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Whatever You Bind on Earth

IreneCoverLast week Wednesday was the fifteenth anniversary of the day Hurricane Irene devastated South Florida with a surprise strike as a category four hurricane—oh wait, that is what was supposed to happen. Instead, because the Lord spoke to a group of his people, we knew about it a year in advance, so it wasn’t a surprise to us. In addition, we also knew the storm’s name, where it was going to hit, that the National Hurricane Center would drop the ball and not issue hurricane warnings for our area, and we knew it would be a category four storm unless God’s people in our county picked up the invitation to oppose it in united prayer. Because God spoke to his people, and because we responded, we were able to set an ambush for Satan. Hurricane Irene was barely a hurricane when it hit South Florida. It hit by surprise, as the Lord had shown us, but instead of thousands dying in an unexpected monster storm, God’s Kingdom authority was validated. Since then, many have taken up the mantle of faith and authority over the elements. This is an anniversary worth celebrating.

Often, when I would speak with the late Bob Jones, one of my prophetic mentors, he would tell me that we needed to get the word out about what God has done to build faith for Kingdom authority in South Florida. I finally listened. Just on time for the fifteenth anniversary of Irene, I have published the story that started us on the path to understanding (and to calmer hurricane seasons). It is called Whatever You Bind On Earth: Authority to Stop Hurricanes. It is, first and foremost, an invitation to use the Keys of Kingdom Authority. It is also a historical record of how God warned about Hurricane Irene, and it is incontrovertible evidence that God still speaks today. The first copies of the book actually arrived on October 15th, the exact day of the fifteenth anniversary of Hurricane Irene’s visit to South Florida.

Here is what the back cover of the book says:

On October 1, 1999, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, aired an interview with a pastor who claimed God had spoken to his congregation about Hurricane Irene, a storm that had not yet formed. The pastor explained where the storm would hit, that it would hit by surprise, and that God had invited his people to pray so that it would not devastate South Florida. You can still see that interview at HurricaneIrene.com. Hurricane Irene hit South Florida by surprise two weeks after the interview ran. It hit where the pastor said it would hit. This book recounts how God prepared a people to stand in the gap for South Florida, and invites you to take your place using the keys of authority that Jesus granted to his Church. You will learn how to stand in the gap for your community, and you will be inspired to seek the Lord and his voice at an even higher level.

Here is what I wrote in the preface of the book:

On October 1, 1999, WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, aired a report on a church in Coral Springs, Florida, which had predicted that a hurricane named Irene would strike southeast Florida by surprise.

That interview, broadcast twelve days before the storm that would become Hurricane Irene had even formed, has become eloquent testimony for the veracity of everything contained in this book.

You can read this book without watching the interview, available at the link below. However, if you watch the video, you will want to continue reading this book.

The video is evidence that God still speaks.

Here is the video:

The book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle ebook format: Amazon Link

If you decide to read the book, please post a review at the Amazon site. We need to get the word about our authority out. This book is also great for unbelievers as a witness to the living God, and for those who do not believe God still speaks, since it demonstrates that he does.

If you are interested in bulk purchases for your church, group, or bookstore, contact me through the “Contact Me” menu above.

Thank you for your support.

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The Earth is Groaning

digitalearthI have a vivid and not particularly pleasant memory from my childhood. My family had been attending a family reunion on a hot summer day at a great uncle’s property several hours drive from our home. These family reunions were always a lot of fun, and for most of the day I enjoyed the festivities, but by early evening I was sicker than the proverbial dog. A flu bug, or more likely, a touch of food poisoning from a salad gone bad in the afternoon heat, brought a miserable end to an enjoyable day. I remember the long drive home. I was sitting in the back seat of the family car feeling absolutely miserable. I needed relief from the misery, and I discovered one thing that did help. If I groaned softly, it took a bit of the pressure off. I actually felt slightly better. Unfortunately for me, I was not alone, and I soon found out that the rest of my family didn’t enjoy listening to my pressure relief valve. Though they certainly felt compassion for me, one of them reminded me that groaning wasn’t going to make me feel better. I was too sick to argue, but if I could have worked up the energy I would have announced, that yes, groaning was making me feel better.

The Lord spoke to us recently about the earth’s pressure relief valve, its groaning. He indicated that we needed to think about the earth’s groans in a bit more literal fashion than was our wont. The passage to which he was referring in this discussion is Romans 8:22, and it speaks about the entirety of creation groaning. It says, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (NIV).  When the Lord spoke to us about this, he narrowed our focus from the entirety of creation down to just our planet. He wanted us to think about the earth, and he wanted us to know that it, too, is groaning.

When I have read Romans 8:22 in the past, I have speculated about what Paul meant in this passage. The apostle Paul wrote about the entire universe being subjected to frustration and groaning. As I have grappled to understand this passage, I have envisioned an impatient groaning as a kind of universal background noise. I never really credited inanimate objects with groaning, rather I would think about the created beings. I would think of the senseless waste and slaughter that takes place in the animal world, and how animals who were created to fill a peaceful role must now kill and be killed in order for species to survive. I can imagine the groaning of the feral female cat in our neighborhood as she loses kitten after kitten to predators, or the groaning of a duck hen being trailed by the ever-shrinking number of ducklings. I can also imagine that, at some core level of being, the predators who must stalk, crush, and kill to survive, must groan over this change to their basic purpose and design.

While I can imagine these things accounting for the groaning mentioned in Romans 8, that is not how the Lord presented it. He didn’t anthropomorphize the earth, that is, he did not give it a groaning human personality, nor did he point to the animal creation. Instead, he showed us that the groaning is a physical manifestation of the planet’s subjection to decay. He directed our attention to the earthquakes, the tsunamis, the mudslides, and the ferocious storms. He pointed to the many different ways that natural disasters manifest, and he showed us that these are the groans of the earth. These are its pressure relief valve. He wanted us to think in terms of the earth groaning whenever we see these natural disasters manifest.

This change in focus helps me understand the dynamics of our time even more fully. The planet itself has been subject to frustration and decay. This physically impacts the planet and its atmosphere in such a negative way that pressure must be released. It must groan. When it does, we call that groaning a natural disaster.

This is a bit of a perspective change on my part, but in another way, it is not. In the Romans passage mentioned above, Paul also added that the creation has been groaning “as in the pains of childbirth.” This is imagery we understand because Jesus used it. When he referred to the end of the Jewish age in Matthew 24, he described the disastrous things that would occur as the birth pangs of the church age. In that same way, Paul reveals that the groans of the earth are the birth pangs for the age to come. This is familiar to us.

In addition, since the tempo of the groans are compared to the pains of childbirth, we can understand what an increase in the tempo of the earth’s groans means. We know that painful contractions increase in intensity and frequency as a birth is about to happen. That means that we can expect to witness an increase in the frequency and intensity of these groans as the day of creation’s liberation draws near. We are literally witnessing the birthing of the new heaven and the new earth. While that will not release celebration over each new disaster, it will help us understand what is happening.

I also believe we can help mitigate the negative impact of these contractions if we are alert to their timing. In that way, we can act as a sort of anesthesiologist. In the same way a deft anesthesiologist’s intervention makes the labor more manageable without hindering the delivery, I believe our active intervention through intercession can help alleviate the pain of these groaning events. We do that by standing in the gap for those in harms way, and by using our authority to mitigate intensity of the contractions in population centers.

The earth is groaning. We will see more evidence of that in the days ahead. If we keep our ears on the ground, we can hear it. If we turn our ears heavenward, we can help ease the negative impacts. The Lord is giving us eyes to see, and ears to hear. Let us use the information he is revealing for his glory, and for his purposes.

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An Epic Winter Snowstorm

snowstormAt first the title to this post, An Epic Snowstorm, almost sounds like fun. I can remember growing up in northern climes, and looking forward with anticipation to every snowstorm. To my mind, and the minds of my equally young schoolmates, snowstorms conjured thoughts of closed schools, snow forts, and sledding. We gave little thought to the economic impact of such storms, or the other inherent dangers that accompany them. Our thoughts were far more focused on the fun of such storms, rather than their furor.

But their furor is a reality. It is because of this reality that we must once again pay close attention this winter. The Lord has spoken to many of his prophetic people about severe winter weather, weather that many parts of the United States have already begun to taste. He also recently spoke to us about a particular storm for the Midwest that he called epic.

When the Lord uses words like epic, it means something. We have had many bad snowstorms that the Lord has barely spoken to us about. Bad snowstorms happen. They drop a lot of snow in a short period of time, slow or stop transportation routes, and generally bring things to a standstill for several days. The Lord’s language indicates that the storm that is coming will disrupt things far beyond the norm, last much longer, or otherwise create a lasting impact.

When the Lord speaks to us about severe weather, it is because we need to pray against it. Thus, this is an intercessory alert for the Midwest (and because of the way winter weather moves, regions to the east of it).

The Lord also showed us something else about this storm that brings us great concern. He showed us the demonic influences that Satan’s forces will attempt to release with this storm. He has prepared a type of insanity that will accompany the storm. I don’t know exactly how it will manifest, but I can imagine people doing irrational things that put lives at risk, especially if power outages and extended transportation disruptions develop. Such insanity can turn a bad situation much worse.

The last time the Lord gave us a warning about severe winter weather, he gave us about three weeks of advance warning to marshal his prayer warriors (see Watch the Northwest). The Lord has not given us any time frames, but we can assume that he will give us enough time to adequately respond to this alert.

Please stand with us for those who will be impacted by such a storm. Stand in spiritual authority against any level of insanity that Satan’s forces would attempt to release attendant to this storm. Pray that lives would be preserved, and that the storm would not be so epic that it would cause mass suffering or hardship. Stand in the gap for all those in harms way.

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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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The Miracle of Peace

DebateSome might prefer juggling with sharp objects over doing what we did Tuesday evening. A group of pastors, just slightly under a dozen to be more precise, decided to discuss the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. This topic has polarized our culture as people from different ethnic backgrounds have interpreted the trial, and the events preceding the trial, in wildly different ways. Our decision to discuss this trial presented risk because, while the the group consisted of Bible-believing Christian clergy members, we were from a broad range of ethnic backgrounds. As a result, the discussion was sometimes loud—even a little heated, but even as we respectfully disagreed on points of view, we forged ahead for about two hours attempting to see things from each other’s perspective. At the end, I, for one, realized that it’s a miracle that people from different backgrounds get along at all.

The problem is that we all have different life experiences. Those life experiences color how we interpret everything around us. We cannot assume we know how other people are interpreting the events we are witnessing. We haven’t lived in their shoes. We haven’t seen life from their perspective. We are seeing events through the grid of our experiences, and others are seeing those same events through the grid of their experiences. When our life experience differs greatly, our interpretive grids also vary greatly.

This came out in our meeting on Tuesday. As we hashed through things we knew about the two young men whose lives intersected in tragedy, we came to understand that both young men were angry, and both had just reasons for their anger. One young man was angry that the homes in his neighborhood were being burglarized on a regular basis. He felt justifiable anger over this violation. He saw another young man walking through the neighborhood whom he did not recognize. He did not know that the young man was visiting someone in the neighborhood. He saw that other young man as part of the problem, and directed his anger at him.

For his part, the other young man was also angry. One of the pastors at our meeting, a man of African-American heritage, helped us understand why he was angry, even justifiably so. He told us that black young men get tired of being treated like bad guys in their own neighborhoods. They get tired of being asked what they are doing and why they are there, especially when they are doing nothing wrong and have every right to be where they are. They get angry because many people do profile them. From witness testimony at the Sanford trial, it is obvious that the younger man felt violated by the man who was following him. No doubt he resented being viewed as a threat when he was simply walking back from the store to the house of a family friend. His anger, understandably, was directed at his pursuer.

Both young men had justifiable reasons for their anger. Unfortunately, there were no peacemakers to step between them that evening. There were no peacemakers to help them explain their anger to each other, and to resolve it in a peaceful manner. There was no one there who was able to pour oil on turbulent waters. As a result, as often happens, anger lead to confrontation. The confrontation escalated beyond words, and an awful tragedy occurred.

We couldn’t be in Sanford to help that evening. But we can help now. We can be peacemakers. If we will attempt to see events through the interpretive grid of both young men, rather than just the one we most identify with, we can become peacemakers. We can pour the oil of peace on the troubled waters of our time. That is our opportunity, that is our job description. If we take up that challenge, we will see a miracle. That miracle is the unbelievable grace of people from different backgrounds getting along.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 ESV).

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