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PRAYER

SIN BRINGS DEATH

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NLT)

Pray with me:

Father, we come to Your throne of grace to obtain mercy. We want to do justice while also loving mercy. You take no pleasure in judgment, nor do we. You love to extend mercy, new and fresh every morning. When people repent, You quickly embrace them. You love it when nations turn away from their sinful ways. You pour out Your mercy and salvation upon them. 

We are in need of that mercy now, Lord. America is on the precipice of institutionalizing great sin. Lord, liberals see an opportunity to advance an agenda through HB5 that will have sweeping repercussions for this nation. It will turn hearts away from You. It will bring persecution to Your church. 

Send Your Spirit of revelation to us. Move on those in the church to pray and act, to quickly let their Senators know we do not want HB5 passed into law. Break off all fear of what our congressional leaders will think of us. Give us revelation of what this will mean to future generations of Americans, what it will mean regarding preserving this nation in Your will and destiny. Touch the hearts of Senators, we pray. Awaken their consciences. Let “the fear of the Lord” – fear of You –  come upon our lawmakers. Grant America mercy, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree that God is coming to America with His saving grace!

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL

TURN TO JESUS AND LIVE

TURN TO THE LORD JESUS TODAY IN FAITH AND LIVE FOREVER!!!
“By this the love of God was revealed in us, that God has sent His only Son into the world so that we may live through Him.”
1 JOHN 4:9
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PRAYER

COVER OTHERS IN PRAYER

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”

(Psalm 91:9-11 NKJV)

Pray with me:

Thank you, Father, for teaching us to cover our families and those You have assigned to us. We refuse to allow satan to steal, kill, and destroy that which belongs to us. We rise up in Your anointing and authority and bind every attempt he makes to do so. We will live in the secret place of the Most High God and remain protected there. No evil will befall us and no plague will come near our dwelling.

Make very real and strong in us the revelation that we can and must live this prayer responsibility. Father, I don’t want Your people to lose by default, by ignorance. I want them to know they need to do this, and I want them to absolutely know they can. They are more than conquerors when they simply do as instructed. Give them greater and greater revelation of this.

We decree over our children that they are blessed and protected. We decree over our homes that they are blessed and protected. We decree over our finances that they are blessed and protected. We decree over all of our possessions that they are blessed and protected. And, yes, we decree over this nation that it is blessed and protected. We continue to cover America with our prayers, decreeing that the ungodly in positions of authority will be removed and their evil works will be exposed. The darkness will be eliminated from government in America. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Our decree:

We decree that we and our families live under the protective covering of the blood of Jesus!

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL

LOVE IS THE COMMANDMENT

LOVE THE LORD GOD WITH ALL THAT YOU ARE AND LOVE ALL OTHERS!!!
“And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
MATTHEW 22:37-39
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PROPHETIC WORD

WATCH AND GET READY

Previously, I mentioned what theologians call the “law of first mention.” This refers to the general rule that the first time a major subject is mentioned in the Bible, significant facts are introduced concerning it that will remain consistent and relevant throughout the scriptures. The first mention of the serpent – satan – is in Genesis 3:1:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?’” (emphasis added)

It is easy to see this law at work here, as the verse speaks of satan’s subtlety or craftiness. God is informing us of one of the most important things we must remember about satan: He is far more dangerous to us as the crafty serpent than the roaring lion. 

“Crafty” is the Hebrew word aruwm, taken from aram, which means “to be bare or smooth.” We actually use the same concept in our English language – someone who is crafty or wily is often referred to as  “slick” or as a “smooth operator.” Such is the case with satan. He is very cunning, and we must be wary of his attacks and deceptions. He is always seeking to steal, kill, destroy (see John 10:10) and grab the bigger portions – and he does it with great skill.

Adam was not wary enough of the crafty serpent in the garden. He heard and saw him, but was unaware of his plans. Because of this, satan was successful in invading and violating his garden.

This same word, crafty, is used in Joshua 9:4, to describe a plan the Gibeonite people used to deceive Israel: “They also acted craftily and set out as envoys, and took worn-out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins worn-out and torn and mended” (emphasis added). The Gibeonites were one of the Canaanite tribes Joshua and Israel were supposed to dispossess. This nation, however, deceived the Israelites into believing they were from far away and had made the journey to form a covenant with them. Joshua and the people neglected to pray about this – always a part of satan’s subtlety – and were therefore deceived into entering a binding, covenantal agreement with these people.

It must be said that the Israelites were not without warning. In Exodus 34:12, they were told. “Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going or it will become a snare in your midst” (emphasis added). The Israelites failed in their responsibility to watch, and just as the verse warned, the crafty snare was laid.

We can conclude from the Israelites’ suspicion of the Gibeonites that God was obviously trying to alert them. Joshua 9:7 says, “The men of Israel said to the Hivites [Gibeonites], ‘Perhaps you are living within our land; how then shall we make a covenant with you?’” Rather than heeding this caution, however, they acted on what they saw. The Israelites were not watching. We must remember things are not always as they appear. The following story illustrates this:

A traveler between flights at an airport went to a lounge and bought a small package of cookies, sat down, and began reading a newspaper. Gradually, she became aware of a rustling noise. From behind her paper, she was flabbergasted to see a neatly dressed man helping himself to her cookies! Not wanting to make a scene yet wanting to let him know that they were hers, she leaned over and took a cookie herself.

A minute or two passed, and then came more rustling. He was helping himself to another cookie! Finally, they came to the end of the package.

There was one cookie left. She was so angry she didn’t dare allow herself to say anything. Then, adding insult to injury, the man broke the remaining cookie in two, pushed half across to her, ate the other half, and left.

Still fuming sometime later when her flight was announced, the woman opened her handbag to get her ticket. To her shock and embarrassment, there she found her pack of unopened cookies!

How disheartening it is to discover the error of wrong assumptions!

Though Israel “ate the wrong cookies” and was subsequently taken advantage of, there is an incredible and positive ending to the Gibeonite story. God used the “craftiness” of the Gibeonites to picture satan’s craftiness. He told Joshua to make them “hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord” (Joshua 9:27, emphasis added). The altar of the Lord was where the blood of atonement was shed, and as such pictured Christ’s Cross. Just as the “crafty” Gibeonites were used to prepare items for the animal sacrifices, God used satan, the “crafty” one, to make preparations for the ultimate sacrifice – Christ’s crucifixion. One can only imagine satan’s excitement as he “hewed the wood” (prepared the Cross) for Christ’s sacrifice. How crafty must he have felt as he orchestrated the making of the Crown of Thorns, watched the spikes being driven, and the spear being thrust into Christ. But his joy turned to terror when he learned he was aiding in his own destruction. God had turned the tables on the crafty one! 

The outcome of the Gibeonite story is an incredible assurance that God can reverse the subtleties of our adversary, the devil, and use them to bring about good. Through His amazing wisdom, which always supersedes satan’s subtlety, our mistakes can actually become the instruments of God’s redemptive purposes. The Cross is God’s ultimate proof that He can turn your circumstances around and even bring good through evil.

God intends to do this for America. Satan has deceived many in our nation. Some believe we simply don’t need God. The devil has convinced others that there are many gods and/or many ways to God. Others have been deceived into outright rebellion. God, however, is going to save millions of deceived Americans. There is coming a strong revelation of his son, Jesus, and His salvation. The presence of the Lord will be heavy in our land, opening the eyes of many. Do not doubt this. He is coming with a tidal wave of love and mercy to the lost and hurting. 

Get ready!

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (or craftiness) of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:11-13 NKJV)

Pray with me:

Father, there is no one in our nation that has not been fooled by the serpent’s craftiness. But I hear Holy Spirit saying You are releasing a spirit of discernment into the church that will cause us to be much more skillful at recognizing satan’s activities, so we ask You for this. Train us to be alert. If we are alert, You are faithful to make us aware of satan’s schemes.

Raise up effective watchmen and women to protect us from satan‘s schemes and plans – at personal, as well as corporate levels. Give us government watchmen. Raise up city watchmen. Give congregations watchmen. And train us to do this for our families and homes.

Forgive us for allowing so much ground to be taken by the deceiver in our nation. Forgive us for allowing the crafty one to take over our education system, our government, our media, and other segments of our culture. Forgive us for allowing him into the church. Even after this past election, when the church should be rallying together for prayer and strategy to stop the hideous plans of darkness, we find many leaders preferring to fight with other believers. Forgive us. You have told us the greatest of all spiritual traits is love – not sound doctrine, not theology, not the gifts of Holy Spirit – but love. And yet, we allow the crafty one to deceive us into causing disunity and strife. This must break Your heart. Please forgive us and deliver us from this deception.

In spite of this, Lord, You are going to reverse the strongholds of darkness over America. You are going to take the crafty one in his craftiness. You will use satan‘s own plans and strategies against him. Like they did at the Cross, his plans will backfire. Therefore, we ask You with fervent prayer: Bring it! Turn the tables! Work his evil for our good! We know You can do this, for Yours is still the Kingdom (the rule), and the power, and the glory…forever!!! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Our decree:

We decree that a higher level of discernment is now being released to the church. The prophetic anointing (that brings this discernment) will not be despised; it will be celebrated.

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL

GOD HAS PLAN FOR YOU

GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU IS LIFE AND BLESSINGS IN THE LORD JESUS!!!
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
JEREMIAH 29:11-13
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SHOUT OUT FOR THE UNBORN

“Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people of their sins! (Isaiah 58:1 NLT)

Pray with me:

Lord, You have awakened Your Ekklesia to battle. We know You mean for us to experience victories in the battles we are engaged in. We are no longer merely intercessors crying out in intercession hour after endless hour. We are also Your Ekklesia – spiritual legislators, joining together in faith to form our nation’s future.

We will partner with You until we see Your Kingdom advanced and established in our earthly systems. Acting on Your direction, we will discern the times and seasons, and act accordingly. We believe abortion in America will end under our watch. We know You have already provided for the victory, but we will lobby legislation after legislation after legislation from the states to the Supreme Court until we experience what pleases You. We will secure life for the unborn and protection for the mothers.

We pray for the Arkansas Senate Bill 6 and other pieces of legislation being written. Lord, give them favor. Holy Spirit, may these bills become law. When they are challenged, get the best ones to the Supreme Court. Overturn Roe v. Wade, we pray; give states what they need to throw off the culture of death, abortion has brought to us.

Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert, Rep. Mary Bentley, and other Arkansas legislators gathered and asked You for a strategy of life for their state. You sent Allan Parker and the concept of The Moral Outcry to them to give the constitutional framework needed. You have helped them. We acknowledge You as the Savior and the Giver of Life. We expect the very best to come from this! We expect a great victory for life. We ask You this in the name of our Lord Jesus, Amen.

Today’s decree:

The people of the United States of America are rising up and will seek justice for the unborn!

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FOLLOW JESUS AND OBEY

FOLLOW THE LORD JESUS AND OBEY GOD’S WORD!!!
“Will they who devise evil not go astray? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.”
PROVERBS 14:22
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WORDS OF WISDOM

BE ALERT

As we learn of and pray in accordance with the watchman concept of prayer, two New Testament verses are meaningful. The first is Ephesians 6:18: “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (emphasis added). The King James Version uses the word “watching” for the phrase “be on the alert.” 

The second verse is 1 Peter 5:8: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (emphasis added). Again, other translations use the word “watchful.” Significantly, the context of both verses is spiritual warfare. Each mentions our adversary and challenges us to alertness or watchfulness, both for ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to draw four important conclusions from these two verses. 

  1. Protection from the attacks of our enemy – even for believers – is not automatic. There is a part we play in receiving protection. Though God is sovereign, this does not mean He is literally in control of everything that happens on earth. He has left much to the decisions and actions of humankind. If God were going to protect or safeguard us from satan’s attacks regardless of what we did, these verses would be totally irrelevant for Christians. Somewhere in our theology, we must find a place for human responsibility. At some point, we must begin to believe that our decisions and actions matter, both for ourselves and for others.
  2. God’s plan is to warn or alert us to satan’s tactics. This is a simple deduction. If God says, “be on the alert” for satan’s attacks, He is obviously willing to make us aware of them. God would not ask of us something He was not going to enable us to accomplish.
  3. We must be alert – remain watchful – or we will not be aware of God’s attempts to warn us of satan’s attacks and plans. If these attacks were always going to be obvious, alertness would not be necessary. Isaiah 56:10 speaks of “blind watchmen.” What an amazing oxymoron! I am afraid it has been a fairly good description of many of us in our watching roles. We are too often like Christ’s disciples of old, whom He said had eyes but at times couldn’t see (see Mark 8:18). We must do more than glance; we must alertly watch!
  4. If we are not alert and watchful, and if we are ignorant of satan’s attacks, he will devour. As stated, he will gain on us, taking advantage of our ignorance. Contrary to popular belief, we really can be destroyed due to ignorance or a lack of knowledge (see Hosea 4:6). We don’t like to admit it, but satan really has gained a lot of territory in America.

Satan and demons are real. They seek to oppress, deceive, steal, kill and destroy. We must not deny the reality of, or ignore, spiritual conflict. Obviously, we are not to be preoccupied with satan; but neither are we to live in denial of him. The results of both can be disastrous.

Don’t be like the desert nomad who awakened hungrily one night and decided he’d have a midnight snack. Lighting a candle, he grabbed a date and took a bite. Holding the date to the candle, he saw a worm, whereupon he threw the date out of the tent. Biting into the second date, he found another worm and threw it away, also. Deciding he might not get anything to eat if this continued, he blew out the candle and ate the dates. 

Sometimes we, too, prefer the darkness of denial to the light of truth. Though the truth does hurt at times, it is still truth. Denial does not change it. Where satan has made gains, let’s admit it and determine to take them back! 

“Remember to stay alert and hold firmly to all that you believe. Be mighty and full of courage”  (1 Corinthians 16:13 TPT).

Pray with me:

Father, we are not in denial. We realize satan has made great gains in America. He has taken much ground and infiltrated pretty much every segment of our culture. He and his allies have programmed the minds of a generation. They have eroded hunger for You, even convincing many that You do not exist. And, as always, he thinks he has won.

He has not! You have the power to awaken. Your spirit of revelation can peel back the covering that blinds the minds of unbelievers, causing them to see clearly who Jesus really is. Like the 3000 saved on the day of Pentecost, and the 5000 born again when the lame man at the gate called Beautiful was healed, You can lift the veil, open spiritually blind eyes and cause people to finally see You. Our prayers are creating and releasing this revelation. The appeal is working.

As You instructed us, we command Your Kingdom rule to invade America – we say, Kingdom come! We command Your will to be done (Matthew 6:10), we decree that no government will stop this. No corruption in government will prevail, all deception and corruption will be exposed. Pride will be exposed. Dishonest motives will be exposed. And You will be shown to be King and Lord – You, the Creator and Savior of America.

You are coming, and will not be stopped! We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Let’s decree together:

We Decree that wave after wave of revival, a deluge of Holy Spirit outpouring, is coming to America – AND IT WILL NOT BE STOPPED!

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FEAR NOT

FEAR NOT TRUST IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND REST!!!
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
1 JOHN 4:18
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