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Hurricane Matthew Report

windsAlmost from its inception, Matthew drew people’s attention. Its quick development in the face of strong shear will be cause for much discussion in the scientific community in the days ahead.

Although our congregation held three evening prayer meetings (Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday), I haven’t posted on Hurricane Matthew, simply because of a hectic schedule (including those prayer meetings).

I wanted to send this update to all those who were praying for us, and to thank you for the prayers. As you can see from the wind field graphic to the left, hurricane force winds (the red line in the graphic) did not come to South Florida. It appears at this point, that the storm will not make landfall in Florida, and perhaps it will not make landfall in the United States on this pass. Obviously, there is still room to pray for those who continue in harms way. Hurricane paths are tricky things, and it could yet make landfall. There is also room to act, as Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas did not fare as well with this storm as we did yesterday. Please be generous as you consider how to help those who have been harmed.

If you don’t know where to give, consider Food for the Poor (Click Here for their website). Several of my congregation members have worked there over the years (some still do), and it is a worthy charity that helps the people of Haiti and other poor nations in many different ways.

Thanks again for the prayers, and the well wishes. They are appreciated.
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The Kingdom is Smashing Records

KingdomThe Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing, and it’s smashing records along the way. On November 30th, the Kingdom demolished another barrier that should clearly demonstrate that something significant has changed. Florida has gone ten years without being struck by a hurricane. Since records began being kept in 1851, Florida has been struck by a hurricane, on average, every two years. There was one stretch where Florida was not struck by hurricane force winds for five years. There was another of four years. But those stretches are so rare that the average still stands at one hurricane strike every two years for the 165 years since records started being kept.

The current ten-year stretch is unprecedented, but it has not been unheralded. Since 1998, when the Lord first began to speak to our congregation about the authority he has given us over hurricanes and other weather systems, we, along with many others, have picked up the mantle of authority and diligently applied it to the Atlantic hurricane season. For a brief history on this, please read these posts on this site HERE and HERE (or simply put “hurricane” in the search field on this website to read much more). For a much fuller perspective, click over to Amazon (HERE) and spend $2.99 on the Kindle version of a book* I authored—or order the hard copy— that presents irrefutable evidence that God has called us to advance the Kingdom by taking on hurricanes, other weather patterns, and much more. I have repeatedly stated, in print, video, and by other means that if we use the keys of authority that God has given us, we will be able to impact hurricane patterns. I have travelled to many different countries with this message since 1999, and have written a book about it (and I am currently writing another). The Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing, and this is just one obvious sign of it.

The current ten-year hurricane drought is either a stunning coincidence, an unparalleled stretch of serendipity that just happened to begin as we began training people throughout Florida to take authority over weather patterns, or the Kingdom is advancing. If you realize that our emphasis on this authority was initiated by the Lord in 1998, and that it began with an accurate prediction of the location of hurricane strike, the hurricane’s name, and the fact that it would hit by surprise, facts that were so disseminated throughout South Florida in the six months before the storm hit that a local NBC affiliate broadcast an interview about it two weeks before the storm even formed (thus providing absolute historical proof of everything I am writing about it), one would have to be willfully ignorant to ignore God’s hand in all of this. His Kingdom is advancing. This ten-year stretch is one of the signs of it.

So I am celebrating the ten-year hurricane drought, while at the same time planning to do everything that I can to extend it to eleven years next year. Since I know that so many other Kingdom-minded people are doing the same throughout Florida, I know that we have a very good chance of continuing the record. Ten years from now, I would love to be writing about the twenty year hurricane drought, but that will only happen if God’s people continue to use the Keys of the Kingdom that they have been given.

I am confident that they will not only continue to use those Keys to exercise authority over weather patterns, but also to impact every other area that God’s Kingdom must come. Those who violently fight their own unbelief, their own inertia, and their own lack of Kingdom vision will continue to see the Kingdom advance against all obstacles. His Kingdom will come, on earth as it is in heaven.
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* I feel it is important to mention that neither my congregation nor I make any money from the sale of this book. The Lord has clearly shown us that Hurricane Irene was a Jericho event for us. In the same way that all proceeds from the conquest of Jericho were devoted to God, so also the proceeds of any sales are devoted to God. Any profits from sales enable us to give even more copies away.
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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.
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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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