Grace and peace to you through Jesus Christ our Lord! What a glorious weekend it was in Washington, D.C. On September 26th! I attended the Jonathan Kahn event at the National Mall; The Return, while at the same time Franklin Graham was having the Prayer Walk. Tens of thousands of Christians gathered between both events seeking the Lord for healing for our nation. It felt like an old testament moment. At first, it seemed odd to me that two leaders would be having two separate events at the same time & I wondered why they didn’t come together for one huge event. But while there, it simply demonstrated the unity of the body of Christ, covering a whole city! It wasn’t in opposition to one another. It was for the same purpose, of one mind and one accord, to pray for one nation under God, to push back the darkness that is trying to overtake our country, to claim back what the enemy has stolen, to repent for unrepentance, to kneel in humility and submit ourselves to the ultimate Authority. What a powerful moment when they asked everyone to kneel to repent for abortion. There was such a reverence it caused me to weep. I’m grateful we have a God who is capable of reversing all the evil we have done. He is the repairer of the breach. Through sin, we separated from Him and He sent a bridge in the form of His Son so that none would perish. Even though the breach was our fault, He took it upon Himself to fix it. How mighty and merciful is our God. His love unfailing, never ending, enduring forever. To be in love with Him is to be alive. He separated us from death when Jesus conquered it. “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph 5:15-16) We have the option to walk in wisdom and redeem the time!
Last week during the weekly prayer meeting at our church, I had a vision of being an oil lamp, with oil being poured in from above, and this light shining upward from my core, a beautiful flame burning extremely bright from the richness of the oil. It’s one of those moments you just soak in. The Lord reminded me that the lamp cannot do anything to create the oil, to earn the oil, or to enhance the quality of the oil. Yet the lamp is completely necessary because without it, no one would ever know the light the oil produces, and they’d be lost in darkness. The lamp only has to abide in the house of the One who fills it.
During one of the worship times Saturday, it dawned on me that we were on the East coast and the Lord reminded me of a vision I had several years ago while praying. As I was kneeling, I heard all these voices in heaven, a big commotion of shouting and celebrating. I asked the Lord, “What is going on up there!!!” And the words became clear to me. Over and over they were shouting, “Revival has been granted! Revival has been granted! Revival has been granted! Revival has been granted!” Suddenly I seen myself standing barefoot on a big map of the United States. My feet were on Indiana and this flood of oil was rushing towards me coming across the state of Ohio, it hit my feet and gushed over them heading west. It came from the east!
We are in an exciting season. I heard Dutch Sheets saying that anytime revival has come, it certainly didn’t look like it was coming. This isn’t a time for business as usual. Look for God. Look for ways to bring Him into your situation. Yesterday I had to go meet with a couple and there seemed no hope that it would be a pleasant meeting. During my prayer time, the Lord showed me to start with worship. Which, while you’re home, in worship, sounds like a wonderful idea, but when you walk in someone’s home that you’ve never been in and the circumstances are less than pleasant, seems awkward. However, I know enough about God to know He’s smarter than me, so even though my faith was fading, I asked them if we could spend a little time in worship before we started talking. As the song played and we each began glorifying the Father, everything changed completely. It was like honey had been poured in the atmosphere. Nothing could have been sweeter than the time we spent together. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11) Had I have been disobedient we would not have entered into the rest of God. Had I not have ceased from my works at that moment, me trying to figure it out and having my own agenda, we would not have had such a beautiful outcome. His ways are certainly better than ours.
Later the same day, a friend who has not surrendered his life to the Lord, called to tell me he has a lump on his breast. He’s very concerned. I told him we would just rebuke that in the name of Jesus. He said he’d like it if I could come and pray with him. I’ve known him at least 7 years and although we have had many conversations about God, he has never asked me for prayer. Last night was also our Monday night Faith Based Mentoring meeting for recovering addicts. Since he lives in that neighborhood, I told him I would stop by after the meeting. At the end of the meeting, when almost everyone was out of the building, a woman asked to speak to me privately and she said very quietly, “it’s time for me to give my life to Jesus.” She wanted me to have the man who spoke come pray for her and two of the other mentors joined us. What a beautiful moment!!! Hallelujah Jesus!!! This was totally unexpected! So I got to go from there to pray healing for my friend and by the end of the night, there was nothing to do but to glorify God for His hand moving throughout all those situations. The reason I’m sharing this is because I believe the Holy Spirit is moving to draw people to the Father, even when we don’t be expect it. This is the time for our lamps to be full! Be the light that people are drawn to when they’re looking for someone to pray with.
There was more to yesterday, which could have made it seemed overwhelming, it’s the life we all live, but Jesus changes our outlook. At one point after dropping someone off at home who I had taken to a doctors appointment, I was thinking of what a beautiful day it had been so far, and then realized that it had been shifting between mist and rain all day, chilly, and yet my heart was under the illusion that it had been a beautiful sunny day! How does that happen? Because of Who He is! Look for God in all things. During the night, I had my arms raised over my head, praying, and I started noticing this light fragrance. I said, “Is that You, Lord?” Then I realized it was my deodorant, true story. (But good to know it has that kind of staying power since I had put it on the morning before, I never cease to humor myself.) At one point during the worship in Washington, every time I waved my hand over my head, there was a warm pocket of air directly over my head, cooler on the left, cooler on the right, but warm in the middle. I said, “Is that You, Lord?” J Look for Him! He says when we seek Him, we will find Him and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
This weekend I have the wonderful opportunity to join another ministry for a service at the Little Sandy Correctional Facility in Sandy Hook, Kentucky. The prison has agreed to allow a 3-hour service outside the fence, meaning that we will be on the outside of the fence and the inmates will be inside the fence. At this point, we’ll take what we can get and are truly grateful for it. Also ironically enough, someone I had been in prison with during one of my incarcerations, (we spent a few years together) sent me a friend request on Facebook that I responded to last night. We called each other “cousin” back then. She had a 50-year sentence. I’m not sure how long she’s been out. She lives in Indianapolis, which I will be driving through on my way to the prison in a couple days! So we’re going to meet during her lunch break. Isn’t God strategic!
Be blessed dear friends! Enter in His rest. Trust in Who He is and what He has provided for you. Read Hebrews and if that doesn’t help you, read the whole Bible! “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25 He can save to the uttermost! There’s nothing, no one, no situation He can’t handle! He is interceding on your behalf! He is for you, therefore who can be against you.
Your sister in Jesus,