Friday, July 22, 2011

A Statewide Call to Pray - Day Thirty-Five!

As I have been posting these blogs I am constantly facing, in my spirit, the intensity and importance of this season.  I believe that most of us (especially the church at large) are oblivious to the unraveling of events that the Lord is orchestrating. On Monday night, as I joined with about 100 intercessors in the Fort Worth Club for a pre-Response Prayer Gathering, I was overwhelmed by the Spirit as we knelt together in humility. The Lord keeps impressing on me the "shift" or "new place" that is coming.

Then yesterday, Chuck Pierce sent out a letter regarding the season we are walking through.  He put it into the context of Glory of Zion moving into the new Global Spheres Center.  He wrote:
We are at a place where we are prepared to SHUT THE DOOR AND TURN OFF THE LIGHTS TO THE LAST SEASON and cross the threshold to a new season of opportunity! ...We recognize that we are in the three week frame known as "Between the Straits." Historically, this commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC and when the Temple was destroyed. Many other calamities have also occurred to Jews during this period, which causes it to be a time for special watchfulness over Israel and Jews in the nations. Since we are grafted into God's covenant promises, we must also be watchful to overcome attempts by the enemy to block us from entering a new door to a new season!

This is a Week of Seeking!
 I loved what Tiffany Smith shared on Sunday morning. She came down from the stage and leading worship to share the following word:
 "In the book of Job, the last chapter, Job told the Lord, 'I've only lived by rumors of You but now I've seen with my eyes.' There was a change he made with the Lord. I heard the Lord say, 'This is a week of seeking. If you will set yourself apart to seek, I will restore. If you will set yourself apart to seek Me with all of your heart, with all of your face, with all of your might, with everything that You are this week, I'm going to set things in order for your future.'"

This is an incredible word for us right now. Take time to seek the Lord for His plan of restoration! Later on Sunday morning I shared from Mark 4 on when Jesus and the disciples crossed the lake and encountered a great storm. When they landed on the other side, they encountered the man living in the cemetery who was possessed by an evil spirit. (What a welcoming crew!) However, ten cities were converted because of Jesus' willingness to confront this opposition.

For all of us this may be two hard weeks, and it may feel as if we are right in the middle of a storm. But by faith we will get to the other side! This is for us corporately as well as individually. When you get to your other side, don't let demons knock you out and keep you from going through the gate of your future. We are being tested now to go through a gate that will cause us to have ten times the joy, the supply, the freedom, and the authority that we presently have. I am praying that each of us will not only come up to the gate by faith, but will also go through the testings to enter in!

EXACTLY!  And in case you missed it - Jesus is in the boat with us.  We will get to the other side.  We will experience demonic strongholds.  But we will also see the God's kingdom manifest in our midst.  Our God reigns!
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