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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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A Disastrous Hurricane Season

tracking-chart-2013It was a disastrous hurricane season for those who attempt to forecast hurricanes. “Pretty much everyone who tried to forecast the number of hurricanes bombed,” said Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist of Weather Underground. Twelve forecast teams predicted an average of sixteen named storms. Yet this season, which ends tomorrow (Nov. 30), saw only thirteen named storms, including two lowly Category 1 hurricanes (see this story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for more).

Ken Kaye, staff hurricane watcher for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, who wrote the above referenced article, also added this:

“It was one of the most remarkable hurricane seasons on record, largely because it was so calm – right in the middle of a period of heightened intensity.”

The famed hurricane forecasters at the University of Colorado, William Gray and Phil Klotzbach, lost their funding this year. Though sources state that it has little to do with their errant forecasts this year, the insurance company that is the source of their major funding has refused to disclose its reasons. Certainly, in view of the fact that insurance companies need solid information to set their rates, the spectacularly inaccurate forecast for 2013 had to play a part.

I am not celebrating the humiliation and embarrassment that hurricane forecasters suffered this year. But I am celebrating. I am celebrating the fact that God’s people are clearly stepping into their authority. Since hurricane forecasters cannot factor the Body of Christ into their forecasts, they have an impossible job. While I feel for them, I cannot but celebrate the good news that God’s people are beginning to understand their authority over negative weather events. Ever since Jesus told the disciples that they were demonstrating little faith in the face of a storm, his implicit challenge to step into faith has resonated with his disciples through the ages. We need to exercise faith over all such storms.

I can’t end this post without this comment from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA):

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ends on Saturday, Nov. 30, had the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982, thanks in large part to persistent, unfavorable atmospheric conditions over the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and tropical Atlantic Ocean. This year is expected to rank as the sixth-least-active Atlantic hurricane season since 1950, in terms of the collective strength and duration of named storms and hurricanes.

If I were to edit their comment, it would read, “thanks in large part to the intercessory understanding of the Body of Christ.”

Unless something comes up, this will be my last post on the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Most news articles are stating that it was uneventful. In the natural that is true. However, in the realms of spiritual authority, it was remarkable. God’s people have done their jobs. Thanks for standing in authority with us. Well done.

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Very Slow Hurricane Season

ProtectionWhile the hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to the end of November, the season is fast passing by. The main feature of this season is that there have been no main features. Those of you who read this blog regularly, know that I will not declare victory over the current hurricane season until it is over. We have a responsibility to stay on the wall until every threat is canceled. However, I am extremely pleased with what I have seen so far.

Yesterday, in an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, weather-reporter Ken Kaye wrote this about the current season:

October, usually the meanest stretch for hurricanes in South Florida, instead might be relatively calm this year.

The same atmospheric conditions that have so far tempered storms could persist into November, said Phil Klotzbach, the Colorado State University climatologist who develops seasonal outlooks.

“I don’t see any significant storm development in any of the reliable global models, and consequently, I expect the rest of the season will continue to be very quiet,” he said.

Several forecast teams had predicted the season would see an above-average number of hurricanes and potentially be extremely active. But so far it has been remarkably subdued, with only two Category 1 hurricanes (Humberto and Ingrid). Normally five hurricanes emerge by the first week of October, including two major ones.

“We are working very hard on trying to figure out exactly why the season has been as dead as it is,” Klotzbach said. For now, experts say dry air, Saharan dust and wind shear have slowed down storm formation. (see rest of Sun-Sentinel article).

I could tell them why the season has been dead. God’s people are learning to stand in authority over these storms. His people have learned to take up the keys that Jesus provided for them, and to turn the keys in the locks that shut down hurricanes. This doesn’t mean that we won’t see more activity this season, it simply means that we are currently doing a pretty good job, so good in fact, that forecasters are trying to figure out what is going on.

October is a month where we usually see more Caribbean storm development, rather than the Cape-Verde storms which come across the Atlantic. We are praying that we will not see any development this year. However, if something does develop, we have less notice because of the proximity of the Caribbean to the United States. This reminds us to pay attention, and to continue to use our authority to protect life and property through intercessory prayer.

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