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  1. 8 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-6-2022 December 6, 2022 The Power of Remembering (I will be leading us in Communion at the end of today’s post. 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!) [I shared the following introductory paragraphs on Friday and Monday. Since all of you do not see/read every post, for clarity and context, I am including them again on the written post, but for time’s sake will not read them on the video. If you did not see the next 4 paragraphs on either Friday or Monday, please read them now. This will enable you to understand why I’m leading in Communion for the next few weeks.) On January 2 of this year, my friend Greg Hood was given a dream which I have visited often throughout the year. In this dream, the Ekklesia and the kingdom of darkness were contending for America; this was pictured by a baseball World Series, called the World Seers Series. It was the last game of the series, the eighth inning, and we were winning by a score of 20-22. I and others felt that the 4 batters we sent to the plate in this inning represented prayer assignments for the 4 quarters of 2022. For those of you who would like to see the entire dream and my comments regarding it, you can use the following links (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4). Today, however, I want to talk about the batter/assignment for the fourth quarter of this year, which we are obviously now in. The assignment for this quarter was to remove the voice (influence and control) of Baal, the ruling principality over America. We did so by hitting the baseball into his throat, with a bat taken from a box marked “Communion,” and engraved with “Ephesians 1:17,” a verse referencing “the spirit of wisdom and revelation.” In the dream, it was said to this fourth batter, “If you hit the mark it will change this game.” “Hit the mark” is one of the definitions of the Hebrew word for intercession (paga). If we do and pray as Holy Spirit instructs us, we will change this nation! I have known since 2007 that Baal was “the strong man” (Matthew 12:29) over America. Demons and angels do not have physical bodies and, therefore, do not die. The same spirits that operated in ancient history are still alive and active today. Baal was a principality mentioned often in the Bible, who was frequently used by satan to oppose Israel. His influence produced violence, blood sacrifices, and great immorality, including all forms of sexual sin. He is no doubt the spirit behind abortion, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, and the blatant attempt to defile our children with sexual perversion. The sudden escalation of activity in our nation to promote abortion and sexual perversion - even to small children - is no doubt due to this spirit’s desperate attempt to remain in control. My purpose in this post is to focus on the method God gave us in the dream - Communion - with which to end Baal’s control over America. And I will be doing several more posts between now and the end of the year on this subject.] _____________________ “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same way, He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26; NAS) Our concept of “remembering” is somewhat different from that of the Hebrew culture, as is the concept of “testimony.” After teaching on the power of history recently, I was asked by a Messianic Jewish rabbi if I knew the meaning of the Hebrew word for “testimony.” I did not. “The word doesn’t mean simply to convey something from the past,” he informed me. “Its true meaning is ‘to repeat an action or do it again.’ We Hebrews believe,” He continued, “that when we share about what God did in the past, it releases the same power into the present…in other words, power is released to ‘do it again.’ ” Whoa..! My head was spinning! He continued, “That’s one of the reasons we are so diligent to share with our children the stories of what God did in our Hebraic history. It’s not only so they’ll know their cultural history; it is so the power in that history can be released to them today. For example, when we tell them about Passover and the Exodus, we believe God’s delivering and saving power that was demonstrated back then, will be released to save and deliver our children from bondages they may have today.” Whoa times two..! The rabbi went on to tell me he and his congregation had been experiencing healings from simply sending other believers to sick individuals and having them recount healings they had received in the past. When they testified of their healings, power was released to “do it again.” This drove me to my Hebrew lexicons. While studying the word “testimony,” which meant exactly what the rabbi had said, one dictionary also sent me to the Hebrew word for “remember.” Similarly, it doesn’t mean simply to “think about” something from the past; it includes doing what is being thought about. (1) This is why God tells us in Isaiah 43:26, “Put me in remembrance…” He doesn’t require this because He, like us humans, sometimes needs a reminder. Rather, He is instructing us to ask Him, based on something said or done in the past - to take action today. God “remembered” Hannah, who had been barren, and she conceived (1 Samuel 1:11). He “remembered” His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and commissioned Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egyptian slavery (Exodus 2:24). God hadn’t forgotten these people. For Him, remembering is a call to action. This was a life-changing revelation for me. I finally understood why God said we overcome satan by “the word of [our] testimony” (Revelation 12:11). And I knew why David stated his testimony of the lion and the bear before facing Goliath! After doing so, David then did something extremely interesting. He grabbed his staff, five stones and his sling, and approached the giant (see 1 Samuel 17:40). Why would David want to be encumbered with his staff when fighting Goliath? In those days, men carved symbols depicting their history, their testimony - on their staffs; it was their journal, of sorts. David's staff no doubt depicted pictures of a dead lion and dead bear - his testimony, his history. Who knows what other victories it pictured? Perhaps it had the phrase “God is my father” inscribed. Many scholars believe David was conceived “illegitimately,” that his father Jesse had an affair with a maid and David was the result. They believe this is why Jesse didn’t invite him to the line-up of his sons, from which Samuel planned to choose Israel’s next King. When asked if there were any other sons, most translations say Jesse referred to David as the “youngest” (1 Samuel 16:11). The word is actually qatar, however, and means “of no account; not worthy.”(2) David was an outcast. He stated in Psalms 27:10, “My father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up.” David refused to allow the rejection by his parents and half-brothers to define him. He also refused to allow Goliath to define him. “I choose, rather, to honor my history with God, who has become my Father, and from Whom I receive my identity,” David implied in the Psalms. And when facing Goliath, he declared his testimony, grabbed his history (staff), and headed toward the battle. This is so incredibly profound. David made one stop on the way to the battle, visiting a nearby brook to gather stones as ammo for his sling. Even this seemingly insignificant act was connected to history. In this passage, the Hebrew word used for “brook” means “inheritance.”(3) That may seem strange, but Hebrew is a pictorial language, and this word pictures receiving something, then possessing the authority to control where it goes; thus, an “inheritance,” or a “streambed.” Actually, it is perfectly logical for Holy Spirit to use this symbolic picture of an “inheritance.” After all, it WAS Judah, David’s land and inheritance Goliath was attempting to take. David took his “history” in one hand, reached into his “inheritance” with the other, then ran to face the giant. WOW..! And yet, there is still one more connection to his history David used in this battle with the giant: his Judah nature. Most Christians believe Judah means “praise.” That, however, is a derived meaning. In this pictorial language, the Hebrew word pictures the extending of the hand. It is the word for “praise,” since raising the hands is a form of praise. However, because Judah means to extend the hand, it also means “one who throws a stone.”(4) In his history, David was from “the tribe that throws stones!” He probably thought, I don’t need a sword or spear. I’m from the tribe that throws stones. All I need to do is reach deep into my DNA, my history, and be who God made me to be - a stone thrower. If I do, I’ll defeat the giant. We believers in America are going to defeat the giants ruling our nation, and we will do so using the same weapon David used: our history. The God who formed and preserved America in her past will fight for her today. As you pray for our nation, boldly declare His past faithfulness, believing in the power of testimony. And also “remember” the communion meal. “Testify” of it! As we partake of the bread and wine/juice we are causing God to act. The blood on the Mercy Seat is still speaking…in fact, it is shouting! And every time we partake of it in faith, “proclaiming” Christ’s death, victory is released again. Let’s do it now. Pray with me: Father, we take this bread now and hold it up before You as a remembrance of Christ’s broken body. Through this sacrifice, He took our suffering and purchased our health. We proclaim His death, burial, resurrection, and victory over all of hell. As we partake of it now we are releasing this victory over every principality and spirit of darkness in this nation, just as David released Your victory over the giant. And we hold the cup up before You, as well. It represents the blood of Jesus sprinkled on the Mercy Seat of heaven. It represents our covenant with You. It represents victory over death, hell, and the grave. As we partake of it today, we are swinging the bat and driving the “baseball” of victory into the neck of Baal. We declare that the blood of Jesus is greater than all of our sin. We declare that His redemption is coming to America to free us from the influence of this evil spirit. Our faith is not in our good works, wise strategies, individuals, or organizations. Our faith is in Christ alone. Of Him, through Him, and to Him are all things. Do it again, Lord..! In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen. ***************** Portions of today’s post were taken from my book Giants Will Fall. Click on the link below to watch the full video. _________________________________ Strong, James. The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Red-Letter Edition. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001). Reference no. 2142. Zodhiates, Spiros. The Complete Word Study Dictionary. (Iowa Falls: IA: Word Bible Publishers, 1992). p 2012. Strong, James. The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Red-Letter Edition. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001). Reference no. 5157 and 5158. Ibid., Reference no. 3034.
  2. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/september-23-2022 September 23, 2022 Thank you for joining us for the next 5 days of review. We have received a strike from YouTube, meaning they are censoring us. They will not allow us to post any new content for 7 days. Therefore, we are going to take this next week to review older, strategic teachings which are needed before I share a new message next Friday, 9/30. As we begin this important week of review, I’d like to start by sharing this particular post. It will help to lay an essential foundation needed for this next week of teachings. Know Your Enemy Who Is Zephon? As I think about the insights and strategies given to us in the World Seers Series dream, I am amazed at what Holy Spirit has done to prepare us. He began speaking to me about the passage of scripture that first mentions the principality, Baal-zephon (Exodus 14), on July 4th weekend (2021). Since that weekend, I have written at least 3 posts teaching on this spirit and how God dealt with him during Israel’s Exodus. I have been reviewing those posts and looking at the passage again. I feel that some review would help you, as well. Let me begin by saying we are not, and will never become, preoccupied with demons. To do so would cause, not only imbalance, but would lead to deception and error. We never take our cues from satan. It is also true, however, that we are not supposed to ignore or be ignorant of him and his activities. Jesus did not ignore demons. He only did what the Father told him to do - via Holy Spirit - but Father often led Him to resist them or cast them out. We are told to do the same (Mark 16:17), and instructed in 2 Corinthians 2:11 to not be ignorant (Greek agnoeo - “without knowledge of; ignorant; ignore”) of the way satan thinks and operates (noema - “thought, purpose, plot, scheme, plan, device”). The verse tells us if we obey this warning satan will not be able to take advantage of us (pleonekteo - “gain the bigger portion of; take advantage of”). This is a strong warning; ignorance can be deadly. So again, we are not preoccupied with satan or his kingdom; but neither will we be ignorant of his schemes and plans. Here is a portion of a post I did on July 7 of last year (2021), explaining who Zephon is and how God dealt with him during the Exodus: In Exodus 14, the Red Sea was rolled back for Israel and Pharaoh’s army was destroyed. The first two verses inform us, “Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea,’” (Exodus 14:1-2). God wants us to know that HE chose the place for this encounter. To many of the Israelites, as well as to Pharaoh and his army, it looked as though Israel was confused, disoriented, and wandering aimlessly in the desert. And they were, in fact, now hemmed in, trapped by mountains, the sea, and Pharaoh’s army. Baal-zephon was one of the Egyptian gods. It was believed that he reigned in power and was lord over the sea. He was the only Egyptian god Yahweh had not yet judged and exposed during the 10 plagues and Israel’s deliverance. Scott Lancer, in an article for Associates for Biblical Research, (Confronting Baal Zephon: The Spiritual Message of the Meeting of Israel and the Armies of Egypt) says, “Let us remember that God had been triumphing over not only Pharaoh and the Egyptians, but also the supposed power of their gods. The plagues were a drumbeat of victory as the gods of Egypt were one by one, displayed to be impotent and powerless. And even more importantly, Yahweh wanted the Egyptians to know that He is the Lord,” (Exodus 14:4).(1) Pharaoh no doubt believed that this god was more powerful than Yahweh. He supposed that Baal-zephon had led them into a trap and was now going to cause Israel to be destroyed in front of the place named for him. Yahweh had other plans. His plan was to demonstrate that HE was the Lord of the sea. His authority, released through the extension of the rod He had given Moses, controlled the sea, not Zephon. Yahweh would lead His people THROUGH, not around, the sea the Egyptians believed was under the control of Zephon. And instead of the Israelites being destroyed, it would be Pharoah and the Egyptian army - in front of the headquarters of their supposed god! July 4th weekend, the Lord spoke to me that this is where we are in America. Many prophets have used the analogy of Israel and the Red Sea to describe the church during this season: our backs are to the wall, it appears that the god of this world has outsmarted and overpowered ours, and it looks as though satan has taken over the nation. But Yahweh, once again, has other plans. He will release His authority over this nation, just as He did over Israel at the Red Sea, and demonstrate that He is the Lord! Baal has long tried to rule America, but the orchestrated plan of God to overthrow his influence in our nation began in 2007 (The Call Nashville 07/07/2007), and continues to this day. Yahweh is about to expose the evil plans of the god of this world and his allies. He has allowed them to gain ground temporarily in order to expose their deception, anti-Christ ways, leftist ideals and even idiocy. But He will strike in His zeal, power, and determination to reap the coming great harvest. God must have a strong America that honors Him in order to accomplish this, and He will have that. Do not doubt this. AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED!!! Yahweh said in Exodus 14:4, before springing His trap, “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them, and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” This is exactly what happened. “Honored” is the Hebrew word kabad, which is the word for glory. God actually said He would glorify Himself as He dealt with Pharaoh and this false god. And some scholars believe when Yahweh said the Egyptians would know He was the Lord, this was not simply a statement about proving He was in charge. It was, rather, a demonstration of His grace to the Egyptians, who were deceived and in bondage, following false gods who could not save them. And when God shows Himself strong in America, He will be honored and glorified. Millions of people will realize the folly of their ways, and that Christ is their Redeemer. Pray with me: Father, You are an all-wise planner. You see the end from the beginning and know exactly what to do to get there. You have been preparing us for this moment in time; because of this we are ready to overthrow the spirit of Baal that has ruled our nation. We know You are passionate to see this accomplished - You always operate in compassion and desire to save. Holy Spirit, You are a great and brilliant strategist, and You’re the best Helper ever. As we listen to and obey You, we cannot lose. You have orchestrated events in our nation, preparing to overthrow the rule of this spirit, Zephon. You know him well. You have defeated him before. And the blood of Christ has sealed his fate. Cause the Ekklesia to now arise and partner with You in this great endeavor. Bring a sense of urgency to the praying church. Cause them to know this is intended to be our finest hour. Indeed, You have spoken this to us prophetically. You have called it the greatest Kingdom campaign ever. Awaken us to this and to the urgency of the times. We ask this in the name of our Captain, Christ. Amen. Our decree: We decree that the church is arising and will deliver America from the control of Baal. **************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. _______________________________________ https://biblearchaeology.org/research/devotionals/3794-confronting-baalzephon-the-spiritual-message-of-the-meeting-of-israel-and-the-armies-of-egypt
  3. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/march-23-2022 March 23, 2022 Feed the River A friend of mine, Kenny Price, had a significant dream about me a couple of weeks ago. I believe it has an important message for us: ***** “You (Dutch), Ken Malone, and Greg Hood were holding a meeting. Before the meeting started Ken and Greg told you it was time for you to “feed the river.” So the three of you walked down to the river. “You and Ceci walked away from them to sit by the river together. You guys were just relaxing and Ceci had her head on your shoulder enjoying the river. You guys seemed like it was the best day ever. “After a while, Ken and Greg said to you again that it was time to ‘feed the river.’ They brought you some buckets they had put things in with which to feed the river. You stepped into the river and began walking through the river; every once in a while you dropped a bucket into the water. You just kept walking, dropping buckets into the river, and you never ran out of buckets. “As you walked, you passed areas where camps were set up and people were fishing. When you walked by them they would shout, ‘Thanks, Dutch, for feeding the river. We are going to catch some big ones.’ “When you reached the stopping point, you stepped out and re-joined Ceci, Ken, and Greg. All of you walked back to the meeting location. When you arrived you said, ‘Now we can begin the meeting.’” ***** As I pondered the meaning of this dream, I kept wondering what I was “feeding” or putting into the river? Searching the Scriptures for items put into water or rivers I was reminded of 2 Kings 2:19-22. I believe there may be further revelation and instruction from this dream, but I am confident this is one of the revelations Holy Spirit wanted to bring me. The passage reads: “Then the men of the city said to Elisha, ‘Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful.’ He said, ‘Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it.’ So they brought it to him. He went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, ‘Thus says the Lord, “I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.” So the waters have been purified to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.” The location of this water was Jericho. Though it was not a river but a spring, I believe the meaning is still appropriate and pertains to this dream. Jericho was one of the places Elijah had established a school of the prophets. We are told that the land/area itself was pleasant, but it soon became apparent that the water was bad. It contained something that brought “death” to the land making it unfruitful. Another translation of unfruitful in the passage could be “barrenness.” “Most scholars believe this was the result of a curse Joshua had pronounced on Jericho in Joshua 6:26. ‘Then Joshua made them take an oath at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord is the man who rises up and builds this city Jericho; with the loss of his firstborn he shall lay its foundation, and with the loss of his youngest son he shall set up its gates.”’ This curse had actually been fulfilled in 1 Kings 16:34, in the life of a man named Hiel. And it was obviously still operating. What is interesting is that even though this water and city had been cursed because of sin and idolatry, God was still willing to lift the curse, heal the water and restore the land. This is indicative of the heart of God to redeem and restore. We know He takes no pleasure in the judgment of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11). And just as He has done for us through Christ, removing the curse of sin in order to give us the blessing of redemption, God‘s heart is always to restore (2 Peter 3:9). I believe wholeheartedly God is saying there are places in the earth that are currently under curses because of sin and idolatry, which He wants to cleanse, heal and redeem. And what did Elisha use to break the curse and heal the region? Salt - salt from a “new” vessel. Jesus said WE are the salt (Matthew 5:13). He has made us “new creations in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and placed within us the purifying and preserving power symbolized by the salt. We, His people, have the power to heal. I believe God is saying we must “throw ourselves” into cursed cities and nations through prayer and curse-breaking decrees. He wants to send his forgiveness and healing to them, just as He did Jericho. He also did so in Nineveh. We must stop cursing ungodly cities or regions through our words, and begin releasing the redemptive power of God into them. “Feed the river” - heal the cursed waters of the earth. In Genesis 9:25 God said, “Cursed be Canaan.” Yet in the twelfth chapter of Genesis, God spoke of Canaan as the promised land of blessing to Abraham. This is a powerful picture of that which has been under a curse becoming blessed. We believers are also a picture of this. God, through the cross, has transformed us from being cursed to receiving blessing (Galatians 3:15). If you live in a city that has become known for its evil, violence, murder, etc., begin to “throw” words of life into it. Be the salt it needs. Speak words of healing. Let’s pray for them now. Pray with me: Father, You love to forgive, heal the oppressed and redeem the lost. You sent Your Son to us when we were still Your enemies. We thank You for Your heart to transform curses into blessings. Please forgive us for speaking curses over people and places. Forgive us for pronouncing destruction on them. Give us Your gracious heart to redeem. We speak life now into strongholds of idolatry and evil. We ask You to remove poison, barrenness, and curses. Heal the Ninevah’s of the earth, the Sodom‘s, the Jerichos. We feed the springs of water now with words of life: Be healed. Be transformed. (Think of your city) And we boldly agree with You and Your prophetic revelations regarding the earth at this time. U-turns are coming. What the enemy has planned will boomerang on him. America shall be saved. Revival is coming to the nations of the earth. A billion or more souls will come to Jesus. People will be set free, healed, and delivered by the blood of Jesus Christ. We decree it in His name now. Amen. Our decree: We decree that the blood of Jesus is stronger than the curse of sin. ******************************* Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  4. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/february-21-2022 February 21, 2022 What Is Causing So Much Disease and Death..? Some subjects are too broad in scope to address in a short article or teaching. The overall topic of human suffering - sickness, disease, hunger, death, etc. - is certainly one of them. Attempting to give brief explanations of complex subjects often creates confusion and misunderstanding. I will not do that here. Also, I want to state from the beginning that there are aspects of what I’m addressing today which I don’t fully understand. I still believe, however, that I should address it. I have never before seen the amount of sickness, disease, and death that I’ve witnessed in this season. Obviously, there have been times in history where plagues and pandemics caused more deaths than humans are currently experiencing. But I have never personally observed the level I have been seeing. And I’m not referring only to Covid. Numerous other forms of sickness and disease seem to be running rampant. Never have I had as many individuals within my personal circle of acquaintances stricken with disease and death. Many of them are/were in ministry. Two more died this past week. Thankfully, some who have been extremely ill have survived. Overall, however, the onslaught has been horrific. If death or suffering has touched your circle, as well, I am deeply sorry for your pain and loss. I have thought and prayed about this for several days. It seems to me that something has been supernaturally unleashed on the earth, spiritual in nature, that is producing this unprecedented level of death and disease. Let me be clear in saying, I do NOT believe all sickness is directly caused by demonic activity. NOR do I believe that all sickness is caused by sin in a person's life. I do believe, in a general sense, that all sickness originates from the curse of sin and resulting satanic activity. In that regard, satan is the source of all sickness and disease, even if caused by poor health habits, unforgiveness, and other sins. Jesus clearly demonstrated God‘s attitude toward sickness - He healed all who came to Him for healing and treated sickness as an enemy. Acts 10:38 says of Christ’s ministry: “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” While I do not believe all sickness is directly caused by demonic spirits, it is clear from scripture that some is. Jesus healed a person who was bent over with a crooked spine, caused by a spirit of infirmity (Luke 13:10-11). He healed a boy who was deaf and couldn’t speak, which was caused by a spirit (Mark 9:17-27). And there are other biblical examples we could mention. I don’t know how demons cause diseases such as these, nor do I know all that gives them access or permission to do so. Clearly, certain actions open the door to demonic activity. In other cases, however, it does not appear that the person suffering from evil spirits committed any act that would open the door to it. One possible explanation is a person’s genetics which can make them vulnerable. The medical world knows that many diseases are caused by inherited susceptibility to them. It seems logical that demons somehow prey on this. Just how they are able to do this, I don’t pretend to understand. When Jesus healed individuals of diseases caused by spirits, He didn’t explain how it occurred. He simply delivered and healed them. I do not pretend to know how spiritual forces can at times release more sickness into the earth. But biblically, I know it’s possible; and I feel that is occurring. The scriptures teach that at times satan becomes more wrathful and aggressive in his activities. Revelation 12:12 makes this clear: “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” The verse in no way suggests this as the only time such activity will occur in history. And I am not suggesting that it is happening at this time because Jesus is about to return. I don’t pretend to know when that will occur; no one does. I am simply pointing out that satan’s wrath and activities fluctuate. Regarding this verse in Revelation my spiritual dad, Jim Hodges, says: “Escalated satanic activity does not take place only before Christ’s final return, but has occurred periodically in history. Satan is not omniscient, but he can observe when the Ekklesia is maturing at certain junctures in history, and thus his rage goes to another level. Revelation is a book that addresses history past and present, as well as the future.” The murdering of babies during the time when Moses was born; the season surrounding Christ’s birth when Herod had children killed; the martyrdom of many believers when the church was born; these would all be examples. The holocaust is a contemporary example. Obviously, throughout history there have been seasons when violent, destructive activity from satan increased on the earth. I feel we are currently in one of those times. The maturity of the Ekklesia and the eminent, unprecedented worldwide harvest has infuriated satan. In order to stop these things, I believe he has launched a counterattack, a campaign, to bring death and destruction. At his command, spirits that cause infirmity have been unleashed. We can stop some of this. Certainly, we cannot stop all death and destruction. But I do believe we can “bind” the demonic activity causing some of the current sickness and death, especially that which is being leveled against the body of Christ. I am NOT suggesting we should be compassionate toward and pray only for believers. We want all suffering to end. But when individuals are under the blood of Jesus and in covenant with Him, it becomes easier to stop satan’s attacks - he has no authority over them. Healing is the children’s bread (Mark 7:27). Let’s pray against this onslaught. Pray with me: Father, we come to You now in the powerful name of Jesus. We state our faith in His sacrifice and redeeming work. He delivered us from the authority of darkness and translated us into His kingdom (Colossians 1:13). He also gave us His authority to stop the works of satan against us (Matthew 16:18-19). As a prayer army here in America and in other nations, as well, we join our hearts and faith together. We do so to oppose the onslaught of sickness and death which demonic spirits are releasing in the earth. We bind this. We declare our faith that the blood of Jesus covers and shields us from these attacks. We bind spirits causing Covid, cancer, other diseases, and death. We declare Psalm 91, 1 Peter 2:24, and Romans 8:37 over our brothers and sisters and, especially right now, over leaders in the body of Christ. We declare in the powerful name of Jesus that this assault against leaders in the church will now be pushed back and rendered powerless. We break it’s effectiveness. And Father, we certainly love those who do not know You. We pray for them, as well. We ask for their protection from these evil diseases. Please heal them. Turn back this horrible tide of destruction. And we pray for their salvation. Reveal Jesus to them! We ask all these things in Christ’s name. Amen. Our decree: We decree that the spirit of death and disease attacking people in this season is being overcome by the blood of the lamb and the authority of Christ. ******************************* Click on the link below to watch watch the full video.
  5. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/february-17-2022 February 17, 2022 The Rainbow Trout During the 2020 election battle, I went with a team of 20 intercessors to Coudersport, PA, to pray at the headwaters of the Allegheny River. This location was chosen based on a series of dreams given to different individuals. Pennsylvania was our nation’s birthplace, and we felt that Holy Spirit was highlighting this location to confirm that a new birth is coming to America. While there, He gave Clay Nash another significant dream. I mentioned this dream in yesterday's post. Today I want to share the entire dream with you, along with some of the insights gleaned from it. It is encouraging. Clay says: ***************** “I dreamed the morning of Nov 16 [2020], while in Coudersport, PA, that Dutch and I were fly fishing in the Allegheny River. “There were people along the bank of the Allegheny kneeling and praying. Each person, after a time of prayer, would rise and walk away very focused, very intentional, and very fast-paced, as if they had received an assignment. Dutch, on the other hand, was very intensely focused on the fly fishing. “People began coming to Dutch and shouting, ‘Come on out of the water, we need you with us.’ It irritated me and I was about to intervene in their disruptions when Dutch told me to ‘stay focused on the fly fishing; God is about to reveal Himself.’ “We remained diligent in casting our flies upon the water. At almost the exact same moment we both caught trout. Both trout had beautiful rainbows on them, so bright it was amazing. Dutch, being a distance from me shouted, ‘Come here, you must see this.’ “As I sought to remove the fly from my trout’s mouth, in it I discovered a gold coin that had the word, ‘Mercy’ on it. I shouted back to Dutch, ‘You must see THIS!’ I moved quickly to show him. Many people were still kneeling and praying. They began to arise and they, too, had ‘Mercy Coins.’ Each one threw a gold ‘Mercy Coin’ into the river. “When I arrived where Dutch was, he showed me the gold ‘Mercy Coin’ he had retrieved from his trout’s mouth. He then held the trout up to look at the rainbow on its side. On the right side of the trout, over the rainbow, was the word, ‘Reset.’ Over the rainbow on the left side it said, ‘America shall be saved.’ “About this time a raft came floating down the river with George Washington and other people in it, some of them being First Nations people. They were holding up the Appeal to Heaven flag. The flag, however, had additional wording on the bottom: ‘No Surrender.’” *************** End of dream ************** First, there were many people on the banks of the river, praying. The dream was about appealing to heaven. Clay and I were fishing for rainbow trout and each of us caught one. In scripture the rainbow represents covenant. (Genesis 9:1-17) On my trout, over the rainbow on each side, were the words “reset” and “America shall be saved.” I realize there is a reset movement being conducted by globalists, but don’t be confused by this. God is doing His reset, also. But America’s reset and salvation can only occur as we honor covenant. First and foremost, we must honor the covenant we have with God through the blood of Jesus. But Holy Spirit has also been telling us that America must honor, and we believers must decree, the power of the covenant we have with God as a nation. It is very significant to me that I have been writing a good bit about that in recent GH15 posts and now Holy Spirit has reminded me of this dream. I had not thought of it in a year; Clay mentioned it to me on Monday of this week. In the mouth of “covenant”, we found “mercy” - the coins. This was and remains very significant to me because in 2016 God began speaking to me about His mercy being offered to America. In three separate instances - one in front of the White House, a dream given to an intercessor, and a vision given to a pastor - He showed me that mercy would be granted to our nation. The vision was given to a pastor and friend of mine, Kingsley Walker, while he was praying with us during the Reset Conference I hosted just before the 2016 elections. In his vision, the sky began raining U.S. coins. This became a deluge until we were eventually standing ankle-deep in the coins. They were exact replicas of U.S. silver dollars, except that each one had the word MERCY across the top. In the vision, I picked up some of the coins, looked at Kingsley and said, “Mercy is our new currency.” I encouraged Kingsley to have silver coins made that looked exactly like the Mercy Coins from the vision. He did so and they are beautiful. God has used these as prayer momentos all over the world now. A friend of his and mine just gave seven of these coins to several heads of nations, telling them that God desires to give mercy to their nation as well. People have given them to their members of Congress, governors, pastors, and friends. I buried one in the soil at the headwaters of the Allegheny River during one of my prayer journeys there. If you are interested in owning one of these beautiful Mercy Coins or giving one to a friend, we have provided a link to the non-profit Mercy Coin ministry for you here. DSM does not make a penny off of this; it is just something I believe in tremendously. (Please do not contact us about purchasing the coins as we do not sell them.) It will not be America’s good works or righteousness that purchases/earns restoration. Our salvation will be purchased only with God’s mercy, bought for us by the blood of Christ. God was confirming this to me again in 2020, reminding me that we will obtain mercy through our covenant with Him. This alone will save and reset America. I mentioned yesterday that George Washington, along with others, then floated down the river holding an Appeal To Heaven flag. Washington, “the Father of our nation,” was the person who had this flag designed and made. He flew it over the naval vessels and many battlefields in the Revolutionary War, reminding the colonists that appealing to heaven for help was our only hope of freedom. I did not mention yesterday the First Nations people in the boat, intentionally waiting until today. Their presence is very significant. It was never God’s heart and plan that we “take” this land from the First Nations people. It was His intent that we partner with them and live in peace, just as William Penn did with the First Nations people of what is now Pennsylvania. Penn was “given” the land by the king of England. He knew, however, it was not the king’s land to give, so he purchased it from the native people, and entered into a sacred covenant with them, which he never broke. I have known for years that the next great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in America would include the First Nations people. God loves them dearly and will not allow them to be forgotten. I will say more about this tomorrow, sharing a report of what is happening among one of the tribes. But in the dream, they were in the boat with us. How much clearer could Holy Spirit make this? We must have the First Nations people in the boat! They have an incredible role to play in what God wants to do in our nation, and I believe He is coming to visit the reservations and native people all across this land with a great revival. Let’s pray regarding this. Pray with me: Father, we honor the shed blood of Jesus Christ and our covenant with You through Him. Our hope is built on nothing else. Through this blood, we have access to Your mercy seat. We come to You now in His name asking for mercy to our nation. We ask that You reset America, bringing us back to Your plan and purpose. We ask that You restore faith and a love for You, through the greatest revival America has ever experienced. We ask for this same outpouring to all the nations of the earth. We will not surrender, we will continue to appeal and we will do so in faith. We believe in Your goodness and love. We believe in Your heart of grace, mercy, and compassion. We call on that now. We pray especially for our First Nations friends all across this nation. We ask for an incredible, supernatural, earthshaking revival to come to the First Nations people of this land. We believe we will see this. And we ask for Your continued work of cleansing in America. Give us righteous government once again. Overturn Roe versus Wade. Heal our land, Father. We ask all of this in the name of Christ. Amen. Our decree: We decree that mercy, through the blood of Jesus, is our currency in heaven. ********************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. Mercy Coins are available at mercycoin.com.
  6. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/february-11-2022 February 11, 2022 The Manna Tree “Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.” (Genesis 21:33; NASB) We have said a good bit about tamarisk trees the past few days. They are an evergreen tree. For millennia evergreens have symbolized covenant. I write about them in my book, An Appeal To Heaven: “Always maintaining green leaves or needles, depending on the tree, evergreen trees have symbolized eternity as far back as Abraham. At times, this symbolism was expanded to include an everlasting or lifelong commitment to a covenant. At the time of our nation’s founding evergreens carried this significance to the Iroquois Native American nation. At a significant time in their history, a great leader united five native tribes (with a later addition of a sixth) establishing a confederacy among them. According to the Iroquois Constitution, the covenant began with the planting of the ‘Tree of Peace.’ Their peace treaty and everlasting covenant was then sealed by the symbolic act of burying weapons underneath a great evergreen tree. Some historians believe this covenantal ceremony is where we get the phrase, ‘bury the hatchet.’”(1) The tamarisk evergreen tree planted by Abraham symbolized covenant, his covenant with Yahweh. Many believe, myself included, that the tree placed on the Appeal To Heaven flag represents covenant. It certainly represented covenant in the dream I was given in 2007, in which I knocked out giants with special boxing gloves, one of which had the word “Evergreen” imprinted on it. And in Gina Gholston’s dream we have spoken of in our posts for the last two days, demons trying to destroy America were defeated with staffs made of tamarisk wood. The dream was telling us that declaring our covenant promises and alliances with God is a powerful spiritual weapon. The tamarisk tree, chosen by Abraham to represent his covenant with God, has other unique and interesting features. It is a wonderful shade tree and lives hundreds of years. However, tamarisks are also slow-growing. They grow only an inch per year and take 400 years to reach their full height. “Because the tree is so slow growing, no one would plant a tamarisk for him or herself; he or she would never personally benefit from it. By planting this slow-growing, long-living, covenantal tree, Abraham was thinking of his descendants, making a powerful declaration to them for generations to come, ‘I am in covenant with Everlasting God, and you will sit under the shade of my everlasting covenant with Him.’”(2) Amazing! Tamarisk trees are known as those which produce the coolest shade in the desert region were Abraham lived. The explanation for this is fascinating. “The tree grows needles rather than leaves. Often the needles excrete salt on their surfaces which give the needles a white color. Because the tamarisk excretes salt, it is sometimes called a ‘salt cedar.’ At night, moisture increases in the cool air. Water vapor adheres to the salt particles excreted on branches and needles, forming droplets. In the morning, as the sun warms the air, the water droplets evaporate and cool the tree and shade below it.”(3) In the dream we discussed yesterday and Tuesday (which you can read by looking at yesterday‘s post), the magnificent tree representing America was also producing wonderful shade. America’s Founders planted an incredible “shade tree” for future generations, saying through their actions - just as Abraham did to the generations to come - “You will sit under the shade of our covenant with God.” They formed a nation under God, a land in covenant with Him, one that could endure. America has been incredibly blessed because of their faithfulness and partnership with Yahweh. Millions of people here and around the world have enjoyed the “shade” of these covenant blessings. We must save the shade tree called America for our children and grandchildren, and for the world. Another interesting fact regarding the tamarisk tree was sent to me by a GH15 listener a couple of weeks ago. I have verified the information and find it fascinating. “An edible white honeylike substance known as manna forms drops on the stem of salt cedars, or tamarisk trees. This sweet material is sold in the form of flakes (flake manna), fragments (common manna), or thick droplets (fat manna).”(4) Do you find it fascinating that Abraham’s “covenant tree” produced shade for his offspring hundreds of years later and fed them with a substance called “manna”? What a picture! And yet, why wouldn’t God lead him to do this, giving us such a profound picture? After all, Abraham’s offspring produced Christ, heaven’s manna, the Bread of Life. Abraham was told from the very beginning that God’s promised blessings were not only for him, but for the world: “And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3; NASB) Sadly, many believers cannot (or refuse to) see that the current ideological war in America is for the soul of a nation, raised up by God for spiritual purposes. It is truly a spiritual war. America IS called to be “a shining light, a city on a hill.” She IS to be a trumpet for God, taking and sending the gospel of the Kingdom to the ends of the earth. And, though some don’t like the following, our nation is called - with proper discretion and humility, of course - to be a deterrent for the spread of evil rule around the world. The great leader Ronald Reagan said of America: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”(5) Covenant with God produces life and blessing and with that comes responsibility. As America returns to her covenant roots she will once again prosper. We, the praying church, must facilitate this by using the power of covenant (the tamarisk tree staffs in Gina’s dream) to war against the evil forces attempting to destroy America. One of the ways we do this is by declaring the covenantal declarations made by our founding leaders. We have been doing this for the past three days. Let’s use some of these declarations of the past few days and declare them again. Pray and decree with me: We decree that America was raised up by God to be a city on a hill, a beacon of light to all nations. America was called to preach the gospel of the Kingdom to all nations of the earth, and to serve all nations. We decree that America was founded by God, under an appeal to heaven, and an appeal to heaven will give us a rebirth! America is one nation, under God, a Christian nation. We have put our trust in Him and no other. We have no king but Jesus. The “Laws of Nature and of Nature's God;” an appeal to the “Supreme Judge of the world;” “the Creator;” and “divine Providence” are all in our Declaration of Independence. We decree that, as a part of this legal document beginning our nation, they remain true today. We declare them into the atmosphere of America! Leviticus 25:10 is on the Liberty Bell: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants thereof.” This verse, describing Christ as America’s Jubilee Redeemer, rang out at her birth announcing our faith and destiny. We declare its message over America again today: Christ is our Redeemer! Proclaiming His message is our purpose! We decree that Yahweh is our Lawgiver, our Judge and our King, and that our three branches of government were founded under this truth! They will return to this! We decree that His mercy over America endures forever, that His mercies are new every morning! We decree that He who began a good work in us will complete it, that He had a plan for our restoration before we even turned against Him! We decree that nothing can stop this turnaround because our trust is in God! It’s even on our money! We agree with it! We decree that God’s redeeming power is greater than satan’s deceiving lies, that His truth will prevail! We decree that salvation belongs to God and that He loves to save, taking no pleasure in judgment! We decree that satan is under our feet and that we are seated with Christ, far above all principalities, powers and rulers of darkness! We decree that we are Christ’s Ekklesia/government on earth and that we have His keys of authority to bind and loose, open and close. We decree that no weapon formed against this nation, nor against the purposes of God in our generation, will prosper! We decree that AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED..!!! ****************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. __________________________________ Sheets, Dutch, An Appeal to Heaven, (Dallas, TX: Dutch Sheets Ministries, Inc., 2015), p 47. Ibid. p 51. https://lilianausvat.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/bible-plants-tamarisk/ https://www.britannica.com/topic/manna-plant-product https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/301222-you-and-i-have-a-rendezvous-with-destiny-we-will
  7. 7 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/february-9-2022 February 9, 2022 The Evergreen Staff In Yesterday's post, I said that America is in covenant with God and we can use the power of covenant to defeat Satan’s plans and purposes. I also explained that there are different types and levels of covenant. Obviously, we as a nation do not have the same type of covenant with God that believers have through the blood of Jesus. The word for covenant in Scripture, however, has a much broader range of meaning than a blood covenant of this level. The Hebrew word for covenant is beriyth. It means “a compact, covenant, alliance, pledge, promise, treaty, agreement, league; a constitution, ordinance.” We can make covenant promises, agreements, and alliances with people which are binding in the sense of honor. We are bound by integrity and principle to keep our promise, our word. These promises are not a blood covenant but they must still be honored, at times even legally. A legal contract is a binding covenant. Homeowners make contracts - covenants - with other homeowners. They are not blood covenants but, nonetheless, they are binding. In the same sense, God sees promises He has made as covenantal. They are binding. He always keeps His word, honoring it above even His name (Psalm 138: 2). And we should consider our promises, agreements, and alliances with Him in the same way: they are covenantal. God does not have a blood covenant with America. Nor could there ever be an agreement with a nation that rises to the level of the covenant God made with people through the blood of Christ. But He HAS entered into a covenantal alliance with America. Our Founders made statements declaring we were a nation under His rule and that we existed for His purposes, not just our own. They formed a government under His rule and guidance, and declared their dependence on Him. Four times He is mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. They appealed to Him for freedom and liberty. They wrote about Him in the Constitution and asked for His guidance and help when writing it. They planted a cross on the beach at Cape Henry and dedicated this land to His purposes and plan. They actually used the word “covenant” in the Declaration of Independence. They placed a Scripture on the Liberty Bell. These founders and leaders in America were motivated by and led by God. He was speaking through Robert Hunt at Cape Henry. He inspired the words on the Liberty Bell. He guided them as they wrote the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. He formed this nation and gave our framers the wisdom and language to use. No other document was quoted more by our Founders than the Bible. God was pleased with the outcome. He accepted this alliance and has blessed America because of her partnership with Him. This is all covenantal in nature. The word confession in Scripture, homologia, means “say the same thing.” There is power when we speak His words, saying what He says. This certainly refers to Scripture, but it refers to more than just Scripture. It refers to personal promises and prophetic words given to us. Paul told Timothy to war with the prophetic words spoken over him (1 Timothy 1:18). The promises He makes to us, which are often connected to His purposes for us, as they were with Timothy, have power. He wants and needs for us to agree with Him and say it! When I speak of warring with the covenant America has with God, this is what I am referring to. I am saying we must agree with and declare the prophetic words of our founders. We must decree the promises they made to God. And we must acknowledge with our words the covenantal alliance they made with Him and He made with us. This is what it means to war with covenant. The Appeal To Heaven flag has an evergreen tree on it. The evergreen tree symbolizes covenant, going all the way back to Abraham in Genesis 21:33. Abraham planted a tamarisk tree, which is an evergreen, and called on Everlasting God. He was declaring his covenantal allegiance to God. In a dream given to me in 2007, I knocked out spiritual giants with a boxing glove imprinted with the word, “Evergreen.” Holy Spirit was showing me that one of the ways we would take out the spiritual giants ruling America was through the power of our covenant with Him. By speaking and declaring what He has said and planned for America, and by declaring our alliance with Him, we are warring with covenant. Recently, Holy Spirit gave a powerful dream to one of our friends, Gina Gholston, which pictures this in another way: ******************** “I dreamed I was with some prayer leaders, including Dutch Sheets. We walked through a field of tall grass and noticed a hill in front of us. This caught our attention because it was the only hill around us. The rest of the land was a level, grassy field. “On the top of the hill was a huge, very old, beautiful tree. We were so captivated by this tree that we decided to climb the hill to get a closer look. The tree was the only thing on the hill, and its canopy was so large that shade from it covered the entire hill. The ground around the tree was level, and the grass was tall and thick. “We were in awe of this beautiful tree, amazed at the size of the trunk and the massive expanse of its canopy. As we walked around the tree, looking up into the branches, someone tripped over what appeared to be a root protruding out of the ground. All of a sudden, these ‘roots’ appeared everywhere. Where there had been tall, thick grass, now there was no grass, and these ‘roots’ were laying all over the top of the ground. They had not been there when we first arrived. We were very puzzled by this, so I walked over and looked at one of them more closely. “As I did, I could see that the ‘root’ was moving. The movement had not been obvious until I looked more closely. I motioned for my friend to come to where I was standing, and whispered to her, ‘Watch this!’ We both could clearly see the ‘root’ was moving. “I walked over to Dutch and said, ‘These are not roots; they’re the backbones of demons. They are alive and are eating the root system of this beautiful tree.’ The demons didn’t realize we could see them, but their backbones were exposed and we could see their movements. “I then asked the prayer leaders, ‘What should we do about this?’ “Dutch replied, ‘I know what to do!’ He stepped away for a moment and then returned carrying a perfectly carved wooden staff. “Someone asked, ‘What is that?’ “I knew what he held and said, ‘This is a staff that has been carved from an old tamarisk tree. Tamarisks are evergreens.’ “Dutch nodded his head yes. He then handed the staff to me, and I walked over to one of the demon backbones. I struck it with the evergreen staff and, as I did, the demon vanished. I could physically hear the sound ‘poof;’ and it was gone. I began walking from ‘root’ to ‘root’ hitting them with the evergreen staff. I then looked at the other prayer leaders and noticed that they all now had staffs in their hands made from evergreens. They, too, were using the staffs to destroy the demons. Together, we shattered every demon and saved the tree.” End of dream. ******************* The tree represents America. I will say more about this dream in tomorrow’s post. Today, however, I just want to state the significance of the tamarisk evergreen tree staffs. Made of the same type evergreen Abraham used, the tamarisk tree, there can be no doubt that they represent covenant. As intercessors, it is by honoring and declaring our allegiance to God - our promises to Him, His promises to us, and our alliance with Him - that we will break the power of the demonic forces trying to destroy our nation. Let’s do so now, using the decrees we used yesterday. Prayer: We decree that America was founded by God, under an appeal to heaven, and that an appeal to heaven will give us a rebirth! We decree that we are a voice for Him to the ends of the earth, and the gospel of the kingdom will go forth from America to all people! We decree that we are a Christian nation, founded under Christ’s blood and rule, and that we have no king but Jesus! We decree that Yahweh is our Lawgiver, our Judge, and our King, and that our three branches of government were founded under this truth! (Isaiah 33:22) They will return to this! We decree we are a city on a hill, shining God’s light to all the earth, and that darkness will not win! We decree that God’s mercy over America endures forever, that His mercies are new every morning! We decree that He who began a good work in us will complete it, that God had a plan for our restoration before we even turned against Him! We decree that nothing can stop this turnaround because our trust is in God! This is even on our currency! We agree with it! We decree that God’s redeeming power is greater than satan’s deceiving lies, and that His truth will prevail! We decree that salvation belongs to God and that he loves to save, taking no pleasure in judgment! We decree that we are seated with Christ, and that satan is under our feet. We are far above all principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness! We decree that we are Christ’s Ekklesia/government on earth and that we have His keys of authority to bind and loose, open and close. We decree that no weapon formed against America, nor against the purposes of God in our generation, will prosper. We decree that America shall be saved...!!! *************************** Click on the link below to watch to the full video.
  8. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/february-7-2022 February 7, 2022 God Is Turning Things Around America’s turnaround began years ago. God is way ahead of the times, seeing and declaring the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He is the only individual who doesn’t start at the beginning. God starts at the end, backs up to the beginning, and implements His plan. This means He is never caught by surprise or off-guard. It also means He knows how He will solve problems…before they even manifest! Yahweh is not taken back by the failures of people and nations, knowing they would occur beforehand. When He calls a person - or a nation - to a purpose, God realizes He will have to navigate through their mess-ups, just as He did with Abraham and the nation of Israel. According to Hebrews 11:3, God has already decreed the aligning and realigning of the ages; the correct translation is: “Through faith, we understand that the ages were aligned by the word [declarations] of God…” Before Adam’s fall, Jesus was the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). That means the Incarnation, the Cross, and Christ’s Resurrection were planned before Adam’s fall ever occurred. I share this to assure you that God has a plan for America’s turnaround. He knew the failures and sins our nation would commit before we committed them, and has also declared our turnaround. Satan’s reactionary plans and schemes are no match for God’s omniscience and foreknowledge. This foreknowledge also means God is moving on many fronts, of course. While He is implementing His pre-planned works in America, He is doing so in other nations, in the church, and in individuals, preparing them for His plan. When all is ready, He shifts everything into a phase of convergence: ripe harvest fields; nations positioned; the church equipped; angels assigned. This is all seen in the book of Esther. The Jews’ very existence was threatened when wicked Haman, one of King Ahasuerus’ trusted officials, manipulated the king into issuing a decree for the annihilation of the Jews. Upon learning of Haman’s decree, Esther, a Jewish woman chosen by King Ahasuerus to be his queen, exposed Haman’s plan. She broke protocol to appeal to the king in a courageous attempt to protect her people. The king granted Esther’s request and, instead of the Jews, Haman was executed. The day after Haman’s decree was reversed, the Feast of Purim was inaugurated. The Hebrew word for turnaround is haphak: “to overturn, overthrow, turnaround, transform, be reversed.” The following verses from Esther 9 include this word: “…when the king’s command and edict were about to be executed, on the day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, it was turned to the contrary so that the Jews themselves gained the mastery over those who hated them.” (v. 1) “Because on those days the Jews rid themselves of their enemies, and it was a month which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing....” (v. 22) “But when it came to the king’s attention, he commanded by letter that his wicked scheme, which he had devised against the Jews, should return on his own head and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.” (v. 25) The Message translation of Esther 9:25 uses a powerful analogy to convey the significance of what transpired: “But when Queen Esther intervened with the king, he gave written orders that the evil scheme that Haman had worked out should boomerang back on his own head.” God had planned ahead. Before Haman ever conceived his evil plan to destroy the Jews, God aligned people, events, and time. The book of Esther is an easy and interesting read - check it out. You will find that God orchestrated events, timing, the choosing of a queen, sleep patterns, favor to individuals, the uncovering of evil plans, rescues, and more. The end result was the saving of the nation and the furthering of God's plans on earth. I believe Holy Spirit is doing again this year what He did in Esther’s day. He is moving us into convergence and a time of divine reversals! This is a year of great turnaround, when God intervenes powerfully on behalf of His people, and the enemy is overthrown as his plans boomerang back on his own head! Of course, the Hebrew word haphak is not only found in the book of Esther, but throughout the scriptures. Deuteronomy 23:5 uses the word to describe the turning of Balaam’s curse over the Jewish people into a blessing. Jeremiah 31:13 and Isaiah 61:3 use the word in reference to turning mourning into joy. This season’s turnaround will occur for individuals, families, regions, and nations. Unrest will certainly continue and the scriptures assure us that evil will, as well. But great harvest will also occur and areas of unrest will give way to righteousness—even in the darkest regions. There will be awakening and revivals in places where they have never existed. We must recognize, however, that the Lord is inviting us to partner with Him in releasing these supernatural boomerangs into the earth. When King Ahasuerus extended his scepter over Esther’s life and favor was released, he invited her to write her own decree of victory. The decree was to be written in his name and sealed with his seal so that it could never be reversed. Likewise, the Lord has extended His scepter of grace and favor over us. He is inviting us to exercise His authority, by making reversal decrees concerning the very things satan has decreed over our lives in past seasons. Be it sickness, poverty, the pain of divorce, depression, or any other form of oppression, our decrees will reverse them! His word tells us: “You will also decree a thing and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.” (Job 22:28) “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, 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 1:9-10) The Lord is inviting us to shift from merely petitioning Him, to also making decrees (official orders, edicts, or decisions), declarations (announcements or formal statements), and proclamations (the process of binding and loosing) as we are inspired by Holy Spirit to do so. The power of God’s decreed word is extraordinary..! It releases His creativity, His salvation, and yes, His judgments! He rules through His words, and so must we. As the Lord causes the strategies of the enemy to be overthrown, He will also bring us into a season of victory, celebration, and rest. This rest does not imply the ceasing of activity, but a peaceful and joyful trust in the Lord. It is the place from which we derive renewed strength to move forward. This scriptural passage comes to mind: “He gives strength to the weary,
 and to him who lacks might He increases power.
 Though youths grow weary and tired,
 and vigorous young men stumble badly,
 yet those who wait for the Lord
 will gain new strength;
 they will mount up with wings like eagles,
 they will run and not get tired,
 they will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:29-31) These past 2 years have been years of great turmoil for many individuals, families, businesses, communities, ministries, and nations. As a result, hopelessness has set in, vision has been clouded, strategies have been wanting, and forward movement has been delayed. Yet, I concur with the prophets - this is a turnaround year! Regardless of how great was your hardship, betrayal, sickness or loss, I declare that this is your year of breakthrough! You will see a reversal of the enemy’s decrees and strategies enacted against you. Stand confidently upon the Lord’s promise of divine intervention; He has been working all things together for your good (Romans 8:28)! This year, God will cause light to break forth from darkness, turn curses into blessings, and mourning into joy. Through the adversity of the past, the Lord has been preparing you for the fulfillment of His promises over your life! And from a new place of celebration, victory, and rest, the Lord desires that you partner with Him to help facilitate a righteous turnaround in this nation. You were born for such a time as this! Pray with me: Father, we exalt You as Lord, not only of the nations, but also over time. You change the times and seasons, orchestrating events to align with Your purposes. We declare confidently that You are greater than the forces of evil on the earth, that Your wisdom is higher, and that Your abilities are without measure. We know that You have decreed the turnaround of America and how this will occur, and You have decreed a great outpouring of Your Spirit in our day. Just as You turned around Haman‘s attempt to destroy the Jewish nation, You will turn around satan‘s attempt to destroy Your purposes in our day, as well. We accept the Esther decree: we were born for such a time as this. Help us now to rise to our calling and assignment, partnering with You and Your great plan. We proclaim breakthrough in Your people, breakthrough in our nation, and breakthrough on the earth. Give us a turnaround in our government, courts, education, and media. Give us a reversal of Roe versus Wade. And we ask for this confidently, in Christ’s name, amen. Our decree: We decree that Haman will be hanged on his own gallows..! And that the plans of the evil ones would come upon them instead..! Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  9. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/february-4-2022 February 4, 2022 We Are Made to Need Each Other Jim Hodges is Ceci’s and my spiritual father. We’re proud to be called a spiritual daughter and son of his, and of his incredible wife, Jean. For 40-plus years, they have modeled to us integrity, humility, the pursuit of wisdom and revelation, faithfulness, loyalty, consistency - and the list could certainly go on. When we are old (we are not there yet!) and they’re cheering us on from heaven’s grandstand, we’ll still be proud to call them “mom and dad.” Only God sees clearly all that flows spiritually from them to us. I am certain, however, that any success we’ve had is due in part to their influence and impartation to us. One of the couples we’ve been privileged to call a spiritual son and daughter is Will and Dehaviland Ford. They are amazing leaders in the body of Christ and make us proud to call them friends. Yes, friends. While the dynamics of relationships change - I don’t call Jim Hodges every week asking for advice - the bond and respect remain. My relationship with my earthly father transitioned from him being a provider, instructor, protector, sometimes disciplinarian, etc., to that of a friend. Still my dad, but also a friend. He no longer corrected me, and limited advice to when I sought it. But he was there when I needed him. Will recently commented on sonship, insights I feel are worth passing on. (Relax ladies, “sonship” is gender-neutral in Scripture. If I can be part of Christ’s bride, you can be a “son.”) - Will said: *************** “About 2 years ago, I was thinking to myself, ‘Ya know God, I’m in my 50’s now, and I’m sick of the “spiritual son” thing. When am I gonna be known as more of a peer with this person or that person? Advance me beyond their level so I can get out from under the “son” thing.’ “I then felt the Lord gently rebuking my pride by saying, ‘And even then, once you receive more, you’ll still be their spiritual son...a double portioned son but, nevertheless, still a son…’ “I learned a valuable lesson that day. First, not everyone God uses in your life is called to be a close spiritual father or mother to you. And, as far as those close relationships go, you don’t outgrow them. For example, while you outgrow diapers, shoes, coats and hats, you never outgrow natural parental relationships. They’ll always be your mother or father. And the same goes for some of the spiritual mothers and fathers in your life. Some (not all) spiritual mentoring relationships are meant to be a constant in your life, and you don’t ‘move on’ or ‘outgrow’ them based on your new authority, affluence or influence being greater or even less than those spiritual parents. Again, this doesn’t count for every spiritual mentoring relationship, but there are a few that do remain a constant in your life. “These are the spiritual parents who want their ceiling to be your floor. They don’t just rebuke and correct regarding sin, they also hold you accountable to the God-given dreams in your life. They pray for you. They empower you. They dream together with you. They know and understand God, and they know and understand you. Those relationships are few and far between, and are hard to come by. Do not take them for granted. “So, grow in God’s grace. Grow in His love and in Holy Spirit power. Outgrow pride. Outgrow selfish ambition. Outgrow the need to make a name for yourself. Outgrow spiritual immaturity. Outgrow small spiritual shoes so you can walk in new responsibility and authority. Outgrow spiritual milk, and feast on the meat of God’s word. “Grow deeper in God. And if you’re blessed to have them, grow deeper in relationship with those spiritual parents called to be a constant in your life. “Still a son, Will Ford.” *************** For those not blessed to have a spiritual parent in your life, as I have been, don’t give up. Ask our heavenly Father to bring someone into your life that can fulfill this role. And work on developing the heart of a true spiritual son or daughter. Find someone more mature than you that you can serve, and do so in some way. Who knows what God may do with the relationship. And if you have walked with the Lord long enough to have a high level of spiritual maturity, determine to come alongside someone less mature and be a strength. Don’t major on titles - you don’t have to be called their “spiritual father” or “mother.” And don’t force it - just support, love and help them grow in their faith. And to all I would say, honor the godly relationships Holy Spirit has given you, both in the context of a strong, biblically based congregation and outside it, as well. Take friendships to a new level; bring a spiritual element into them. Pray together. Encourage them to hold you accountable in appropriate ways, and vice versa. Iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). We are made to need others. “In the summer of 1989, Mark Wellman, a paraplegic, gained national recognition by climbing the sheer granite face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. On the seventh and final day of his climb, the headlines of The Fresno Bee read, ‘Showing a Will of Granite.’ Accompanying the headline was a photo of Wellman being carried on the shoulders of his climbing companion Mike Corbett. A subtitle said, ‘Paraplegic and partner prove no wall is too high to scale.’ “What many people did not know is that Mike Corbett scaled the face of El Capitan three times in order to help Mark Wellman pull himself up once.”(1) Someone you know needs a little help. Lend a hand. Pray with me: Father, we thank You for those You have brought into our lives to be a blessing to us. May we never take them for granted. Whether they be spiritual fathers and mothers, spiritual sons or daughters, natural family members or simply friends, we thank You for them. May we love and honor them the way we should. We pray today for those who are lonely and without the relationships they need in their lives. Please show them how to find suitable companions and friends. Heal and restore those who have suffered rejection; mend broken hearts. Be a father to the fatherless, a mother to the motherless, and a companion to the widow/widower. And most of all, we pray for those who do not know You as their heavenly Father. Lift the veil from their eyes that causes them to not see You clearly. Give them a revelation of who You really are. If they have never heard a clear explanation of You and Your Son, Jesus, please send someone to them who can do so. We ask this in Christ’s name, amen. Our decree: We will faithfully honor the godly relationships Holy Spirit has put in our lives. ****************************** To find out more about Will Ford and his ministry/books, click here. Click on the link below to watch the full video. _________________________________ Edward K. Rowell, Fresh Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Christianity Today, Inc., and Baker Books, 1997), p 203.
  10. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/january-14-2022 January 14, 2022 Know Your Enemy Who Is Zephon..? As I think about the insights and strategies given to us in the World Seers Series dream, I am amazed at what Holy Spirit has done to prepare us. He began speaking to me about the passage of scripture that first mentions the principality, Baal-zephon (Exodus 14), on July 4th weekend (2021). Since that weekend I have written at least 3 posts teaching on this spirit and how God dealt with him during Israel’s Exodus. I have been reviewing those posts and looking at the passage again. I feel that some review would help you, as well. Let me begin by saying we are not, and will never become, preoccupied with demons. To do so would cause, not only imbalance, but would lead to deception and error. We never take our cues from satan. It is also true, however, that we are not supposed to ignore or be ignorant of him and his activities. Jesus did not ignore demons. He only did what the Father told him to do - via Holy Spirit - but Father often led Him to resist them or cast them out. We are told to do the same (Mark 16:17), and instructed in 2 Corinthians 2:11 to not be ignorant (Greek agnoeo - “without knowledge of; ignorant; ignore”) of the way satan thinks and operates (noema - “thought, purpose, plot, scheme, plan, device”). The verse tells us if we obey this warning satan will not be able to take advantage of us (pleonekteo - “gain the bigger portion of; take advantage of”). This is a strong warning; ignorance can be deadly. So again, we are not preoccupied with satan or his kingdom; but neither will we be ignorant of his schemes and plans. Here is a portion of a post I did on July 7 of last year (2021), explaining who Zephon is and how God dealt with him during the Exodus: In Exodus 14, the Red Sea was rolled back for Israel and Pharaoh’s army was destroyed. The first two verses inform us, “Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea,’” (Exodus 14:1-2). God wants us to know that HE chose the place for this encounter. To many of the Israelites, as well as to Pharaoh and his army, it looked as though Israel was confused, disoriented, and wandering aimlessly in the desert. And they were, in fact, now hemmed in, trapped by mountains, the sea, and Pharaoh’s army. Baal-zephon was one of the Egyptian gods. It was believed that he reigned in power and was lord over the sea. He was the only Egyptian god Yahweh had not yet judged and exposed during the 10 plagues and Israel’s deliverance. Scott Lancer, in an article for Associates for Biblical Research, (Confronting Baal Zephon: The Spiritual Message of the Meeting of Israel and the Armies of Egypt) says, “Let us remember that God had been triumphing over not only Pharaoh and the Egyptians, but also the supposed power of their gods. The plagues were a drumbeat of victory as the gods of Egypt were one by one, displayed to be impotent and powerless. And even more importantly, Yahweh wanted the Egyptians to know that He is the Lord,” (Exodus 14:4). (1) Pharaoh no doubt believed that this god was more powerful than Yahweh. He supposed that Baal-zephon had led them into a trap and was now going to cause Israel to be destroyed in front of the place named for him. Yahweh had other plans. His plan was to demonstrate that HE was the Lord of the sea. His authority, released through the extension of the rod He had given Moses, controlled the sea, not Zephon. Yahweh would lead His people THROUGH, not around, the sea the Egyptians believed was under the control of Zephon. And instead of the Israelites being destroyed, it would be Pharoah and the Egyptian army - in front of the headquarters of their supposed god! July 4th weekend, the Lord spoke to me that this is where we are in America. Many prophets have used the analogy of Israel and the Red Sea to describe the church during this season: our backs are to the wall, it appears that the god of this world has outsmarted and overpowered ours, and it looks as though satan has taken over the nation. But Yahweh, once again, has other plans. He will release His authority over this nation, just as He did over Israel at the Red Sea, and demonstrate that He is the Lord! Baal has long tried to rule America, but the orchestrated plan of God to overthrow his influence in our nation began in 2007 (The Call Nashville 07/07/2007), and continues to this day. Yahweh is about to expose the evil plans of the god of this world and his allies. He has allowed them to gain ground temporarily in order to expose their deception, anti-Christ ways, leftist ideals and even idiocy. But He will strike in His zeal, power, and determination to reap the coming great harvest. God must have a strong America that honors Him in order to accomplish this, and He will have that. Do not doubt this. AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED..!!! Yahweh said in Exodus 14:4, before springing His trap, “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them, and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” This is exactly what happened. “Honored” is the Hebrew word kabad, which is the word for glory. God actually said He would glorify Himself as He dealt with Pharaoh and this false god. And some scholars believe when Yahweh said the Egyptians would know He was the Lord, this was not simply a statement about proving He was in charge. It was, rather, a demonstration of His grace to the Egyptians, who were deceived and in bondage, following false gods who could not save them. And when God shows Himself strong in America, He will be honored and glorified. Millions of people will realize the folly of their ways, and that Christ is their Redeemer. Pray with me: Father, You are an all-wise planner. You see the end from the beginning and know exactly what to do to get there. You have been preparing us for this moment in time; because of this we are ready to overthrow the spirit of Baal that has ruled our nation. We know You are passionate to see this accomplished - You always operate in compassion and desire to save. Holy Spirit, You are a great and brilliant strategist, and You’re the best Helper ever. As we listen to and obey You, we cannot lose. You have orchestrated events in our nation, preparing to overthrow the rule of this spirit, Zephon. You know him well. You have defeated him before. And the blood of Christ has sealed his fate. Cause the Ekklesia to now arise and partner with You in this great endeavor. Bring a sense of urgency to the praying church. Cause them to know this is intended to be our finest hour. Indeed, You have spoken this to us prophetically. You have called it the greatest Kingdom campaign ever. Awaken us to this and to the urgency of the times. We ask this in the name of our Captain, Christ. Amen. Our decree: We decree that the church is arising and will deliver America from the control of Baal. ********************************* Click on the link below to watch the full video. _______________________________________ https://biblearchaeology.org/research/devotionals/3794-confronting-baalzephon-the-spiritual-message-of-the-meeting-of-israel-and-the-armies-of-egypt
  11. 6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-30-2021 December 30, 2021 Welcome to Give Him 15. Ceci and I are trying to slow down a little this last week of the year. To help with this, I’ve asked some of the prophetic voices I draw from occasionally on the posts to fill in. If you listen regularly you’ll know the names, even if you haven’t seen their faces before, and you’ll be very blessed by these posts. Enjoy! And I’ll see you next week. The Power of Being Relationally Aligned “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. (Genesis 11:1) God had a problem. It was 4,000 BC, and the whole world was connected with one common language. And they decided to make a name for themselves by building a city with a tower that reached to the heavens. It was a good plan, and it could have worked, except God took exception with it. Now, man had a problem. Genesis 11:5-7: “The Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language, they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’” As anyone who has ever tried building anything knows, the surest way to discover your true friends from your enemies is to build something—anything. A house, a shopping mall, an elementary school, a power plant, a pipeline, a nuclear test facility, and yes, a move of God. It seems like there is always one group in favor and several noisy groups adamantly opposed. Which makes me wonder why God took issue with the building of a tower. I mean…didn’t he say “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and yes, subdue it?” (Genesis 1:28). Doesn’t this include tower building? I think it does. Well, apparently it doesn’t matter what I think. God thought it was a bad idea and that was the end of it…literally. “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. So, the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.” (Genesis 11:7-8) That was it. From unity to disunity. From power to powerless. From progress to disarray. From one language to…well, to babble. Not very God-like, was it? Well, actually it was. God recognized the power of relational alignment. He knew that if man was aligned, there would be no stopping them. Anything would be possible. To eternity and beyond! Why was this an issue? One word: Sin. God’s problem was not the advance of man. It was in what man was advancing. That city and tower were not about progressing with pure motives. This wasn’t a bunch of people sitting around, trying to find ways to improve the earth, to glorify God or even better, to get better cell phone reception. These were the sons and daughters of Adam, living in a fallen state, building a monument for their godless pride. We see this often in today’s society. No telling where they would have reached. But God wasn’t about to wait and find out. Today, we see the same forces at work. Technology has fueled the information age and empowered man with a common language—the means of relational alignment. And while we are seeing great things from unifying inventions like computers, the internet, satellites and smart phones—I’m writing this on a computer right now—only a blind man could miss the evil being propagated through these same channels. The applications that enable the whole world to hear the Gospel also facilitate internet mobs’ intent on canceling anything that does not fit their social justice cause. As we grow closer in one common language, we uncover the power to transform the earth—our pre-sin mandate. But we also tap into the power to do anything we set our minds to. The issue, therefore, is our minds, informed by our hearts and driven by our natures. The good that redeemed men and women can do is up against the evil that unredeemed people can do…often unwittingly. Amidst the mess we see, the power of relational alignment cannot be ignored. The lesson of our day is that, yes indeed, we can accomplish anything we set ourselves to do when we are relationally aligned. Alignment works for good when those who aligned surrender to God. Indeed, relational alignment amplifies what unites us. God doesn’t hate towers; He doesn’t hate building. He hates sin. Simultaneously, He loves mankind. And He loves it when we align under Him—surrender to His will, when we do it His way. What is His way? It starts with integrity of the soul and spirit—understanding Jesus’ life and saving power. It starts with people who know who they are in God. It flows to leadership—people under God who have been prepared, tried and even tested, those who have held the knife over the beating heart of that which they loved and heard the words: “Stop! Now I know…” [Abraham and Isaac] It starts with being qualified, and it continues with the attraction of capable leadership to those looking for leaders. Many say that people are rebellious, and they won’t follow leaders. I say that many are tired of pseudo-leaders. Relational Alignment cannot be forced. The strength of a movement is not from blind obedience but in the resultant empowering of those being led. This happens through relationship. Alignment is the key ingredient that binds the Kingdom of God into life-giving relationships. Our anointing’s are not made to function independent of one another. Not at all. We are gifted to serve each other, first in the Kingdom of God, and from there, to the world. Jesus’ means of achieving all that the Father set in motion through His death and resurrection is His body—the Ekklesia, the church. Until and unless we become fitly joined together, we will not experience the power required to do what Jesus said we will do: Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will even do greater things than these because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12) (One of my favorite scriptures.) Relational alignment is not easy to achieve, but it is vital. We will spend a lifetime learning to be aligned and eternity rejoices through relational alignment. I’d say it’s worth the effort. Alignment is now. It propels the church forward into the new era. It qualifies us for greater power. It holds us together when the storms of rage assault us. It advances the vanguard, heals the wounded, shelters the weak, and directs the strong. It makes the church the church. It makes the Ekklesia His legislative assembly. It is the sinew and tendons of the body of Christ. It is the retort to the quintessential challenge: “Oh yeah? You and what army?” Relational alignment produces that army. From aligned individuals to aligned families to aligned fellowships to aligned nations—it is the leaven that gives rise to the people of God to glorify Him through one language, one voice, one body. It is the tower we should have built 4,000 years ago—the tower that God rejoices over. And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I want to mention at this point about a book that I’ve written, “Relational Authority: Authentic Leadership” My friend, this is a tremendous resource that will help you. Much of what I have said today is in this book. It’s about building relationships that are strong. That are properly aligned. I have another book that will be out in 2022, “Aligned for Conquest.” They will go together. I suggest that you go to my website: ClayNash.org and look at this resource. I truly believe it’ll be something that will strengthen you, mature you, and help you become that weapon for God that He needs in the earth. Pray with me: Father, teach us what building Your movement is all about. Make us wise craftsmen to align Your people through relationship. Teach us to be the leaders and followers that You intend. Make us the sons and daughters of Your family in all respects. May our identities in You lead us to unite in relational alignment with one another for Your glory. Amen. Our Decree: Now I want you to make this declaration with me: We declare God’s Kingdom will come. We declare His will shall be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We declare that we shall align relationally. The dross shall be separated from the gold, the chaff from the wheat. We shall be purified and unified. We shall be endowed with power from on high, as the early church becomes the latter church. We will hold up the honor and glory of Almighty God—now and forevermore. “Two are better than one. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’”(Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12) *********************** I want to thank you for joining with us today. I’m honored to be a part of this Give Him Fifteen; an incredible platform. But I’m honored that you would choose to take time to be here. So, may God bless you, empower you, mature you and send you forth with His mandates. America is being saved and you’re a part of it. God bless you. - Clay Nash *********************************** Today’s post was contributed by Pastor Clay Nash. To find out more about Clay, click here or go to ClayNash.org. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
  12. 5 min read November 17, 2021 Kings and Priests As believers, we are a royal or kingly priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). Priests offer to God prayers, petitions and praise, both for themselves and on behalf of others. As kings, we represent the authority of God to earth. Jesus modeled both, representing humans to God and God to humans. He is the great King-Priest, after the order of Melchizedek. We are now partners with Him in this ministry. My friend, Tom Schleuter, has written powerfully on this subject of the “royal priesthood.” ****************************** “It was late February of 2001, and I was standing on the spot where Martin Luther declared his famous speech before the Diet held in Worms, Germany (the Diet was the legislature of the German empire, or Holy Roman Empire, from the 12th century to 1806). I was sobbing uncontrollably as I sensed the power of the Holy Spirit surge through me. As His words gushed forth, I proclaimed: ‘I am blowing My wind upon the church. I am restoring worship. I am restoring the priesthood. I will move upon My people in Germany. I will move upon My people in the nations. I am beginning a new reformation.’ “I was in Germany on a prayer assignment. While there, a businessman took another intercessor and me to Worms, the site of Martin Luther’s trial. In April of 1521, Luther was called to make an appearance before the Diet. Everything he had written and spoken about would be questioned. The Diet was not only a gathering of church officials from the Roman Catholic Church but involved the Emperor himself. “According to Roland H. Bainton in his biography of Luther, Here I Stand, Martin Luther was “a simple monk, a miner’s son, with nothing to sustain him save his own faith in the Word of God.” Over a two-day period, Luther underwent an extensive examination of his writings about justification by faith and the priesthood of all believers, among other doctrinal topics. To the demand of the Diet that he renounce his heretical beliefs, Luther responded by declaring: ‘…Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason—I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.’ “Now, centuries later on the same location, the Lord was proclaiming a fresh wind of reformation and revival. The focus of the Lord’s words was on the restoration of the priesthood of all believers–not a priesthood that is defined by clerical collars, liturgical robes or religious rituals and liturgies, nor a role filled by professional pastors and priests. God’s desire for the priesthood is declared in Exodus 19:4-6 – the first reference of God’s chosen people being called priests: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.’ (Exodus 19:4-6) “The Lord was speaking to the whole house of Israel. He had delivered them from the clutches of the Pharaoh, and was making a covenant with them at His Mountain. Yahweh declared that those who obeyed His voice and kept His covenant would, as a treasured people, have the privilege of serving before Him as priests, entering into His very presence and communing with Him. “These verses are obviously directed towards the children of Israel. Does the New Testament have anything to say about this to believers in Jesus, however? The answer lies in 1 Peter 2:9,10: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9,10) “Through Peter, God spoke the same message to those who have been redeemed by Christ Jesus as He had spoken to Israel. He has been restoring this priesthood. We, as a royal or kingly priesthood, will carry His presence and light to the nations. He is calling His people, His bride, into a place of intimate fellowship, worship, and prayer. In that place of intimacy, He will release His heart TO His redeemed people, and reveal His heart FOR the people of the earth. God wants people from all nations to gather at His throne as royal priests. “I recognize that all of us have preconceived notions about priests and priesthood. Some believe they are strictly an Old Testament phenomenon. Others equate the priesthood with those wearing the collars and robes. However, I believe the function of the priest is to go into God’s presence to honor Him, give Him thanks, and hear His heart. Then, in their kingly function, they are to express God’s heart to the people. “We are now in the season when the full mantle represented by Melchizedek - that of king and priest - is being imparted to us. Our destiny is linked with our Lord Jesus Christ. He is forever the Priest according to the order of Melchizedek. And in Him, we are of the same order. The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’ The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth. The Lord has sworn and will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’ (Psalm 110:1-4 NKJV) “We are kings and priests seated in the heavenlies with Christ. As such, we exercise the full anointing and authority of the Kingdom. It is essential in this season that we draw near to the King of kings and ready ourselves to declare the words He is speaking into our nation and the nations of the earth.” *************************************** Pray with me: Father, Your word declares in Psalm 110 that in the day of Your power we will rise up as volunteers. We raise our hands and declare that we will walk in that mantle. We take up the call that has been proclaimed in ages past. Draw us into the synergy of the ages. We declare that we are the faithful kings and priests You have destined us to be. We will be those You use to bring Your kingdom and will on earth as it is in heaven. This is the day of volunteering. We will carry out the promised destiny of ruling in the midst of Your enemies, Lord. We believe Your Word from 1 Peter 2:9 (TPT) which says, “You are God's chosen treasure – priests who are kings, a spiritual nation set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience His marvelous light, and now He claims you as His very own. He did this so that you would broadcast His glorious wonders throughout the world.” Lord, cause the Ekklesia in this hour to manifest this Christ-anointing. Amen. Our decree: We decree that we will release the compassion of Christ, our High Priest, and His authority as King into the earth. *************************************** You can find out more about Tom Schlueter here. Today’s post was taken from his book Return of the Priests: Discovering God's True Intent for His People. Click on the link below to watch the full video. 194 likes. Post marked as liked
  13. 5 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/november-3-2021 November 3, 2021 Allow Him to Heal Us Psalm 139: 1-14, 23-24 (TPT): “Lord, You know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and You understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and You know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness You follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. You have laid Your hand on me! This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible! Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength. Where could I go from Your Spirit? Where could I run and hide from Your face? If I go up to heaven, You’re there! If I go down to the realm of the dead, You’re there too! If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, You’re there! If I fly into the radiant sunset, You’re there waiting! Wherever I go, Your hand will guide me; Your strength will empower me. It’s impossible to disappear from You or to ask the darkness to hide me, for Your presence is everywhere, bringing light into my night. There is no such thing as darkness with You. The night, to You, is as bright as the day; there’s no difference between the two. You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb. I thank You, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything You do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly You know me, Lord! God, I invite Your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting way— the path that brings me back to You.” I was challenged recently to search my heart and see if I had a critical spirit toward another movement in the body of Christ, inappropriately judging their actions, teachings, and motives. Yesterday’s post dealt with the need for all of us to do so. It can be difficult at times to point out what we deem to be harmful beliefs, doctrines, and actions without crossing into inappropriate criticism. And frankly, some errors are propagated with pure motives, while others are to further ambitions and personal kingdom building. There is an appropriate time, place, and biblical protocol for confronting these self-serving activities. Appropriately challenging wrong beliefs and actions is not my purpose. My intent is to again challenge each of us to allow Holy Spirit’s exposure of any inappropriate criticism of fellow believers, especially other leaders. In this 139th Psalm, Holy Spirit clearly states that none of us fully know what is in our own hearts; only God knows what is truly there. We must all willingly allow Him to expose what is motivating us, then confront what He reveals as inappropriate. I have accepted this challenge. How can I encourage others to do what I am unwilling to do? The point of today’s post, however, is not to share what is being revealed to me, for I am not yet through that process. I don’t believe it typically happens in a day or two. Sometimes it takes a while for Holy Spirit to peel back the layers of our hearts and minds to show us what is really there. My purpose, again, is to encourage all of us to allow this process to occur. “According to the Associated Press, on a windy day in March 1997, a father and his son came to Valley Forge National Historical Park, where George Washington stationed the Revolutionary Army during the difficult winter of 1777-1778. The father and son had something much less historic in mind: they wanted to launch a model rocket. At first, they tried using electric ignition wires to light the fuse, but to no avail. So they tried lighting the fuse with a common sparkler, the kind seen on the Fourth of July. “That’s when the trouble began. Sparks ignited a grass fire, and the winds quickly spread the blaze, burning one field where Revolutionary War soldiers had trained, and coming within a half-mile of George Washington’s headquarters. Thirty units from twelve fire departments fought the blaze for an hour before bringing it under control. In the end, over thirty acres were charred. The man with the sparkler was charged with the destruction of government property and use of fireworks.”(1) Like the sparkler, a critical spirit never seems as dangerous as it really is. We are moving into an incredible season. The future will record of this season that it was one of the most significant in history. Our hearts - not just our gifts - will determine much of the role we play in it: Were our wineskins flexible enough to adapt to new ideas, ways and methods? Were we able to accept new scriptural interpretations/theological beliefs, or have we decided - consciously or unconsciously - that all of our beliefs and opinions are completely right? Did traditions outweigh truth? Were we humble enough to lay our “need to be right” on the altar? Did our theological beliefs trump the importance of love and unity? Did we drift too far in either direction from the fine line of judging content (prophecies, messages, doctrines, etc) and judging others’ hearts? Did we break free from our ambition, comfort, and personal desires adequately enough to selflessly strive for the cause of Christ and His kingdom? Were we passionate history “makers” or dispassionate observers? Were we bold in the face of tremendous opposition or fearful passivists? There are more questions to be answered, of course, but I believe the point is made. This is a season to allow Holy Spirit to probe a little deeper, showing us areas He wants to work on. If we allow Him, He will do so - not with a condemning voice - but with a surgeon’s scalpel. His desire is never to hurt us, but to help and heal us. When He points out a weakness, His heart is to shape us for destiny, not sentence us to destruction. Let Him have a look..! Pray with me: Thank You, Father, for Your grace toward us. Thank You for not casting us aside when we make mistakes or errors. Thank You for demonstrating a merciful heart toward us, not a critical spirit. In Your perfection, You could easily belittle others, yet You are patient and gracious - good all the time. We ask for Your heart to be released to the church in this hour. May we find ourselves falling in love more and more with our brothers and sisters. Even those we disagree with. May we err on the side of love, not criticism. Give us hearts to always be looking for ways to bless, not curse. Make us more like You. We choose this day to align ourselves with the Redeemer of the brethren, not with “the accuser of the brethren.” We will live in Psalm 133, where the brothers dwell together in unity. We take the keys of the kingdom and bind the influence of the accuser off of us, in Jesus’ name! Amen. Our decree: We decree that the Ekklesia, the bride of Christ, is coming together in the unity of the faith. ************************* Craig Brian Larson, Choice Contemporary Stories and Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998), p. 104. Click on the link below to watch the full video.
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