fire – Yahweh [Jehovah] or Baal – would be proven as the true God. What a showdown!

“The prophets of Baal started the contest pleading with their god all day to answer by fire. They danced, cut themselves to offer blood sacrifices, and begged. No fire was released.

“Then came Elijah’s turn. First, he repaired the altar and, just to make a point, filled the trench around the altar with water. Then he prayed, ‘Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so that these people may know that You, Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back,’ (1 Kings 18:36-37). When he prayed, fire came from heaven and consumed not only the sacrifice, but also the water, dirt, and altar made of rocks!

“Yahweh was declared the only God and the prophets of Baal were killed. Though it was not immediate, the destruction of Ahab’s (and Jezebel’s) wicked government was set in motion. A new government eventually came into the land, as Ahab and Jezebel lost their lives.

“Holy Spirit reminded me of 1 Kings 16:33 (MSG), ‘Ahab made God angrier than all the previous kings put together.’ We see from this scripture God was paying attention. Ahab and Jezebel’s evil government was declared the worst in the nation’s history. The Message Bible calls them ‘Champions of evil.’ The mocking of God, persecution of His people, abuse of power, and breaking of His covenants made Him angry.

“In the analogy Holy Spirit began giving me, Elijah pictures the apostolic and prophetic in our times. At one point in the struggle, God told him He had preserved 7,000 people that hadn’t bowed to Baal, declaring that Yahweh was their God. These faithful ones picture millions in today’s Ekklesia [church, body of Christ] who will not bow to wicked governments or fake gods. They confess that there’s only one King – Jesus.

“As I prayed into this, I began to see other similarities to today: the current showdown is about government changing and God returning to His rightful position. It’s also about the apostolic, the prophetic, and the King’s Ekklesia engaging to bring that to pass. Holy Spirit is anointing His Ekklesia with favor and people from across the nation will follow them in re-establishing God’s rightful place in the land.

“I saw a consuming fire falling in answer to our prayers. Ahab and Jezebel-type governments are going to experience the fire of God.

“Then God showed me a vast army of angel warriors I hadn’t seen before. [Because of his calling and assignments, God often allows Tim to see angels. His book on angels is THE best.] They appeared in long lines, arrayed for battle, wearing shiny breastplates and holding golden bows with bronze arrows. Their countenance was stern and fierce, determined and confident – their eyes were fixed in a stare that could look right through you. The lines of angels stretched as far as I could see in all directions.

“At this point, the vision became more like a visitation. I told the Lord I had never seen these angels and He said, ‘They’ve rarely been seen on the earth, but I’m now releasing them in great numbers, in all the nations.’

“I asked the Lord what these particular angels do and He answered, ‘They guard My glory and honor. They are coming to defend My honor, and prepare the way for My Ekklesia to expand My Kingdom. Those who honor Me, I will honor. They will rise in governing authority to reign with Me. I will increase My Kingdom favor to them and My glory will rise upon them. Words of wisdom, words of knowledge, prophetic unction, My supernatural faith, spiritual discernment, healings, and miracles will increase through My joint-heirs. These angels will assist them in protecting My honor and glory on the earth, and in bringing Me the honor My Father promised Me from the nations.

“‘You will now see the strong arm of the Lord. The aggression of heaven’s warriors will move on My behalf. You will experience the presence of My glory that advances My might to protect, save and strengthen. For I declare My people will now rise in My mightiness and strength. My power will be seen, My wind will be felt. You will feel the “breath wind” of Holy Spirit, the “breath wind” of My Kingdom.

“‘My passion will now infuse My remnant with passion for My cause. I am calling forth My passionate warriors. They will stand and not be shaken. They will display a hope, a confidence, and a faith that does not shake. Passionate warriors of valor are mustering to their battle stations. They have heard My call, along with My angel armies, and are rising in the darkness to push against hell until it literally quakes under My power.

‘It is the season for demons to tremble, not My heirs. Arise and shine in My greatest glory hour. Arise and stand strong in the perilous time. Arise and challenge – with My authority – the abominations of the forever loser. Arise, and with My mightiness reinforcing you, destroy defilement. Dominate defilement and dominate evil. Hear My word, hear My prophetic word, listen to the message I’ve sent in resounding waves. Hear the prophetic assignments I’ve given that are now intersecting their moment.

“‘Arise with Me to reign, says the Lord, for I am rising in this world as never before. I will not be an indifferent bystander. I will rise and thunder against iniquitous roots that mock Me, torching them. I will rise against sin and its destruction. I will rise against idolatry, shaking and removing it. I will rise against governments that disdain My words. I will not close My eyes but will look, see, and judge in fairness. I will not stand down. I won’t relent. I will torch evil. I will not be mocked and I will not be stopped.

“‘My Kingdom’s army will now rise to march with confident valor. Prepared, armed, and backed by My wisdom, might, and resources. They will shift into covenant promises and inherit new territories. They won’t be stymied or stopped. For I will shake down that which blocks, freeing them. My Kingdom will NOT be shaken. Arise, pursue and recover all. For I have promised and I will keep My word. In the midst of turmoil, shakings, and perilous times, My grace will abound. My Kingdom will abound and will win this showdown, says the Lord.’

“In this time of shaking, good is happening. I was impacted by Yahweh’s interesting phrase, ‘breath wind.’ It’s time for the ‘breath wind’ of Holy Spirit to come to you. If you are feeling disjointed or perhaps broken, He knows how to put you back together, how to put you on your feet and make you a strong warrior again. A ‘breath wind’ is blowing all across the nations to revive.”

Pray with me:

“Father, we pray that Your fresh wind would come on Your Ekklesia around the world. Send revival winds, causing us to live again, to fight again. Make us strong, mighty warriors for Your Kingdom. We will stand – fierce, determined, and confident in the authority of our King Jesus.

“We ask for the ‘breath wind.’ Come and breathe into Your people. Breathe life, anointing, and courage into them. Lord, give supernatural strength to rise up, overcome and dominate. We declare that the wind of the Holy Ghost will dominate our adversaries, the forces of hell that come against us. ‘Breath wind,’ come! Come to the boneyard, the graveyards. Breathe life into them. And activate a massive angel force to defend the glory and honor of our King. We ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Our decree:

“There is a shift occurring and a fresh wind of Holy Spirit is beginning to forcefully blow. Wind of God, come, in Jesus’ name!”

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CRITICAL PRAYER POINTS: UNFOLDING AFGHANISTAN CRISIS

Intercessors for America https://ifapray.org/ 800-USA-PRAY

The unfolding crisis in Afghanistan is a growing tragedy. Thirteen U.S. Servicemen dead at the hands of ISIS-K. It’s a humanitarian crisis, a power vacuum, a chaotic withdrawal, a modern-day martyrdom, all of which needs prayer. There is so much going on that secular news isn’t revealing to us, but IFA has received insider intel and spiritual direction. Let’s all come into agreement, speak God’s Word, and believe that He is hearing, He is seeing, and He will act. Prayer and action is needed.


1) SAFE EVACUATION AND RELOCATION

Ask the Lord to continue to make a way of escape for people. They need divine intervention. And as those who are evacuated are relocated to other countries, pray for their transition and safety. Missionaries who are in Afghanistan are seeing firsthand what is going on and are in clear danger, as are stranded technology workers, farmers, aid workers, contractors, and U.S. citizens. Throughout the Bible, wherever God’s people looked outnumbered, God intervened in miraculous ways.

“Remember the great terrors the LORD your God sent against them. You saw it all with your own eyes! And remember the miraculous signs and wonders, and the strong hand and powerful arm with which he brought you out of Egypt. The LORD your God will use this same power against all the people you fear (Deuteronomy 7, verse19).


2) PRAY FOR ANGELIC INTERVENTION AND A HEDGE OF PROTECTION FOR THOSE LEFT BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN.

As there are hundreds still in Afghanistan either as rescuers, missionaries, contractors, Afghani Christians, or allies, pray for their protection. Pray for supernatural help and hope. One ministry reports that Taliban soldiers are seizing cell phones from their own people and if there are any American contacts in the phone are slaughtering their owners on the spot.


“My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies (2 Samuel 22, ver
ses 3-4).


“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha
(2 Kings 6, verses 16-17).

3) DELIVERANCE FOR THE INNOCENT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WHO ARE TRAPPED, BEING ATTACKED, AND EVEN KIDNAPPED.
Pray for the Lord to reveal His mighty right arm of deliverance. Many Afghani people–especially women and children–are being caught in the cross hairs or are a target of violence by the heavy hand of the Taliban or ISIS-K.Pray for them as they endure the harsh and evil new regime. Keep believing God for miracles. Increasingly, contact with these people is being lost, implying the worst.


“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,And Your right hand will save me (Psalm 138, verse 7).


“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18, verse 10).


4) PRAY FOR THE TALIBAN AND ISIS-K TO BE NEUTRALIZED.

In the Bible, there are several stories when God’s people were in fear from being attacked by enemies and God caused the enemies to retreat by supernatural means. He can do it again (Read 2 Kings 7, verses 5-7). PRAY that the Taliban and their actions would be recognized for what they are by the international community. PRAY that ISIS-K would be disorganized and ineffective in their terror plots.


“The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven” (Deuteronomy 28, verse7).


5) PRAY FOR OUR NATION’S MORAL AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP.

Our nation’s military leadership lacked an effective evacuation plan and clearly has not protected Americans. Pray that God would guide and direct U.S. servicemen and women at all levels to make the right decisions. Pray for the families of military members who gave their lives for the cause and their country.


“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” (Proverbs 9, verse 2).


6) PRAY THAT JESUS WOULD REVEAL HIMSELF TO THE MUSLIM PEOPLE.

Pray for the Muslim people in Afghanistan to have dreams and visions and to hear the audible voice of Jesus Christ. May God point them to Jesus Christ as Lord through miraculous healings and deliverance. Many Muslim people are receiving Jesus Christ after seeing Him in dreams and visions. Even the Taliban can be saved and forgiven because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross–and some have!


“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul,why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9, verses 1-4).

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PICK YOUR NARRATIVE (point of view, set of values, interpretation, slant, filter, way of explaining)

Peg led group in worship…

♪ This is the sound of Jubilee… there’s good news for the captive… a proclamation for every soul… this liberty is for the broken, an invitation to be made whole… ♪

Jeannie shared…

Peg didn’t know what I was going to talk about this morning. But God does, and God is absolutely singing it through Peg.

Father, I just thank you that the body knows what time it is. Peg is singing the correct narrative. There are a lot of narratives out there right now. So let’s look at the definition of “narrative.” Every time I read something, I’m always kind of filtering through “what’s the narrative.” A narrative is a way of presenting or understanding a situation or series of events that reflects and promotes a particular point of view or set of values.

What’s the narrative? “That reflects and promotes a particular point of view or set of values.”

There’s a war right now regarding the narrative. And it’s everywhere. It’s in your home. It’s in your business. It’s in your mind. It’s in your heart. It’s been going on from the beginning of time. It started in the garden. God gave one narrative. Satan gave another narrative. And then when we gave into the evil narrative, God redeemed the narrative again with Jesus.

He knows what’s going on and He wants us to know what time it is. He wants us to know what the narrative is. And the narrative is good news. The narrative is victory. The narrative is the Church in on the offense. But I will tell you that the narrative is… it’s time to return to our first love. Because we can’t carry out this narrative without returning to our first love.

I think a big piece is that the Church in America returns to the hunger for God. The hunger to know her first love. The deep dive into the Word. Willing to forsake all others and get with God and fall in love with Him again and be lovers of the lover of our souls. Because when our souls prosper, we prosper. And if the Church doesn’t prosper right now, that’s it.

But guess what? We’re prospering.

How do we prosper? We get with the lover of our souls. Narrative—a way of presenting or understanding a situation or series of events that reflects and promotes a particular point of view or set of values.

You know, we get this narrative right, it can’t be resisted. Are you kidding? We get pulled into the narrative. Isaiah 60 happens! The dark narrative. I mean, it’s pretty apparent the dark narrative right now. But the narrative of the light of God, the glorious Church coming upon us and us being bold in that narrative. Perfect love casts out all fear. The nations do come to the uprising of the glory of God in us. It’s the kingdom narrative! And unless you’re just completely lost forever, it’s pretty impossible for that not to bring you in. Because we’re made for freedom. We’re made for victory. God designed us that way.

Peg continued with worship…

Jeannie prayed…

Father, we listen right now… that you’ve already delivered us… you already have the plan of victory.

We keep moving forward in you and then comes the breakthrough.

Jeannie continued to teach…

Yesterday we read in Isaiah 43… and I didn’t quite catch this until I caught it. In Isaiah 43:18, the Passion translation, “But forget all that, is it nothing compared to what I’m going to do. For I’m about to do something new.” I’ve always thought of it as “move on from the negative.” But if you read the scriptures before that, He’s talking about all the great things He’s done. So what God is saying to us is forget about all those great things I’ve done. Yes, use them to bring into remembrance what I’m about to do and cause it to let your heart be lifted up because I’m about to do even greater things.

So the things that God has done before, they couldn’t even be perceived really. So you’re going to lead the army into the Red Sea and then you’re going to cause the Red Sea to swallow them up. Did any of them have any idea that’s what He was going to do? When Paul was in prison and he started praising God, did he think, “Okay, if I praise God, there’ll be an earthquake. And then the chains on the prisoners will fall. And then they’re all going to come to me and I’m going to tell them to stay in prison and they’re going to listen. And then the prison guards are going to get to know Jesus.” Did he know that?

He is about to do greater things that have never been done before! Imagine if when Paul was in prison, he would have been the conspiracy theorist that just looked at everything that was wrong. Don’t get me wrong. I mean, I get it. Okay. But if he would have had the mindset of, “it’s all going downhill,” this never would have happened. If God would have had the mindset, “it’s all going downhill,” when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, this never would’ve happened. But the God that’s alive in you can’t help but rejoice. We can’t help but rejoice. We are literally in a time of things that have never happened are happening now! Things that we haven’t even heard of… Noah didn’t even know it could rain. He didn’t even know! But he believed!

Peg led group in worship…

♪ This is the sound of Jubilee…♪

Jeannie…

My husband was talking about how when things didn’t go their way, the Israelites would complain. And we were talking about how that was an indication of their intimacy with God. And by the way, I’ve done it. Are you kidding? Yeah. Yesterday. Thanks for calling me out. That’s my husband. Yeah, he was in it too. Anyway.

But after all God had done, it was never enough because the condition of their hearts wasn’t a first-love heart condition.

Prayed…

So, Father, we thank you that the Church in America returns to her first love.

We thank you that you stir up in her a burning desire to know you more for the sake of who you are.

Father, I thank you right now that as your love ministers to us, we become well tooled weapons on the offense… taking kingdom territory.

Jeannie…

Let’s talk about David for a minute. David was a total rascal and he’s still someone that God was crazy about. So I have hope for myself. One thing that David did is … he was taking care of the sheep all the time and while he was out there, he killed the lion and the bear. But why did he kill the lion and the bear in his intimate time with God? Because he was protecting the sheep.

Father, they’re going to know we’re Christians by our love. And those battles that we’re winning and where we refuse to give up, the sheep are depending on us winning… they’re depending on it. The culmination of victories in the Church, encouraging one another and cheering us on. David killed the lion and the bear and it gave him confidence to kill Goliath. But it was because he was doing it from a place of love. He wasn’t doing it from a place of “I want all the credit. I want all the glory.” He was out there with God… just he and God. He killed the lion and the bear because they were going after the sheep. And what was the result? He ended up killing Goliath.

Prayed…

Holy God, we are undefeated in you… we are victorious in you… we take the land… we take this nation… we take this government… we take this city… we take this state… we take back the Church glory to God.

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