Tag: Revival

We are the Fire Keepers

Have you ever watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics? I love that part. They bring the torch out and pass the fire from person to person.  According to Wikipaedia:

“The Olympic flame is a symbol used in the Olympic movement. Several months before the Olympic Games, the Olympic flame is lit at Olympia, Greece. This ceremony starts the Olympic torch relay, which formally ends with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. The flame then continues to burn in the cauldron for the duration of the Games, until it is extinguished during the Olympic closing ceremony.”

The fire starts and ends the Games. Why do I bring this up? It’s not even a year for the Olympics. I went to a place in Michigan when I visited my sister in law last week that was called FireKeepers.  I saw that name and the waterfall with FIRE and thought of God.

God reveals Himself in the FIRE of our lives!

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  • God revealed Himself to Moses in the fire of that burning bush:

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.  Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

 And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.  So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.  Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.””  Exodus 13: 1-10

 

  • Later on in Exodus, God came down in fire to talk to Moses again:

 “Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.  And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.  Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.”  Exodus 19:18-20

  • In the New Testament we evens see how we will be baptized with fire:

“John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

  • And then in Acts, the Holy Spirit comes down and into belivers like fire:

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:1-4

God proves it to us over and over – where there is FIRE He speaks and He Delivers!

He put His fire inside of us, His Holy Spirit, to overcome the world.

God’s fire will burn up any sickness, illness, oppression, or any enemy that tries to come at us.

God has made us the Fire Keepers in the world!

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Let These Dead Bones Live – Part 2

Well, let’s finish our story shall we? I mean, we can’t stay in this valley forever, lol!  Here is the beginning of the story: Let These Dead Bones Live – Part 1

Our narrator and teacher is Pastor Derek Smith from England. He was preaching at Life Church in Roscoe, IL. My husband Bob listens to these sermons all the time. I have to say Pastor Kevin is a Shepherd who knows how to feed, inspire, and challenge his sheep. This sermon THRIVING IN A MOMENT CALLED NOW is a life changer. Yes!!!Pastor Derek Smith

God knows why you are in the valley. He wants us to learn and know new things that we can only learn in the valley.  Here are a few things we tell ourselves when we ‘spiritualize’ things:

“That’s what God wants.”

“I just want enough for me and family.”

“It’s my thorn in the flesh.”

“It’s just what God has for me.”

But God didn’t say any of that. God put us there – but He does NOT want us to stay in the valley.  This valley is not our home.

The real question that we need to ask ourselves is the message.

  • Can the dryness that you face change?
  • Can you live?
  • Can those kids live?
  • Can your finances live?
  • Can your disappointment live?

God says – prophesy to the bones. Prophesy is speaking truth in any given context.  We are not called to see things as they are. Life is not see it as it is.  We We are called to see things that are not as if they are.  If we keep saying what we see with our eyes nothing will change.

The currency of Heaven is FAITH!

Faith is the currency of the Kingdom of God.

God doesn’t respond to NEED, He responds to FAITH.

Walk back and forth through your experiences and prophesy to the bones. We need to stop waiting for God to do something. God did what He needed to do. Now it’s our turn. God is waiting for us!  Use the WORD – speak it. Speak what you want to see. Make the invisible become visible in your life today.

What do you say to a bone? It’s dead. God tells Ezekiel to “Hear the Word of the Lord.”

So what does Zeke say? “Dry bones hear the Word of the Lord.”

God says to keep going and speak it again.  “Dry bones – hear the Word of the Lord – LIVE.”

“You dead, dry stinking bones YOU NEED TO HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD. You need to hear the word of the LORD!”

You can stay in the valley as long as you want it. Then length of time that we are in the valley is not determined by God. It is determined by us. We can prophesy our way out. Let us prophesy over our kids, our homes, our families. We need to speak to our own situation.

Stop talking about death and talk about life.

Stop talking about sickness and start talking about the healing that God is bringing you.

Stop talking about your lack and start talking about how God has provided for you.

We need to change our vocabulary.

Walk through your world and say, “Dry bones hear the Word of the Lord”

There is no recession in Heaven. Start to prophesy to your circumstances. Prophesy over your children’s rooms when they are sleeping or not there. For example, you could say “As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord. You may be shooting heroin in your veins rightnow, but you are coming back to the Lord. I dedicated you to Him – you are His. You may have your own little wobble now, but God is able to keep you. ”

So Zeke prophesies and then there was a noise and the bones started to rattle! Let us not stop here. Most of the church settles for so much less than what God wants. Keep going. Stop settling. We believe in resurrection. the resurrection of our finances, of our families, of our children, of our marriages, of our buildings, cities, nation!  Keep going! Keep speaking. God will bring you out, but on the confession of your own lips.  You have to speak it out. Dry bones hear the Word of the Lord!

You can win where you lost. The Kingdom of God transforms things. At the end of the chapter there is no more dry bones – there was a full living army.

The Kingdom message is not about how to get to Heaven.

It’s bringing Heaven to Earth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Floodgates Are Opening

The Floodgates Are Opening (via http://leejohndrow.com)

The little old lady walked me to the door. While she walked me through the beautiful home she kept talking about travel. We reached the door and I walked down a very narrow ramp. As we reached the bottom large animals that looked much like rhinoceroses…

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RIVER OF REVIVAL 

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

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The River of Revival
a Holy Spirit rain
leaving the familiar
nothing is the same
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The River of Salvation
crashes upon my shore
Listening as you speak
I want to know You more
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River of Living Water
wash over me in grace
Drench me in Your Spirit
Jesus your Name I praise
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River of Deliverance
is all my eye can see
Wells of living water
spring up inside of me
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River of Redemption
restores me faithfully
Following the Spirit
flows to eternity

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LET IT RAIN – JESUS CULTURE