The Isaiah 62 Global Fast for Israel

The Isaiah 62 Global Fast for Israel

We invite you to join with us and believers around to globe to engage in a global prayer initiative spearheaded by Mike Bickle, Lou Engle, Jason Hubbard, and others. The Isaiah 62 Fast is a call to 21 Days of prayer and fasting for the fulfillment of God’s salvation promises for Jerusalem and Israel (May 7-28).

More than 1 million believers have already committed to unite in prayer and fasting for the following goals:

  1. To pray for God’s salvation purposes for Israel
  2. For the unfolding of God’s purposes for Israel and the Jews as revealed in Scripture
  3. To pray that the body of Christ would have a biblical view of Israel and its unique role in the earth.

I believe the Isaiah 62 global fast is strategic. This historic fast will culminate on the first global prayer day entirely focused on Israel with over 100 million intercessors will be praying for Israel on Pentecost Sunday, May 28th.

For more details on how to join in this significant season of prayer and fasting, click here to visit Isaiah62fast.com. You are invited to engage with us locally in prayer on Tuesdays at the LightHouse from 8:30-9:30 am and on Thursdays at the Franklin Prayer House from 9 am to 11 am.

But if their [Israel’s] transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! …For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? (Romans 11:12,15).

It’s All About Obedience

It’s All About Obedience

It’s all about obedience I just finished rereading the book of Joshua, and I continue to be amazed at the difference between God’s instructions to Joshua before and after the conquest of Jericho. When about to conquer Jericho the Lord said, “Keep away from the devoted things… all the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into His treasury” (6:18-19). And what happened?

Achan took some of the plunder and as a result 36 men lost their lives unnecessarily and his entire family were killed. “Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks which remains to this day” (7:26), the biblical scribe reports. But now watch this: with that heap of rocks still somewhere close in sight, the Lord tells Joshua, “I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land…. Except that you may carry off their plunder and livestock for yourselves” (8:2).

Had I been Joshua, I think I would have wanted to say, “Really Lord? We just killed a man who did that.” But Joshua must have learned a lesson from Moses. Remember when Israel was in the desert without water and God told Moses, “Strike the rock and water will come out of it for the people to drink” (Exodus 17:6)? Remember also that at a later time when the nation was in need of water, God told Moses, “Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water” (Numbers 20:8). And what did Moses do? He “struck the rock twice with his staff” (v. 11), and even though “water gushed out,” Moses was never allowed to enter the Promised Land.

Why? He disobeyed God’s instructions. The first time he was told to strike the rock. The next time he was instructed to speak to the rock. It’s all about obedience. Lord, give us open ears to hear from You and open hearts to obey You. We pray in the powerful Name of Jesus.

Passover (3.27.21, Nisan 14)

Passover (3.27.21, Nisan 14)

On this day, 3500 years ago,

lambs were slaughtered throughout Goshen in Egypt.
Hyssop brushes stroked Jewish doorposts with lamb’s blood.

The children of Israel met quietly,
sequestered behind their bloodstained doors,
waiting to be delivered from 400 years of slavery.

On this day, 2000 years ago,
another Lamb was slain.
Human hearts were stroked with Lamb’s blood
and freed from centuries of slavery.
Today…Lamb’s blood is still found on human hearts.
Deliverance is found behind a blood-stained door.
If the doorpost of your heart is stained with Lamb’s blood,

have a glorious Passover season.
If not, grab quickly the hyssop
and look for the Lamb’s blood.
The exodus will come suddenly

and we will be ushered into a whole new glorious future.

The slain Lamb has risen

and will return as King of kings and Lord of lords!

Hiding the Word in Our Hearts

Hiding the Word in Our Hearts

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you”

Psalm 119:11

How do we hide God’s Word in our hearts?

I don’t know any way other than memorization.

But don’t let that scare you. I’m not talking about memorizing whole chapters, although that’s great if we can do that, but I’m talking about single thoughts or verses. You may not consider that you are good at memorizing Scripture, but if you are walking strong in the Lord, you have certain scriptures inside you that hold you closer to the Lord, even if cannot quote those scriptures word for word in any of the many translations.

For example, how many of us take comfort again and again in Paul’s assurance that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose?” We may never have actually memorized that verse, or may not even know where to find it (it’s Romans 8:28), but we know its content, and we rely again and again on its truth.

As we read through Scripture again this year (and I trust you have some kind of plan for reading regularly through Scripture), let us find those truths that will transform us, let us mark them, learn them, journal them, hide them in our hearts, quote them, and use them so that, as Paul says when writing to the Corinthians, we will continue to “reflect the Lord’s glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18) and be transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus.

That’s my hope for you. That’s my hope for me. As we move through this new year. Have a blessed year.

Fixing Our Eyes On Jesus

Fixing Our Eyes On Jesus

“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV).

Many of us probably identify with Peter. He would make bold statements and even take bold actions, only to fall flat on his face a few moments later. Or perhaps I should say only to fall in the water a few moments later.

Remember the time when Jesus walked out on the Sea of Galilee to join the disciples when their “boat was already a considerable distance from the land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it” (Matthew 14:24)?

When they saw Jesus, they were terrified. They thought they must be seeing a ghost. But then Jesus cried out, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter’s whole perception changed immediately. He took his eyes off the waves and looked at Jesus: “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” Jesus said.

So Peter, with eyes still fixed on Jesus, “got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”

Stop and imagine this. Peter did something he never imagined that he could do – as long as his eyes were fixed on Jesus.

But when he looked at the waves, he began to sink.

We are living in stormy times. Some of the waves are fierce. But as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we will walk forward in strength. If we begin to focus our attention on the waves, we will begin to sink.

The story goes that Smith Wigglesworth would not allow a newspaper in his home. He did not want to focus on the reports coming from man, but on the message that was coming from God.

May we all run with confidence the race marked out for us, “fixing our eyes on Jesus.”

Psalm 91 – The Coronavirus Psalm

Psalm 91 – The Coronavirus Psalm

This Psalm has been a strength for many believers who turn to the Bible looking for answers during this trying and unknown time. The psalmist even foresaw times like the one in which the world is experiencing now. Twice he spoke of being protected from the pestilence – the “deadly pestilence” and “the pestilence that stalks in the darkness.” Once he speaks of the “plague that destroys at midday.”

But the opening verse is the key for our focus: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Dwelling in the LORD brings rest.

Paul tells us that “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:8). And from our perspective with God, we see Him at work in all situations. He will never allow the enemy to win the battle. Jesus has been given “all authority” not only in heaven but also “on earth” (Matthew 28:18).

Let us pray for all those who will turn to the Lord during this worldwide “pestilence/plague.” Let us become the believers who put our trust in Him, trusting that even this will be turned for our good as we trust in Him.

Sudanese Refugees in Jordan

Sudanese Refugees in Jordan

During the School of Revival in 2019, one of our teams spent four days in Jordan. We quickly learned once being there, that there are around 4 million refugees in Jordan. That makes up about 43% of the country’s population.

Our team partnered with a local ministry that works with refugees and provides humanitarian aid to families that are in difficult situations. They also hire refugees and teach them different skills in order to provide for their families. We got to serve the ministry by taking groceries to some of the refugee families and visit them in their homes.

We navigated the narrow, busy streets with our local translator, and came to a tall apartment building. Carrying heavy bags full of groceries, we followed our new friend up multiple flights of stairs until we reached the very top flat of the building. The small room was actually on top of the roof, and seemed to be an add-on to the original building. 

We knocked on the door and a small but strong looking sudanese woman answered. She greeted us with a shy but warm smile and welcomed us in. She wore a long black dress with a delicate blue scarf carefully wrapped around her head and neck so that only her gentle face showed. 

The small room we entered had a single bed and a few chairs. There was a smaller room to the left of the entrance and a tiny kitchen on the opposite side. She had us come in and sit on the chairs as she took a seat on her bed. She then quickly stood back up again, asking if she could serve us tea or water. 

Our translator told her that she did not need to busy herself in serving us because our purpose in being there was to build friendship with her, hear her story and talk with her about Jesus. She smiled and sat back down again, relaxing a little and interested in talking with us. 

She told us her story of survival and fleeing for her life from war that was sweeping across her country. She escaped with her two small children to Jordan with hopes of finding work and refuge from a war torn land. Meanwhile, we could hear a hoarse cough coming from the small room next to us. She quickly got up and retrieved her little girl who was sick with a fever and held her close as she continued telling her story. 

Now she finds herself alone with her two children in a new country, with a job as a household maid to a Jordanian family that barely pays enough for them to get by. The suffering and hardship this woman had to endure was greater than we could comprehend, but it made us so thankful for the ministry that found her and is helping meet many of her practical needs.

After hearing her story and learning more about her, we asked if we could share the most important reason why we had come. And that was the message of hope. It is so important to be able to meet practical needs, but it is just as important to give the greatest gift of all that will last long after we leave. Jesus.

For the next two hours our team had the opportunity to share the entire gospel. We started by telling the story of Adam and Eve and how sin separated us from perfect union with God. Then we slowly explained the scriptures of God desperately wanting relationship once more with His people, and how that resulted in Him sending His only Son into the world to die on the cross for us. We told her what Jesus was like and the character and nature of a perfect, holy, loving, relational God. We shared how He rose from the grave and even death could not contain His great love. 

She asked questions as we explained. Most of her questions were from what she knew from Islam. But her questions became less and less as she was met with this story of a loving God who is after her heart and wants to give her peace. Her demeanor changed from the start of the conversation and we could tell her heart was softening and she was deeply contemplating what we had to say.

Many on our team also received words of knowledge that touched her heart and made her so open to what we were saying. When she began to argue against something we said because of an Islamic belief she had, the Holy Spirit seemed to instantly drop an answer in one of our minds and we were able to give an answer. Often times our team looked at each other feeling stunned at the answers we were giving, and how we were all in unity sharing the exact same analogy or answer to best describe what she was questioning. 

The Presence of God felt so tangible and real in that tiny room that it felt as though Jesus Himself might walk in through the front door. Our hearts felt this desperation for her to encounter God for herself, and to know what we were saying was truth. We realized that desperation we were feeling was actually a small glimpse of the desperation the Father feels to encounter His daughter. The longing of the heart of God for His lost child seemed overwhelming. There was also a deep confidence our team felt from the Lord that His ability to encounter her and change her life is not dependent on us. God was after her heart, and that was enough.

We ended our time by praying for her and praying for peace, hope and healing. She told us that she felt peace when we prayed for her and wanted us to come back again. Even though our team would not be there to continue building friendship and having conversation about Jesus with her, the ministry we went with would. They continue to bring her groceries, help meet some of her practical needs, share the gospel with her and pray for her. 

We know that Jesus is after her heart and cares about her deeply. She is not forgotten to Him and we continue to trust and pray that her heart would open more and more to the man Jesus, and would continue to encounter His peace and love for her. 

Plagues into Prayer

Plagues into Prayer

Turning plagues into prayers

Four scriptures from John’s Revelation stir me to turn the present plague into prayers. In Revelation 9:20, after the trumpet plagues had been sent across the earth, John mourns that “the rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands,” indicating that God can use plagues in a way of calling people to repentance.

Similar frustration is expressed following the bowls of wrath that are reported in chapters 15 and 16. “They were seared by the intense heat and cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him” (16:9). “Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heavens because of their pain and their sores, but they refused to repent for what they had done” (16:10-11).

However there can be another response. Following the two witnesses, John reports, “At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven” (11:13). Giving glory to God implies that there was repenting going on.

Let us pray that this present crisis will be used of God to turn the hearts of thousands, even millions of hearts to Jesus. Do remember the prophecy about a billion soul world revival beginning in our day.

Let us be filled with hope and with joy in Jesus. Let us turn this plague into a “good report.” To the glory of God! Through Jesus the King!