Concerned about your health and welfare? Pray for your city!

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The Lord really spoke to me today about the intense need for His people to make 180 degree turn in how they approach praying for our government and its leaders. This is what He gave me and I felt I was to share it:

First, we know by 1 Timothy 2:1-5, 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 and other scriptures that we are to pray over our leaders and the government structures society has instituted. This next scripture really hit my heart… The Lord said to Jeremiah in verse 29:7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. How vital it is we bless and not curse our city or any governmental structure! When we speak evil it affects everyone including us!

Then I read in Titus 3:1-2 Remind them (that refers to followers of Christ Jesus) to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. And, the Holy Spirit pointed out this scripture in 1 Peter 2:17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

It is vital not only to bless, but to use our mouths and our actions to create an atmosphere of honor for all people, even if we don’t like them, their actions, or their political stand. Every man and woman is made in the very image of God and we must, if nothing else, honor His decision to create them and the fact they have been placed in leadership over us. No matter how evil or good each person is, we are to pray God’s word over them in our cities, states, and our nation.

Some of the Scriptures to bless and to pray for your city, state and nation that I found after listening and waiting on the Lord in prayer:

Psalm 144:12-15 May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;13 may our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14 may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets! 15 Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

Psalm 22:28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations.

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Daniel 9:18-19 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”

Psalm 2:10-12 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Micah 6:9 The voice of the Lord cries to the city— and it is sound wisdom to fear your name: “Hear of the rod and of Him who appointed it!

Micah 2:13 He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king passes on before them, the Lord at their head.

Proverbs 28:2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Matthew 12:25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

Daniel 9:16-17 “O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.

Psalm 67:3-7 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Isaiah 62:11-12 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” And they shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

MY Body

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During prayer this is what I heard in my heart from my God…

The enemy thinks he has successfully frozen the church with fear, depressed and tired the church, made ill the church, disappointed, delayed and divided the church… BUT, MY BODY is whole, well, on the move, full of zeal and passion. MY BODY is praying, working in love and power, growing, learning speaking truth, demonstrating, helping, encouraging, teaching and holding back darkness. The enemy cannot stop the forward movement of MY BODY. He thinks he has stopped the church, but MY BODY he can NEVER stop!

Thank you Jesus for Your BODY! Together we are always moving forward!!!

Times, Seasons, Blood Moons: Cleansing of the Feasts

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Times, Seasons, Blood Moons: Cleansing of the Feasts
A prophetically inspired article

Before you check out and don’t read on because you have heard way too much about “blood moons,” the Lord has been speaking to me a message that is not at all what some prophets and other folks in the church have said about them. Our God wishes to give GREAT PEACE and JOY to us and I feel very inspired to write this prophetic article regarding the diverse views of our times, the season we are in and the signs in the heavenlies. I know the Holy Spirit is helping me to write in order to bring balance and hope to many.

To begin, His first words to me are “Do not fear!” He says this a lot in the Bible to folks that are in a variety of potentially frightening situations. That tells me He is not in the business of scaring those whom He loves. There is much going on that looks very scary to us and there are potential life shattering events poised to occur, but these things are not always what we think they are at first glance and we must remember that Father God is in control.

What grabbed me is how much peace and joy I have despite the world’s situation and despite difficult things in my own life. This message from my Father in Heaven has changed me. What also grabbed my attention is how extremely special this series of eclipses are and also how extremely special it is that we are alive to see it. We are a hand selected group of people on the earth right now to whom this gift, and reminder, is given.

Father spoke to me that the message in the blood moons is simple…in fact, the longer I walk with God I have found nearly everything that He does is simple so we can understand it. The key words to concentrate on in this case are: The Blood. It is a message to the people of the earth that we have nothing without The Blood, the cleansing Blood of Messiah Jesus. It is a reminder to the Church and to Israel that the only cleansing for sin is The Blood.

To the church it is a profound message to not forsake the core message of the Gospel. Salvation is only found in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Too many churches have stopped teaching about the blood. This has greatly weakened the body of Christ. This 4 times reminder is an exclamation orchestrated by the Creator of the Universe to remind us that we must return to the Word of God and honor the Blood of Jesus.

That the moons will occur at the commanded feasts of Passover and Tabernacles two years in a row is even more significant. It is a repeated message to Israel that salvation is not in their works striving for righteousness and making amends, it is not in a tashlik service, it is not found in their traditions or in religiously keeping the feasts and Sabbaths, it is found in the shed blood of the Lamb (Passover) who wishes to inhabit their hearts as Savior (Tabernacles). This message holds true for all humankind!

Additionally, for those of us in the part of the body of Messiah Jesus that have recognized the significance of the feasts and have learned about them and celebrated them because Jesus did. The Lord has shown me something even more profound. The blood moons are a sign He is cleansing His feasts for both Jew and Gentile who are destined to celebrate together as one new man in Christ Jesus.

The rabbi’s over the centuries have added many things to the feasts not recorded in Torah (The Bible); especially so for Passover. Stuff that is myth and teaching tools at its best and nothing but kabalistic mysticism and occult at the worst are included. These things are recorded in the Talmud which in Israel and among the Jewish people carries as much weight and is, in fact, followed more closely at the feast times than is Torah. This has caused a mixture of the base and profane with the Holy, not only in the Jewish camp, but within the Christian camp that celebrates the feasts.

Listen carefully: This mixture has a powerful draw to it. It is fascinating to read the Talmud or to study snippets of it on the internet in conjunction with the feasts. It can and does capture the imagination. The problem is the words are taking on weight and replacing The Word. These mixture teachings have so infected parts of the body Christ that there are folks who once powerfully served Messiah Jesus in freedom who are now bound in religious Talmudic tradition. Some have fallen to kabalistic beliefs. They are now held captive and this grieves the very heart of God.

The moons then are a sign as well that the blood of Jesus is cleansing the feast times and His intent is to return His people to the only thing that will bring atonement for sin and that is the BLOOD of Jesus and thereby the purity of His Word. He is NOT telling us as Christians to stop celebrating the feast times, He is calling for purity in the celebration.

Father spoke to me at Passover to get everything out of our celebration that was not Jesus. We had always identified that which was added as a teaching tool (salt water, parsley, and kharoset are teaching tools) and took out those things totally not biblical (the egg), but that was not enough. God did not want us to do anything that He did not call for in His Word. What JOY and Freedom we had to have only the elements of the feast that speak of Jesus!

Now, He has told me to include nothing in any celebration of the feasts that He did not ask for… Wow! The cleansing blood of Jesus is redeeming everything about the feasts and aligning our celebrations more fully with His Word!

With that instruction I have taken another look at the Fall Feasts. This article is about the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), known as Rosh Hashanah, and Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Future articles will expand to Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), Passover (Pesach) and Pentecost (Shavuot). I especially want to write about Passover. Our experience was so liberating and profound when we celebrated Passover without the additions, that I will be completely rewriting our Passover Study Kit.

Rosh Hashanah? Feast of Trumpets?
This may shock some of you. God did not name this feast either Rosh Hashanah, which means Head of the Year, nor did He name it Feast of Trumpets. The Rabbi’s gave the feast both of these names. It is called Head of the Year in the book of Ezekiel chapter 40 one time and that is the name the religious leaders adopted for their civil new year. God didn’t direct them to make it their new year or call it Rosh Hashanah. His first month is at Passover.

God calls this appointed time: Yom Teruah (ter roo AH) which means Day of Joyful Shouting, Blowing, Proclaiming, Announcing and making Noise – all to Him. We are to honor Him with our voices and instruments – it is a day of Noisy Joyful Praise! It got named Feast of Trumpets partly because the loudest sound the Jews could make to the Lord was with shofars. It is a wonderful joyful blowing. As well, it was traditional to blow the shofar on Holy Days to announce worship was commencing. To keep Yom Teruah, the religious leaders added more shofars to make a loud blowing noise to the Lord… but, it was also to be a SHOUT and joyful proclamation by the people. Father God loves to involve everyone in worshipping Him!

When the original Hebrew words are studied in connection with this feast, the word Shofar is NOT used in either Leviticus 23 or Numbers 29:1 in conjunction with Teruah as the name of the feast. It not Yom Teruah Shofar it is only Yom Teruah in Leviticus and it is called Yom Teruah Teruah – with a double use of the word in Numbers. God himself, therefore, did not specify trumpets. He specified shouting, blowing, joyful proclaiming and making noise! The shofar is just one of the many ways we can make noise to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

Psalm 33:3 best describes Teruah: Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy!

Yes! Shout to the Lord all the earth during this most Holy feast!

The good news is our God also shouts over us! He speaks wonderful things into the earth and launches brand new things every Fall.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

Psalm 105:43 And He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones with a joyful shout.

The new things God does every year are no doubt part of why the Rabbi’s felt like Yom Teruah was the New Year. Even more important the feast cleansed them from sin for a whole year beginning with this day of Shouting to God, making noise to Him and blowing the Shofar. Followed by 10 days of Awe at what God is about to do. Culminating with the Day of Atonement when specific blood sacrifice was made for all the people and the sins were placed on the head of a scape goat by the High Priest. That day their sins were rolled over for another year, awaiting the time for Jesus to come and be the once for all sacrifice and scape goat. He atoned for all of those centuries of rolled forward sins, all current sin, and all future sin.

Wow! That deserves a huge SHOUT! TERUAH!

As followers of Messiah Jesus, we can really make a joyful shout and a noise unto our God because we have received, embraced and live our lives cleansed by the Day Jesus Atoned for our sins. With an exclamation point that He now tabernacles with us in our hearts. The next blood moon will occur during Feast of Tabernacles and that too will release more purification and more separation of the base and profane from the Holy.

Jesus wants a clean temple in which to dwell (tabernacle). He wants joyful fellowship under the open heaven He bought for us as we enjoy the bounties of fruitfulness He produces in our lives and the bounty of the provision He has given to sustain us.

As you enter this new season lift up a joyful shout of Thanksgiving to our God! He has done great things for us! TERUAH!

It’s our Greatest Hour…Do not fear!

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Ya know church, we are entering our greatest hour! Isaiah 54 is for us: Sing! Enlarge the place of your tent! Spread out and prepare for many to come into the Kingdom of God! Then our Lord also says: FEAR NOT. Why? Because our enemy is on the move to deceive us into thinking we are doomed when, in fact, we are entering GLORY!

I have been feeling strongly in the spirit that we are about to see many things in the natural world that will cause sweeping fear among the people both believers and not. There has been quite a lot of bad news lately, but this will be more intense, very disturbing on the surface, and move people potentially to panic. The Lord spoke clearly while I was reading in Isaiah 7 about a situation that happened to Judah; it says in verse 2 that the people’s hearts shook like trees in the wind. God said to His prophet “Go out” and tell the nation “Do NOT FEAR or be faint-hearted at these smoking firebrands… in verse 7 the Lord declares their plans shall not stand, neither shall they come to pass! No matter what we see in the news (which is usually mostly not true anyway), or hear with our ears, listen to the voice of God instead! He is telling His people in this hour DO NOT FEAR! This is just smoke and mirrors!

If we stand strong in faith, listen to God and do what He says, nothing shall in anyway harm us! Stay the course sons and daughters of God! The prize of His manifest presence as He habitats with us in refreshing revival is just around the corner!

submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch
July 16, 2014

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Get LOW!

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Precious intercessors – in our area we have been on an exciting adventure in the Lord. He first gave us a prophetic promise of being catapulted into our destiny in Him, then the word “Launch” began to be spoken by prophetic folks and He gave me instruction to “prepare for the launch.” Now, the word “advance” has started to be released by prophetic intercessors. I believe from all of this that we are in forward motion, we are launched and we are advancing and very shortly we will be catapulted into the very things we have been dreaming, hoping, visioning, praying, and laboring for in intercession.

This dream came to me in the very early AM 6-12-14 as direction,loving warning and encouragement. I know that I am both myself in the dream and also I am representing all of the prophetic intercessors and advancing church prophetically.

Here is the dream with some explanation:
I was at a gathering of absolute brilliant light with tens of thousands of others. Out of the gathering came many wonderful God directed ideas, solutions, plans, healing, restoration etc. People each got into their vehicles, which represents their ministry, and headed out to accomplish these things for the Lord. I stood watching and, though they all originally headed out going the direction the Lord showed them, not far down the road they took a wrong turn. One by one they got on a pathway that was headed for a cliff. I tried to run after them to warn them, but I could not help them that way. In the dream, I had to go to the base of the cliff and climb up to the place where they were about to go off and lose everything. So, I went down to the base of the cliff and easily climbed up the mountain of problems – all went well until I got to the opening in the cliff where they were all headed for destruction.

At the opening sat a huge being that I can only describe as like Jaba the Hut in the Star Wars movies, foul ugly slug with a huge mouth. I got to the top and it blocked my path. I tried every way to get around it. Nothing worked. I could see a couple of vehicles go off the cliff and crash at the bottom. I was devastated and desperate to get around to help others avoid the cliff.

First, the beast was seductive and tried to lure me into its trap of snakelike ropes. It face change to that of a pleasant smiling man. That made me very ill and, thankfully, its plan did not work. When it saw that I could not be drawn into its trap, it peppered me with things that hit me and hurt me deeply. It said I could not get past it because I was like it and could never move forward. Revulsion swept over me as this beast was so vile. Then I realized it was Leviathan – it was PRIDE. That was why I was like it. I was dealing with pride. In the dream I immediately got low. When I was flattened, I was no longer like it, I easily slid under it and jumped up with great strength, zeal, power, joy, love etc on the other side. It could not stop me!

With a bright blue weapon provided supernaturally, that I believe was Prayer, every disaster from that point on was diverted. The blue weapon hit the vehicles and they all either stopped or turned back to the path ordained for them. A person got out of their vehicle and said to me “How did you do all this? This is amazing that no one got hurt.” I told them, how I did it and we wept with joy thanking God for revealing the answer for this season.

So, dear friends and intercessors, after praying and meditating this this AM, the Lord has told me to post this for all of you. It is, He tells me, not only for me. We are all about to find ourselves in situations where our PRIDE is an issue. Either there will be an attempt to seduce us into thinking we are just fine the way we are, or we will be brutally assaulted by the enemy through people and situations we least expect. This is in order to block us and stop the advance.

We must ask Him to deal with all of our areas of wounded pride from the past so we can receive healing. Then ask Him to teach us how to get LOW so we can handle all future challenging situations. I am asking Him to flatten us and keep us in a place of humility no matter how much our pride is being wounded. When we stay low, the enemy cannot stop us from advancing. In fact, in the dream it was like it could not even see me. In this flattening the love of Jesus can flow in power.

Believe me, I am not an expert at this. I fail frequently but, I am learning that, when I feel blocked and/or hurt that most of the time, it is pride stopping me from advancing. The simple acts of repenting, as much as needed, forgiving and letting go – telling God we cannot do anything with out HIM and His direction – relying on the Holy Spirit, will help us to successfully get past this guard. Since people will be used to deliver the “blows” and cause the problems, practice now so you will be responding in the future by immediately forgiving and blessing them as you would want to be blessed. In blessing there is the power of God’s love. Our temptation is to curse them, but that hurts them and us – it makes us weak and we end up defeated. Father God wants us victorious wielding our bright blue weapon of prayer supernaturally defeating the enemy’s plans.

Prepare with love as your breastplate – stay low fellow intercessors and advancing church, the victory is found flat on our face before God.

We will be praying that the advancing church enter into humility and stay LOW during our prayers.

Blessing you with with great JOY and strength! We are about to breakthrough with humility in to His glorious plans!

With love
Cheryl

Submitted by Rev Cheryl ‘s Birch
June 12, 2014

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Believe Big – Pray Big

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Believe Big, Pray Big
Released by Rev Cheryl Birch
at the Pray Modesto Prayer Breakfast
June 5, 2014

This morning we have a unique opportunity to seize this moment in time and touch the very heart of God.

From 1915 to about 1920 Spokane Washington became the healthiest city in the USA; even during the 1918 flu epidemic that killed thousands, they had remarkable health and wellbeing as God poured out healing upon the people.

In 1948, in a place called Lewis, the New Hebrides Islands experienced the start of a 30 year long move of God that transformed the island communities from one of high crime, moral decline, poverty and complacency into a place of salvation, healing, and prosperity.

In the 1990’s a move of God swept through parts of Colombia, South America and areas of Central America that unified the church, transformed drug cartel leaders, and changed the very atmosphere of the regions from impoverished oppressed and fearful to places that rapidly grew in the Lord and are still home to thriving churches.

In 2004 a town called Manchester in Kentucky experienced a move of God that changed them from a dying town held captive by drug dealers and crime – to a thriving community. They were overshadowed by death. Everyone in the state called them the “illegal drug capitol of Kentucky” – the Lord changed them to “the city of Hope”- lives miraculously transformed; even the land and water polluted by drug chemicals were amazingly restored

We see the mighty move of God suddenly come upon these places in the world and we say Wow, it’s a wonder and a miracle… truly it is, but every one of these places and all the amazing awakening and transformation stories over the centuries, including the ones recorded in the word of God, all have something in common.

There was a group of people desperate for God, who humbled themselves before Him, believed big, prayed big in Jesus name and never ever gave up on His promises. It took time, often years, but then suddenly God answered and seemingly overnight everything changed for good.

There is something spectacular that happens all around us when we humble ourselves before God, believe His word, invite His presence, honor one another and pray with faith… There is an unseen impact of our prayers that unites us supernaturally and moves the heart of Father God to bless and transform first us and then our city for His good purpose.

The good news, the really wonderful news, is our God wants this city to thrive in HIM, not barely survive. He wants to pour out answers to every prayer.

We need to get desperate – or, as it says in the Book of James: “ it is the effectual FERVENT prayers of the righteous that avail much” – so, the Lord is encouraging us to be fervent, to dream big because Jesus has opened heaven to us – to become co-conspirators with the Holy Spirit; to conspire with Him for His Kingdom to come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. To be influencers in every sphere of our city – a people who Pray big – that ask the impossible of a loving Father who is waiting to pour down good gifts.

When we gather we can become ONE voice, with ONE purpose, united in Christ Jesus, to bless the souls in this city to prosper in all good things.

The other component that is vital is to not lose heart, to not ever give up – can’t pray very fervently when we have given up.

Jesus said in Luke 18:1 that people always ought to pray and not lose heart,

Lose heart = Ekkakeo (ek ah kay oh) which means to be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out, exhausted

Also used in Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

If you have felt weary, spiritless and exhausted – it is time to rise up out of that! It is time to get desperate, fervent, in your prayers. Or as Winston Churchill said “Never, Never, Never give up” –

Let’s approach our time of prayer with a heart full of forgiveness and love toward one another, esteeming one another more than ourselves… Let’s pray with Now Faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Today let us repent and humble ourselves, join in what God is doing and go where He is going.

Let’s believe Big, pray Big!

That Modesto may be declared an Isaiah 62 City – A city that glorifies the Lord, a city that is called delightful, a city over which God rejoices, a city where business and commerce flourishes, a city where our sons and daughters prosper, a city that is a praise in the earth, a city no longer called desolate, a city filled with a holy people, a city called Sought Out, a city Not Forsaken.

Our God is for us, Modesto! In Jesus mighty name who can be against us?

Pray knowing that with our God nothing, absolutely nothing, is impossible!

LET’S PRAY!

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Rise and Shine

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Isaiah Chapter 60 keeps ringing in my heart. This came to me as I meditated on the verses.

Arise and shine
Our light has come
The glory of the Lord is upon us
He’s risen in Light
He’s shining bright
In the midst of great darkness

Let’s take our place
Standing boldly in the midst of our nation
Ready to share His glory
Our job is clear
To bring Jesus near
to a lost and hurting generation.

Prayer: Let me no longer be seen. Let the Lord shine brightly and be seen in me.

received March 31, 2014
submitted by Rev Cheryl S Birch

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