Deep sounds of intercession. This is the overarching theme for this month's word. I feel so strongly that there is grace for deep prayer and worship. All our opinions and differences aside, we cannot deny we are in a unique and challenging position in our state (also nation and world). The scripture gives us examples of what happens when the church begins to pray, the earth shakes, miraculous things happen and impossible situations wildly shift. If things have looked shaky, that’s okay, the next paragraph is for you! Remember you don’t need fancy prayer to have big faith. For those of you who would say your prayer life has been fairly steadfast over these few months, keep going!
Before we jump in, let’s address something first: You are God’s beloved. Again, YOU are God’s BELOVED. No matter how insane this season has been, if you’ve had deeply challenging days, days that are pretty good, you are still God’s beloved. This will never ever change.
Let’s quickly debunk the voice of the enemy that might shame us into believing we’re not doing good enough in this season “I haven’t prayed enough, I haven’t worshipped enough, I haven’t been productive enough ….” The list goes on and on. Maybe you’ve come across similar thoughts that seem to ruminate. Friends, that’s not God’s voice. He’s corrections, they can sting, will lovingly and ultimately lead us back to him.
God’s grace runs deep. Right into every single crevasse of this strange season; as we wake up, He pours his grace over the day. No matter what the past weeks of this season has looked like for you; if your desire is to seek His word and His face, He will kindly meet you. Throw away the shame of the past and remember who you are. I pray that God’s voice will come in and give you the truth over your identity. Take hold of the authority that has been given to you through Jesus. With God there is always an invitation to come and sit at His feet and be refreshed in His word. We pray that this month you will be abundantly blessed and that these words will encourage you to go deep!
VOICES OF FIRE //
I saw the Word of God being breathed out of the people in this community. Fire was coming out of our mouths, and it was coming from deep within. It was like God had anointed our words, and as we spoke our words purified the spaces around us. The fire did not bring destruction.
Whether it’s in your conversations with the people around you at the moment or even in your prayer time; God is giving you the words to speak at the right time, and giving you heavenly wisdom, boldness and insight as you engage with the people around you at the moment. May the words you speak be marked by God. And bring purification, healing and unity.
As you pray, speak out what He shows you, literally say out loud what He shows you and build your prayers around it. Psalm 119:13 TPT - I speak continually of your laws as I recite out loud your counsel to me.
If He shows you places, pray over those places. If He shows you people, pray for those people. If He highlights a scripture, speak out that scripture.
The scriptures coming up speak of the earth shaking as the children of God began to pray.
As God brings about a deep work of restorations and justice in our nation and in our state, He is calling us, His beloved sons and daughters to be advocates, and to help lay a foundation for the works he wants to do to establish His Kingdom here.
MAY THE SOUND OF A PRAYING CHURCH SHAKE THE FOUNDATIONS //
Acts 4:23-31 (Synopsis)
The church prayed in boldness as they were filled with the Holy Spirit, the earth shook beneath them, causing the building they were in to TREMBLE!
Acts 16:23-38 (Synopsis)
Paul and Silas begin to pray and sing praises to God while they are locked in the most secure cell in prison. A great earthquake shakes the foundation of the prison. Every cell door flies open and every prisoner chain comes loose.
All of creation waits with eager longing for God to reveal his children. For creation was condemned to lose its purpose, not of its own will, but because God willed it to be so. Yet there was the hope that creation itself would one day be set free from its slavery to decay and would share the glorious freedom of the children of God.
In Romans, it says that creation longs for God to reveal his children, as one day creation itself will be set free from slavery and share the glorious freedom of the children of God.
The Passion Translation says verse 19 this way: The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters.
(Referencing the TPT footnotes; standing on tiptoe meaning creation is waiting in intense anticipation on what is about to happen. The word unveiling used here is the same word used in Revelation to describe the unveiling of Jesus Christ. The unveiling is soon to happen and sure to take place.
Now looking at Acts, can we see how the earth responds when the children of God begin to pray? When they are full of the Holy Spirit? The earth shakes! Things in the natural cannot help but to respond to the Kingdom that is in us!
In this season you’re prayer, you’re worship, you’re intercession changes things that are natural. Do not underestimate the power of your bold prayer. If there was ever a time to go full guns ablazing in worship and prayer the time is now. I pray that you find the opportunities and spaces to do this. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting. Like it was stated earlier, it's okay to start simple.
CREATIVE SOLUTIONS //
Creative solutions are being given to the visionaries.
Let’s define ‘creative’, in this word, I’m not simply referring to ‘artists’, think more innovators, visionaries, entrepreneurs, dreamers. Anyone who sees a need, or is carrying the seed of a vision but hasn't found the solution yet. This is for you.
I see God giving creative keys and solutions to those of you who have encountered problems where earthly solutions have run short, and you have a desire to see these things solved. Where you’ve had a passion in your heart, but haven’t had the vision to see it through, God is making a way. He is giving you the vision for it. If you’ve had a vision or stirring for something that doesn’t have a blue print, God is going to begin revealing your first steps to begin building. God is building His Kingdom here. He makes all things good. If we look around us at the moment, we can clearly see that God is not finished yet. Romans 8:28 TPT
If this word sparks something, I encourage you to go listen to Jody’s Message - Don’t Just Stand There - 23/2/2020. Find it on the Discovery Church Podcast.
Acts 1:8 TPT “But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces (Sameria), even to the remotest places on earth!”
In the message, Jody lists examples for these places that God has called us - Jerusalem (the local sphere), Judea (the wider network), Samaria (a different culture/ people group), The ends of the earth (dreams you are yet to realise and walk out, things that you don’t have language for yet).
The Holy Spirit lives in you! You are filled with power! You are God’s messenger to wherever and whoever he has called you. Ask, and you’ll receive. Seek and you’ll find. Knock, God will open the door(Matthew 7:7). Come before God with the things that are on your heart in this season. He sees you. He sees your heart. He cares about the things you care for, He’s the one who put them there. He will surely bring you the solutions and keys to the assignments he has for you.Don't Just Stand There - Jody's Message from 23-2-2020