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  1. 7 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-27-2022 January 27, 2022 It’s More Than a Movement, It’s a Way of Life In 2007, I was speaking at a conference. A friend of mine was also there, and I knew God often spoke to him through dreams. “Hey Thomas,” I jokingly said as he headed towards his room, “ask God to give you a dream for me tonight.” “OK,” he replied in the same lighthearted manner. The next morning, to my surprise, the first words out of Thomas’ mouth were, “Hey Dutch, God gave me a dream about you last night!” My first thought was, Wow I wish it was always this easy! He continued. “In the dream, you were a boxer. You faced five giants in five rounds and knocked each of them out - one per round. You knocked each one out with one punch; and with each giant, you alternated fists. The first giant was floored with a right, the second with a left, back-and-forth you went until they were all down for the count. Five giants, five rounds, five punches, alternating fists.” “After you knocked out the fifth giant,” Thomas continued, “you walked out of the ring and directly up to me. Holding up your gloved fists, you declared, ‘If you’re going to take out the giants in this season, you’re going to have to wear these two gloves.’ One of the gloves had the word ‘Everlast’ on it; the other read ‘Evergreen.’” Fascinating. The word “Everlast” meant more to me than just boxing equipment. I knew there was a scriptural connection, and I knew what it was. True to form, the Lord had been paving the way for me so I would recognize it at the right time. In that season, I had been studying the life of Abraham and his journey with God. In Genesis 21:33, scripture tells us that Abraham called on “the Everlasting God.” The name in Hebrew is Olam El, and it’s the first time in scripture anyone used that phrase as a name for God. In biblical times, the meaning of an individual’s name was important, often referring to a person’s calling, nature, or some other identifiable characteristic. This is the reason God has so many names and why He sometimes changed a person’s name, as He did with Abraham (Genesis 17:5). When Abraham called on God in this passage, he used a new name because the Lord had revealed Himself in a new way. The name Yahweh is powerful but didn’t convey that revelation. Elohim and Adonai are important names of God, yet this situation required something different. The translation, “Everlasting God,” is not enough to describe the full meaning of Olam El. The El portion of the name means strong, mighty, or powerful. But olam is much more challenging to define; its meaning is greater than simply “as far as possible into the future.” Olam actually extends both directions in time, forward and backward. One lexicon described olam as the most distant times in both directions. Even that falls short, however, because the word “times” in the definition violates the very concept of olam. The concept of olam is not confined to a timeline, and neither is God; the Everlasting God exists outside of time. If you were to go back to the very beginning of time, He was before that. The way humankind thinks about time forces us to consider a start and a finish. Olam El, however, knows no beginning or end. When time as we know it comes to a close, the Ancient of Days will continue. He sees the past, present, and future - all at once. Obviously, this enables Him to have a unique perspective, seeing the results of an action long before it happens (for example, Adam’s fall and the consequential need of the Cross); it also gives God the unique ability to deal with the ramifications of events that occurred in the past, erasing their consequences as though the events never took place. For example, God doesn’t see a born-again, former thief as “a former thief;” He doesn’t see the redeemed murderer as “a former murderer.” God separates our sins from us “as far as the east is from the west,” (Psalm 103:12) and remembers them no more (Hebrews 8:12; 10:17). Olam, through the Cross, eradicates all records of our former sins. In Abraham’s day, he did so through animal sacrifices. Consider Abraham‘s situation when he calls on the Lord as Olam El, Everlasting God. Abraham has been on a 25-year journey of faith and as he looks back over that timeline, he can see places where he failed miserably - blotches, torn places, and embarrassing failures. Most believers think of Abraham as “the father of faith,” a description of him taken from Romans 4:16. Likewise, Hebrews 11 refers to him as a great man of faith. We forget, however, that Abraham wasn’t a great faith man his entire life. There were significant deviations from that path. Romans 4:20 references this when it says Abraham “grew strong in faith.” Actually, Abraham and Sarah both wavered at times in their faith that God would give them a son. The Lord had promised them children, but when no children came, their lack of faith in God‘s promise caused them to introduce Hagar into the family, resulting in the birth of Ishmael. Later, they actually laughed a cynical laugh at God’s final re-stating of the promise. And why not? Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 90 (Genesis 17:1, 17). This wasn’t Abraham’s only failure of faith, however. On two different occasions when Abraham and Sarah were younger, he was afraid that foreign kings might kill him in order to marry her. His solution for these predicaments included the despicable acts of twice pretending Sarah was his sister instead of his wife. She was, indeed, taken by the kings but God supernaturally intervened before physical unions occurred. These connivings were horrible breaches of the marriage covenant. So why does the Bible call Abraham a father of faith and a friend of God? Because even though he may not have fulfilled these descriptive phrases at every step of the journey, they are accurate descriptions of how he finished. Abraham isn’t remembered by God as “the former covenant breaker,” “the one-time liar,” or “the double-minded man.” He is God’s friend and our faith example! Abraham was grateful his past actions were not allowed to define his present situation. Olam El had navigated him through every season - even the embarrassing ones - and preserved his destiny. And as He does for all of us, He reached back in time and cleansed Abrahams’s wrongs, once and for all. With that in mind, one can almost see Abraham as he searches for the right name to use in thanking and glorifying God. Finally, exhausting all known possibilities, he has to create a new one. The declaration may have been something similar to this: You are more than Yahweh, Adonai and Elohim. You are the infinite and powerful God of the ages - Olam El! You are outside of time and Lord over time! As ruler over the past, present and future, You healed my breaches and kept my destiny intact! When I was unfaithful, You were faithful; when I doubted, You overcame my unbelief; when I lied, You were able, not only to forgive me, but to cleanse me and keep my marriage intact. And even when our bodies were too old to conceive and reproduce - 99 and 90 years of age! - You placed some of your timeless nature in Sarah and me, and we drank from the fountain of youth! Truly, You are the creator of and ruler over the past, present and future - Everlasting God! With that declaration, Abraham entered a new phase in his walk with Yahweh. He recognized that the God who is bigger than his past could be fully trusted with his future. Abraham desperately needed this revelation, having been promised land he did not yet have and descendants that did not yet exist. He had been promised a nation, but a nation had yet to rise up. He and Sarah were now old. But Abraham laid hold of Olam El, the God who could bring his fractured past into alignment and chart the right course for his destiny-driven future. He knows how to reach back into the most difficult of life‘s seasons and redeem them, expertly removing offences and re-shaping our hearts. He snaps our lives back into alignment, healing our history and promising us a hope-filled future. When I pray for revival in America I boldly and confidently wear this glove mentioned in the dream. I know well the breaches in our history - the injustices, the evil acts and our many sins. Like Abraham, we have failed, sometimes egregiously. But I also know Olam El and what He can do through the blood of the Cross. No giant is too big for Him. At times, I am challenged by individuals contending that God cannot send revival to America and restore her destiny. “Our sins and evils are just too great,” they tell me. I remind them of Abraham. Yes, our nation has a flawed past and perhaps an even more flawed present. But I’m not asking for a merit-based revival where God gives us tokens of His goodness in response to our excellent behavior. Obviously, God isn’t going to award America with a revival simply because He is impressed with our actions. But isn’t that the point of revival? If we were “good enough,” we wouldn’t need one! I am asking for awakening because covenant-keeping Olam El lives up to His name. I’m asking for revival because I know the timeless God can reach back and heal our breaches, repairing the wrongs we are responsible for and also the ones we’ve inherited. Forgiveness and cleansing - redemption - are specialties of His. When Olam does this, blessings can and will flow through our timeline once again. Olam El, Everlasting God, made perfect sense as the meaning of one of the boxing gloves that would serve to knock out the giants we face. Understanding His timeless and redeeming nature will cause us to pray differently about the past and the future. We can confidently repent of history’s sins and unwaveringly agree with history’s promises. Olam El eagerly awaits these redemptive prayers. Thomas’ dream didn’t end with “Everlast,” however. The other boxing glove was marked “Evergreen.” Though I prayed and studied, the meaning of this one remained a mystery for a while…a long while. By the time the Lord revealed it six years later, I had moved on to other things. But true to His nature, He brought the understanding. And when it finally came, it was wrapped in a flag. I’ll share that tomorrow..! Pray with me: Merciful God, gracious Father, Lord over our past, You who sent Your Son for the sick - not those who were well - we appeal to You today. We wear the glove marked “Everlast.” We thank You that with this revelation, with Your redeeming nature, we can take out giants of racism, abortion, humanism, murder, immorality, and principalities that have ruled our land. Not only do we sing the song, we believe the words: “What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh, precious is the flow, that makes us white as snow. No other fount we know…” It is enough! Our decree: We will wear the gloves, and we will take out the giants. ****************************** Today’s post was taken from my book An Appeal to Heaven. Click here to purchase your copy of the book. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  2. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-26-2022 January 26, 2022 This Is Not a Fad - It’s a Movement At the end of 2013, I realized I was ending a 13-year spiritual journey. It started during a prayer and ended with a flag. An old and forgotten flag; forgotten by everyone, it seems, except God. He had evidently kept this banner in hiding for a couple of centuries, waiting in the wings of history until He was ready to re-introduce it. This flag now hangs in thousands of homes, prayer rooms, sanctuaries, government buildings, and even businesses. A church in Indiana made their own version - 15‘ x 30‘ - then made me one! Another congregation decorated the Christmas tree in their foyer with dozens of small flags. Thousands of people have small ones tucked in their Bibles, tacked to bulletin boards, or conspicuously sitting on their desks. Others display them as lapel pins, wear them emblazoned on shirts, show them off on bumper stickers, and at least one person has the flag tattooed on his arm! Governors display the flag, as do judges and members of Congress, and one was spotted in the U.S. Capitol. Another was recently flown over the Capitol of Arkansas. The other day I was surprised to even see one streaming behind an 18-wheeler; it has gone viral! The flag is associated with America’s founding, to be sure. It seems that God doesn’t intend it to be used by America alone, however. On this book’s cover, it can be seen flying in the Himalayas - the highest point on the planet - where it is raised above dozens of Buddhist prayer flags. It has flown on the plains of Nineveh (the place of the first region-transforming revival) the North and South Poles, in South Africa, Panama, and more recently in Cambodia where it was used in prayers against human trafficking. Who knows where it will turn up next?! This international use seems especially appropriate, given America’s God-given destiny of being a spiritual light to the nations. In times past, flags carried more weight than they do in our present day. Their symbolism was understood, from the color to the design, enabling a flag to tell a story or make a strong statement. Many flags are sacred - people swear allegiance to them and die to protect their honor. Banners, as they are also called, we’re often intended to make declarations. One early colonial American flag had a picture of a coiled snake with the accompanying phrase, “Don’t Tread On Me.” It was a warning to Great Britain: “Be careful; step on us, and we strike!” This journey of mine involves a different flag in America’s past, one that is especially relevant to our God-given purpose and destiny. Modern-day progressives, historical revisionists, liberal politicians, and humanistic professors scoff at the notion that America was established by God for a divine purpose. They also mock the assertion that our Founders believed in and honored this divine-human partnership. However, Yahweh, the God of the Bible, was indeed involved in America’s founding and He did so for His purposes. When General George Washington commissioned the Appeal to Heaven flag to fly over our naval ships in the Revolutionary War, little did he know that 240 years later, God would ordain that it fly again. This time around, however, it wouldn’t fly over a fledgling nation being born, but over the most powerful nation in the world being reborn. This rebirth isn’t literal, of course, but is a spiritual and moral renewal that will resurrect America’s God-given calling, purpose, and greatness. It must, indeed, be acknowledged that America’s populace is now filled with great apathy toward its history. It is also true that we are so ignorant of the ideals that shaped our identity as a nation that we have lost our national moorings. God’s intent is that history be more than information; the past can be an important anchor. Without this stabilizing force, however, America is now adrift in a sea of secular experientialism, blown about by the wanderings of our own fantasies and the delirium they create. Truly, America’s independence from God has left us spiritually and morally bankrupt. She is experiencing a continuous drift from greatness to mediocrity and, unfortunately, becoming increasingly irrelevant around the world. With such a dire diagnosis why, then, am I not hopeless? In the days of the flag’s genesis, the American colonists had no chance of winning a war with the world’s greatest empire, Great Britain. Yet, when those ill-prepared and poorly equipped revolutionaries appealed for assistance to the Giver of inalienable rights, the tide turned. When they agreed to come under God’s governance and honor His ways, He who “governs in the affairs of men,” as Ben Franklin stated at the Constitutional Convention, did just that. Affirming the Lord‘s governing intervention, Franklin also said, “All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.” (1) Even some of our founders who were not strong Christians, such as Franklin, acknowledged God‘s providential hand in our victory. That same “superintending providence” is available today. In spite of our many flaws and numerous failures, God‘s hand has been, and remains, on America; of this I am sure. From the first man, Adam, to the Apostle Paul, history has proven that God uses imperfect people. The same is certainly true of nations. Though America is scarred and flawed, we still possess a divine purpose. Rest assured, the Sovereign who bestowed that purpose to America knows how to resurrect it. As you read this book, my prayer is that you will be awakened to hope. Hope is to the heart what seeds are to the earth. Without hope, life is sterile, unfruitful - dreams aren’t conceived and destinies aren’t realized. Hope is the starting line, the launch pad; it’s the seedbed from which faith springs up, and a creative force that keeps the soul dreaming. Without a doubt, the reemergence of this flag is intended by God to awaken hope. Let it be said of our generation that when a nation teetered on the edge of destruction, having lost the ancient path of truth, we answered the divine call to war for its restoration. Let it be said of us, as it was of our forefathers, that in the face of overwhelming odds we took our stand in the celestial courtroom, appealing to the Judge of all the earth for His saving grace, mercy, and sustaining power. Join the movement - appeal to heaven! Pray with me: Father, as surely as You raised up this nation, You will restore this nation. Our faith is not in our goodness or self-righteousness; it is in Your heart to redeem and restore. And it is in the blood of Jesus. Not only do You want to restore America, You want to use her to see many nations experience Your love and redeeming power. When our nation was formed our Founders appealed to You for justice and victory; they even put it on a flag and flew it over ships and battlefields. You have brought this flag to the forefront again, to use it as a reminder and a rallying cry. It reminds us that our hope is in You, and You alone. We appeal to You for the salvation of America. And we declare, in response to Your prophetic words and dreams regarding our nation, “America shall be saved!” We appeal to You for an unprecedented revival. We appeal to You for millions of salvations. We appeal for incredible deliverances to occur. We appeal for the healing of marriages. We appeal for our young generation to be introduced to You in extraordinary ways. We appeal to You for a changed government. We appeal to You to transform our education system. And we appeal to You for a worldwide revival that will save hundreds of millions of people spiritually, and even physically. And we ask and declare all of this in the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen. Our decree: We decree that the God who birthed America will now rebirth America. ******************************* Today’s post was taken from my book An Appeal to Heaven. Click on the link below to watch the full video. Click here to buy your flag. _______________________________ Franklin, Benjamin, “Constitutional Convention Address on Prayer.” June 28, 1787. Philadelphia, PA.
  3. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-25-2022 January 25, 2022 Our Roots Are Alive Liberals in government, education, and media attempt to revise America’s history - except, of course, when it supports their cause. One of their most famous revisions is the “separation of church and state” myth, which they have dishonestly used for decades. The “wall of separation” phrase was used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter, not in the Constitution. He was assuring denominational leaders that our government would never be controlled by one religious group (as had been the case in England), nor would government have the right to control the church (as also occurred in Britain). NEVER was it implied by our founders that God and religion were to be prohibited from influencing government, education, or public life. Nor is it true that government money (which is really ours!) or public facilities were to be prevented from use by the church. These are all lies designed to remove the influence of God from our nation. It may surprise you that the man who wrote the phrase, “wall of separation”, (Thomas Jefferson) attended a church service in the Capitol 2 days later! (1) Numerous presidents and members of Congress attended church services there - for decades! - including John Quincy Adams, James Madison, Lincoln and others. Adams explained why he attended: “I consider it as one of my public duties - as a representative of the people - to give my attendance every Sunday morning when Divine service is performed in the Hall.”(2)The Rostrum of the House Speaker was used as the pulpit, and Congress purchased the hymnals! I realize you probably weren’t taught this in our public school system, which now propagandizes and revises history, but it is true. Actually, the Capitol was used for church services before ever being used by Congress. Approved December 4, 1800, by both the House and Senate, (3) services began before the entire Capitol was completed and Congress itself could move in. Jefferson, as Vice President at the time and therefore leader of the Senate, approved it on behalf of the Senate. He attended the services for years, throughout his time as Vice President and President, (4) had a designated seat, (5) and was so committed to it he even made the journey in inclement weather. (6) Services first began to be held in the north wing of the Capitol, moved to Statuary Hall as they grew in number, and eventually landed in the House Chamber. It was, in fact, the first official use of the Chamber on December 13, 1857, with as many as 2000 people in attendance! (7) Services were interdenominational, speakers were local pastors or the House and Senate Chaplains, (8) and included women (9) and blacks. (10) Some churches were actually allowed to use it as their meeting place until they procured other buildings. (11) And when needed, the Supreme Court Chamber, then in the Capitol building, was also used! (12,13) How ironic is that! Don’t allow the lies of politicians and educators to deceive you. Our Founders were God-honoring and God-fearing men and women and were guided by Judeo-Christian ethics. 106 of the first 108 colleges in America, including the Ivy League colleges, were Christian. We must never accept the efforts of the left to steal our godly roots. Pray and decree with me: Father, Nehemiah told Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem, those trying to stop him from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, they had “no historical right” or “claim” to Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:20; NIV and Expanded Bible). We echo those words today regarding those who want to transform America into a non-Christian nation: they have no covenantal, historical right to America. You, who own all the earth, raised up America for Your purposes. We stand in Your authority and decree that we forbid this to be stolen. And though we have previously lost ground in this spiritual war, You have told us America shall be saved. Your mercies endure forever, and we ask now for this never-ending mercy to be extended. We overthrow, in the all-powerful name of Jesus, the forces of darkness trying to disconnect America from her Christian roots. We declare that the systems and groups these forces are using will be unsuccessful in every way, and that many from within them will come to Christ. We declare with our Founders that America has “no King but Jesus,” and will serve no other gods. We declare that our roots are still alive and will once again bring forth the fruits Holy Spirit intends America to produce. We will experience a turnaround comparable to the great restorations of Israel. We declare that we will be a light and blessing to the nations of the earth. And we pray now for complete deliverance from the principalities and powers, led by Baal, who have orchestrated America’s spiritual decline. We ask You, Father, to do as You spoke in the World Seers Series dream and destroy the voice of Baal-Zephon in America. You began a concerted effort in 2007 to deliver us from this spirit and restore us to covenant with You, and we ask for this to now be brought to conclusion. Full victory. One hundred percent. Deliver us from Baal and his coworkers. We ask for victory in the Dobbs abortion case being decided now by the Supreme Court. We ask You to speak loudly and clearly to 5 or more Justices, motivating them to vote for the overturning of Roe versus Wade. End this hideous child-sacrifice system in America. And please heal all who experience grief, shame, and physical damage from having been involved. Prepare the church for our role when this law ends. May we be ready to take the unwanted children and give them loving homes and families. Bring about an amazing and unprecedented movement of adoption in America. Father, we thank You in advance for the great revival that is beginning. We thank You for millions of people coming to know You in this nation, and hundreds of millions around the world. We thank You for the incredible revival coming to the campuses of America and the world. Thank you for saving a generation from the strongholds of humanism, rebellion, drugs, immorality, gender confusion, and more. May they taste and see just how good You are. May they fall in love with Your Word and become acquainted with Your ways. We ask You to continue to transform the church. Mature us into the glorious church You spoke of in scripture. Build the Ekklesia You promised to build that cannot be overcome by the plans and government of hell. Bring revelation of our strength in You. Show us, the members of Your church, that we are more than conquerors, are overcomers, and can do all things You ask us to do through Your mighty power. We ask and decree all of this in the all-powerful name of Jesus. Amen. ******************************* Click on the link below to watch the full video. ______________ William Parker Cutler and Julia Perkins Cutler, Life, Journal, and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler (Cincinnati: Colin Robert Clarke & Co., 1888), Vol. II, p. 66, letter to Joseph Torrey, January 4, 1802. Cutler meant that Jefferson attended church on January 3, 1802, for the first time as President. Bishop Claggett’s letter of February 18, 1801, already revealed that as Vice-President, Jefferson went to church services in the House. John Quincy Adams, Memoirs, Vol. XI, p. 169, June 5, 1842. Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1853), p. 797, Sixth Congress, December 4, 1800. Smith, The First Forty Years, p. 13. Smith, The First Forty Years, p. 13. Cutler and Cutler, Life, Journal, and Correspondence, Vol. II, p. 119, in a letter to Dr. Joseph Torrey on January 3, 1803; see also his entry of December 26, 1802 (Vol. II, p. 114). William C. Allen (Architectural Historian of the Capitol), A History of the United States Capitol, A Chronicle of Design, Construction, and Politics (Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 2001), p. 271. Smith, The First Forty Years, p. 15. Smith, The First Forty Years, p. 15. Henry Highland Garnet, Memorial Discourse (Philadelphia: Joseph M. Wilson, 1865), p. 73 Fundraising brochure, Charles B. Boynton. Washington, D.C.: November 1, 1867, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress; available at Library of Congress at https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel06-2.html. Hutson, Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, p. 90. From the Library of Congress, at https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel06-2.html.
  4. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-24-2022 January 24, 2022 Our Presidential Heritage It is always great to reflect on the influence God has had on the founding and growth of America. Though revisionists try to erase God from our history, as Founding Father John Adams so plainly stated, “Facts are stubborn things.” Today we celebrate this godly heritage and ask God to once again give us leaders who revere and honor Him. He has offered us mercy and deliverance from the powers of darkness that have ruled our nation for several decades, and we stand on His gracious promise. We also ask Him to give us righteous leaders in government, leaders who will honor Him, our heritage, and life. The remainder of today’s post is just a few of the hundreds of quotes from previous Presidents, stating their faith in God, respect for His Word (the Bible), and honor of Christ and Christianity. Enjoy..! “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." George Washington “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained." George Washington “We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!" John Adams “I consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for public service.” John Adams “The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart." Thomas Jefferson “The Bible is the first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention." John Quincy Adams “My custom is to read four or five chapters of the Bible every morning immediately after rising. It seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the day. It is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue." John Quincy Adams “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the whole of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the commandments of God. The future and success of America are not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.” James Madison “Finally, it is my most fervent prayer to that Almighty Being before whom I now stand, and who has kept us in His hands from the infancy of our Republic unto the present day, that He will so overrule all my intentions and actions and inspire the hearts of my fellow-citizens that we may be preserved from dangers of all kinds and continue forever a united and happy people.” Andrew Jackson “We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us." Abraham Lincoln “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man." Abraham Lincoln “All must admit that the reception of the teachings of Christ results in the purest patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust, and in the best type of citizenship." Grover Cleveland “Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land." James Monroe “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education." Theodore Roosevelt “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country." Calvin Coolidge “The study of the Bible is a post-graduate course in the richest library of human experience." Herbert Hoover “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God." John F. Kennedy “You can’t divorce religious belief and public service. . . I’ve never detected any conflict between God’s will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other.” James Earl Carter, Jr. “We asked for God’s help; and now, in this shining outcome, in this magnificent triumph of good over evil, we should thank God.” George H. W. Bush “Each day millions of our citizens approach our Maker on bended knee, seeking His grace and giving thanks for the many blessings He bestows upon us." George W Bush “Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible." Ronald Reagan “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." Ronald Reagan Pray with me: Father, it is an indescribable privilege to be part of a nation raised up by You to propagate the gospel of Your kingdom. You birthed America, and You have prospered and blessed us beyond measure. Our Founders knew You were involved in our formation; they knew and honored You as the only King. They worshiped You, honored Your Word, and believed in Your Son, Jesus Christ. And they led from “servant hearts” and unselfish motivations. America now has many leaders who do not know You, do not respect You, and do not want You honored in our nation. They do not honor Your principles in Scripture, do not honor life, and many have become fools. They have led America down a path of rebellion and wickedness. Like the prodigal in Scripture, we have squandered our inheritance and wasted it on sin and selfish desires. But also like the prodigal, we believe in Your mercy. We believe in the power of the shed blood of Jesus. We believe it cleanses us from all sin and unrighteousness. And we believe in restoration. We believe that You are restoring America to You and to our calling. We place our faith in nothing but Your blood and grace and, because of them, we boldly declare, “America shall be saved!” Our decree: We decree that America shall once again have a God-honoring person as our President, and a Congress led by a majority who love God and His ways. *************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  5. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-21-2022 January 21, 2022 For a Time Such as This Today, the March For Life will take place in Washington D.C. Every year on or near the anniversary of Roe versus Wade, thousands of people gather in our nation’s Capital to pray and make a stand for life. I am mentioning this in today’s post, not only to support the March, but also as a reminder to keep praying for the Supreme Court Justices as they prepare to vote regarding the abortion case before them. Even though the case was heard in December, they can change their votes up until the time the decision is announced. We are well able to carry this prayer assignment through to completion. God does not put assignments in front of us that He has not prepared us to accomplish. The following insights and vision from Gina Gholston are wonderful reminders of this: ************************ “I have always loved the story of Esther. I’m amazed by how calculated every move was that positioned her to be in the right place at the right time, enabling her to step into her destiny. This destiny not only changed Esther’s life, but was instrumental in saving her people from the wicked plots of Haman. As I was reading this account of Esther’s life a while back, God said to me, ‘It’s time to BE what you’ve been becoming!’ He continued, ‘The story of Esther is often preached from the perspective of the preparation process she went through. It was the process that positioned her, but there came a time when Esther had to step into the destiny for which I had prepared her.’ “We all go through a process to prepare us for things God intends to accomplish in and through our lives. This process takes place as we live life and walk with the Lord. However, our lives are not meant to be a perpetual preparation process. When we cross over into the timing of God—our ‘such a time as this’ moment—there is a thrust from Him that accelerates us into position. Then the revealing and release of the purposes of God through us can occur. We never come to the place where we stop growing and learning, but we do eventually come to those moments, as did Esther, which launch us into the position of BEING! “Recently, the Lord spoke to me from Luke, chapter five, when Jesus boarded Peter’s boat and instructed him: ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch,’ (verse 4). “Peter was a professional fisherman. At that time, he was counting his losses from an overnight fishing expedition that had failed miserably. So, when Jesus said this, Peter’s response reveals that Christ’s suggestion seemed quite senseless. ‘Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing,’ (verse 5). However, at this moment Peter allowed his honor for the Lord to overcome his professional opinion. ‘Nevertheless, at Your word, I will let down the net,’ (verse 5). He unfurled the nets, dropped them deeper, and caught so many fish that his nets were breaking; Peter had to call others to help bring in the haul. “That act of obedience on Peter’s part positioned him to be launched into his destiny and life’s calling: to be a fisher of men. “These defining moments changed everything for Esther and for Peter. The timing of God unlocked a revelation of each one’s destiny and revealed that they possessed what was necessary to participate in what He was doing at that moment. “God has placed in us what we need in order to partner with His current purposes. And when that which we carry becomes necessary in His plan, He moves us into a defining moment. Defining moments are critical points - strategically placed along our path by God - to propel us into His plans and our destiny. He then uses us to accomplish His will and intentions for that time in history. I believe, for many within the Church, we have entered one of those defining moments. The destiny of God in us has met the timing of God for us. Now, we must be willing to obey His leading, trusting that, by His Spirit, He has equipped us with all we need to effectively advance His purposes. “I once had a powerful vision that made this truth very clear to me. In the vision, I saw myself standing in front of a wall with only a window in it. I was looking out the window, when the Lord spoke to me, ‘You’re standing in front of a window of opportunity right now.’ As I continued looking out, a hand came through the window and placed a key in mine. The Lord then said, ‘But the window of opportunity is about to become a door of access, and I have given you the key to open it.’ “Suddenly, the window turned into a door. In the vision, I used the key I had been given, and began opening the door. Immediately, however, a very strong wind blew in! I grabbed the door, trying to hold on with all my strength. The wind was so strong! I cried out, ‘Jesus, help me!’ “The Lord responded, ‘This wind is My Spirit; you must learn how to BE in it and how to walk in it.’ “The wind was taking my breath out of me. I said, ‘Jesus, I can’t even breathe!’ “He replied, ‘You must also learn how to breathe in My Spirit.’ “I said, ‘But, Lord, I can’t even move. How do I learn to walk in it when I can’t even let go of the door?’ “At that point in the vision, four angels came—one on each side of me, one behind me, and another in front. The Lord said, ‘You have to learn how to BE in My Spirit. “In this vision, I suddenly realized that before I even went through the door, God had already transformed me into all I needed to BE, and had equipped me with all I needed to possess in order to walk in the Wind. Now, I needed to focus on Him—not on myself—and confidently utilize all He had made available to me. “For many within the Body of Christ, the process is now giving way to the purpose. Our window of opportunity is about to become a door of access, and God has given us the key to open that door! What is the key? Faith in God! He has gone before us to provide everything we need to walk in the fullness of His purposes. So, move into this defining moment with confidence and courageous faith in God. “It’s time for us to BE what we’ve been becoming. Take your place, step into the Wind and watch God launch you into the destiny He has been seeing for you all along.” ********************** Pray with me: Father, we recognize this is a “for such a time as this” moment. Your destiny in us has met Your timing for us, and we can access the door of this defining moment, yielding ourselves completely to You. At Your word, we will advance. We take our place in Your plan. We will trust Your leading, walk in Your Spirit, and BE what we have been becoming. We know that our obedience to You at this moment is not just about us, and it is not just about here and now. What You do in and through us now will impact others and even the future that is yet to unfold. So, we take our focus off ourselves, and we confidently utilize all that You have made available to us by Your Spirit. We say “Yes” to You. Launch us! Lead us, and we will follow as You accelerate us into position for the revealing and the release of Your purposes through us! We stand against the spirit of death in our nation. We bind the actions of the spirit of Baal who is demanding blood sacrifices from our children through abortion. We ask You, Father, to turn the hearts of enough Justices to reverse the evil law enacted through Roe versus Wade. Turn this evil and heal our land. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen! Our decree: The process is giving way to purpose, and at His Word, we will boldly take our place in God’s plan. We will move into this defining moment with confidence and courageous faith in God, and we will see His Kingdom come and His will being done in us and through us. *************************** Portions of this post were taken from Gina Gholston’s book “Dreams of Awakening.” You can find out more about Gina here. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  6. 4 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-20-2022 January 20, 2022 Prayer for America in 2022 (from Intercessors for America) One of the things I like to do here at Give Him 15 is partner with other great ministries, especially those that emphasize prayer. Intercessors for America is one of those ministries; we have included reports and prayers released by them in the past. They have written a great prayer we can pray for America throughout 2022. In a moment, we will pray it together. Check out IFA’s website: IFApray.org (or click here). Sign up to be part of their free membership list - they regularly release very helpful information and prayers you can agree with. If you can, send them a donation; they are good soil. Romans 13:7 tells us to “render to all what is due them…honor to whom honor.” “Due” is from a Greek word meaning “indebtedness;” figuratively it means “an obligation or duty.” IFA has been leading the charge for intercession in our nation since 1973, almost 50 years. Certainly, we all owe them a debt of honor and gratitude. The word honor in this verse means “value, money, esteem, dignity” and more. Today, we honor this great ministry for the work they do. Let’s pray this prayer for America together with them: ************************************** “Dear Heavenly Father, we come to You in Jesus’ name. Father God, we love You. We depend on You and on Your faithfulness, even when things look dark around us and we cannot see light ahead. “Father, thank You for being the Light of all men. Jesus, thank You for being the Light that shines in the darkness. Thank You for being the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And Holy Spirit, thank You for shining Your illuminating light in our hearts, that we may see Jesus and cry out ‘Abba! Father’ through You and Your power. “Father God, in Jesus’ name, we lift our beloved nation up to You today. Father, we pray over the USA in 2022: That she will know peace - the true peace which passes all understanding; the peace that can only be found in Christ Jesus. That she will know joy - the true joy that is only found in the presence of God. That she will know wisdom - the wisdom from above, which is first pure, then peaceable, undefiled, willing to yield to You and full of mercy and good fruit. “Father God, I ask today in Jesus’ name that You would bless kings and those who are in authority. We acknowledge today that the ‘kings’ and ‘people who are in authority’ may or may not be two different groups of people, Lord; but we pray that You would shower them all with Your goodness, which brings men to repentance. “Father, for those leaders and workers in government who may yet be saved, we ask that You would pour out Your Spirit of salvation upon them. “From the President to the humblest, most unknown worker in the land, let them cry out to You for mercy and salvation. And Father, for those who refuse to be saved and refuse to honor You and walk in righteousness and justice, we pray that their days in office would be few and that another would take their office, according to Your will and Your plans only, Lord. “Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, we ask that revival would fall on America in 2022. We ask that Christians would rise up and preach Jesus in the streets. We ask that churches would be filled again with people who are being saved. We pray that You would give us, Your servants, boldness to preach and speak as we ought to speak. “Father, we ask also that You would protect these United States of America in 2022. Protect her people, her supply chain, her economy, her food sources, her ports, her airspace, her military, her government, her cities, her villages, her schools, her shopping malls, airports, and every other facility. Protect our Constitution and Bill of Rights, Father. Protect the integrity of our Supreme Court, for we acknowledge that even though the Court is called ‘Supreme,’ YOU are actually the Supreme Being and You rule over all as You will. “O holy Father, we need You. We need You to give life to our nation again. “Heal and restore our economy. Protect and bring justice to our elections. Repair our health care system and set it aright. Heal our military. “We pray against every false theology and ideology, which are idolatry, and in Jesus’ name we cast them down in America right now: We decree and declare that 2022 will be the year in which America and Americans and every stranger within the gates will WAKE UP and see the light of Jesus Christ shining upon them. We declare and decree that 2022 is the year in which we shall ALL know the truth, and the truth shall make us free. We decree that LIFE shall prevail in 2022, and that every murderous intent of every person disposed to evil IS cast down now and replaced with the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. We declare that there shall be an end to control and manipulation in 2022, and that FREEDOM would ring out again from even the dirt and stones of our nation. And we declare and decree that the truth of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, shall run swiftly from border to border; from lakeshore to gulfshore; and from sea to shining sea - and that all the people in our great nation would no longer be deceived, but would be filled with Your Spirit as You pour out Your Spirit upon all flesh. “Father God, there may be much darkness around us, but YOU shine through the darkness. “You have done much in 2021 and prior years to right many wrongs in our nation. We praise You for that, and we thank You. And in 2022, Father, we humbly ask You to bless us and heal our land. Turn Your people back to You, and do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ever dare to ask, hope, or think. Show up, Lord, and do the great and the mighty for us in the USA this year. “Thank You, Abba Father. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, amen and amen.” (1) *************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. _____________________________________________ https://ifapray.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/NEW-Prayer-for-America-2022-PRAYER-GUIDE.pdf
  7. 4 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-19-2022 January 19, 2022 Pregnant with the Heart of the King In yesterday’s post (1/18/2022), my brother Tim Sheets shared from Matthew 1:22, which speaks of “embryonic” prophecy (The Message Translation). The word of the Lord - given by Isaiah about the Messiah - came in seed form, just like a baby. God’s words are actually called “seeds” in Scripture, translated from a Greek word that can refer to spores, seeds, and even sperm. The meaning could not be clearer: though God’s words have reproductive power, they come to us in seed form. The story is told of a traveler from a large city passing through a small, seemingly insignificant village who intended to poke fun at one of the residents. “Have any famous people been born here?” he asked an old-timer sitting outside the country store. “Nope,” replied the old man, “only babies.” Indeed. There are great creations - miracles, breakthroughs, salvations, even transformed nations - in God’s words. They all have one thing in common: they begin as seeds. They must then be received into healthy soil, wombs, hearts. There, they must be nurtured until becoming what they were destined to be. Jesus said our responsibility is to tend the seed; satan’s plan is to destroy it (Matthew 13:2-9; Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-15). Those who experience the seed’s miraculous ability “are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance,” (Luke 8:15). Tim said he believes the words and promises from Holy Spirit about America’s revival and turnaround are coming to full term. In his words, like a pregnant woman several weeks into her pregnancy, we are beginning to “show.” I agree. And this is a time to, as Jesus tells us in Luke’s account, “hold fast” and “persevere.” The African cheetah must run down its prey to eat. It is well suited for the task, however, since it can run at speeds of 70 mph! This magnificent animal has one slight problem, however; it has a disproportionately small heart, which causes it to tire quickly. If the cheetah doesn’t catch its prey quickly, it must end the chase.(1) Sadly, many Christians have a similar approach when it comes to prayer. Speeding into their prayer closet with great energy, they demonstrate great fervency and determination. These believers run to a prayer meeting or a prayer conference, or climb on a jet airplane and speed to Washington D.C. to pray. But lacking the heart for a sustained effort, they often falter before reaching their fullness of time. Many don’t make it to full-term. On the next prayer assignment, they may even pray harder and faster, only to fall short once again. What most of them need is not more explosive power, but more staying power - stamina that comes from a bigger prayer heart. Holy Spirit is looking for those in this hour who will finish well - those who have decided they will stand, pray, declare and decree…until. The baby is kicking - she/he wants out. The body is preparing to deliver this child. Contractions have begun, the water will soon break, and birthing labor will begin. We must not abort the process now. “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay,” (Habakkuk 2:3). How tragic it was when the Israelites made it out of Egypt, across the Red Sea where they saw the armies of Egypt destroyed by the amazing power of God - only to waver, standing on the edge of their inheritance. Do not let giants of fear, intimidation, corruption in our government, principalities, or any other giant cause you to turn back. Persevere in your faith and intercession. Pray with this ministry and others daily. Decree over your city and nation daily. Decree over your prodigals daily. This is all part of protecting and nurturing the baby until he/she is born. John Killinger tells of an interesting method used in the past to break a wild steed by harnessing it to a burro. The powerful steed would take off across the range, twisting and bucking, causing the burro to be tossed about wildly. What a sight! The steed would run away, pulling the burro alongside, and they would drop out of sight - sometimes for days. Then they would return, with the proud little burro in charge. The steed had worn himself out, fighting the presence of the burro. When he became too tired to fight anymore, the burro assumed the position of leader.(2) And that’s the way it is many times with prayer. Victory goes to the persistent, not to the angry; to the dedicated, not to those who can provide great demonstrations of emotion and energy. We need committed, determined, systematic prayer, not once-in-a-while fireworks. Pray with me: Thank You, Father, for the faithful remnant of intercessors here in this nation and around the world who have learned to persevere. They have matured into believers with big prayer hearts. Strengthen them in this hour. They are pregnant with the harvest of the ages. They are pregnant with the heart of the King and His kingdom. They have another generation in their loins, transformed nations are in the wombs of their spirits. Just as the prophet Elisha instructed the king in scripture, we continue to strike the ground. Just like Caleb, who waited 45 years for his inheritance, we are shouting, “Give us our mountain!” And just like our apostolic brother, Paul, we declare that “we have not yet attained, but we press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of Christ Jesus.” We will not stop. We will not quit. We will never give up. We will run the race and finish the course. And we will see our Isaac born. Our decree: We decree that we are pregnant with revival, and the transformation of this nation and other nations. We will carry the baby to full-term and deliver a healthy child. ***************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. __________________________________ Craig Brian Larson, Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1993), p.245, adapted. Larson, Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching, p 177, adapted.
  8. 5 min read January 18, 2022 The Ekklesia is Pregnant…and Beginning to Show Yesterday I talked about the need to steward and birth God-given dreams, promises and prophetic words. My brother, Tim, sent me a very timely word that beautifully and powerfully confirms this. He speaks of “embryonic sermons,” a phrase associated with prophecy and the birth of Christ. It will encourage and instruct you. **************** “Matthew 1:18-23 tells us of the supernatural conception of Jesus. These verses explain that Mary’s pregnancy was Spirit conceived. Holy Spirit’s overshadowing presence surrounded Mary causing her to conceive - from the spirit realm - that which could now be birthed in the natural realm. This passage clearly shows us how spiritual conception from Holy Spirit occurs in people. The new birth, of course, pictures this, as does revelation which starts as a spiritual seed and grows into full understanding. “Holy Spirit’s glorious presence around and within us can cause a spiritual conception in our spirits. When we spend time in Holy Spirit’s empowering presence, His purposes and revelation, from the spirit realm, can be conceived within us; a dream of the Godhead can be planted in our hearts. This can even occur corporately when our worship brings the hovering presence of God over our gatherings. In this atmosphere, ‘callings’ from King Jesus, destiny-opportunities, visions, strategies, goals, and revelations are often conceived in us. “But, like Mary, we must steward and bring to birth what is conceived in us by Holy Spirit. When given to us, it is in an embryonic state. What she had been given, she stewarded to full term, feeding, protecting, and caring for the child until His birth. We, too, must steward and carry to full term the promises Holy Spirit plants within us, feeding them with God’s Word, protecting them with intercession, and decreeing them in faith. In the Message Translation, the angel actually refers to Isaiah’s prophecy of the birth of Christ as an ‘embryonic sermon.’ He said in Matthew 1:22 (MSG), regarding Mary’s conception, ‘This will bring Isaiah the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term.’ What an intriguing statement! “Matthew actually called prophecy an ‘embryonic sermon,’ comparing it to a pregnancy, like a child in its embryonic state. As such, it must be cared for, fed, brought to full term, and then delivered/birthed into the earth realm! “The Ekklesia has been in a season where prophecy after prophecy has been released causing God‘s plan to be conceived. However, like a woman who is pregnant but not yet ‘showing,’ the promises have not yet been seen. Does that mean the prophecies are not alive? No, it means they are still embryonic, embryonic sermons declaring what can be birthed - if we steward them. “Too often prophetic words are abandoned and neglected - forgotten about. To the contrary, we must keep the words and promises watered by faith and decrees which cause them to grow and show. I believe we are now in a season of ‘showing.’ Ekklesia hubs and the body of Christ are beginning to ‘show’ that they are pregnant. Embryonic sermons are growing as Holy Spirit hovers, incubates and matures them to become the future they declared. “Most of us want full grown prophecies and promises - instantly. If this doesn’t occur, we begin to doubt and waver. But we must understand the responsibility of growing these ‘embryonic sermons’ to full term. Just as there is a span of time between an embryo and a child or a child and an adult, the same is true in spirit-conceived promises and prophecies. Our faith must remain strong through those times. “Psalm 103:20 tells us that angels listen to what we decree, and the Ekklesia has been declaring consistently, ‘No more delay.’ Because of this, supernatural things are beginning to happen. Four years ago, the Lord told me there would now come a new Pentecost, and everything in His kingdom would begin to accelerate. It is amazing how delays have been dealt with since that word was given. “I believe that in the past several years there has been more angelic activity on earth than ever before. Our prayers have enabled Holy Spirit and His angels to overturn delays. Many spirit-conceived dreams, visions, revelations, and prophecies are now reaching full term. Everything in Christ’s kingdom is accelerating, just as He said they would. Supernatural shifts are occurring. A megamove of God’s Holy Spirit is now at full term. “The greatest push ever in the kingdom of God is now being resourced by Holy Spirit. Prodigals are coming home. We are pregnant with miracles. We’ve carried them; now we are ‘showing.’ They are being birthed into the earth realm. We’re pregnant with healings and outpourings of Holy Spirit. We are carrying the river of living water. We are carrying governmental authority to disciple nations and power from heaven to pull down demonic strongholds. Demon princes will lose their thrones, captives will be delivered. “Hear the word of the Lord for this year: ‘There are embryos we have fed and watered which have now grown. These embryos are at full term. What we have conceived, believed and fought for is now mature, ready for harvesting. Reap! What you have conceived by Holy Spirit’s hovering presence, will now be seen in the earth realm. We have stepped into accelerated times of birthing what we’ve been carrying. No more delay!’ “Refuse to give up on what God said. Keep standing, believing and decreeing His promises.” Pray with me: “Lord, we agree with this word. We thank You for those who have faithfully carried what You conceived inside of them. We believe this is the birthing year, the year when it accelerates. Dreams and visions in the hearts of individual heirs are now showing. Nothing is impossible for You, Lord. We know You can do all we have asked. You have not only caused us to conceive, but You have empowered us. We decree that it is now calving season. “Thank You, Lord, for the faithfulness of those who have tenaciously stood for what You told them. ‘Embryonic sermons’ are coming to full term. To You be all the glory, all the honor. Activate this word across the United States and in other nations. We decree that Holy Spirit has shifted the times and seasons; this is a year of acceleration. What we’ve been carrying, both individually and corporately, will now manifest into the earth realm. In Jesus’ name we pray this, amen!” Our Decree: “We decree that we will now birth into the natural realm what we have been carrying in the spirit. No more delay!” ***************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. Today’s post was contributed by my brother, Tim Sheets. You can learn more about Tim here.
  9. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-17-2022 January 17, 2022 God Always Uses A Remnant I spent all last week unpacking a dream given to Greg Hood about the spiritual war for America. In the dream, a principality named Zephon (one of Baal’s names) was identified as the leader of the fight to destroy America. He lost the battle and his hold was permanently broken off of America. I realize the hesitancy of some believers to acknowledge the role that invisible, demonic forces play in the earth. Mention spiritual warfare and they check out. Spiritual warfare, however, is the story of the scriptures - satan and his cohorts attempting to rule the human race and planet earth. These forces are real. And though Christ removed their authority over us at the Cross, this victory does not automatically manifest for us. We must exercise our delegated authority from Christ and enforce His victory. In the same way that Christ’s victory at Calvary isn’t automatic for us, neither are the promises, prophecies or dreams Holy Spirit gives us. This often brings confusion to believers, even causing disillusionment to some regarding the prophetic. But if the promises of Scripture, as sacred and fail-proof as the Word of God is, are not automatic or guaranteed regardless of our actions, certainly prophecies would not be. God’s promises, regardless of how they are delivered, are offers - not guarantees. Faith plays a role (James 1:6-8), as does obedience (Isaiah 1:19), perseverance (Hebrews 6:12), following Holy Spirit’s strategy or instruction (2 Kings 5:13-14; John 9:6-7), and other principles. This is why I take the time to break down dreams given to us, even sometimes teaching on the instructions in them. We must remember that God‘s promises are NOT guarantees and that His provision will NOT automatically come our way. When Holy Spirit shows us in a dream that Baal’s hold over America is ending, He is showing us what can happen, what He is offering, and what we must do to receive it. Let’s look briefly at Baal’s hold on America. We must understand that sin gives satan the right to operate in our lives and God-assigned spheres of authority. When a person or people (a nation) “give place to” the devil (Ephesians 4:27) through perversion, shedding innocent blood, idolatry, covenant-breaking, and other sins, legal access is given to him. Even the very land we occupy can be defiled through these actions, giving satan a legal right to rule and control a territory and its people until the sin is cleansed (Numbers 35:33; Leviticus 18:24-28). This is why we are told in the above Ephesians scripture to give no “place” to him. In this verse, “place” is the Greek word topos, from which we get topography. It can be a physical piece of land, but also has other meanings. Interestingly, it is also a scabbard, a “place” to hang a sword or rifle. Figuratively, it means “opportunity.” This verse is telling us our actions can give ground to satan, a place to hang his sword, a legal opportunity for him to steal, kill and destroy. This has happened in America. Through our sins, we have given place to the devil and his demons. Many leaders believe that in America, Baal is the principality in charge of overseeing satan‘s destructive activity. As the strongman over America (see Matthew 12:29), he is behind much of the evil in our nation, including the shedding of innocent blood (abortion and murder). Most biblical teachers attribute the spirit over abortion to be Molech, which is true, but Molech serves under Baal. Baal always wars against the young generation, trying to stop the extension/extending of God’s covenantal purposes to the next generation. He is a violent spirit and throughout history has always required human sacrifice. Not only is abortion under Baal’s influence, but he is also behind the “cutting” of today’s generation (see 1 Kings 18:28), the vampire and goth movement, and the death culture in general that has so invaded America. Jezebel, the spirit behind so much immorality and sexual perversion in America, is also under Baal. Baal is the spirit influencing the plethora of divorce and covenant breaking. He is sometimes called Baal-berith, which means “the lord of the covenant.” Ironically, the Hebrew word baal actually means “husband” or “marriage.” This doesn’t mean he honors true marriage; it means he wants people “married” or in covenant with him. The spirit of Baal always attempted to cause Israel to “divorce” or break covenant with God, and “marry” or align with him. Baal was behind the Supreme Court of America’s decision to redefine marriage, perverting God’s definition of it. America, just as Israel did on occasion, has broken covenant with Yahweh and “married” Baal. Elijah‘s challenge to Israel in 1 Kings 18:21 is appropriate for America: “How long will you limp between two opinions? If Yahweh is God, follow him; but if Baal, follow him.” On another occasion God said to Israel, the day will come when “you will call Me Husband, and will no longer call me Baal… for I will remove the names of the Baals from [your] mouth… and I will betroth you to Me forever,” (Hosea 2:16, 17,19). We should not be discouraged by Holy Spirit sharing with us regarding Baal-zephon’s activity in America. On the contrary, the Scriptures make clear that this vicious spirit’s control over America can end. And that is exactly what Greg’s dream from last week says. There has been much repentance over our national sins by a remnant of Americans. Hear this: God does not require an entire nation to repent before He can forgive and heal. He has always been willing to work through a remnant. That is, in fact, the premise behind intercession - a person or group of people “standing in the gap” (Ezekiel 22:30) for others. We must take our stand now, continuing to ask for cleansing and deliverance for America. The dream last week said we were winning - and we are! As we persevered, Zephon and his cohorts were taken out. I say to you unequivocally: if the praying church perseveres in our intercession, AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED! Pray with me: Father, thank You for Your mercy. Many times over the last several years You have told prophets and intercessors You want to grant mercy to America. Your redemptive heart is amazing and triumphs over judgment. The blood of Jesus is still greater than our sins. We call upon this cleansing power now to deliver and heal America. We place our faith in nothing but the blood of Jesus. In His name, we ask that all influence of the spirit of Baal be broken over America. We bind his hold, according to Matthew 16:18-19, and break this influence off of our children, homes, government, education system, the church, and every other system he has infiltrated. Restore us to our purpose and destiny. Send revival to America! We prophesy what You have said: “America shall be saved..!” Our decree: We decree that the blood of Jesus is cleansing America from all sin and unrighteousness..! ******************************************* Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  10. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-14-2022 January 14, 2022 Know Your Enemy Who Is Zephon..? As I think about the insights and strategies given to us in the World Seers Series dream, I am amazed at what Holy Spirit has done to prepare us. He began speaking to me about the passage of scripture that first mentions the principality, Baal-zephon (Exodus 14), on July 4th weekend (2021). Since that weekend I have written at least 3 posts teaching on this spirit and how God dealt with him during Israel’s Exodus. I have been reviewing those posts and looking at the passage again. I feel that some review would help you, as well. Let me begin by saying we are not, and will never become, preoccupied with demons. To do so would cause, not only imbalance, but would lead to deception and error. We never take our cues from satan. It is also true, however, that we are not supposed to ignore or be ignorant of him and his activities. Jesus did not ignore demons. He only did what the Father told him to do - via Holy Spirit - but Father often led Him to resist them or cast them out. We are told to do the same (Mark 16:17), and instructed in 2 Corinthians 2:11 to not be ignorant (Greek agnoeo - “without knowledge of; ignorant; ignore”) of the way satan thinks and operates (noema - “thought, purpose, plot, scheme, plan, device”). The verse tells us if we obey this warning satan will not be able to take advantage of us (pleonekteo - “gain the bigger portion of; take advantage of”). This is a strong warning; ignorance can be deadly. So again, we are not preoccupied with satan or his kingdom; but neither will we be ignorant of his schemes and plans. Here is a portion of a post I did on July 7 of last year (2021), explaining who Zephon is and how God dealt with him during the Exodus: In Exodus 14, the Red Sea was rolled back for Israel and Pharaoh’s army was destroyed. The first two verses inform us, “Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea,’” (Exodus 14:1-2). God wants us to know that HE chose the place for this encounter. To many of the Israelites, as well as to Pharaoh and his army, it looked as though Israel was confused, disoriented, and wandering aimlessly in the desert. And they were, in fact, now hemmed in, trapped by mountains, the sea, and Pharaoh’s army. Baal-zephon was one of the Egyptian gods. It was believed that he reigned in power and was lord over the sea. He was the only Egyptian god Yahweh had not yet judged and exposed during the 10 plagues and Israel’s deliverance. Scott Lancer, in an article for Associates for Biblical Research, (Confronting Baal Zephon: The Spiritual Message of the Meeting of Israel and the Armies of Egypt) says, “Let us remember that God had been triumphing over not only Pharaoh and the Egyptians, but also the supposed power of their gods. The plagues were a drumbeat of victory as the gods of Egypt were one by one, displayed to be impotent and powerless. And even more importantly, Yahweh wanted the Egyptians to know that He is the Lord,” (Exodus 14:4). (1) Pharaoh no doubt believed that this god was more powerful than Yahweh. He supposed that Baal-zephon had led them into a trap and was now going to cause Israel to be destroyed in front of the place named for him. Yahweh had other plans. His plan was to demonstrate that HE was the Lord of the sea. His authority, released through the extension of the rod He had given Moses, controlled the sea, not Zephon. Yahweh would lead His people THROUGH, not around, the sea the Egyptians believed was under the control of Zephon. And instead of the Israelites being destroyed, it would be Pharoah and the Egyptian army - in front of the headquarters of their supposed god! July 4th weekend, the Lord spoke to me that this is where we are in America. Many prophets have used the analogy of Israel and the Red Sea to describe the church during this season: our backs are to the wall, it appears that the god of this world has outsmarted and overpowered ours, and it looks as though satan has taken over the nation. But Yahweh, once again, has other plans. He will release His authority over this nation, just as He did over Israel at the Red Sea, and demonstrate that He is the Lord! Baal has long tried to rule America, but the orchestrated plan of God to overthrow his influence in our nation began in 2007 (The Call Nashville 07/07/2007), and continues to this day. Yahweh is about to expose the evil plans of the god of this world and his allies. He has allowed them to gain ground temporarily in order to expose their deception, anti-Christ ways, leftist ideals and even idiocy. But He will strike in His zeal, power, and determination to reap the coming great harvest. God must have a strong America that honors Him in order to accomplish this, and He will have that. Do not doubt this. AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED..!!! Yahweh said in Exodus 14:4, before springing His trap, “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them, and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” This is exactly what happened. “Honored” is the Hebrew word kabad, which is the word for glory. God actually said He would glorify Himself as He dealt with Pharaoh and this false god. And some scholars believe when Yahweh said the Egyptians would know He was the Lord, this was not simply a statement about proving He was in charge. It was, rather, a demonstration of His grace to the Egyptians, who were deceived and in bondage, following false gods who could not save them. And when God shows Himself strong in America, He will be honored and glorified. Millions of people will realize the folly of their ways, and that Christ is their Redeemer. Pray with me: Father, You are an all-wise planner. You see the end from the beginning and know exactly what to do to get there. You have been preparing us for this moment in time; because of this we are ready to overthrow the spirit of Baal that has ruled our nation. We know You are passionate to see this accomplished - You always operate in compassion and desire to save. Holy Spirit, You are a great and brilliant strategist, and You’re the best Helper ever. As we listen to and obey You, we cannot lose. You have orchestrated events in our nation, preparing to overthrow the rule of this spirit, Zephon. You know him well. You have defeated him before. And the blood of Christ has sealed his fate. Cause the Ekklesia to now arise and partner with You in this great endeavor. Bring a sense of urgency to the praying church. Cause them to know this is intended to be our finest hour. Indeed, You have spoken this to us prophetically. You have called it the greatest Kingdom campaign ever. Awaken us to this and to the urgency of the times. We ask this in the name of our Captain, Christ. Amen. Our decree: We decree that the church is arising and will deliver America from the control of Baal. ********************************* Click on the link below to watch the full video. _______________________________________ https://biblearchaeology.org/research/devotionals/3794-confronting-baalzephon-the-spiritual-message-of-the-meeting-of-israel-and-the-armies-of-egypt
  11. 7 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-13-2022 15 min read (If you include the full dream at the end) January 13, 2022 The World Seers Series (Part 4) On Monday (1/10/2022) we began discussing a dream about America, given to my friend Greg Hood. This is a very enlightening and important dream, filled with insight and revelation. (Though we are looking at it in segments, I will once again post the entire dream at the end of today’s post. I know many of you like to see the entire dream in one sitting.) REVIEW I will do very little review in today’s post since it would consume so much of the time. You may want to reread Monday’s-Wednesday’s posts (1/10-12/2022) to refresh your memory. You certainly should try and do so if you did not see them. In the dream, a baseball team comprised of spiritual leaders in the church and representing the Kingdom of God, was playing in the World Seers Series. This was the last game of the series, the 8th inning, we were winning but the score was close, and we were very focused. Then the Holy Spirit initiated a change of strategy. Through this strategy, we were able to load the bases and position ourselves to win the game. Again, if you have not done so, please take a look at Monday’s, Tuesday’s, and Wednesday’s posts. THE DREAM (continued) “…As we were watching this, a phone rang in our dugout. Dutch answered it. We could see him looking up and behind home plate into one of the skyboxes as he talked on the phone. He was speaking to our team owner, who said to Dutch, ‘You are to pinch-hit. We have a wicket here to not only win the game but to win big. Dutch, you know this pitcher. He has lost big games before. He is not what he has made himself out to be. Be patient and don’t be distracted by what he will throw at you. He wants to get your eyes off the pennant.’ “Dutch hung up the phone and said, ‘Hood, hand me my bat. I’ve been instructed to pinch-hit.’ I (Greg) reached for Dutch’s bat and pulled it from a large wooden communion box where it was locked away. As I removed it I could see clearly that the bat had inscribed on it ‘Ephesians 1:17.’ I handed it to Dutch as he said to me, ‘What direction should I launch the ball?’ “I said to Dutch, ‘Straight for the throat of the pitcher! Remove his voice!’ “Dutch replied with a smile on his face, ‘You know, many will think this is a dirty and illegal move on our part. But what the heck, we won’t allow them to force us to play by their rules anymore. We play ball for the Royal.’ “As Dutch walked to the batter’s box I said, ‘If you hit the mark it will change this game.’ “The pitcher approached the batter’s box as Dutch stepped into it and said to him, ‘I am here to take you and this weak team out once and for all. You have no hope of making it out of this batter’s box in your right mind. This is my season and you will not steal it from me!’ “Dutch stepped up to him, just an inch from his face, and spoke with a firm and bold voice, ‘I am here to uncover you. Now go back to your perch and throw the ball if you dare!’ “As he walked back to the pitcher’s mound we could see his name on the back of his jersey. Thus far in the dream, we had not known who he was or who this team was. Written there was the name, ‘Zephon.’ “He released his first pitch and it was not aimed anywhere close to home plate, sailing over the stadium wall behind home plate, hitting a bus in the parking lot and putting a large dent in the back left side of it. An alarm sounded with a very distinct sound. We knew this was our team’s bus. The umpire shouted, ‘STRIKE ONE!’ “The opposing coach came to the pitcher’s mound again and brought the pitcher, Zephon, another baseball glove. It was a left-hander’s glove and an old, greasy-looking ball which flew into the dugout. The umpire shouted ‘STRIKE TWO!’ Then he said to the pitcher, ‘You only have one strike left.’ “It was at this point in the dream that we noticed the umpire was wearing a white medical type coat with the insignia of a pharmacist on it. Dutch turned to the umpire and said to him, ‘You are no longer allowed to call this game; we remove you, and Michael will take your place!’ (I don’t know who Michael was in the dream but it seemed he was the angel.) Dutch then turned to the pitcher and said, ‘Throw your ball. This is your last pitch but not my last ball! I will deliver the third strike to you and your house!’ “Zephon threw the ball and Dutch hit it with a powerful swing. The ball went to its mark and struck the throat of the pitcher, taking his voice and his strength. Zephon was removed from the game. We knew in the dream the game had changed and he would never pitch again.” End of Dream MY THOUGHTS We are winning 22 to 20. The bases are loaded. The owner of the team in the skybox is obviously the Lord in heaven. He called me and told me to pinch-hit. I realize this could represent an assignment for me personally, but often in dreams of this nature I simply picture the Ekklesia (those in the body of Christ who understand their authority and the governmental calling of Matthew 16:18-19) and the prayer movement. The Lord tells me I know this pitcher and, as we will see shortly, I do. The statement, “He has lost big games before. He is not what he has made himself out to be,” is also significant. Yahweh tells me to be patient, don’t become distracted, and keep my focus on the pennant (the word for a major league baseball team winning its championship). In other words, we must stay focused, not allowing the enemy to distract us in this very strategic season. Keep your eyes on the goal, the prize, the finish line. My bat was in the “communion box.” This could speak of covenant - we will win through our covenant with Christ. It also speaks of our intimacy with Him - listening to and drawing near to Him. The scripture inscribed on the bat, Ephesians 1:17, is a verse that references “the spirit of wisdom and revelation” being given to the church. It will take this wisdom and revelation to win the spiritual war we are engaged in, and it will be found in the communion box. Incredible! I was then told to hit the ball at the throat of the pitcher and remove his voice (influence). My response can be summarized as meaning we have operated with too little aggression against our spiritual enemy. The Ekklesia must arise in this hour and become aggressive in our spiritual warfare. Satan and his forces of darkness are deadly serious. Their nature is to steal, kill and destroy. They are evil and we must relentlessly and aggressively resist them. I am then told if I “hit the mark” it will change the game. This is another meaning of the Hebrew word for intercession, paga, which we mentioned Tuesday. Still today in Israel, the word for “bullseye” is paga. Friends, if we pray as we are being instructed, we will win! This is our year of breakthrough for America! The pitcher began to mock me, which I answered by declaring that I was going to uncover or expose him. It was then that we saw his name, Zephon. (I have written posts about this spirit before and you can read them here and here.) This is incredibly significant. Zephon is one of the names of Baal, the ruling principality over America. This is also one of the spirits God exposed and conquered during the Exodus of Israel (see Exodus 14). God judged all of the gods of Egypt in the Exodus, but He saved this one for last, waiting until it appeared Israel was hopelessly trapped. At the Red Sea it looked like Egypt’s god, Zephon, “lord of the wind and seas” had Israel hopelessly trapped and would prevail over them. JUST LIKE AMERICA! But God sprang His trap, showed His great power and destroyed the armies of Egypt. This is what Holy Spirit meant in the dream when He told me I knew this pitcher, that he had lost games before, and that he was not what he made himself out to be (all-powerful). Zephon threw a wild pitch that went out of the stadium and hit our team bus. It was called a “strike!” We are being warned of strategies satan will use to “strike” us. Vehicles usually speak of ministries in dreams. This says to me the enemy will try and strike/attack ministries/leaders during this season. If he can distract leaders, he can hinder us from hearing in a way that causes us to win. Remember, the Lord, in the skybox, told me not to allow Zephon to distract me. It was at this time that we noticed the umpire, who had been helping our adversaries, was wearing a pharmaceutical jacket. This in no way is an indictment against the medical community or pharmacists. It is likely a play on words regarding the Greek word, pharmakeia, which means not only drugs, but sorcery or witchcraft. It is saying that the occult and the powers of darkness have been warring against us; we, however, with the archangel Michael’s help, are displacing them. I hit Zephon’s pitch, meaning that we, the Ekklesia, the prayer army, successfully met his attack. The ball struck him in the throat, removing his influence. We knew in the dream he would never pitch again. I believe this means he will never be able to rule our nation again. Pray with me: Father, You are without question asking the Ekklesia to step up to the plate in this hour, take our place of authority, and rule in the midst of our enemies (Psalm 110:2). This is our Esther season - we were born for this. Baal has ruled our nation for decades, stealing our inheritance, attempting to destroy our destiny, even demanding our children as blood sacrifices. You have now set him up for failure. We have indeed seen him before - Your word makes clear that You know how to take him out. We will strike his throat and remove his voice. He will be overcome and never rule our nation again. You have loaded the bases, now give us the win! We cover our leaders, ministries, and families with protective prayer. We declare that no witchcraft, no weapons, no strikes against them will prosper. None! We will prosper and be in health in this season (3 John 2). We will not only win, we will be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Our decree: We decree that the Ekklesia will win the World Seers Series!!! *************************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. ___________________________________________________________________________ The World Seer Series Dream (Dreamed early the morning of January 2, 2022. - By Greg Hood) As the dream started I could see that we were in a baseball stadium. I knew we were playing on our home field which in the dream was known as Royal Stadium. I also knew that the stadium was located in Washington D.C. All the seats in the stadium were filled with people. I knew the people in the seats were mostly Americans. A smaller portion of the people were from somewhere I had never heard of. The attendees were there to watch what we knew was the World Seers Series. Dutch and I coached one of the teams playing in the World Seer’s Series. (Our team was the Election prayer team, and more.) It was the final game in the series and we were ahead. It was our turn to bat. Dutch was the Head Coach of the team. He wrote out a new batting order, and hung it in our dugout for the team to see. The atmosphere in the dugout changed somewhat, with some thinking that the old batting order was better than the order Dutch had rewritten. We had home-field advantage. It was the bottom of the 8th inning and we were winning. The scoreboard displayed the score of 20 for the opposing team and 22 for our team. I could see clearly on the scoreboard our team name - Kingdom Ekklesia. I could not make out the name of the opposing team; their name was very blurry. The mood shifted in our dugout as our team made an effort to encourage one another. We knew we were in the last innings of this game and the game was tight. We didn’t take anything for granted now. We focused intensely. We were the underdog, it seemed, and there was great urgency to win this game for the nation. Dutch shouted, “Smith, lead us off!” Smith stepped from the dugout, but before making his way to home plate I said to him, “The ball needs to be hit straight down the first baseline with great force. Your assignment is to remove the hindrance that’s guarding first base.” As Smith walked toward home plate we could see he was wearing the number 5221 on his jersey. He stepped into the batter’s box and the pitcher threw him a curveball. He hit it so hard down the first baseline that the first baseman could not see it coming. It struck him on the side of his neck and incapacitated him. Anger became very evident in the opposing team because they now had no first baseman. The umpire at first base held Smith on first and would not allow him to advance. Ken Malone was coaching first base and begin to speak to Smith. He instructed him to watch the third base coach for he would give the sign he needed to steal second. Coaching third base was the Archangel, Gabriel. Dutch then said, “Jones, you are up. We need advancement. You know the pitch you are looking for!” Jones said to Dutch, “I feel a confidence that I have never felt before. The pitcher will not be able to resist throwing me my pitch.” Before Jones approached the batter’s box I said to him, “The guy in left field is expecting you to hit it high and long. Hit it high and short into left field. He won’t be able to adjust his position in time to catch you out.” Jones smiled with a big grin and said, “This is what I was built for. I was born to give ‘left field’ problems.” We could see the numbers on his jersey as he walked to the batter’s box. He was wearing the number 2388. Just before the pitcher released the ball, Gabriel gave Smith the sign to steal. Smith shot from first and stole second. The pitch landed just in front of home plate. The umpire called it a strike. Jones looked at Dutch for the correction. Dutch came out of the dugout very quickly and proceeded toward the umpire with fire in his eyes, and as he pointed his finger at the umpire he declared, “YOU WILL REVERSE THIS CALL AND GIVE IT BACK! YOU DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CHANGE THE STRIKE ZONE!” The umpire reversed the call immediately. I could tell in the dream that it weakened his authority on the field when Dutch addressed him this way. Before stepping back into the batter’s box, Jones looked at the pitcher and said, “You don’t have the nerve to throw me my pitch. You don’t have the ability to cause me to miss it. Throw that ‘cutter’ and I will hit it.” You could see the anger and pride on the pitcher’s face. He drew back and threw Jones his pitch. He threw it hard and fast. Jones hit it high and shallow into left field. The left fielder called it which stopped any of his other teammates from advancing toward the ball. The left fielder ran forward for the ball and as he did this he was watching the spin Jones had put on the ball. This confused him and caused him to trip, which caused him to miss the ball. When he fell, he dislocated both of his knees and could not stand back up. Jones easily made it to first base. Smith stayed at second. Dutch then called from the dugout, “Johnson, you are up!” Johnson took a bat in her hand and stepped from the dugout and I said to her, “They will position themselves at the wall because they know you can break the home run record with one swing of your bat. I feel you should bunt towards third.” She replied, “That’s exactly what I was thinking. I have noticed that he does not have the rapidness in his eyes that he thinks he has.” As Johnson stood in the batter’s box we once again could see the number on the jersey. Her number was 4851. The pitcher mocked her as she stood there waiting for the pitch. He threw a fastball high and just outside the corner of the plate missing the strike zone. Johnson stood still. She never even twitched. Seeing this, Gabriel looked at Smith and gave him the signal to steal third as soon as the pitcher started his next wind-up. The pitcher drew back his arm and as soon as he did, Smith left second base and it was almost as if he just appeared on third. This confused the pitcher as he caught Smith out of the corner of his eye stepping onto third base. He released the ball and it came to the plate again this time, low and just outside the strike zone. Dutch stepped outside our dugout and motioned to Johnson to come over to him. He leaned into her ear and said, “Let the next two pitches go through. No swinging at what he is throwing. This will give us the strategy we need to win this.” Some thought that Dutch was thinking that the pitcher was done and he did not have any more strikes left in his arm. Johnson stepped back to the batter’s box and did as Dutch had coached her to do. The next pitch came hard and fast. “STRIKE ONE” the umpire shouted and then laughed. The second pitch came as a change-up pitch and was very slow. “STRIKE TWO!” Johnson stepped out of the batter’s box and took a deep breath looking back at Coach Dutch. Dutch motioned Johnson back to where he was standing and said, “The count is 2 and 2. We are in the right place to bunt it down the third baseline.” She approached the plate again and positioned herself. The pitcher released a curveball. Johnson stepped into it and bunted down the third baseline. It caught the third baseman off guard. No one had ever bunted on this pitch before. He moved very slowly and retrieved the ball. He held it in fear that Smith would advance to home plate. Jones easily moved to second and Johnson took first. Now the bases were loaded. The coach and the catcher from the other team went out to the pitcher’s mound and began speaking with the pitcher. In the dream, we could tell there was much disagreement among them. It even seemed that the pitcher had authority over the coach of the other team. As we were watching this, a phone rang in our dugout. Dutch answered it. We could see him looking up and behind home plate into one of the skyboxes as he talked on the phone. He was speaking to our team owner. The owner of the team said to Dutch, “You are to pinch-hit. We have a wicket here to not only win the game but to win big.” He went on to say, “Dutch, you know this pitcher. He has lost big games before. He is not what he has made himself out to be. Be patient and don’t be distracted by what he will throw at you. He wants to get your eyes off the pennant.” Dutch hung up the phone and said, “Hood, hand me my bat. I’ve been instructed to pinch-hit.” I reached for Dutch’s bat and pulled it from a large wooden communion box that it was locked away in. As I removed it I could see clearly that the bat had inscribed on it Ephesians 1:17. I handed it to Dutch as he said to me, “What direction should I launch the ball?” I said to Dutch, “Straight for the throat of the pitcher! Remove his voice!” Dutch replied with a smile on his face, “You know, many will think this is a dirty and illegal move on our part. But what the heck, we won’t allow them to force us to play by their rules anymore. We play ball for the Royals.” As Dutch walked to the batter’s box I said, “If you hit the mark it will change this game.” The pitcher approached the batter’s box and as Dutch stepped into it, said to him, “I am here to take you and this weak team out once and for all. You have no hope of making it out of this batter’s box in your right mind. This is my season and you will not steal it from me!” Dutch stepped up to him, just an inch of his face, and spoke with a firm and bold voice, “I am here to uncover you. Now go back to your perch and throw the ball if you dare!” As he walked back to the pitcher’s mound we could see his name on the back of his jersey. (Remember thus far in the dream we did not know who he was or who this team was.) Written there was the name, “Zephon.” He released his first pitch and it was not aimed anywhere close to home plate. It went over the stadium wall behind home plate and hit a bus that was parked in the parking lot. It put a large dent in the back left side of that bus. An alarm sounded with a very distinct sound. We knew this was our team’s bus. The umpire shouted, “STRIKE ONE!” The coach came to the pitcher’s mound again and brought the pitcher, Zephon, another baseball glove. It was a left-hander’s glove and an old greasy-looking ball. The pitcher had been pitching right-handed the entire game up until now. He went into his wind-up and released the ball; it flew into the dugout. The umpire shouted, “STRIKE TWO!” The umpire spoke to the pitcher, “You only have one strike left.” It was at this time in the dream that we noticed the umpire was wearing a white doctor’s-type coat that had the insignia of a Pharmacist on it. Dutch turned to the umpire and said to him, "You are no longer allowed to call this game; we remove you, and Michael will take your place!” (I don’t know who Michael was in the dream but am thinking the angel.) Dutch then turned to the pitcher and said, “Throw your ball. This is your last pitch but not my last ball! I will deliver the third strike to you and your house!” Zephon threw the ball and Dutch hit it with a powerful swing. The ball went to its mark and struck the throat of the pitcher taking his voice and his strength. Zephon was removed from the game. We knew in the dream the game had changed and this pitcher would never pitch again. End of Dream
  12. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-12-2022 January 12, 2022 The World Seer Series (Part 3) On Monday (1/10/2022) we began discussing a dream given to my friend Greg Hood. This is a very enlightening and important dream, filled with insight and revelation. (Though we are looking at it in segments, I will once again post the entire dream at the end of today’s post. I know some of you would like to see the entire dream in one sitting.) REVIEW In the first part of the dream a baseball team, comprised of spiritual leaders in the church and representing the Kingdom of God, was playing in the World Seers Series. This was the last game of the series, the 8th inning, we were winning but the score was close, and we were very focused. Then, Holy Spirit initiated a change of strategy. We discussed all of this on Monday. Yesterday (1/11/2022) we looked at the need for intercession first and foremost. If the church prays, we will win the battle for the soul of America. Prayer incapacitated the enemy! We also saw that Holy Spirit is saying the Ekklesia has grown spiritually and is ready for this season. And we saw a likely reference to the courts/judicial system in this section. They were made to reverse bad calls/rulings. These summaries in no way do justice to this dream. If you have not done so, please take a look at Monday’s and Tuesday’s posts (parts 1 and 2). THE DREAM (continued) “Dutch then called from the dugout, ‘Johnson, you are up!’ [Again, not the person’s real name.] “Johnson took a bat in her hand and stepped from the dugout. I (Greg) said to her, ‘They will position themselves at the wall because they know you can break the home run record with one swing of your bat. I feel you should bunt towards third.’ “Johnson replied, ‘That’s exactly what I was thinking. I have noticed that he does not have the rapidness in his eyes that he thinks he has.’ As she stood in the batter’s box, once again I could see the jersey number. Her number was 4851. The pitcher mocked her as she stood there waiting for the pitch. He threw a fastball high and just outside the corner of the plate missing the strike zone. Johnson stood still; she never even twitched. “Seeing this, Gabriel looked at Smith and gave him the signal to steal third as soon as the pitcher started his next wind-up. The pitcher drew back his arm and as soon as he did, Smith left second base and it was almost as if he just appeared on third. This confused the pitcher as he saw Smith out of the corner of his eye stepping on third base. He released the ball and it came to the plate again, this time low and just outside the strike zone. “Dutch stepped outside our dugout and motioned Johnson to come over to him. He leaned toward her and said, ‘Let the next two pitches go through. No swinging at what he is throwing. This will give us the strategy we need to win this.’ Some thought Dutch was thinking the pitcher was done and had no more strikes left in his arm, but this wasn’t the reason. “Johnson stepped back to the batter’s box and did as Dutch had coached her to do. The next pitch came hard and fast. ‘STRIKE ONE’ the umpire shouted, and then laughed. The second pitch came as a change-up pitch, very slow. ‘STRIKE TWO!’ “Johnson stepped out of the batter’s box and took a deep breath looking back at Coach Dutch. He motioned her back to where he was standing and said, ‘The count is 2 and 2. We are in the right place to bunt it down the third baseline.’ “She approached the plate again and positioned herself. The pitcher released a curveball. Johnson bunted down the third baseline, which caught the third baseman off guard. No one had ever bunted on this pitch before. He moved very slowly and retrieved the ball, but held it in fear that Smith would advance to home plate. Jones easily moved to second and Johnson took first. Now the bases were loaded. “The coach and the catcher from the other team went out to the pitcher’s mound and began speaking with the pitcher. In the dream, we could tell there was much disagreement among them. It even seemed that the pitcher had authority over the coach of the other team. MY THOUGHTS Johnson, in real life, is a strong prophetic voice to the body of Christ. She also walks in other anointings but this is what she is most known for. Her jersey number in the dream, as with all the player’s numbers, is very significant. It’s the number of a Greek word meaning “to bring together;” or “to bear together (as in a load or weight).” Because of the concept of 2 or more working together, it is also the word for holding or gaining an advantage. Perhaps its most significant use is in John 16:7, where Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I am leaving; for if I do not leave, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” (NASV) Through this God is saying we must get Holy Spirit in the game. He will be our advantage! Listen to Him. Release His power. Follow His strategy. Notice the dream said of this person, filled with and empowered by Holy Spirit, “…you can break the home run record with one swing of your bat.” This indicates power, the power of Holy Spirit! And yet! The strategy was not to try for a home run, but to bunt. I feel this is the Father saying it is our weakness that makes us strong, for His strength is perfected or made complete in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Though satan believes he has won the war for the soul of America - notice that he was mocking us - God has other plans. And if we humble ourselves at this time, acknowledging our weakness but moving in His strength, we’ll win. After allowing the opposing pitcher to throw two pitches that were outside the strike zone, I instructed her to not swing at the next two pitches, regardless of whether they were in the strike zone or not. She did as I instructed and they were both called strikes. Now the count was 2 balls and 2 strikes. This was the strategy chosen by Holy Spirit in the dream in order to catch the opposing team by surprise. Typically, no batter bunts with two strikes against them. The reason is that, unlike swinging at a pitch, if a batter bunts at it with two strikes against them and fouls the ball, they are out. When swinging at pitches with two strikes against them, a batter can hit any number of foul balls and still not be out. In other words, in the dream God is telling us Holy Spirit has a plan to take satan by surprise. This surprise loaded the bases. God always outsmarts His enemies…always. Dissension then began in satan‘s camp. The catcher, coach, and pitcher began arguing. This is telling us God is going to bring confusion and disagreement to those opposing Him. They will begin to fight amongst themselves. And in tomorrow’s post, we will see how God intends to win this war for America. Pray with me: Father, thank You for Your amazing gift, the Holy Spirit. He is our advantage. Help us get Him in the game, following Him carefully and precisely in this hour. We ask that His voice be amplified. May His directions be clear to us. And may we have ears to hear. Holy Spirit, we have sung it and now we say it to You, “You are welcome in our places of worship, prayer, and activities. You are in charge!” We thank You, Father, for the plans You have in place. You already know how You are going to outwit the enemy. You will cause him to play into Your hands, and his plans for America and the earth will fail. Show us how to cooperate with this. We thank You for these things and ask them in Christ’s name. Amen. Our decree: We decree that the wisdom of God always supersedes the wisdom of satan and his kingdom. ***************************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. ______________________________________________________________ The World Seer Series Dream (Dreamed early the morning of January 2, 2022. By Greg Hood) As the dream started I could see that we were in a baseball stadium. I knew we were playing on our home field which in the dream was known as Royal Stadium. I also knew that the stadium was located in Washington D.C.
  13. 15 min read (Including full vision) https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-11-2022 January 11, 2022 The World Seer Series (Part 2) First, I apologize for the glitch yesterday, not having the post up in its video form until late morning. Two of my staff members are driving the RV, which we used to bring Ceci home, back to Texas. (She has been battling a severe case of vertigo.) They thought they’d be able to post the “15” while traveling, and they eventually did, but obviously, there was a bit of a glitch. If you missed the post because of this, you will want to look at or watch yesterday’s (1/10/2022) before looking at today’s. And again, I apologize. Yesterday, I started discussing a dream given to my friend Greg Hood. This is a very enlightening and important dream, filled with insight and revelation. (Though I am taking it in segments, I will post the entire dream at the end of today’s post. I know some of you would like to see the entire dream in one sitting.) And we may go just a little longer than 15 minutes. Please indulge me. REVIEW OF YESTERDAY In the first part of the dream a baseball team, comprised of spiritual leaders in the church and representing the Kingdom of God, was playing in the World Seers Series. This was the last game of the series, the 8th inning, we were winning but the score was close, and we were very focused. Then, the Holy Spirit initiated a change of strategy. For many more comments and details, please refer to yesterday’s post. THE DREAM CONTINUES “[As it became our turn to bat in the 8th inning,] Dutch shouted, ‘Smith, lead us off!’ [Not the person’s real name.] “Smith stepped from the dugout, but before making his way to home plate I (Greg) said to him, ‘The ball needs to be hit straight down the first baseline with great force. Your assignment is to remove the hindrance that’s guarding first base.’ As Smith walked toward home plate we could see he was wearing the number 5221 on his jersey. “He stepped into the batter’s box and the pitcher threw him a curveball. He hit it so hard down the first baseline that the first baseman could not see it coming. It struck him on the side of his neck and incapacitated him. Anger became very evident on the opposing team because now they had no first baseman. The umpire at first base held Smith on first and would not allow him to advance. “The first base coach instructed Smith to watch the third base coach who would give the sign he needed to steal second. Coaching third base was the Archangel, Gabriel.” MY THOUGHTS The first batter for us (Smith) in the eighth inning was a very seasoned, wise pastor/teacher from a different stream of the church. As so many words from the Lord have indicated recently, this tells me we must have a movement of unity in the church, with Holy Spirit bringing a great joining of forces. His jersey number, 5221, is the number of the Greek word in Strong's concordance meaning “to meet or encounter.” The Hebrew word matching this number in Strong’s means “to smite.” Amazingly, these are all definitions of paga, the Hebrew word for intercession. Paga (intercession) has many shades of meaning, as I write in-depth about in my book, Intercessory Prayer. One of its meanings, “to meet or encounter,” can be either a peaceful meeting between two parties OR an encounter to engage one another in battle. Paga (intercession) can actually even mean “to smite.” There can be no doubt that God is saying the first thing (the first batter, the first baseman) we must do in this season is move in the authority of Christ, in unity with one another, and engage the spiritual forces of darkness through prayer. As the Ekklesia, we must bind and loose, open and close, as we mentioned in yesterday’s post. The new batting “order,” also mentioned yesterday, involves operating in Christ’s Melchizedek Order of priesthood, which includes both priestly and kingly intercession. Priestly intercession is asking God to act; kingly intercession is commanding for Him. We must do both. If we do, we can handle any curve ball (deception; unexpected actions) satan throws at us, smite his spiritual forces with the power of God, and neutralize their plans and activities. Our enemies are not people, they are spiritual forces of darkness. Obviously, satan uses individuals but our focus and attack must be spiritual, not physical. Gabriel’s help with instructions and timing indicates that if we do as instructed, God will give us angelic support. MORE OF THE DREAM “Dutch then said, ‘Jones, you are up. [Again, not the person’s real name.] We need advancement. You know the pitch you are looking for! The guy in left field is expecting you to hit it high and long. Instead, hit it high and short into left field. He won’t be able to adjust his position in time to catch the ball.’ “Jones smiled with a big grin and said, ‘This is what I was built for. I was born to give “left field” problems.’ We could see the number on his jersey as he walked to the batter’s box. He was wearing the number 2388. Just before the pitcher released the ball, Gabriel gave Smith the sign to steal. He shot from first and stole second base. “The first pitch to Jones landed just in front of home plate, yet the umpire called it a strike. Jones looked at Dutch, expecting him to challenge the call. Dutch came out of the dugout very quickly and headed toward the umpire with fire in his eyes. He pointed his finger at the umpire and declared, ‘YOU WILL REVERSE THIS CALL AND GIVE BACK THE STRIKE! YOU DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CHANGE THE STRIKE ZONE!’ The umpire reversed the call immediately. I could tell in the dream that it weakened his authority on the field when Dutch addressed him this way. “Before stepping back into the batter’s box, Jones looked at the pitcher and said, ‘You don’t have the nerve to throw me my pitch. You don’t have the ability to cause me to miss it. Throw that “cutter” and I will hit it.’ You could see the anger and pride on the pitcher’s face. He drew back and threw Jones his pitch, hard and fast; Jones hit it high and shallow into left field. The left fielder called it [baseball terminology meaning ‘I will catch it - everyone else stay back’), which stopped any of his other teammates from advancing toward the ball. As he ran forward for the ball, he was watching the spin Jones had put on it. This confused him and caused him to trip, missing the ball. When he fell, he dislocated both of his knees and could not stand back up. Jones easily made it to first base. Smith stayed at second. MY THOUGHTS Jones, the second batter, is a respected prophetic teacher in the body of Christ. He also has great insights regarding business and government. His jersey number in the dream, 2388, is the number of a Hebrew word meaning “to grow strong or to strengthen.” The body of Christ has grown much stronger in the last few years. We are stronger in worship and prayer. We understand our authority as Christ’s Ekklesia, and we have had all 5 of His ministry gifts and anointings restored to us (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher). There is much more unity among the various streams, even crossing national borders, and this is growing. And I could say more. We are now ready for the next great move of God. We are ready to win, not just play the game. The umpires were compromised. I believe this is referring to some in the judicial system of America, which often compares itself to umpires. In baseball, umpires don’t make the rules, they simply enforce them, calling balls and strikes, etc. which the league authorities have determined are appropriate. Many judges have used this analogy, including Justice John Roberts during his Supreme Court nomination process. Obviously, in America, many judges have become ideologues, propagating their ideals and beliefs. They will never admit to doing so, but many of them legislate from the bench. In this dream, they had sided with the other team and were trying to hinder the Ekklesia from winning. We challenged them and demanded they not change the strike zone. We also demanded that they change their ruling. Could this be a reference to Roe versus Wade? It is very telling that when we stood and decreed this, their authority weakened and they reversed the call. And finally, the “left” fielder became disoriented, fell, and dislocated his knees. I believe this refers to the fact that God is bringing confusion to the forces in our nation that oppose Him: the socialists, atheists, antichrist forces, evil agendas, and, in general, those who do not want God’s influence and ways. Dislocated knees symbolize weakness and the inability to run. God is about to arise and deal with His enemies. I am not speaking of God hurting people. He loves all people (as we do), including unbelievers, and many will be saved. I am referring to the forces of darkness that oppose Him, including some individuals who have aligned themselves with evil. Even those individuals, however, can experience His love and mercy, if their hearts change. God loves them all. Pray with me: Father, You have done much over the last several years to strengthen the church. We have grown in understanding, worship, prayer, and our ability to represent You. Please help us to now rise up and demonstrate this. Bring a greater spirit of unity to us, that we might stand together and represent You as one body. We pray that we would face the current challenge before us with boldness and courage. We pray that the prayer movement would lay hold of our assignment to meet the powers of darkness, pushing them back, smiting them, forbidding them from taking this nation and delaying Your great harvest. We were born for such a time as this. May we, like Esther, rise and fulfill our destiny. We exercise our authority and decree over the courts of America, “You will not succeed in any attempts to legislate against the purposes of God and His ways! You will not change America! You will not change the strike zone! And you must reverse Roe versus Wade!” We decree this and ask these things in Christ’s name. Amen. Our decree: We decree that we are a church the gates of hell cannot prevail against! _________________________________________________________________________ The World Seer Series Dream (Dreamed early the morning of January 2, 2022. By Greg Hood) As the dream started I could see that we were in a baseball stadium. I knew we were playing on our home field which in the dream was known as Royal Stadium. I also knew that the stadium was located in Washington D.C. All the seats in the stadium were filled with people. I knew the people in the seats were mostly Americans. A smaller portion of the people were from somewhere I had never heard of. The attendees were there to watch what we knew was the World Seers Series. Dutch and I coached one of the teams playing in the World Seer’s Series. (Our team was the Election prayer team, and more.) It was the final game in the series and we were ahead. It was our turn to bat. Dutch was the Head Coach of the team. He wrote out a new batting order, and hung it in our dugout for the team to see. The atmosphere in the dugout changed somewhat, with some thinking that the old batting order was better than the order Dutch had rewritten. We had home-field advantage. It was the bottom of the 8th inning and we were winning. The scoreboard displayed the score of 20 for the opposing team and 22 for our team. I could see clearly on the scoreboard our team name - Kingdom Ekklesia. I could not make out the name of the opposing team; their name was very blurry. The mood shifted in our dugout as our team made an effort to encourage one another. We knew we were in the last innings of this game and the game was tight. We didn’t take anything for granted now. We focused intensely. We were the underdog, it seemed, and there was great urgency to win this game for the nation. Dutch shouted, “Smith, lead us off!” Smith stepped from the dugout, but before making his way to home plate I said to him, “The ball needs to be hit straight down the first baseline with great force. Your assignment is to remove the hindrance that’s guarding first base.” As Smith walked toward home plate we could see he was wearing the number 5221 on his jersey. He stepped into the batter’s box and the pitcher threw him a curveball. He hit it so hard down the first baseline that the first baseman could not see it coming. It struck him on the side of his neck and incapacitated him. Anger became very evident in the opposing team because they now had no first baseman. The umpire at first base held Smith on first and would not allow him to advance. Ken Malone was coaching first base and begin to speak to Smith. He instructed him to watch the third base coach for he would give the sign he needed to steal second. Coaching third base was the Archangel, Gabriel. Dutch then said, “Jones, you are up. We need advancement. You know the pitch you are looking for!” Jones said to Dutch, “I feel a confidence that I have never felt before. The pitcher will not be able to resist throwing me my pitch.” Before Jones approached the batter’s box I said to him, “The guy in left field is expecting you to hit it high and long. Hit it high and short into left field. He won’t be able to adjust his position in time to catch you out.” Jones smiled with a big grin and said, “This is what I was built for. I was born to give ‘left field’ problems.” We could see the numbers on his jersey as he walked to the batter’s box. He was wearing the number 2388. Just before the pitcher released the ball, Gabriel gave Smith the sign to steal. Smith shot from first and stole second. The pitch landed just in front of home plate. The umpire called it a strike. Jones looked at Dutch for the correction. Dutch came out of the dugout very quickly and proceeded toward the umpire with fire in his eyes, and as he pointed his finger at the umpire he declared, “YOU WILL REVERSE THIS CALL AND GIVE IT BACK! YOU DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CHANGE THE STRIKE ZONE!” The umpire reversed the call immediately. I could tell in the dream that it weakened his authority on the field when Dutch addressed him this way. Before stepping back into the batter’s box, Jones looked at the pitcher and said, “You don’t have the nerve to throw me my pitch. You don’t have the ability to cause me to miss it. Throw that ‘cutter’ and I will hit it.” You could see the anger and pride on the pitcher’s face. He drew back and threw Jones his pitch. He threw it hard and fast. Jones hit it high and shallow into left field. The left fielder called it which stopped any of his other teammates from advancing toward the ball. The left fielder ran forward for the ball and as he did this he was watching the spin Jones had put on the ball. This confused him and caused him to trip, which caused him to miss the ball. When he fell, he dislocated both of his knees and could not stand back up. Jones easily made it to first base. Smith stayed at second. Dutch then called from the dugout, “Johnson, you are up!” Johnson took a bat in her hand and stepped from the dugout and I said to her, “They will position themselves at the wall because they know you can break the home run record with one swing of your bat. I feel you should bunt towards third.” She replied, “That’s exactly what I was thinking. I have noticed that he does not have the rapidness in his eyes that he thinks he has.” As Johnson stood in the batter’s box we once again could see the number on the jersey. Her number was 4851. The pitcher mocked her as she stood there waiting for the pitch. He threw a fastball high and just outside the corner of the plate missing the strike zone. Johnson stood still. She never even twitched. Seeing this, Gabriel looked at Smith and gave him the signal to steal third as soon as the pitcher started his next wind-up. The pitcher drew back his arm and as soon as he did, Smith left second base and it was almost as if he just appeared on third. This confused the pitcher as he caught Smith out of the corner of his eye stepping onto third base. He released the ball and it came to the plate again this time, low and just outside the strike zone. Dutch stepped outside our dugout and motioned to Johnson to come over to him. He leaned into her ear and said, “Let the next two pitches go through. No swinging at what he is throwing. This will give us the strategy we need to win this.” Some thought that Dutch was thinking that the pitcher was done and he did not have any more strikes left in his arm. Johnson stepped back to the batter’s box and did as Dutch had coached her to do. The next pitch came hard and fast. “STRIKE ONE” the umpire shouted and then laughed. The second pitch came as a change-up pitch and was very slow. “STRIKE TWO!” Johnson stepped out of the batter’s box and took a deep breath looking back at Coach Dutch. Dutch motioned Johnson back to where he was standing and said, “The count is 2 and 2. We are in the right place to bunt it down the third baseline.” She approached the plate again and positioned herself. The pitcher released a curveball. Johnson stepped into it and bunted down the third baseline. It caught the third baseman off guard. No one had ever bunted on this pitch before. He moved very slowly and retrieved the ball. He held it in fear that Smith would advance to home plate. Jones easily moved to second and Johnson took first. Now the bases were loaded. The coach and the catcher from the other team went out to the pitcher’s mound and began speaking with the pitcher. In the dream, we could tell there was much disagreement among them. It even seemed that the pitcher had authority over the coach of the other team. As we were watching this, a phone rang in our dugout. Dutch answered it. We could see him looking up and behind home plate into one of the skyboxes as he talked on the phone. He was speaking to our team owner. The owner of the team said to Dutch, “You are to pinch-hit. We have a wicket here to not only win the game but to win big.” He went on to say, “Dutch, you know this pitcher. He has lost big games before. He is not what he has made himself out to be. Be patient and don’t be distracted by what he will throw at you. He wants to get your eyes off the pennant.” Dutch hung up the phone and said, “Hood, hand me my bat. I’ve been instructed to pinch-hit.” I reached for Dutch’s bat and pulled it from a large wooden communion box that it was locked away in. As I removed it I could see clearly that the bat had inscribed on it Ephesians 1:17. I handed it to Dutch as he said to me, “What direction should I launch the ball?” I said to Dutch, “Straight for the throat of the pitcher! Remove his voice!” Dutch replied with a smile on his face, “You know, many will think this is a dirty and illegal move on our part. But what the heck, we won’t allow them to force us to play by their rules anymore. We play ball for the Royals.” As Dutch walked to the batter’s box I said, “If you hit the mark it will change this game.” The pitcher approached the batter’s box and as Dutch stepped into it, said to him, “I am here to take you and this weak team out once and for all. You have no hope of making it out of this batter’s box in your right mind. This is my season and you will not steal it from me!” Dutch stepped up to him, just an inch of his face, and spoke with a firm and bold voice, “I am here to uncover you. Now go back to your perch and throw the ball if you dare!” As he walked back to the pitcher’s mound we could see his name on the back of his jersey. (Remember thus far in the dream we did not know who he was or who this team was.) Written there was the name, “Zephon.” He released his first pitch and it was not aimed anywhere close to home plate. It went over the stadium wall behind home plate and hit a bus that was parked in the parking lot. It put a large dent in the back left side of that bus. An alarm sounded with a very distinct sound. We knew this was our Team’s bus. The umpire shouted, “STRIKE ONE!” The coach came to the pitcher’s mound again and brought the pitcher, Zephon, another baseball glove. It was a left-hander’s glove and an old greasy-looking ball. The pitcher had been pitching right-handed the entire game up until now. He went into his wind-up and released the ball; it flew into the dugout. The umpire shouted, “STRIKE TWO!” The umpire spoke to the pitcher, “You only have one strike left.” It was at this time in the dream that we noticed the umpire was wearing a white doctor’s-type coat that had the insignia of a Pharmacist on it. Dutch turned to the umpire and said to him, "You are no longer allowed to call this game; we remove you, and Michael will take your place!” (I don’t know who Michael was in the dream but am thinking the angel.) Dutch then turned to the pitcher and said, “Throw your ball. This is your last pitch but not my last ball! I will deliver the third strike to you and your house!” Zephon threw the ball and Dutch hit it with a powerful swing. The ball went to its mark and struck the throat of the pitcher taking his voice and his strength. Zephon was removed from the game. We knew in the dream the game had changed and this pitcher would never pitch again. End of Dream *********************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  14. 7 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-10-2022 January 10, 2022 The World Seer Series (Part 1) Thanks so much for all of your prayers, and for flexing with the Give Him15 schedule. I apologize for making you listen to the likes of Chuck Pierce, Tim Sheets and the others who filled in for me. It’s hard to find good help these days. All kidding aside, thanks to all of them for jumping in and doing such a great job with the 15’s. And thanks to you for being part of the prayer army Holy Spirit is raising up in this hour. I was just informed by my staff that when totaling all of our platforms, GH15 had 35 million views in 2021. I am humbled and blessed beyond words. There are a number of other wonderful ministries doing a great job of mobilizing prayer. We love and honor them all. Together, we are accomplishing the purposes of God in the earth. And never has there been a more critical time for this. The powers of darkness are being pushed back and the harvest of the ages is being birthed. This is the year we break through completely into the fulness of time Holy Spirit has created. 2022 will be significant beyond words. And as I stated last Monday (1/3/2022), the first quarter is critical. By the grace and anointing of Holy Spirit, we will not falter or fail. We have become the Ekklesia the gates of hell cannot overcome. Today and throughout the week, I’ll be unpacking a dream given to my friend, Greg Hood. It is FILLED with revelation, and is very encouraging, challenging and important. I intend to go a little deeper than usual in interpreting this dream, explaining and teaching the points of meaning and application. I’m doing so because I want these posts to not only mention prayer needs but to also serve as teaching and equipping tools. Here is the first part of the dream: “On January 2, 2022, I dreamed that the team of intercessors who worked with Dutch during the 2020 elections, along with several other leaders, were part of a baseball team. We were playing a game on our home field, named Royal Stadium, located in Washington, D.C. All the seats in the stadium were filled with people, mostly Americans. A smaller portion of the people were from somewhere I had never heard of. We were playing in The World Seers Series. “Dutch and I coached our team. This was the final game in the series and we were ahead. It was our turn to bat. Dutch, the Head Coach, wrote out a new batting order and hung it in our dugout for the team to see. The atmosphere in the dugout changed somewhat, with some players thinking the old batting order was better than the order Dutch had rewritten. “We had home-field advantage. It was the bottom of the 8th inning and we were winning. The scoreboard displayed the score of 20 for the opposing team and 22 for our team. I could see clearly on the scoreboard our team name - Kingdom Ekklesia. I could not make out the name of the opposing team; theirs was very blurry. “The mood shifted in our dugout as our team made an effort to encourage one another. We knew we were in the last innings of this final game and the game was tight. We took nothing for granted now, focussing intensely. We were the underdog, it seemed, and there was great urgency to win this game for the nation…” My Interpretation I feel that even the date this dream was received, January 2, 2022, is significant. I believe it points to Isaiah 22:22: “Then I will put the key of the house of David on his shoulder; When he opens, no one will shut, When he shuts, no one will open” (NASB). God has used this verse more than any other in my life for 25 years. It is a prophetic reference to Christ’s authority, spoken about Him again in Revelation 3:7. He has now delegated this governmental authority to open and close, bind and loose, to the church (Matthew 16:18-19). This dream is about the church’s authority! Our team’s name, Kingdom Ekklesia, playing in Royal Stadium, obviously confirms this. Ekklesia, the Greek word for “church,” referred to governing bodies - not congregations - in Christ’s day (I taught on the Ekklesia in a previous post dated 4/13/21. You can read it here.) “Royal” speaks of kingly authority. These 2 names clearly point to the praying church exercising its governmental, kingly authority. The city, Washington D.C., and the American’s watching the game indicates the contest/battle is over the U.S. government and the destiny of America. And finally, the name of the event is The World Seer Series, indicating that the battle will be won, at least in part, by those who correctly discern the times and seize the opportunity. The prophetic anointing - discerning and hearing the strategies of Holy Spirit - will be required to win this battle. I’ll say more about this momentarily. A new batting “order” was posted, representing a new strategy. I have referenced the Melchizedek “order” of priesthood, established by Christ, in a previous post from April 14, 2021 (click here to read), so I won’t take much time today doing so. The key point for this dream is that this order is a “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), which includes both priestly and kingly intercession. Priestly prayer involves petitions offered upward to heaven, representing the needs of humans to God; kingly prayer releases the authority of Christ downward to earth from our spiritual position with Christ, seated at the Father’s right hand. This “royal” intercession is accomplished through decreeing the scriptures (Ephesians 6:17), binding and loosing the works of darkness (Matthew 16:18-19), and prophetic declarations (Job 22:28). In the dream, remember that we were the home team and our stadium was Royal Stadium. God is telling us that to win this battle for control of America, we must move in this new order, exercising our kingly authority as Christ’s Ekklesia. And we must listen very carefully to Holy Spirit - again, it is the World “Seer” Series. And though America was the setting of the series, it was about the “world.” Indeed, the battle we are now engaged in is regarding worldwide harvest. Team Kingdom Ekklesia was led by Greg Hood and me. Obviously, this does not suggest that we are the dominant leaders in the church or in our movement. In the dream, we simply represent the apostolic and prophetic gifts and anointings of Christ in the church (Ephesians 4:11-12). For those not familiar with these giftings, don’t think of them as titles and positions. Just as with evangelism, pastoral care and teaching, they are anointings and functions of Christ, given to the church in order to adequately represent Him. Think of the apostolic gift as a governing and overseeing anointing, and the prophetic gift as a seeing, discerning, and hearing anointing. In the dream, the leadership provided by the apostolic and prophetic anointings is indicating that these two gifts of Christ to the church, which have been restored to the body of Christ over the last 3-4 decades, will now take on their appropriate role of leadership in the church, along with evangelists, pastors and teachers. This in no way diminishes the role of the other 3; it simply adds the function of apostles and prophets, enabling the church to fully reveal and represent Christ in the earth. Obviously, I could have skipped over this part of the dream for the sake of eliminating controversy, and we could still have prayed regarding the dream’s message. However, I have included it as a teaching point to help us understand the need for all of Christ’s gifts if we are to win this spiritual war. Finally, the score was 20 to 22; I believe this represents the new year, 2022. We have entered the year that will decide who wins the war over our generations’ outpouring and harvest. God will ultimately win the battle, of course. But just as with Israel and their exodus from Egypt, we too can miss the opportunity to possess our promised inheritance. God would then have to raise up another generation to accomplish His purposes, just as He did in Israel. Notice that in the dream it was the 8th inning and there was a “great urgency” on us. We had become very focused at this point in the game. It was up to us, the Ekklesia, “to win this game for the nation.” No other entity or group can do this - the church MUST arise. What an important word for us. We must hear and respond well to this admonition. There should be a sense of urgency on us, the praying church at this time. This is our moment in history! We must seize the day! And I believe we will. We WILL rise up in this hour and possess the land. We WILL accomplish all that God intends for us to do. We WILL win this spiritual battle. In tomorrow’s post and throughout the week, we will look at the further insights Holy Spirit gives us in this dream. Pray with me: Father, as Walter Wink once said, “History belongs to the intercessors.” We thank You for bringing us to this pivotal point in history. We are honored to partner with You and Your incredible plan of redemption here on earth. Now, may the praying church clearly understand the truth of this statement - history does indeed belong to us. Only we, through Christ’s name and authority, have the ability to push back the powers of darkness on earth. Awaken the church to the strategic importance of this year. May a divine urgency come upon us. Reveal to Your leaders and intercessors that we are indeed in the 8th inning and victory will soon be ours if we persevere. Give revelation also of the new order, that we are not only priests, but royal priests. May the church function in this kingly order, representing You as Your Ekklesia. Bring apostles and prophets into the fullness of their assignment so that we can represent Christ fully on the earth. We ask all of this in Christ’s name. Amen. Our decree: We decree that the new batting order will fully manifest and Christ’s Ekklesia will become all He intends us to be. ************************************* Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  15. 7 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-7-2022 January 7, 2022 Hello, thank you so much for joining us again today. As you can see, we are still out of town. Ceci is improving gradually each day and we really appreciate your prayers. We are unable to fly at this point, so we rented an RV and are driving back to South Carolina. Until we get there, of course, we cannot get to the studio and do a normal 15. But we have chosen two of our most liked Pleasure of His Company posts, which we did a few months ago, to show you again. We will be replaying those. I know you will enjoy them and I will see you on Monday. Thank you for joining us. The Friendship I called myself a Christian for seventeen years before I discovered I could have a truly personal relationship with God. Prior to this, I certainly knew Him as God and I definitely knew Him as my Savior. I didn’t, however, really know Him as my Father, and walking with Him as a friend wasn’t even in the field of view. Satan and his team, with lots of help from religion, have painted God as a very distant, non-relational being. If thought of at all, our Creator is primarily considered the Judge or, in times of crisis, a possible but unlikely means of help. Our adversary is nothing if not a very skilled deceiver. The thought of friendship with God is more than simply intriguing to me. It messes with me! It tugs at my heart and calls out to me. Like the natal homing of a sea turtle experiencing the invisible but irresistible pull to the place of its birth, it woos me. Somehow I know in the deepest part of my nature that it is my destination, my home. His desire for friendship was the place in His heart where we were conceived. Our quest and destiny should be to find it again. A few years ago I was elk hunting in the mountains of Colorado when I saw a monument to friendship. High on a mountain, near the edge, where one of the most majestic views imaginable could be seen, was a plaque attached to a rock. Tears came to my eyes as I read the words carved into the plaque. In memory of my friend and hunting partner, [name], with whom I roamed these mountains from 1963-2003. He loved these mountains, streams, snow-packed peaks and beautiful valleys. I miss him. [Name] 1930-2003 It may sound overly dramatic, but I removed my hat and stood in silence, saluting the friendship enjoyed by these men. I tried to imagine the joys and memories created, as well as the pain of the loss he must have felt as the old, surviving warrior climbed this hill, memorial in hand, to honor the memory of a true friend. One can only imagine the hours they shared together. The only way to truly understand the camaraderie that develops when friends share the wonder and awe of creation together is to experience it. I thought of this as I stood looking over the vastness of the Rocky Mountains. Then I thought how much greater is the awesomeness of sharing moments such as these with the Creator Himself. A friendship implies closeness and takes time to develop. It is comprised of trust, compatibility, affection, and, of course, a high level of interpersonal knowledge. I have many acquaintances but very few people I call my friends. The few I classify as such are those I enjoy spending time with, sharing life’s experiences together. We’re vulnerable with one another, freely communicating our hopes and dreams. I celebrate my victories with them and am comforted by them when I’m hurting, and vice versa. We keep it real. My walls are down when we’re together; I am unguarded and transparent, unafraid to let them see the real me – the unpolished version. I know they will always “be there” for me and I for them. Many more defining characteristics of friendship could be stated, but this much is clear: Friendship defines the highest level of relationship. Even higher than family. I’m sometimes amused when I hear the average Christian reference God as his or her “friend.” There was a popular chorus a few years back about being God's friend. I liked the song, but as I listened to crowds singing it, I couldn’t help but think how untrue it was for most of them. I suppose it’s good to sing it as a reminder of God‘s offer to us, just as my parents used to sing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” These songs may be reality for those who wrote them, but for the average person singing them, they simply aren’t true. Most Christians have no true intimacy with God, spend very little time with Him, and have a very limited knowledge of His heart and ways. “A casual acquaintance” would best define their relationship with Him. We mustn’t cheapen friendship by lowering the standard. I want to quickly point out, however, that friendship with God is possible for every believer and is His desire for us. Abraham’s walk with God was an example of this level of relationship. Three times in Scripture God called him His friend – and it’s what He desires with each one of us. This is not only a part of our destiny, it’s part of God’s dream. In exposing our shallow understanding of friendship with God and the fact that so few experience it, I don’t mean to impugn our intentions and motives. The fact is, we are much like Abraham at the beginning of his journey with the Lord. Most of us begin our walk with God just as he did - wanting the benefits He offers. We aren’t terribly interested in His dreams; we probably aren’t even consciously aware He has any. But we are aware that He can help us with our dreams, so we cut deals with Him, talk to Him primarily on the basis of our needs, and remind Him that He is our Father, meaning our source of provision.1 In a sermon called “The Disciple’s Prayer,“ Haddon Robinson tells the following story, which pictures the unenlightening and inappropriate beginning of our relationship with God. When our children were small, we played a game. I’d take some coins in my fist. They’d sit on my lap and work to get my fingers open. According to the international rules of finger opening, once the finger was open it couldn’t be closed again. They would work at it, until they got to the pennies in my hand. They would jump down and run away, filled with glee and delight. Just kids. Just a game. Sometimes when we come to God, we come for the pennies in His hand. “Lord, I need a passing grade. Help me remember this material.” “Lord, I need a job.” “Lord, I need a car.” We reach for the pennies. Then we walk away.2 Sadly, we’re all so human. We see God primarily as our Provider. Do we really know Him as a friend? No, not at the beginning of our journey. God understands this, however, and in His love and humility is willing to meet us where we are. “He first loved us,” the Scripture tells us (1 John 4:19), not the other way around. His love embraces us and makes us His child. And just as a natural child doesn’t begin its relationship on a friendship level with Mom and Dad, our heavenly Father knows we won’t with Him, either. It’s all about us. Most of us, when younger and in our parents’ home, trusted them to provide for us. Appropriately so. But for most of us the day arrived when we wanted to be more than just well-cared-for children. I know I did – I wanted to be my parents’ friend. At that point I cared more about their happiness, well-being, and dreams than I did their money. I wanted to give them more than I wanted to take from them. We no longer talked only about my happiness; we discussed things that interested them, as well. Over the years their faith had been transferred to me, and we dreamed together about making a difference for God. Our relationship had matured into a friendship. The same is true of Abraham. He started his journey with God looking for lands, blessings, and greatness. He embraced the promise of a biological son through whom he would produce a great nation. But thankfully, the relationship grew. There were even some rough spots along the way. When God didn’t provide the son He promised Abraham and Sarah in the way they expected, they demonstrated their lack of trust by choosing to have a son through Hagar, Sarah’s maid. Still, though Abraham demonstrated humanness, in the end he proved his trust in God had grown to a level few people ever attain. He was even willing to sacrifice Isaac, his long-awaited son, believing if he did so, God would raise Isaac from the dead. What a trust! Yahweh so cherished his friendship with Abraham that, when Abraham died, He saw to it Abraham was buried at Hebron, which actually means “friendship.” I can’t help but believe that, like the hunting friends mountain top plaque, this was God’s tribute to their friendship. Upon Abraham’s arrival in heaven, I like to think Yehweh stood, got everyone’s attention, and honored the old patriarch: “This is Abraham, my friend. We dreamed together, and enjoyed the pleasure of one another’s company.” When God is looking for someone He can be vulnerable with, a friend with whom He can share His hopes, dreams, and, yes, even His disappointments, I hope He feels He can look to me. And when my earthly life is over and my body laid to rest, if it can be said that He and I were friends, I will have been a success. Pray with me: We are grateful, Father, that friendship with You is Your desire for us. Thank You, Jesus, for restoring the potential for friendship with God to every believer; fulfilling our destiny and the dream of God’s heart. Thank You for lovingly receiving our child-like interactions as genuine offerings, though they come at times from immature hearts. Your love is so great that You meet us there and woo us tenderly toward the place of deep intimacy and trust. May the quest of our lives be to find this place of true friendship and walk with You. God, when You are looking for someone in Your family You can be vulnerable with, a friend with whom You can share Your hopes, dreams, and, yes, even Your disappointments, we want You to feel You can look to us. We want to enjoy the pleasure of Your company, and we want You to enjoy the pleasure of our company. In Your name we pray, Amen. ******************************** Today’s post was taken from my book The Pleasure of His Company. Click the link below to watch the full video: 1. Adapted from Dutch Sheets, Dream (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2012), pp 101-106. 2. Haddon Robinson, “The Disciple’s Prayer,” Preaching Today no. 117, quoted in Greg Herrick, “Knowing God and Prayer,” https://bible.org/book/export/html/6336
  16. 7 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-6-2022 January 6, 2022 Hello, thank you so much for joining us again today. As you can see, we are still out of town. Ceci is improving gradually each day and we really appreciate your prayers. We are unable to fly at this point, so we rented an RV and are driving back to South Carolina. Until we get there, of course, we cannot get to the studio and do a normal 15. But we have chosen two of our most liked Pleasure of His Company posts, which we did a few months ago, to show you again. We will be replaying those. I know you will enjoy them and I will see you on Monday. Thank you for joining us. The Search I have many great memories of times with the three ladies in my life: Ceci, my wife; my older daughter, Sarah; and Hannah, my younger. The pleasure of their company has always been special to me. Of the thousands of memorable days I’ve spent with Ceci, one exciting excursion on a beautiful Saturday in the spring of ‘77 stands out. We had gone to picturesque White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas, where we enjoyed a wonderful picnic. Ceci cooked some of her great fried chicken and prepared potato salad for the occasion. After eating, we sat on a blanket not far from the lake - the setting was absolutely perfect - and enjoyed some pleasant conversation. She had brought along her guitar, and we enjoyed singing a few worship songs; the presence of Holy Spirit was sweet. In this beautiful setting, on this beautiful day, totally mesmerized by this beautiful lady, I asked her to marry me. Finding me irresistible, she said yes. Of the memories made with Sarah, her wedding is certainly one of the preeminent. I recall the pride and satisfaction I felt when she and I danced at her reception. Actually, as you might have guessed from reading yesterday’s post, shifting my weight from one foot to the other while holding her hand and shoulder was about as creative as the dancing got. But that didn’t matter. The important part was looking into her eyes, telling her how beautiful she was and how proud her mother and I were. I spent a fortune that day. “Thank you, Daddy,” was all the return I needed. In regards to Hannah, I love to recall the camping trip she and I embarked on several years ago. We found a beautiful spot on a stream in Colorado and spent the weekend enjoying nature and nature’s God. As we drove through Rocky Mountain National Park one morning, a park with views that rival anything in the world, we were also listening to beautiful worship songs she and I love. I’ll never forget the tears that flowed down Hannah’s cheeks at one point as she marveled at God’s majesty and reveled in His love. Happy tears. Peaceful tears. “I’m in love with God and He’s in love with me” tears. What was it that made those days so memorable for me? With Ceci, was it a lake, a guitar, a blanket, and some good food? Of course not; those were simply adornments that created helpful ambiance. With Sarah, was it the uniqueness and joy of a celebrative wedding atmosphere? Not really. I’ve been to many weddings that hold no such memories for me. With Hannah was it the beauty and majesty of the Colorado Rockies? As amazing as they are, and as much as they “garnished” the day, it wasn’t the mountains. It was the company..! Sparkling eyes, smiles, embraces, laughter, happy tears, and hearts I connected with at a deep level - these made the memories special. It was the lady, not the lake; the girl I was dancing with, not the dance; the passenger, not the drive. Whom you’re with matters most in life. I’ve made some great memories with God, just as I have with my three ladies. He and I have laughed and cried together; and yes, we’ve danced a time or two. We have sat, walked, ridden, and bicycled in each other’s company. I’ve crawled up in His lap and napped, sang Him songs, and watched a few movies with Him. He is more than a “being” to me. He’s a companion. Not making His acquaintance would have been life’s greatest injustice. Does He feel the same way about us? Of course, He does. God loves being with us. Consider the following invitation: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20 KJV). The Almighty, the Creator, the Everlasting God of heaven and earth requests the pleasure of your company tonight for dinner. What a thought..! Do you, like me, find it interesting that He knocks on the door? I suppose God could simply knock it down. Or just walk through it! But that would be an intrusion, and God doesn’t want to intrude into your space; He wants to be invited in. Like anyone, He wants to be celebrated, not tolerated. The word sup in this verse is not a generic word that refers to eating. This is the word in biblical times for the main evening meal. The Jewish new day began in the evening, at sunset. At this evening meal, the family would gather to discuss the day’s events, and the new day would begin and be planned. Jesus is saying to us in this verse, “Let me into your world. Let’s dine, fellowship, and plan the day.” We must learn to commune with the Lord as a real person and on a personal level. Hearing and discerning God’s voice is not a gift, but rather a learned art. When you take the time to wait and listen, you learn to allow God into your thinking. His thoughts become yours. In this verse, the Lord said, “If any man hears my voice . . .” The obvious insinuation is that our actions, not His, will determine whether or not we hear from Him. Again, sensitivity is learned and developed. Like the frequencies on a radio, our minds and hearts must tune in. One of my employees a few years back related the following humorous episode about listening. While my sister-in-law was busy in the kitchen preparing dinner and planning for various family and church activities, her young daughter continued to talk to her about many different important things in her life, to which her mother would periodically respond, “Uh-huh.” Finally, wanting to do something to make this more of a two-sided conversation, the little girl tugged on her mother’s arm to get her full attention. Once she knew her mother was really listening, she said, “Mom, why don’t you talk for a while now, and I’ll say Uh-huh.”1 I can’t help but wonder how often God is knocking and calling, only to find us so busy we really aren’t listening. He will never treat us this way. You’ll never find Him so busy with others or so distracted running the universe that He feigns attentiveness to you, mumbling “uh-huh” while actually thinking about something else. He has plenty of undistracted time for you, and He wants some in return. The Scriptures tell us that God is searching for this kind of relationship. From the moment we were separated from Him by Adam’s sin, He began the search. “Where are you?” He called to Adam and Eve as they hid from Him (Genesis 3:9). We’re told that His eyes “move to and fro” throughout the earth looking for those whose hearts are fully His (2 Chronicles 16:9). One of my favorite Bible stories as a young kid was about a man named Zaccheus. He was a tax collector and had become wealthy, most likely by defrauding people, charging them more than they actually owed. Somehow this man had become enamored with Jesus, so much so that he climbed a tree to get a good look at Him as He passed through his village. Jesus wanted Zaccheus to get more than a look, however; He invited Himself over for dinner! “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house” (Luke 19:5). Jesus knocked and Zaccheus opened. The visit was obviously impactful. It always is when Jesus comes over for dinner. “Lord, half of my possessions I’ll give to the poor,” he promised before the meeting ended, “and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much” (Luke 19:8). When challenged as to why He would be the guest of a man who was a “sinner,” Jesus merely referenced His searching heart. “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost,” (v. 10, italics mine). He simply has an insatiable desire to eat and fellowship with friends, family, and seekers. Jesus was on a mission then; He’s on the same mission now. He wants some conversation with you. The next time He knocks, open the door. Make your house one of the regular stops for His searching eyes. Let no distraction, hesitation, or slumbering soul be found within you. May your heart always remain an open door to Jesus, as you seek to mature in the art of discerning His knock and voice. As His eyes search this world for a surrendered heart with which to commune, may His gaze rest upon you. Welcome Him to sit at the supper table of your soul to dine and dialogue with you. He would love to receive the pleasure of your company today. Pray with me: Father, it’s time we made memories with You. Your thoughts toward us are prized by You. We want to be able to say the same about You. Forgive us for making You an impersonal God, an unloving Father. Adam hid from You, fearing Your heart toward his weaknesses. Yet, You pursued him. And You pursued us, and we thank You! Now we cast aside the lies that have said You are mean, cruel, judgmental, impossible to please. We accept You as Abba, Papa, and we want to make some memories. We want to walk with You, talk with You, and dream with You. Today we dream with You of the billion kids-to-be of Yours, our brothers and sisters-to-be. We call them home to Abba. We break off of them the bondages of idolatry, addiction, pride, rebellion, and pain. We free them in the name of Jesus! We release angel armies to gather them in. We declare that the gospel of the kingdom has in it the power of God and that this glorious gospel is about to go forth in tidal waves around the world. Millions will know Your love! They will kiss the Son and find the missing piece of their heart. Lord of the Harvest, send laborers. Release them NOW! In Jesus' Name we pray. Our decree: We decree this will not be stopped! Abba is coming for His inheritance! *********************************** Today’s post was taken from my book The Pleasure of His Company. Click the link below to watch the full video: 1. Adapted from Dutch Sheets, Dream (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2012)
  17. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-3-2022 January 3, 2022 2022 - Our Jericho Year 2022, one of, if not the most, important years of our lives. But first, since this is the first GH15 post of the year, “Happy New Year!” And may 2021 vanish quickly! Now, regarding 2022, first the bad news: America is a mess. The crisis is huge, the battle is monumental and the stakes are “winner take all.” I just watched an OAN news report showing a Lutheran Church, with a man dressed in drag, teaching small children - God knows what - about the Christmas story. The tagline read, “Lutheran Church Offers Drag Queen Prayer Time To Children.” Founder Luther, we could use another thesis or two. I switched channels to find something less infuriating. Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade was talking about the fentanyl now coming over the southern border. It is up 300% since Biden and the Dems took over; a record 100,000 people died last year from overdoses! It is now the leading cause of death to those ages 18-45. Why don’t we hear about this from our leftist government and their media arm? Don’t they know this is happening? Of course they do. But their power-crazed hearts have allowed their consciences to be seared. The “end” for them now justifies the “means.” Some “pawns” simply must be sacrificed in order for tyrants and despots to satisfy their insatiable lust for power. Several million more illegals means votes for those who let them in - other consequences be damned. It is despicable and ugly, but it is reality. I could depress, discourage or anger you - depending on your frame of mind when you read this - with several more disgusting and horrible results of our evil government - abortion, economy, Afghanistan, emboldened dictators and terrorists who want to destroy us, lockdowns, fear-mongering, socialism, demented leaders, woke-ism, but I will spare you the details. Besides, you are the choir - no point in “preaching” to you and giving you heartburn. I’m sure you know by now that the left is a movement under the complete control of spiritual, antichrist forces. They DO want to destroy the America you and I have known and loved, and COMPLETELY transform it into a godless, amoral, socialistic country. They DO - please remember this. And though, in their incredible deception, most on the left aren’t aware that their insane beliefs are demonic, this makes them no less dangerous. Now for some encouragement: we can stop them. Beyond being able to do so, we are called to. And we have arrived at the year in which we can break through. This is the year we can see evil roots uprooted and leftist, antichrist momentum stopped. This is the year we save America! Please listen carefully: that does NOT mean the war will be over; in fact, it will intensify. And the breakthrough will NOT be because of the midterms, though they are immeasurably important, nor will it be because we finally conduct the right gathering, implement the right strategy or follow the right leader. All of these things are good and necessary. But there is no one thing we will “finally get right” or “do right” that will produce this. On the contrary, we have been on a conquering, possessing, multi-year SIEGE, which has created a kairos window of opportunity - and the Ekklesia will seize it. 2022 is the “window year,” the momentum shift year, the Jericho year. It isn’t the “possess all the promised land year.” But we CAN now break the back of the entrenched evil, the spiritual forces of darkness and their quest to destroy America’s destiny and stop the coming worldwide harvest. This victory will allow individuals to be successful with the reformational changes we need in government, education, media, and so on. Our prayers will empower their actions; their actions will accomplish our prayers. Both are essential: we cannot do it without them, they cannot do it without us. Let me reemphasize the last statement: they cannot do it without our prayers. Trump can’t. Jim Jordan, Ron DeSantis, Ted Cruz, and other good government leaders can’t. Wise educators can’t. Good media sources can’t. And strong spiritual leaders can’t. Prayer is the fuel that powers the engine. It births the plan of God and blocks the plans of satan. It uproots, tears down, builds and plants, binds and looses. An appeal to heaven birthed our nation and an appeal to heaven will save and rebirth it. It still works. As prophetic intercessors, we must step up our game in the first quarter of this year. I will say more about this in the coming days. I have been sensing both the opportunity I spoke of above, and the intensified efforts of darkness to stop it. I am appealing to all who follow me - be very diligent in prayer over the coming months. Enlist as many others as you can to join the efforts. If you feel it helps, start by reading this post, and begin by praying with me. Holy Spirit will lead with further prayers. If you aren’t part of a good prayer group, find one. If you can’t find one, start one. It can be in person or by phone, morning or evening, in homes, churches or offices. Just pray. My good friend Chuck Pierce told me last week that “from now ‘til March 21, our (America’s) future hangs in the balance…get positioned properly.” I have been and will continue to diligently seek the Lord’s direction in this. I am also planning some longer podcasts to bring needed prophetic teaching regarding where we are currently in America, how we got here, and what God is doing to change this. They will not only help you pray more effectively, but will clear up confusion and even discouragement. And they will be teachings you can pass along, not only by recommending them, but also by teaching them yourselves to congregations and small groups. We will grow together. Get ready for a tumultuous but victorious year. Thank you for joining us in this spiritual, eternal cause. Multiplied millions of souls hang in the balance, and we, the Ekklesia, will tip the scales. We will. Pray with me: Father, we thank You for Your wisdom and foreknowledge. We thank You for the assurance we find in knowing You are never taken by surprise and never without a plan. You have declared the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) and it shall be so. Yet, our prayers and obedience to Your plans and purposes have a bearing on timing and the level at which we experience the privilege of partnering with You. We do not want to be like Moses’ generation, missing their opportunity and requiring Your postponing of it until Joshua and the next generation. We want to be a people that, when You looked ahead, You found faithful, knowing they would not miss their opportunity. We believe we are a Joshua generation of Caleb’s and conquerors - may Your grace be poured out making this even more so. Give us a victory in the Dobbs case regarding abortion. End Roe v. Wade by giving us at least five justices that hear Your heart and make Your ruling - regardless of how You have to do it. Whatever level of pressure You have to bring, whatever method You choose, please do this. May this ruling cause America to end baal’s reign over us, making possible the healing our land. And we pray that You orchestrate an increase of prayer in this pivotal year. We know this is THE year. We must break through. Give us direction, revelation, strategies, and heaven’s favor as we march around Jericho and begin the conquest of the land. Give us the momentum of revival increasing to a higher and more powerful level. We believe this is coming and we call it forth in the name of Jesus! Our decree: We decree that 2022 will be the year America is saved! ******************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  18. 7 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-4-2022 January 4, 2022 Hello, I am Dutch and Ceci‘s daughter Sarah. Dad has asked me to do the intro for today’s post. He says: Ceci and I traveled to Dallas this past weekend to speak for our dear friend, Chuck Pierce. While here Ceci came under a very severe vertigo attack, making it impossible for her to be mobile. I was not even able to leave her to speak at the conference. This also meant we were not able to return home on Sunday. We are still in Dallas until she is released to travel. Thankfully, I had yesterday‘s post already prepared. And thankfully, I had already asked Chuck Pierce, and my brother, Tim sheets, to record posts sharing recent revelations the Lord had given them - insights I felt were important for all of us as we start the new year. I had intended to release them later this week or early next week, but due to the circumstances, I’m releasing them today and tomorrow. You will greatly appreciate what they have to say. Prophesy Again...! What an honor to be on Give Him 15. I so respect both Dutch and Ceci Sheets. Dutch is one of my favorite people to minister with. In this new era, we must keep prophesying. Once you understand we're in a new era, it is time to accept change. If we're not changeable, we don't shift well. It's also a new season of faith. Your faith must increase. The Lord told the disciples they had a little faith. It wasn't that they had no faith, but that faith needed to come to a new level. Additionally, in every new era we also want to know that a new wineskin is being developed for a new move of God -- and that's part of what we're seeing. Give Him 15 is part of that new wineskin. This is an era when we must understand that the war is increasing. War means conflict. There’s conflict on almost every side, so we've got to keep faith moving and joy moving or else we lose strength. It's also a time to plunder or be plundered. Remember what Yeshua said, "Unless you bind the strong man, you cannot plunder what he has taken from you." This season is a time to recover all, get back things that had been taken, and then use those resources in new ways to develop exploits. From a Hebraic standpoint, this is an era about the voice that comes out of your house. How are you speaking? How are you prophesying? It's a very supernatural, mystical atmosphere around us. We are living in supernatural times; therefore, we must depend on the supernatural power that God has put within us, allowing Holy Spirit to manifest through us to determine who is going to rule our future. That is very key whether you're looking at it from a personal standpoint, your own portion, territory, a state, or a nation. What supernatural power is going to rule in our atmosphere as we keep moving toward an expected time? That's what future means – what we haven't gotten to yet, as opposed to where we were yesterday. In this era, we're building the house for the future. We're moving to re-establish the house over these next couple of years. Within Hebraic thought, time is a circle. We are facing backwards while rowing into the future and gaining a new building plan for the house that we're part of. This year is also the year of the container. Just look at the warfare with container ships stranded out in our ports and the supply not being able to come on shore. With the house, the dwelling place, your home, it’s about the covenant that God has and the sons and daughters that are part of what is being built. This is very important. Know that the heavens are changing. Psalms 102 says there comes a time the heavens become like an old garment. The harvest sickle in heaven is beginning to move, so we must lift our eyes and look at our harvest, re-evaluate the boundaries and sphere that we each have. Then we hear the Lord for war strategies to secure our inheritance. That comes through the Tabernacle of David being restored and worship having a key role in the portion God's given us. Out of David's tabernacle came the worship and praise which allowed them to gain the strategies they needed for war. In this new era, a new day breaks every day and because of that, we must prophesy again. If we become discouraged because of what we haven't seen, we don't keep prophesying into the future. Prophecy is having the mind and heart of God to decree or speak into the atmosphere that we're part of. This is a day for us to prophesy again and as we prophesy, we're building. I encourage you – always speak! The voice that's coming out of you is building your future. Always speak forth what God is saying in your life. Many of you prophesy into this nation or into your family. Prophecy and prayer go hand in hand. What you're praying, you prophesy. Pray and say. There are five key levels of prophetic recovery that are important to understand. You can't get discouraged based upon the circumstances around you. The Lord came to Ezekiel and said, "Let me show you how things really look." He showed him dry bones, lifeless, and asked a question – "Son of man, can these bones live?" Ezekiel said, "Lord, only you know what can be done." The Lord didn't come down on Ezekiel because of his faith level. He said, "Okay, I'm going to tell you what to prophesy. Prophesy to these bones, say to them…”, He told Ezekiel exactly what to say. He didn’t say, “You have to believe this”, but “Prophesy because I'm saying it!” Prophesy to these bones and say, “Oh, dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Behold, I'll make breath enter you so that you come to life. I'll put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin. You will come alive and know that I Am the Lord." Look at what you are praying about and say, "Can recovery happen in this situation?" Then listen for the Lord and prophesy what He says. Ezekiel did what the Lord said, and something happened. Sound started coming. The form started coming, but there wasn't any breath in this sound and form. So, the Lord said to him, "I want you to prophesy again to the breath." In other words, I want you to know there are levels we go through – prophesying, praying, and prophesying again. It's very much like when the Lord touched the man's eyes and the second time he saw clearly. Don't get discouraged by circumstances. Prophesy! That's a word from the Lord to you today. Ezekiel prophesied again and the breath came. Look at the thing you're praying for and say, "I've seen progress here, but I'm going to have to prophesy again. I'm not going to get weary in saying what God is saying." Once the breath comes, the bones rise and start speaking. The bodies come to life, speaking and sharing all they'd been through, all the hope deferred. Then the Lord said, “Prophesy to that hope deferred!” If we ever needed to prophesy to hope deferred, it’s now. Once Ezekiel addressed hope deferred, something else began to happen; he had to determine, "Can I really believe that an army can come out of this grave of hope deferred, this scattered, lifeless place that it's been in?" As he prophesied to that resurrected army, a resurrection power hit from the prophecy and the army started coming together. That's what Give Him 15 is about. Can this army keep coming together and keep saying what God is saying? Often, when we don't see a completion of what God is saying or doing, we get discouraged. But the Lord says, "I said it. Even though the breath’s not happening, and you've already prophesied it, you're going to have to prophesy again. Deal with the hope deferred of your past, then come together as one with new power." Prophesy that and see the joy! Many don't understand that when prophecy doesn’t seem to happen, we have to prophesy again. We have to go to Washington, D.C., and prophesy again. We have to prophesy about that individual and say, "But God has said this and I'm going to decree it." Once we see this, we move forward and keep prophesying until something happens. Can a resurrected army come together? We're seeing that happen. You're part of it right now. Ezekiel 37:14 is one of my very favorite verses. Before Ezekiel ever saw the dry bones, God told him to prophesy that a new spirit and new life would come into the people. He prophesied it, then the Lord showed him the dry bones and took him through these prophetic steps of recovery. Can this army come together? Prophesy – “I will put my Spirit in you! You will come to life, and I will place you in your own land!” That's part of what's happening right now. God is repositioning us in things filled with decay to build the church for the future, a storehouse for the harvest ahead. Amid chaotic times and wrong voices, He is saying, “Prophesy again. Know that I have spoken and fulfilled it." He's taking us through these prophetic recovery steps. Do not be discouraged. You will see the performance of the Lord in what you're trusting Him for. Prayer: Lord, I ask that You move on everyone reading this. Let their faith arise, shine their shield of faith, and let the Word of God start bubbling within them. Let them see into a different dimension. Lord, help them to prophesy recovery can happen! Help them prophesy a new breath will bring life! Help them prophesy hope deferred will be addressed and removed! And help them prophesy a resurrected army is coming together! We pray this in Yeshua’s name, Amen. Our decree: I am part of a resurrected army that will prophesy and see the performance of the Lord. ******************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  19. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-31-2021 December 31, 2021 Welcome to Give Him 15. Ceci and I are trying to slow down a little this last week of the year. To help with this, I’ve asked some of the prophetic voices I draw from occasionally on the posts to fill in. If you listen regularly you’ll know the names, even if you haven’t seen their faces before, and you’ll be very blessed by these posts. Enjoy! And I’ll see you next week. We Will Not Shrink Back, Give Up, or Give In Jesus Rocked the Boat Have you ever noticed every time Jesus found himself in a temple, he caused trouble? In John 2:13-16, we find Jesus turning over the tables of the money changers. He even made a whip and drove them out of the temple. He accused them of making His father’s house a place where thieves do business. Matthew 23:25 is full of harsh words. Jesus calls the scribes and Pharisees - hypocrites, robbers, and self-indulgent. Is it a good idea to disrupt the livelihood of powerful people and humiliate them publicly, especially people well-connected with the most ruthless government on earth—the Roman empire? It sure does sound familiar in today’s world, doesn't it? The lives of our children and youth have become a commodity for trade. Churches and so-called ministries who profess to know God and do things "for" God have become a place for showbiz Christianity. It has the appearance of God but His power and His presence are absent from it. Well, Jesus didn't care that people didn’t like it. In fact, He was doing exactly what He was sent to do—destroy the old priestly order and establish a new one, in His name and through His life. A New Priesthood When the disciples of John the Baptist asked Jesus why His disciples didn’t fast as they did, He answered them, “I haven't come to put new wine into an old wineskin. It would be destroyed. I did not come to patch up your old broken, dilapidated religion. I came to destroy it and replace it with something entirely new—something alive and eternal.” Many churches today are happy with the old religious ways. I hear people say often, “Give me some of that old-time religion.” I say, no thank you. I want what Jesus is doing today. I want this new and living way that Jesus has brought to the earth called the Kingdom of God. It’s not a religion; it is not full of ordinances and rituals. It is the rule and reign of Jesus the King, through His sons and daughters - that's you and me if you're born again - moving together as one body, expanding His kingdom here on earth. I want this new wine that Jesus is pouring out. What about you? John 2:10 reads, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” You see, Jesus did not give them the same old stuff they were drinking. He gave them something better, something symbolic of what He was bringing into the earth, something intoxicating. Scripture often refers to Holy Spirit as new wine because the Holy Spirit is intoxicating. What does it mean to be intoxicated? (Back in my B.C. days - before Christ - I know exactly what intoxication meant to me then.) Intoxication alters everything about you - how you think, walk, speak, and even the way you spend your money. Jesus gave us new wine and a new and living priesthood through Holy Spirit. It was not just for an infilling to speak in tongues or heal the sick. It was to bring about a priestly order onto the earth that has been absent since Adam—the Melchizedek priesthood. We must get this priesthood activated for the fire of God to fall in America and in our personal lives. Jesus is our high priest, not after the Levitical priestly order but after the priestly order of Melchizedek. These are totally different types of the priesthood. Thank God Jesus was born in Judah’s tribe, not in Levi. But Jesus brings another quality that the Levitical priests did not have— eternal life! According to Hebrews 7:23-25, Jesus “Is able to save forever… and He always lives...” Jesus functions from the power of an endless life and so should we. Hallelujah! Jesus replaced Levi with Melchizedek. The kingdom operation of the priesthood is no longer under Levi’s order. It operates from the power of an endless life of Jesus. The good news is, we are a part of Jesus’ priesthood after this new order, the order of Melchizedek. In this new order, the job of priests is to get things legally in place, so that we can step into our kingly anointing and make decrees from Father’s heart that establish His will in the earth. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:5 that we are “living stones, built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood." Priests intercede, kings make decrees. We are both "kings and priests" according to 1 Peter 2:9. Yet we cannot step into our kingly anointing without understanding the priestly anointing that Father God has given us in our lives through Jesus Christ. Kingdom vs Religion This is not a religious function. This is a kingdom function. Religion wants ordinances. Religion wants the rituals of Levi’s priesthood. Religion wants you to go through the steps so that maybe you can please God someday. Religion wants rituals on Sunday morning—singing, standing, kneeling, praying, hearing - yet leaving the same way we came. Religion wants us in a holding pattern, waiting for God to change things, when we already have His power working in us and through us. Christ’s Kingdom Leavens Everything - NOW This new order of priesthood is powerful because it is not religious. No matter if we are business people, teachers, government officials, stay-at-home parents, artists, or entertainers...whatever sphere of society we inhabit, we carry a priestly and a kingly anointing to establish the glory and dominion of the King, Jesus. This is how God is getting kingdom done. Luke 10:19 states that you and I have been given authority over the enemy. As kings and priests, we apply that scripture to wherever we find the enemy working - in the government, in our schools, in our economy, in the medical arena; in every facet of society where inequity has taken root. I shake my head in disbelief as to what our society has succumbed to - when I see transsexuals and transvestites indoctrinating our young children, reading them stories that support their lifestyle. I once read of a stripper instructing a third-grade class on how to pole dance. This is not spiritual warfare in the ether somewhere. This is wickedness right under our noses. It is happening in our homes and communities. If you don’t believe me, check your kid’s internet usage and monitor what’s being taught at their school. As bad as this sounds, here is the good news. We have the power to displace it and overcome it! God is looking for sons and daughters who will rise up and say, “I will be that priest and king in the sphere of influence God has planted me in. I will be that voice of reason, the hands and feet of God proclaiming His goodness and His authority. The religious priesthood will not do this. Some Sunday morning pastors may not do this. A professional minister may not ever do this. It has to be Spirit-grown sons and daughters coming to a place where we understand our position, power, and responsibilities. Where we are no longer comfortable coexisting with the ways of the world. In Revelation 5:10 (NKJV) the John states of Jesus, “You have made us kings and priests to our God, And we shall reign on the earth.” This is not a post-millennial event; this is a here-and-now event. This is not scheduled for the future. This is now! Wherever He has given you authority, whatever sphere of influence He has put you in, it is your responsibility to bring the glory and dominion of God to that place. This means not backing down, not being a coward, not trying to coexist. Pray with me: Father, we ask today that by Holy Spirit, You would give us the courage to make the shift out of the old way of religion and step into Your Kingdom power which You have provided for us through Jesus Christ - His death and resurrection, His ascension and His sitting down at Your right hand. Amen. Our Decree: We decree that we are moving in the power of Jesus’ priesthood which operates from the power of an endless life. We decree that we are new wineskins ready to receive the new wine of Holy Spirit’s empowerment for this fresh revival and awakening He has brought us into. We decree that we will NOT shrink back, give in, give up or give out when it comes to bringing our families and our nation into the purpose of God..! ***************************** Today’s post was contributed by Greg Hood and taken from his book Rebuilding the Broken Altar. You can find more about Greg here or at greghood.org. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  20. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-30-2021 December 30, 2021 Welcome to Give Him 15. Ceci and I are trying to slow down a little this last week of the year. To help with this, I’ve asked some of the prophetic voices I draw from occasionally on the posts to fill in. If you listen regularly you’ll know the names, even if you haven’t seen their faces before, and you’ll be very blessed by these posts. Enjoy! And I’ll see you next week. The Power of Being Relationally Aligned “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. (Genesis 11:1) God had a problem. It was 4,000 BC, and the whole world was connected with one common language. And they decided to make a name for themselves by building a city with a tower that reached to the heavens. It was a good plan, and it could have worked, except God took exception with it. Now, man had a problem. Genesis 11:5-7: “The Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language, they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’” As anyone who has ever tried building anything knows, the surest way to discover your true friends from your enemies is to build something—anything. A house, a shopping mall, an elementary school, a power plant, a pipeline, a nuclear test facility, and yes, a move of God. It seems like there is always one group in favor and several noisy groups adamantly opposed. Which makes me wonder why God took issue with the building of a tower. I mean…didn’t he say “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and yes, subdue it?” (Genesis 1:28). Doesn’t this include tower building? I think it does. Well, apparently it doesn’t matter what I think. God thought it was a bad idea and that was the end of it…literally. “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. So, the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.” (Genesis 11:7-8) That was it. From unity to disunity. From power to powerless. From progress to disarray. From one language to…well, to babble. Not very God-like, was it? Well, actually it was. God recognized the power of relational alignment. He knew that if man was aligned, there would be no stopping them. Anything would be possible. To eternity and beyond! Why was this an issue? One word: Sin. God’s problem was not the advance of man. It was in what man was advancing. That city and tower were not about progressing with pure motives. This wasn’t a bunch of people sitting around, trying to find ways to improve the earth, to glorify God or even better, to get better cell phone reception. These were the sons and daughters of Adam, living in a fallen state, building a monument for their godless pride. We see this often in today’s society. No telling where they would have reached. But God wasn’t about to wait and find out. Today, we see the same forces at work. Technology has fueled the information age and empowered man with a common language—the means of relational alignment. And while we are seeing great things from unifying inventions like computers, the internet, satellites and smart phones—I’m writing this on a computer right now—only a blind man could miss the evil being propagated through these same channels. The applications that enable the whole world to hear the Gospel also facilitate internet mobs’ intent on canceling anything that does not fit their social justice cause. As we grow closer in one common language, we uncover the power to transform the earth—our pre-sin mandate. But we also tap into the power to do anything we set our minds to. The issue, therefore, is our minds, informed by our hearts and driven by our natures. The good that redeemed men and women can do is up against the evil that unredeemed people can do…often unwittingly. Amidst the mess we see, the power of relational alignment cannot be ignored. The lesson of our day is that, yes indeed, we can accomplish anything we set ourselves to do when we are relationally aligned. Alignment works for good when those who aligned surrender to God. Indeed, relational alignment amplifies what unites us. God doesn’t hate towers; He doesn’t hate building. He hates sin. Simultaneously, He loves mankind. And He loves it when we align under Him—surrender to His will, when we do it His way. What is His way? It starts with integrity of the soul and spirit—understanding Jesus’ life and saving power. It starts with people who know who they are in God. It flows to leadership—people under God who have been prepared, tried and even tested, those who have held the knife over the beating heart of that which they loved and heard the words: “Stop! Now I know…” [Abraham and Isaac] It starts with being qualified, and it continues with the attraction of capable leadership to those looking for leaders. Many say that people are rebellious, and they won’t follow leaders. I say that many are tired of pseudo-leaders. Relational Alignment cannot be forced. The strength of a movement is not from blind obedience but in the resultant empowering of those being led. This happens through relationship. Alignment is the key ingredient that binds the Kingdom of God into life-giving relationships. Our anointing’s are not made to function independent of one another. Not at all. We are gifted to serve each other, first in the Kingdom of God, and from there, to the world. Jesus’ means of achieving all that the Father set in motion through His death and resurrection is His body—the Ekklesia, the church. Until and unless we become fitly joined together, we will not experience the power required to do what Jesus said we will do: Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will even do greater things than these because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12) (One of my favorite scriptures.) Relational alignment is not easy to achieve, but it is vital. We will spend a lifetime learning to be aligned and eternity rejoices through relational alignment. I’d say it’s worth the effort. Alignment is now. It propels the church forward into the new era. It qualifies us for greater power. It holds us together when the storms of rage assault us. It advances the vanguard, heals the wounded, shelters the weak, and directs the strong. It makes the church the church. It makes the Ekklesia His legislative assembly. It is the sinew and tendons of the body of Christ. It is the retort to the quintessential challenge: “Oh yeah? You and what army?” Relational alignment produces that army. From aligned individuals to aligned families to aligned fellowships to aligned nations—it is the leaven that gives rise to the people of God to glorify Him through one language, one voice, one body. It is the tower we should have built 4,000 years ago—the tower that God rejoices over. And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I want to mention at this point about a book that I’ve written, “Relational Authority: Authentic Leadership” My friend, this is a tremendous resource that will help you. Much of what I have said today is in this book. It’s about building relationships that are strong. That are properly aligned. I have another book that will be out in 2022, “Aligned for Conquest.” They will go together. I suggest that you go to my website: ClayNash.org and look at this resource. I truly believe it’ll be something that will strengthen you, mature you, and help you become that weapon for God that He needs in the earth. Pray with me: Father, teach us what building Your movement is all about. Make us wise craftsmen to align Your people through relationship. Teach us to be the leaders and followers that You intend. Make us the sons and daughters of Your family in all respects. May our identities in You lead us to unite in relational alignment with one another for Your glory. Amen. Our Decree: Now I want you to make this declaration with me: We declare God’s Kingdom will come. We declare His will shall be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We declare that we shall align relationally. The dross shall be separated from the gold, the chaff from the wheat. We shall be purified and unified. We shall be endowed with power from on high, as the early church becomes the latter church. We will hold up the honor and glory of Almighty God—now and forevermore. “Two are better than one. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’”(Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12) *********************** I want to thank you for joining with us today. I’m honored to be a part of this Give Him Fifteen; an incredible platform. But I’m honored that you would choose to take time to be here. So, may God bless you, empower you, mature you and send you forth with His mandates. America is being saved and you’re a part of it. God bless you. - Clay Nash *********************************** Today’s post was contributed by Pastor Clay Nash. To find out more about Clay, click here or go to ClayNash.org. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  21. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-29-2021 December 29, 2021 Welcome to Give Him 15. Ceci and I are trying to slow down a little this last week of the year. To help with this, I’ve asked some of the prophetic voices I draw from occasionally on the posts to fill in. If you listen regularly you’ll know the names, even if you haven’t seen their faces before, and you’ll be very blessed by these posts. Enjoy! And I’ll see you next week. The Tide is Rising As many of you are familiar with the daily Give Him 15, I am sure you have heard Dutch mention the dream I had that was set on the grounds of the Red River Meeting House. (Here is the GH15 post where the dream was shared from 2/9/2021.) At the end of that dream, I saw lines that formed the shape of a spear being drawn on a map. These lines were connecting the locations of four major moves of God that took place in the past - at the Red River Meeting House, Cane Ridge, Azusa Street, and Wales. Several months later, I had another dream in which I saw that same spear, but in this dream the spear was on fire, and it was spinning counterclockwise as it was being lifted up and then thrust into the center of the United States of America. This burning spear was releasing waves and waves of what appeared to be water that was on fire. As I looked closer in the dream, I realized these were not actually waves of water. They were waves of people who had been ignited with the glory of God that would be revealed at a specific time. I believe God was showing us through these dreams that it is now time for the fires of all those past moves of His Spirit to culminate in a combustible force of manifested glory, to be released in and through the Body of Christ. One morning in prayer, I heard the Lord say to me, “My power is twirling. It is an unstoppable spin, breaking the surface to relieve the pressure of the swell of My manifested glory.” I knew He was using the word “swell” in the sense of a collection of waves that form one long, massive, continuous wave! He continued, “Reformation is pushing forth! The die has been cast! It cannot be stopped! The geyser is ready to be released, and what has been concealed will now be revealed! Watch it gush forth and release the pressure of the swell and reveal the fiery wave of My prevailing glory!” This move we are in now will not be a reenactment of what God has already done - it will be a combination of all the mighty works He did in those moves, and even greater. What a revelation! This fiery swell of God’s unstoppable glory will now be manifested in this nation and in our world through the Church that Jesus built—His Ekklesia. God will move with the demonstration of His might through those who have surrendered their hearts and their all to Him. He will show Himself strong in and through those who are anchored on the foundation of the Word of God and who have become living, breathing Arks of His presence (see 1 Corinthians 6:19), containers of His transforming glory, and carriers of His all-consuming fire! Recently, God spoke prophetically through Dutch, emphatically ensuring us, “I CAN do this!” The thrusting of the fiery spear into the center of this nation was clearly revealing that this awakening has begun. Holy Spirit is now releasing an unstoppable movement of a wave of glory that will spread across the nation and around the world. It is the glory of the presence of the Lord as He flows through His glorious Church. No power from hell can stop the move of God that is now set into motion. This is a defining moment that has the power to change everything! The Lord has given me a revelation that has enlightened me with understanding for our times. He showed me that the movement we are now in is a movement of Spirit and truth. It is wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ that produces through us the exceeding greatness of His might—not just with words, but with power and demonstration, revealing the reality of Jesus to the world around us. There seems to be a very real and practical demonstration in the lives of true believers becoming light to the world, as darkness has taken its toll on our nation and our world. All we have learned in the Word, by the Spirit, and through our experiences with God along our journey, is now launching us into the place of true effectiveness in our society. No more hiding behind church walls, seeking emotional gratification and inspiration, with all that identifies us to the world being the fact that we are church-goers! Now is when the true Church is rising up with a revelation of who we are in Christ, marked and known by the demonstration of the reality of a life lived in Kingdom covenant. I believe the spark ignited by such a life and such living, will be so powerful that it will burst out in a move of God that will revolutionize this nation, and even our world. This is what history calls an awakening. When the Church awakens to the reality of Who God really is, who we really are in Him, and to the power of all that He has made available to us; and when we begin making it our priority to be all He has anointed us to be, we will then be a holy, set-apart people. We will be easily recognizable in our society—in all of our spheres of influence—not by our appearance and church attendance, but by the glory of God’s presence being demonstrated in our lives and living! I see a tide rising! It’s a fiery, blazing tide of uncompromised, bold, anointed warriors whose focus is on the Lord! Their ears hear His voice. Their feet march to the rhythm of His sound! Not everyone will hear this sound and move with Him, for many are deafened by the noise of the propagated chaos and blinded by the deception that is operating by a spirit of fear. But there is a company rising—a remnant within the remnant—who are not moved by the chaos, and they are not driven by fear; they are being ignited by the spear of God’s prophesied awakening. And now, we step into our defining moment with ears that hear God’s voice and eyes that recognize His movements. The swell of God’s manifested glory is ready to be released to implement a holy, unstoppable pushback! Not against flesh and blood; that’s not our fight! This is a pushing back of darkness, and I can feel the rumble as the twirling of Yahweh’s power is now releasing the pressure of the swell, to reveal the fiery wave of His prevailing glory that has been waiting for this precise moment in time. “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 40:5 NKJV). Pray with me: Father, the fiery swell of Your transforming glory is beginning to manifest in this nation and in our world through Your remnant people. Awakening has begun. It cannot be stopped! We are returning to You with an unquenchable passion that will not allow us to accept an environment that is void of Your presence. We are ignited with the flames of awakening, and we will be unstoppable initiators of revival. We will be the wave that carries the fire of Your demonstrated glory to the earth! You are our only focus. We surrender our all to You. Consume us, Lord! May Christ be formed in us, and may it be Christ Who lives through us! We will go for You! We will burn for You! We will shine for You, not because we want to be seen or known, but because we have been consumed by You and we desire to make You known! Your Word is like fire shut up in our bones, and we will not hold it back. We cannot hold it back! Let wave after wave of Your glory flow into us and out through us to make Christ known! We will be Your voice that echoes the desires and intentions of Your heart! Make us Your fuel, flame of God, and release us as a wave, filled with the manifestation of Your fiery presence, covering the earth with the revelation of the glory as the waters cover the sea! In the name and authority of Jesus, we pray. Amen! Our decree: The Ekklesia now arises in the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ; and through us, He reveals the exceeding greatness of His might—not just with words, but with power and undeniable demonstration. ********************************** Today’s post was contributed by Gina Gholston and portions were taken from her book, Awakening the Church to Awaken a Nation. To order the book or to find more information about Gina, click here or visit her website at: ginagholstonministries.org. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  22. 7 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-28-2021 December 28, 2021 Welcome to Give Him 15. Ceci and I are trying to slow down a little this last week of the year. To help with this, I’ve asked some of the prophetic voices I draw from occasionally on the posts to fill in. If you listen regularly you’ll know the names, even if you haven’t seen their faces before, and you’ll be very blessed by these posts. Enjoy! And I’ll see you next week. Contending for Victory Over the Real Pandemic I believe we have entered into a season of Great Contending on the earth today. Contending for lives, lands, and our very future! As we entered into this season of the pandemic, the Lord reminded me of the story in Matthew 8 where He commanded His disciples to get in the boat and cross over to the other side. If you remember, in this story it says that in the middle of this journey, in the middle of the lake, a furious storm arose. I’m sure the disciples could’ve wondered, where in Jesus’ word to us did He speak about such a terrible storm? He never mentioned it, He just commanded that it was time to cross over! However, the storm was so bad that these seasoned fishermen ran to Jesus who was in the boat asleep, woke Him and cried out, “Don’t you see, don’t you care that we are going to die!?” Jesus did care, it’s just that He also knew what He had already decreed! Jesus was unfazed, He awoke, arose and rebuked the winds and waves as if He were speaking to a person - because this was not any ordinary storm, this was a demonic storm! You see, Jesus was getting ready to deal with a territorial, controlling spirit in the land of the Gadarenes on the other side of the lake. I think that spirit understood the threat and stirred up a demonic storm to try and intimidate the disciples, to cause them to turn and retreat. However, Jesus spoke with authority and dealt with the storm. But at the same time, He was not happy with His disciples; He rebuked them saying, ‘Why are you afraid and where is your faith?’ In other words, Jesus was saying, I commanded you to cross over and I didn’t leave you or change My mind. You didn’t need to wake Me up; you needed to wake yourself up to our mission and your authority to fulfill it. I believe that is where we are today. God is speaking to his Ekklesia and saying, “I’ve called you to cross over, now use your authority to deal with every demonic storm and subdue every territorial, controlling spirit you encounter! Don’t be intimidated by this demonic storm. No, cross over, break the grip of the enemy, loose the people and set the land free as you’ve been called to do! In 2020, as the whole world was drafted into this battle with a virus we have come to know as Covid 19, I heard the Lord saying, “This is not just a natural foe but a demonic storm!” And its strategy could be summed up in 3 crucial attacks: …FEAR, FATIGUE & FATALISM. Fear The assignment of fear, panic, pandemonium, chaos, and intimidation in this season is real and is more than just the effect of the circumstances we are facing. Fear is a spiritual assignment formed by the enemy to try and get the church to withdraw and retreat from the battlefield. The purpose of the attack of fear is always control. Fear is also very contagious, like an epidemic. But do you know what is even more contagious? Faith. So stop listening to fear. It’s time to get around some people of faith! The enemy’s plan behind this pandemic, both naturally and spiritually, is a full-on assault of the antichrist spirit to bring to pass an antichrist agenda. The enemy’s efforts have been focused on trying to get the church to back up, when we are called to advance. We do not fight with natural weapons, but we do fight! When we use them purposely and rightfully we are destined to win! In praying about the word for the New Year of 2021, I felt led to do something I’d never done before. I felt the Lord ask me to look at the Strong’s Concordance numbers in Hebrew and Greek corresponding to the number “2021.” What I found was compelling. The Hebrew word corresponding to the Strong’s number 2021 is the word, hotsen, and its meaning is “to be sharp and strong, as a weapon of war; like a chariot advancing.” And Strong’s number 2021 in Greek is the word, epicheireo, which means “to take in hand, to undertake, or put the hand to.” I believe God is speaking to the church that this is a time we must be strong and sharp and fearlessly put the spiritual weapons of war in our hands! Fatigue The assignment of fatigue is sent to wear us down and wear us out so the enemy can take us out! The book of Hebrews tells us that when we are running, we can’t afford to let our hands or our heads hang down, or allow our legs to be weak! It’s time to catch your breath and get ready to run some more! Get ready to run to the battle! We can’t afford to be passive or fatigued in the battle. Scripture is clear that the joy of the Lord is our strength and implores us to be strong and courageous and not afraid or dismayed. Joshua was instructed 4 times in the beginning of the book of Joshua, only be strong and courageous. God’s promise was that he would bring them into their land and they would possess it. They would fight, and God would fight for them! The Lord of Hosts would bring them victory as the Captain of the Angel Armies! They would possess their promised land! The word for possess in Hebrew is yaresh, and it means to possess by dispossessing or driving out the previous inhabitants. In other words, receive your inheritance of promise by being a contender that drives out every pretender! It’s not a time to be discouraged (robbed of courage) or disheartened (robbed of heart for the battle) or to be weary in doing what is right or required. Keep praising, keep praying, keep fasting, keep prophesying, keep giving, keep living right! Fatalism The ploy of fatalism is to try to get us to accept the inevitability of the enemy’s triumph; to release a wave of hopelessness against us. However, the truth is that our God revels in impossibilities and impossible odds! Don’t give in or give up in the face of overwhelming forces! Remember Moses with Pharaoh’s army hot on his trail as he stood in front of the Red Sea! Remember David facing Goliath! Remember Gideon’s victory! Remember Elisha’s decree, “More are they with us than they that are with them!” And remember, in Esther’s day, it looked like it was too late and that the schemes of the enemy had been enacted and codified into law. But she made an appeal to the king and said “If I perish, I perish; I believe I have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” And because of her faith, a major, divine reversal took place for the people of God; Haman and his 10 sons were hung on the very gallows they prepared for Mordecai and Esther. It’s time for the Esther church to arise and make an appeal to heaven! Fatalism wants to convince you that it’s over before you get started. It whispers, even in a prophetic sense, saying “don’t you know that it’s the end times? It’s too late, the antichrist will arise, this has been prophesied and there is nothing you can do about it.” However, that has never been God’s word to his people. He said He will have a glorious church without spot or wrinkle before He returns, and that we are called to occupy till He comes. He said if his people will pray and turn, then He will hear from Heaven and heal the land! The Ekklesia is always the determining factor! Jesus said that He will build His Ekklesia and they would be given the keys to the Kingdom; they would have the power to prevail against the gates of hell and open up the gates of heaven. Daniel declared that there would be a time when it felt like the enemy was prevailing or winning; but then a decree would come from the Ancient of Days that would loose favor on the Saints of the Most High so they could take the kingdom. This is not a time to shrink back, kick back, or give up, but to advance God’s kingdom in the earth. Let’s contend for God’s purposes in the earth as overcomers filled with faith, power, and passion to welcome the King of Glory, the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord strong in battle, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords! Don’t run away. It’s time to cross over and defeat fear, fatigue, and fatalism. Run to the battle! Pray with me: Lord, we pray that we will not shrink back or be controlled because of fear or intimidation! We ask for strength to battle at the gates to see the victory. And for hope to cause us to engage and understand our role as the Ekklesia - to see the battle shift and healing come to our land. Our decree: We decree that the Ekklesia will be bold and courageous, ready to run to the battle! We speak strength into every weary warrior and joy in the battle! We decree that our God will fight for us and the God of peace will soon crush satan underneath our feet! We will cross over! We will speak to every demonic storm, ‘Peace, Be Still!’ And we will take authority over every demonic, controlling spirit the Lord has sent us to conquer! ******************************* Today’s post was contributed by Pastor Tom Hamon. Find out more about Tom here or at tomandjanehamon.com. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  23. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-27-2021 December 27, 2021 Welcome to Give Him 15. Ceci and I are trying to slow down a little this last week of the year. To help with this, I’ve asked some of the prophetic voices I draw from occasionally on the posts to fill in. If you listen regularly you’ll know the names, even if you haven’t seen their faces before, and you’ll be very blessed by these posts. Enjoy! And I’ll see you next week. The Battle Is Over the Voice We are living in a history-making hour in the earth. It is a time of great contending and yet a time of birthing revival, awakening, and reformation! I heard the Lord say He is taking His church out of Survival into Revival! Isaiah 60:1-3 promises us that in times of great darkness in the earth God will cause His glory to shine upon His people, initiating the greatest harvest the earth has ever seen. Revival is at hand! Yet, in Isaiah 37:3 Hezekiah declared, “for the children are come to birth and there is no strength to bring forth.” This prophecy was given to King Hezekiah, a righteous king who was a reformer of a nation, turning Judah back to God. He was faithful to the Lord, yet his city, Jerusalem, had become besieged by the King of Assyria, Sennacherib, and was faced with certain destruction if God didn’t intervene. (Much as we face in America today.) Sennacherib was one of the cruelest conquerors in history, leaving terror in his wake of destruction. It is about him that Isaiah wrote, as a prophetic word of encouragement, “no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises up against you in judgment you shall condemn” (Isaiah 54:17). The Rabshakeh Assignment In my book, “Declarations for Breakthrough” I relate a dream I had in which a spiritual assignment was sent against a godly leader and reformer. The enemy’s name was Rabshakeh and he was coming to spread poison on the back of the leader and then take a rod and beat his back, driving the poison in until this reformer broke. The back represents the place of a man’s strength. The back was where Jesus was beaten so that we can receive our healing. In the dream, the enemy wanted to beat him down, afflict him with poison and destroy him. But before Rabshakeh could complete his mission of destruction, we alerted the authorities who captured him. They then led us out and put the enemy’s rod in our hands to beat his back instead! What does this dream have to do with the story of the besiegement of Jerusalem? It turns out that Rabshakeh was also the name of the emissary of Sennacherib, his mouthpiece, sent to demoralize God’s people with his words, trying to get them to give up, lay down their weapons and surrender the city. He tried to convince Hezekiah and his leaders that God had forsaken them and would not save them. Rabshakeh’s name means “chief prince,” and represents a demonic assignment against believers, leaders, and even nations today. He was the voice of Sennacherib, or if you will, the voice of the devil. He sought to get into the minds of God’s people, tried to define the narrative, beating them down by relentlessly filling the atmosphere with lies. Rabshakeh’s voice filled the air with accusations against who God is, against the leaders and about the impossibility of their situation. He was spreading poison through the sound of his voice and trying to get in their heads so that they would be worn down and give up. Don’t let the enemy get in your head! There is a relentless demonic voice that is trying to talk believers out of their divine assignments. The voice of the enemy will try to convince you that all your prayers and decrees have been for nothing and that in the end, God will not do what He said. The voice of the enemy will try to wear you down with accusations, intimidations & frustrations so that all your strength to birth revival and fulfill your calling is exhausted. Rather than being a nation changer, you seek only to survive. Is it possible to be pregnant with revival and not have strength to bring it forth? Is it possible to be pregnant with your miracle answer and it be aborted or stillborn because you give up or get so distracted with problems that you lose your focus or your faith in God? Is it possible to no longer have strength to stand for the destiny of your nation because of the mental exhaustion of contending? The Decade of Peh You see, we are living in the Hebraic year 5782... 80 is the Hebrew word “Peh” which means “mouth, speech or sound.” It represents the voice. During this decade the battle is over which voice is controlling the narrative, so it is imperative we listen for the voice of God. Psalms 29:4 declares, “the voice of the Lord is powerful.” His voice always brings victory! We must also be aware of what our own voices are saying. Are our words aligning with God’s voice? Likewise, we need to be alert to the enemy’s voice and his bombarding negativity, hopelessness, and fear. Every day we are assaulted by an antichrist barrage of words. The goal of cancel culture is to get believers, prayer warriors, and reformers to back down, break down and surrender. The battle over the voice is fueling the battle for our nation. In this tipping point moment in history, God’s ekklesia must unite to stand against this demonic attack to see righteousness and justice once again established in our land by releasing our voice and God’s decree against all the lies of the enemy. Going From Besiegement to Breakthrough! But rather than let Rabshakeh and his poisonous words rob them of their land, Hezekiah set himself to seek the Lord and to pray. He encouraged his people with these faith filled words: Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles (2 Chronicles 32:7-8). The church would do well to allow these words to encourage us during these challenging times. Hezekiah laid the accusations of the enemy on the altar and lifted his voice to God in prayer. He also sent for Isaiah the prophet, to get a Word from God for the nation. This is the synergy that comes when godly government, prayer, and the prophetic anointing create a dynamic for breakthrough. Isaiah told Hezekiah the Lord had heard his prayers; He would defend the city and save their nation! He then released a prophetic word of breakthrough that sounded impossible, declaring God would fight for them. That night God sent one angel who wiped out 185,000 Assyrians! Rabshakeh and Sennacherib both returned to their own country, only to be killed by their own people. God fought for Judah! Dedicated prayer, powerful prophecy, and anointed decrees shifted the battle and brought heavenly intervention! Victory was manifested as God mobilized the angel armies to overthrow the enemy. As we position ourselves just as Hezekiah did, setting ourselves to seek the Lord, hear His voice, and put our trust in Him to fight for us, we will see every voice of the accuser struck down, every besiegement destroyed and everything stolen returned in abundance. Hezekiah’s name means “Jehovah is my strength.” In this time of contending, God will restore our strength physically, emotionally, and spiritually so we can fulfill our divine assignment. The Voice of the Lord Shatters the Enemy! If you recall at the end of my dream, the rod of punishment which the enemy, Rabshakeh sought to use against the leader was instead used on his own back! The Lord turned the evil the enemy meant against the reformer back on his own head! Isaiah also prophesied about this. His word is part of God’s battle strategy for us today in order to break out of the survival of besiegement, into revival for a new day: “The Voice of the Lord will shatter the Assyrian (your enemy), with His scepter He will strike him down. Every stroke the Lord lays on the back of the enemy with His punishing rod will be to the music of tambourines and harps as he fights him in battle with the blows of His arm!” (Isaiah 30:3; NIV) So rise up Reformers! Be strong, people of God! Seek the Lord and hear His voice. Shake off every chain of discouragement and fear, resist Rabshakeh’s voice from getting in your head, and the voice of the Lord will shatter your enemy! Pray with me: Lord, let Your voice be louder than the voice of the enemy, for Your words are life to me. I submit myself to You, I resist the enemy and he must flee. I evict every lie and draw upon Your supernatural strength to sustain me and give me victory in every battle. In Jesus’ name. Our decree: The voice of the Lord will shatter the enemy. I will think what God thinks and say what God says; and will see the victory. *************************************** (Portions of today’s post were taken from Jane’s book, Declarations for Breakthrough. You can find this book at janehamon.com, by clicking here, or anywhere Christian books are sold.) Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  24. 4 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-24-2021 December 24, 2021 *** O Holy Night *** Incarnate: “to embody in flesh; invest with a bodily form.” From the Latin word incarnāre “to make into flesh.” Have you ever wondered what was going through Christ’s mind before Holy Spirit transformed Him into a microscopic seed and carried Him to the womb of a young girl? He was about to become breakable. Did He wonder how it would feel to no longer be omnipresent? Omniscient? Omnipotent? Did He wonder how physical pain would feel? Hunger? Thirst? Weariness? Cold? Heartache? Loss? Christ knew He would have to: fight His way through a birth canal, be fed, be bathed, learn to crawl, develop balance and walking skills, form words, grow, gain knowledge. He would experience sleep, scrapes, blisters, callouses. He would enter the realm of time. He would bleed. One has to wonder if Jesus ever reconsidered the plan/process. Since He was “the Lamb slain” before we were even created (Revelation 13:8), I don’t suppose He did. Yet, just before Holy Spirit held Him and began the transformation, there must have been at least an emotional, “Here we go…I’m about to be human!” And then He was - there was no turning back. Numerous questions come to mind as I consider Christ’s humanness: As a child, when did the first awareness of who He was begin to set in? When did He first look up at a star filled sky and think, I made that. When did He first recall saying, “Let there be…” When did the calculus of our solar system begin creeping back into His memory? Did He ever have a nightmare? When did He stop asking Mary questions and start explaining things to her? Did His siblings wonder at His gifts, intellect? Who was His best friend growing up? What did His laugh sound like? What was His favorite color…food? Was there any food - which He, of course, created - that He didn’t like?! At what age did His carpentry skills begin superseding those of Joseph? Did they ever joke about it? How old was He when Joseph died? How did He deal with the pain? How did He react the first time He saw a serpent…or first observed cruelty, violence or greed? When He heard lightning, did He smile? (Luke 10.18) And when did the love that demanded His humanness - the passion for His eternal bride - begin welling up in His chest? As He fashioned wood in His carpenter shop, did He ever pause and gaze pensively toward a hill in Jerusalem? Did He wince when He drove nails? We will never truly understand the ramifications, intricacies and complexities of the incarnation. Merging the limitations of “humanness” with an infinite God simply can’t be computed by human brains. Indeed, Paul referenced Christ as God’s “indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15). But it is healthy to ponder it, nonetheless. We must, in fact. It is imperative that we consider the cost to Christ. It’s essential that we wonder at such love, marvel at the plan and stand in awe at its audacity. So this year on Christmas Day, take some time to think about it. Sing, or listen to, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, O Holy Night or your favorite Christmas carol and intently consider the words. Recapture the wonder. Read the story again in Luke’s gospel. Close your eyes and try to envision Mary’s angelic visitation. Put yourself in Joseph’s shoes - how hard would it be to believe Mary’s story? See the stars, the stable, the manger, the Christ-child. Then converse with Abba and Jesus. Thank them…for Christmas, yes, but also for the cross. The purpose of Christmas was the Cross. I leave you today with the lyrics of one of my most loved Christmas songs: O Holy Night. My favorite line is, “Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.” “O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Savior's birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn! Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices. Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born. Oh night divine, Oh night divine. “Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming, Here came the wise men from Orient land. The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger, In all our trials born to be our friend. He knows our need - to our weakness is no stranger Behold your King, before Him lowly bend! Behold your King, before Him lowly bend! “Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother, And in His name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever! His power and glory evermore proclaim! His power and glory evermore proclaim!” (1) Now, do yourself a favor and use this link to watch/listen to Josh Groban’s version of the song. This YouTube version gives us a visual of that holy night when Christ was born. Maybe even gather the family and watch it together. You’ll be glad you did. (For those of you watching, we will provide the link below.) Merry Christmas..! ******************************* Click on the link below to watch the full video. __________________________________ https://hymnary.org/text/o_holy_night_the_stars_are_brightly_shin
  25. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-23-2021 December 23, 2021 Today’s and tomorrow’s posts are a father and son duo. Today’s is from one of my Bible College professors, who is now my spiritual father, Jim Hodges. Ceci and I love him and Jean dearly. I have written tomorrow’s Christmas Eve post. Jim’s is a great devotional on Christmas, coming at it from a biblical, theological perspective; mine considers what may have been in Christ’s thinking as He was about to become human. I will also share a link to a favorite Christmas video/song. I believe you will enjoy both posts. The Story of Christmas: Covenant and Conflict I. Conceptually Christmas began before the creation of the universe! There was a council meeting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. What was the subject of that meeting? According to Revelation 13:8, the discussion focused on the topic of redemption: “All who dwell on the earth will worship Him [the Beast], everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.” The margin in my NASB version renders the last portion of the verse this way: “‘slain from the foundation of the world.’” The Son of God, Who would come to earth as The Lamb of God, was slain in the mind of God in that council meeting! Peter, in his first epistle, echoes the same comments about Christ made by John in Revelation 13:8: “….knowing you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb, unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you…” (I Peter 1:18-20). Creation’s plan included redemption’s plan! In that council meeting of the Godhead, God the Son was chosen to become human and come to earth as the Lamb, to take away the sins of the world. The Scripture informs us that the Living Word, Christ, the Creator “became flesh,” (John 1:1-3,14). Jesus the Creator, Son of God, working with the Father and the Spirit in creating the universe, would also become the Son of man, the Redeemer of the world! Satan, of course, wanted to devour the child, Jesus, at His birth (see Revelation 12:4). The Christmas story in Matthew 2:13-18 documents the effort of the Roman Empire, working through king Herod, to destroy the Lamb. Herod had all the male babies two years old and younger in and around Bethlehem murdered. Herod had a record of killing any competitors for the throne. He even had his own sons murdered! Let me remind all of us - Christmas is pro-life! Satan, the enemy of humanity, is pro-death! II. The story of Christmas continues when Jesus is presented as a lamb in a manger in Bethlehem. Bethlehem means “house of bread.” It was here that Jesus, the Living Bread, came down from heaven to earth (see John 6:50-51). The Arabs defined the little town as the “house of meat.” We know from history that Bethlehem, located about two miles from Jerusalem, supplied the Temple sacrificial system with animals, especially lambs. Each day on the Temple Mount, two sacrifices were required, one in the morning and one in the evening. Lambs were used in these, plus thousands more at the annual Feast days. The shepherds in Bethlehem, providing these sacrificial lambs, had to carefully inspect each one during the “lambing” season. They were inspected shortly after birth, followed by wrapping each one in cloths to protect them from injuring themselves; lambs with defects and flaws were disqualified, and thus would not be transported to Jerusalem. In keeping with the symbolism, Jesus, the Lamb of God, was born in a stable, wrapped in strips of cloth, and placed in a manger - a feeding trough for animals. This was the sign the angels told the shepherds to look for to identify Him! (Luke 2:12). Thirty years later, Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptizer, introduced Him as “the Lamb of God!” (John 1:29). III. The Cross of Christ, where the Lamb of God’s blood was shed, continues the story of covenant and conflict. Jesus, the Son of God, was faithful to the covenant He had mutually made with the Father and the Holy Spirit in that pre-creation council meeting. He faithfully fulfilled that covenant by always doing what He saw His Father doing and by saying what He heard Father say. His life of perfect obedience led to His death at Calvary. This, of course, ushered in and established the New Covenant. The Conflict is revealed here when by His death and shed blood, Christ disarmed evil princes and powers (see Colossians 2:15). The Cross was the battleground where the “Seed of the woman” would legally and judicially conquer the “seed of the Serpent” (see Genesis 3:15). At a mountainside, outside the gates of Jerusalem, called the “place of the skull,” Messiah Jesus would suffer a partial wound in His heel, but simultaneously He would deliver a mortal blow to the head of Satan. Yes, Satan is still alive; but he is not well! IV. Jesus’ followers would walk in covenant and yet experience conflict with the representatives of the enemies of Christ and His Gospel. The primary enemies of the Gospel in the first century were apostate 1st century Judaism and the oppressive and tyrannical power of the Roman Empire. Another reference to this entity is “the throne-seat of Satan,” (see Revelation 2:13). The Roman Empire tolerated the worship of many gods. However, they insisted that the worship of their Caesar was primary. This was known as “the Emperor Cult.” The Romans believed their Caesar was divine. Caesar Augustus, who decreed a census be taken of all the inhabited earth for the purpose of taxation (Luke 2:1), was referred to by the Romans as “the son of God.” Julius Caesar before him also assumed deity powers. It’s more than ironic that the choice in the 21st century is the same as in the 1st century - Christ or Caesar! The modern term for Caesar is “Statism.” Statism is the foundational belief in Marxism, Progressivism, Leftism, and Globalism. Simply said: “the civil government is god and will take care of you from cradle to grave.” I remind us that the Lord our God ordained civil government (Romans 13:1-7), and therefore it is accountable to Him! And I leave you with good news found in Revelation 17:14: “These [all the enemies of Christ] will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” This overcoming happens now on the earth, not just in the post-resurrection eternal age! All 7 churches in the book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, are called to be overcomers! So are we, His Ekklesia, in the earth, at this time! As we walk in covenant with the Lord God and His people, we will experience victory in the conflicts of our time. Pray with me: Father in heaven, we thank You for sending Your Son: He announced Your Kingdom’s arrival, revealed You perfectly in His ministry, died as Your Lamb to take away the sins of the world, rose again to life, ascended to heaven to sit down at Your right hand to reign as King and Lord forever! Today, we renew our covenant with You, and we ask You to fill us again with Your Spirit Who equips us for life, service and victory in Your Kingdom agenda for the earth. Our Decree: We decree the Lamb has overcome and the Ekklesia will also overcome! *************************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video.
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