Intercessor Man

The intercessor’s passion is prayer for others. The more we learn about such prayer, the more we realize God’s calling to intercede is not for a few only but is an important part of every believer’s lifestyle. All believers can intercede.

And when you think about it, who could possibly be exempt? Who would say they do not have Jesus’s anointing and therefore cannot pray fervently for others? Thankfully, all believers are equipped to pray fervently because all are equipped with born-again DNA, and all believers have divine stirring from the Holy Spirit. All believers can be intercessors.

The Bible meaning of fervent prayer includes the concept of being “stretched out” in prayer,[1] giving all, holding nothing back. Fervency and confidence toward God, along with determination to see His will accomplished, can mean we are prostrate before God, abandoned to the purpose of praying for God’s will in all manner of situations.

Intercession can also mean we are shut in with the Lord when we pray, our focus on the Holy Spirit’s leading, woven with passion and emboldened with steadfast confidence in the One to whom we appeal. 

  • “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me.” (Ezekiel 22:30)
     
  • “And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee.”  (Isaiah 64:7, KJV) 
     
  • “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him.” (Isaiah 59:16) 
     
  • “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  (James 5:13-18, KJV)

 Amen.

Ezekiel 22:30, KJV | Isaiah 64:7, KJV | Isaiah 59:16, KJV | James 5:13-18


[1] Note: The biblical meaning of fervent prayer is “stretched out” prayer. 

Riding Shotgun

Thank God for the ministry of intercessor-prophets who come alongside, even go ahead of, God’s people, prayerfully guarding the path and prophetically clearing the way. The ministry of these interceding prophets is missing in some congregations, but thankfully, more and more leaders are coming to realize the value of this authentic gift.

“So Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua, the son of Jozadak rose up and began to build the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them, helping them.” (Ezra 5:2)

“So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” (Ezra 6:14)

Start at the beginning. Cut away anything you won’t need in the coming season. After that initial pruning, begin afresh with what you have, primarily because you cannot begin with what you do not have. As you begin, embrace the ministry of the intercessor who often is also a prophet, and of the prophet who is always an intercessor!

If you plan to move forward and take new ground, you’ll need the solid spirit prayers of a prophet-intercessor riding shotgun with you.

Amen!

Ezra 5:2 | Ezra 6:14 | 1 Corinthians 14:22b | Verses@Once

Character, God’s Mark

Jesus grew as a child, increasing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Like Him, we are created for life with God’s design… until we all come unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Character is determined by choices we make and is especially important to Christians, for whom everything begins with the individual and grows to the gathered-group level, ultimately impacting culture with the combination of both—a wealth of good things populated by greatness.

A Christian worldview embraces biblical standards reflected in individual God-callings that absorb cultural shifts with grace and confident faith and carry an end-time message of visionary influence, evidenced in the character of believers.

Stature is character, one way we carry God’s mark… loaded with potential for His plan, audacious in believing all things are possible with God and nothing shall be impossible where He is Lord.

Amen.

Luke 2:52 | Ephesians 4 (especially verses 11 & 13) | Verses@Once

Called

“So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work…”  (Nehemiah 4: 16-18)

Every believer has gifts and a calling specific to areas of Kingdom building, intended to be used for that purpose. Some, however, believe they can live to themselves and for themselves even if it means withholding the part God gave for their participation in building His Kingdom.

Anytime we withhold God’s gifts and purpose for us and don’t allow them to flow through us, the missed opportunity comes at the expense of everyone else. The missing part becomes the most needed part… because it’s missing! Don’t do that—don’t squander what God has placed within you. The treasure inside is an offering meant to be given away.

The Lord calls and sends you. He draws you to a specific geographic location, to live among certain people. And the spiritual gifts He has given you place a demand upon your spiritual storehouse. It is God. He is leading. 

Amen.

Nehemiah 4

New Season

You should remember past seasons of your life in two ways: first, for the good gleaned from the experience and second, for changes the season demanded, necessary to transition into the next season. In the process, learn to leave behind negative emotions—culprits of emotional baggage that make for unhealthy lifestyles—forgetting and forgiving yesterday’s negatives and the give-and-take in relationships and life in general, focusing instead on the benefits gained.

Change, transition well, forgive, and remain focused on the word you have from the Lord—move forward, don’t standstill. In this new season, there is more change and transition. Always remember anything new begins best in the context of prayer and is best interpreted from a perspective of prayer. Prayer moves you forward into this new season with renewed hope and fresh vision and allows your heart to merge with God’s heart. With Him, you receive grace for grace.

Amen.

John 1:16 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 | Romans 8:28  | Verses@Once

Christian Worldview

The Church’s view of the world shifts when believers see corporately as God sees. Conviction of heart carries the day with God’s heart for the world, something very different from “business and government as usual.”
 
As the Church, we check our worldview for a righteous perspective of our nation, as well as of other nations. God calls us to account inwardly. Prophetically, He places a demand on His Body to choose conviction over convenience.

  • Conviction: any unshakable, fixed, and strong belief, opinion, view, sentiment, feeling,
    persuasion.
  • Convenience: a position of least conflict and confrontation, especially for comfort’s sake,
    comfort’s purposes, comfort’s needs, including personal comfort, benefit, and advantage.

We are His people. We are Spirit-filled, bold, decisive, and wise. As stewards of the Church’s role, we believe God gives us ever-changing strategies to shift the culture toward His Kingdom and change the world for the better.

When the Spirit-call is prioritized, outward views change, spiritual growth with maturity follows, and vibrant, genuine spirituality becomes the norm.
 
Amen.
 
Isaiah 9:6-7, NKJV

Righteous Covenants

Babies confined to institutional care are statistically at greater risk of suffering emotional rejection. Long term, when their critical need for affectionate touch and communication is delayed, children experiencing separation and isolation do not develop normally.

The principle of isolation is true for all of us, but the opposite experience occurs when we connect with people who complete us—people who encourage and build us up in ways that contribute to our overall well-being. As we grow, nothing compares to the vital connections that God plans for our lives—family and friends, also mentors and advisers.   

Visionaries especially realize the value of connected, shared vision, knowing the Lord ordains connections to bring like-minded strengths together. In contrast to going it alone, God’s idea most often is “two or more.”

Biblically, we know that Jesus’s disciples were sent by two’s, that the Lord places the solitary person in family, and Bible covenants like the one between Jonathan and David join the individual to others for divine purposes. God’s plan includes vital relationships—for protection as well as social fulfillment.

We submit our strengths to the Lord, and He joins us with others for multiplied strength. He connects prayers to produce divine appointments, strategies, and timings. He guards relationships against anything outside of His plan for us.

Ask the Lord for righteous covenants, those that build and strengthen you to accomplish the dream God placed in your heart.  

Amen.

Mark 6:7 | Psalm 68:6 | 2 Samuel 20:16-17 | Verses@Once

Today Is The Day

“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once?”  (Isaiah 66:8) 

God’s grace means our actions have divine enablement. Even those who give little consideration to His working still have His grace, and, because of His grace, which they refuse to acknowledge, they are able to move forward with vision. They think the favor and strength to keep going are their own doing.

In nations, too, history accounts for those in earlier times, and we personally witness many today, whose pride ultimately yields to divine grace, to the Almighty God as Source, Savior, and Lord. Men may squander the divine for a season, but that can change. Today is the day of salvation!

Amen.

Ephesians 2:4-5 | Ephesians 2:8 | Isaiah 66:8-9 | Ephesians 5:15-16 | 2 Corinthians 6:2 | Verses@Once

You Would Think

“I will… gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.”  (Joel 3:2)

Revelation arrives in the heart, and with it comes a supernatural elevation of God’s wisdom—greater insight into the matters about which we pray and seek the Lord. Divine wisdom converts even the shallow thinker into someone capable of greatness.

Concerning God’s eternal plan for Israel and the Jewish people, many know the Lord has set His love upon the Jew, and His protective hand is firmly on Israel and her beloved city, Jerusalem. His judgment is decreed for any person or nation causing division of the Lord’s land, any division of Israel and Jerusalem. 

The Lord says the land is His—Israel is the Lord’s land. The strength of the bully opposing His plan is already broken—every eye will see an end to torment inflicted by this bully. The bully’s strength is contained within words that damage, but in this deliverance season the time has come for the bully to be dealt with on his own gallows.   

You would think nations and their people would see the Lord’s hand on Israel and grasp His ancient declaration that Israel’s land cannot be divided. When human hearts harden against God’s plan, the ability to reason is diminished. The resulting danger cannot be overstated. 

Stepping away from the Lord’s plan opposes truth—God is Truth. Compare such opposition to truth to when truth is known. When instead of opposition to truth, we steward truth: “’Buy truth and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.”

For Israel and all those who choose the Lord’s side, the Lord both goes ahead of you and is your rear guard; your righteousness blazes a wide, supernatural path, one which God’s glory guards from behind. Wisdom and the reverential fear of the Lord guard your mind and deliver you from the bully! Every oppressive and controlling voice grows silent, dumb. Hallelujah!

Stay on the Lord’s side. His truth is marching.

Amen.

Joel 3:2, NLT | Proverbs 23:23, KJV | Proverbs 1:7 | Isaiah 52:12 | Isaiah 58:8 | Isaiah 11:2, AMP | Exodus 9:29-30, NIV | Ecclesiastes 3:2 | Verses@Once

The Spirit Of Man

The spirit of man draws from something all of the time, imbibing both natural and supernatural influences that encourage or quench God’s plan. Remember to guard your heart since from the heart (from what is stored in the heart), life and all matters of life come forth; from what is stored in the heart comes forth today’s breath for your soul as well as eternal life for your spirit—now, plus forever. 

“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power
[making it active, operative, energizing, and effective];
it is sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating to the dividing line of 
the breath of life (soul)
and [the immortal] spirit,
and of joints and marrow [of the deepest part of our nature],
exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging 
the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight,
but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless
To the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”  (Hebrews 4:12-13, AMP)

Prayerfully declare God’s Word for every situation. His life-giving Spirit works according to His Word—today, tomorrow, and eternally. Today, by the authority of Almighty God, prophetically speak to re-order both the atmosphere and circumstances to fully possess the Breath of God and His Eternal Spirit.

The eternal God is your dwelling place and underneath you are His everlasting arms.

Amen.

Hebrews 4:12-13, AMP | Deuteronomy 33:27, ESV

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