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  1. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/february-1-2023 February 1, 2023 The Full Measure of Jesus This week I am honoring the godly heritage my siblings and I were given, by posting GH15s written by several of my family members. I wrote Monday’s post, yesterday’s was written by my niece, Rachel Shafer (Tim’s and Carol‘s daughter). Today’s post was written by my brother, Tim Sheets, known and loved by many. His messages are always so encouraging. Tomorrow I will be sharing a post written by one of my daughters. I trust that these family posts will inspire you to believe in the importance of generational synergy and legacy. Give thanks today for a natural or spiritual parent who has passed on to you heavenly treasures. Tim says: *********** “An incredible promise was given by the prophet Joel and repeated by Peter on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2). This promise was of a worldwide outpouring of heavenly power upon all flesh. This deluge began at Pentecost and continues to be poured out, wave after wave. Another is beginning. A Jesus movement greater than any in our past is going to sweep through the nations, saving many, transforming cultures and impacting governments. To facilitate this, God has planned great change this year. In 2023, we will see a glorious church further emerge, rising and standing by her King. In Ephesians 5, Paul wrote an amazing, hope-filled verse concerning the glorious church that would one day be seen on planet Earth. Holy Spirit has been preparing the true New Testament church for this promise and plan, which is part of reaping the ripened harvest. I believe this process is going to accelerate toward fulfillment in greater ways this year. “The maturing Ekklesia will be a church that stands for the Word of God, follows truth and walks in His ways. A church that rises above a liberal, progressive, hybrid gospel will be seen, one filled with born again heirs doing the same works as Jesus. This church will unashamedly stand and embrace covenant relationship with the King at levels we have never seen. “Centuries of Holy Spirit training and teachings are coming to maturity. Christ’s anointing will bring out the best of His bride, His body. The King is going to dress His bride in dazzling garments and put upon her radiant holiness, then present her in glorious beauty without stain or wrinkle. I believe we are moving into an era when the King will present His glorious Ekklesia to the world in remarkable ways. “This presentation will shock many who look at the church as weak, irrelevant and nonessential. Sadly, in some ways this description has been true, but Holy Spirit has been working consistently to build a true church, an Ekklesia, that the gates of hell will not overcome (Matthew 16:18-19). The King promised He would present this church in power and glory. In 2023, I believe the church of Jesus Christ will rise into much greater influence and be seen standing by her King. Like Esther, she will see nations transformed, Hamans overcome, and laws reversed. “The word ‘church,’ of course, is the Greek word ekklesia and is used 113 times in the New Testament.(1) Whenever you see the word ‘church’ in Scripture, it is this word. An ekklesia was a governing body. Biblically, it references a ruling and reigning church, Christ’s body that extends His spiritual Kingdom rule into the natural realm. This is accomplished by preaching the Gospel of Christ’s Kingdom, which transforms hearts and minds, and also by the church using its voice and actions to influence laws, conduct, and government. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19 that His church will actually disciple nations. “In Ephesians 5, Paul uses a metaphor saying that Christ is the ‘head’ of the church and the church is His ‘body.’ Much of what we call church today is not something Jesus is heading up. He is not heading or overseeing anything that is an antithesis of God’s Word. Sadly, many churches today are nominal, meaning ‘in name only.’ The true fulfillment of Ekklesia is the Christ-built church, not the religious, man-built church. “In Ephesians 1:23 Paul says the full measure of Jesus lives in His body, His Ekklesia. We are being prepared to manifest this and the result will be mind blowing. The coming days will absolutely be the greatest in church history. We will demonstrate, not a quarter or half measure of Christ, but a full measure! “This eliminates man-built churches. Christ does not intend to manifest in full measure in any institution that compromises His Word or promotes a leadership filled with iniquity. Holy Spirit has been preparing us to take the complete Jesus into the earth. “Recently, Holy Spirit said to me, ‘The world will see a much bolder New Testament church in 2023. It will see very aggressive Ekklesias moving into their territories, declaring God’s Word and refusing to back down from it. For the world will now see a very bold King - Jesus. They will now see His Kingdom rising in greater glory and prominence. The world’s definition of who Jesus is will not define Him or confine Him. Yes, He is the loving King, the caring King, the forgiving King. But He is also the King who will not wink at sin, pride, rebellion, iniquity, or lawlessness. He will not be the passive King who shrugs at covenant breaking or idol worship. He will not take a backseat to Baal. He will not allow Lucifer to have his way. “‘The world will now see a mighty King who handles conflicts very well. It will see the King’s Kingdom grow, expand, and prosper. It will now see a bold, aggressive Godhead that declares ownership of the earth, that declares changes will be made. The King will use His Ekklesias and angel armies to assist those changes. A new wind is blowing - feel the changes in the wind. See the God-happenings. Planned outpourings are riding the new winds. Kingdom movements are riding the winds. Prophecies and prayers are riding upon the winds. Angel armies are riding the winds. Changes are riding the wind. The heirs and joint heirs will be “wind-riders.” The Ekklesias will become wind farms, generating power from the wind to expand Christ’s Kingdom.’ “Clearly God has plans that are now coming together. This is a year we will ride the wind. The Ekklesias are being anointed, angel armies are being added to the conflict, and the true church will rise in great power and authority. Strongholds will be demolished, natural and spiritual thrones will be overcome. A glorious church will continue to rise and mature until the true Jesus will be seen speaking and acting through her. This is a year of change and victory.” ******* Pray with me: Lord, we rise and decree what we hear You saying into this nation and world. We declare our faith and confidence in You, the One who always sees the future clearly. We ask You to restore destiny and release life. Shift cycles in the spirit realm that affect the natural realm. We declare, in the name of King Jesus, that we will stand as Your Ekklesia, allowing You to speak and act through us. We declare that You will rise through Your Ekklesia. You will rise through angel armies and You will remove principalities from their thrones. Arrogant leaders who promote murder, evil and oppression will be removed. In Jesus Name, we ask You to remove them and install those who are humble. We declare that principalities and powers of darkness ruling territories will be brought down in the Name of Jesus. You said You would breathe upon historic cycles in nations to change and shift them this year. Bring this change and shift things, in Jesus Name. Nothing can confine You. Release the full measure of Christ our warrior King. Move in ways we have been decreeing for years. To You be all the glory and honor. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. Our decree: We decree that the glorious church will begin to emerge, rise and stand by her King, and that a full measure of Jesus will be presented to the world! ********* Today’s post was contributed by my brother, Tim Sheets. You can learn more about Tim at TimSheets.org Click the link below to watch today's video: https://youtu.be/UeQRXOefeD0 ___________________________ 1. Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, ref. no. 1577.
  2. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-31-2023 January 31, 2023 God’s Got This Never underestimate the importance of legacy and generational vision. My sister (Deana), brother (Tim), and I were raised by parents who knew the Lord. Both sets of grandparents did, as well. My maternal grandmother was blinded by eye surgery while a young mom, but I never once heard her complain. Every night before going to bed, she knelt and prayed for all of her children and grandchildren, individually. My mom continued this tradition. Only God knows what I owe to those prayers. This week I am honoring our godly heritage by posting GH15s written by several family members. I wrote yesterday’s post, today’s is from my niece, Rachel Shafer (Tim’s and Carol’s daughter). I hope these “family posts” inspire you to believe in the power of generational synergy and legacy. And if you don’t enjoy the benefit of a godly heritage, perhaps you can begin one. Rachel shares: ************* “There is a war being waged for control of the hearts and minds of our children. Every day, kids of all ages are bombarded with satan’s lies that war against their God-given identities and destinies. Many of our schools and universities are openly teaching demon doctrines (see 1 Timothy 4:1). Traditional sexual identity is being redefined, gender confusion has been declared normal, and the definitions of “woman” and “mother” are being defiled. Our children’s minds are being attacked daily with nonsense and deception. “If the scenarios rampant in today’s culture are confusing to we adults, can you imagine what they are doing to our children? We must change this! Our children need to be emboldened and empowered by knowing who they are in Christ. They must realize their purpose and identity is found in God. As the Lord told Moses during the Exodus: ‘Teach My Word to your children. Explain My ways to them. Talk about them in your homes. Go over My sayings with them as you’re walking along life’s pathways. Then they will have good success.’ (Paraphrase of Deuteronomy 11:18-21 and Joshua 1:8) “The wise King Solomon put it succinctly in Proverbs 22:6 (NCV), ‘Train children to live the right way, and when they are old, they will not stray from it.’ We must point our kids in the right direction; the tried and true direction is God’s way. “My and my dad’s new book, God’s Got This, contains Spirit-led biblical decrees and devotions that will release breakthrough and victory over both young and old. Through this book, you and your family will identify areas under attack and be equipped with the necessary weapons of decree to defeat the enemy. It will mature and equip kids of all ages, inspiring them to live a Spirit-filled life. “God’s Got This is comprised of two sections, one geared for the elementary years and the other for teens into adulthood. All ages will glean wisdom and truth from this book! It is filled with powerful short devotionals, faith-filled decrees and customized prophetic declarations. “Here are some excerpts from our book God’s Got This: Power Decrees to Overcome Problems, Step Into Purpose, and Receive Promises. FEAR “When you were younger you may have been afraid of the dark or thunderstorms or being alone. If any of those fears happened, you probably went to your parents’ room or maybe to a sibling’s. Fear is a very real and powerful emotion. As you have gotten a little older, you may have different fears: fear of the unknown, your future or what others think of you. The list could be quite long. The Bible has much to say about fear and being afraid. “1 John 4:18 says you can be tormented by your fear, but God’s love takes the torment away. When you became a Christian, you received the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is God. That means God is with you wherever you are. God knows you will have moments of being fearful. That is why Scriptures say over and over again ‘Do not be afraid.’ “God reminds you again and again that He is always with you. Think about the situations that make you afraid and picture yourself facing those situations with God. The reality is you do not face those situations alone and God is greater than your fears. “My Decrees: I decree that I do not walk in fear. It has no hold on me. I decree that even if it looks like or feels like I am surrounded, I am surrounded with Your love and Your power. I shake off every lie and the torment of fear and declare that in You I have victory, and it is Your perfect love that drives away fear. You are always faithful and You watch over Your Word to perform it. Thank You for being more than enough. Thank You that Your angels are with me! IDENTITY “Who am I? It is a question that is eventually asked by everyone. Identity is a clearly defined definition of self. As a Christian, your identity is understood by your relationship with Jesus. It is important to know what the Bible says about your identity in Christ and not allow society, peers, achievements, or failures to define who you are. “Part of your identity is wrapped up in the story of your life. Things that happen to you help shape and form the essence of who you are. As one who believes in Jesus, trust that He is helping write your story. Place the pen in his hands and see the wonderful things He has planned for you. “The Scriptures clearly explain that you were created in the image of God. You were given your identity so that God could be seen in you. You are to reflect His character so the world can know who He is. Your identity in Christ helps define your values, priorities, passions and purpose. “My Decrees: I decree that God uniquely designed me with characteristics to shape my identity in Him in order for me to walk out my destiny which He has prepared. I decree that I will not be influenced by current culture as to who I am, but that I will be defined by who God says I am, according to His Word. I decree the passions and purpose that God placed in me were written before I was even born. They are part of His design for my life and who I am to be. I decree that angelic assistance will help bring to pass all God has ordained for my life. Thank You, God, for continuing to write my story. “God’s Got This is filled with 180 devotions and over 700 decrees to speak over yourself and others in every season of life. It covers a wide range of topics, from how to handle difficult circumstances, to knowing our spiritual authority in Christ. When you decree God’s truth, your mind is renewed and you become rooted in a healthy, Bible-based identity. Let this book equip you with powerful truths and declarations to stand against the enemy’s lies, and to walk in the truth of your divine destiny!” Pray with me: Lord, we declare that our hope, trust, and faith are in You. We are thankful that our lives, as well as those of our children and their offspring are in Your mighty hands. We pray that the truths in this book will become firmly rooted in those who read it. We rebuke the enemy’s attack on our children and youth. We bind confusing and lying spirits, and pray for the release of truth and revelation. We call forth the destiny of our kids, our teens, and our grown children - none shall be lost! They are not out of Your reach! Lord, we pray for an outpouring of Your Spirit on our sons, daughters and grandchildren. We decree a revival among our youth and declare a release of an awakening. Our children will sing Your songs, dream Your dreams and minister under the anointing of Your Holy Spirit. They will be mighty members of Your Kingdom. Hell will not stop this. We pray that they will walk out their God-given destiny and grow into Your promises for their lives. We ask for transformative change to come into our education system. Give us leaders who will promote Your ways and values. In Jesus Name! Amen! Our decree: We decree that You will pour Your Spirit out on all flesh. Our sons and daughters will prophesy! ************************ Click the link to watch today's video: God’s Got This was written by my niece Rachel Shafer along with her dad, Tim Sheets (my brother). It is available at their websites listed below or for pre-order on Amazon. You can learn more about Rachel Shafer and order God’s Got This at www.rachelshafer.com You can learn more about Tim Sheets and order this book at www.timsheets.org
  3. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-30-2023 January 30, 2023 The Flame of Passion God loves wholeheartedness. Divided and lukewarm hearts, on the other hand, nauseate Him (see Revelation. 3:25-26). He refuses to tolerate indifference. The Almighty epitomizes passion and, to those who accept it, offers to share with them His passionate love of people. If we are going to turn America back to Him, we must be a people of extreme passion. I love the definitions of these two words, “extreme” and “passion,” when applying them to the cause of Christ: “The greatest possible degree of intensity” – that’s exactly what our cause requires. “Beyond the norm” – right on. Status quo desire will never change America. The liberals, humanists, and antichrist forces in America have been far more passionate about their cause than have we, the body of Christ. “The point farthest from the middle” – I love that! No middle ground. “Intensely emotional” – you bet. Of all the accusations made toward me, I don’t want lack of intensity to be one of them. Passionless Christianity is a contradiction. I’m certainly not setting the standard for passion and commitment - many believers convict me with their level of passion for Christ and His cause - but I’m working on mine. My goal is to always burn with extreme passion! Pioneers are Cause-Minded David had the kind of zealous love for God I’m speaking of. When listening to Goliath mock the Lord, he quickly reached his limit. “Who is this guy to curse the living God in the name of his false gods?“ David asked. Then he asked the poignant and loaded question, “Is there not a cause?“ (1 Samuel 17:29, KJV). Through this rhetorical question, David was declaring, “The ramifications of this threat are bigger than just the nation of Israel; they’re more important than our lands, and even our lives. God’s reputation is at stake!” Perhaps this is why David actually ran to face the 9 1/2-foot-tall giant. Death was possible, yes, but David’s passion for God was stronger than his fear of death. We must have Davids in our day who will run to face today’s spiritual giants. I believe passionate warriors such as this are on the increase. Though they will never constitute the majority, a remnant will be enough. God will empower them, just as He did David, and they will prevail. Years later, David was still passionate after God. As the Ark of God’s presence (abandoned and ignored during Saul’s reign) was making its way to Jerusalem, David threw off his kingly robes, laying aside his royal pomp and dignity, and danced wildly. (see 2 Samuel 12:23 and 1 Chronicles 15:29). He was celebrating the fact that God’s presence was returning to the nation. I love it! David’s wife, Michal, however, not a worshiper and certainly not passionate about God, did not like his passion nor his humility. She actually mocked David’s zeal and lack of dignity. Michal and her prioritization of dignity over passion would be quite appropriate in most American worship services. David’s response to Michal was, “You haven’t seen anything yet. I will be much more undignified than this!” God‘s response to Michal’s spiritual indifference and disdain for David’s passion was much stronger. The Lord sentenced her to barrenness - He didn’t want her nature passed on. That’s pretty serious. Assuredly, God loves passion and loathes apathetic indifference. A Prisoner of Love The Apostle Paul demonstrated extreme passion. “The love of God controls us,“ he said, in describing his commitment to the cause of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:14). “Controls“ (Greek: sunecho) is a word actually meaning “to be a prisoner.” God‘s love had possessed Paul to the point that its hold was inescapable. Bound by love, he faced hunger, thirst, numerous beatings, imprisonment, and much more to reach people for Christ. The need for pleasure and comfort didn’t control Paul; passion for Christ’s cause had enslaved him. The Founders of America had an extreme passion and were willing to die for the cause of freedom. “Give me liberty or give me death,” was more than a slick campaign speech. When Patrick Henry made this now-famous statement, he was stating unequivocally, “I am willing to die for this cause.” Look at his entire speech and you’ll see his unwavering passion for God and our nation. Passionate Until Death! John Adams was such a passionate pioneer of liberty that Thomas Jefferson referred to him as a “colossus of independence.“ Though the two of them didn’t always see eye-to-eye, their passion for America enabled them to put aside their differences, and they died as close friends – on the same day! Most people aren’t aware that both Adams and Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826! Incredibly, it was as though both men willed themselves to live until that landmark day. Their passion to see the survival of this holy “experiment“ - as many described America in that day - kept them alive until this milestone was reached. Adams, too weak to attend the national Fourth of July celebration, asked to be sat in a chair by his window in order to watch the festivities. While there, he drifted into unconsciousness and died later that night. Two of Adams’ last words before he graduated to heaven: “Independence forever.”(1) Passionate in life; passionate in death. Adams and our other Founders were God-honoring, pioneer-patriots with the steel of mind and heart to face perhaps the greatest empire in all of history. Like David, they asked the profound question, “Is there not a cause?” And they answered it with their lives. That is the question we must ask today. Is Christ’s cause in America important enough to live - and die - for? There are now millions of young people in the United States who have had their opportunity to know Him stolen by ungodly educators, liberal politicians, legislating judges, and lukewarm preachers. Are not these young people worth our prayers and passion? How many more of them must die in gangs, school shootings, suicides, overdoses, drunken car accidents, and sex trafficking before the church of America has the courage and passion to stand up and shout, “Enough!” How many more babies must be murdered in the womb of their mothers? How many more children will be raised in fatherless homes? When will enough be enough? America has, indeed, lost her way. God is calling for a new generation of passionate pioneers to rise up and boldly declare, “Come hell or high water - persecution, mocking, or loss – we will experience revival and find the way back to God’s plan and purpose for America.” Pray with me: Father, You love passion, hunger, and wholeheartedness. You made it clear that You dislike lukewarmness and indifference. We want to be a people of passion, walking in the greatest possible degree of intensity regarding You and Your cause. With passionate hearts, we cry out for revival. With passionate hearts, we cry out for a presence movement to sweep the earth. With passionate hearts, we ask You for the greatest harvest ever - by far - of people coming out of death into life. With passionate hearts, we ask You to set captives free, open prison doors, and heal the brokenhearted. With passionate hearts, we declare that America shall be saved, the earth will hear the Gospel of the Kingdom, and the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea! We pray this in Jesus' mighty Name..! Our decree: We declare that we will fan the flames of passion until we burn with the fire of revival. ********************* Click the link to watch the video: ________________________________ Adams, John. July 4, 1826
  4. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-27-2022-1 January 27, 2022 Christ Took Our Curse In Numbers 21, the Israelites became outspoken in their criticism of Yahweh and Moses. Based on the judgment they incurred, it was likely that this had the potential of leading to a coup. A plague of serpents was released by God to stop it. “Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient because of the journey. The people spoke against God and Moses, ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.’ The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people so that many [people of Israel] died.” (Numbers 21:4-6) When Moses interceded for the people, the Lord’s instruction to him was profoundly important. Yahweh saw this occasion as an opportunity to picture satan, the serpent (Genesis 3:1; Revelation 20:2); the curse that resulted from Adam’s sin (Genesis 3:14-19); and the Cross, God’s remedy for the sin (John 3:10-21). Moses was instructed to form a serpent from bronze, and hang it on a pole in the center of Israel’s encampment. Whenever anyone was bitten by one of these serpents, if they looked at this pole, they were healed. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.’” (Numbers 21:8) First, there can be no doubt that the fiery serpents in this account symbolized satan (and his demons), who seduced Adam and Eve into questioning God’s nature and partaking in the forbidden fruit. But did the antidote, the serpent on the pole, also picture satan? No. Shockingly, Jesus equated the serpent on the pole to Himself! How can such a thing be? How could a serpent be used to picture Christ? Three passages, Deuteronomy 21:22-23, Galatians 3:13, and John 3:13-14 give us the answer. Deuteronomy 21: 22-23: “If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God) so that you do not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.” Galatians 3:13: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.’” John 3:14: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.” According to these verses, Christ became our substitute, taking the curse that came on the human race at the Fall. When He hung on the tree (Cross), it pictured this. Allowing Him to be pictured by the bronze serpent simply shows that He identified with our sin and curse, taking the sting of death for us. Also, in the Old Testament system of sacrifice, bronze symbolized judgment. When Christ fulfilled this Old Testament picture painted by Moses, He was taking humankind’s curse, our judgment of death, and giving us life. “Everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he shall live” (Numbers 21:8). Christ on the Cross was the antidote. His substitution removed the sting of sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:55-56), gave us eternal life (John 3:16), and bestowed on believers the blessings that were given to Abraham (Galatians 3:14). As the Israelites had to look at the serpent on the pole, we must “look” to Christ on the Cross to receive these blessings. Jesus defined what it means to “look” upon Him. After revealing that the bronze serpent on the pole pictured Him (John 3:15), Christ made the statement that summarizes the salvation message more than any other: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Believing in Christ’s finished work at the Cross is the way to life, blessing, healing, restoration to God’s family, and fellowship with our Heavenly Father. We are also given a word of caution, however, regarding this symbol Moses used. Over the passage of time, it became an idol, and was given the name Nehushtan. This word most likely means “a brazen thing” or “a piece of bronze.” A thousand years later, 2 Kings 18:4 tells us that the Israelites had begun to worship and burn incense to it. In his purging of idolatry from Israel, Hezekiah destroyed this symbol. We must not worship symbolic objects, regardless of how wonderful the truth that they represent. Our faith must be placed in the fulfillment, not the symbolism. Reminders that point us to Christ and His redemption are appropriate; idols are not. When we eat the Communion bread and drink the juice, we are using them only as symbols, reminders. Jesus said when we do so, we “remember” what He did for us (Luke 22:19). However, this does not diminish the importance of Communion whatsoever. Remembering what Christ did causes our faith to engage. It motivates us to “proclaim,” both in our hearts and from our mouths, the Lord’s death until He comes (1 Corinthians 11:26). Communion is theological, rooted in Scripture; devotional, enhancing our relationship with God; and confrontational, proclaiming the power and victory of Christ’s Cross. Pray with me: Father, thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your Son to redeem us from the curse of sin and death. We have placed our faith wholly in that sacrifice. The Cross produced complete victory over sin and satan’s kingdom. We proclaim this victory now as we look at the man, Jesus, taking our curse, in order to give us life and blessing. As we take the bread today, we are proclaiming that by Christ’s stripes, we are healed. We are proclaiming that the chastisement for our peace and wholeness was upon Him, that He bore our grief and sorrows. We ask You, through the power released when Jesus’ body was broken, to bring healing and wholeness to our nation, as well. (Take the bread) And as we partake of this cup, we declare that the power of Christ’s shed blood is greater than all of our sins. We proclaim that His blood cleanses us from ALL sin and unrighteousness. We ask You to cleanse, not only our individual lives, but also our nation. Root out evil, judge the strongholds of darkness, and restore us to Your Kingdom cause. Pour out Your spirit in our land, and begin with the youth of America. Rescue them from evil and the wickedness they have been exposed to by our media, our education system, and our government. Deliver and save them with Your mighty arm, we pray in the name of Jesus. (Take the cup) *********************** Click on the link below to watch the video:
  5. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-26-2023 January 26, 2023 Don’t Give Up on America’s Youth America is in desperate straits. I have stated many times that we have fallen so far we could never recover in our own strength and with our human efforts. Only a true revival and reformation will save us. America the Beautiful still describes us on the outside. Internally, however, we are ravaged by spiritual death, societal disease, and moral decay. Like Canaan in ancient times, we have become a stronghold of giants. In their desire to be encouragers, many religious leaders refuse to point out the true condition of America. Others refuse to do so out of fear of losing congregants, influence, platforms, etc. Some are simply deceived, thinking the shifts toward liberalism, wokeism, and globalism are good. Certainly, we don’t want to bring discouragement, and, to be sure, a critical spirit and defeatist attitude must be guarded against. But no serious doctor would begin treating a patient without first analyzing and diagnosing the problem. To blindly declare that everything will be okay simply because God is good and gracious is beyond naive; it is untrue. An accurate diagnosis is not only sound wisdom, it is true compassion and a path to recovery. The Scriptures tell us that on Abraham’s path to unshakable faith, he didn’t deny reality, taking the ostrich’s approach. To the contrary, “Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb” (Romans 4:19 NASB). Abraham had to make an informed decision: will I have more “respect” for the facts or for God’s promise to change them? “Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:20-21 NASB). Biblical faith is believing God in spite of, not in denial of. The only denial involved is that of denying the right for anything contrary to God’s promise/will to remain the same. While not in denial of America’s condition, I am not discouraged. And in pointing out America’s desperate need, I do not want to discourage you; I want to awaken and motivate you. Like Caleb, I am indignant and ready to take out the spiritual giants in our land. America is in trouble and very sick, but she is NOT terminal. Let’s take an honest look at some aspects of our true condition, then hear some hope. God, who was pushed from America’s hearts by the giants of pride, materialism, humanism, and pleasure, was inevitably also expelled from our schools. Our youth have experienced immeasurable devastation from this. I shared the following facts when I wrote my book Giants Will Fall in 2018. I’m certain they would be similar today. Consider these facts: Suicide is now the second leading cause of death in young people. Over 5000 commit suicide every year - more than 13 each day.(1) Child Protective Services is able to substantiate the claim of sexual assault on a teenager every 8 minutes. That is 180 confirmed assaults every day. And conservative estimates say 2 out of 3 assaults are never reported, making 540/day a more accurate figure.(2) 719 teenage girls undergo abortions every day - roughly 262,500 each year.(3) Roughly 10 million new sexually transmitted diseases and infections occur in teens every year in this country. These diseases, many of them causing sterility and some even death, have become another ploy of satan to wipe out a generation. The Baby Boomer’s sexual revolution has become this generation’s sexual ruination.(4) The United States is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for human trafficking. According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, over 300,000 of America’s young population is considered at risk for sexual exploitation.(5) Life has been cheapened; greed and selfishness rule; sacrifice is out. Authority is mocked, while rebellion and violence are extolled by our so-called role models and heroes. “If it feels good, do it” is now more than an overused cliché - it is a terrifying reality. When suggested that allowing God back into our schools might help solve these problems, smugness and defiant arrogance are often the responses of those who so desperately want Him banned. Satan’s insidious attack on the home has borne much fruit. During the twentieth century, the divorce rate rose 700 percent in America. Thirteen million children under the age of 18 are growing up with one or both parents away from home. Seventy percent of all juveniles in state reform institutions come from fatherless homes. Perhaps the woke members of Congress and Biden’s administration should divert a few BILLION of our tax dollars from their woke agenda to solving real problems. But then, that would be too unselfish and make too much sense. As horrifying as these facts are, and as infuriating as our government can be, we are not without hope. God is coming to save the day. He loves these youth who have been brainwashed and deceived by those who oppose God’s truth and reject His ways. Many of this young generation have also been offered a religious experience in the place of a true relationship with Abba, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, who love them with a passionate, all-consuming love. But Holy Spirit is coming to change all of this! He will give them a taste of who He truly is, and they will see that God is real, good, wonderful, and satisfying! They will want him. They’ll become the most passionate, righteously zealous, transforming generation the world has ever known. I was given a vision of this coming revival the week of 9/11. I shared the vision on Flashpoint a couple of nights ago (1/24/2023). We are providing a link to that presentation for those who would like to see it. It will encourage you. Keep the faith! Pray with me: Father, I thank You for the revival you’ve shown me is coming to America. Today our focus and prayer are for our young ones. Your passion for them is great. And You are coming to rescue an entire generation. You are going to deliver them from sin, fear, gender confusion, drugs, a death culture, immorality, the wounds of fatherlessness, and the deception caused by humanistic ideologies. They will become heroes, world changers, and the greatest generation of revivalists and reformers the world has ever seen. Unleash this mighty outpouring of your wonderful Holy Spirit, Father. Let the fire of revival sweep across our nation. We bind the spiritual strongholds - giants - that have bound a generation. We decree that the strongholds are broken and the generation will now go free. We open the door of revival. We declare that schools will be on fire with revival - grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities - they will all be visited with the fires of revival. Signs and wonders will take place in their schools, on their campuses, and in their dorms. Nothing can stop this. Even as an unrighteous government and unrighteous educators will try to stop it and attempt to continue indoctrinating our youth with antichrist ideologies, we declare in Christ’s name that this will fail. This giant will fall. A sweeping spiritual cleansing is coming to our nation. Many individuals who now oppose God will become believers in Jesus. Others will lose their places of prominence and authority. We will have a righteous government again. In the face of facts that say otherwise, we pray, declare, and believe these things will occur - in the mighty name of Jesus! Amen. Our decree: Nothing will stop the revival coming to America and the earth - nothing..! ******************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. Portions of today’s post, including the statistics, were taken from my book Giants Will Fall. Click HERE for the link to January 24, 2023’s Flashpoint. ______________________________ National Institute of Metal Health. “Suicide.” NIH, 2015. www.nimhnih.gov/health/statistics/suicide/index.shtml RAINN. “Children and Teens: Statistics,” RAINN, 2018. www.rainn.org/statistics/children-and-teens RAINN. “The Criminal Justice System: Statistics.” RAINN 2018. www.rainn.org/statistics/criminal-justice-system Dudly, Susan. “Teenage Women, Abortion, and the Law.” Prochoice, September 2015. www.prochoice.org/wp-content/uploads/teenage_women.pdf Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Reported STDs in the United States.” CDC, November 2015. www.cdc.gov/std/stats14/std-trends-508.pdf https://aspe.hhs.gov/reports/human-trafficking-within-united-states-review-literature-0#Trafficking
  6. https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-25-2023 *6 min read January 25, 2023 Over the past couple of years, we have shared hundreds of Give Him 15 posts. They have come from God’s mandate to equip the Ekklesia so we can pray for America more effectively. From time to time, we will be sharing our most requested posts. Some will be strategic teachings, key parts of America’s prophetic history, important concepts we are learning as the ekklesia, and occasionally, even prophetic dreams Dutch feels we need to keep in remembrance. Thank you for being part of the Give Him 15 family. Continue praying for America and enjoy these great teachings. The DSM Staff Is God Sovereign? My intent with this post is not to open a theological can of worms. I am certainly not the final voice on all things theological. I do want to make a very important point regarding theology, however: The sovereignty of God does not mean He controls everything that takes place on earth. This should be obvious, but a religious mindset permeates the church (and many unbelievers, as well) that says God is in control of everything that occurs on earth. The obvious negative connotations of this are dealt with through beliefs and statements such as, “there must be a reason;” “everything happens for a reason;” “all things work together for good;” “well, God is in control;” “nothing happens unless He allows it;” and so on. These statements and beliefs bring a degree of comfort to people, causing them to insert a sense of purpose into their pain. I understand this. However, problems, pain, loss, and difficulties don’t have to be allowed by God in order for Him to make them serve us. And the fact that He uses bad events doesn’t mean He is behind them. God did not put sinful motives into the hearts of Joseph’s brothers causing them to sell him into slavery. He did, however, have the ability and sovereign power to use their evil, turning it into good. Yahweh did not put into the heart of King Saul to falsely accuse and persecute David. No part of this was caused by God, yet He did have a plan to use it for David’s good. The cave of Adullam, David’s home through much of that season, became his classroom and writing chamber. He wrote many of the Psalms from that cave, psalms that have touched hundreds of millions of people. God does not have to cause it, to use it. The word sovereign actually means “the greatest in power and authority.” This is obviously true of God - He is sovereign. The word does NOT mean “in control of everything.” The Bible is filled with actions that occurred that were not God’s will, nor did He “allow” them. God “allowing“ everything on earth is only true in the sense that He allows humans to possess a free will - we have the power of choice. I once heard the great Foursquare Pastor, Jack Hayford, say regarding this topic, “God is sovereign, but in His sovereignty, He has limited Himself.” He also said, “The quest of Jesus Christ on the earth is greatly crippled by wrong notions of the sovereignty of God.” Pastor Hayford has a way with words! His point in the second statement was that a wrong concept of the sovereignty of God causes complacency and passivity in people...at times, irresponsibility. They believe - whether consciously or unconsciously - that God is in control of everything and will do what He wants, regardless of our involvement. This is so wrong. God works on earth through people. He needs our cooperation. Having stated this balancing truth, I want to share the fourth passage of scripture regarding Holy Spirit shifting us from phase to phase, season to season. His divine shifts, changing the times and seasons (Daniel 2.20-21), occurs in us, not just in the world around us. Psalm 84:4-7 says we go from strength to strength: “How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house! They are ever praising Thee. How blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca, they make it a spring. The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion.” “Baca” means weeping; therefore, the valley of Baca means “the valley of weeping.” We frequently refer to difficult times and situations in life as valleys. As we pass through these valleys - aren’t you glad they aren’t permanent - refreshing springs can burst forth as we cooperate with God. A valley of tears can be transformed into a place from which the water of life flows. A barren, dry place can be transformed into a place of springs. Notice that the place of new strength, doesn’t emerge after Baca, it is actually born at Baca - the place of weeping. The Hebrew word used for “strength” is also very revealing. Chayil is from the root word chuwl, the Old Testament word for travail or giving birth to something. What a picture! When we walk in faith and perseverance through difficult places, God can actually use them to birth (chuwl) new places of strength (chayil) in us. Like the cocoon of a butterfly, Baca can become a place of transformation. And like the butterfly, our destiny is not the cocoon of Baca - weeping; our destiny is the flight of freedom and victory. The dry, barren places in our lives can indeed become places from which the river of life flows and new strength is born. God has been doing much work in this troubling time on earth. Unfortunately, many Christians have not realized that the difficult seasons of travail are often the conduit to bring us to new levels. Rather than persevering through these seasons, many have despised the Bacas in their lives and grown bitter or cynical. Rather than going from strength to strength, they unwittingly choose to remain in Baca, making it home. They don’t move from a place of plowing and sowing to one of reaping and blessing. Tragically, many miss the shifting of the times and seasons God wants to do for them. Chayil, the word for strength, is also the word for army and for wealth. We can fight more effectively and prosper to a greater degree after having gone through the valleys of Baca - if we make them our servants. Yes, it can be difficult; we may not understand what is happening at the time, and it may even seem like we’re losing ground. But if we faithfully press on, allowing God to use the Baca times, He will transform them into boot camps and springs of blessing. Once on the other side, we’ll realize we’re stronger and more prosperous than before. God wants us to go from one position of victory to another, from one phase of soldiering to another - enlistment to Bootcamp to infantry and so on. Some will go on to special forces. Allow Holy Spirit to do what is necessary to shift you into the new. He will take you from one stage to another, and another, and another. Pray with me: Father, You have the necessary omniscience and omnipotence to transform anything satan, people, or life’s circumstances bring our way. What they mean for evil, You can use it for our good. Places of weeping can become birthing chambers, cocoons that house us while we’re transformed into those who can fly. Nothing can outmaneuver, outsmart, or out-plan You. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. This is true for us individually, but it’s also true for nations. You are Ruler over the nations. We anchor ourselves to this truth. In America, though the righteous have been weeping, You are going to use this season to birth something new and good. We will allow nothing else. We use the authority You gave us to bind and loose, forbid and allow (Matthew 16:18-19), and we will accept nothing else. We pray now for our brothers and sisters who have gone through difficult circumstances. The season has been very painful for many. But we now agree with them that You will do something good with it, and bring them forth as pure gold. Heal their hearts and strengthen their wings. In Christ’s name, amen. Our decree: We decree that going from strength to strength is our destiny; Baca is not our home. ******************** Portions of today’s post were taken from my book God’s Timing for Your Life. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  7. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-23-2023 January 23, 2023 A History Making Moment Several years ago, Holy Spirit challenged me with the statement: “You can either make history, or you can sit back and watch it being made.” Someone will write the history of our generation; the only question is, who. My challenge to the church of our day is to partner with God and write the history He desires for our generation. Acts 13:36 tells us that David served the purpose of God in his generation. What an epitaph! Holy Spirit recently dealt with our friend, Gina Gholston, about history making. Gina shares: ************** “The past several months seem to have ushered many into a deepening passion for the awakening, which has begun to broaden in scope and increased momentum. There’s an unshakeable feeling that we have crossed into the unfolding of a history-making moment. As a matter of fact, the Lord recently said to me, ‘The year 2023 will be one for the history books.’ “A few days ago, I was having lunch with some friends. During our conversation, I shared with them a revelation the Lord once gave me about ‘marked moments.’ Through that revelation, He helped me understand there are some things He leads us to do that, in that particular time, may seem to make no sense to our human understanding. But He assured me, saying, ‘Those times of obedience are pieces of a bigger picture. In and of themselves, they may seem to be irrelevant and even senseless, but there will come a time when I will put all the pieces together, and you will understand why each part was necessary.’ We are each on a journey with the Lord, and as we follow Him in faith and obedience, He leads us according to His plan. Even when we don’t understand the steps, we must stay the course so that, in the right time, the parts can be placed to form the whole of God’s intentions. “As I shared this revelation with my friends that day, I heard myself say, ‘This is the time when the pieces are coming together.’ Instantly, we all knew Holy Spirit had come to the table and entered our conversation. We all felt His presence, and the weight of those words was undeniable. ‘The pieces are coming together.’ That means we have moved into a ‘big picture’ moment. Something has been completed, and now the purpose for those ‘marked moments’ will begin to be revealed, and we’ll be so thankful that we took the journey! “The big picture not only validates our faith walk in times past, but also unveils understanding that lends itself to prophetic insight for where we are going. Moses stood before twelve men he had sent to scope out the land to determine Israel’s next move. Ten of them said, ‘We can’t take that land. The giants are huge and we are grasshoppers compared to them.’ However, Joshua and Caleb had received a revelation of the big picture. They reported, ‘This is what it’s all been about. Everything God has done has led us to this moment. His hand is good upon us, and we are well able to possess what He has promised.’ The pieces had come together, and the ‘big picture’ had made them acutely aware it was now time to cross over and take the land. “Their arrival in the land did not mean their journey was done or everything would be easy from that point forward. The journey would continue, and there were battles to fight, but the journey had shifted from circling the familiar path around the mountain to moving into the land God said they could and would possess. It was definitely a history making moment! “God is saying to us, ‘The pieces are coming together.’ A shift has occurred, and we are feeling the provocation of the Lord to focus forward with new perspective. It’s not a time to settle or wrongly assess the future and our ability to step into it victoriously. It’s time to be bold and courageous, and possess the land! “Recently, I saw a vision of a ravine. On one side of the ravine, I could see a pathway that was covered with glory, but the way across the ravine was a tightrope. I could see a line of people who would walk up to the edge. They wanted to go to the other side but feared crossing on the tightrope, so they walked away. “I heard a voice that thundered, saying, ‘Trust the Lord, and fear not!’ A few of the people then began to take steps onto the tightrope. As they did, angels began surrounding them, assisting them as they crossed over. I then heard the Lord say, ‘You are now at a critical point. Your past obedience has led you to this moment and has created a supply for your future, but you must choose to go over the chasm. I have provided a way, but it requires you to completely trust in Me. Your first steps will take a courageous act of faith, but as you move forward, you will find that I have provided divine assistance. I have commanded the hosts to assist you, and they hearken unto My voice. I have placed My Spirit within you, and as you listen to My voice and leading, the narrow way won’t seem so daunting. For those who choose to trust Me and fear not, will find strength and an ability to traverse the tight places and enter the way that is filled with My manifested glory.’ “I believe the Lord is saying to the remnant who will boldly proceed with trust in Him, ‘The culmination of all you have heard, seen, believed, and done is about to become the catapult that will launch you into a greater encounter, power, and effectiveness!’ “All this being said, I have that feeling you get when you are sitting in the seat of an airplane. You’re buckled in, awaiting the inevitable ‘take off.’ You feel the momentum increase as you leave the gentle taxiing down the runway! Suddenly, the engines roar, and the adrenaline kicks in as you gain speed! The thrust then leads to lift-off, and everything you planned, prepared for, talked about, learned about, and anticipated just got very real. And the remembrance of all the steps and preparation leading to this moment provokes a confident assurance that whatever is ahead, you are ready! There’s nothing but forward! “Yeah, this feels just like that kind of moment! The pieces are coming together, and it’s time for take-off into this history making year!” ********** Pray with me: Father, You have taught us through our past experiences that You are faithful, able, and ever-present. Now, the culmination of all that we have seen, heard, learned, and experienced is catapulting us into this history-making moment. The pieces are coming together to reveal the big picture of Your intentions, and we are equipped and ready to step into it. Fear is not an option. The hosts of Heaven have hearkened unto Your voice to assist us. Holy Spirit is guiding us, imparting Your well-timed wisdom, empowering us to successfully navigate the journey ahead. The time to go forward is now, and no matter what the days ahead may bring, we are confident You are with us every step of the way, and we are well able to possess the fullness of all You have promised. Amen! Our decree: Our trust is in the Lord. We will not fear! He has strengthened us, enabling us to traverse the tight places, entering the way filled with His glory. The pieces are coming together, and we are ready for take-off! ******************* Today’s post was contributed by our friend Gina Gholston. If you would like to learn more about Gina, go to GinaGholstonMinistries.org. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  8. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-20-2023 January 20, 2023 Hang In There January is the National Sanctity of Human Life month. Today is the March for Life in Washington D.C. Here are some comments from the March for life organization: “As we kicked off 2022, we hoped against hope for a historic victory for the pro-life movement. The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case was heard at the Supreme Court last December, with the justices considering the possible overturn of the wrongfully decided Roe v. Wade case. *********** “We prayed and waited for the decision to be issued, and on June 24 (the birthday of March for Life founder Nellie Gray!), we joyously saw the Supreme Court return the power back to the American people to protect the unborn through their elected representatives. “In the past few months, we have turned our focus to planning the National March on January 20, 2023, where we will be taking the ‘Next Steps’ and ‘Marching into a Post-Roe America’ (our theme for this year’s March for Life)! “This will be the 50th annual March for Life, the first Post-Roe National March. We plan to celebrate, give thanks, and remember those who have gone before us and led the way to this historic moment in time, and to map out a path forward!” (1) ********** I’m sure you picked up on the fact that this is the 50th annual March For Life. That is some pretty significant perseverance! Galatians 6:9 tells us we will reap at the right time - if we don’t grow weary and give up. You may have heard the poem about 2 frogs: Two frogs fell into a can of cream, or so it has been told. The sides of the can were shiny and steep, the cream was deep and cold. “Oh, what’s the use,” said number one, “It’s plain no help’s around. “Goodbye, my friend, goodbye, sad world,” and weeping still, he drowned. But number two, of sterner stuff, dog paddled in surprise. The while he licked his creamy lips and blinked his creamy eyes. “I’ll swim at least a while,” he thought, or so it has been said. “It really won’t help the world if one more frog were dead.” An hour or more, he kicked and swam, not once he stopped to mutter. Then hopped out from the island he had made of freshly churned butter. (Author unknown) I heard this witty poem on the subject of tenacity over 40 years ago in a message by John Garlock, one of my professors at Christ For the Nations Institute. There aren’t many messages a person remembers 40 years later, but John Garlock had a knack for preaching unforgettable sermons. Garlock also mentioned 2 Samuel 23:8-12, the account of three of David’s mighty men: Shammah, Adino, and Eleazar. Shammah had tenacity in the face of a humble assignment, defending a small plot of lentils from a group of Philistines. Adino personified tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds as he killed 800 Philistines single-handedly. Eleazar pictured tenacity in the face of incredible fatigue - after fighting for several hours, his hand had to be pried from his sword! I rank perseverance and endurance near the top of my list of most important spiritual traits. And the longer I live, the higher it rises. “Hang in there” didn’t make it into the Ten Commandments, but it did into the nine fruits of the Spirit. The Greek word makrothumia, translated as “long-suffering” in Galatians 5:22 (KJV), is defined by Strong’s Concordance as “longanimity or fortitude.” (2) That’s what I said: “Hang in there.” In this day of instant everything from “fast foods” to “get-rich-quick” schemes, to “four easy steps to answered prayer,” we are rapidly losing the character trait of hanging in there. We cook faster, travel faster, produce faster, spend faster . . . and we expect God to keep pace with us, especially in prayer. He won’t. George Mueller, a great intercessor, evangelist, and orphanage builder in the 1800s, knew how to “hang in there.” One example of his persistence in prayer is related by **** Eastman in his book, No Easy Road. He quotes Mueller as saying: “‘The great point is never to give up until the answer comes. I have been praying for sixty-three years and eight months for one man’s conversion. He is not saved yet, but he will be. How can it be otherwise . . . I am praying.’ The day came when Mueller’s friend did indeed receive Christ. It did not come until Mueller’s casket was lowered into the ground. There, near an open grave, this friend gave his heart to God. Prayers of perseverance had won another battle. Mueller’s success may be summarized in four powerful words: He did not quit.” (3) We, on the other hand, have mastered the art of one-liners in prayer and think if we give God a two-hour service once a week, we’re fairly spiritual. “Easy does it” might be good advice in some situations, but for most of life, including prayer, easy doesn’t do it. A pilot, early in a flight, went to the back of the plane to check on the reason for a warning light. The problem was a door ajar, which flew open as he approached it. The pilot was immediately sucked from the aircraft. The co-pilot, seeing by his panel that a door was open, turned back toward the airport immediately and radioed for a helicopter to search the area. “I believe I have a pilot sucked from the plane,” he said. After landing the plane, everyone was astonished to find the pilot holding on to the rung of a ladder, which he had miraculously managed to grab. He had held on for 15 minutes and, still more amazing, had managed to keep his head from hitting the runway during the landing, though it was only six inches away! Upon finding the pilot, they had to pry his fingers from the ladder. THAT is perseverance! (4) Anyone long associated with the church of America over the last 50 years knows that our problems do not result from a lack of information or provision. If we fail to achieve what God needs from us, it will be a failure of heart and spirit. Like the frog, I have kicked and swum my way - often over long periods of time - to more victories than I have accomplished quickly and easily. I have fought until my hand clove to the sword, and, like the pilot, I have held on to the ladder until my hand froze in place. No, I haven’t always won, but I have learned, without a shred of doubt, that tenacious endurance is often the key to victory in prayer. “Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!” (Psalm 27:14 TPT) Prayer and Communion Father, just as Christ persevered in the garden and on the Cross, we persevere in laying hold of what His sacrifice provided for us. He broke the back of death, hell, and the grave. He disarmed principalities and powers, making an open display of His victory over them. He canceled the certificate of debt against us and made us His co-heirs. As we partake of Communion together today, we remember His victory over death. Through our Lord’s broken body and shed blood, we ask for forgiveness and cleansing from the sin of abortion. We ask for a resurrection of America’s corporate conscience to the evil of this sin. Awaken and transform our nation's thinking. Heal those who have been wounded by abortion. (Take the bread.) And Father, as we drink the cup, we remember and declare the power of Christ’s death. We declare over the death culture in America: you will end. We declare over the abortion industry: the blood of Jesus will end your wicked hold on America. And we declare over America: Christ’s blood on the Mercy Seat is cleansing you of this wickedness. We thank You, Jesus, for Your cleansing blood. (Drink the juice.) ************************** Portions of today’s post came from my book Intercessory Prayer. ____________________________________ https://marchforlife.org/2022-a-year-of-pro-life-victories-and-new-opportunities/ James Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2990), ref no. 3115. **** Eastman, No Easy Road (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1971(, p 96-97. Craig Brian Larson, Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books 1993), pp 97-98. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  9. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-19-2023 January 19, 2023 The Hidden Battle The Scriptures often refer to “heavenly places” or “the heavens.” The Greek word is epouranios and simply means “of or pertaining to heavenly realms or regions.” We’ll define it more momentarily, but first, listen to the following 5 verses in Ephesians that speak of “heavenly places”: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places. And raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” This sounds like one uninterrupted passage of Scripture, doesn’t it? It is actually 5 separate verses from Ephesians 1:3, 1:20, 2:6, 3:10, 6:12. I became fascinated one day as I read these verses consecutively, with none of the in-between sections. When I saw how well they flowed together, I realized they really do provide a continuity of thought. In summary, they tell us: we have been given everything we need in order to operate in heavenly places; Christ has been given all authority in this realm; we have been legally seated there with Him in His position of authority; through us, from our position there with Christ, God intends to defeat the kingdom of darkness; finally, the last verse describes that evil kingdom, listing its various components. Let’s consider this realm, “heavenly places,” a little more fully. It not only refers to heaven, God’s home, but to all of the invisible, spiritual realm around us. We must consider this relatively unknown dimension in order to fully partner with God and experience the fullness of His blessing. It is the unseen realm of the spirit - invisible yet real, hidden yet very active. Much of what happens on earth is influenced by it; certainly anything of eternal significance or regulating the destinies of people and nations is influenced from it. Most people, including Christians, give little thought to an unseen world impacting the natural world we see. Many, especially in cultures that emphasize higher education and intellectualism, are actually cynical of this dimension’s existence. But the Bible is filled with descriptions and accounts of it. Apart from the invisible realm, there is no God, Satan, angels, demons, fall of humankind, birth of Christ, redemption through the Cross, miracles, or resurrection of the dead. Yet again, surprisingly, most American Christians live their lives without weighing how much this realm affects us, let alone how we can operate in and influence it. Consider the following significant statement from Chuck Pierce’s and my book Releasing the Prophetic Destiny of a Nation: the more we learn to function in the invisible spiritual realm, recognizing and applying its governing principles, the more we can partner with God, positively impact our world, avoid the snares and influence of the evil one, and enjoy the blessings of our salvation. (1) As I meditated on the above Ephesians verses, God began showing me that I was not conscious enough of this realm. It was not a new subject to me - I have comprehended it for many years and realized that we can influence it through our prayers and actions. However, Holy Spirit began revealing to me that I was not as cognizant of this dimension as I needed to be. I saw clearly that if I was to be as effective as was possible in changing situations on earth, I had to understand more fully how forces in these “heavenly places” affected them. Also, I needed a greater understanding of how I could influence the invisible world. And, hopefully, how I could do so without becoming weird! The more I meditated on this spiritual realm, the more I realized it is the Bible’s major theme - two invisible kingdoms working to control the world. If we humans could see what takes place around us in this dimension, we would no doubt see a great clashing of kingdoms - angelic and demonic forces engaged in phenomenal warfare. I don’t know exactly what it looks like, but I know it is occurring. The following vivid account of the unseen gives us a glimpse: When the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he saw; and behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Strike these people with blindness, I pray.” So He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-18, NASB) The invisible, spiritual forces were present all along - it was just that Elisha’s servant could not initially see them. And so it is with us. We live in a world filled with constant angelic and demonic activity. Our natural eyes, however, cannot perceive it. It amazes me how many Christians, though they claim to believe the Bible and would say they believe in this invisible realm, still have a problem with consciously relating to it. Many, for example, take issue with any form of prayer, visions, or dreams that speak of demons, angels, or invisible strongholds. Many who do not profess to be Christians have an even greater problem with acknowledging the invisible spiritual realm. The very suggestion of an invisible sphere influencing the visible world usually elicits immediate skepticism - even mockery - and often an inference that anyone who believes in this realm is not in touch with reality. What a boost for the devil’s activities! At some point, however, if we are going to be truly effective in prayer, we must acknowledge, understand and learn to influence this spiritual realm through prayer, fasting, speaking God’s word, binding and loosing, repentance, and living righteous lives. We believers must move beyond our fear of criticism and agree with Scripture. Jesus is our example, and He frequently dealt with the invisible. He was aware of it and consistently engaged unseen entities, stirring up demonic opposition everywhere He went. He released His spiritual authority into this realm through His words and actions. The early church in Acts also did so, releasing Spirit-led decrees and confronting forces of darkness when appropriate. We are inconsistent if we confess to be Bible-believing followers of Christ and yet refuse to acknowledge and operate in the invisible realm. Failure in this area has rendered us largely impotent. Pray with me: Father, teach us more about the spiritual realm around us. Give us greater understanding of how to impact this dimension and extend Your Kingdom influence into it. Christ’s victory is secure; we ask for greater revelation of how to release His victory into the earth, changing nations, cities, and people. Make us more conscious of the invisible realm where much of what happens on earth is determined. We pray that anointed teachers will be raised up to skillfully teach on this subject. Please awaken them to the need for this so that we can influence the spiritual realm with balance, skill, and accuracy. And please break off of the church all hesitancy of operating in this spiritual realm. And as we do so often here, we ask You for and thank You in advance for sending the greatest awakening/revival that has ever occurred to the nations of the earth. We are asking for entire cultures and people groups to be swept into Your family. With the authority You have given us, we break off them the control of principalities and evil spirits, freeing them to see truth and receive Your love and provision. We break the demonic strongholds off our nation and close every door through which demonic rulers have entered. We declare the exposure of evil, and we command the door of awakening to open! We ask all of this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen. Our decree: We boldly declare that the spirit of wisdom and revelation is being released to the Church, bringing new levels of faith and authority. *********************** Portions of today’s post were taken from my book Authority in Prayer. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  10. 4 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-18-2023 January 18, 2023 Let’s Save Some More Lives “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you…” (Jeremiah 1:5) If you have been watching GH15 for a while, you know I am passionate about the pro-life cause, including adoption. Ceci and I endeavor to support at least one adoption each year through Zoe's House. We have had the founder, Kelsey Bohlender, as our guest on posts in the past and will again soon. We have another friend, Nancy Alcorn, who is also doing a great work for babies and unwed mothers. The ministry she leads has become, without question, one of the most effective in the world for healing troubled young girls. Their incredible success has led to expansion into several other arenas and multiple locations. Their website says: “Mercy Multiplied exists to provide opportunities for all to experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power. Our Residential Program is voluntary, biblically-based, and free-of-charge for women ages 13-32; our Outpatient Program is free-of-charge for men (Louisiana only) and women ages 13 and older; and our Outreach Services offer multiple resources online and onsite designed to equip men and women of all ages to live free and stay free in Jesus Christ. “The vision for Mercy Multiplied was launched in 1983 after Founder and President Nancy Alcorn spent eight years working for the government. Realizing that true transformation would never come as the result of any government system, Nancy started the first residential home in West Monroe, Louisiana. Mercy’s Residential Program helps young women ages 13-32 break free from life-controlling issues and situations, including anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, addictions, unplanned pregnancy, and sex trafficking. These residential services are offered free of charge. “Over the years, Mercy has expanded its United States residential locations to Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; and Sacramento, California, with future plans to build a residential home in the panhandle of Florida. The organization has grown beyond the borders of the United States, including locations in the United Kingdom and Canada. “Remaining ever faithful to our three guiding principles: (1) we provide residential and outpatient services free-of-charge, (2) we tithe 10%, and (3) and we will never accept money with strings attached or that which would prevent our ability to share Jesus Christ.” In a recent communication, Nancy shared, “After Roe V. Wade was overturned and sent back to the states, my leadership team and I spent a season of time praying about what our response should be. In that process, God gave us clear direction: be laser-focused on getting the word out nationwide that we take young women facing unplanned pregnancies into our residential centers from all 50 states. We will take care of the girls for the full duration of their pregnancy, free of charge, and they can then make their own decision about whether to parent or place their child for adoption. In addition, thanks to generous donors, we are able to provide airline transportation from all 50 states for them to come to our Nashville home, if they so choose. Once the Florida home in the panhandle is built, we will also be able to take pregnant girls to that location as well as provide transportation. We are calling these donors “Carriers for Life.” That simply means that when a young lady is in need of an airline ticket, we can call those on the list to pay for their ticket. God actually dropped this plan into our hearts BEFORE we began to hear about companies offering to pay the expenses for girls to travel out of state to get abortions.” Chelsea Rahbar, Director of Pregnancy Services at Mercy Multiplied, said of their life-giving program: “A unique component of Mercy Multiplied's program for women facing an unplanned pregnancy is our ‘Basic Decision-Making Classes.’ These classes are designed to assist the young woman in making a well-informed decision regarding whether she will parent or place her child for adoption. It is the vision of Mercy to provide the most supportive environment for each expectant mother to make her own decision about what is best for her and for her child. In conjunction with the decision process, we also provide the following services: Free housing: experience 24-hour support in a beautiful home environment Free individual & group counseling Free prenatal care Access to parenting classes, if applicable Access to adoption services, if applicable Access to well-balanced meals and fitness. “All of these services are offered completely free of charge because of the generosity of our donors. Additionally, if a young woman is struggling financially to travel to our Nashville location, we will pay for her plane ticket.” You can see a wonderful short video from Nancy Alcorn sharing her heart and vision for Mercy Multiplied by using the following link: CLICK HERE We are also providing you with contact information for Mercy Multiplied and how to reach their Pregnancy Services. Pray for this amazing ministry, perhaps even sow a gift. And if you know of a young lady who may need this service, please contact them. Let’s save some more lives! Pray with me: Father, in our efforts to save babies, we cannot and will not forget the moms who face many challenges. Thank You for raising up ministries like Mercy Multiplied and families who are willing to adopt children. We pray that great provision and incredible blessing come to them. We pray that America’s collective conscience would be transformed, and that a generation fed millions of lies would be delivered from the deception. Raise up more voices of truth and silence those who speak lies. Give us more people in government and media that will speak up for life, and more pastors who will make a stand. And lastly, give us an awakening of awakenings. Write Your laws on the hearts of 100,000,000 Americans that do not currently know You. This revival has begun, but just barely. Turn up the fire! Then turn it up again! Fan the flames with the incredible wind of Holy Spirit, until it is completely out of control. This we ask in the name of Christ, who has all authority in heaven AND EARTH. Amen. Our decree: The tide is turning! ******************** You can find out more about Mercy Multiplied by: Going to their website: mercymultiplied.com Email them at: info@mercymultiplied.com Write to: P.O. Box 111060, Nashville, TN 37222 Or call: (615) 831-6987 Mercy Multiplied is a nonprofit Christian organization that equips people to live free and stay free through Jesus Christ. ************* Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  11. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-17-2023 January 17, 2023 A Wake-up Call to the American Church Yesterday, America honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As I pondered his life and work, I found myself considering the importance of forerunners, voices of change who point the way toward the right path. Their journey is always difficult as they challenge the status quo and ruffle comfortable feathers, but God gives them steel backbones and steadfast hearts. Some, like Dr. King, are also blessed with great intellect and communication skills. One of the forerunners of our day who is certainly blessed with these extraordinary gifts and skills is Eric Metaxas. You may have read his great book on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer entitled Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Metaxas has other great books, but today I want to highlight his latest book entitled, Letter to the American Church. I know Eric Metaxas, though not as a close friend. He is simply a person I greatly respect and admire. Neither he nor his publisher has asked me to promote his book; frankly, he doesn’t even know I’m doing this. I am doing so because I believe his message is urgent. Today’s American church has failed to be the voice we were called to be. The stakes could not be higher regarding our need for this to change. Eric’s appeal is passionate, intellectually and factually sound, historically reinforced, and biblically based. In the words of Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor emeritus of The Moody Church in Chicago, “This book is like a bucket of cold water thrown into the face of a sleeping church.” Please read this book. Consider giving a copy to your pastor or a friend. I want to read a few paragraphs from his Introduction, after which we will pray. **************** “The German Church of the 1930s was silent in the face of evil; but can there be any question whether the American Church of our own time is guilty of the same silence? Because of this, I am compelled to speak out and to say what - only by God’s grace - I might say to make plain where we find ourselves at this moment, at our own unavoidable crucial crossroads in history. “It is for good or for ill that America plays an inescapably central role in the world. If you have not read Alexis de Tocqueville on this subject, you likely nonetheless understand that the extent to which that central role has been used for good and for God’s purposes has had everything to do with our churches, or with the American Church, as we may call her. So if America is in any way exceptional, it has nothing to do with the blood that runs through American veins and everything to do with the blood shed for us on Calvary, and the extent to which we have acknowledged this. America has led the world in making religious liberty paramount…It was this that made Tocqueville marvel most: that while in other nations - and especially in his own nation of France - the Church was adamantly opposed to the idea of political liberty, in America, it was in the churches that helped encourage, create, and sustain a culture of liberty. “Because of the outsized role America plays in the world today, the importance of whether we learn the lesson of what happened to the German Church ninety years ago cannot be overstated. Though it may be a gruesome thing to consider, the monstrous evil that befell the civilized world precisely because of the German Church’s failure is likely a mere foretaste of what will befall the world if the American Church fails in a similar way at this hour. “And at present, we are indeed failing. “We should underscore the idea that the centrality of our nation in the world does not mean that we are intrinsically exceptional, but rather that God has sovereignly chosen us to hold the torch of liberty for all the world, and that the Church is central to our doing this. So the idea that He has charged us with this most solemn duty should make us tremble. Nonetheless, we must carry out that duty in a way that is the opposite of prideful and that is meant to be an invitation to all beyond our shores. If we should aspire - in the words of Jesus as quoted by John Winthrop - to be a “shining city on a hill,” the idea is that we should exist and shine for the sake of others and not for ourselves alone. President Abraham Lincoln said that we in America were God’s “almost chosen people” and acknowledged that this placed upon us an almost unbearable burden. It is a certainty from the Scriptures and from our experience over the centuries that apart from God, we can do nothing. So if God has chosen us for some task, we must do all we can to shoulder that task, and must know more than anything that unless we lean on Him and acknowledge Him in all our ways, we are guaranteed to fail. “We must also remind ourselves that when God chooses anyone - whether the nation of Israel or a single person - to perform any role or any task, it is never something to be celebrated, as though the one chosen has won a contest. Quite to the contrary; it is a grave and fearsome responsibility. So if the Lord has chosen America and the American Church to stand against the evils and deceptions of this present darkness, we had better be sure we understand what is required of us, and had better make sure we do all that is possible to fulfill our charge… “If anyone would feel that believing God has chosen the American Church for such a vital role somehow smacks of an egotistical nationalism, they have already bought into the Marxist and globalist lie that America is nothing special - or is probably a force for evil at this point. In any case, they miss the point and have only leapt away from one ditch to fall headlong into another. It is a fact that God in His sovereignty chose the German Church to stand against the evils of its day, but it shrank from acknowledging this and from standing. Germany has been living with the deep shame over it unto this day. So for the American Church to say that God has not chosen us is as bad as saying He must choose us because we deserve to be chosen. Both stances are equally guilty of the sin of pride. It is far easier to ignore God’s call than to acknowledge it and rise to fulfill it, but it is more difficult and painful than anything to live with the results of ignoring God’s call. Let the reader understand.” (1) Pray with me: Father, thank You for raising up voices to point us in the right direction. Though forerunners often make us uncomfortable, they nonetheless prepare the way for needed change. We ask You to breathe great momentum into this book by Eric Metaxas. Use it to awaken the American Church, especially, but not limited to, leaders in the Church. We see signs that a remnant in the Church has been awakened, and we thank You for this. But we ask for this to increase exponentially. Rain fire, passion, and great zeal onto Your people in America. Revive us, as You have promised. Breathe great favor and momentum into the voices of change. As always, we thank You for your promise that America shall be saved. We declare our faith that You will do this, as we appeal to You based on Your obvious will and purposes. Continue to deliver us from evil and bring Your Kingdom authority to bear in our land. We thank You for this in Christ’s name. Amen. ************************** You can find out more about Eric Metaxas and order his books at EricMetaxas.com. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  12. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-16-2023 January 16, 2023 In Hope Against Hope, He Believed As opposed to a teaching for today’s post, I’m going to share from my heart regarding the current condition and future of America. First of all, I’m as convinced as I’ve ever been that we will see a sweeping revival and reformation in our nation. This includes the restoration of our God-given assignment to the nations of the world. These things - revival, reformation, and restoration - are what the statement “America shall be saved” means to me. My first allegiance is to the Kingdom of God, not the United States, and always will be. However, I do love America with what I am confident is a God-given love. I believe wholeheartedly in His calling to this nation and in the Judeo-Christian ideals upon which we were founded. I also have a natural love for America - it is appropriate to love and honor one’s homeland. I see no contradiction between my patriotic love for America and my first love, God; to me, they are completely compatible. Having said this, I am not in denial of America's backsliding and of our great need. Without the aforementioned reviving, we would no doubt perish, at least spiritually, and forfeit our destiny. Nothing else can possibly save our nation. Like many of you, I am angry over America’s condition, at times, but I also grieve deeply over it, and am very embarrassed. Who would have thought a generation ago that the primary battle of our time would be over the legality of killing babies in the womb (and even the survivors of this cruelty)? Add to this the harvesting and selling of their body parts, and one can only weep. What have we become? Who would have believed that our government would one day tell parents they had no right to know what the state was teaching their children, much less doing to their childrens’ bodies? Sterilization and mutilation!? Are you serious? It is insidious, insane, and should be criminal. Who would have believed America’s leaders would sanction half-nude perverts dancing for kindergartners while rubbing their crotch? Our President, Vice President, former Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader, and the members of their Party in Congress have no problem with this. If they do, they certainly haven’t said so. Who would have believed that our once great America would be led by a senile man who can barely communicate, habitual liars in Congress, and Supreme Court Justices who claim that defining the difference between a man and a woman was too difficult for them? Men now wear dresses to the President’s Cabinet meetings. Who would have believed that our government would one day lead us into debt to the tune of TRILLIONS of dollars, while continuing to take billions of our hard-earned dollars for foolish projects and personal gain? How narcissistic do leaders have to be to vote for the creation of buildings and trails bearing their name, while millions of Americans must choose between heat, medicine, or food? How self-absorbed and addicted to power must leaders become to prioritize future votes - through open borders - over the lives of a hundred thousand young people killed annually by fentanyl? They could end this tragedy almost overnight if they wanted to. Trump had it reduced drastically by controlling the border. The sad truth is that those in charge care more about votes than they do these young lives. Their hesitation to even talk about these immeasurable losses - how often do you hear them bring it up? - betrays their priorities. How deceived must a people become to believe Marxism could succeed…to be okay with a leader of our military who is more loyal to Chinese leaders than our own President…to believe a “woke” but weak military is acceptable in today’s world, that anything but strength could guarantee peace…that anarchy and violence now trumps law and order…and that police are bad while criminals are victims? As much as we don’t like it, God did us a huge favor in 2020 by allowing this evil to be exposed. The truth is that the swamp is far deeper and larger than any of us realized. The muck and mire are putrid. Evil, corruption, and depravity rule our nation. America is lost - hopelessly lost. We are past the point of a human solution, certainly of a political one. No program, law, government, political party, or educational plan can heal America. These things can one day reform and will be essential, but they cannot generate a rebirth. We needed to see our true condition. The word repentance is rooted in the concept of seeing and understanding clearly, of coming into increased and accurate knowledge. Repentance is more than a simple decision to choose a different direction. Americans needed to know how far we had fallen and that no President, Party, or plan could fix our nation. We must have a great awakening. Please don’t hear that as a suggestion to back off or relent in your governmental, educational, or practical efforts. We must NOT do that! Hear this only as a plea to pray as never before. Ask for revival. Decree change and the coming of Christ’s Kingdom rule. Be His Ekklesia! Things may get a little worse, naturally speaking, before they get better. Spiritually, however, we are gaining ground and momentum. Christ’s Kingdom is increasing, just as He said it would, and HE WILL PREVAIL. “...God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. In hope against hope he [Abraham] believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:17-21 NASB) I want to end by saying that I wish no harm to any person or group of people - nor do those of you who join me on these posts. We sincerely love and pray for the salvation of all. Our battle is spiritual and our enemies are satan and his spiritual forces. And we overcome evil with good. Pray with me: Father, we intercede today for this apostate nation. We have wandered far from You. Yet, we are confident that Your mercies endure forever and that mercy is our currency. Your love knows no end. Heal this land, we pray. We declare life over the dry bones of America, and we prophesy to the wind of Holy Spirit: blow! We boldly proclaim that the doors of wickedness, destruction, perversion and darkness are closing. We declare and decree that the exposing of evil will continue. And we decree that America shall be saved and participate in earth‘s greatest revival. We ask for encouragement to intercessors and spiritual laborers throughout our land. Strengthen them. Renew their strength. Keep their faith strong, may they never give up. Infuse them with great zeal and perseverance. We pray these things in the mighty name of Jesus, the Lord of the harvest. Amen. Our decree: We decree that the dry bones will live again. *************** Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  13. 7 min read January 13, 2023 Agreeing with the Voice of God I am concluding this week’s teaching on the power of Spirit-led decrees with a short teaching from Jane Hamon’s book Declarations for Breakthrough: Agreeing with the Voice of God. Tom and Jane Hamon are among the prophetic voices I trust most. They are also great teachers and authors. The insights Jane shares are part of the ongoing revelation Holy Spirit is bringing forth as He builds Christ’s Ekklesia on the earth. ************** Jane says... “Do you want to supercharge your prayer life? Do you need a greater strategy for what to do when you hear God speak? I believe that understanding the biblical concept of declarations and decrees will take each of us to a greater place of effectiveness in advancing the Kingdom of God and bringing awakening into our land." “I love the voice of God. When He speaks, things change. As a matter of fact, I believe one word from God can change anything and everything. When we agree with the voice of God and verbalize what He is saying, we are releasing power to shift heaven and earth and change our circumstances. These authoritative, spiritually empowered decrees have the capacity to bring breakthroughs and initiate change." “Decrees have been used for thousands of years by governments as a means to deliver judgments, laws, and orders with the expectation that they will be carried out. Esther, Ezra, and Daniel are books about decrees being issued that changed the course of history. Such is the governmental, Kingdom power God has put into the mouths of His people as we decree what He says!" Decree the Abundance of Rain “My husband, Tom, and I were ministering in Edmonton, Canada, during a time when they were experiencing one of the most severe droughts in modern history. Because I always check the weather forecasts before arriving in a new city, I knew there were no weather patterns indicating they could expect relief. But the first night of our conference, in the middle of my message, I suddenly heard the Lord tell me to decree that the heavens be opened, and release the sound of abundance of rain. I prophesied what I had heard the Lord say, directed the people to shout for joy in response to the word of the Lord, and we pointed our fingers toward the sky while decreeing an abundance of rain." “Fifteen minutes later, I noticed someone come in the back door and whisper to their family members. Those individuals got up and left the service. Soon others came in and whispered to their friends and families; again, those individuals got up and left. This was becoming disruptive, so I paused in my ministry and asked what was causing people to leave the service." “With big smiles on their faces, people began to shout, ‘It’s raining! It’s raining!’ " “We ran quickly to the doors and saw that all those who had left the service were in the parking lot dancing in the rain. Pretty soon, the whole congregation was dancing and declaring, ‘The drought is over! The drought is over!’ " “When watching the weather report that night on the local news, we were amused to see that the meteorologists were perplexed, commenting that they had not seen the rain coming. It seemed to come out of nowhere. It rained the whole week we were there." “Clearly, God shifted the atmosphere over Edmonton and brought an open heaven through the power of the decree." Jesus Taught the Power of the Decree “Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus demonstrated the power of the spoken decree. He told His disciples, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you’ (Matthew 17:20, emphasis added)." “When Christ ministered healing and breakthrough to people, He never actually prayed for them to be healed; rather, He released declarations of breakthrough, saying things like, ‘Stretch out your hand;’ ‘Be made whole;’ ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ Jesus raised the dead by making decrees: ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ In the situation with Jairus’ daughter, He said, ‘Do not weep. She is not dead; only sleeping. . . . Child, get up.’ To the dead man at Nain, Jesus decreed, ‘Young man, I say to you arise.’ To one woman who had suffered from a spirit of infirmity for twelve years, He decreed: ‘Woman, thou art loosed,’ and she was instantly delivered and healed. When He and His disciples were on a boat and a ferocious storm broke, rather than pray, Jesus made a decree: ‘Peace, be still!’ " The Early Church—Our Example “Jesus’ disciples learned how to use decrees to bring breakthrough to people, setting the example for all believers through the ages. When confronted by the lame man begging for alms at the Gate Beautiful, Peter made a decree that released healing: ‘I have no silver or gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk,’ (see Acts 3:6). The power behind that decree caused the lame man suddenly to jump to his feet, walking and leaping and praising God. These words rise up and walk are expressed in the Greek language’s imperative mood, which means Peter was not asking or making a suggestion, but giving a command. " “In Acts chapter nine we read the story of Dorcas, also called Tabitha, a follower of Christ from the city of Lydda, who became very sick and died. Peter went to her and got down on his knees to pray. After doing so he turned to her dead body and decreed, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes, looked at Peter, and sat up." “The apostle Paul also utilized decrees. In Acts 13:11, we read that Paul decreed blindness on Elymas the sorcerer who was hindering the Gospel from going forth. In Acts 14:10, he spoke to a lame man in a loud voice, ‘Stand up straight on your feet!’ And the man leaped up and immediately walked.” This does not discount the importance of communing and petitioning prayer. To the contrary, Jane continues by saying, “Prayer is actually the foundation for every decree we make, for through a constant flow of communication with the Father, we are able to more clearly hear the words He would have us speak. We pray, connecting to the Father, then we decree, shifting the earth." “We must marry the power of prayer and the authority of the decree. Prayer is our petitions, communication, and fellowship with God, while decrees are God’s words released through our voices into the earth realm to bring change." “Job 22:28 begins by saying, ‘You will decree a thing’—not just your pastor, not just a prophet, but you shall make decrees that cause things to be established and light to shine on your way. The Hebrew word for thing (omer, Strong’s 562) means ‘the word’ or ‘the promise.’ What do we decree? We decree what God has spoken." “Today, God is looking for believers who will stay filled with the power of Holy Spirit, so they can boldly declare His life and divine purposes—and change history.” ********** Pray with me: Father, You told us in a recent dream that Communion would empower us to break satan’s hold off America. One of the reasons is that when we partake of it, we are declaring and releasing Christ’s victory over the powers of darkness. You also said the doors of demonic access into America must be closed by the apostolic decrees of the Ekklesia. We are doing both today: taking Communion together and releasing apostolic decrees. As we take the bread, we declare our steadfast faith in the work of Christ. His body was broken for us: by His stripes, we are healed from sickness and disease; by His wounds, we are delivered from all wounds inflicted on us - spirit, soul, and body. Oppression must go as we partake of Christ’s salvation. Generational diseases must leave us. God will rise in and through us, and His enemies will scatter. (Eat the bread) As we take the cup, we proclaim the power of the blood of Jesus over all our sins, weaknesses, bondages, and addictions. We are made new by its power. We declare that we are free from all curses and that oppression is now far from us. (Drink the juice) We also declare that the blood of Jesus now powers our decrees over our nation. In His name: Release these decrees with me: We decree that satan’s ability to devour and destroy America will no longer be successful. We speak to his door of access and command it to close! We declare our faith in the mercy and blood of Jesus - that God has heard the repentance offered up by millions of believers on behalf of America’s sins and is healing our land. We decree that people in government and business will no longer feed our nation to the dragon through sins, compromise, and unholy alliances. We decree that their evil will be exposed, their funds will dry up, and their influence will end. We close the door to their control. We decree that the evil pictured by Nero - violence, lust for power, tyranny, murder, persecution of the church, insane laws and edicts - will no longer rule America. We close the door to the spiritual powers causing this destruction. We close the door to the destruction of our children, our families, our homes, our cities and our nation. We speak to the door of promise - the door of the awakening and transformation of nations - and command you to open. We call forth revival, refreshing, remodeling, and reformation into America and the world. We prophesy to the wind of God: blow on the dry bones of America and the world. Reconnect our scattered bones, breathe life into us, and make us a great army. Salvation, healing, purpose, and destiny are in this wind - we decree its release NOW! In the mighty name of Jesus! ***************************** You can find out more about Jane Hamon here. Click on the link below to watch the full video. NOTE: The Dream of the three doors can be read on last week's posts.
  14. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-12-2023 January 12, 2023 The Creative Power of God’s Word I am constantly amazed at how many prayer meetings I attend where so little of the Word of God is implemented. The greatest weapon God has given us often goes unsheathed! If Christ, our greatest example, used the spoken Word as His number one weapon when confronted by satan himself, shouldn’t we use it regularly? And God’s Word is more than just a weapon. The Hebrew word asah (Strongs 6213), translated “create” in the Genesis account of God creating the world, also means “to accomplish, do, or perform.” It is used in the following verses, referencing the speaking of God’s Word/s: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has he said, and will he not do [asah] it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). “So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing [asah] what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). “Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform [asah] it’” (Jeremiah 1:12). God’s Word “does.” God’s Word “accomplishes.” God’s Word “performs.” Yet, here is something most Christians do not consider. In each of these references, humans spoke the words God used to do, accomplish, and perform! Let that sink in. “I’m going to use My words to accomplish some things,” He said in these passages, “and I’m going to use you to speak them.” The Lord actually told Jeremiah in the first chapter of Jeremiah mentioned above, “I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the Kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant,” (Jeremiah 1:10). He began by saying, however, “I have put My words in your mouth,” (verse 9). The Lord followed these instructions by saying, “I am watching over My word to perform it,” (verse 12). There is absolutely no doubt Holy Spirit was saying to Jeremiah that He was going to “accomplish” some judging, tearing down and rebuilding, and that He was going to do so through Jeremiah’s words. This - speaking words - is how authority is released! Apart from the power of the tongue to wound people, slander, encourage, edify, etc., our words also: Activate our salvation (Romans 10:9) Release death and life (Proverbs 18:21) Remove mountains of adversity (Mark 11:23) Defeat spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:17) Heal the sick (Acts 3:6) And more. We’re obviously not teaching that we can create (asah) physical matter with our words, but they certainly create God’s desired results in human lives and situations. And, of course, our declarations must be based on God’s word and will, agreeing with Scripture, and inspired by Holy Spirit. The literal meaning of the New Testament word for “confession” actually means “to say the same thing.” In other words, we must say what God says. We do not have carte blanche authority to command our will into anything and everything. First John 5:14-15 tells us: “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” We must find out what the Scriptures teach about situations, then make our biblical confessions and declarations accordingly. We are then “saying the same thing” God says, which honors Him and offers Holy Spirit a decree He can truly empower - a biblical declaration. This is a powerful facet of intercession. Hebrews 3:1 states that Jesus is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession (which, again, means “say the same thing”). When we speak God’s words and will on earth, He can and will back them up from heaven, just as He did for Jeremiah. In the dream we discussed last week, God has instructed us to do this to close and open doors. We are to close doors that have been opened to demonic activity in America and open the door of awakening and transformation. Let’s do it now after this short prayer. Pray with me: Father, You are not a man that You should lie. What You have said You will do. Your words do not return to You void, they accomplish everything You intend them to accomplish. We agree with Your prophets who have said a great awakening, in fact, the greatest revival ever, is now coming to planet earth. We call in a billion souls and declare boldly they will come into the kingdom. And Lord, You have shown many what You want to do in the government of America. We come into agreement with that also, declaring that America will have righteous government and the evil being propagated in Washington DC, and other parts of our nation, will fail. You will give us godly and righteous people in Congress, as judges, and in the Executive Branch of our government. We bind the evil forces that oppose this in Jesus’ name. Amen. Release these decrees with me: We decree that satan’s ability to devour and destroy America will no longer be successful. We speak to his door of access and command it to close! We declare our faith in the mercy and blood of Jesus - that God has heard the repentance offered up by millions of believers on behalf of America’s sins and is healing our land. We decree that people in government and business will no longer feed our nation to the dragon through sins, compromise, and unholy alliances. We decree that their evil will be exposed, their funds will dry up, and their influence will end. We close the door to their control. We decree that the evil pictured by Nero - violence, lust for power, tyranny, murder, persecution of the church, insane laws and edicts - will no longer rule America. We close the door to the spiritual powers causing this destruction. We close the door to the destruction of our children, our families, our homes, our cities, and our nation. We speak to the door of promise - the door of the awakening and transformation of nations - and command you to open. We call forth revival, refreshing, remodeling and reformation into America and the world. We prophesy to the wind of God: blow on the dry bones of America and the world. Reconnect our scattered bones, breathe life into us, and make us a great army. Salvation, healing, purpose, and destiny are in this wind - we decree its release NOW! In the mighty name of Jesus! ************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. Part of today’s post is taken from my book Essential Guide to Prayer.
  15. 7 min readhttps://www.givehim15.com/post/january-11-2023 January 11, 2023 Why Do We Decree and Declare? Today’s post on releasing apostolic decrees is taken from the Give Him 15 devotional. The lessons in this book are not only to inspire you; they are also to instruct you as you become a powerful intercessor. We are receiving wonderful feedback from this book of 30 short teachings. It WILL help you on your spiritual journey. It was 1980, and I was fresh out of Bible school. I was radical enough spiritually to pray for anything that moved…or grew. That’s why I was standing in the middle of a field, reading Bible verses to a crop of maize. No, I’m not kidding. I was taking my cue from Jesus, who spoke to a tree on at least one occasion. He spoke a death sentence to the tree, and the next day it was dead (see Mark 11:13-14, 20). He also spoke to a storm, commanding it to be still (see Mark 4:39), and even addressed a corpse, giving it life (see John 11:43). One of His disciples also did the latter (see Acts 9:36-41). No, I’m not trying to start a communing-with-nature cult. Jesus knew that nature and dead people weren’t “hearing” Him, but that His words were releasing the power of Holy Spirit to impact those realms. Our words, when they are God’s words and Holy Spirit leads us to speak them, also release divine power. That’s why I was reading the Bible over a field. Actually, I was reading it to the field and some flies that were invading it. I read the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 concerning the crop: “Blessed shall be . . . the produce of your ground . . . The Lord will command the blessing . . . in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you . . . And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity . . . in the produce of your ground” (vv 4, 8, 11). I read Psalm 91:3 concerning the flies: “For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper, and from the deadly pestilence.” The flies died and the crop lived. The situation was as follows: A Guatemalan farmer, already in financial trouble from previous losses, was in danger of losing thousands of acres of maize to these flies. He was about to spend approximately $25,000 to have them crop-dusted and wasn’t even sure this would stop the plague. We spoke to this new Christian about the biblical principle of tithing and the promise that God would “rebuke the devourer” (see Malachi 3:10-11) for those who obeyed Him in this regard. We then read him the verses mentioned above and asked if he would like us to join him in reading and declaring these words of God over his crops. He did, we did, and God did. The crops lived, the flies and their larvae died; the crop-dusting wasn’t even necessary. Not only was the crop saved, but the $25,000 the treatment would have cost was, as well. This may seem radical and you may find it odd. However, when scriptural principles are followed, the spoken Word is a powerful weapon of intercession. This little-understood truth need not lead to imbalance or weirdness. However, being balanced biblically does not mean we do nothing that contradicts human understanding or reason. It means we stay within the parameters of biblical teaching and the leading of Holy Spirit. Much so-called balance in Christianity is simply a desire to stay totally in the realm of our human understanding and natural laws. This eliminates many spiritual laws and much of that which requires faith, which certainly includes speaking the word of God as a weapon. Jesus not only spoke Holy Spirit-inspired words to a storm and a tree, as mentioned, but when tempted by satan, the spoken Word of God was His primary weapon against the attack (see Matthew 4:1-11). Ephesians 6:17 calls this “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” The Greek term translated “word” in this verse means “spoken words,” as opposed to written words or unspoken thoughts. The verse, used in this primary New Testament passage on spiritual warfare, is telling us that the word of God on our lips is a powerful weapon against satan, as Christ demonstrated. God honors His Word above His very name (see Psalm 138:2 KJV). A person’s name means nothing if his word can’t be trusted. When we consider the Word of God as unfailing and all-powerful, we are giving Him the greatest honor we can give. We’re stating that we know He cannot lie (see Hebrews 6:18), that His Word is eternal (see Isaiah 40:8), and that He can be trusted implicitly. A Roman centurion came to Christ asking Him to heal his servant. Christ was willing and offered to go with the man to minister to his servant. The centurion gave a startling answer, however: Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I, too, am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, “Go!” and he goes, and to another, “Come!” and he comes, and to my servant, “Do this!” and he does it (Matthew 8:8-9). This man understood the authority of God-inspired words and declarations. Jesus did speak the Word, and the servant was healed. Several years ago I faced a situation in which evil spirits were obviously involved. In order to protect the privacy of the individuals involved, I must be vague as possible regarding the details. Generally speaking, however, great anger and strife had arisen in a family. A strong possibility existed that the next day this family would be torn apart for years, if not forever. I prayed late into the night about this very volatile situation, asking God to intervene. After a couple of hours of prayer, I clearly heard Holy Spirit say, “Speak the Word.” The instruction came with such force, I knew it was God talking to me. Obeying Him, I began to aggressively declare Scriptures Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance, also making declarations based upon them, which I felt were appropriate. It went something like this: “Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you” (Luke 10:19). “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). I declare that God has given me authority over the spirits involved in this situation. Holy Spirit in me is greater than any power they can muster. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exaltheth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV). I declare that my weapons are fully able to disarm this situation. In Jesus’ name I tear down the strongholds of the powers of darkness in this family situation. “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). I am fully submitted to God and know that as I speak His Word, the evil forces at work must flee. I command you, demonic powers, to leave this situation in Jesus’ name. I free these individuals from your influence. I’m sure I used a few other verses, as well - this was many years ago - but I’m sure you can understand what I was doing. After 10-15 minutes of this, I felt great peace in my heart and went to bed. The following morning every person involved had a change of heart, and total peace prevailed. The power of God’s Word had overcome the evil spirits and positively influenced the minds and hearts of the individuals. I was NOT carrying on a conversation with these spirits nor was I trying in some extrasensory way to speak to the people involved. I was simply using God’s Word as a weapon in the situation, which released the power of Holy Spirit to prevail, accomplishing what He knew was necessary. In the dream we discussed last week, God instructed us to release apostolic decrees in order to close and open doors. We are to close doors that have been opened to demonic activity in America, and open the door of awakening and transformation. Let’s do so now, using the following decrees: Release these decrees with me: We decree that satan’s ability to devour and destroy America will no longer be successful. We speak to his door of access and command it to close! We declare our faith in the mercy and blood of Jesus - that God has heard the repentance offered up by millions of believers on behalf of America’s sins and is healing our land. We decree that people in government and business will no longer feed our nation to the dragon through sins, compromise, and unholy alliances. We decree that their evil will be exposed, their funds will dry up, and their influence will end. We close the door to their control. We decree that the evil pictured by Nero - violence, lust for power, tyranny, murder, persecution of the church, insane laws and edicts - will no longer rule America. We close the door to the spiritual powers causing this destruction. We close the door to the destruction of our children, our families, our homes, our cities and our nation. We speak to the door of promise - the door of the awakening and transformation of nations - and command you to open. We call forth revival, refreshing, remodeling and reformation into America and the world. We prophesy to the wind of God: blow on the dry bones of America and the world. Reconnect our scattered bones, breathe life into us, and make us a great army. Salvation, healing, purpose, and destiny are in this wind - we decree its release NOW! In Jesus’ name, Amen! *********************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. Today’s teaching is taken from my book Essential Guide to Prayer.
  16. https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-10-20235 min read January 10, 2023 Prophesy to the Breath Last week we addressed a dream that instructed “the apostolic Ekklesia” to make “decrees”. This was to be done for the purpose of closing doors to demonic activity, and opening doors of awakening. Though I defined Ekklesia somewhat when unpacking the dream, yesterday I gave a more complete teaching on this all-important subject. Today I’m beginning a short series, adding to my previous comments on why we decree. This is not a new spiritual activity - it was mentioned in the first chapter of Genesis! Most Christians have no idea of the power of God‘s Words. The sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) - the spoken Word - is our most powerful spiritual weapon. For it to be the weapon of choice for Jesus Himself when resisting satan, should be all the proof we need that it is the number one way to deal with the devil. Not only is God’s Word a weapon, however, it also does much more. The Scriptures refer to God‘s words as “seeds.” The root Greek word is speiro (Strongs 4687); another form of the word is sperma (Strongs 4690). As you can hear in these words, we do, indeed, get the English words “sperm” and “spore” from those Greek words. Holy Spirit used them in order to communicate that His Words have creative life in them. Just as physical seeds do, they reproduce life; they multiply. First Peter 1:23 references this, telling us we were born again by the power of the “incorruptible seed” (Greek: spora [Strongs 4701]), the Word of God. The parable of the sower (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8 ) also refers to God’s Word as seeds, possessing the power to reproduce and multiply fruit. Job 6:25 reads, “How forcible are right words!” (KJV). Right words would obviously include the Scriptures. “Forcible” is the word karats which also means “to press.” As the signet ring of a king presses a document with his seal, our spoken agreement with God acknowledges submission to Him, releases our faith, and seals or settles a matter. Speaking God’s words seals our salvation, the promises of God, our destinies, and many other things. Ecclesiastes 12:11 tells us, “The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies” (KJV). Our words, when agreeing with God’s, act as nails, constructing lives, circumstances, events, etc. in the spiritual realm. Just as a nail is used to keep a board “in place” and to build structures, words are used to keep God‘s promises in place, allowing them to build and construct things in the spiritual realm. Hebrews 1:3 says all of creation is held together by the power of His words! Jeremiah 23:29 says God’s Word is also like a fire that consumes and a hammer that breaks rocks. Declaring His Word against the plans, strategies, and powers of darkness causes them to be consumed and destroyed. There is no more powerful weapon against the enemy than releasing the Word of God from our lips. As a hammer, it breaks and crushes. Luke 1:37 says it is filled with explosive power (Greek: dunamis from which we get the word dynamite). No wall, not even a mountain, can stand against the power of God‘s explosive, crushing words. Speak them! Psalm 107:20 tells us we are healed by His Words, also. The most effective way to release your faith for the healing of your body is to speak God‘s Word over it. His Words, filled with life, will go into your body and begin rejuvenating and restoring. The Word of God is never ineffective - it will always produce. When we speak it into situations, we are sowing God-seeds, which enables Him to bring forth life! In the dream from last week, we were told to open a door, behind which was the wind/breath of Holy Spirit, through our apostolic decrees. This is biblical! Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones is an example of God’s life being released through words spokiien by a person. “Speak to the bones!” God first said to the prophet (see Ezekiel 37). Can you imagine what Ezekiel must have thought? Speak to them? God, if You want something said to skeletons, why don’t You just do it? But Ezekiel obeyed and said, “O dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord.” And they did! Bone came to bone, flesh came on them. There was no life in the bones, however, and Ezekiel’s next assignment must have startled him more than being told to prophesy to the bones. The Lord said, “Prophesy to the breath.” Later in the passage we’re told that the breath he was prophesying to was Holy Spirit. God didn’t say to Ezekiel, “Prophesy by Holy Spirit,” nor did He say, “Prophesy for Holy Spirit.” God said, “I want you to prophesy to Holy Spirit. Ezekiel obeyed and the Spirit of God performed what a man prophesied/decreed. Incredible! Did the prophet actually give a “command” to Holy Spirit? Is Holy Spirit now to follow the dictates of humans? Of course not. Ezekiel wasn’t commanding God; He was commanding for God. As has been God’s plan and heart from Creation, He was partnering with a human. “I’m going to allow you to make the declaration for Holy Spirit to release the wind, Ezekiel. He’ll wait for your decree” Amazing! In that situation, God chose to work through the prophetic declaration of a human being. Sometimes we must ask, petition, or appeal to Him - He is in charge, after all! - in other situations, He needs or wants us to be His voice, releasing His words and will. In the dream we discussed last week, God instructed us to release apostolic decrees in order to close and open doors. We are to close doors that have been opened to demonic activity in America, and open the door of awakening and transformation. Let’s do so now, using the following decrees: Release these decrease with me: We decree that satan’s ability to devour and destroy America will no longer be successful. We speak to his door of access and command it to close! We declare our faith in the mercy and blood of Jesus - that God has heard the repentance offered up by millions of believers on behalf of America’s sins and is healing our land. We decree that people in government and business will no longer feed our nation to the dragon through sins, compromise, and unholy alliances. We decree that their evil will be exposed, their funds will dry up, and their influence will end. We close the door to their control. We decree that the evil pictured by Nero - violence, lust for power, tyranny, murder, persecution of the church, insane laws and edicts - will no longer rule America. We close the door to the spiritual powers causing this destruction. We close the door to the destruction of our children, our families, our homes, our cities and our nation. We speak to the door of promise - the door of the awakening and transformation of nations - and command you to open. We call forth revival, refreshing, remodeling and reformation into America and the world. We prophesy to the wind of God: blow on the dry bones of America and the world. Reconnect our scattered bones, breathe life into us, and make us a great army. Salvation, healing, purpose, and destiny are in this wind - we decree its release NOW! In the mighty name of Jesus..! **************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  17. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-9-2023 January 9, 2023 Christ’s Ekklesia When Jesus showed up on the fallen world scene, He left no doubt as to His ownership of it: He demonstrated authority over the laws of nature by walking on water (Matthew 14:25). He controlled the forces of nature, altering weather patterns (Mark 4:39). He trumped the laws of physics, multiplying food, turning water into wine, translating His physical body from one place to another, and destroying trees simply by speaking to them (Matthew 15:36; John 2:9; 6:21; Mark 11:13-14, 20). He demonstrated authority over the animal world, using a fish to collect the money needed for a tax (Matthew 17:27). He had dominion over disease, healing multitudes (Acts 10:38). He even displayed power over death, bringing dead people back to life (John 11:43-44). In a plan so daring, bold, and staggering in its ramifications that no one could even guess what it was - including satan’s kingdom and even the angels - God had become an adam (a Hebrew word meaning “man”). In doing so, He was legally qualified to redeem humankind and win back their lost authority for them. Ownership of the earth wasn’t the issue, nor was Christ’s personal authority - He had never lost His, here or anywhere else. The issue at hand was authority for the human race - whether or not they would regain their forfeited governmental rights to earth. When this God-man, Jesus, paid our penalty and restored us to God, in the process He also recovered Adam’s lost authority. It is now safe in the hands of a human who will never lose it again. God’s original plan was restored: There is now a race of humans on the earth filled with God’s life and nature, capable of relating to Him as Father and managing this incredible home He created for them. If only they realized it! When we are born again, we are no longer mere humans—adamites—we are a new race of supernatural beings called Christians (“little Christs”). In his first letter to Corinth, Paul chastised the believers for acting like “mere men” (3:3). We are not “merely human”; we are supernatural daughters and sons of the Most High God, filled with His Spirit and anointed to represent Him. God has His family back and can now continue His original plan, which includes this family managing and governing the earth spiritually. He calls this family the “church.” The church is first mentioned in Matthew 16:18-19: I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. When Jesus used the word “church” (Greek: Ekklesia), the disciples weren’t hindered by our contemporary ideas as to what it meant. Their paradigm of an Ekklesia differed greatly from what it has become. To us today, the church can be: 1. A worship service 2. A building used by Christians 3. A local congregation of Christians 4. For those who tend toward its literal meaning, it is a “called out” assembly of people. The last concept is the most accurate, based on a strict translation, but still falls far short of communicating what an Ekklesia was when Christ made His stunning announcement. To the Greeks in Christ’s day an Ekklesia was an assembly of people ”called out” of the populace to govern the affairs of a city or nation – in essence, it was a city council, parliament or congress. To the Romans, it indicated governmental authority, as well, but was used more narrowly. To them, it was a group of people sent into a conquered region to rule it, but also to reshape the culture until the region thought like Rome. The Romans realized this was the ideal way to control their empire. They discipled the conquered region’s government, social structure, language, schools, businesses, etc., until the people thought, spoke, acted like, and considered themselves Romans. When Jesus said He would build His church (ekklesia), He was without question speaking of a body of people that would “legislate” spiritually for Him, discipling nations and extending His kingdom rule, ideals and principles thoughout the earth. His statement that “the gates of Hades will not overpower it” makes much more sense when we understand this. These “gates” are not physical gates, but rather the governmental plans or decisions of hell. In biblical times, gates were often where judges sat to rule, or governing councils of cities met to make decisions; therefore, they often symbolized government (for examples, see 2 Samuel 19:8; Proverbs 22:22-23). In Ruth 4:10-11, the Hebrew word for a gate is actually translated as a “court.” In this first decree announcing the church, Jesus was stating that He would raise up a spiritual kingdom government on earth, which hell’s government wouldn’t prevail over. He followed this declaration by saying He would give His Ekklesia “keys” (Matthew 16:19), which symbolize authority. Keys lock and unlock, in order to close or open. Christ was declaring His church would have spiritual keys (authority) to lock the gates (government) of hell and open the gates (government) of heaven. This is accomplished primarily through declarations and decrees made FOR God, not petitions made TO God. When needing provision or help from Him, we do request and petition. When dealing with the powers of darkness and their plans, however, we command and decree. Jesus told us to command His Kingdom (rule) to come and will to be done (Matthew 6:10). The verbs “come” and “be” are in the imperative Greek tense, meaning to command. Christ was saying, “Command My kingdom rule and will to come forth!” If I were satan and wanted to stop evangelism, the spread of biblical morality, or the influence of God on the earth, I can’t think of a better way than deceiving Christians regarding the meaning of Ekklesia. My first priority would be to keep them from understanding what it means to be the church. The end result would be to leave God and His Kingdom without a functioning government on earth. Then, even though I had lost my authority there, I could still rule. Obviously, we are not to expand the Christian faith or implement God’s rule on earth through physical force or domination, as some religions do. We are to impact our culture, workplace, city, nation, etc., with the spiritual power of God’s kingdom, spreading His life, love, and Kingdom principles everywhere. Jesus told us to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and to preach (declare) the good news of Him “to all creation” (Mark 16:15). The Ekklesia in Acts turned their world “upside-down” (17:6 AMP), upsetting status quo everywhere they went – and we should also. Tomorrow we will discuss one of the ways we do this. In the dream we discussed last week, God instructed us to release apostolic decrees in order to close and open doors. We are to close doors that have been opened to demonic activity in America, and open the door of awakening and transformation. Let’s do so now, using the following decrees: Release these decrease with me: We decree that satan’s ability to devour and destroy America will no longer be successful. We speak to his door of access and command it to close! We declare our faith in the mercy and blood of Jesus - that God has heard the repentance offered up by millions of believers on behalf of America’s sins and is healing our land. We decree that people in government and business will no longer feed our nation to the dragon through sins, compromise, and unholy alliances. We decree that their evil will be exposed, their funds will dry up, and their influence will end. We close the door to their control. We decree that the evil pictured by Nero - violence, lust for power, tyranny, murder, persecution of the church, insane laws and edicts - will no longer rule America. We close the door to the spiritual powers causing this destruction. We close the door to the destruction of our children, our families, our homes, our cities and our nation. We speak to the door of promise - the door of the awakening and transformation of nations - and command you to open. We call forth revival, refreshing, remodeling and reformation into America and the world. We prophesy to the wind of God: blow on the dry bones of America and the world. Reconnect our scattered bones, breathe life into us, and make us a great army. Salvation, healing, purpose, and destiny are in this wind - we decree its release NOW! In the mighty name of Jesus..! ************************** Portions of today’s teaching were taken from my book Authority in Prayer Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  18. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-3-2023 January 3, 2023 A Dragon, Calamity, and A Promise (part 1 of 4) Today, I’m going to share what I believe is an important dream. It is somewhat sobering, yet ultimately very hope-filled. The dream includes 3 scenarios that present challenges and opportunities in America. It also makes clear that the praying church has the authority to determine which scenario ultimately prevails. America shall be saved, yes, but this will occur as the Ekklesia continues to listen and obey Holy Spirit. Just as Elijah birthed God’s promised rain (see 1 Kings 18), and Daniel birthed His promised restoration of Israel (see Daniel 9), the Ekklesia must birth America’s recovery, as well. We have begun this process and must continue doing so. Paul spoke of choices in First Corinthians 16:8-9: “I will remain in Ephesus until the feast of Pentecost. There’s an amazing door of opportunity standing wide open for me to minister here, even though there are many who oppose and stand against me” (TPT). Paul was not intimidated or controlled by the opposition; he chose the opportunity - in spite of the opposition. In Deuteronomy, God offered Israel the choice of life or death, blessings or curses (Deuteronomy 30:19). He urged them to choose life, both for themselves and their children. Our decisions have far-reaching effects. We in America are making decisions today that will determine the futures of our children and grandchildren. In his Concord Hymn, Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke of patriotic “...heroes [who] dare to die and leave their children free.”(1) May Holy Spirit give us heroic hearts that will fight for the freedom of our children. The dream, as given to Dr. Greg Hood: “On 12/02/2022, the Lord gave me [Greg Hood] a dream. The dream opened with Dutch and I being led by an angel up to large, iron double doors. The angel took us through them, and inside we saw three doors down the left side of the room. Each door had a combination lock with a keypad on it. “We approached the first door, which was open slightly, allowing us to see a little of the room. Dutch reached and opened the door further so we could see more of what was inside. What we saw was unnerving - a dragon eating from a bowl that was shaped like the United States. As the bowl would become empty, men in suits replenished it. “We stepped away from the door, and it returned back to its original position - open, but only slightly. As the angel led us away from the door, I [Greg] reached to push it fully closed, but could not move it. While motioning us toward the next door, the angel said to me, ‘You can’t close it with your hands!’ “We approached the second door, and again, it was slightly ajar. Once more, Dutch reached out and opened it fully. Inside was a movie theatre with a movie playing on the big screen. The movie was depicting spiritual darkness causing all sorts of evil - famine, communism, war, and calamity. A man was sitting in the front row of the theatre. In the dream, we knew he was Nero, the former emperor of Rome. The movie became more intense. We could see cities being overrun, homes and families being displaced. Again, as we stepped away from the doorway, the door automatically went to its original position - open slightly. As we were led away from the door, I [Greg] again reached to push the door closed, but couldn’t do so. While motioning us to move toward the next door, the angel again said to me, ‘You can’t close it with your hands!’ “The angel then led us to the third door. This door was also cracked open, but a little more than the others. As we approached it, we could hear a sound coming from inside the room. Again, Dutch opened the door fully, and as he did, we could feel powerful energy coming from inside. This energy created a strong wind that was blowing outward, then sucking inward, like a person breathing, only much stronger. The wind was so strong it was moving us backward and forward. The angel of the Lord spoke and said, ‘This is the door to awakening and the transformation of nations.’ The angel then said to Dutch, ‘These doors picture what America is now facing. They can’t be opened or closed by the hands of the prophet, but must be opened and closed by the decrees of the apostolic Ekklesia. Operate them with your mouth, not your hands!’ “Dutch then began speaking forcefully to the first two doors: ‘MY CODE IS 22-22, AND WITH IT I COMMAND THESE DOORS TO CLOSE, AND I DEADBOLT THEM CLOSED FOR GOOD!’ When he declared this, both doors slammed shut with powerful force, and an angel was placed at each one to ensure that it remained closed. “Dutch then turned to the third door and declared loudly and boldly, ‘AMERICA, THIS IS YOUR DOOR. IT IS THE DOOR OF YOUR PROMISE! I CALL YOU INTO YOUR PROMISED DAY OF REFRESHING, REMODELING, AND PURPOSE! AMERICA, THIS IS YOUR DOOR OF DESTINY: THE DOOR OF AWAKENING! IT IS NOW OPEN TO YOU, AMERICA, AND WILL BE THE OPENING OF THE NATION TO AWAKENING!’ “As Dutch finished declaring this, the wind and energy in this room sucked us through the doorway. And we knew the nation had been pulled into the room of awakening!” End of dream. Three doors. Three rooms. Three scenarios. In dreams of this nature I represent the praying Church; actions I perform are not to be done by me alone, but by the apostolic Ekklesia. In the first room, the dragon no doubt represents satan (Revelation 12:9). It could also represent satan in his manifestation as Leviathan (see Isaiah 27:1). I also believe the dragon could represent the Communist Party of China (not the general population) which is evil, no doubt controlled by demonic powers and is often pictured by a dragon. The dragon is seen in the dream consuming and devouring America. Satan’s desire is always to steal, kill and destroy, and he is most certainly doing much of this in America. Notice that in the dream, the door is already open, and the consuming of America has begun. America was being fed to the dragon by men in suits. I believe they refer to some in America’s government, and also in our businesses and corporations. Unrighteous decisions being made by individuals in our government are giving satan the right to consume and devour America. And deals being made with Communist China by some in our business arena are feeding America’s assets and security to that nation. Behind door number two was a movie showing death and destruction being observed by “Nero.” Nero was the emperor of Rome from 54 A.D. to 68 A.D. He no doubt represents evil, perhaps even insane, government. This evil emperor was an insane tyrant, a murderer who killed his own family members, and the ruler who began the persecution of Christians in Rome. Nero had them burned alive, crucified and thrown to the dogs. He was the emperor who oversaw the martyrdom of the apostles, Paul and Peter. Nero was insane, evil, and controlled by demons.(2) Watch a video or two of drag queens dancing in apostate churches or in front of kindergarteners. Then consider the fact that they are celebrated by many in our government - some of them even honored and entertained in the White House. THIS…is a picture of Nero playing the fiddle while watching Rome burn. Back to the dream… All sorts of evils were being displayed on the TV screen of Room 2: communism, principalities overseeing the destruction of families and cities, war, death, and destruction. Sound familiar? Most of these things are already occurring in America. As the dream showed, the door is open and the carnage has begun. Will America be involved in another literal war, perhaps even here on our soil? It is not clear in the dream, though this cannot be ruled out. Regardless, the instructions given to the praying Church will remain the same, which we will discuss later this week. It is clear in the dream that these two doors leading to evil and destruction CAN be closed - that’s good news! However, they could NOT be closed with our hands. In other words, they can’t be closed through human effort: laws, legislation, strength, ideas, methods or programs, including those implemented by the Church. Tomorrow, we will look at the wonderful scenario behind door number 3, followed by the instructions on how we were instructed to close and open these doors. Pray with me: Father, America has sown the wind; we are now reaping the whirlwind. Evil forces are being fed and strengthened, the dragon is gorging himself on our nation. Addiction is common, violence is rampant, babies are legally killed, children are mutilated. Many in government are corrupt and evil, and America is led by a dishonest man whom the entire world knows is also mentally handicapped. And yet…Your mercy is everlasting, enduring forever, triumphing over judgment. You still offer salvation and point the way to deliverance and victory. As many have been partaking of communion together, we have been appealing to heaven’s Mercy Seat, where Your very blood shouts louder than our sins. Your mercy is amazing, and we thank You! We declare today that the apostolic Church WILL close and lock these evil doors. We WILL open the door of awakening, refreshing, remodeling, and purpose. We ARE Christ’s apostolic Ekklesia, and we DO know the code. Open our eyes this week and next as we pursue the further revelation You are offering regarding all of this. In Christ’s name we ask, amen. Our decree: We declare that the apostolic Ekklesia will open the door of life and blessing. ******************* Click on the link below to watch the full video. ____________________________ https://www.quotescosmos.com/quotes/Ralph-Waldo-Emerson-quote-28.html http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/christians.htm
  19. 8 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-5-2023 January 5, 2023 A Dragon, Calamity, and A Promise (Part 3 of 4) On Tuesday, we began looking at an important dream which described 3 scenarios in America’s future. Two of them are destructive and devastating. The third is revival and restoration. I encourage you to read Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s posts if you have not yet done so. I believe they are very important and lay a foundation for today's and tomorrow’s posts. I will not read the dream again today but will include it at the end of today’s post. Behind the third door, the door of promise, was Holy Spirit. The door was referred to, among other things, as the door to awakening and the transforming of nations. The blessings behind this door were not just for America but for other nations, as well. Holy Spirit’s choice of these 2 words in the dream - awakening and transformation - was strategic and very intentional. Several years ago, the Lord showed me the important differences between Christ’s great commissions of Mark 16:15-18 and Matthew 28:18-20. Each corresponds to one of the two commissions God gave humankind through Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:26-28. The first of these assignments or commissions was to be fruitful and multiply: “Give me more kids,” God said. The second commission was to steward, manage, or govern the earth. “You will represent My kingdom’s government on this outpost of the Kingdom,” He told them. Both of these plans were interrupted at the Fall. God temporarily lost His family and His ambassadors on the earth. Jesus, of course, was sent to recover and restore this. This is what Christ meant when He said in Matthew 16:18-19, “I will build my Church…” The word “build” is oikodomeo (Strongs 3618, 3624), which means to build a family or household. In choosing this word Christ was saying, “I’ve come to get the family back!” “Church” is the word ekklesia (Strongs 1577), meaning a legislative, governing assembly. I have shared posts on this word in the past and mentioned it frequently. However, the meaning and concept behind this word Christ used is so significant I’m going to do another entire post on it next week. For now, suffice it to say that by choosing this word, He was saying, “I have come to reestablish My family as My government on earth.” Christ’s other comments amplified and explained this further. He went on to say that this ekklesia would be given His Kingdom authority (“keys”), would lock and unlock, forbid and allow (“bind and loose”), and that the government (“gates”) of hell would not overpower them. After reversing the setbacks and reestablishing these two plans at the Cross, Jesus re-commissioned His followers in Mark 16:15-18 and Matthew 28:18-20. In Mark’s gospel He said to go and preach the good news so that humans can be delivered, healed, filled with Holy Spirit, and be part of God’s family once again. In other words, He told them to “be fruitful and multiply!” This is what is occurring in revival or awakening. In Matthew 28, however, Jesus re-commissioned us to disciple nations according to His teachings. “As My Ekklesia, You have My authority. In My name instruct and disciple nations back to what I intended in the beginning,” He instructed us. This is transformation or reformation. Both of these activities are absolutely essential. To understand them more fully, here are a few comparisons and differences: Awakening brings people into God’s family; Reformation teaches them His ways. Awakening births them spiritually; Reformation trains them practically. Awakening changes the human heart; Reformation changes the human mind (thinking). Awakening is internal (takes place in us); Reformation is external (is worked out from/by us). Awakening is accomplished through preaching; Reformation takes place through teaching. Awakening produces converts; Reformation produces disciples. Awakening releases God’s life; Reformation establishes His laws, principles, and ways. Awakening saves the individual; Reformation saves regions/nations. Awakening produces a bride, worshippers; Reformation produces an Ekklesia, those who govern. In most revivals, believers think only of getting people saved, born again (Mark 16). This, of course, is essential and must be the starting point - birthing obviously precedes training. But if Matthew 28 - the reforming and discipling of individuals and nations - doesn’t occur, the long-term fruit will be minimal and can even be lost. The great Charismatic Movement of the late 60’s through the early 80’s, which included the Jesus People Movement, saw tens of millions of people saved around the world. It was a wonderful example of Mark 16 occurring with great momentum, a significant revival. However, there was little understanding of our calling to do Matthew 28. The minimal awareness of discipling that did exist was limited to the discipling of individuals who came to Christ, not the discipling of nations, societies, and cultures. Discipling nations involves and includes government, education, and all other societal institutions. It is not a dictating or forcing of God’s laws upon people and nations, but rather teaching and implementing His ways and principles at every level and in every sector of society. Salvation opens the heart and will to this, which is why it must occur first. When people are born again, Holy Spirit writes God’s laws in their hearts, making them open to His truth - even possessing a strong desire to find and pursue it. Also, their conscience is alive, active. When a nation experiences significant revival, the portion of the populace affected by it does not have to be “forced” to implement God’s will and ways. They desire to do His will, to obey Him. But they must be taught, retrained. And their children must be, as well. If this does not occur, satan attempts to counteract the revival by infusing wrong thinking, ideas, philosophies, etc., into the culture. Sadly, during the Jesus Movement/Charismatic Movement of the ‘70s, Christians did Mark 16 only. Though millions of people were saved, humanists, secularists and atheists were busy doing their version of Matthew 28, discipling a nation. We saved individuals, they discipled a nation. We preached the gospel; unbelievers taught dogmas and doctrines. We went to church; they went to our schools and universities. We gathered on weekends; they gathered all week. We enjoyed Christian TV; they made movies, programs, and eventually took over the industry. We sang and worshipped at church; they took over the airwaves and discipled a generation with their music. The result: we experienced one of the greatest revivals in history AND LOST OUR NATION! This is almost incomprehensible! Yet, it occurred. Now, the generation that humanists, secularists, and atheists discipled is in charge - governing, teaching, entertaining and informing our nation. This is the fruit of Mark 16…without Matthew 28. In this dream, however, the angel said a revival was coming that would produce both awakening AND transformation, refreshing AND remodeling. The body of Christ will once again accomplish both commissions. This will produce the greatest transformation on Earth since the Cross! Indeed, it will be the full outworking of what Christ accomplished at the Cross. Tomorrow, we will look at what Holy Spirit said we must do in order to close the evil doors and open the Door of Promise. Pray with me: Father, Jesus said He was building an Ekklesia, a family the gates/government of hell would not be able to overcome. He then commissioned us to relaunch the plan of multiplying Your family, and of stewarding the earth for You. We embrace these commissions. This 2-fold plan is gaining momentum. Christ’s bride is growing in numbers and the Ekklesia’s revelation of who we are in Him is increasing. Bring another wind that increases this even more. Cause the greatest season of awakening and transformation in earth’s history to now take place - Mark 16 and Matthew 28 simultaneously. Hit a grand slam, Holy Spirit! Knock it out of the park! Open the door and suck us into Your room of blessing! We ask this in Christ’s glorious name. Amen, so be it! Our decree: We decree that the Great Commissions of Christ WILL be fulfilled by His legislative bride! Click on the link below to watch the full video. _____________________________________________________________________________ The Dream of 3 Doors (12/2/2022) “On 12/02/2022, the Lord gave me [Greg Hood] a dream. The dream opened with Dutch and I being led by an angel up to large, iron double doors. The angel took us through them, and inside we saw three doors down the left side of the room. Each door had a combination lock with a keypad on it. “We approached the first door, which was open slightly, allowing us to see a little of the room. Dutch reached and opened the door further so we could see more of what was inside. What we saw was unnerving - a dragon eating from a bowl that was shaped like the United States. As the bowl would become empty, men in suits replenished it. “We stepped away from the door, and it returned back to its original position - open, but only slightly. As the angel led us away from the door, I [Greg] reached to push it fully closed, but could not move it. While motioning us toward the next door, the angel said to me, ‘You can’t close it with your hands!’ “We approached the second door, and again, it was slightly ajar. Once more, Dutch reached out and opened it fully. Inside was a movie theatre with a movie playing on the big screen. The movie was depicting spiritual darkness causing all sorts of evil - famine, communism, war, and calamity. A man was sitting in the front row of the theatre. In the dream, we knew he was Nero, the former emperor of Rome. The movie became more intense. We could see cities being overrun, homes and families being displaced. Again, as we stepped away from the doorway, the door automatically went to its original position - open slightly. As we were led away from the door, I [Greg] again reached to push the door closed, but couldn’t do so. While motioning us to move toward the next door, the angel again said to me, ‘You can’t close it with your hands!’ “The angel then led us to the third door. This door was also cracked open, but a little more than the others. As we approached it, we could hear a sound coming from inside the room. Again, Dutch opened the door fully, and as he did, we could feel powerful energy coming from inside. This energy created a strong wind that was blowing outward, then sucking inward, like a person breathing, only much stronger. The wind was so strong it was moving us backward and forward. The angel of the Lord spoke and said, ‘This is the door to awakening and the transformation of nations.’ “The angel then said to Dutch, ‘These doors picture what America is now facing. They can’t be opened or closed by the hands of the prophet, but must be opened and closed by the decrees of the apostolic Ekklesia. Operate them with your mouth, not your hands!’ “Dutch then began speaking forcefully to the first two doors: ‘MY CODE IS 22-22, AND WITH IT I COMMAND THESE DOORS TO CLOSE, AND I DEADBOLT THEM CLOSED FOR GOOD!’ When he declared this, both doors slammed shut with powerful force, and an angel was placed at each one to ensure that it remained closed. “Dutch then turned to the third door and declared loudly and boldly, ‘AMERICA, THIS IS YOUR DOOR. IT IS THE DOOR OF YOUR PROMISE! I CALL YOU INTO YOUR PROMISED DAY OF REFRESHING, REMODELING, AND PURPOSE! AMERICA, THIS IS YOUR DOOR OF DESTINY: THE DOOR OF AWAKENING! IT IS NOW OPEN TO YOU, AMERICA, AND WILL BE THE OPENING OF THE NATION TO AWAKENING!’ “As Dutch finished declaring this, the wind and energy in this room sucked us through the doorway. And we knew the nation had been pulled into the room of awakening!” End of dream. ************************* You can find out more about Dr. Hood at GregHood.org.
  20. 6 min read January 4, 2023 A Dragon, Calamity, and a Promise (Part 2 of 4) Yesterday, we began looking at a dream about America in which three doors, picturing 3 scenarios, were shown. I believe it will be helpful to read the dream once more. This dream was given to my friend, Dr. Greg Hood. “On 12/02/2022, the Lord gave me [Greg Hood] a dream. The dream opened with Dutch and I being led by an angel up to large, iron double doors. The angel took us through them, and inside we saw three doors down the left side of the room. Each door had a combination lock with a keypad on it. ******* “We approached the first door, which was open slightly, allowing us to see a little of the room. Dutch reached and opened the door further so we could see more of what was inside. What we saw was unnerving - a dragon eating from a bowl that was shaped like the United States. As the bowl would become empty, men in suits replenished it. “We stepped away from the door, and it returned back to its original position - open, but only slightly. As the angel led us away from the door, I [Greg] reached to push it fully closed, but could not move it. While motioning us toward the next door, the angel said to me, ‘You can’t close it with your hands!’ “We approached the second door, and again, it was slightly ajar. Once more, Dutch reached out and opened it fully. Inside was a movie theatre with a movie playing on the big screen. The movie was depicting spiritual darkness causing all sorts of evil - famine, communism, war, and calamity. A man was sitting in the front row of the theatre. In the dream, we knew he was Nero, the former emperor of Rome. The movie became more intense. We could see cities being overrun, homes and families being displaced. Again, as we stepped away from the doorway, the door automatically went to its original position - open slightly. As we were led away from the door, I [Greg] again reached to push the door closed, but couldn’t do so. While motioning us to move toward the next door, the angel again said to me, ‘You can’t close it with your hands!’ “The angel then led us to the third door. This door was also cracked open, but a little more than the others. As we approached it, we could hear a sound coming from inside the room. Again, Dutch opened the door fully, and as he did, we could feel powerful energy coming from inside. This energy created a strong wind that was blowing outward, then sucking inward, like a person breathing, only much stronger. The wind was so strong it was moving us backward and forward. The angel of the Lord spoke and said, ‘This is the door to awakening and the transformation of nations.’ "The angel then said to Dutch, ‘These doors picture what America is now facing. They can’t be opened or closed by the hands of the prophet, but must be opened and closed by the decrees of the apostolic Ekklesia. Operate them with your mouth, not your hands!’ “Dutch then began speaking forcefully to the first two doors: ‘MY CODE IS 22-22, AND WITH IT I COMMAND THESE DOORS TO CLOSE, AND I DEADBOLT THEM CLOSED FOR GOOD!’ When he declared this, both doors slammed shut with powerful force, and an angel was placed at each one to ensure that it remained closed. “Dutch then turned to the third door and declared loudly and boldly, ‘AMERICA, THIS IS YOUR DOOR. IT IS THE DOOR OF YOUR PROMISE! I CALL YOU INTO YOUR PROMISED DAY OF REFRESHING, REMODELING, AND PURPOSE! AMERICA, THIS IS YOUR DOOR OF DESTINY: THE DOOR OF AWAKENING! IT IS NOW OPEN TO YOU, AMERICA, AND WILL BE THE OPENING OF THE NATION TO AWAKENING!’ “As Dutch finished declaring this, the wind and energy in this room sucked us through the doorway. And we knew the nation had been pulled into the room of awakening!” End of dream. ******* Yesterday we looked at the evils and destruction behind doors one and two. They included devastation, darkness, war, violence, and great oppression. However, wonderful blessings were available behind the third door, including national awakening, recovery, and restored purpose. All three doors were slightly open, revealing that what was in the rooms behind them had already begun to occur, the good and the bad. It certainly doesn’t require prophetic insight to see this when looking at America; evil abounds in every sector of our land. Yet the third door was open slightly more than the other two. God has been doing wonderful things in the Church to prepare us for our role in the saving of America. A remnant is rising with fresh revelation and determination. Many are praying as never before and speaking out for truth and change. The 5 ministry gifts/anointings of Christ listed in Ephesians 4:11, [apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher] have been restored to the Church. Cooperation between various streams of the body of Christ is increasing. The energizing breath of Holy Spirit, shown in the dream pulsating inside the room of awakening, can truly be felt. When thinking of the breath of Holy Spirit, one cannot help but think of Ezekiel 37, where He is seen blowing on the dry, bleached bones of Israel. God did not reject Israel in her spiritually dead condition, nor did He wait for them to save themselves. No, Holy Spirit gathered them, reconnected them, released His mighty breath and life into them, and made them a great army. Likewise, God is not waiting for America to save herself before He moves in our land. He is going to move in order to save us! In Acts 2, Holy Spirit didn’t wait for His confused and unbelieving disciples to get their act together before releasing His breath to them. He released His breath, causing them to get their act together! God doesn’t come to “worthy” people - His coming makes them worthy. He doesn’t begin with an army; He saves, restores, and then forms an army. Put out of your thinking once and for all any belief that says God requires us to save or purify ourselves before He will move. No! He moves by His Spirit in order to save and purify us! No part of our salvation is earned. It is all a gift, received by grace through faith. In the dream, Holy Spirit sucked us into His room of awakening! Two of the blessings found in the room were “refreshing” and “remodeling.” These two results of Holy Spirit’s breath are mentioned in Acts 3:19-21. Verse 19 mentions “times of refreshing.” The Greek word used for refreshing is anapsuxis (Strongs 403), from the root word psucho (Strongs 5594), meaning breath or wind. The prefix ana gives it repetition and intensity. A good and amplified translation would be “the blowing of the breath again, intensely.” This is most certainly what occurred in the dream. It is also what occurred in Ezekiel 37, Acts 2, and every other revival in history. The dream shows us that we are standing at the door of a very anxious and ready Holy Spirit. He is about to release His holy, reviving breath to America again. The Lord referred to the door as “The Door of Promise.” God has promised many times through numerous prophetic voices that America shall be saved. Those who have ears to hear can now hear His approaching breath! The word “remodel” was also used to describe the fruit of Holy Spirit’s outpouring. Acts 3:21 mentions “times of restitution.” The Greek word is apokatastasis (Strongs 605), which means “to reconstitute; to restore something to its former state.” God is going to restore, rebuild, and recondition America. This “remodeling” is a reconstituting of America to His original intent and purpose for her. This was behind the third door - Holy Spirit’s breath waiting to do this! Tomorrow we will look at still another facet of this coming great awakening. Pray with me: Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy. You love to save! All of heaven loves it, rejoicing when You do so. We have allowed satan and flawed theology to paint You as ogreish, looking for any opprtunity to release wrath and destroy people. The truth is that You are love personified, Your gracious heart always anxious to heal and restore. Though America is currently being consumed by the dragon, we hear Your offer to save us from his destruction. We, ourselves, opened the door to this destruction and are reaping the wages of our sins. We are not asking You to overlook those sins; we ask You to cleanse them, eradicate them, through the saving blood of Jesus. Deliver us from evil! Holy Spirit, we can hear You breathing inside the room of promise, the room of awakening and the transformation of nations. We can feel Your energy! Like Elijah on Mt. Carmel, we hear the sound of abundant rain. Come, Sir! Release the wind! Father give us greater understanding of our role in this. You have never moved on Earth apart from humans’ involvement. You work with and through us, not without us. Awaken the apostolic Church to step up in 2023, to truly be Your voice. Stir us, refire us, refill us, and re-energize us! We ask this in Yeshua’s name! Our decree: We declare that another mighty wind from Holy Spirit is coming to Earth, and will NOT be stopped. ***************** You can find out more about Dr. Hood at GregHood.org. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  21. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-2-2022 January 2, 2022 Fresh Air I hope you had a good Christmas and hope that you have a happy and blessed New Year! I always find the words sent by my brother, Tim, to be encouraging and instructive. This one, however, is exceptionally edifying. As the title suggests, it speaks of refreshing breath from Holy Spirit, and it also speaks of the Father’s great plans for 2023. You’ll be encouraged. Tim shares: **************** “We are in amazing supernatural times in which new plans from the Godhead have begun to manifest. In many ways last year set the table prophetically for our future. Prophetic words from the past received fresh emphasis and have begun to activate. I recently heard Holy Spirit say, ‘It is time for God-happenings, thousands of Kingdom events will occur.’ “We are moving into a season of great God-planned events, aided by angelic assistance. The King’s Ekklesia has begun functioning at higher levels of our Kingdom’s authority, and the Kingdom of Christ is expanding in its influence. “I have been pondering, praying and asking for revelation regarding 2023. Holy Spirit reminded me of past prophecies and promises given to the heirs of God, His sons and daughters. I believe we are moving into a time when great victories will be seen in the individual lives of Kingdom heirs. Great breakthroughs will activate in the lives of God’s family members who declare ownership of His promises. Greater inheritance benefits will be received by those heirs. “A Kingdom shift in the spiritual atmosphere will make it easier to receive inheritance blessings from the Father. We are moving into a time of blessing, refreshing, and strengthening for the children of God. He wants us strong and courageous, well able to live our lives in joy and gladness as functioning citizens of His Kingdom - occupying and carrying out God’s family business until Christ returns. ***** “As I was praying into this, I received a prophetic download from Holy Spirit. He said, ‘The heirs will begin to breathe fresh air. For fresh resurrection breath, even now, is being breathed by the Father on the sons and daughters. Emotions will resurrect. Feelings will resurrect. Minds will resurrect. Physical bodies bound by spirits of infirmity, disease and all manner of sicknesses will resurrect. Those living skeletal lives of existence will resurrect. Those plagued by demonic fatigue will resurrect. Broken hearts will resurrect. Fresh air is being breathed upon the heirs. They shall breathe fresh air.’ “‘As in the Exodus of old, says the Lord, the children of God in this hour, moving into the new days, will not be decrepit. They will not be feeble or worn out ‘has-beens.’ Even old age will not define them - it didn’t define Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Joshua, or Caleb. And it will not define My heirs! I have deliverers rising in all age groups, young and old, male and female. “‘My children are coming out of bondage. There will not be lack in their homes. There will not be hopelessness in their dwellings. There will not be the oppressive grip of present-day pharaohs on them or their children. There will not be the sweat of fear upon their brow. They will not march to the menacing drums of cultural evils or the feral voices of evil politicians. “‘They will live in resurrection life, resurrection power. They will breathe the breath of life, the fresh air of heaven. They will experience anointings and angelic assistance to live as My family ought to live, says the Lord, a family serving joyfully and triumphantly in the dynasty of their Father. Heirs serving as joint-heirs with Christ. Yes, fresh air is blowing from the mountain of God, the fresh air of Heaven into His sons and daughters. The life of the Father will surely be in them and will surely be seen through them.’” ***** Tim says, “There is purpose behind all the prophetic words we have been given. Prophetic words are given to prepare us for assignments, assignments that lead us to supernatural victories. God’s words are given in order that we may use them as prayer strategies and faith declarations. The remnant is now going to begin to live out these prophetic words. They are no longer futuristic; they’re for this moment. “A supernatural shift has occurred to prepare us for 2023, a supernatural year in which God’s plans will manifest in our lives individually, corporately, and nationally. We will also now begin the implementation of spiritual warfare plans that will continue into the future, year after year gaining in strength and power. “God’s heirs are being strengthened for this supernatural mission. In 1 Timothy 1:18 (Voice Translation), Paul said ‘Timothy, my dear son, I am placing before you a charge for the mission ahead. It is in total agreement with the prophecies once spoken.’ “There is a mission before us that aligns with prophetic words Holy Spirit has given. He is issuing a charge to His heirs to rise and merge with the armies of the Lord, accomplishing this mission. It is a demon-defeating, stronghold-demolishing, uprooting mission against Baal and his indoctrination of evil. And the mission will be triumphant! The One who sees the end from the beginning has pre-decreed our victory. “The moment has come for the sons and daughters of God to receive times of refreshing and be filled with power from on high. Be encouraged and strengthened. We are in an era of supernatural movements on the earth. Great, bold, fearless warriors are rising, anointed by the Holy Spirit. The world will begin to see the curtains being pulled back, revealing a glorious church without spot or wrinkle, just as God’s Word says. “Hear this final word of the Lord: ‘New levels of Authority will now be seen in My Kingdom. The weak will say, “I am strong,” the lost will say, “I am found.” Captives will say, “I am free.” The sick will say, “I am healed.” Prodigals will say, “I’m going home.” Hopeless sons and daughters will declare, “I am filled with hope and am alive again,” says the Lord. The addict will say, “My chains are gone.” The blind will say, “I can see.” The deaf will say, “I can hear”. The cripples will say, “I can run,” says the Lord. Let the God-planned waves of revival build. These movements now begin.’” Tim concludes by exhorting us: “Receive what God is saying for this coming year. He is infusing supernatural strength to His heirs and outpourings of the Holy Spirit will liberate dreams, destinies, callings and purpose in our individual lives. Breathe in the fresh air and let Him give you resurrection life.” Pray with me: Father, we find ourselves as a generation of believers navigating uncharted waters. Like Joshua of old, we’ve not been this way before. And yet, like Esther, we were born for this time. We know You never call without equipping, and You never send without leading. We anchor ourselves in the Rock of Ages, standing on and declaring Your promises. We decree over 2023, “Kingdom of Christ, manifest in our lives, homes, businesses and nations!” Lord, we bless and thank You for Your words. We say “amen” to them and ask You to activate us in this prophetic moment. Cause us to be functioning heirs in functioning Ekklesias. Breathe fresh breath and wind upon us. Breathe it in our homes and churches. Breathe resurrection life into Your people. Thank You for the promises You have given us. We decree that demonic fatigue is leaving the people of God. We decree that sickness and disease must go in the Name of Jesus. We decree that fear bows at Your Name. We declare a Kingdom shift is occurring in the atmosphere. Thank You for moving us into supernatural waves of Holy Spirit outpouring, movements that will not be stopped. May we breathe the very air of Heaven. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen..! Our decree: We decree that our spirits are renewed every day, and that this life from God is flowing into our souls and bodies, rejuvenating and renewing. ******************************* 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 at TimSheets.org
  22. 4 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-30-2022 December 30, 2022 GH15CP Friday, December 30, 2022 Chuck Pierce I will be leading us in Communion today. If possible, pause your recording and/or reading and get some juice/wine and bread ready so you can join me. Communion is more than remembering and honoring; it is a declaration of, the release of, and celebration of victory! Hello! Thank you so much for participating with me in prayer each day! Ceci and I are slowing down a little during these last couple of weeks of 2022. I do so each year, taking time to focus on the coming year and listening to Holy Spirit’s words, insights, and assignments. However, with the critical assignment on the final quarter of 2022, I feel we must continue the communion and prayers aimed at ending Baal’s voice in America. Therefore, I have asked trusted leaders and friends to write prayers; I’ll read one each day and also lead in Communion. Though there won’t be a teaching, PLEASE join me daily for these strategic times of prayer. We must not let up - let’s finish well! My friend, Chuck Pierce, sent the following prophetic prayer. The title is: _______________________ Speak Into Your Future! Chuck begins by saying, “We are entering into an incredible year, so I thank God for what Dutch Sheets and his ministry is doing to lead us in prayers and decrees. “I want to lead us in a prayer for the entire year ahead. We have entered a war for divine recovery. How you speak into your future, is how the Lord will manifest. This year is also about opening up the way - new paths - for God’s provision!” Chuck’s prayer: “Father, we ask You to return us to the level of authority You gave the Church initially. We decree that we will recuperate and regain what has been lost, taken or captured. We decree that we will reclaim lands that have become “waste structures.” We decree we will become well and overcome weaknesses. “We ask You to deliver people from troubled states of mind - hope deferred, confusion, fear, and unbelief. We ask You to give us new states of mind, where the Word will begin to refresh our thoughts and restore our faith. We also ask that the wounds of betrayal from the past season break off those who have been betrayed. “We decree that old cycles in which some are trapped will break, that they will come into a whole new identity. Father, we ask You to remove trauma that has become embedded in their cells and thinking processes. We ask that in any way our spirits have been distressed in the last season, You break the power of that vexation. Cause us to leap into our future! We ask that we will be known as a joyful, faith-filled people, capable of representing Your Kingdom. “We also ask You to give us new seer gifts. This is a year pictured by Ezekiel’s prophetic ministry, so we ask You to open our eyes to see in ways we have never before seen. We also ask for a new watchman anointing, enabling us to watch for and discern that which is coming against us. “Father, in our war for recovery and restoration, help us to overcome the dragon’s fiery breath and be empowered by the fire of Your Spirit. We ask You to rebuild altars that have either gone into decay, grown cold, or have fallen into waste. “We thank You that we will have new sources of supply; we will pioneer new avenues for the Spirit’s supply into our future. We’ll dig new wells this year. “We decree that any spirit ruling in our sphere of authority, such as Goliath or Baal, will begin to lose its grip on what we have authority over. Give us strategies to release what our enemies have held captive. “Father, make the Ekklesia a united company this year; a mighty army that will rule for the future. Give us revelation regarding how to dethrone the devourer, and give us new opportunities to serve, speak, and change those around us that don’t know You. Give us inroads into new places. “Finally, Father, we declare the release of Your Kingdom rule. Manifest Your Kingdom authority that resides within us, so that spirits, powers, and principalities ruling our government will begin to fall. Put Your decrees within us; when we decree Your will, it will happen. In Jesus’ name we pray these things.” Father, as we move into the new year, we do so under the banner of the Cross, the provision of the New Covenant in Christ’s blood. As we partake of this bread that represents His body we proclaim the healing of our spirits, souls, and bodies; we proclaim the healing of our homes and families, and we proclaim the healing of our nations. (Take the bread) As we drink the cup, we proclaim victory, deliverance, cleansing, and eternal life. We are saved from sin and death. We will walk in Christ’s freedom and victory; we will represent Him and His message of love, we will extend His salvation everywhere we go. We boldly declare Your promise that America shall be saved, and that revival is coming to the nations! (Drink the cup) ********************** You can find out more about Chuck Pierce at gloryofzion.org. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  23. 2 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-29-2022 December 29, 2022 I will be leading us in Communion today. If possible, pause your recording and/or reading and get some juice/wine and bread ready so you can join me. Communion is more than remembering and honoring; it is a declaration of, the release of, and celebration of victory! Hello! Thank you so much for participating with me in prayer each day! Ceci and I are slowing down a little during these last couple of weeks of 2022. I do so each year, taking time to focus on the coming year and listening to Holy Spirit’s words, insights, and assignments. However, with the critical assignment on the final quarter of 2022, I feel we must continue the communion and prayers aimed at ending Baal’s voice in America. Therefore, I have asked trusted leaders and friends to write prayers; I’ll read one each day and also lead in Communion. Though there won’t be a teaching, PLEASE join me daily for these strategic times of prayer. We must not let up - let’s finish well! Our friend, Jacquie Tyre, sent the following strong prayer. The title is: ________________________ Blessings Over the United States of America “Father, in the name of Jesus, we take our place of intercession over the United States of America. We plead the blood of Jesus over this land, humbly repenting and beseeching You to shower blessings over us, by Your mercy and kindness. “As Your Ekklesia, using the keys of the Kingdom (Matthew 16:19), we unlock the gates of life, loosing blessings that flow from Your throne. And, we lock the gates of death, binding up curses that have been unleashed across this land by our many sins, and by the evil actions of nefarious leaders who dare to mock You and Your covenant purposes. We are eternally grateful for Your Word that declares, "mercy triumphs over judgment" (James 2:13). “We choose this day to align with Your heart of love for America and to release words of blessings over her in Jesus' mighty name: “We bless our nation to fulfill Your original intent for her, walk in Your ways, turn away from evil and run toward righteousness, justice, and truth. “In Jesus' name, we decree over America, you are blessed to step into your identity as a nation set apart for God's purposes; you’re blessed to display the glory of God and advance the Gospel of the Kingdom to the nations of the world. “America, You are blessed to burn with the zeal and passion of God our righteous Father. “You are blessed to step into the most incredible move of Holy Spirit awakening and reformation the world has ever seen. “America, you are blessed to be a distributor of God's grace and glory! “We decree over the United States of America that God is for you and not against you; He loves you, and His face shines upon you, releasing great grace over you to be and do according to His divine purposes. “We bless you, United States of America, in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.” Father, we seal these decrees with the covenant body and blood of Christ. They forever insure our victory. (Eat the bread) With the power of the blood of Jesus, we declare Baal’s hold over America is broken. (Drink the cup) ******************** You can find out more about Jacquie at JacquieTyre.com. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  24. 3 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-28-2022 December 28, 2022 I will be leading us in Communion today. If possible, pause your recording and/or reading and get some juice/wine and bread ready so you can join me. Communion is more than remembering and honoring; it is a declaration of, the release of, and celebration of victory! Hello! Thank you so much for participating with me in prayer each day! Ceci and I are slowing down a little during these last couple of weeks of 2022. I do so each year, taking time to focus on the coming year and listening to Holy Spirit’s words, insights, and assignments. However, with the critical assignment on the final quarter of 2022, I feel we must continue the communion and prayers aimed at ending Baal’s voice in America. Therefore, I have asked trusted leaders and friends to write prayers; I’ll read one each day and also lead in Communion. Though there won’t be a teaching, PLEASE join me daily for these strategic times of prayer. We must not let up - let’s finish well! My friend and spiritual dad, Jim Hodges, sent the following strong prayer. The title is: _____________________________ Unto Us a Child is Born “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness. From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7 "Eternal God, our Heavenly Father, thank You for commissioning and sending Your eternal Son into the earth to save us and the entire world! We know You love people and the world You created. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your willingness to be clothed in a human body. You, the eternal Word, Creator of the universe, became flesh and dwelt among humanity. Son of God, You were gifted to us, Isaiah’s ‘Child that was born’! Thank You, Holy Spirit, for Your power that brought forth a Child through Mary's womb. Thanks, too, for our new birth in Christ! “Christmas 2022 finds us in a world desperately needing good news. We pray: ‘Lord Jesus, release Your wise and wonderful counsel to Your Ekklesia in all the nations, including America. Manifest Yourself as the Governor of Your Father's Kingdom in all spheres and aspects of life, especially in civil government. As Mighty God, release Your miraculous power to and through us as we proclaim a Third Great Awakening, a massive global harvest of people that will honor the sacrifice of Jesus. Anoint us to implement the victory of Your Cross and the empty tomb! As Eternal Father, pour out Your love and deliver us from the curse of fatherlessness in our land and in the earth. As Prince of Peace, let Your shalom cover the earth!’ “We pray in the mighty, majestic, and marvelous name of Jesus. Amen.” ******* Father, we now partake of the victory meal, the Lord’s Table. You told us this would empower our prayers. Because Christ became flesh, then sacrificed His body for us, we are saved. We stand on the strength of that salvation now. (Take the bread) And Father, You said in Your Word that the blood of Jesus speaks! We let it speak through us today. It declares life, healing, and deliverance. It declares the healing of nations. It declares the disarming of the principalities and powers, placing them under Christ’s feet - and ours. We exalt His blood now. (Drink the cup) *********************** You can find out more about Jim Hodges at FMCI.org. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  25. 3 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-27-2022 December 27, 2022 I will be leading us in Communion today. If possible, pause your recording and/or reading and get some juice/wine and bread ready so you can join me. Communion is more than remembering and honoring; it is a declaration of, the release of, and celebration of victory! Hello! Thank you so much for participating with me in prayer each day! Ceci and I are slowing down a little during these last couple of weeks of 2022. I do so each year, taking time to focus on the coming year and listening to Holy Spirit’s words, insights, and assignments. However, with the critical assignment on the final quarter of 2022, I feel we must continue the communion and prayers aimed at ending Baal’s voice in America. Therefore, I have asked trusted leaders and friends to write prayers; I’ll read one each day and also lead in Communion. Though there won’t be a teaching, PLEASE join me daily for these strategic times of prayer. We must not let up - let’s finish well! Our friend, Greg Hood, sent the following strong prayer. The title is: ____________________________ We Will Hit the Mark! “Father, thank You for Who You are to us individually and as a nation. We thank You for the call that You have on our lives individually, and also corporately as a nation. During this trying season, we believe You are moving America back into her assignment, back into what You have in Your heart for her today. We are thankful that You love America, and You love Your Ekklesia, Your Church. “As we step into things that are unknown, we know You’ve been there before we get there, and we will rest in that. Thank You, Father, for Your goodness in our life. Thank You that Your Church is maturing and growing, and we are not stepping back, but we're stepping forward into the fullness of who You've called us to be. Your sons and daughters are stepping into the power of their true identity. We are thankful for Your Kingdom, for Your goodness, for Your glory. “We will stand strong amid the trials and tribulations that face us on this journey. We will rest our faith in You and You alone. Father, You are our source of strength, You are our source of hope, You are our source of comfort, and You are our source of empowerment. We stand firm in our partnership with You today. We stand firm in that partnership against your enemies, enemies that desire to move America away from her calling and assignment. “Father, we thank You for the Communion which You have entered into with us. Through this Communion, we will silence your enemy, Baal-zephan. His voice and his Influence are being removed from our culture. “Today, we declare that through this time of Communion, Your Ekklesia will hit the mark. WE WILL NOT MISS THE MARK - WE WILL HIT THE MARK. Today, we lean into Holy Spirit for the Ephesians 1:17 power that is needed, Your wisdom and Your revelation. Father, we won't be driven back or paralyzed by intimidation or fear of the enemy. Strengthen us! We will move forward with Your wisdom and Your revelation. (Take the bread) “Through the power of Christ’s shed blood, let Your enemies feel the weight of this mighty covenant between You and Your Ekklesia, Your sons and daughters. And Father, let Your light shine brighter than ever before through Your Ekklesia in these dark times. Your light will surely dispel all darkness. “We declare through this prayer today: Kingdom of God come, will of God be done in America, as it is in heaven. “In Yeshua's name we pray, amen!” (Take the cup) ********************** You can find out more about Greg at GregHood.org. Click the link to watch the full video:
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