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Turning Away Hurricanes

StoppingtheStormAfter speaking with a prophetic mentor today, I felt I needed to issue this warning about what he has seen about this hurricane season. As I wrote in an earlier post (see The 2013 Hurricane Season), Bob Jones had seen a threat to our South Florida area this year. In that post I wrote: “Bob told me that he had seen at least one [hurricane] that we would need to push away, but that he was confident that we would be able to do so.”

He reiterated that same thing to me today, but added some sobering things. He believes that the storm that he has seen is a powerful storm that would bring a lot of damage wherever it hits. The good news is that he is confident that our congregation, and those who are praying with us for our area of influence, will be able to turn the storm away. The bad news is that as we turn this storm away, it will turn toward other vulnerable areas where the intercessory coverage, and the understanding of intercessory authority, may not be as developed. He has asked me to get the word out to as many leaders as I can. He wants entire coastlines protected by churches who understand their authority in Jesus Christ.

Bob asked me to remind people that we have the keys of authority that Christ has won for us. When we ask the Lord to intervene in things over which he has given us authority, we ask amiss. We need to take authority over storm systems and command them not to come into our arenas of influence. Bob said that we have enough degrees in the body of Christ, now we need decrees. That doesn’t mean that education isn’t good, or that the pursuit of educational degrees is somehow bad, but we should seek to grow in Christ’s authority even as we aspire to further education. While degrees are optional, standing in Kingdom authority is not.

Jesus taught us clearly on this topic. He said, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19 NASB). He has given us the keys of authority, we must use them in accord with heaven. As the Head of the Church, the Lord issues decrees in heaven, then his Body binds or looses on the earth according to his decrees. Our authority derives from Christ’s finished work, and our direction comes through the Holy Spirit, but we are the ones exercising the authority he has given to us on this earth. If we choose not to use that authority on the earth, or do not understand our authority, we cannot blame heaven. We need look no further than the mirror. We have a job to do, and we must do it.

Please do what you can to stir up intercession during this hurricane season. We do not walk in fear. Peace is our mandate, and a major part of our protection. God will protect his people, but we also want to protect our regions as those who stand in the gap. The Lord is still looking for those, who like Abraham and Moses, intercede for those who deserve judgment. His heart is revealed in Ezekiel, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30). His is still looking for those who will build the walls of protection, who will stand in the gap between grace and judgment, and release mercy to a region.
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Hurricane Warnings

FLLBeachLast week, the Lord indicated that Dawn and I were to visit and pray over three separate beaches in our county. This is the first time in our fifteen year history of praying against hurricanes that he has given us such a directive. My faith is normally modeled upon that of the Centurion who sought Jesus’ aid for his servant (see Matthew 8:5-13). When Jesus granted the Centurion’s request, the Centurion pointedly told Jesus that he did not need Jesus to come to his geographic location. The Centurion knew that Jesus could provide the aid by simply giving the orders. In the same way, I have realized that when a group of believers gathers together at their place of worship, they can release protection across their area of influence without necessarily going to every location personally. But this year, assuming we heard him correctly, he sent us to the beaches in person.

Why? I don’t know exactly, however, I can hazard some educated guesses. First of all, I think he wanted to remind us just how lost our beach culture is. Even though we live in the Fort Lauderdale area, we almost never get to the beaches. I suspect that the Lord wanted to show me what has happened in the years since Fort Lauderdale divested itself of Spring Break. While we are no longer an attraction for Spring Breakers, we certainly haven’t lost the sensual indulgence or the immodest apparel which were the hallmarks of that era. In fact, the apparel has become more immodest as the years have gone by. As we walked the beaches, we not only prayed against storms, we also prayed for the many spiritually needy souls whom we encountered along the way.

The second reason he may have called us to the beaches probably has to do with our increased need. We are holding our second prayer meeting of the season this evening, and events on the ground might have changed over the years so that personal involvement is more necessary. The Lord has taught us over the years that the more wickedness a region tolerates, the more susceptible to hurricanes (or other disasters) that region becomes. It’s as if our indulgence in sin pushes the protecting hand of the Father away from a region. Satan is looking for any gap that he can send disaster through in order to torment people. He is always seeking ways to kill, steal, and destroy (see John 8:44 and John 10:10). As the Father’s hand of protection is pushed away, intercessors must stand in the gap for their region. As that hand of protection is pushed even further away, they must increase their intercessory activity to match the gap between God’s protection and Satan’s hatred. While we did not have to walk the beaches in the past, it might now be a normal part of our activity, at least until revival and repentance are granted to our region (thus closing the gap again).

In any case, the Lord’s direction highlighted something I stated in my last post. We can expect some level of storm activity this season for the South Florida area (as well as other regions). If there were no specific threat, I doubt that the Lord would have sent us to the beaches.

I also have another specific word from the Lord about a strategy that Satan has released against our region this year. I’m not going to explain what that strategy is, simply because we will be dismantling it in tonight’s prayer meeting. However, the very fact that the Lord gave us a specific strategy indicates that we are countering some level of increased threat.

We are at a very early point in the hurricane season. The Lord is preparing his troops to bring protection to their areas of influence. I am grateful for every direction and strategy he releases to us. He does not delight in death and destruction (see Ezekiel 18:23). So he helps us stand in the gap for our regions of influence. Pay attention to the strategies he is giving you. They may make all the difference this season.
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The 2013 Hurricane Season

stormyweather1Are you prepared for the hurricane season? Many of those who post about the hurricane season remind us to be prepared “just in case.” You can find lists of items that you should have prepared, just in case your area is hit by a major hurricane. While I remind people that stocking up for emergencies is part of being a good citizen and neighbor, I believe that our best preparation for the hurricane season involves standing in the authority that Jesus Christ has won for us. He died and rose again to win the keys of authority for his Church. We use that authority in many different ways, but for those of us in South Florida (or any other hurricane prone region), it is absolutely vital that we use our authority to protect our region from hurricanes.

We held our first intercessory meeting for the hurricane season just over a week ago. As I have often mentioned, we do not wait for the storms to come to us. We recognize that destructive hurricanes are released from hell to harm population centers. We don’t like to wait for Satan’s strategies to emerge during the hurricane season. We are much more comfortable preempting his plans by using the keys of authority that Jesus has given to us. We use those keys to lock the door on Hell’s strategies against our area of influence, and to unlock the purposes and blessings of God in our weather patterns.

Last year the Lord alerted me to three specific storms that Satan’s agents intended to use against South Florida (see South Florida’s 2012 Hurricane Season and 2012 Hurricane Season Recap). The Body of Christ rose to the challenge of the storms, and none of the three presented any problem for our immediate area, though they certainly troubled some other areas.

Bob Jones, one of my prophetic mentors, asked me recently if the Lord had given us anything about the 2013 hurricane season. While the Lord has shown us some things about the tornadoes and storms troubling other areas (see More Storms Coming and Tornadoes and Rain), he has not given us much about our own hurricane season. Bob told me that he had seen at least one that we would need to push away, but that he was confident that we would be able to do so.

I mentioned to Bob, that at this point, I believe that the Lord is only speaking to us about specific threats when there is something we can learn from it, or something that we must expend more intercessory effort over. Since the Lord has given the earth to man (Psalm 115:16), I believe he expects us to walk with intelligent stewardship over it. When I release a task to employees, or to my children, I actually expect them to perform the task. I will train and equip them for the task, I will also monitor things to ascertain whether they are being done correctly, but at a certain point I will simply expect that they will handle the task without much further input. I will certainly encourage them appropriately, but the highest form of praise is the fact that I no longer need to micromanage what they are doing.

In the same way, the Lord gives us callings, tasks, that he intends we carry out on his behalf. He trains and equips the members of his Body to do these tasks. He certainly encourages us along the way, but he also expects that we will grow up into our callings as we mature. He will certainly give us information as we need it. But if we do not need it to accomplish our task or develop our relationship with him at a higher level, he really does not need to tell us every detail of what is coming.

Do not get me wrong, I like the details. Back in 1998, the Lord spoke to us in great detail for over a year about a specific threat to our area. He gave us the information, and the wisdom about what to do with that information, so that Hurricane Irene did not devastate our region in 1999 (see Hurricane Irene). Since then, I have learned that there are threats the Lord will speak to us about, and there are some that he does not bother to speak to us about. I have learned to be at peace with either circumstance.

Those who analyze weather patterns have told us we can expect an active hurricane season. Veteran prophet Bob Jones has seen some specific threats. That means we all must man the walls of intercession and authority. That is our task. Let’s do it well this season.
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Tornadoes and Rain

lighthouseMoore, Oklahoma was hit by a tornado again this past Friday. If you read my last post (available HERE), you know that the Lord showed us that we could expect more tornadoes to hit towns and cities. However, I really didn’t believe that meant that Moore, a city that is grieving the loss of dozens of its people, would be among those hit. My heart goes out to them.

The Lord told us that the names of the cities that tornadoes hit this year would be signposts along the way for what was coming. When Granbury, Texas had the first tornado outbreak, I was concerned that it meant that the next storm (or storms) would have a high death toll (grand bury). When the large tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, I realized that the town’s name pointed to more tornado outbreaks, and released an alert along those lines. The fact that Moore has been hit again probably indicates that even more tornadoes are coming.

There was a second signpost with Friday’s storms. When I read media reports, I saw that they said that Moore and El Reno were hit by tornadoes. If these names are our signposts, then we know more storms are coming (Moore/more), and that it probably will bring even more flooding rain.

El Reno means the reindeer. Since both Granbury and Moore were signposts based upon their pronunciation rather than there name meanings, I suspect that reindeer refers to rain-dear, where the meaning of dear is costly. I don’t think this is too much of a stretch, since the storms that hit last Friday brought a lot of flooding (costly rain) to the areas that were hit.

God’s people have authority to pray the death out of these disasters. We live in dark times, but according to Isaiah 60, when times are dark God’s people can shine brightly. We can release the light of intercession over our geographic areas. It is imperative that we do so now.
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Update in 6/3 at 2:30 PM: Carol O. sent me an alternate interpretation of El Reno that I rather like. She wrote, “Reindeer may have several meanings…  More means more, but reindeer could express how precious rain is, and deeply needed in the correct way, to relieve drought in the Midwest and plains states, not in downpours that run off into flash flooding.” Amen. Whether we interpret El Reno negatively or positively, the prayer application is the same: We can stand in authority and pray that the only rain that falls is beneficial and helpful toward breaking the drought, but not more than the land can safely absorb. We do want that drought broken.
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Stretching Backward

SlingshotDawn recently had an experience in which she was walking with the Lord. The Lord was showing her some items of interest as they passed through a cavernous area. Then she saw a long row of slingshots stretching off into the distance. She noted that each slingshot had a place where a person could be firmly placed upon the launching band. She saw many people in this position, and she saw many more lined up, waiting their turn to be launched. The Lord showed her several things about these slingshots. First, they were there to launch his people forward into significant destiny and calling. Secondly, the Lord showed her that when the slingshot was being stretched into launch position, the person who was going to be launched was feeling stretched, and felt like they were going backward instead of forward. Third, many of the slingshots were ready to fire.

Within a day or two of that experience, I had a dream in which I saw Paul, the apostle. The Lord highlighted something so that I would recognize that he had been on one of those slingshots in his day. This helped me understand the stretching backwards a bit more fully.

Paul was an intelligent and learned man. He, by his own testimony, was a Hebrew of the Hebrews and a member of the well-respected sect of the Pharisees. He had learned at the erstwhile feet of Gamaliel, and was an intimate of the Sanhedrin and the High Priest. He had credentials plus. His life, and his destiny as an important man in the Jewish nation was assured. But then Jesus intervened. He gave him a calling and a destiny, and then placed him on that slingshot.

I am certain that when Paul was called by Jesus, he thought like most of us think when God initiates a call in our lives, “Now things are really going to start happening.” Things did start happening for the apostle. He started to be stretched backwards. He started his ministry with persecution from those who opposed Christ, and rejection by those who served Christ. He went from being a notable star in the Jewish nation, to almost complete obscurity for the best part of thirteen years. I’m sure there were times during that thirteen years that the apostle wondered how he had messed things up so badly; I can’t imagine that there were not times in which he wondered about all the ground he had lost in his life. He was being stretched backwards in preparation for his launch.

The Lord certainly has a purpose in this stretching, just like he has purpose in our stretching. Paul had to unlearn much of what he had learned. The religious system in which he was trained had touched every area of his life. Religious ambition and misunderstanding was bound up in Paul’s life. The Lord needed to burn all that out of Paul in order to use him fully. The Lord gave Paul time to unlearn his previous life, and grow in the life of the Spirit. In Paul’s life this took about thirteen years from the time Jesus called him to the time that God’s slingshot launched into his ministry to the Gentiles (see Acts 13).

I know that many people who feel “stretched backwards” read this blog. Some of you have had significant impact in life or ministry before the Lord called you for his special purposes. We often answer the Lord’s call with high expectation without realizing that the Lord’s call also implies that he is going to take the time to remodel our souls. That remodeling, that time of real spiritual growth, can feel like we are losing ground rather than gaining ground. But as God is preparing our soul’s, he is also arming the very mechanism that will launch us into his purposes. At just the right time, he will release us into the true purposes of his calling, and that launch will be breathtaking.

Are you feeling a bit stretched lately? Does it actually feel like you have been losing ground? That is probably a sign that you are getting close to the launch. Press on. When that launch comes you will quickly see your destiny unleashed.
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