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Get Excited About the Small Clouds – A Word of Encouragement

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I’m parenting a child who is afflicted with autism and PANDAS and standing on the Word for his total healing. One of the most challenging symptoms is extreme inflexibility. This is not willful defiance. It’s fear based. His mind will not allow him to do something differently out of an extreme irrational fear it won’t work out. Lot’s of negative ‘what if’ scenarios.

Recently, he was unable to ‘flex’ on an important issue. This inability to adapt was causing him (and me) great anguish. He also said, “God doesn’t answer my prayers”.

Too long to explain, but I laid him down before the Lord in a different and even greater way than ever before, and I prayed the Word over it. In the flesh, in this natural realm, I was getting nowhere and wearing myself out to tears in my futile, reasoning attempts.

There are many other inflexibility issues still outstanding for him, but after I prayed my new prayer of surrender regarding my son, we had breakthrough on ONE thing he was utterly inflexible about yesterday (after almost 48 hours of hell on earth regarding it), and I am SO grateful to the Lord and EXCITED.

The Lord said to me, Remember Elijah and his excitement about the cloud as small as a man’s hand.

“So he (Elijah’s servant) went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.”

And seven times he said, “Go again.” 

Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!”

So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.” 

Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain.”

~ 1 Kings 18:43-45

When his servant reported what he saw, that was it for him. He knew he had the breakthrough, and it was about to pour down rain. A heavy rain.

The Lord says, “Get excited about the small clouds in your life. Celebrate each one because the heavy rain is coming.”

I celebrate this breakthrough. This small cloud because I know the heavy rain is coming. God is our healer. It’s who He is.

In addition, seeds were planted in my son by the Lord that I can prayerfully build on:

  • Flexibility and change can bring blessings and rewards.
  • God gave him ‘eyes to see’ the good that came from change and nothing bad happened when he was able to adapt (even in the very small way it was).
  • God did answer his prayer on this pressing matter, but it just LOOKED different and not exactly how he asked but the answer was still great and showed him flexibility can be good.

This is a huge miracle for my son. Glory to You Lord!!! Glory to my God and my Savior!!!

Pray for the Church

O God, Shake, Break, and Wake the Church

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Prayer

O God,

Shake, break, and wake the Church.

It’s been passive and way out of balance for far too long – either hyper-grace without loving correction or painfully and destructively religious.

The enemy is steamrolling over the church (as His Body) and laughing while doing so. Taking a centimeter of land here, a few feet there, over time, until wicked strongholds are formed, until principalities and powers of darkness have erected permanent structures of pure evil. Um, Planned Parenthood. 

Mighty God, shake the church from its slumber. Its passivity is allowing evil to run rampant in this nation and upon the face of the earth. Little by little, the enemy has been taking ground and normalizing all sorts of wickedness and all You’ve heard from our lips is – ‘grace, grace, grace’, ‘that’s not loving’, ‘I don’t want to offend anyone’.

Lord, give us deeply rooted and abiding spiritual revelation that we are vessels that show the way to turn from sin, to bring restoration and healing – this is true love.

Sin brings death. Leaving others in their sin and allowing the enemy to have them for eternity is the most unloving thing imaginable.

Lord God, break our hearts for what breaks Yours. “O Lord, You are our Father;
we are the clay, and You are our Potter; we are all the work of Your hand” (Isaiah 64:8). Mold and shape us into Your image, keep us on the narrow path with You.

Father, wake us. We prophesy in the name of Jesus, “the hour has come for you to wake from sleep” (Romans 13:11), for we “are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6). Church, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1). God’s people, “Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you” (Revelation 3:2-3). “For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you’” (Ephesians 5:14).

We command scales and veils to fall off the church’s eyes, we command all dry bones to come alive, we loose Your resurrection power to the church.

All in Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.

Warriors for God, please share so prayers stretch everywhere.

Updated/added later, recorded September 2019:

How to Pray for Mothers Considering Abortion, Pro-Life

How to Pray for Mothers Considering Abortion

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Lord, we lift up mothers in the U.S. and everywhere upon the face of this earth even forming the thought to murder their own children through abortion.

And we ask that…

  • Your Holy Spirit draw them, convict them of the sin of desiring to murder their own children, and visit her in every possible way – signs, wonders, dreams, visions.
  • You set up divine appointments and meetings with credible Christian witnesses to point them to the truth. Fill Your witnesses’ mouths with the right words, perfectly suited for these mothers, timely and full of love, mercy, and grace, yet Your whole truth.
  • You give these witnesses words of knowledge so they know You are real. So they know You sent Your people on a mission of love to save them and their children.
  • You cause them to hear the voice of their unborn child calling to them as mother in their sleep.
  • You give them dreams of their children’s faces and that they see their own faces reflected in their innocent babies’, O God. Nothing is impossible with You.
  • You take away their stony hearts and give them hearts of flesh and help them open their hearts to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  • You cause them to know that they know You are their Provider and can easily care and provide for them whether they raise their children themselves or selflessly puts them up for adoption.
  • when temptation comes You provide a way of escape [1 Corinthians 10:13], the eyes to see it, ears to hear it, and the grace and strength to choose it.
  • You provide exceedingly and abundantly for these mommas so they can flourish as they care for these blessings You created.
  • You surround them with love and real Jesus people to be a family to them.
  • If they choose adoption, that You connect them with families that love You and will love their children with the love of Christ and raise them in all Your ways.

It’s in Jesus name we pray, amen.

This pro-life booklet, Mama Don’t You Know?, can be given to a mother considering abortion by warriors who pray outside of abortion clinics or purchased by / donated to your local pro-life / life-affirming pregnancy center, etc.

Available at Amazon

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Share this prayer, and let’s get many praying everywhere for these mommas, and that’s what they became from the moment of conception.

Our fervent prayers will soften their hearts for the Lord and for their own children by moving stony hearts from the bosoms of many.

The movement and cries for justice to abolish abortion MUST be partnered with the fervent, effective prayers of God’s people. It’s so important to pray for hearts.

The Abundant Life

What is the Abundant Life’s Destination? And Why a Life Submitted to the Holy Spirit Shows You the Way

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 

John 10:10

As believers, because we have the Holy Spirit in us, we also have the Word in us:

  • The Father, Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit are one.
  • Jesus is the WORD made flesh [John 1].
  • So again, to have His Holy Spirit is to have His Word in us.

At the same time, we can’t be passive and must stir up the Word by getting in it and being rooted in it, so it’s on our heart and on our lips as we need it – for powerful prayer, to bless others, to answer the attacks of the enemy.

How is the abundant life connected to a life submitted to the Holy Spirit?

Because we are indwelt by His Spirit thus His Word, our hearts long for His Word to come to pass in our lives, for His kingdom ways, for blessings from Abba Father.

This is not a form of the prosperity gospel. A strong desire for an abundant life comes directly from our loving Father because His desire to bless His children is all throughout His Word.  But tied to that strong desire is a knowing that it’s a submitted, obedient life to the Father which causes His blessings to fall on us.

Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.

Luke 8:1

Everything to do with the kingdom of God is good.

An obedient life submitted to the Holy Spirit excites and pleases the Father’s heart because He loves and longs to bless us. 

But Samuel replied,“What is more pleasing to the Lord:
your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.

1 Samuel 15:22-23 NLT

You can read here in Deuteronomy 28 about God’s blessings on obedience. The source of your desire to be blessed and obey Him is His Word. 

It’s not wrong to desire blessings because His Spirit teaches that they fall on us as a consequence of obedience to Him.

Finally, what is the abundant life’s destination?

So the Lord blesses us with natural things, spiritual gifts, abundance on every side and we see that:

  • He brought us there to be a blessing to others.
  • and understand it’s of God to desire His blessings.
  • it’s a lie of the enemy that His children who desire blessings are not in line with God.

Of course the enemy wants us bless-less and in lack because we can’t be a blessing to others the way the Lord desires.

Its destination is:

You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35

The abundant life of God is full of the desire for His kingdom ways and to be used of God as co-laborers of Jesus to bless and to see Isaiah 61:1-3 spread throughout the earth. 

The Good News of Salvation

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:1-3

 

Faith, Faith Comes by the Word of God

I Walk by His Word – A Declaration of Faith

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Jesus Heals a Man at the Pool of Bethesda

John 5:1-15:

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.

Now a certain man was there WHO HAD AN INFIRMITY 38 YEARS. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition A LONG TIME, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And IMMEDIATELY the man was MADE WELL, took up his bed, and walked.

Declaration of Faith

Lord, I walk by faith and not by sight. I walk by faith and not by length of illness. I walk by faith and not by doctors’ reports. I walk by faith and not by what is impossible with man. I walk by Your Powerful Word and not by the limitations of this earthly realm. I walk by my inheritance in Christ not by what others say about me. I walk by Your death and resurrection, not by the works of the devil.

By His stripes, I am healed, my child is healed, those that I am praying for are healed, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.