It is seems these words by Charles Dickens in the Tale of Two Cities mean even more to us today than ever…
But, it is NOT what I believe!
In September of 2014 I had a vision of what looked like a body with its head on backwards. Upon close observation in the vision I could see it was actually a head with its body on backwards… This intensely unusual scene revealed the condition of the body of Christ and Lord’s plan to totally transform His people by the end of this decade. This year He continued to reveal His victorious message of hope contained in the vision. Listen to the prophetic message released on September 25, 2015 by clicking here.
No matter where you live in the world, I believe it is vital that we start a fast and right away! It is a season to draw as close to the Lord as we possibly can.
I have been hearing about a need to fast coming from many different camps this past week and had planned to fast later in the month with another group – I will still do that. However, the ongoing assault against the intercessors and ministries on the front-line, not only in our area but everywhere, (from loss of loved ones, to sudden illnesses, to loss of income, to car accidents and on and on) is not abating with prayer alone. Then I must add to that the call to fast by the Lord this past Friday when I was praying for one of the mighty men of God in our city, to me Equals = we need to ramp up our prayers for break-through by adding some good old fashion denying of flesh. That is best done through a fast and I know it cannot wait!!!
The goal of the fast is to get closer to God, listen to Him, seek Him for Him, let the needs be known and allow Him to break down our selfish ways, and ultimately to defeat the enemy. Respond in declarations and proclamations as He reveals things, otherwise simply let Him arise and scatter the enemy as you draw closer and closer to Him.
Since this is quite sudden, which is designed I am sure to take the enemy by surprise, I am asking you join in the fast as best you can as soon as you read this.
Those of you that have fasted with us before know that I leave it to you how deep you wish or need to go into the fast. This season of fasting is immediate through the end of the month. We will fast until Saturday 9-12-15 take a short break and fast 9-17-15 to 9-21-15. I will post any additional dates.
While “fasting” television and electronic diversion is good during this time, it is not what the Lord is calling for. We are doing a food fast. Instead of spending time prepping food and eating, spend time praying and seeking to draw close to God.
Here are ways to fast for various folks that find fasting a physical challenge:
1. If you are taking medications that require food or are under a doctor’s care – please choose “giving up treats” as your fast to the Lord. For example: If you love your cup of coffee in the morning, give that up during this time or anything else that you will greatly miss, but will not affect your meds or health.
2. If you are working and need some energy during the day, a Daniel fast would be recommended or fasting a meal each day.
3. If you must have protein or you become ill, then give up carbs and sugary treats during the fast.
For everyone else choose any combination of fasting for the 7 day period. You can choose to do one thing all the days or a different type of fast each day. You and the Lord need to decided what He is asking of you.
Here are some ways to fast:
1. Daniel Fast: primarily veggies of all kinds, mush (like oatmeal), lentils, beans,
and fruit or nuts in small amounts
2. Juice and broth fast (no solid food,only liquids)
3. Eat only one meal a day – water, juice or broth the other meals
4. Give up one meal a day – eat very simple small meals the other 2 times
5. No food, water only (again, if you are not healthy enough to do this even one day,
choose another fast)
The enemy has to let go of what belongs to the Lord and thereby belongs to us! I see this fast working like a crowbar and prying the enemy’s grubby fingers off of everything he has grabbed. All glory to God because He is the one that will accomplish the victory as we turn to HIM!
Thank you for joining in whether it is one day or the entire season of fasting.
With love and joy to you
Remember to pray for each other!!!
If ever there was a time to pray in all of history, it is NOW!
The spiritual SHIFT of the ages is upon us! The Lord is opening His ancient door and we are in passage to something wonderful in this remarkable season! As we move into the Feast of Trumpets, the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur – we can expect this huge shifting in the times and timing of the Father’s plans to impact the earth. He has been speaking to me for months now that we are in a Transition time to “full glory.” Things are happening all around us that are paving the way to culmination of this dispensation and the birthing of a whole new heaven and earth.
Those whom He is preparing in the body are about to become humble selfless Demonstrators of His NEW! Like a preview of what is to come, thousands of God’s anointed ones will move in concert to glorify Him in power.
Our journey through this Shift to the opening of His ancient doors to living with Him in Glory needs an abundance of prayer. We are dedicated to that prayer! We will be meeting this month on our usual 2nd Friday and that happens to be 9-11. This is not coincidence!
I believe the Lord is calling all who will hear to a season of more than ever intense intercession. And the call is LOUD and URGENT! When change of this magnitude is on the horizon, we must be in prayer so that we stay in one accord with His perfect plan, His word, and with each other.
Listen and you will hear the Trumpet Call to Prayer!
If you are in the Modesto CA area, join us at the Days Inn Modesto on Friday 9-11-15 at 7 Pm in room 105
Blessing you to stand strong in the Lord and the Power of HIS Might!
Love how the Lord unexpectedly and suddenly begins to work out the answers to our prayers by moving on the hearts of His people. He is so creative and uses every one of His kids to bring about His plans and purposes in the earth. What does it take to see magnificent changes begin to occur in a life, a city, a nation? Loving and trusting Him with your whole heart and patient willingness to pray in faith without ceasing… even if it takes years for the answers to come.
Never, Never, Never give up! Believe His blessings are pouring out of heaven, because they are!!!
The Lord spoke to my heart today that the intercessors are in great need of encouragement. He said: Be Encouraged! Keep Praying. You have a Promise!
Despite what is going on in our world and our lives we must continue to speak hope because God is in control and His promises are Yes and Amen! We are experiencing increased battle because a great victory is about to occur. It is worth the fight in prayer. Keep blessing and do not curse, stay positive and keep declaring, don’t be silent! Take the “air-ways” and keep the communication with God flowing for we are about to breakthrough.
It is worth the struggles and challenges because we are contending for a very great prize! We are about to see the very presence of God descend upon our cities and regions as the Lord says NO to the Destroyer and pours out His salvation.
He gave Deut 33:26-29 as an encouragement to me personally this morning and I want to share it: “26 There is none like God, O Jeshurun [Israel], Who rides through the heavens to your help and in His majestic glory through the skies.27 The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He drove the enemy before you and thrust them out, saying, Destroy!28 And Israel dwells in safety, the fountain of Jacob alone in a land of grain and new wine; yes, His heavens drop dew.29 Happy are you, O Israel, and blessing is yours! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the Shield of your help, the Sword that exalts you! Your enemies shall come fawning and cringing, and submit feigned obedience to you, and you shall march on their high places.”
Stay on the wall intercessors! The Lord has you covered!
submitted by Rev Cheryl Birch 8-6-15
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Very powerfully, during the past two days the Lord kept speaking to me the phrase: Be Found in Peace. This was in response to my prayers asking Him about the times we are in. There has been a dramatic shift in the spirit realms that started June 18th and has accelerated daily since. So much has happened this past month in our nation that has been simply alarming. In midst of this rapid change, I asked the Lord what was most important for all of us this season.
This phrase He gave me is part of 2 Peter 3:10-14 (NKJV) dealing with the times just before the coming of the Lord… 10)But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11)Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12)looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13)Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14)Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;
He also highlighted to me:
Ephesians 4:1-3 (NKJV) 1) I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2)with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3)endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
And one more scripture: Ephesians 2:14 -20(NKJV) 14)For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15)having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16)and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17)And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Jesus created a bridge for us to the Father when He made peace between God and man through His death and resurrection. And, He made the way for us to be at peace with each other, as well. He preached that peace for the benefit of everyone. He sacrificed His life for that peace so that everyone far and near, Jew and Gentile, could benefit.
Peace is an amazing gift of God and fruit of the Spirit that we have always had available, but there is something markedly important we must know now for this very hour! James further defines peace as the vessel through which is sown the fruit of righteousness; James 3:18 (NKJV) Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. Additionally, peace is fully 1/3 of the foundation of the kingdom of God. Romans 14:17 (NKJV) for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
All these scriptures are excellent and power packed reads. Read them out loud. Talking about the peace described in the word of God begins to produce peace within us. That is good and the first step toward what is needed in our day, but to feel calm and full is but a small part of this marvelous manifestation of God.
I believe peace is the second most significant mark of the end-times church – next to the unbelievers seeing us loving one another as Jesus loves us with no more strife and jealousy — peace will be the most identifying factor of a true disciple of the Lord Jesus.
Even more than that, I am convinced it is our God’s number one market place spiritual “tool” that He will use in the days we have just entered. More even than people seeking healing, we have entered a time when folks will yearn and long for peace. The only place real peace will be found is in Christ Jesus. Therefore, it will be found in the presence of His disciples.
This is what the Lord spoke to me regarding all of His ministers working in the fields: The bottom line is you and I, we, are His peace-bearers. As we endeavor to rest in Him and hear His voice each day and purposefully choose to be found only in HIM, peace will flow like a river from us into the midst of problems, fear, sins, even chaos and defeat it.
The words used in the Bible for peace shed more light on this. They are in Greek “Eirene” and in Hebrew “Shalom.” Eirene means to prosper or prosperity: wholeness or oneness, peace, quietness, rest, and very significantly to be set at one again. That phrase, in further study, means to put back together what has been destroyed and scattered. Shalom means to have favor, to be safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous, to restore, to be perfectly well and whole and at rest. The Hebrew symbols or letter characters for Shalom actually say “the authority that destroys chaos.”
This peace of God is something supernatural that is available
at all times to everyone that has Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Because of His peace we are chaos slayers!
Start thinking of yourself as a “chaos slayer;”
one who destroys chaos by giving peace away.
This is also one of the first things that the demonic forces work very hard to destroy in our lives. The enemy works constantly to keep us rattled, nervous, worried, afraid, even panicked so that we are limited and cannot flow freely with peace for others. He cannot take our peace away, because he cannot remove Jesus from our hearts. So, instead he works to constantly hold us in bondage to circumstances and in the “peace-seeking mode” for ourselves just to make it through the day. This is so that we never enter the “peace-releasing mode” that is for other people.
We are designed to receive from God and then give it away. Whether it is love, peace, joy, kindness, any fruit or gift of the Spirit, we are to be vessels, conduits, through which He can flow. We are destined to be constantly in touch with Him, and continuously filled to overflowing with plenty for ourselves and, more importantly, abundance for the desperate world around us.
Grab hold of our promise that the God of Peace will shortly crush satan under our feet (Romans 16:20). When we really get this scripture, really believe it and become it – that God is in us so the enemy is crushed as we go about day – the result will be that people who come in contact with us will suddenly be at peace. Like the Greek word Eirene they will be supernaturally put back together like a scattered puzzle.
It will be amazing because peace heals, peace puts back together shattered lives, peace destroys the tension and chaos, peace drives back fear, peace is the glue of unity and therefore will re-establish marriages and heal relationships, plus so much more!
During every day activities, the Peace of God will embrace the people that come into our lives. I asked God to show me what happens to people as His peace washes over them. Suddenly, I had a picture before me. I was standing with a young man. He was sharing his problems. I listened and as I chose to seek peace for him, Jesus walked up behind him. Then He picked up that young man and held him like a small babe in in His arms. Isn’t that precious? He will hold them in His arms. They will feel His loving touch and perhaps for the first time in their lives relax in perfect peace.
This is going to pave the way in every sphere of influence: business, education, government, media, sports, health care, families, even churches for spontaneous salvation. The people will know that God has touched them and millions will receive Jesus as He pours out peace through His disciples.
I believe right now that the Holy Spirit is positioning many of us to step into this supernaturally natural outpouring. His word to all of us today is from 1 Peter – The Lord says pursue peace! 1 Peter 3:11 (NKJV) 1) Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
Since our Ephesians scripture clearly says Jesus is our peace that means our goal really is to constantly nurture our personal relationship with Him. To seek out the place of peace that is found only in His heart. To seek Jesus and to pursue Him!
One last word in this pursuit of peace: of all the things in the enemy’s arsenal that will destroy peace, besides us being totally in sin, is to worry and be anxious. Jesus said all the time in the Gospels: Don’t worry – What good does it do you?
Paul gives great advice what to do when anxiousness and worry try to take hold. He says in Philippians 4:6 7 (NKJV) 6)Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7)and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Isaiah gave advice on this subject as well in 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Know that peace is not only available to us, it is on the increase! Isaiah 9:7 (NKJV) Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…
Proverbs tells us peace is readily available to take care of even a dire situation: Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV) When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
In Psalms it tells us that the word of God produces peace 119:165 (NKJV) Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
Jesus, Himself, said in John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
With those words of our Savior, I bless you to walk in great peace in your life and to be a vessel of abundant overflow.To enter fully into this new season so that all whom the Lord places in your life will be supernaturally overcome by His amazing wonderful peace as it flows through you.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJV) Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.
May you always be found in peace!
Submitted by Rev. Cheryl Birch
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