City Wide Prayer- The river is rising

January 2021 marked the start of our third year of City Wide prayer. It seems to me the Body of Christ is rising. The sleeping giant is awakening. It is evidenced in our prayer meetings.

 

City WIde prayer started with four people and each month it was good. But, as we entered a new year of 2021, we began to access new places in prayer.

” I feel convinced that for me and for you who read, there lie ahead undiscovered continents of spiritual living compared with which we are infants in arms.” Brother Lawrence Practicing His Presence

We have begun the journey to access these continents. Each person whom God draws to this group comes filled up and ready. They bring a full supply of the Spirit of God. Imagine for a moment that each person is transparent, and all you can see it is the light of God that is within them. The light within those attending is burning brighter man ever before.

In January, Judy reminded us of the prophetic words of Brother Hagin from 1987 as we watch those come to pass before our eyes. In the light of recent political upheaval in the US, this prophecy ushered us into a new realm in prayer.

In February, Dana shared on revival and that the starting place for revival is, “Lord, change me!” Judy shared Lester Sumrall’s 7  prophetic words for the last days, Number 7 is “These are the days of the greatest outpouring the world has ever seen.”

In March, Dana taught on the importance of commanding angels to do the work of the Lord and how they act at the response to our words . 

This is not time to grow weary or quit. The Holy Spirit is calling us up higher now. The deeper things of God are calling to us more loudly than ever. Saints who love their country are joining from all over the City.

The season has changed. Together we will continue to access new continents in prayer as we yield to his Spirit and he teaches us. 2021 is a glorious year, filled with the Glory of God.

 

When: third Saturday of every month at 10am

Where: Encounter Church of Tulsa

2828 S 129th St, Tulsa, OK

What: Prayer followed by potluck lunch.

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The Bible and Corona Virus

Let’s get it right

Every answer we will ever need is found in the Word of God. However it is vital that we apply the scriptures correctly, particularly in times of national crisis when the whole world is in fear and distress. What we don’t need is more fear from misapplication of scripture.

Let’s look at Numbers 16: three men rose up against Moses and Aaron. They had a persuasive message of equality that didn’t acknowledge the God-ordained offices that Moses and Aaron walked in. It was a very appealing argument and turned the entire congregation against Moses and Aaron.

When Moses caught wind of the rebellion, he made a game-changing statement, “Tomorrow we will see who is holy and who is not.” The next day the earth opened up and swallowed up the three leaders and their families.

You would think that would have been the end of the discussion, but it wasn’t. This is where the story gets really interesting. The next day the entire congregation rises up, “You have killed holy men!” they screamed. They didn’t learn a thing from what had happened the day before. Wow. Just wow.

Good news ahead

Warning: If you got this far, keep reading. Don’t stop after the next few paragraphs and freak out. There is good news ahead. I promise!

God says to Moses, “Get out of the way, I’m going to kill them all,” and the plague begins. Immediately Moses and Aaron fall down on their faces in prayer. Moses quickly tells Aaron what to do.

46 And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the Lord; the plague has begun.”

47 So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people.

And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. 48 And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.

All fear is gone

  1. I love this so much. Even under the old covenant, God honored their prayers to stop the plague. That happened under the Old Testament when they lived under the law. We live in the New Testament, the Age of Grace. How much more will God honor our prayers?
  2. Walking between the living and dead with a censor is a picture of prayer. We see the same reference to incense as prayer twice in Revelations.
  3. The Body of Christ has the power to stop Covid-19. One minister, Kenneth E Hagin says, “It’s the natural and the supernatural working together that make an explosive force for God.”

New and Better

Who doesn’t like new and better? We all do! The Bible says we live under a new and better covenant. Here are some New Testament Scriptures to pray and believe.

  1. As the Body rises up to pray and speak the Word concerning Covid-19, it has no choice but to go! Every name that is named is under the name of Jesus. Philippians 2:9
  2. God has already given the authority to overcome Covid-19 into the hands of the believer. “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19
  3. Stay calm and keep going. 13 “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

Don’t be discouraged or dismayed. Instead, lean back into all God’s promises. Trust him to see you and your family all the way through. Every need will be met!

City Wide Prayer Launches its Second Year

Citywide Prayer TulsaIn late 2018, the Holy Spirit began to stir our hearts about starting City Wide prayer. I was not anxious to start any new programs. I knew that if God wasn’t in it, I would have to sustain it and ultimately it would fail.

We met with a few people – not to talk, but to pray about it. Throughout the fall of 2018, the plan began to unfold. The Holy Spirit began to instruct me; this would not look like other prayer groups we had been in. The scripture he gave me was Ephesians 4:16 from him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

The Holy Spirit helped me to understand that every person in attendance brings their supply of the presence of God. As facilitators, Dana and I would lead. But, God had a plan to use others in attendance. It was not to be the ‘Dana and Judy” show. It was his show, not ours.

Starting January 2019, we began meeting once a month. In the beginning, we alternated meeting between Okmulgee and Tulsa. Ultimately, that turned out to be confusing. Mid-year we changed the format and decided to always meet at Encounter Church of Tulsa, 2828 S 129th. At that time, City Wide Prayer also became an outreach of Encounter Church, the foursquare church we attend.

We also added a meal afterwards. We have been asked why. Koinonia is a Greek word. It means community, sharing and intimacy. It is used 19 times in the New Testament. It is scriptural to have intimate relationships. Food is another tool God uses to create unity. The more unified we are, the more effective our prayers will be.

What We Pray About

Before we pray, we worship. God had us start in Okmulgee. It was there that we met Mary and Steve Disclose. They start worship in a higher place. Mary is a concert level pianist, and her gift is amazing and she is able to quickly lead us into the presence of God.

Each month, either Dana or I share for a few minutes. We pray for the City, State and Nation as the Holy Spirit leads. God’s presence is always there to lead and guide. As a community, we follow the Holy Spirit into the deep places only found in fellowship with him. I am excited to see what 2020 holds. See you there!

Why Do Things Always Go Wrong for Me?

Did you ever notice that some people attract trouble? There are people that have more than their fair share of problems. There are several reasons why.

Fear-driven; a headache in the middle of the night turns into a brain tumor in their mind. Fear is a motivating force in their life. They act out of that fear and actually attract problems. In the morning, they are calling the doctor to schedule an MRI.

“The devil goes about AS a roaring lion SEEKING whom he may devour.” Can he devour you? Well, yes, if you let him. God gave you authority to “trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the work  of the enemy.”

When things go wrong, they get attention from people. For some, negative attention is better than no attention. For some, there is an element of pride attached to it. Look at all that has gone wrong for me!

Stacking it up; they tend to add together all of the things that go wrong.

The bottom line is this; you can’t have it two ways. Either you are going to stand against the wiles of the enemy or he is going to eat your lunch. And it ain’t going to be pretty.

The rest of that scripture is “whom RESIST, steadfast in the Lord.”

Whatever you allow, God will allow. So, the trick is to stop allowing it. You stop allowing it in several ways;

  1. Change how you think. Don’t let your mind go south whenever it wants. Take control over it.
  2. Replace fear with faith. You can change any circumstance if you spend enough time in the Word for long enough.
  3. Change what you say. Stop ruminating over the problem. Instead. replace the problem with the solution from the Word of God.
  4. Renew your mind. This behavior didn’t start in a day and it’s not going away in a day. Start now to change your world. You’ll thank me later.

 

The Sky is Falling!

 

Do you remember the Chicken Littlechildren’s story called Chicken Little? An acorn falls on Chicken Little’s head. She becomes afraid and tells her friends, who follow her. On and on the story goes, gathering a larger and larger crowd that must get to the King to inform him that the world is ending.

When the crowd makes it to the king, they exclaim loudly, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” But, the wise king reassures the crowd that what seemed like the end of the world was just an acorn falling on Chicken Little’s head.

Overreacting

Chicken Little overreacted to what she didn’t understand. Her mind immediately went to the worst case scenario.  That’s what fear does. When fear takes over, the ability to use reason and logic stop working. Collective fear is even worse. It’s fear on steroids.

As Chicken Little verbalized her fears, others given to fear gathered around her. They supported her and went with her to the King. Isn’t it interesting that no one questioned her?  They blindly accepted what she said.

7 Steps to Stay Calm

  1. Use the Word of God; the scriptures admonish us over and over to not be afraid. It comes down to what you allow your mind to dwell on. Philippians 4:8 gives instructions;Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Don’t allow your mind to dwell on things you can’t control.
  2. Take control; Fear a powerful force. Fear paralyzes. As the world and everything in it go south, we must train ourselves not to overreact. I always practice and say under my breath something I learned from Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin, “I refuse to get upset over anything.”
  3. Don’t ride piggyback; it is up to you to control your mind. Just because someone else is afraid doesn’t mean you have to be.
  4. Fools judge too quickly; when you hear something, remember there are two sides to every story. Don’t draw conclusions quickly. Proverbs tells us that a fool judges a matter before hearing both sides.
  5. Haters love to hate; the world loves to hate. Hate is a strong emotion. Strong emotions feel good. Fear unites people around a cause, even if the cause is wrong. Chicken Little is out there, fear-mongering, trying to get you to fear. Don’t get caught up in emotion and lose the ability to think clearly and reason objectively.
  6. God’s plans are good; many people follow Chicken Little’s example of anxiety and over-exaggerated tension. Worry is thinking about what might go wrong before it happens. Some circumstances are beyond your control, but you don’t have to be a world-class worrier. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “I know the plans I have for you. They are for good, and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.” Change your thinking. It will change your life.

How then, shall we pray?

prayingIn case you haven’t been paying attention, the last several months have been a whirlwind of political activity with mudslinging reaching new depths.

I kept pondering, “How much can the Body of Christ change through prayer, and how much cannot be changed because we are nearing the end of the age?” Four days ago the Lord directed me to Matthew 24.

  1. Based on the description of the last-day events, it appears we are still in the season of  “birth pains” as described in verses 4-7.
  2. Because we have seen the fulfillment of several of the indicators, keeping with the birth analogy, we have moved into the transition stage of birth which is a very intense time of labor just before the birth in verses 9-14.
  3. While persecution and martyrdom are part of the end-time package, it won’t affect the entire body of Christ. (vs 9)

Here is the exciting part!

Then I read verse 14 and everything became clear. “And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the WHOLE WORLD as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.

4. The end of the age cannot be over because this scripture has not been fulfilled. Until the whole world has a chance to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this era cannot come to and end.

5. In 1 Timothy 2:2, we are to pray for our leaders that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life and that the Gospel will go forth unhindered. 

6. The propaganda and hate against the church increased under the Obama administration and threatens to grow even worse under the Clinton administration.  The church’s best days lie just ahead. No man is big enough to stop Gods plan.

7. Some would ask, “If evil is going to take over, what then should we be doing?” According to verse 45-46, we should continue with all the forms of good we are already engaged in. We must continue until Jesus returns.

Conclusion

In this last week before the election, we will see the undoing of the Clinton machine. Why? For the sake of the Gospel. As we pray 1 Timothy 2:2, we will see the mercy of God upon our nation because his ways are higher than our ways.

Ten reasons why you need to attend a church and not just watch online

I have a friend who pastors small church in a rural community. One day, he was in a local store and he was conversing with a young woman. The conversation came up about church attendance. “Oh yes, I have a church home. It is ________” She named his church. He said, “Hmm… I am the pastor and I don’t remember you ever attending.”  Busted!

Ten Reasons to Attend a Local Church

Many people are fooling themselves regarding church. They say they have a church home, but do they attend their church home? Here are ten reasons why you need to actually attend church;

  1. You need what only the church can provide- Church is believers coming together to spend time around the Word of God and worship Him together as one. There is a corporate anointing that comes. In this atmosphere, the gifts of the Spirit move bringing healing. miracles and deliverance. When was the last time you experienced the corporate anointing while watching a church service online? Live streaming services are not meant to be a long-term solution for church. That being said, it has its place for the home bound or those in remote areas.
  2. You need a safe place- The world is getting more dark and dangerous with each passing day. Everyday we hear about school and mall shootings, ISIS attacks… Church is where you learn how to hear and obey his voice, and flow with the Spirit of God. It is vital to know the voice of God and be able to make correct spiritual and natural decisions. The consequences are life and death. If you’re not in church, your taking your life into your own hands.
  3. The church needs you– Everything so far is about what you receive. But it is also true that you have something to give. Remember Ephesians 4:16? In short, everybody brings something. You make the church a better, richer place. You are the answer to somebody’s prayer. God works through people and you are one of his people.
  4. You need godly relationships- Your friends come from the places you hang out. Yes, there are very spiritual people at school and the gym. But, when was the last time you broke out in heart felt worship at the gym or had a prayer meeting at school? Koinonia is the Greek word for fellowship. It is communion or spending time around the Word of God with others, not a TV set or a computer screen. It is at church where you bask in his presence. You must position yourself to hear from him.  This is also true concerning your kids. Their friends will come from where they hang out.
  5. You need good habits- The first week my husband and I decided that we would attend church regularly our car broke down. The second week we didn’t have gas money to get there. But, we got rides and help from others and stuck with it until we could make it on our own.  It takes commitment to get up every Sunday morning, fix breakfast, get yourself and your kids dressed and go to church. It is called personal self-development.  You develop your bodies in the gym and your mind through learning. You develop your musical abilities by practice. Well,  you develop your spirit by going to church. Umm…. so if you don’t go to church… you have a weak spirit.
  6. Attend church for the spiritual development of your children- In his book, Transforming Children into Spiritual Giants  George Barna tells us,” The moral foundations of children are generally determined by the time the individual reaches age nine.”  If you have kids, the window of opportunity to lay a spiritual foundation in your child’s life is very short. After they turn nine years old, the gig is up.  That window is closed. So think about the legacy you are leaving for your child right now. By the age of 12, their spiritual identity is fully in place. Will they have to overcome couch potato habits regarding church or will they be able to draw from a rich church and spiritual heritage?
  7. Biblical reinforcement of life lessons- At home you tell your children to treat their siblings nicely and it seems to fall on deaf ears. At church, they memorize the scripture about walking in love and hear a 45 minute lesson on it. The best way to compliment what you are teaching at home is biblical reinforcement.
  8. Church is a safe harbor in the storms of life– When I was young, I  never thought about serious problems. But after a few life crisis’s, I realize the importance of positioning myself well ahead of time for crisis. When you are in a crisis, money won’t buy the spiritual support you will need. Your online pastor is not going to come to the hospital and pray for you.  You need strong spiritual and natural relationships.  Where will you go when crisis hits? You are not spiritually strong enough to fight that battle alone. You didn’t develop your natural muscles overnight. The same is true spiritually. In the day we live in, you can’t afford to be spiritually undeveloped and isolated. It will cost you-big time. When the crisis of life hits, you need to be hooked up solidly with a body of believers who will support and help you in your time of need.
  9. Your children need to experience the presence of god for themselves  -I am glad your kids know the books of the Bible by heart. Don’t kid yourself though.You are robbing your children of their full spiritual potential if you stay at home. You are also in disobedience to the Word of God. “Don’t forsake the fellowship of the believers” is a command, not a suggestion.  They need to experience God for themselves and you can’t have a corporate anointing alone.
  10. Use online services to supplement your spiritual diet. Just like you take supplements for your physical body, use online services as spiritual supplements. Pay attention to how  much time you spend consuming natural things; video games, the news, and Facebook. Discipline yourself to take your spiritual supplements before you entertain yourself for hours on end. There is a lot of goofy stuff out there.  Don’t listen to just anybody. Look to your church elders and those you respect. Ask them who they listen to.

Get past the excuses 

The “I’m too busy” excuse doesn’t cut it. Why can others make it who are in your same situation?  Stop looking for perfection in humans and tripping over others faults. As long as you attend church, we know there will always be problems! That’s a joke-but I think you get the point. You don’t attend church for others anyway. You are there to meet with God and to bring your kids to meet with God.

Get started again

First of all, you need to repent for allowing yourself to get lazy. Repent means to turn around and go a different way. Then, make a commitment to attend every week.  Pick a church service whose schedule works with your work/school schedule.

If you have kids, explain to your children that you were wrong and you are going to start a new habit. Consider them when making your decision about which church to attend and pick one that will meet their individual needs.

Remember that you will face obstacles because the devil is real and he doesn’t want you to change. He wants you just where you are. So, ask for help if you need accountability. Be there every time the doors rattle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenyan Tribe Recieves Their First Bibles

Kimyal Tribe receives Bible for the First Time.Wow… This really touched my heart.

Hurry up and Develop Patience

Fine cup of teaDid you ever struggle over something? Perhaps you wanted to communicate something, or you needed a situation to come together for you.

We can get so impatient. The McDonalds mentality has crept so far into our society. I want it now! But, there is often a dear price to pay when we get impatient. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait upon the Lord, be strong and of good courage.”

But, it takes faith to wait. We must reach out into the unseen world and use our faith. That is what you were created for. To develop and use your faith.

I once heard a minister say that he didn’t get it in his house by faith, he didn’t want it.

It seems to me that when I determine to wait for something to come to pass, things just works out.

I like to write. I see it as an art form. Sometimes I will see or hear a phrase and I think to myself, “I like that.” Then I file it in my mind and wait for an opportunity to craft it into a sentence, like pouring out a fine cup of tea. When it is read, it fits just right and to the reader it is like drinking in the fine cup of tea I poured. Proverbs 25:11 say, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” It’s beautiful-made to go there.Fine cup of tea

But, it doesn’t happen every day. I have to wait for it. The finer things in life, the really good things- you have to wait for. You cannot make them happen and you can’t be in a hurry to get it done. Determine in your heart to do it Gods way. Let him bring it to pass. You’ll be so glad you did.

Five Steps to Overcoming Fear

I was talking with my 87 year-old mother last night, and the attacks in Paris got the best of her. She was afraid and felt helpless. The future of the country and the fear she felt concerning the safety of her family were more than she could bear.

The feeling of uncertainty and not knowing where or when an attack might happen can cause great concern. Listed below are a few steps that can help.

  1. Turn it Off–  The News Sensationalizes Everything- Evil is looking for a platform to instill fear. Sadly, the media plays right into their hands by playing and replaying  all the gory details. Whatever you meditate and think upon will consume your mind. It isn’t healthy under any circumstances to have the constant dribble from T.V. with the negative reports and even more so now.
  2. Look at it from a Logical Perspective– The statistical chances of anything happening to your family are one in a million. In the light of all the people on earth, the ones affected are very few. Psalm 91 says “A thousand may fall at your right hand, and ten thousand at your left, but it will not come near you.”  BUT, the Bible tells us that perilous times will come in the last days (before Jesus returns). So, it is going to be important to develop your sixth sense which leads me to my next point.
  3. Check up on the Inside– I remember several years ago feeling concerned about my sister living in New York City. With all  the crime, how could she  be kept safe? I will never forget her answer. “I check up down on the inside. If I even feel like it’s not safe, I go another way. “Psalm 23:3 say “He guides me along right paths for His names sake.” God is well able to keep you safe. Her response reminded me of something the late Brother Hagin taught. He said that God is so good that he will even lead the non-believer into safety.
  4. Spend Some Time in Prayer. When my mother was telling me how helpless she felt and that she couldn’t do anything, I reminded her that she can pray. That is our job in this crisis situations. Pray for the people who lost loved one. Pray for those who protect our borders and our leaders. If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin  and heal their land.  II Chronicles 7:14.
  5. Control Your Thoughts– Now that the T.V. is off, fill your mind with thoughts that bring peace, not fear. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Neither let them be afraid.”  ” He keeps us in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on him.”

Take a deep breath and smile. It's going to be okay.

Take a deep breath. Smile again.  It is going to be okay.