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Will America Avoid Calamity?

Jonathan Cahn

I take no joy in being the bearer of bad news.

That might sound strange coming from the author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah. But that’s the point. If I must be that bearer, then there has to be a very strong reason behind it. And so when I’m asked to write how America can avoid judgment or calamity, I find myself in a predicament. The reason is this: I don’t believe it will be avoided. And if we don’t look at the magnitude of the situation, we’ll be of no effect, impact or good in the matter.

What we are now witnessing is unprecedented in the history of America and modern culture. In the 1970s Ruth Graham made the statement: “If God doesn’t judge America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” Those words were spoken at a time when the Ten Commandments were still displayed in public schools and government buildings, when marriage was overwhelmingly upheld, when the idea that God and Jesus could be mocked on national television as the object of comedy would be unimaginable, when the idea that there would come a time when half or more of American children would be born out of wedlock and the president of the United States would be endorsing homosexuality would be unimaginable. And yet if Ruth Graham could speak of God’s judgment on the America of that day, how much more true is it now, and how much farther is this nation down the road to judgment?

While individual believers, churches and ministries may see success in ministry and many brought to salvation, the state of the church as a whole with regard to the culture that surrounds it is another matter altogether. Despite what many preach, these are not the best of times and things are not getting better—but decidedly worse. There has been no great national revival on American shores in years. But there has been a great apostasy. And that apostasy has deepened in its intensity, widened in its scope and accelerated in its speed. And most of the church has been ineffective in slowing it down, much less stopping or reversing it.

We now find ourselves on the defense, having our jobs threatened for merely standing on the Word of God. And rather than causing us to grow stronger, too many believers and ministers have grown timid and weak, not wanting to pay a price for their faith. And in the midst of the greatest moral and spiritual decay in modern times, the pulpits have largely grown silent in answering it, more focused on how God can fulfill our will and desires than calling the church to fulfill the will and desires of God. And we wonder why the culture around us is going to hell. If the American church had been the salt and light it was called to be, there is no way that the culture could have grown so dark and rotting.

So do I believe that we can avoid God’s judgment, the hand of His shaking? No—not any more than could ancient Israel. No nation, so blessed with God’s blessings, can so blatantly war against the God of its blessings and expect those blessings to continue. I believe a great shaking is coming to this nation. Does that mean I have no hope? No, not at all. Rather I believe that America has grown so far from God that without a great shaking there would be no hope. I believe America has grown so deafened to God’s voice, that it will not be in His whispers but in His crying out and shouting that it has any chance of now hearing. Most of us came to the Lord, or drew closer to the Lord because there was some kind of shaking in our lives. If that’s true for individuals, why do we think it less true for nations?

In the days after 9/11, it looked as if there was going to be a national revival. And there was a window of time when it could have taken place. All across the nation, people flocked to churches and prayed for God’s blessing. But there was no revival because there was no repentance. And without repentance, there can be no revival. And so it was not only that America failed to return to God, but in the years following 9/11, grew much farther away from God than it had ever been before. I believe it will take an event even greater than 9/11 for America to wake up and return. I don’t believe that it’s a choice between judgment or revival. At this point in America’s descent from God, I believe it will only be through judgment, as in a great shaking, that revival would come—to those who will hear and turn.

Do we have a role to play in this? Yes. Do we have any biblical model to give us direction? We do. The prophet Elijah likewise lived in a time of national apostasy and judgment. And yet he was powerfully used to accomplish God’s purposes. What does he reveal to us about our calling in this day?

A Time of National Apostasy

Even in the face of great evil and persecution, Elijah never succumbed to the temptation to live on the defensive. He lived decidedly on the offensive. He knew that no matter what it looked like, God was in control and so as long as he followed God, he would be living on the winning side. Elijah lived, not to be acted upon, but to act upon the world around him. In the same way we must resist the temptation, in a day of great evil, to become reactionary and to live on the defense. The Lord didn’t give us that option. We are of the kingdom that only advances. We must therefore live proactively, resolving that we will not be affected by the world, but the world will be affected by us. We must set our hearts, make it our goal, to impact the darkness around us with the light.

Lights in the Darkness

Elijah was engaged with the nation and culture surrounding him. He was a light shining in its darkness. We must be the same. No matter what age we live in and no matter what the state of its culture, our calling to be the light of the world remains. The light doesn’t ignore the darkness. The light doesn’t pretend that the darkness isn’t really that dark. It doesn’t tone down its light to be politically correct or not to offend. It doesn’t hide its radiance in fear of persecution. Nor is it content to live a self-absorbed existence focusing on itself and its own prosperity. If it does any of these things, then it ceases being the light. What does the light do? It shines. It lights up the darkness. It changes the world around it. If we want to see revival, we must do likewise.

Weaned and Plugged In

Elijah lived in the midst of famine, and yet was unaffected by it. He had weaned himself of dependence on his culture and world. At the same time he became more and more dependent on God. The two things go together. Likewise, in the days ahead, we must become more and more independent of the world and culture around us. We must wean ourselves, our spiritual life, our emotional life, our thought life, our identity from the world. How do we do that? By becoming more dependent on God. The more plugged into God we become, the more independent of the world we will be. We must root and ground our lives all the more deeply and strongly on God and His Word. That which can be shaken will be shaken. But that which is rooted and grounded in God’s Word and truth will not be shaken.

Prayer, More Than Ever Before

In the same way, Elijah was a man of prayer. And the Bible records that his prayers were heard and effective. In the days ahead, we must become, even more so, people of prayer. In days of apostasy and chaos, it will be our sustenance and our strength, an anchor in the storm.

The Righteousness Key

Elijah was a man of righteousness. The Bible reveals that his righteousness was a key part of his ability to impact what happened to his nation. If we want to impact the future of our nation, we must likewise live lives of integrity and walk in righteousness. One of the most central Scriptures of revival, 2 Chronicles 7:14, involves as a key component that the people of God “turn from their evil ways.” If we walk in darkness, how can we be a light to that darkness?

If we walk in the ways of the world, how can impact it? And if we’re afraid of being different, how can we make a difference? It is crucial that we do whatever we have to do to live lives consistent with our faith, and walk in righteousness.

Living to Bless

Elijah knew nothing of a self-centered faith, focused on increasing his blessings and prosperity. Had he been focused on such things, he would have become of no effect. We must reverse the momentum. Instead of living to be blessed, we must live to be a blessing. That’s how Paul lived. That’s how Messiah lived. And that’s the vessel that God will use to impact the world.

Unadulterated, Uncompromised

Elijah never softened the Word of God and never compromised. In the same way, we must reject a watered-down gospel. If we want to see the full power of God’s Word, we must take that Word at full strength.

We can’t compromise to win people. Rather it is when we don’t compromise that we burn with the passion of God and shine with His glory—that’s when revival comes.

Your Own Revival

Elijah didn’t just preach the calling of God—He lived it. So we too must not only preach revival and pray for revival—we must start living in revival now. We can’t force others to walk in revival, but we can choose it for ourselves. If there is anything in our lives which has no place in the life of a saint, and which is under judgment, the time is now, not later, not tomorrow, to get it out of our lives. And if God has been calling us to answer His call, and we have not yet done it, the time is now, not later, and not tomorrow to answer it. Revival begins with us—or it doesn’t begin at all.

The Time for Greatness

We must not pray that God will spare America hard times, but rather that God will do whatever it takes to bring about repentance, salvation, and revival. The ministry of Elijah wasn’t hindered by calamity or persecution—rather it thrived. So the days in which we enter will not hinder our calling. In fact, these are the days that cause those who hold true to God’s Word to become great. When the dark grows darker, the lights grow brighter. Choose to do the right thing, even when it’s hard, even when it costs. Choose to be great and you will be—in His power. The eyes of the Lord search to and fro throughout the entire earth seeking the one whose heart is completely His. You be that person. And let us be that people. And God will greatly use us to accomplish His will on the earth for such a time as this.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn is the New York Times best-selling author of The Harbingerand The Mystery of the Shemitah, president of Hope of the World ministries and senior pastor and Messianic rabbi of the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel in Wayne, New Jersey. His teachings are widely known for revealing the deep mysteries of God’s Word.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn shows how America is fulfilling Isaiah 9:10 by refusing to repent in the face of calamity at

this article appeared in May 2015 edition of Charisma Magazine

impact ct 2015 logo - grey backgroundGreetings in Jesus’ Name,

rick mckinniss impact croppedIn the past few years, the church has been pushed to the margins by culture and political forces.  How do the people of Christ respond?  Are we resigned to turf wars and rear guard actions…Or is this an invitation from heaven for the church to really become the church that incarnates the presence and ministry of Jesus to a society desperately in need of the gospel?



Impact Connecticut 2015 will feature inspiring perspectives on what God is up to and best case practices and testimonies of what God is doing here in our state.Just like last year, we’ve kept the conference as low-cost as possible, with group rates available and an early bird rate of $15/person, which is available through April 15th.

Who:                The Church in Connecticut
What:               Impact Connecticut 2015 Conference
Where:             Vertical Church in West Haven
When:              Friday, May 1st- Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
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Leaders including Bishop Joseph Mattera, Bishop Joseph Garlington, and Kevin Palau, among others, will be sharing with us. Worship will be led by Pastor Marcus Cole, and Saturday evening will be this year’s expression of the Connecticut United Night of Worship, featuring Zenzo Matoga, visionary and founder of the United Night of Worship. It’s two days to look forward to for sure!

A complete line-up of breakout sessions and conference details is available here.

Join us as we respond to the invitation from heaven to really become the church– incarnating the presence and ministry of Jesus to a society desperately in need of the gospel. Hope to see you there!

Rick McKinniss
Impact Connecticut

Ryan LaStrangeThere are Rivers of Revival Undiscovered Deep Under the Surface – Who is Going to Dig?

While traveling on a recent ministry trip, I awoke from a prophetic dream that released a fresh vision of revival in my heart. I believe that this dream is a picture of a mighty generation of well diggers being released in this hour. The Lord began to speak to me about His plans for revival in this generation. He is raising up a radical company to dig the wells of revival and release the flow!

In my dream, I saw old wells and underground rivers. The rivers were undiscovered and lay deep under the surface. I then saw people with rods in their hands. I knew these to be the revivalists, those who are so hungry for a move of God, ministers who are pushing, praying, and seeking an outpouring. They were roaming the fields and lands searching for the old wells and underground waters.

The Holy Spirit began to say to me, “The pressure is building! The underground pressure is building.” There is a people who are hungry and thirsty for revival in the land! They are tired of ordinary meetings, seminars, and gatherings. Their hearts are longing for something greater.

There is a new breed of apostolic and prophetic leaders who have been raised up in this hour to tap into the wells and release the underground rivers. As I was processing this dream, I asked the Holy Spirit, “What do the underground rivers represent?” He quickly answered me and said, “These underground waters represent the deep works of the Spirit that have remained in the earth. No matter how far man’s heart has drifted, the rivers are still in the earth waiting to be tapped and released.”

I then saw regions of America that were once centers of the move of God but have grown so cold. Those regions have deep wells and underground waters that cannot be seen or sensed with the natural senses, yet they remain waiting to be tapped and released. The Father is bringing forth prophetic people in regions that can see beyond the natural to see the underground waters, the potential move of God. It is critical that the prophetic spirit is released within the Church to CALL FORTH this move!

It Will Come Bursting Forth in a Powerful Way Because the Pressure Has Been Building…

Anointing, power, and mantles remain in the earth even though a particular vessel or generation passes away. These rivers of glory are still present in the atmosphere. Just as natural water remains in the earth, so does the move of God. Each generation is called to embark on a journey of pursuit in order to unlock the former rain (that which was poured out and lay ready to be released again) and the latter rain (the unique move of the Spirit for this time)! It is not in the plan of God that we simply lose mantles and rivers because key leaders pass away.

In my dream the revivalists with the unusual looking rods in their hands continually searched for the water with intense pursuit. The Lord began to speak to me and say, “As they find it and tap into it, it will come bursting forth in a powerful way because the pressure has been building.”

Can you imagine how strange it would look to people to see a person now, in this time, roaming around with these old rods in their hands? This is a prophetic picture of those who are willing to obey God at all costs! We MUST be delivered from the fear of man, and particularly the ridicule that the religious spirit brings. The voices of religion are irrelevant to those whose hearts are longing for revival. God is establishing people in this hour who will look for the wells, dig the wells, not be moved by religion, and have daring faith to believe for Holy Spirit transformation of territories. I say, “Let it be so, Lord!”

Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

Ryan LeStrange, Pastor & Founder
Impact International Ministries/Ryan LeStrange Ministries

Ryan LeStrange started in ministry after training and serving under his spiritual father Dr. Norvel Hayes. Ryan and his wife Joy lead Impact International Ministries based in Bristol, Virginia, which consists of several local churches and revival ministries. Through Ryan LeStrange Ministries, he travels the globe preaching, igniting revival, and moving in the power of God. Ryan can be seen weekly on his television program, Power 4 Today, airing around the world on GodTV. He is the founder and apostle of Impact International Apostolic Fellowship, networking and fathering ministers around the world. Ryan has authored several books releasing an apostolic and prophetic perspective to the Body of Christ. Ryan and Joy have one son, Joshua, and live in Abingdon, Virginia.

I Have a New Nation in My Heart

Kenneth Copeland – November 4, 2014

“The dominating power and authority of My Word is very plain and very
obvious in the Scripture. I made certain statements calling things that be not as though they were. I said a virgin would give birth to a child in the city of Bethlehem. And My Word dominated the heavens and the earth and peoples in the earth for over 700 years until that child was born in Bethlehem at the appointed time, by the appointed virgin, and the Son came into the earth at the exact proper time.

“I have spoken certain words over this Nation. They will come to pass. They are coming to pass now and all of the things that Satan has attempted to carry out in order to stop My voice in the earth has come to naught. For I said this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all nations and then the end shall come, and not before. It’s coming to pass, and this Nation is the cradle of that message. It has come out of this Nation, the revelations and the changes that have taken place. And over the years and centuries that have gone by, I’ve called upon this Nation to be My judgment arm. I’ve called on this Nation to be My voice. I’ve called on this Nation and many, many of your sons and daughters have answered My call and laid their lives on the line and I do not forget that.

“So hear, My people. Hear My voice. Yes. The door is open. Repent and come through it; for I have a plan, and it’s the “blessing plan”, and it’s far greater than anything you have ever seen before. I have a new birth for this Nation. I have planned a nation that, right at this moment, you really don’t have any concept of what it’s like. For think back to 1770, 1771, 1772, 1773 and a new nation was being born. But do you think that the men of that hour had any concept of what this Nation would look like 100 years from that time? No. They had no idea. It had never happened before.

“Hear My words, America. I have a new nation in My heart and in My mind and you don’t know what it looks like. The door is open. Step through it and together we will bring a new nation on the earth, one Nation under God that trusts in God. And there are those that would say, ‘How could that possibly come to pass?’ It can come to pass because I am God and I change not. And My plan has already been planned before the foundation of the world. And you listen to Me, and you walk with Me, and together we’ll see it come to pass.

“But for all of those who will turn their back on what I am doing now, you will be like those of old who get trapped in the desert, and your bones will fall in the desert, and you will not experience the greatness that I have in store.

“But I have a people. I have a people that have humbled themselves and have turned from their wicked ways, and I have more and more and more that are seeking My face. And I’ll tell you this: I’m easy to find. And I’ve raised up people throughout this Nation and I have a people all over this earth who are praying for the United States in this very hour, who are holding this country up before Me because they realize they need this Nation also.

“So these are the days of your deliverance. Rejoice, and be glad because I have given you your Nation back. And the manifestation of its new birth is at hand. So rejoice and lift up your head and be of good cheer. Your sins are forgiven you.”

Other Related U.S. Words

I’ve Given You Your Nation Back

Kenneth Copeland, Nov 4th, 2012

“Let’s go back to what the Lord said to Terri in 2008. He said: ‘I’ve given you your Country back, what are you going to do with it?’

Terri Copeland Pearsons, November, 2008

“I heard it. I heard it: ‘We’ve got our Nation back'”

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Kenneth Copeland, Nov 4th, 2014

“For instance, when I saw that clip of [Terri] that night – I thought of the word of the Lord came to you: ‘we got our Nation back’. Oh, do I remember that moment. I saw it and I relived it again. And Barack Obama had just been elected President (just after that). And we got our Nation back? What does this mean? Well, number one: God calls things that be not as though they were. And its like – I believe George said: ‘He gave us something to say.’ And that’s true. Now, that word was not Terri’s own. The Father that dwells within gave her that word. So now, we began to say that: ‘We’ve got our Nation back’. ‘We’ve got our Nation back'”

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Greatest Spiritual Awakening

Kenneth Copeland – Southwest Believer’s Convention – August 4th, 2009

“This is not the time of the downfall of your Nation. Your Nation is under covenant with Me.

“You are witnessing not the failure of the United States, you are witnessing the failure of a worldly financial system that has eroded (over the years) My Word of prosperity, My Word of function, My Word that this Nation began on and prospered beyond any nation in the history of this world.

“No. The United States is not falling. No. I will not allow that to happen.

“I remember that this is the most giving nation in history and I will not, I will not, I will not let you go.

“No, no, no. I did not bring this financial disaster on this Nation. Now some have said that ‘this is judgment’, and it IS judgment, but I’m not bringing judgment on this Nation. The seed of sin and Babylonian world thinking has in itself its own judgment and its own disaster. And when you continue to walk out of line with My Word, and My plan, and My way, you will eventually fail. It’s not this Nation that’s failing, it IS the system it has eroded into by getting away from My Word and depending on Me. But fear not, I have my eye on it and it will go only so far and no further.

“And you will see it. You will see in it. You will be in it. You will be involved in the greatest spiritual awakening that this Nation has ever seen! This is My time!”

End of Babylonian System

Kenneth Copeland – November 2, 2009, Prayer Mountain, Branson, MO

“This is not the end of the United States of America. It is the end of the social Babylonian system trying to take it over for 110 years”

Everything is Going to be Alright

Kenneth Copeland, August 6th, 2010 Southwest Believer’s Convention

“The world is in serious trouble. But for the Household of Faith, and those that will cling to My Word and listen very carefully, and do this thing that I have demonstrated before you tonight, and night after night. You can do that. You can do it yourself. You can stand in your place and you can worship and you can praise in the face of hell itself. And you can praise yourself into that place where you say: ‘everything is going to be alright’.

“The world – I’ll tell you again – is in serious trouble. Some very hard things are coming in different places around the world. Very difficult times in a lot of places. They’re that way now. But they’ll not get better, they will continue to get worse and worse and worse. It is on a downhill run that the world cannot stop. But for the Household of Faith, everything’s going to be alright. Everything is going to be ‘all-right’.

“Oh yeah, you’ll have to make a stand. You’ll have to fight the good fight of faith. When did you not have to? These are dangerous times. They’re dangerous times financially. They’re dangerous times in the earth because the earth is weighted under a gross weight of sin. And there are things and places, and situations underneath the earth, in the oceans, in the heavens – things are being rattled and shaken and the earth is trying to break in different places.

“Well, stand on My Word and it will not come neigh you. Praise and worship My name. Don’t feed – feed fear and feed trouble into your life and into your mouth. No, no, no, no. Quit living in that house. Get on back over here in the Household of Faith. Feed on my Word. Not on the bread of sorrow. Feed on my Word. Look on My face. Praise and worship and praise and worship. In church, praise and worship and preach the Word. Praise and worship and preach the word. Everything’s going to be alright.

“For as I’ve said, and will continue to say until it becomes solid and strong in your spirit, your time has come. It is your time to excel. It is your time to do exceeding, extraordinary things. In the financial world. In the medical world. In all the areas that the world is in such dyer trouble and so confused that they are confused beyond their ability to understand how confused they really are. And they’re hurting because of it. And they’re crying out because of it. People are trying to take advantage of people because they’re so confused and because they’re so troubled. And I’ll tell you right now, there are politicians, there are businessmen, there are thieves, and there are all kinds of demonic folks that are trying to take advantage of My people during a confusing time, and I’ll tell your right now, you can write it down and you can know if for sure:

I won’t put up with it, and I’ll stop them for doing such a thing. And you are going to see some things happen. Fear not. I have My eye on them. They’ll go so far and no further. They’re end is already determined. I will not put up with it. I will not put up with it. They have pushed me and pushed me and invited me out of their lives and their thinking and many cases and many personalities and many people that are at the forefront of the news in this hour I have already turned over to a disobedient, reprobate mind.

I am the Lord God. And I’ll not have my people run roughshod. My people that are crying out to me. I utter my Word through My servant, and you make mark of it: ‘Everything is going to be alright in your house’.

Like How [2012] Election Turns Out

Kenneth Copeland, Oct 26th 2012, Prayer Mountain, Branson, MO

“You are going to be glad the way this election turns out. You are going to see and know things. You are going to understand things that you didn’t even know you knew. I have a revealing going on. There is a revealing going on with My people. You are going to be called on by other people. They are going to come to you saying “I don’t understand this. I just don’t understand this. You just seem to make it regardless of what happens”. There are people who are going to come to you thinking they are going to get political advice, and they’re going to find out that they are going to get heavenly advice. And God will use you to set their life loose. And make them free.

“Now, let me give you something here. You immediately think – “ah, hah! that election is going to go the way I’ve been wanting it to go.” But that’s not what He said. He said you’re going to like it. What if the other one were to get elected? You better get on your face and start liking it, because that’s your victory whatever happens! What ever takes place. If God’s Spirit said your going to like it before the election even takes place, what is going to be your response? Thank God I’m going to like the way the election turns out, before it even ever happens, before it ever takes place. I like it. I like it. Yes, I like it.

“That opens you and me up to see and know things. Amen. Because when He speaks His Word, put it in your heart, put in your mouth, put it in your ears, and don’t be moved by anything else.”

Kenneth & Gloria Copeland

Kenneth & Gloria Copeland

Kenneth and Gloria Copeland understand just how life-changing the message of faith is. They started out just like any of us—struggling with continual lack, debt, sickness and discouragement.

Then they decided to trust God and base their lives on His Word. If a situation in their lives didn’t line up with what they read in the Bible, they changed what they did. Every time.

That decision made all the difference. They soon began to experience THE BLESSING—joy, peace, freedom, health and love—in every area of their lives. And as they witnessed their lives changing, they were eager to tell others.

Since 1967, thousands of Partners have learned to apply the Word to their lives, find their unique voice and live in victory. And those Partners are spreading the message, taking it far beyond what Kenneth and Gloria ever dreamed.

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Chuck Pierce – January 1, 2015


Happy New Year!

***Stop and remember your favorite moment of the last year. Then remember the moment that you thought, ‘I just can’t deal with this situation’! Then praise and thank God for both!!!! Ask Him to heal and restore you over any wounds! Receive and release forgiveness. As He inhabits the praise that you are releasing, rise up with new strength and vision!


After Death, Arise and Finish Strong!

Your feet will walk in a different direction this year. For even though you felt shaking ground last season, now you will walk on ground that is being solidified. There will be many on your path that will flee from the anointing that is now rising up in you, from your feet. I will shod your feet with peace, in a new way. Then the enemies that have tried to get on your highway will move out of the way. For many enemies have stepped onto the highway that you’re walking, but because you stood in the shaking, now the wind of My Spirit will clear your path ahead (Isaiah 35).”

I do have a fresh wind of My Spirit that is blowing, for I am coming with My breath in a new way. As in the beginning when I breathed breath into that first man, and he was able to rise up as a living soul, I am coming with a fresh breath for you. Even as it was in the Valley of Dry Bones, when I breathed breath into those dry bones, and I caused them to rise up in a new way and become a mighty army, I am breathing My breath into a corporate man in the earth, in this hour. No longer will it just be one person with the Breath of God, but a mighty army. A corporate man in the earth is arising with fresh breath.

“Even in this hour I am coming with a breath of God into lungs that have not been able to breathe. I am coming into My people in a new way. The healing breath of the Lord is rising up, and to those that the doctors have said, ‘There’s no cure for you,’ I say My breath is stronger than the report of the doctors. I am coming with fresh breath. So rise up in the strength of the Lord and let the breath of God come into you, and see what I am going to do.

“This breath is going to give voice to My people, in this hour. Where the enemy has come to stop the voice of My people, I am going to cause a voice to be released that will stop the power of the enemy. So let the breath of God come! Let the breath of God heal! Let the breath of God restore! For My breath is flowing in a new way, in this season.”

My wind will be like a vacuum, and I will suck out of you those things that you thought you could have never have been delivered from. The wind of My Spirit will both suck and remove, and then refill how you need to be filled, to create the identity that I have for you in the future. This is My day where M’Kaddesh, the Sanctifier, will come. This is My day where Tsidkenu, the Righteous One, will rise within you. Know that there will be a moment when you feel like your breath has been sucked away, but it’s because I have pulled out things that you thought could never be removed. Then you will feel a breath come in that will fill you in a way that you will become buoyant with faith, in days ahead.”

This also reminded me of a prophetic word given on March 30, 2014:

“This is not the same as you’ve seen in the past. This is not the same as what you’ve asked for in other seasons. This is a different glory, a glory change that I’m bringing into the land! You will shudder at the changes that are on the way in your land, and in other lands and with other people! For this is a time that the blood that runs deep will now be sanctified. This is a time that My Spirit will go deeper than I have gone in the past. For this is a time of birthing what is new, but yet bringing forth that which is old, and treasures will erupt! Treasures will erupt! Treasures will erupt! I will bring forth what has not been seen, and I will cause your gifts to come alive in ways they’ve never come alive. You will feel the shuddering birthing pains within you, and from that you will bring to birth the change that is necessary for you to enter into this season.

“So know this: dragons are on the move, and even the “great dragon” is now mounting up. Nations that will align are now aligning. So watch carefully and look deep into the circumstances around you. For these are days of great change. Watch the signs on your road, for your road is now changing. New opportunities are coming. Watch now, for I will realign your path!”


Saturday, January 10, 2015 (update)

Dear Restoration-Minded Friends:

A Time for Restoration – Devotions for Days 6-10!

I know that many of you have been following the series of devotions on restoration.  I had set aside 10 days to help us develop a new place of identity for the next season.  May you be led into a new place of restoration!


10 Day Devotional: Restoration



God truly is a God of restoration, and He has a plan for the restoration of the human race. Through His Son, we are now able to return to intimate fellowship with God, renewed innocence and the promise of eternal life. Restoration is the very nature of God. Acts 3:19-21 says, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” The moment Adam sinned, God set the process of restoration in motion. Throughout the ages He spoke to His prophets about this holy reversal. Some of these prophecies have been fulfilled. Others, including the second coming of Christ, will be fulfilled in the future. We are in the midst of seeing the greatest plan of restoration the world will ever know unfold right before us!

The simple truth is that God is more interested in restoration than in judgment! Even in His judgment, God has a plan to restore. We see time and time again how God judged the nation of Israel for its wickedness and disobedience. Yet each time, God restored Israel to Himself. God’s nature and purpose in an individual’s life is no different. Though we may experience judgment for what we or those in generations before us have done, be assured that somewhere in all our suffering, God has a plan to bring restoration and to get us back on course so that we might receive our inheritance and fulfill our intended destinies.

To restore means to revive and return to life, or to bring back to a former or original condition. This definition, however, falls short of all that restoration in God means. God intends to do more than bring us back to a former or original condition. He intends to multiply and increase us beyond that point. He longs for our latter days to be greater than our former days. God’s plan for you is restoration!

Restoration Day 2–The Holy Spirit: Our Agent of Restoration

Stop and ask the Father, through His Son to reveal to you His third Person in the Earth, the Holy Spirit. He is the only restrainer in the Earth of evil. He fills you and causes you to rise to a place of triumph in your life. The Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who is serving as the restorative agent here on earth. God the Father is the author of our restoration plan. He manifested Himself on earth through His son, Jesus. Jesus carried within Him that plan and, consequently, our future. He took the sin that would stop our personal future and let it be crucified on the Cross with Him. This act insured our restoration and future success. Jesus then said to His disciples, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. . . . All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:7,15). Only when we allow the Holy Spirit to work within us do we have the power to live a victorious Christian life. And it is He, the Holy Spirit, who does the work of restoring the fragmented, scattered pieces of our lives to something that is far greater than its former state. When we receive the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives, and yield to His direction, we have access to all that the Father desires for us. The restoration process can begin.

In the Earth realm, the Holy Spirit has the essential role in the life of every believer. He is available to fill your spirit man and cause you to rise above your enemies. He has a vast job description. Some Christians only associate the filling of the Holy Spirit with those things that are considered “charismatic,” such as tongues, and therefore prefer to ignore His function and life within them. They limit themselves to a very narrow view of the One whom Jesus called our Helper. The word “helper” in Greek is parakletos, meaning intercessor, counselor, advocate or comforter. What a beautiful promise of a constant help. Stop now and ask the Holy Spirit to Help YOU! Here are some of the descriptions of the Holy Spirit. He can HELP YOU in any or all of the areas below:

  • Breath of Life (Rev. 11:11)
  • A Dove (Mark 1:10)
  • The Finger of God (Luke 11:20)
  • The Guarantee of Our Inheritance (Eph. 1:14; cf. 2 Cor. 5:5)
  • The Oil of Gladness (Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:9)
  • The Rivers of Living Water (John 7:38)
  • The Spirit of . . . Promise (Eph. 1:13)
  • The Spirit of Adoption (Rom. 8:15)
  • Counselor (Isa. 11:2)
  • The Fear of the Lord (Isa. 11:2)
  • Glory (1 Pet. 4:14)
  • Grace (Zech. 12:10; Heb. 10:29)
  • Holiness (Rom. 1:4)
  • Judgment (Isa. 4:4)
  • Knowledge (Isa. 11:2)
  • Life (Rom. 8:2)
  • Love (2 Tim. 1:7)
  • Might (Isa. 11:2)
  • Power (2 Tim. 1:7)
  • The Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10)
  • Revelation (Eph. 1:17)
  • Sound Mind (2 Tim. 1:7)
  • Supplication (Zech. 12:10)
  • Truth (John 14:17)
  • Understanding (Isa. 11:2)
  • Wisdom (Exod. 28:3; Deut. 34:9)

Restoration Day 3: The Process of Removal will make you Become New!

In the restorative process, God takes what is there, no matter how damaged, and makes something new. He wants to remake your vessel and pour within you a new wine filled with joy, strength, glory and faith. To make your present wineskin new, He wants to soaks you in the water of the Word and rub you with the anointing. Rubbing in the oil is the part of the process that makes you flexible for the future. Those hard things we go through are the oil that He rubs into us. And that oil also contains a new anointing. As we allow the Holy Spirit to take us through the process of rubbing, we not only become more flexible so that we can handle all God desires to pour into us, but we also become able to pour out in a greater measure. There is a process of removal before restoration occurs.

One of the things the LORD removes is legalism. Most Christians would be greatly surprised to learn how many legalistic structures they have embraced. Simply put, legalism is narrowing all of our mind processes down to the point that we can’t receive the mind of God. Rather than having a mindset that is saturated in His grace and love, legalism is a mindset that is steeped in man’s judgment and control. Legalism always leads to pride and unbelief. In Galatians, legalism is even equated with witchcraft. Paul reminds the Galatians that they were doing great. They were having a good time, growing in the Lord and walking in faith. Then he asks who has bewitched them? In other words, who narrowed their minds down to such a degree that they were no longer able to receive the grace of God? Who brought legalism into their midst?

Our restoration cannot be released while God is tightly locked in a box. We must allow the Lord to remove our legalistic, religiously rigid mindsets. For example, is there a situation in your life, in your family or in your city that seems completely unchangeable? Are behavioral patterns so deeply entrenched that nothing could shake them loose? If the answer is yes, then you are dealing with a legalistic mindset. We say nothing is impossible with God, but do we really believe nothing is impossible with God? In every area where we do not have this heartfelt assurance, we have a legalistic, bewitching structure that narrows God. Ask the Lord to reveal hidden places of legalism in your mind, and then be willing to let those old structures fall to the ground. Allow new faith to rise up within you. This is a key to becoming flexible wineskins.

The LORD also removes condemnation. Satan is a liar and a thief. He lies to us about our position with God in order to steal the restoration God has for us. One of his favorite tactics is to bombard believers with reminders of personal failures or failures in their generations to the point where they wear around a sticky garment of condemnation and guilt. They say things such as, “God can’t restore me because I . . . am divorced, had an abortion, had an affair, lied about a friend, took what was not mine, (fill in the blank).” These are lies! You don’t have to wear that old garment. The cycle of the past can end. Getting right with God and then forgiving yourself will break the schemes the devil intended to use to keep you draped in a shroud of guilt, no matter what you’ve done. Jack Hayford writes, “And once your relationship with God is restored, your guilt has served its purpose and no longer has any place in your life. Let it go. And refuse its argument to regain any place in tormenting your mind or your feelings.” Let the Holy Spirit soak you in His cleansing waters of forgiveness and renewal. This is another key to renewing the wineskin that will hold the wine of restoration.

The LORD removes judgmentalism. Just as we must put away our own condemnation, so must we put away condemning others through judgmentalism. Because of the law of sowing and reaping, we really can’t fully do one without the other. If we condemn others, we will be condemned. And what’s worse, the Bible says that we too become dangerously susceptible to falling into the same sin we accuse others of. Don’t be fooled. We are not to sit in judgment. Judgmentalism has serious spiritual ramifications and has the power to keep us from entering into restoration. Isaiah 58 says that if you will pray and fast, and let God determine the fast for you (don’t do it religiously), and if you’ll put away the pointing of that finger and looking outward, He will begin to break forth your light and your healing will spring up. Allow that process of God to bring you into the fullness He has for you. This, too, is part of making the wineskin clean and ready for the new wine.

Restoration Day 4: Let Him Draw You Near!

Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:7,8). We hate the word submission. However, the word is not a bad word. The meaning is “to stand under”. You can never stand against your enemy until you submit. God has absolute authorities and delegated authorities. We must learn submission. No greater faith have I see in all of Israel than the one who understood authority (Matthew 8). In the process of our restoration and renewal, certain things must be restored to us in order to make the process complete. Here are three key factors that move us toward restoration:

1. He restores intimate contact with Himself and others. Relationship is difficult for many Christians simply because our society breeds fear of intimacy. We protect ourselves. We don’t want to get hurt. We don’t want to allow our emotions to be seen. And to complicate matters, those who have experienced broken relationships in the past don’t want to chance future intimacy. But the simple fact is that we need one another. We need God. Without one or the other, we will never enter into the fullness of restoration. We must begin to allow God to make us intimate communicators with Himself and then each other.

We need to begin by embracing an intimate relationship with God. The classic analogy is Mary and Martha (see Luke 10:38-42). We get so caught up in what we are to do that we forget what we are about. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus until she knew her destiny. Once she knew the purpose of her life, then she could go do the dishes with Martha, or anything else that needed to be done. She did not neglect the task. Through intimacy, Mary simply gained what she needed for her life and then tended to the business of the house. God is calling us into a new intimate place. From this intimate place, we gain our new strategies for moving ahead. But the intimacy is not for ourselves alone. Just as God wants to restore us as individuals, He is equally interested in restoring us as the Bride of Christ. For that reason, we must allow Him to bring us into intimate relationships with one another that will thrust us forward into our biblical destiny.

2. He begins to restore our Father/child relationship. When we do not know God as Abba Father and have not yet come into the spirit of adoption that God has for us, we really do not have the relationship needed to grasp our restoration and the inheritance that comes with it. This is important to understand. Many times God starts by dealing with our earthly father and authority issues in order to restore the Father/child relationship that we have with Him. In cases where our fathers have abused their authority, or did not take their proper role in the family, God must restructure our thinking, but we must let Him. He is neither an abusive Father nor an absent Father. He is a loving Father who cares deeply for us—so much so that He has a plan of restoration for our lives. We need to allow Him to bring us to that understanding. Once those issues are in order, the word of the Lord over our lives can begin to spring forth.

3. God restores our childlike faith. God sees all the war and wilderness places that we have been in. Through those times, He begins to increase our measure of faith. As this childlike faith begins to arise, the glory of God rests upon us. I have always considered myself a man of faith. I lead meetings all around the world filled with great faith and expectation of what God will do. Ask the Lord to create a scenario for you to ask Him for something simple. Ask, believe and watch Him restore your faith.

Restoration Day 5: The Grief Enemy!

When the Holy Spirit begins a process of restoration, He has placed us in a new season with new revelation and new life: a new wine. Most of us are familiar with the passage in Matthew 9:17 that says, “Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Last month, we discussed grief. However, one of the biggest enemies of restoration is grief resulting from past loss. There are two instances in which grief can keep us from moving toward restoration.

1. When the cycle of grief is not complete. Deep hurts require deep healing. And the healing process is usually longer and more strenuous than we ever expect. In fact, counselors will often refer to a person in the midst of recovering from loss as doing “grief work.” This is a term used to describe a conscious decision to experience the emotions of grief as they come—no matter how uncomfortable they may be—and to see those emotions through to the end. The theory behind grief work is that as we allow ourselves to grieve through the ebb and flow of natural emotion, healing can begin to penetrate the pain. If we do not allow ourselves to heal and instead deny our emotions, the grief will fester and often manifest later in various harmful ways such as addictions, chronic depression, fits of anger or even physical illness.

We must also remember that we have an enemy who seizes our times of loss as opportunities to prey upon us. Unless we allow the Lord to take us through our seasons of grief and see them to the end, Satan can use our denial to create a stronghold of grief within our lives. It is often this kind of deeply embedded grief that keeps us from coming into restoration.

2. When the cycle of grief goes on too long. As necessary as grief may be, and as important as it is to see the process through, we can choose to grieve too long. Like the widow we just described, many people caught in the throws of pain can’t see that there is a time to cast off mourning. Even the great prophet-priest Samuel fell into this comfortable grief trap as we see in 1 Samuel 16:1: “Now the Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul?’ ” God’s appointed season of grieving for Samuel over Saul’s removal from power had reached its limit. It was time for Samuel to either move on, or to miss the next move of God through David.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 reminds us, “There is . . . a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Just as Satan can use denial to afflict us, he is equally adept at prolonging our seasons of grief far beyond what God intends. By keeping us feeling as though we are in a state of perpetual mourning, Satan knows that we cannot move into the abundant life God has for us beyond our loss. Grief robs us of strength—often the very strength we need to move into a season of life that is far greater than we had before the loss. During an appropriate season of grief, God’s grace covers our lack of natural strength. But when the Lord is ready to move us on, that grace lifts. If we do not move with God, we can be left in a vulnerable and weak place, unable to cross over into our inheritance. God asked Samuel concerning the loss of Saul’s kingship, “How long are you going to grieve over Saul. Fill your horn with oil and go!” (1 Sam 16)

Joshua was a great leader in Israel. He was the one who actually led the children of Israel across the Jordan into Canaan and spearheaded the military campaigns that allowed the Israelites to possess the land God had promised. But what if Joshua had allowed his grief over the death of Moses to extend beyond the appointed season? Deuteronomy 34:8 says, “And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moses ended.” But what if the days of weeping and mourning had not ended? Very simply, Joshua would not have crossed over into God’s inheritance for His people. His grief would have consumed the strength he needed for that vital hour in history. Instead, Joshua mourned appropriately, regained his strength, and moved on when the strategic time came.

End your days of grief and enter into a new level of restoration!

Restoration Day 6: Our Freedom!

We have established that God is longing to restore abundant zoe life to us—not just to a former state, but to a greater measure than we have ever known. For our devotions for days 6 – 10, let’s deal with specific areas that, as God works His restoration, will give us that vital, blessed, rich life worth living (many of these points will be covered in greater detail in later chapters). The first is Our Freedom!

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1, NIV). God longs for His people to be free from whatever chains have held them in bondage. In both the Old and New Testaments, God has proven this pattern to be so. The people of Israel, for example, cried out in agony when they were enslaved in Egypt. God heard their groanings and remembered the promises He had given to their forefathers. The rest of the book of Exodus shows the extraordinary lengths to which God will go to set His people free and to keep His promises.

Later, we see how the prophet Jeremiah was freed from captivity and given several options. “And now look, I free you this day from the chains that were on your hand. If it seems good to you to come with me to Babylon, come, and I will look after you. But if it seems wrong for you to come with me to Babylon, remain here. See, all the land is before you; wherever it seems good and convenient for you to go, go there” (Jer. 40:4). The word “free” in this passage is the Hebrew word pathach, meaning to open wide, loosen, set free, release, untie, unshackle or liberate. Through that freedom, that “pathach-ing,” Jeremiah was not only freed from the captivity he had been in, but he was then also able to make some choices and begin a whole new process in his life; shackles had been released and a new door had opened wide.

Of course the most beautiful example of freedom that directly affects each of us today was prophesied by Isaiah of the Lord Jesus, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isa. 61:1).

Jesus releases and liberates us from the dominion of sin and restores us to a right relationship with the Father. When that happens, the hindrances of restoration are broken. Sin resists freedom, but Christ delivers us into a freedom that reverses our death sentence and starts life in motion!

We must, however, recognize that we are indeed free. I once heard the story of a dog that had been tied to a post for some years. The dog would stretch to the end of its rope and walk in circles around the post. As the years passed, the dog trod out an entrenched circular groove in the earth. Though he could see much farther, his world could only reach as far as his restraints would let him.

One day, the dog’s master decided to free him from the post. The man untied the rope and watched, expecting to see the dog race off into the surrounding area and explore that which he had only been allowed to view from his restrained position. Strangely, the dog did not run or play or explore. Though his master tried to entice him away, the dog merely began to walk in the entrenched circle he had created throughout such a long period of time.

We, like the dog, are often unaware that our restraints have been removed. Even when the Lord would try to move us out into our new freedom, we may have a tendency to remain in the safety of the entrenchments we have created for ourselves. Declare that you will embrace the freedom that the Lord has provided for you – even if that means going beyond the boundaries that have seemed acceptable or comfortable in the last season.


“‘They shall be carried to Babylon, and there they shall be until the day that I visit them,’ says the Lord. ‘Then I will bring them up and restore them to this place’” (Jer. 27:22). This Scripture from Jeremiah refers to the captivity of the children of Israel in Babylon. God had made a covenant to bring them out of that captivity. So when the time came for their captivity to end, God determined to put them back on their road to success and establish them in a new place. God will do the same for us. He earnestly desires to establish us in a physical place as a part of our inheritance.

Faith works in time and space. Without you being in your position spiritually, as well as physically, you cannot accomplish the full destiny of your life. Acts 17:24-28 (NKJV) says: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’”

Your spiritual position is to be seated next to Christ in heavenly places. This is where you should live. You walk in this world and must contend with the god of this world. Satan’s biggest goal is to pull you out of your abiding place to create unrest in your spirit man so you can’t hear God. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of the Lord!

Also, your vision can be linked with the place you are assigned. Israel prospered for a season in Egypt and Babylon. However, their promise was linked to the boundaries established by God when He made covenant with Abraham. Declare now that the place for your promise will manifest. If you have been displaced, get back in place!

Restoration Day 8: Child-Like Faith!

God has to restore our child-like faith. One morning I asked the Lord to increase my measure of faith concerning all I was involved in. That same day I was on my way down to South Texas to lead a revival meeting. While I was preparing to leave, my son Daniel came to me and said, “Daddy, when you’re in South Texas, I believe God wants you to bring me back a parrot.”

Chuckling at him, I replied, “Daniel, parrots cost $1,500. Why don’t you go ask the Lord if He really wants you to have a parrot? If He does, He’ll get one for you.” Accepting my statement, Daniel darted out of the room. About 10 minutes later, he returned and flatly declared, “Daddy, I asked the Lord about my parrot, and He said He wants me to have one.” I could not believe it. What could I say? I left, shaking my head and wondering if I had somehow taught him to manipulate what he was hearing from God.

When I arrived in South Texas, I told the couple I was staying with about my conversation with Daniel. The man and I just laughed it off. But the wife looked at me and said, “Parrots fly over the border from Mexico through here all the time.” I looked at her and wondered what that had to do with anything. We could never catch a wild parrot. I got up at 5:00 the next morning for my quiet time. In the middle of my devotions, I heard something outside. As I looked out my window, I saw that the woman had set up a cage in a nearby tree and was down on her knees praying. I wondered if I had somehow led this woman into total delusion. Did she expect a wild parrot to just walk into the cage? Snickering, I returned to my quiet time. Later that morning I led a big prayer meeting, all filled with faith.

The following morning I got up for my quiet time again. This time I was in deep prayer for a major ministry—the very thing for which I needed faith. Again, I heard something outside. I opened my window and looked to see this woman shutting the door of the cage. Inexplicably, a large, beautiful parrot had flown into the yard and walked into the waiting cage all on its own! I looked up at the Lord and said, “Lord, I am in bad trouble for my lack of faith.” And it just felt like He agreed with me.

That day the Lord began to speak into my heart and say, “Your borders are too narrow. But I can cross your borders, I can bring the supply that’s needed. If you will have faith as a child, I will release that which you need in this hour.” Today that parrot sits in my house. I can’t look at it without being reminded of God’s supply in the face of childlike faith. I encourage you that no matter where you are in life, God has a plan to increase your measure of faith!

Restoration Day 9: Our Strength and Joy

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit” (Ps. 51:12). Without JOY, we have no strength. Without strength, there is no ability to withstand our next attack. This is the meaning of the word strength.

When time comes to complete a project or a season of our life, we must have strength to push forth to the end. Nehemiah 8:9-11 says, “And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.’ For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’ So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, ‘Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.’” (NKJV) The time had come to complete the Temple. The people of God had realized their sin that had led them to captivity. However, Nehemiah said, “This is Feast time. Rejoice and new strength will come! Let the past be behind you! Gain new strength to move forward.”

To birth, we must have strength. 2 Kings 19:3 says, “This day is a day of trouble, and rebuke, and blasphemy; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth.” (NKJV) When the time comes, must have strength to bring forth our next season. To have STRENGTH, we must have JOY!

Our enemy longs to rob us of our joy and get us out of the salvation process. That does not mean that he can steal our salvation by robbing our joy, but he can steer us away from the forgiveness, healing, prosperity and restoration that are by-products of our salvation. His strategy many times is the same one he used on King David: he causes us to sin. Nothing will rob us of the joy of the Lord as effectively as sin in our lives.

But these are days in which God is longing to restore joy to His people through deeper levels of repentance. In repairing the breaches that sin has caused, God is able to restore joy. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine.” Joy works like a medicine and brings healing to our bones. That is why Scripture says that the joy of the Lord is our strength (see Neh. 8:10); it brings with it the power to heal and maintain the health God has for us.

Even though David sinned and lost his joy, we see from Psalm 51 that he was able to ask the Lord to restore that joy to him. Through the blood of Christ, we are positioned with even greater favor than King David had to ask the Lord to forgive our transgressions and restore the joy of our salvation.

Restoration Day 10: Our Health!

In this year of REST (5775), we need to understand restoration! Usually there are three main issues linked with our struggles: Finances, Religion, and Health. We will spend more time on the Blood as we proceed but let’s declare our health restored.

God says, “‘For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; no one seeks her.”’” (Jer. 30:17) Through sin we have become fragmented and scattered in a way that can result in physical illness, even to the point of decreasing our life spans. But God is the Mighty Physician who will restore our health. The Lord heals. However, many times, this is a journey in the fallen world around us. Environment changes and decay, bloodline and generational disorders, traumas of this world, and just close contact with a very populous society, are all factors that effect our health.

Jesus’ Treatment of Disease was Part of His Redemptive Plan of Freedom.
Jesus healed sick people. This was one of His major ministries. He dealt with many organic causes of illness, individuals, affected by madness, birth defects, and infections. The blind, the deaf, the lame, and sufferers approached Him for help. I love the story of the woman with the spirit of infirmity who “pressed through” in Mathew 9. To me, she is the best example of personal overcoming. She overcome the religious structure of the day, the reproach of being a woman, the stigma of being unclean and pressed through and touched the Lord. This caused the Lord to release virtue or power from His own Body that healed her condition.

In the Hebraic culture of the day, most believed that illness was the direct consequence of sin (John 9:1-3), resulting in punishment. However, Jesus shifted this concept of understanding in the people of that day by healing a blind man who had been sick since birth. He declared the sickness was not related to the man or his father, but was for His Glory. This shifted the paradigm of punishment related to sin. Many of our wrong choices produce consequences that affect our body. However, Jesus came to extend grace to bring us out from the bondage of the punishment of sin and into healing and wholeness. He had the power both to forgive sin and to heal (Matt. 9:1-8; compare Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26).

On several occasions He used His own spit as an ointment or anointing (Mark 7:32-35; 8:22-25; John 9:6-7). I find this fascinating. One of the key ways to test DNA is through spittle. Jesus took Father’s spittle and placed it on the eyes of the blind and watched their eyes formed. Regardless of the cause of their distress, people found that Jesus could truly help. There can be no doubt that the ability of Jesus to perform miracles is seen most vividly in His healing ministry. Mental illness and epilepsy were not uncommon. Their sickness was usually associated with demonic powers. Sterility and barrenness were also major issues in biblical times. The Lord addressed fever and dysentery, also.

Therefore, know that the Lord wants to address your infirmity and weakness and restore your health. Never condemn yourself for imperfections and weaknesses. Rather, just get on a journey and relationship with a Holy God who desires to bring new strength to you.

Charles D. “Chuck” Pierce serves as President of Global Spheres, Inc. (GSI) in Corinth, Texas.  This is an apostolic, prophetic ministry that is being used to gather and mobilize the worshipping Triumphant Reserve throughout the world.  GSI facilitates other ministries as well, and participates in regional and national gatherings to develop new Kingdom paradigms.  Peter and Doris Wagner complete the leadership team of this new wineskin.  Chuck also serves as President of Glory of Zion International Ministries, a ministry that aligns Jew and Gentile.  He is known for his accurate prophetic gifting which helps direct nations, cities, churches and individuals in understanding the times and seasons in which we live.

Chuck has a degree in Business from Texas A&M, Master’s work in Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas, and a D. Min. from the Wagner Leadership Institute.

Chuck, his wife Pam and six children and nine grandchildren.



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