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Respond to Your Call to Influence.


 

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The church has not always recognized the spiritual gifts of women. But God has fashioned them to be key players in His kingdom.

Let’s imagine for a moment what the world would be like without women. All the wonderful traits women are capable of providing with exuberance—gentleness, nurture, care, refined beauty—would be missing.

Men possess these same qualities but in smaller supply; women, on the other hand, overflow with them. Without women the world would look like an army base where everything’s painted white or gray and designed for efficiency at the expense of beauty. An awful sense of incompleteness would permeate the planet.

Women have many qualities unique to their gender, one of the grandest being the ability to host life. This privilege to shelter another life at such an intimate level has been granted exclusively to Eve and her daughters.

Women can nurture their newborns through the most intimate interaction between a female adult and a child: breastfeeding. The image of a baby being nursed by a loving mother is a picture of total dependency, perfect care and the most sublime transfer of nurture from one being to another.

Women are also the ones who predominantly shape the character of their children during their crucial early years. They plant tender gestures in the inner layer of a child’s malleable soul and watch as, like the seeds in a flowerbed, the spiritual seeds sprout, spreading beauty over the adult landscape in the form of noble deeds.

When were the seeds planted? During the nurturing years when a child spends most of his time with a woman: his mother!

Jesus’ First Teacher
It was a woman, young Mary, who first heard beating within her the heart of God Incarnate when she was pregnant with Jesus. It was her hands that first touched Jesus’ body and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes.

Think for a moment what this reflects: God Almighty, Creator and Preserver of the universe, took the form of a baby and became dependent on the care of one of His creatures. When God experienced human flesh, with all its limitations, who was there to meet His needs? A woman.

Jesus’ mother, Mary, was His first teacher and also later His first disciple. No other human knew Jesus as intimately as Mary did.

Ponder for a moment the scene at Calvary. While most of Jesus’ frightened disciples hid at a distance, Mary and a group of faithful women gathered at the foot of the cross. Despite the pain and suffering Jesus endured, His last earthly concern was for a woman—His mother.

He could not forget that she had taken care of Him when His earthly life began. And now, as His life was about to end, Jesus lovingly turned her over to the care of His beloved disciple (see John 19:26-27).

Women’s Hall of Fame
Throughout the Bible are inspiring testimonies of other brave and brilliant women who were not mere privates in God’s army but key players who were given pivotal assignments at strategic points and in crucial times.

Moses’ mother challenged the pharaoh’s genocidal decree when she preserved the life of the one who would eventually lead millions of Hebrews to freedom (see Ex. 2).

Rahab held the keys to the taking of Jericho. By turning them in the right direction she assured the fall of the fortress city (see Josh. 2).

Hannah cried out to God for Samuel to be born, and he went on to become the greatest prophet and judge Israel ever knew (see 1 Sam. 1).

Deborah was an illustrious judge and a proven prophetess who delivered Israel from the mighty chariots of Jabin, the oppressing king of Canaan. Another woman, Jael, helped to bring total destruction to Jabin and his leading general, Sisera (see Judges 4-5).

Esther courageously risked her life to save her nation, God’s people, when they were in danger of being exterminated.

Sarah was called “mother of nations” by God Himself (see Gen. 17:16) and is listed among the heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11.

Priscilla and her husband, Aquila, instructed and guided Apollos, who had been preaching less-than-perfect theology (see Acts 18: 24-26). The fact that in most tranlations, Priscilla is listed first in this passage signifies the prominence of her role.

On the shoulders of these women—and countless more down through the ages—rested the fate of cities, tribes and nations.

Pillars of the Early Church
One of the main reasons Christianity spread so rapidly in the early years is because its message restored honor and self-worth to half the world’s population: women. Romans had such a low view of women that some men engaged in sex with other men. Jewish rabbis completely silenced women inside the synagogue, and pagans used them as temple prostitutes.

However, early church leaders dignified women by teaching that in Christ “there is neither male nor female” and we “are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28, NKJV). Women were also given positions of honor and leadership.

Priscilla, for instance, was part of the team that founded the church in Ephesus—site of the greatest power encounter recorded in the book of Acts. She was there, inside the crux of God’s power, when God dethroned Artemis and brought down the demonic socioeconomic structure that had controlled Ephesus.

Throughout the epistles women are unapologetically exalted as pillars of the faith. Paul identified two women as the headwaters of Timothy’s faith: his mother and his grandmother (see 2 Tim. 1:5). In Romans, a letter intended for wide circulation and public reading, Paul praised several women as people of faith and proven ministry (see Rom. 16:1-15).

The first European convert was a woman, Lydia, and hers was the first household to be baptized (see Acts 16:14-15). She was very assertive in her interaction with the apostles: “She begged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.’ So she persuaded us” (v. 15).

Three centuries later, the driving force behind Constantine’s conversion and the subsequent Christianization of the Roman Empire was another woman, Helena, the emperor’s mother.

Extraordinary Sensitivity
Women have an extraordinary sensitivity to spiritual things. I am not saying that they are more godly than men, but I believe they are definitely more spiritual. This is why Jesus was able to reveal two of the most powerful truths in the gospels to women.

He told Martha that He is the resurrection and the life (see John 11:25-27). To the Samaritan woman Jesus explained that He is the living water (see John 4:7-15). These women were in a state of confusion when Jesus found them, but both were able to hear, understand and believe these profound truths.

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How to Claim Your Place as a King’s Daughter.


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“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esth. 4:14).

When I stood at the front of Cornerstone Church, the church my husband pastors, and looked out at the 300 teenage girls who were attending our first Woman of God class, I was excited and frightened. This was one of the first times I had conducted a large teaching series, and I knew the Lord was counting on me to make a difference in these young girls’ lives.

The series was inspired by the book of Esther. In my study of this book, I realized that when God positioned Esther to become the queen of Persia, she had to prepare herself to fulfill His call. “Why do we not prepare ourselves to follow God’s call on our lives in the same way Esther did?” I wondered.

The result of this thought was a 12-class series at our church for young women 13 to 19 years old to equip them to become women of God. I expected 25 to 50 young women to register for the class. Instead, more than 300 girls flooded the registration tables.

During the series, mothers of the girls as well as other women began coming to the classes and sitting in the back of the room. So the next year I began a Woman of God class for women ages 21 to 100.

When I first faced this older group, I had the same queasy feeling I’d had with the younger women. I wanted these adults to grasp God’s love for them and come to know who they are as daughters of the King. I asked the Lord, “Help me to minister to these women as Your servant. Help me to show them Your plans for them as Your beloved daughters.”

The Lord answered my prayer. During the years these classes have been held, He has blessed the women in our church. Approximately 2,500 women have participated in the Woman of God teaching series.

What’s the attraction? Why do women of all ages benefit so much from these classes on becoming a woman of God? Because they are learning that they have a divine identity, a divine destiny and value in God’s eyes. Some of them are discovering their purpose and worth for the first time in their lives.

Divine Identity 

When we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we become daughters of the King and obtain the privilege and responsibility of representing Him in every area of our lives. However, we must claim that position before we can walk in it. I learned this truth through an experience I had a number of years ago.

In 1981, my husband, John, and I were invited to meet with Prime Minister Menachem Begin because of my husband’s support of the nation of Israel. It was a special honor to meet the man God had used to form the Jewish state.

Naturally, I was very nervous. The devil took advantage of my condition by attacking my mind. “Who are you to meet with this head of state?” he demanded. “You are a hindrance to this meeting. You should not even be in the room.”

As I considered his assessment, I became overwhelmed by a wave of insecurity and had difficulty breathing. I began to walk toward my husband to ask to be excused from the meeting.

Suddenly, I heard a voice in my mind that was louder than that of my accuser: “Why are you leaving something I have ordained?”

“Because I am not worthy to meet with such an important person,” I told the Lord. “I am about to meet with the leader of Israel!”

Immediately that same strong voice made a statement that changed my life forever: “And he is about to meet the King’s daughter.”

The wave of insecurity receded. I squared my shoulders, walked over to the prime minister, shook his hand firmly and introduced myself.

If you didn’t know me at the time you can’t comprehend the miracle of that moment. I had been bound by insecurity and low self-esteem for years. But when the Lord clearly confirmed my identity in the Spirit, I knew I would never be the same again—because I had taken my rightful place in the society of the kingdom of heaven. I was, and always will be, the King’s daughter.

No matter what your age, it’s not too late for you to claim this position in God’s heart. We are all His daughters! And as a daughter of the King, you are:

  • A joint heir with Jesus (Rom. 8:17)
  • A fellow citizen with the saints (Eph. 2:19)
  • The apple of your Father’s eye (Deut. 32:10; Ps. 17:8)
  • Beloved of God (Col. 3:12)
  • Blessed (Deut. 28:1-13; Gal. 3:9)
  • Qualified to share in Jesus’ inheritance (Col. 1:12).

Don’t allow the enemy to continue to hold you back from all God has for you. Accept your identity and begin to walk in it!

Divine Destiny 

When you do, you will be on the path to fulfilling your destiny. Ephesians 1:4 says that every believer has a divine destiny determined by God from the foundations of the world, “that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”

And in Ephesians 1:17-19, the apostle Paul identifies another aspect of your calling: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe.”

But God also has a specific calling that you and you alone can fulfill. Esther is a good example.

Orphaned as a young girl, she became the ward of her relative Mordecai and was chosen along with many other beautiful young women to go to the palace and prepare to be considered by King Ahasuerus as his next queen. During the selection process, Esther obtained the king’s favor, and he “set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen” in place of the former female monarch, Vashti (Esth. 2:17).

After Esther’s coronation, Mordecai discovered a plot by the man next in power to the king to destroy their people, the Jews, and he encouraged Esther to appeal to the king in an attempt to save them. “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” he told her. Ultimately, Esther received the king’s favor once again and was able to convince him to repeal the decree sentencing the Jews to death. She truly had been called by God and placed in the palace at just the right time for just that purpose.

The Bible contains many other examples of how God uses women. God called Sarah to have Isaac when her womb was barren, to prove once and for all to humanity that “with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37) and to fulfill His promise to Abraham that he would be the “father of many nations” (Gen. 17:5; see also 12:2).

God called Ruth, a Gentile, to leave her country following the death of her husband and accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Naomi’s homeland. Ruth’s destiny was to marry Boaz, a wealthy man, and to be the mother of Obed, the great-great-grandfather of Jesus. God called Mary to submit her body, her life and her reputation to give birth to the Son of God, determining by her obedience the destiny of all mankind (Luke 1:31).

You, too, are an important person in the kingdom of God, and you were created for a purpose. This purpose will prevail in your life once you have surrendered yourself completely to His will (Prov. 19:21). When you are walking in it, your speech will bless those around you, your actions will strengthen your relationships, your prayers will move mountains, your character will influence others for Christ and you will bear much fruit as His disciple.

Breaking Every Evil Horns Of The Enemies Out Of Our Lives.


Every Horns of limitations that has hunted you in the past or is hunting you in the present, in Thy Mighty Name of Jesus, i pray today that reverse will be the case in Jesus Name. Amen and i pray that God will give you the grace that He Alone gave Joseph, David and Esther that equipped them within twenty four hours to break through their limitations and may God give you grace of twenty four hours miracle that will enable You to break out, conquer and overcome your limitations to the glory of God in Jesus Name. Amen, Amen and Amen.

Every Horns of Hindrance that has hindered your forefathers, your forefathers or any hindrance the enemies are using to hinder you, because Jesus Christ is still sitting on the throne and at the mention of His Name, every knees shall bow and every thorns shall confess that Jesus is Lord, today by the power bestow upon me by the Most High God, i break every yokes of hindrance out o your lives, i uproot every roots of hindrance out of Your lives in Jesus Name. Amen and receive divine speed to excel, progress, succeed and may every of your coasts be cleared and be guided by Divine Angels for the rest of your days in Jesus Name. Amen, Amen and Amen.

Every Horns of Devourer, that has eaten up every thing that belongs to you, today by the Divine power of God, i command every mouth of the devourer to vomit back every thing that belongs to You in Jesus Name. Amen, may God break the mouth of the devourer for you in Jesus Name, Amen,  i see your remnants coming back in Jesus Name. Amen, and all you have lost in your season of  the devourer, i pray that Our Merciful God will restore unto You in trillion folds, and may God change your stories to His glory in Jesus Name. Amen, Amen and Amen.

Every Horns of Lack, i pray that God will give you the special grace that will deliver you from every tight place in Jesus Name, Amen, i cast every works of lacks out of your lives in Jesus Name, Amen and because we serve the God Abundance and Surplus, i pray that God will enlarge your coasts, increase you on every sides and i pray for unquestionable grace that will cause you to live differently in abundance to His glory for the rest of your days in Jesus Name. Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen and Amen.

Interpreting Your Prophetic Revelation.


James W. Goll
James W. Goll
Some years ago, I was traveling through the night by train from the Frankfurt, Germany region to Rossenheim in southern Bavaria. I was in one of the sleeping cars but, unable to sleep, I spent much of my time praying in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit kept speaking to me over and over, “Where are My Daniels? Where are My Esthers? Where are My Josephs, and where are My Deborahs?”
After many years of pondering on this word, I believe that the Holy Spirit is on a quest to find believers He can work with – Believers who will dream God‘s dreams at any cost – who have a discerning spirit to properly interpret the times, and learn to intercede out of a posture of revelation.
Daniel, Esther, Joseph, and Deborah were godly people who possessed the Spirit of Revelation and who altered destinies and changed history through the revelation that was bestowed on them. They trusted the Lord for wisdom and insight and served His purposes in their generation. Today the Spirit of God is looking for like-minded and like-hearted individuals who will be the Daniels, the Esthers, the Josephs, and the Deborahs for their day.
Like the Biblical heroes before them, these modern-day trailblazers will study to show themselves approved as workmen for God, rightly dividing the word of truth (revelation) that is given to them (see 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV). And, like their Old Testament counterparts, they will learn to speak the language of that revelation in a manner that is relevant to their contemporaries.
What Language Do You Speak?
Before you can interpret your dreams and visions properly or intercede effectively from the posture of revelation, you must understand the language of that revelation.
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What language do you speak? Have you learned your spiritual alphabet? Your spiritual alphabet will be unique to you. God will speak revelation to you according to the language you speak.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical and health professionals have a language all their own, a technical vocabulary that untrained lay people cannot understand. Music has a written language that is incomprehensible to anyone who has never been taught to read the symbols. Pastors have their own language, too. This can cause problems when their language does not match that of their congregations!
What language do you speak? Whatever your language is, the Holy Spirit will speak to you in that language. Of course, I am not talking so much about languages like English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish, as I am the “language” with which we interpret life. Because each of us have different life experiences, the language by which we receive and impart revelation will be distinct to each of us. We each have a personal walk and, in a sense, a personal talk. Our spiritual alphabet, though similar, is unique to each individual.
Regardless of how our individual spiritual alphabets differ, our basic approach to interpretation should be the same. Proper interpretation can occur on many different levels. Here are three simple steps for interpreting your dream revelation:
    1. Study the interpretation of words and symbols by researching their meanings as recorded in Scripture and other historical literature. Find out how Biblical characters and other figures from the past interpreted these words and symbols in a dream context. This is an excellent (and probably the easiest) way to begin.
    2. Develop the habit of journaling. Effective interpretation is a skill that is learned over time and with experience. Your spiritual alphabet is unique to you. Journaling will help you capture your distinct pictures, grant understanding over time, and give wisdom for your journey.
    3. Welcome the anointing, gifting, and presence of the Holy Spirit. He will guide you into truth, keeping things safe yet adventurous and pure yet unreligious.
    In your eagerness to reach step three, don’t bypass steps one and two. Always begin with the Scriptures. Let the Bible be its own best commentary. God will never contradict His Word. Let His written Word give you insight into the meaning of His visionary revelation. Study it thoroughly. Pray over it. Lay a solid foundation of the Word in your life to give the Holy Spirit something to breathe upon.
Interpreting dreams is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle with thousands of tiny pieces that must be fitted together in exactly the right order. The quickest way to complete a jigsaw puzzle is to start with the border—the framework—and the same is true with dream interpretation.
Once you have the framework in place it becomes easier to see where the rest of the pieces go. Before long, the big picture begins to take shape. At least, that’s the way it usually works for me. I ask the Holy Spirit to give me a thought or a word. He sheds His light on one thing, which leads me to another, and another, and then everything just starts to click.
Interpretations Belong to God
The cardinal rule to keep in mind when properly interpreting dreams and visions is that “interpretations belong to God.” He who gives you the Spirit of Revelation is also the One who gives you the capacity to interpret that revelation. Here are some Biblical examples:
    From the life of Joseph:
    Then they said to him, “We have had a dream and there is no one to interpret it.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell it to me, please” (Genesis 40:8).
Imagine being in the place where you are so sure that interpretations belong to God and so absolutely confident in His anointing that, like Joseph, you could say to someone, “Tell it [your dream] to me,” and know that God would give you the interpretation!
    From the life of Daniel:
    As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams. … As for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them 10 times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm (Daniel 1:17, 20).
Daniel was even given the ability to interpret the handwriting on the wall that King Belshazzar saw, which foretold the king’s death under God’s judgment (see Daniel 5:1-31).
Journal your dreams
Although it may not come out in Aramaic or Hebrew or Greek or English or Spanish, God writes in signs to His people and He wants to give us the capacity to interpret the signs of the times.
We need to pray for the Lord to release in our own day godly people of wisdom who can interpret the handwriting on the wall for our generation.
    From the life of Issachar:
Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command (1 Chronicles 12:32).
Two hundred chiefs “who understood the times” held an entire tribe under their command. How? People will follow a person who has revelation. People will be drawn to anyone who walks with integrity in the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.
The more you learn how to listen and recognize the voice of the Spirit of God, the more He will enable you to operate on multiple levels of insight. God is the master multi-tasker and He can enable you to be a multi-tasker as well.
You can listen on more than one level. You can listen to the heart of a person, you can listen to the realm of the soul, and you can listen to the Holy Spirit. It requires a fair measure of grace and the ability to block out the noise of friction, static, and distractions, but all things are possible.
What God did before, He wants to do again! Right here, right now!
 
Dr. James W. Goll is the President of Encounters Network, Director of Prayer Storm, and coordinates Encounters Alliance, a coalition of leaders. He is Director of God Encounters Training – an e-school of the heart, and is a member of the Harvest International Ministries apostolic team. He has shared Jesus in more than 50 nations worldwide teaching and imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. James is the prolific author of numerous books and has also produced multiple study guides and hundreds of audio and video messages. James was married to Michal Ann for 32 years before her graduation to Heaven in the fall of 2008. James has four adult children who all love Jesus, and continues to make his home in Franklin, Tenn.

Dutch Sheets Urges Prophetic Generation to Arise With Governmental Intercession.


Dutch Sheets
Dutch Sheets
The question of who’s in control is a governmental issue. We often think of government only in its civil sense, but Webster’s defines govern as “to direct and control; to regulate by authority; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to steer or to regulate the course of; to exercise authority to maintain the superiority.” To exercise authority is to govern.
Praying with authority, therefore, is “governmental intercession.” So, in essence, this is an issue of government—not politics, but prayer! Politicians and government officials legislate through man-made laws and rulings. We legislate through spiritual laws, principles and activities. We legislate through prayer!
One of Scripture’s primary themes is governmental authority. You were actually created with a nature to rule, to govern, to exercise authority. Using Webster’s definition of governing, you were created “to direct and control; to maintain the superiority,” not to be lorded over by other people, evil forces or even unfortunate circumstances. You’re an overcomer, a conqueror.
When Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden, God‘s instruction to him—which remains the same for us today—was to subdue, have dominion and multiply. Though this God-given propensity lost most of its purity at the fall, becoming infected with pride and selfish ambition (see Genesis 3), nonetheless the desire in humankind to govern its world was placed there by God.
This drive to govern and this call to legislate is “for such a time as this.” In Scripture, this phrase was used to describe a season in which the life of a nation was at stake (Esth. 4:14). Esther and Mordecai, of course, were used by God to thwart wicked Haman’s attempt to eradicate the Jews.
It is appropriate to use this phrase precisely at this time in history: “For such a time as this.” There are those who do not want the America God raised up to continue its existence. Their vision for this nation is different than that of our forefathers—and even our grandparents. They are “Hamans,” warring for the destruction of a nation God raised up, empowered by a devil whose existence they deny.
I believe, however, that God has a response to America’s Hamans, just as He did the Jews’ destroyer. An apostolic, praying church is arising, one that will soon be offered the momentum of a third great awakening. Born for such a time as this, these kingdom warriors will be used to turn a nation back to its righteous roots and heavenly purpose.
As surprising as it may sound, another part of this “army” will be found in government roles. We must take back this part of our culture, for a righteous government alongside a kingdom-minded and spirit-empowered church is the vehicle through which God’s righteous authority enters the earth: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Prov. 29:2, KJV).
Church, it’s time to arise in God’s governmental authority—to direct, control, regulate, influence, restrain, steer and regulate the future course of this great nation—to maintain the status of superiority that God has given to us.
Our mandate is nothing less than this: “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” (Jer. 1:9-10, NASB).
We must shift from petition prayer to declarative prayer. We must engage in authoritative governmental intercession, laying hold of God’s Word and making it the sword that divides what is permissible from what cannot be!
We must come alongside and fervently support those in seats of government whose goal is to set God’s Word as the plumb line and use spiritual laws, principles and activities to affect political decisions.
Many prophets have voiced God’s desire to infuse a second wind of new life, strength and strategy into the intercessory prayer movement, into churches, ministries and even businesses. There are personal and corporate breakthroughs hanging from heaven for those who will lay hold of them.
Ekklesia, through authoritative prayer and bold biblical action, it’s time for heaven’s legislative session to begin!
Finding Our Way Back to Greatness
When David was mocked by his brother for offering to face Goliath, his reply was simple yet profoundly poignant: “Is there not a cause?” (1 Sam. 17:29).
David was simply asking, “Isn’t there a cause involved here that is worth the potential price? If I perish, I perish, but the cause is worth it.” As I travel our nation trumpeting the messages of awakening and reformation, I often reply to the weariness and overwhelming burden I sometimes feel by thinking about David and his response. My answer is always an emphatic, “Yes! The cause is worth the payment.”
There is another interesting possible meaning of the word cause, as David used it in his reply to his brother. The Hebrew word for cause could also be translated history. David may have been asking, “Is there not a history?”
I often think of this when I think of the war for America. There is a rich heritage to honor, and there is a future story to write. What will history record about us? That we dishonored our godly heritage and gave away our future? Or will it say we paid the necessary price and created the history God had planned for us?
Winston Churchill once said, “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” Those are my sentiments exactly. I believe you share these feelings as well. It is an honor to partner with a remnant of history-makers in America who believe in God’s cause. America can be saved. We can find our way back to greatness.
As I travel the nation from week to week, ministering in cities nationwide, I am encouraged to see a fresh wind is beginning to blow. In church after church, I am seeing signs of new life: The prayer times are strong, revelation is clear and faith is high. We are on a correction course, which will be greatly contested but overwhelmingly successful. I am convinced that awakening is gathering steam and will be historical!
Thank you for partnering with us this past year as we have traveled and labored for this great cause. Though it can be discouraging at times, we know that we are winning this war. We will defeat the giants of humanism, secularism, atheism and every other anti-Christ force warring for the destiny of America.
There is a healing of our history that is taking place as we recognize that the prize—for ourselves and for our children—is more than worth the price. God is raising up a unified force of faithful warriors to stand their ground against the Goliaths of today. By adding our prayers as incense to the prayers of those who have gone before us, God will visit a generation destined for His glory and greatness!
Source: CHARISMA NEWS.
DUTCH SHEETS


Dutch Sheets is an internationally known speaker and was recently named the executive director of Christ for the Nations Institute. He is a successful author who has written many books, including the best-seller Intercessory Prayer and his recent book, Dream. Dutch travels extensively, empowering believers for passionate prayer and world-changing revival. Dutch and his wife, Ceci, reside in Dallas, Texas.

Dutch Sheets Urges Prophetic Generation to Arise With Governmental Intercession.


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The question of who’s in control is a governmental issue. We often think of government only in its civil sense, but Webster’s defines govern as “to direct and control; to regulate by authority; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to steer or to regulate the course of; to exercise authority to maintain the superiority.” To exercise authority is to govern.
Praying with authority, therefore, is “governmental intercession.” So, in essence, this is an issue of government—not politics, but prayer! Politicians and government officials legislate through man-made laws and rulings. We legislate through spiritual laws, principles and activities. We legislate through prayer!
One of Scripture’s primary themes is governmental authority. You were actually created with a nature to rule, to govern, to exercise authority. Using Webster’s definition of governing, you were created “to direct and control; to maintain the superiority,” not to be lorded over by other people, evil forces or even unfortunate circumstances. You’re an overcomer, a conqueror.
When Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden, God‘s instruction to him—which remains the same for us today—was to subdue, have dominion and multiply. Though this God-given propensity lost most of its purity at the fall, becoming infected with pride and selfish ambition (see Genesis 3), nonetheless the desire in humankind to govern its world was placed there by God.
This drive to govern and this call to legislate is “for such a time as this.” In Scripture, this phrase was used to describe a season in which the life of a nation was at stake (Esth. 4:14). Esther and Mordecai, of course, were used by God to thwart wicked Haman’s attempt to eradicate the Jews.
It is appropriate to use this phrase precisely at this time in history: “For such a time as this.” There are those who do not want the America God raised up to continue its existence. Their vision for this nation is different than that of our forefathers—and even our grandparents. They are “Hamans,” warring for the destruction of a nation God raised up, empowered by a devil whose existence they deny.
I believe, however, that God has a response to America’s Hamans, just as He did the Jews’ destroyer. An apostolic, praying church is arising, one that will soon be offered the momentum of a third great awakening. Born for such a time as this, these kingdom warriors will be used to turn a nation back to its righteous roots and heavenly purpose.
As surprising as it may sound, another part of this “army” will be found in government roles. We must take back this part of our culture, for a righteous government alongside a kingdom-minded and spirit-empowered church is the vehicle through which God’s righteous authority enters the earth: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Prov. 29:2, KJV).
Church, it’s time to arise in God’s governmental authority—to direct, control, regulate, influence, restrain, steer and regulate the future course of this great nation—to maintain the status of superiority that God has given to us.
Our mandate is nothing less than this: “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” (Jer. 1:9-10, NASB).
We must shift from petition prayer to declarative prayer. We must engage in authoritative governmental intercession, laying hold of God’s Word and making it the sword that divides what is permissible from what cannot be!
We must come alongside and fervently support those in seats of government whose goal is to set God’s Word as the plumb line and use spiritual laws, principles and activities to affect political decisions.
Many prophets have voiced God’s desire to infuse a second wind of new life, strength and strategy into the intercessory prayer movement, into churches, ministries and even businesses. There are personal and corporate breakthroughs hanging from heaven for those who will lay hold of them.
Ekklesia, through authoritative prayer and bold biblical action, it’s time for heaven’s legislative session to begin!
Finding Our Way Back to Greatness
When David was mocked by his brother for offering to face Goliath, his reply was simple yet profoundly poignant: “Is there not a cause?” (1 Sam. 17:29).
David was simply asking, “Isn’t there a cause involved here that is worth the potential price? If I perish, I perish, but the cause is worth it.” As I travel our nation trumpeting the messages of awakening and reformation, I often reply to the weariness and overwhelming burden I sometimes feel by thinking about David and his response. My answer is always an emphatic, “Yes! The cause is worth the payment.”
There is another interesting possible meaning of the word cause, as David used it in his reply to his brother. The Hebrew word for cause could also be translated history. David may have been asking, “Is there not a history?”
I often think of this when I think of the war for America. There is a rich heritage to honor, and there is a future story to write. What will history record about us? That we dishonored our godly heritage and gave away our future? Or will it say we paid the necessary price and created the history God had planned for us?
Winston Churchill once said, “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” Those are my sentiments exactly. I believe you share these feelings as well. It is an honor to partner with a remnant of history-makers in America who believe in God’s cause. America can be saved. We can find our way back to greatness.
As I travel the nation from week to week, ministering in cities nationwide, I am encouraged to see a fresh wind is beginning to blow. In church after church, I am seeing signs of new life: The prayer times are strong, revelation is clear and faith is high. We are on a correction course, which will be greatly contested but overwhelmingly successful. I am convinced that awakening is gathering steam and will be historical!
Thank you for partnering with us this past year as we have traveled and labored for this great cause. Though it can be discouraging at times, we know that we are winning this war. We will defeat the giants of humanism, secularism, atheism and every other anti-Christ force warring for the destiny of America.
There is a healing of our history that is taking place as we recognize that the prize—for ourselves and for our children—is more than worth the price. God is raising up a unified force of faithful warriors to stand their ground against the Goliaths of today. By adding our prayers as incense to the prayers of those who have gone before us, God will visit a generation destined for His glory and greatness!
Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Dutch Sheets is an internationally known speaker and was recently named the executive director of Christ for the Nations Institute. He is a successful author who has written many books, including the best-seller Intercessory Prayer and his recent book, Dream. Dutch travels extensively, empowering believers for passionate prayer and world-changing revival. Dutch and his wife, Ceci, reside in Dallas, Texas.

Display Your Passion for God Daily.


PrayFaithfully-Istockphoto-kryczka-smallWhen you read the Scriptures, passion for God oozes out. Moses sought God every day. Job followed Him through the most devastating circumstances. Esther relied on Him at the risk of her own life. David chased after God, and his passion bleeds through the Psalms. The prophets craved hearing the voice of the Almighty, and the apostles joyfully followed Him to the grave.

These men and women were great leaders, yet modern influencers often overlook this trait. Too many build up their heads without minding their hearts. They read books on better business practices and attend marketing conferences, but spiritual development is often ignored. According to our research, only 11 percent of Christian leaders say “passion for God” is the leadership trait that best describes them. And yet, my experiences with Christian leaders who are most successful today tell me that spiritual ardor is integral, rather than accessory, to leading well.

As Christians, spiritual passion has to begin with the Scriptures. God has spoken to His people through the Bible, and we must cling to His Word. We know that the Bible is a living, breathing book, not an outdated, stale tome. It provides timely truth about the God we serve and insight for how to live.

Many people today claim to love God but aren’t rooted in God’s Word and in their relationships with Him. If we desire to become passionate people in pursuit of our Maker, we must recover that. You may generate record profits this quarter and have great organizational victories, but if you aren’t spiritually rooted, your life won’t be as fruitful as it could be.

Francis Chan says, “Time with God has to drive you. God’s presence is all that matters. If we are connected to him we will bear much fruit. Everything is dependent on him. God is a real person. There is a real intimacy you can have with him. It’s a real conversation when you pray and there are just times where you get away and say ‘God, it’s just you and me because you strengthen me like no one else can.’ . . . Everything depends on my relationship with God.”

Do you spend time each week, perhaps each day, intentionally tuning yourself to God? Do you nurture a passion to see Him glorified in your family, relationships, and work, regardless of your vocation? I encourage leaders to set aside portions of their week to block out the pressures of life and pray, meditate, and seek God’s face. Even if you are only able to set aside five minutes during the day to walk and pray, or simply read a few scriptures, you need to commit to this. These breaks will give you energy, enthusiasm, and renewed momentum.

Sustained leadership requires practicing the discipline of replenishment. Pastor Bill Hybels says you need a strategy to accomplish this in your life daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Leaders often get depleted by their work, and we need to recharge and regroup in intentional ways. Nothing will sap your passion for God like burnout.

One way to achieve this is to begin practicing the Sabbath. This means building margin into our lives. Margin is powerful and absolutely crucial for leaders. It allows for rest and rhythm to appropriately get played out in our routine. Margin is the fuel for responding to the unexpected and the option we all need for being more focused, intentional, and life-giving, and less stressed. Margin allows for rest, refocus, and adjustments as well as stirring our God-given passions.

I’ve noticed that as leaders’ margins decrease, so does their spiritual vitality. But margins in business create profits; margins in family create memories; margins in personal finances create opportunities; and in all of life, margins create options to pursue dreams, pray, plan, and reflect. So create moments each week to practice the Sabbath. Building in times of rest will pay dividends.

Leaders are targets, so we all have to be grounded spiritually. Otherwise the pressures of leadership will get to you. We must continually grow in our faith and seek to know God more and more. Leaders must protect their hearts and constantly look for ways to grow and improve their inner lives, as well as their outer lives. The leader’s heart is vital to being a change maker.

Passion for God makes us generous, active, and bold. If you’re struggling to become a better leader, perhaps you should put down that sales book or take a break from those online videos on time management. Instead nurture your spiritual development first. Petition God to light a fire for His glory inside of you. Spend time in prayer and reflection and the Scriptures. Develop your heart for God and trust that He will help you lead well.

Note: The preceding is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick. Used with permission from Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Written by Brad Lomenick

Brad Lomenick is President and Key Visionary of Catalyst—a movement purposed to equip and inspire young Christian leaders through events, resources, consulting and community. Follow him on Twitter @bradlomenick, or read his personal blog at bradlomenick.com.

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