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The Winnowing Has Begun

TrainsThe Body of Christ is currently being separated into two groups. One group will be used in amazing ways in the days ahead. They will unleash the power of the Kingdom of Heaven with such love and grace that the world will stand in awe that such things are being done by mere humans. Those in this group will become God’s end time agents who will help turn Satan’s kingdom upside down, and will initiate the restoration of all things (see Acts 3:19-21). The other group will find themselves on the outside of God’s purposes, looking with longing and regret on what could have been.

The good news is that the group you join is your choice. The bad news is that many are currently choosing the path to disaster.

The Lord recently gave us a picture of the choice that we now face. The picture was that of two trains that run on parallel tracks side by side. The trains look almost the same. They appear to be going to the same destination. For all practical purposes they will run in the same direction at the same speed for quite some distance. But in the end, only one of the trains will get to its destination. The other will suffer loss.

The Lord then said that the two trains are the Encouragement Train and the Discouragement Train.

The Lord has warned us that there is a wave of discouragement coming. He issued a strong warning that it will be such an intense wave of discouragement that many will begin to waver. Even as he gave us this advance warning, he mentioned the Discouragement Train and said, “Don’t get on that train!”

I know this warning is necessary. I have been surprised at the amount of discouraging hype that has recently been released in the body of Christ. Relatively prominent teachers have released predictions about the times in which we live. I do not know their intent, or the full extent of their teaching, but I have seen the results. I have seen an onslaught of fear and self-focus among God’s people. Fear and self-focus are not a fruit of the spirit. Instead, they are evidence that we have boarded the Discouragement Train. If you have given in to fear and self-focus, get off that train right now!

Do not misinterpret what I am saying. I believe that there are certainly difficult times ahead. But one thing I know, we do not get through those difficult times by endlessly parroting what this moon or that seven year cycle portends for the future. Difficult times are upon us. Get over it. The world is under judgment. Get over it. We overcome all of it by focusing on the Kingdom authority we have been granted in Jesus Christ. We overcome it by focusing on our mission and purpose in a lost world as we lay down or lives for those around us. We overcome it as we have always overcome every obstacle in this new covenant era—by the blood of the lamb, the word of our testimony, and not loving our lives so much that we shrink back from laying them down if necessary.

Jesus told his disciples, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19). He said that before his victory on the cross. Now that he has crushed Satan’s head, we have even more authority, and more power to overcome. We are overcomers. There is nothing that Satan can unleash against the Body of Christ that is able to overcome it. The gates of hell, all the evil that Satan is capable of marshaling against the Church, will not be able to stand against the power of God’s overcomers. Rather than focusing on the judgment and the evil, why don’t we focus on our job description? Why don’t we extend the Kingdom of God and the shelter it provides (see Matthew 13:31-32) wherever we go?

The Lord showed us another picture recently. He showed us that he was setting out nets to trap those who were releasing fear among his people. When he told us this, I knew that some of the very things that have recently released so much fear in the Body of Christ were part of the trap. As the Lord showed us the trap, he said, “It is a huge challenge when you hang around chickens. Chickens have a tendency to make you doubt and second guess yourself. They are not encouraging at all. They’re always skeptical, and they are always chickens.”

The Lord is beginning to draw the chickens away to the Discouragement Train so that the chickens do not hinder the people of God. Then his people will board the Encouragement Train and can encourage each other once the chickens have been separated in the current winnowing.

There is a time soon coming, and even now upon us, where the righteous will shine forth as the sun exercising the authority of the Kingdom of Heaven. However, before that can happen, the winnowing must take place. Those who claim to be a part of God’s Kingdom will board the one train or the other. Those who preach fear and discouragement will be removed, just like the ten spies who discouraged Israel (see Numbers 14:36-38). It is a time like that which Jesus prophesied in Matthew 13 when he said,

“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matthew 13:41-43 NASB)

If you are on the wrong train, I don’t believe it is too late to jump off, but now is the time. Get on the right train.


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A friend of mine, Pat Selvey, is living in Kenya digging wells to save the lives of children there. He asked if I would advertise an opportunity to purchase a drilling rig. The ministry has already raised most of what is needed for the drilling rig. Here is what Pat wrote, and a few excerpts from the website:

There is a water crisis in Africa. In many areas waterborne disease is the biggest killer of children under the age of 5. Water born disease is preventable. Clean drinking water for 150,000 school children requires that Hydrating Humanity purchase a deep-hole drill rig. We have been able to raise over $265,000 so far. Our goal is to raise $300,000 as quickly as possible to get this drill rig purchased and deployed into the Kuria School District in Southwest Kenya.

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Hurricane Joaquin Prayer Thoughts

JoaquinJoaquin means Lifted by Yahweh. For that reason, I would be a bit nervous if I lived near Washington. That city has done enough in recent history to warrant a reminder that the Lord is the one who is in charge, no matter what the three branches of our government tend to think. Hurricane Joaquin would not be a subtle reminder.

When the Supreme Court made gay marriage a civil right, it defied millennia of social consensus, and more importantly, God’s intent for marriage. At that time, I pondered whether a good-sized hurricane might bring a measure of humility to the judicial branch of our government. Now that Washington is actually included in a hurricane’s track, I’ve pondered that thought again, and concluded that I really don’t want to find out what a severe hurricane impact might do for Washington’s spiritual atmosphere. For the sake of all those who live there, I would much rather see mercy released instead of judgment (See James 2:13). I suspect that the people who live in that region would agree with me.

As I have observed Joaquin’s stunning increase in strength, and the associated reports of potential damage to the east coast, I have found myself interceding. While I recognize that the areas that are threatened have been hit by hurricanes in the past, I also understand that those areas are not built to withstand such storms in the same way that we are in South Florida. Even with our strict hurricane codes, we do not appreciate hurricanes of any size. I can’t imagine what it is like in areas that do not have the same types of codes.

For that reason, I thought I would write about what I would do if I lived in areas that are under threat from Joaquin. This is what I would do if I lived anywhere on the East Coast of the United States north of South Carolina, and I had no other information from the Lord about this particular storm.

  • I would begin to watch the National Hurricane Center site for its frequent updates (I would not watch the television updates—they tend to exaggerate and impart fear to improve their ratings). I would most definitely read the discussions that go with each NHC update. Often those discussions reveal things that can be incorporated into prayer.
  • I would begin to pray against this storm personally, and at every regularly scheduled meeting of my congregation. I would encourage my congregation to pick up the Keys of authority and use them to turn this storm out to sea.
  • The Keys of Authority work best with agreement (see Matthew 18:18-19), if my area of geographic influence was included in the cone of uncertainty for the three day track, I would call a prayer meeting for the first available time that interested parties could participate. If my geographic area was included in the five day track of a hurricane, I might call a prayer meeting depending on the circumstance, but at a minimum, I would alert my congregation that we may be having a prayer meeting soon so that they can plan accordingly.
  • When we met for prayer, I would build faith by recounting the many storms that our prayers have turned in the past. If I did not have a personal testimony in this arena, I would use testimonies that other Christians have. I most definitely would show this video from an NBC affiliate in Florida to reinforce that storms can be impacted by prayer: Hurricane Irene 1999. You might also watch this hour-long message that recounts story after story of what my congregation has done with the Keys of Authority and weather patterns: Picking Up the Keys. If you take the time to watch it, you will have increased faith to take on any storm.
  • When we met for prayer, I would acknowledge before the Lord that my geographic area is an area filled with wickedness (so is yours). Then I would pray for mercy, and recognize the fact that the Lord is always looking for intercessors to stand in the gap for their geographic area. No matter how wicked my area is (in my opinion), I would remember that the Lord is the one who initiated Abraham’s intercession for Sodom by telling him about the approaching storm. The Lord is always offering us opportunities to stand in the gap.
  • When we met for prayer, I would ask, seek, and knock on behalf of my area. At the same time, I would realize that this is not using the Keys. This is simply approaching the throne of grace with confidence because Jesus has opened the way.
  • When we met for prayer, I would also use the Keys. I would address the storm by name, and lock the door to any damage or destruction it might cause. I would raise hedges of protection against hurricane force winds and storm surges. I would call in shearing winds, dry air, cooler ocean currents, and whatever else is available to degrade the storm. I would use information from the NHC discussions about hindrances to the storm to strengthen those hindrances. I would command the storm out to sea away from my coastline. I would send the storm to the UK where they can use the rain (Okay, I really wouldn’t do that last one—that was a joke for my readers from the UK who have made it this far in the article . . .).
  • When we met for prayer I would let those who understand our authority also pray, so that agreement might be built. I would encourage them to pray in faith, even repeating things that have already been prayed as a form of agreement.

The above is a basic outline for our practices, developed over more than fifteen years of praying with effect about hurricanes and other weather patterns. I would like nothing better than to have intercessory voices up and down the east coast using this, or whatever outline the Lord has given them, to bring protection to their regions. As God’s people step into their authority, storms like Joaquin lose their ferocity, and mercy is extended to entire geographical regions. In that way, mercy can triumph over judgment.

UPDATE (10/02/15): When I wrote this yesterday, I assumed, incorrectly, that the storm was only going to brush the Bahamas. It has become a category four and is pounding the Bahamas. I know many have been praying for the Bahamas as they have watched what the storm is doing. I simply wanted to acknowledge that fact, and encourage continued prayer for the people of the Bahamas.

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Danny, Erika, and Grace, Oh My!

Erika1When I was contemplating this year’s hurricane season earlier today, I heard this line from The Wizard of Oz: “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” Except I didn’t hear it in quite that way. I heard, “Danny, and Erika, and Grace, oh my!” Of course, Danny, Erika, and Grace are three tropical cyclones that we have exercised authority over this year.

As I wrote in my post about Erika (see post HERE), we used Danny for intercessory practice even though it was never a threat to Florida. Virtually as soon as Danny disappeared, the Lord showed us that Erika would be a threat to Florida. While I do not believe that Erika would have been the type of storm that would have brought widespread destruction to Florida, it would have taken a bite out of a particular testimony that I have been privileged to use as I explain the Church’s intercessory authority over storms of all types.

That testimony is this: Since 1851 when records started to be kept, Florida has been hit by a hurricane every two years on average. Prior to 2005, the longest stretch without a hurricane was only five years, and that only happened once. There were several times that there have been four-year stretches with no storms. Otherwise, prior to 2005, Florida has been hit by at least one hurricane every two or three years. As I write this, we are currently in our tenth year without a hurricane strike. If we have anything to say about it—and we do—we will finish our tenth year without a hurricane strike.

The Lord spoke to us about Erika because it posed a threat to that wonderful testimony of God’s grace. The National Hurricane Center predicted that Erika would hit Florida as a hurricane. The graphic above was the storm center’s prediction on Thursday, August 27 at 5:00 PM. That evening our congregation came together for a night of intercessory prayer. We specifically commanded the storm, in many creative ways, to shift and dissipate. We left that evening Erika3recognizing that we had an impact. This hurricane center released the graphic to the right on Friday morning. By Friday at 8:00 AM Erika had shifted to the west enough that the high mountains of Hispaniola promised to neuter its power, and the hurricane center downgraded Erika’s potential impact on Florida to that of only a tropical storm. By later on Friday, it had shifted even further west and its survival was in question.

On Friday afternoon and early evening, I was contacted by two different ministries that were meeting to pray about Erika. One was a ministry from Tampa, and one was from Boca Raton. They both asked if I had any insights or direction on Erika. Essentially, I told them both to drive a stake through its heart so that Hispaniola would end any storm threat. As a result, it was no surprise to me that even though the hurricane center had predicted Erika would last another week, it was gone by Saturday morning. That is the authority that God has given as we pray in agreement, linking shields to protect our areas of geographic influence. To me, that is exciting stuff.

I only mentioned Grace in the title, because it is a storm that we prayed about last Sunday. It was headed in our general direction, so we simply commanded it to dissipate before it got anywhere close. It disappeared by Wednesday. Oh my!

I am sharing this report as an encouragement to all those who are linking shields together against hurricane threats. We are doing the job that the Lord has called us to do. We have been called to stand in the gap for our areas of influence. I am pleased to be linking shields with many through these articles who have the heart to stand in the gap as the Lord has invited us to do. We are making an amazing difference.

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Tropical Storm Erika

blueberriesTropical Storm Erika has the attention of most of Florida. A tropical storm, especially one projected to become a hurricane, will grab your attention when its potential path covers most of our state. However, as forecasters point out, there are still major uncertainties about Erika’s future. One of the biggest variables that forecasters have is us. Will we stand in our authority, or won’t we?

We have had a problem the last several years. We haven’t had enough storms to pray against. I didn’t say it was a painful problem, just that it was a problem. When you don’t exercise your authority in a particular area in a specific way, you can begin to wonder if you have some rust around the edges of your prayer.

So earlier this week, even though Hurricane Danny was never projected to be a real threat to our area, we practiced a bit on Danny. On Sunday morning, the 11:00 AM report predicted that Danny would hit Cuba before becoming extra-tropical on Thursday (see graphic at right). However, I invited the congregation to step into intercessory authoritySundayAM with me and “mess with” Danny (and the National Hurricane Center) by commanding Danny to disintegrate. We then picked up the keys, and commanded Danny to disintegrate. We didn’t pray long, but we prayed with faith. From that point on the Hurricane Center’s forecast reflected a disintegrating Danny until it ceased to exist on Monday morning, days earlier than the forecast had stated when we prayed on Sunday morning.

You can imagine that I felt pretty good about our effectiveness when I saw the impact of our prayer. However, the Lord soon spoke to us about our real work. He let us know it would be Erika. He told us Erika was going to try to take a bite out of us. That let me know that while Danny was a normal storm, Erika has been sent with an evil agenda.

As a result, we have been praying and watching Erika since then. We held our first congregational prayer meeting on Thursday evening. A group of us gathered together to take up the keys of authority that Jesus promised his church would wield (see Matthew 18:18-19). We stood in the promises of Jesus, and commanded Erika to leave us alone. We did not pray out of desperation, we prayed from victory. Jesus won the victory, and has given authority to his Church. When we pick up the keys, we are praying from his victory. We are releasing the results of his victory into the world (on earth as it is in heaven).

I’m writing this shortly after Thursday’s prayer meeting. I am looking forward to see the result. In the meantime, especially if you live in Florida, I invite you to pick up the keys with us. Jesus paid an awful price to give us authority. Let us honor him by using it.

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Four Years of Increase

blueberriesAlmost everywhere I turn recently, I have found secular observers and prophetic sources stating their concern over what is going to happen this fall. I know that many Christians have spoken about what is coming, and the news has gone out through books, Christian television, and pulpits around the western world. When people have asked me about it, I have only been able to respond, “The Lord hasn’t shown me those things.” That statement was not a rejection of what other people were saying could be on the horizon. It was just a clear statement that the Lord had not given me the ability to affirm what other people were saying. However, I can no longer state that the Lord has not spoken to me about these things. He spoke to me in a dream last week about the next four years.

The Lord often speaks to me in dreams about specific things. He has given me dreams, and at the same time he often gives me the ability to interpret them. In the past, through a series of dreams that I have been able to interpret, the Lord has given us the name of a hurricane that was going to hit our area, the exact location of its most intense impact, the year it would hit, how strong it would be, and that it would hit without hurricane warnings being posted. He also invited us to pray so that it would not be the devastating storm that it would have been without our prayers and the prayers of churches throughout our county. All of those things happened just as he had shown to us in dreams.

If you are unfamiliar with the details of that last paragraph, I invite you to click over to Amazon and purchase my book on the topic (click HERE). Alternately, you can do a search of the name Irene on this blog, and read the posts that mention the history of 1999’s Hurricane Irene.

More recently, back on November 10, 2004, the Lord spoke to me in a dream about economic reforms that were coming to Cuba. He made it clear in that dream that those reforms would begin seven years from the time of the dream. Seven years later to the day, on November 10, 2011, Cuba’s laws on the possession of personal property were changed so that Cubans can now own land and other property. You can read about that HERE and HERE.

Of course, there are far more recent dreams I could reference, but the two situations mentioned above are the most documented of our dreams. You can easily verify that I wrote articles about the dreams, and my interpretation of them, before the events predicted in the dreams came to pass. In that sense, I have a positive track record.

I am rehearsing all of this for a reason. What I am about to write is counter to the current tsunami of articles and opinions about what is going to happen this fall. Last week Thursday, the Lord gave me a dream that has given me some insights that do not necessarily fit the current narrative. What caught my attention, is that the dream felt much like the economic dream he had given me about Cuba. That dream proved spectacularly prescient. That leads me to believe that this one is also.

There really wasn’t much to the dream. I was told that house prices would continue to rise for another four years. At the end of the four years they would go down, and anyone that sold at that time would reap a windfall if they positioned themselves appropriately.

Obviously, there is good news and bad news in this dream. The good news is that the U.S. economy would have to remain fairly consistent over the next four years in order for house prices to continue their upward march. The real estate market is based on a functioning banking system. I cannot see how a banking crisis of any type could occur this fall, or any time in the next four years, without negatively impacting the housing market. Therefore I conclude that we have at least four years before a significant crisis hits.

That, of course, is where the bad news comes in. As far as I understand, the only way that a homeowner reaps a windfall from selling during a housing downturn, is when the housing downturn is significant. We went through such a downturn in 2008, and most would agree that it was not fun. It shook our economy. But even then there were people who sold properties just before the housing crash that year, and they will testify that they made a windfall as a result.

There are other implications of this dream that those who major in economics would see far more clearly than I do. I am neither an economist nor a financial advisor. I simply had a dream that I believe was from the Lord, and have drawn a few basic interpretive conclusions from it.

Those of you who have been anxious about this fall might not be convinced that things will not shake. I’m not certain that I would disagree with you. There is so much in flux at this time, that certainly some things will shake. However, the dream encourages me to believe that it will not be such a severe shaking that real estate prices would stop increasing. For me, that is a significant bit of supernatural information.

So what about all of the contrary predictions that are out there? I certainly cannot answer for them. Based upon what I have now received, I’m not certain that they are correct. However, we only know in part, and we will soon see how things shake out. If we do indeed avoid a major economic shaking this fall, then my faith in how I have understood this dream will be strengthened, and I will turn my eyes with expectation toward a specific point in time four years hence. Of one thing I am certain in all of this: Deus gubernat navem.

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