Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 12 of our corporate fast!

Today Jack and some friends went to hear an amazing family.  The Patriarch was a Bishop, Otis Clarke, who is almost 108 yrs-old!  This was a preaching family!! What blessed me the most was that they were saying the same things we have been saying: It is time for the church to wake up! Apathy and fear of man have so watered down the Gospel! Bishop Clarke's daughter shared that recently they were in a Pentecostal Church that forbade them to speak of the Holy Spirit!  There is something seriously wrong with this picture.  It is not that the church has not done good things, but we have lost our first love!

I have been thinking of Jehoshaphat from the account in 2 Chronicles 20 during this fast.  Jehoshaphat was a good king. He had done much to restore the Children of Israel back to God, but he was surrounded by enemies that wanted to destroy all of them.  We are in no different  a place today.  We too, are surrounded by enemies on every side.  What did the king do?  He called a corporate fast to seek the Lord.  God gave them the solution and they went out to battle praising God with high praises. Before their eyes, as they praised the Lord, the enemies turned on each other and utterly destroyed themselves!  Woo hoo!!

Fasting helps us to hear the voice of God more clearly.  We come into spiritual victory when we are obedient to His voice. One of the main things we are hearing corporately is to begin to stand against the enemy through our prayers.  We have the advantage over Jehoshaphat because the very Spirit of God is in us through the Power of our Savior Jesus Christ!!  We do not have to only watch God work, we get to participate with Him!!

Let us begin to declare the victory over the enemy of our souls!  Let us tear down the strongholds and principalities over our cities, nation and the world.  Let us go forth BOLDLY proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus, for it is the power to save!! Glory to God!!!!