” 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
Be a Voice of Prayer for Your City
We join together to pray over our community. Togehter we cast a net of prayer over our cities and surrounding communities. We teach briefly and pray fervently. We pray with authority as we stand together to keep our communities safe.
The Devil has Robbed the Church by Silencing Her Voice
As I was in prayer, I kept praying about a reconnaissance mission. I had to look up the meaning. Reconnaissance is a mission to obtain information about the activities and resources of an enemy. To take back what the enemy stole, we must first understand what has been stolen. Spiritual reconnaissance obtains information by the Spirit of God. When we have inside information, we KNOW how to pray.
The Devil Has Tried to Silence the Church in Three Ways
- Prayer – Pastors are the spiritual leaders in the area. Each church is to rule and reign over the darkness in their area and change the spiritual atmosphere. Because the church is an occupying army, they are to enforce all that is good and hold darkness back. Each church is the restraining force in their area. Prayer is at an all-time low in the body of Christ, but God is stirring pastors to lead their congregations into deeper prayer. A move of the Spirit of God is restoring prayer.
- Gifts of the Spirit- the church is powerless without the Gifts of the Spirit in operation; tongues and interpretation, prophecy, discerning of Spirits, word of knowledge and words of wisdom, gifts of healing, miracles, and the gift of faith. Statistics tell us that the Gifts of the Spirit are at an all-time low among the Ecclesia. Denominations that once had a consistent flow of the gifts of the Spirit no longer do. Leaders are praying for a restoration of the Gifts of the Spirit. They are not satisfied with stories from the past. The cry of their heart is to have a move of God and to see a restoration of the gifts. Effective operation of the gifts carries healing, sets people free from bondage and brings clarity to individuals and the church body.
- Politically-It was Christian pastors that led the revolution in 1776. The British understood they were fighting against the message coming from the the pulpit. The late President Lyndon B. Johnson also understood that if he could silence the ministers, he could change the mindset of the country. He enacted the Johnson amendment in 1964- the separation of church and state-which led Pastors to believe that if they spoke out politically, they could lose their 501C3 status. This was very effective in silencing the most powerful force on the earth, the church. As the division grows wider between the two political parties in America, many pastors are prayerfully trying to find the balance between silence and relevance. Yet, John the Baptist had no problem talking about politics. In essence, he was beheaded because he dared to speak out against Herod’s sinful life.
The foundational scripture we build upon is 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. Every person is important. Every person brings a rich supply.
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