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The Verbs #2 – Digging Deep

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The Verbs #2 ~ Digging Deep

“That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.

And here’s why: God gives out wisdom free,
is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding.
He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well,
a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere.”
Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: The Bible in contemporary language (Pr 2:2–7). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
Solomon tells us that if we want to know God, then we are going to have to dig deep for it. Jesus used a different term. He said you have to hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6). It’s when you hunger and thirst that you will be filled. He’s willing to fill you but first, you have to have an appetite for righteousness. Likewise, He gives wisdom and understanding away freely. It’s when we cry out, or dig for understanding that it will be found.

Maybe you have had a piece of furniture and you wanted to give it away free of charge. You place an ad in the paper, on Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, and or Twitter. You even run TV ads to advertise the free item. You are willing to give it away, yet no one wants to make the effort to come and get it. However, the one who does make the effort to come and get the free item, receives the piece of furniture and then uses it to make their life better. Every person who saw the ad had the same opportunity to receive, but only those that responded and gave effort were rewarded with the free item.

God has advertised for thousands of years what He has to offer! But only those that make the effort as Solomon stated, will get the reward. Solomon says if you want to know God or understand God, it requires some effort. He uses an image of a miner mining for gold. You have to dig in, dig deep into God’s word everyday! Pursue God, and when you do, you will find Him.

James 4:8 tells us that if we will draw close to God, He will draw close to us. Jesus said if you will seek me you will find me. In Hebrews 11:6, we find two keys to digging deep, or shall I say the proper tool to use in digging, faith!

1. Believe that He is!

Believe He is what? Whatever you need! He asked in the Old Testament of Moses, “who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked of Peter, “who do you say that I am?” You will find when you dig in faith, that the answer is what He said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM! I am what you need me to be.

If you are lonely, you’ll find He is a friend.

When you are struggling, you’ll find He is a help.

When you are weak, you’ll find He is strength.

Just believe He is.

2. Believe that He is the God that will meet the need in your life.

Many believe He is, but they don’t dig deep to find out ALL that He is. Here in Hebrews 11:6 we are told to diligently seek Him. Why is it so important to seek God diligently? When you go after God to find out if He is what you need, and you do that diligently, the very things that you were seeking will fade away. You will find that what you were seeking all along was Him. Everything else will fade in importance because God is what you have needed all along. He is, and He is a rewarder of them that dig deep for Him. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him.

When you dig for God, you will find yourself so deep in God that the world no longer sees you, they only see Christ.

In the Arms of my Father!

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This past week my family and I traveled to New York City! This trip would be my youngest daughter’s second time flying on an airplane. Over the years I have had to overcome my own fear of flying by simply facing my fears and getting on an airplane and flying all over the country!

Each time we have flown with Zoe, she wants to sit right next to dad because that’s where she feels safe. As the plane began to move away from the terminal on the first leg of our trip, Zoe latched on to my arm, hugged it so tight and I knew right away she was having some major apprehensions! I just began walking her through what was happening verbally. I told her why it was happening and I even discussed the events that were to come! As the conversation ended, her arms loosened from my arm and I noticed she began to move about and unpack her bag that held all of her activities to keep her occupied during the flight. We landed at our destination without incident and all was well with Zoe.

On our return trip Zoe once again announced she was sitting next to dad! It was incredibly windy that morning and many flights were delayed, including our own. When we boarded and taxied out on the runway our pilot announced that we were most certainly going to have a rough beginning and a rough ending of our flight due to the incredible wind gusts! I was certain that Zoe would have a death grip on my arm. Yes, she immediately grabbed my arm, but this time she placed it in a position in which she could rest her head and off to sleep she went. She slept through the entire flight, including all the rough parts and proudly proclaimed to everyone around us, “I didn’t feel a thing because I slept through it all.”

I have often found myself doing the same thing as my daughter. There are have been many times when I did not understand what was happening. I really didn’t understand why it was happening and because I didn’t know what the future looked like, I was full of fear and great concern. It has been in those times that I have grabbed a hold of my Heavenly Father as tightly as I could possibly grip. Each time that I do that, He gently tells me what is happening, explains why it’s happening and assures me, and He continues to explain each step of the way! Each time I have made it through without incident because my Father has been through this before. He has faced every trial I will ever face. He’s been there before me and He will walk me through this as He has done every other time before.

So maybe the next time the trial comes, I will just simply adjust His arm so that I may rest! Even if the winds are blowing and the wind gusts causes delays and even cancellations! I will just find peace in being next to my Father! And I will make it through without even realizing all that was really going on! I choose to trust the one that I am traveling with because I am assured that I will arrive at the destination that He has planned for me!

 

 

 

Be a Barnabas

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You need a Barnabas and You need to Be A Barnabas

Would Paul have had the same impact had it not been for Barnabas? The Damascus dust may still have been on Paul’s sandals. Paul’s murderous threats toward those of the Way were still a fear-filled reality when Barnabas took Paul to the apostles, but Barnabas vouched for the truthfulness of his testimony (Acts 9:26,27). He didn’t have to vouch for Paul, but his act of encouragement provided a necessary link between Paul and the fulfillment of his calling. Several years later, Barnabas was prompted by the Holy Spirit to look for Paul (Acts 11:25). No doubt the Damascus Road testimony had been forgotten by most, but not by Barnabas.

Barnabas, in keeping with his name, always seemed to be looking for someone to encourage. The tentmaker from Tarsus had seemingly been overlooked by the established church and bypassed for any “meaningful” ministry assignments. But because of Barnabas’ influence, the Antioch church found a place for Paul and helped him develop trusting relationships and a respected teaching ministry (Acts 11:26; 13:1,2). This was not the only time Barnabas took such an initiative. Remember John Mark? (Acts 15:37) Regardless of the baggage or failure from the past, Barnabas was there to be that “son of exhortation.”

How many of us need a modern-day Barnabas to come alongside to promote our ministries? How many ministers sit dejected on the sidelines because of a failure? Their church didn’t grow. The vote was not strong enough to stay. The program was a disaster. A marriage or family relationship disintegrated. Where is that brother or sister to look for the forgotten, to believe in the divine call, to hope for the best? The 21st century needs larger numbers of Barnabas-minded people. Deserting the call God has placed on our lives is pandemic.

Seek out a Barnabas. Then BE a Barnabas to someone else.  The challenge is before us. Scan your environment for the overlooked, the rejected, the discouraged and disheartened, the ones who were passed by. Seek to be a Barnabas. Retaining and encouraging Christians will certainly help reverse the trend of declining numbers in churches.

Pursue a Paul

Pursue A Paul

Paul is that person that is ahead of you. It is not an age thing, it is an experience and wisdom thing. There is a real need, and it is being exacerbated by sociological realities of the 21st century. The breakdown in the home where sons and daughters have distant or nonexistent relationships with their fathers certainly has had a negative effect on leadership development. In times past, the son worked alongside his father, learning not only skill and competency, but also behavior and values. Where does this happen today?

You need a Paul in your life. Think of the list of individuals in the New Testament who were impacted by the apostle Paul.  Real life is different from theory. An education in itself does not prepare one for life. drives me to be better than before. Paul is that person that you might get offended at what they say to you, but that is what you asked them to do so you get over it and get on with the vision at hand.

Who is the Paul you are pursuing? Observation tells us that mentoring is not best-accomplished through a formal program. Mentoring takes place best as the one who desires the information and training pursues the one who has it.  Mentoring takes place as we watch, listen, serve, follow, learn, read, glean, and emulate. It is not something someone does to someone else. It is the result of a diligent pursuit of another’s life and ministry.

In Elisha’s day, this process took place as “the two of them walked on” (2 Kings 2:6*). “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you,” embodies the resolve Elisha had in pursuing Elijah.

Everyone needs to pursue someone who excels in some area of life or ministry. Thanks to 21st-century technology and travel, the entire world is open to us through print media—classic and current—tapes, interactive CDs, the internet, conferences, and networking. This allows anyone to connect with any Christian leader anywhere.

So, prayerfully ask the Lord to lead you to the “major league influencers” who can have an impact on your life and seek a Paul to pursue.  You must pursue your Paul, Paul will never Pursue you!

Turn Around

Do you have that innate ability to look in the natural and see what seems to be beyond repair? Whatever “it” may be, it’s neglected and/or left for dead, and in that view, you don’t see the ruins? You see the rising of a dream home, the training of a star athlete, an incredible singer, a car awarded, First Prize in a show, or a champion dog who just happens to be sitting in a shelter? Are you able to see the fruition of a well-laid plan instead of a nightmare?

Many of us, if you pulled us aside and asked what we thought of an investment, we’d inform you of how you just threw your money away. Many see broken marriages, financial struggles, fragmented relationships, addictions, and abuse and say, “What a nightmare! What a shame! I don’t see how that will ever change.” As believers, we should see possibilities, messes that God can turn into messages. For every test that is overcome stands a testimony.

You may be in the middle of that mess, looking at a wreck of a home, a wreck of a marriage, a wreck of your finances, a wreck in your relationships? God is asking you the questions… Well, what do you think? Can I help? God has a plan for you: a dream house, a dream relationship, a dream bank account and blessings beyond measure. Just look at Malachi 3.

God doesn’t look at your situation and see ruins. God sees the ability to create, to provide, to heal, and to deliver. In other words, God sees an opportunity to be God.

When God gets involved in things, He doesn’t simply fix the leaking roof. He makes all things new. When God sees chaos, He speaks order. When God sees darkness, He can’t help Himself but to send light.

In the beginning (Gen 1:1), God entered into darkness and showed off His power and authority.

He spoke words that turned darkness into light. He spoke words that turned emptiness into fullness. His words took chaos and created order. His words took the dust of the earth and created the majestic birds of the air and the beasts of the field, as well as our ancestors! (Genesis 2:19-22)

From this point on, our enemy, Lucifer, has made it his mission to take the order God created and turn it back into chaos. The words of Jesus tell us of the intent of our enemy. In John 10:10, it states that he comes to steal, kill and destroy. It is the polar opposite of what Jesus came to do, which was and is to heal, find, and restore.

This the battle of the ages: God turns it around and the enemy does all that he can to turn it back around. Satan got man to turn authority back over to him in the Garden of Eden. He thought he had won the battle, but along came a baby born in a manger, the greatest turnaround story in history. This baby restored hope for all mankind and returned authority back to the sons and daughters of God. God gave us power to confront and defeat the enemy each and every time he attacks. God turned it around. What you need to do today is remind Satan exactly who’s in control of the turn-around!

 

The Opportunity To Be God

No death, no curse, no enemy can prevent God from being God in your life. We cannot allow our circumstances to compromise what we believe and what we have already received. Christ paid the ultimate price for what we have. We don’t dare back down now!

We were headed to eternal damnation but we encountered the blood. We have received eternal life. We were headed for destruction, but now we are reconstructed as the body of Christ. We were without hope and now have hope! We were without joy and now we have joy, joy that is unspeakable and full of glory! Get that in your spirit today as we seek to remind ourselves that we just need to let God be God!

We were at war with God, but now have peace with Him (Romans 5). We were denied access, but now have access through Him. We are changed forever. We simply have to let Him do His work through us. Job could testify that God is Who He says He is. The same with Joshua, Moses, Gideon, Peter, Paul, and Thomas. What about you? Can you testify that God is God?

We’ve tried it our way, right? Let’s give God the opportunity to be God.

God doesn’t exactly approach situations like we would. In Isaiah 54, He tells a distraught, barren woman to sing and shout for joy because more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife. Here God required action. He used that action to turn this life around. The action of singing and shouting for joy is the perfect example of this woman lining up with the promise instead of the problem. We can’t sing for joy and complain in misery at the same time.

God knew this woman needed to hear something different in her ears than just the sound of her problems. Can you relate? He wanted her, and He wants us, to hear the sound of victory!

God wants us to sing in the struggle because the struggle is not the end. Our barrenness is not the end but rather the beginning of you allowing God to be Who He is, God, in your life.

 

Wreckless God? 

Are you struggling with a critical spirit? Even Jesus was criticized for how He responded to people in need.

After all, He rubbed spit and clay into one guy’s eyes. Probably not the way you might have tried to help him.

He took some poor kid’s lunch; yes, to feed a huge, hungry crowd, but still…

Jesus also waited 4 whole days to go see His friend Lazarus’ grave. What in the world took Him so long? What could have possibly been more important?

In the Old Testament, 2 Kings 4, a woman with nothing is told to go find more empty vessels that could be filled. Don’t you wonder if she was thinking, “But my house already has empty vessels. I don’t think you understand the problem here.”

In 2 Kings 5, a man named Naaman is instructed dip himself into a river 7 times. You may not have spent much time in rivers, but you probably know that they’re not considered clean bodies of water. A dirty river cleanses a dirty disease. Huh?

1 Kings 17 tells the story of a starving widow using her last tiny bit of flour and oil to make the prophet of God a meal.

Reckless it would seem, crazy to some, but these are the instances by which God’s power is shown to the whole world.

Isaiah 61:1-3 lets us know that God’s spirit rests upon us for a specific purpose. We have purpose! He has anointed us, you and me, to turn around the desolate circumstances, to bring those who are broken wholeness, and those who are imprisoned freedom. We are called not just visit the captive, but to free the captive! We are not called to simply remove the ashes, but to replace them with a crown of beauty!

BE-ATTITUDES (1 of 3)

In Matthew 23, we find that the last public sermon Jesus preached was not a message regarding salvation and invitation. By contrast, He spoke of condemnation and denunciation against the religious hierarchy of the day. Jesus didn’t hold back, calling the Pharisees names like “fools” and “blind guides,” while powerfully pointing out their brand of hypocrisy. These authoritative teachers of their day failed to follow their own precepts.

Jesus’ last sermon was in stark contrast to His first. His earthly ministry began by pronouncing eight blessings that came in the form of the Beatitudes. Each of these stand as a measure in stark contrast to what Jesus saw in the Pharisees.

Looking at the various attitudes over the next few days, we see there is a clear right vs wrong and there’s little room for question regarding which attitude we are to have.

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew5:3 (KJV)

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Matthew 23:13 (KJV)

*Jesus said the kingdom of heaven belongs to the poor in spirit, the Pharisees were proud in spirit. “I thank You, God, that I am not as other men,” they prayed (see Luke 18:11). We must be careful that our attitude or spirit doesn’t prevent us from inheriting the kingdom of God, nor should it prevent others.

  1. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Matthew 23:14 (KJV)

*Jesus promised that the mourners will be comforted. The Pharisees, however, manipulated those who mourned. We shouldn’t take advantage of people who are in crisis, or manipulate it to our advantage. Instead, we are to mourn, with those who mourn, and comfort those that need comforting.

  1. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (KJV)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:15 (KJV)

*The meek were to inherit the earth. The Pharisees, on the other hand, were trying to convert the earth to their legalistic, hypocritical, religious system. They were recruiting into a system where you could teach it, but not have to follow it. Instead, Jesus said the meek, those that had power under control, were to inherit the earth. We must use the power and the authority that God has given to us, in a manner that is acceptable to God.

Need Encouragement?

Have you ever needed encouragement? Yet, at the moment you needed that encouragement, you were alone. Isn’t that how it consistently works? About the time you need something it’s gone, you just missed the opportunity or you cannot find it?
When you need encouragement, it rarely happens just before you’re headed to a place, person, or event that will give you that encouragement. For instance, a depressing event will happen just after a church service but not before it. We rationalize that if it happened before the service, God would have so many opportunities to rescue or encourage you. Instead, the event happened just as you left the safety net of corporate prayer or folks that always have just the right words to offer in times of struggle. Well, it could be a week before you get back to church. Yet, you still need encouragement. What should you do?
David in I Samuel 30 found himself in a similar circumstance. He has just avoided a terrible battle and upon his return to his hometown with his boys, they find their city burning. Not only was it burning, but their families, possessions, and homes were gone! Everything was taken or destroyed! Now that’s a man that needs some encouragement. Just somebody/anybody around to give a good word of encouragement. One would think that the fellas that know David best and in whom David had made tremendous investments would be the first ones to rally with words of encouragement. No, these guys were upset and angry at David. Now not only was David discouraged, he was afraid for his life. He was facing betrayal, fearing that these men would now stone him to death! David’s situation escalated from bad to “It cannot get any worse”!

Let’s modernize this story: You are scrolling through Facebook and David’s post reads as follows:  “I am feeling ‘Discouraged’. I thought my day was bad enough when I managed to avoid a real war today, but I arrived home to find my wife and children abducted and our family home burned to the ground. Location formerly Ziglag, getting out of Dodge…
Then under that status all the comments are harsh words of blame, and accusations that it’s all David’s fault. Not a single person kind enough or willing to encourage David.
David did what you’ll have to do in many of life’s’ most difficult and discouraging moments. While most of us will never encounter all that David encountered, we do face genuine feelings of discouragement and we must do what David did no matter how large or how small the battle. He encouraged himself. You must do the same.
Often the crowd you run with will not see you through the trial. You’re going to have to find a place in God and encourage yourself.

Let’s look at what David did exactly.


First he encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6)

When  don’t have anywhere to turn and there is no one around, encourage yourself with His word and words concerning you.
That word that you’ve hid in your heart, that’s the word, you’ll need to turn to.

Secondly, David inquired of the Lord (1 Samuel 30:7,8). He talked with God, prayed, about the situation. We can also inquire of God through worship and praise. Prayer is simply communicating with God and then listen for His voice.

Thirdly, David Engaged with the Lord (1 Samuel 30:9,10). After prayer and praise, we see pursuit. To many people after they pray and praise, they say, Lord, bring me good things in my life, but God you bring them. God likes people that will take a step of faith and He will bless you as you go! When you take that step, and pursue after the desire of your heart, God will be with you and will fight for you! The scripture declares to not be weary in well doing, for in due season you’ll reap if you faint not! Did you catch that you’re doing, you’re pursuing after and you’ll reap it, if you faint not?

Lastly, David is inspired by the Lord  (1 Samuel 30:23-25) David insisted that the men who guarded the supplies were as important as those on the front line . God inspired David, and changed the entire dynamics of his army!

Once you begin to encourage yourself, get into a place where you can talk with God, and then help God by helping yourself. No doubt, as you’re talking with God and pursuing a solution, you’ll have a God inspired idea. That idea will change the dynamics of the issue that brought the discouragement in the beginning.

Remember that David, after pursuing, recovered everything that was taken from him, which is what caused the discouragement in his life. May you likewise recover it all, and be encouraged

We’re in a War

 

To win this war, we must pray effective prayers. The most effective prayers are prayers that are biblical prayers. We should pray according to the word of God.

James, upon telling us to pray effectual and fervent prayers, gives Elijah as the model of prayer.

Elijah upon entering the court of Ahab stood squarely upon the word of God. He was standing on Deuteronomy 11:16-17. Elijah knew as we should that God’s word will stand forever. If God said it, then it will happen.

James further told us that Elijah prayed earnestly. Meaning that when Elijah prayed he was bowed before the Lord. He humbled himself in the sight of God. In the many battles that we face, the only answer will be effective and fervent prayers. We will overcome through the power of effective praying and humbling ourselves under God’s mighty hand. (1 Peter 5:6)

 

Overcoming Sanballat

One of the greatest restoration and revival movements that you can read about is the story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem.

Nehemiah set out to rebuild, revive, and restore His city. As Nehemiah begins the process of rebuilding the walls of the city of Jerusalem. His adversaries mounted a campaign to distract, Nehemiah from his mission.

The reason for the attacks or distractions is that enemies of Jerusalem and the people of God didn’t want there to be any protection for them. A wall would mean a major shift in political power and a shift in commerce.

The main distractor was Sanballat. Sanballat enjoyed Jerusalem remaining in  the status quo. He enjoyed the city being in disrepair. He had a vested interest in Jerusalem remaining weak and indefensible.

His first mode of attack was that of ridiculing and mocking those that were rebuilding the wall. I’ve experienced this greatly in my first six years of pastoring. It is very easy for those that enjoy the status quo to sit back and jeer those that have a passion or a mission to rebuild the places of God. Those that distract, oppose, mock, and ridicule have a vested interest in the people and places of God remaining defenseless. They like our cities in disrepair, weak, and without order.

Nehemiah built the wall, in spite of the distractions and ridiculing of Sanballat.  Once Sanballat realized that the ridiculing and mocking wasn’t working. He adjusted his plan of attack. He changed to fear, entrapment, and political maneuvering. Sanballat did all that he could do to keep the wall from advancing and becoming complete.

No doubt, God has given you a mission, a passion, to see your family, church, or city changed through revival and restoration. As you embark on the noble cause. Be prepared for your very own Sanballat.

Sanballat will ridicule you, mock, and belittle you and the work that you are doing. When that doesn’t work, the attack will shift. Fear, entrapment, and political maneuvering will begin. However, like Nehemiah you also can finish the mission. You can rebuild your family, your church, and your city.

Nehemiah was able to overcome the distractions and rebuild the wall.

  1. He understood that with a great vision, there would be distractions and distractors.
  2. He never stepped away from the mission to deal with the distractions!
  3. He trusted that God would protect him.
  4. He kept the main thing the main thing. He never lost sight that his passion was to build the wall, not deal with Sanballat.

When Nehemiah was ridiculed and jeered, He relied on God. (Nehemiah 4:4-5). When there was resistance to the mission, Nehemiah made sure that he was aware of any attack that might come against them. He headed them off at the pass. He remained watchful, vigilant, but the work continued. (Nehemiah 4:7-9). When there was rumor and speculation, Nehemiah reassured the people, He told them “remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren…” (Nehemiah 4:11-14). Nehemiah also reinforced any weak areas in the mission. (Nehemiah 4:13). He made sure that any area of the mission that appeared weak, would be reinforced and strengthened.

In spite of all the attacks Nehemiah refused to quit (Nehemiah 4:15). One of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve heard, as a pastor, was to never resign on a Monday. Most often Mondays can be some the most emotionally tough days for a pastor. You’ve spent your Sunday rebuilding walls, reviving, and restoring. And then your personal Sanballat enters in and begins to ridicule all that was accomplished. You feel like it’s worthless. You’re ready to give in and give up. Don’t quit, don’t give up. Persistence is the ultimate gauge of leadership. Outlast your critics. Refuse to quit and give up. Now,  go and renew and strengthen the people again.  The quickest way to stop a great work is to stop a great leader. Don’t let a Sanballat stop you!

Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses. (Nehemiah 4:14)

 

 

Nehemiah 4:1-23 & 6:1-19

Power Praying for Our Children

We often will say we need to change our cities and our nation. I say that the cities, states, and nations will change when families are restored back to God.

This is about our sons and daughters. It is about breaking chains, holds and demonic strongholds off of our children.

Most of which, at one time, have had an encounter; an experience with Christ. However, they have walked away.

Some have walked further away than others, at least in our mind. I remind us today that the distance is the same between them all and Christ. Regardless of how steeped in sin we feel they are, their distance to return is the same as the one that we believe to be closer.

It will matter little how far away one is from Christ when He returns, the result will be the same.

However, the distance back to Christ is the same for everyone.

For that reason, I believe there is a stirring, a reviving and a renewing of the cry of parents for their children.

It is a clarion call for our children to return home, to come back to the Father.

You must have persistent, passionate and bold prayers for the vision that you have received; of the return of that which has been taken or that which has been promised to you.

The bible is filled with precious promises about the return of children.

I think it’s high time that we band together, in a unified force and start reclaiming what is rightfully ours and promised by God. We have been given authority, we should use it.

I perused the bible, and I noted that each time that God commanded his people to take something it never happened through a slick track, a television program, or sleek marketing.

Those items are needed but it is not what impresses nor is what brings victory.

Instead this battle is won in the trenches of our prayer rooms, prayer closets, and our obedience to the Holy Spirit.

This battle is against an enemy who seems to have entrenched himself, deep in the hearts of our children. It may seem that the child is fortified and the battle is hard. Our eyes see that there are defenses to every way of attack.

There is no defense against prayer.

Joshua faced a similar battle – it wasn’t over a child necessarily, yet it was over the future generations and the promises of God. He arrived at Jericho a well-fortified city that seemed to have a defense for every area of attack.

In reading the text again of the battle plan for Jericho, I noticed something in Joshua 6:12,15.

12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.

15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times.

They had the promise and the instruction and they arose early in the morning.

I believe one of the foundational points to taking back what is ours is to get an early start. Bombard the enemy and the heavens with prayers early.

There is no defense against prayer.

Heartfelt, impassioned prayer and consistent intercessory prayer, begins to tear down the strong holds and dissolve the power of sin’s hold on their lives.  Prayer makes the people of God more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. This allows for us to see the pathway that God is leading us down and to walk through doors that God is opening for us, to shine the light of Jesus into the darkness.

People of prayer are people of love and people in darkness need the light to lead them, in love, to Jesus.  We shouldn’t shine the light to blind them or spotlight how in darkness they are. Instead use the light to guide them, not hurt them.

That is how the Holy Spirit brought us; not through harshness but through gentleness.

I hear a clarion call for parents, believers and prayer warriors to bind together.  For our children that are wandering, those that are lost, wounded, hurt, deprived, and needing a fresh encounter with Jesus.

We need not join together and be in misery and mope or pray disheartening prayers. We need to join together and pray as they did in Acts 4:23-31. When they prayed the place was shaking, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.

Without an encounter with Jesus Christ, our children are doomed to destruction.

Here is what God told Joshua…

Joshua 6:17

17 Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

Now we live in a time that people are waiting for the sudden destruction, before we will pray.

Destruction is happening not from the outside suddenly, but from the inside gradually.

Disease runs rampant; sickness, infection, and pain are all around us.

Death comes through countless doors; suicide, murder, and abortion.

Despair abounds, there is a growing sense of hopelessness as people’s aspirations and dreams melt before them.

Disillusionment is deepening as children see their homes break apart and relationships crumble around them.

Disappointment devastates people. Businesses going under, contracts and agreements violated, and friendships dissolving.

Dishonesty, deceit, divorce, dismay, destruction; it’s all around them. Yet, in the pews, prayer closets and prayer rooms HOPE is rising.

The Lord is calling His people to march around their cities, their inheritance, with their prayers, in so doing we will see the walls come crumbling down.

Hell has been building walls of destruction all around them, but the church is going to see, through the power of prayer, those walls come crumbling down.

God is able to shatter the walls and make them fall down flat. God is able to disperse the demonic powers and send an invasion of the Holy Spirit into the areas of despair and destruction.

God is prepared to rescue the Rahab’s… Rahab wandered in her sin, because no one told her of the Love of God.

Rahab is a prophetic study. This harlot from Jericho is an example of the hungry soul, that’s searching for a different reality.

Rahab = Hebrew root word meaning “wide space, roomy.”

It speaks to the empty hearts, wide open to whatever life can throw at them, and whatever the enemy will do to them.

However, her heart was also open to whatever LIFE, could be brought to her. Though she was a prostitute, when the spies came, she acknowledged that their God was greater than any other.

She was indoctrinated in a pagan culture, trapped in her own sins. Yet, she was open to the fact that there was someone, who was better than anything that she had ever known, the Living God.

Her openness, spared her life, not only did it spare her life; it also caused her to be related to Jesus.

How many of our children, if prayers are lifted, and walls come down, would respond to the Living God, and not only live, but become related to Jesus.

John 1:12 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Further Study References: Proverbs 22:6, Acts 16:31, Psalm 115:14, Psalm 112:1-2, Proverbs 14:11, Proverbs 20:7, Isaiah 49:25, Proverbs 11:21, Jeremiah 31:16-17, Psalm 25:12-13, Isaiah 61:8-9, Psalm 128:3, Isaiah 54:13-15, Psalm 36:7-9, Isaiah 44:3-5, Psalm 102:28, Deuteronomy 7:13, Deuteronomy 30:19-20, Psalm 127:3-5, Hebrews 1:14, Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:14-18, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Isaiah 55:11-13, John 1:12, Romans 8:14