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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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THE HARVEST FIELD

In Exodus chapter 16, we come across the famous story about Manna.

The grumbling Israelite community accused Moses of starving them to death, and the Lord responded by promising to ‘rain down bread from heaven for you’ (Ex 16: 4).

Meat in the form of Quail was provided as the evening meal and then ‘thin flakes like frost on the ground’ (v 14) appeared every morning after the early dew had evaporated. Somebody said, ‘Manna!’, meaning ‘what is it?’ and the name stuck. Verse 31 tells us it was ‘white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made of honey’.

The Lord told his people to gather only what they needed for each day. No hoarding! Plus twice the amount the day before the Sabbath. No collecting was allowed on the Sabbath. Eating manna every morning was strongly connected to obedience. Even in the area of eating they were to do only what God told them to do.

Many centuries later, Jesus sat by a well in Sychar in Samaria after talking to a woman about eternal life, and his disciples returned from a trip into town to buy food. They offered some to him, but he refused, saying, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me to finish his work’ (John 4: 34). Again, food is connected here to obedience.

Needless to say, some of the Israelites did not do a good job of listening to God’s instructions. Some collected more than they needed and kept the reminder overnight, but in the morning it stank and was full of maggots. Some tried to find the flakes first thing on the Sabbath but there was none to be found. Doing things their own way meant wasted effort, a maggot infestation, and a bad smell!

On the other hand, when Jesus obeyed his Father, not only did the woman at the well find new hope, but the whole town came to believe his words. Jesus was in the right place at the right time, he did the will of His father and the sweet fragrance of Heaven filled the town.

It strikes me that, whatever type of ministry we might be involved with, we must want to do the will of the Father – whatever that is. It might mean not gathering too much (not over-extending ourselves), when He has said, ‘this is sufficient for now’. It might mean not hanging on to something for longer than it was intended when maybe it’s time to pass that ministry on.

When we gather according to His instructions, blessings don’t become a bad smell. When we seek his will and are careful to do that faithfully, I believe the Lord will give us the fruit we hope for. It will be free, a sweet fragrance and satisfying.

Jesus said, ‘Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest… I sent you to reap what you have not worked for.’ (John 4: 35, 38). Let’s gather and reap according to His instructions and see the miracles he has got in store.

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WORDS OF WISDOM WEEK FOUR

A Holy Place to Work Wonders

“Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”

Joshua 3:5


Paul echoes this instruction in 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1. After instructing the Corinthians to have no partnership with unrighteous people, Paul reminds them of the new covenant promise: God Himself will dwell among His people, but they must “come out” from the midst of unrighteousness first.

So, Paul tells us, “having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

Is there any unrighteousness entangling you as you wait for the Lord to work in your life? Can unholiness be separating you from experiencing His signs and wonders?

As Joshua prepared to lead the people into the Promised Land, one major obstacle stood in the people’s way: the Jordan River.

Joshua’s instruction is telling: the people are advised to “consecrate” themselves because the Lord would do wonders among them the very next day. “Consecrate” means to sanctify, prepare, dedicate, to be holy, or to be set apart.

The Lord requires a holy place to dwell and let His glory abound. Let us make it our business to set apart our hearts unto holiness so the Lord can work wonders in our lives as He loves to do on behalf of His Chosen People.

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WORDS OF WISDOM WEEK THREE

Above Reproach

Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.

Daniel 6:3-4

You are probably familiar with the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. But do you remember the details of Daniel’s situation prior?

Under King Darius, Daniel’s reputation preceded him. He was known as an insightful and wise interpreter of visions and dreams who was passionately faithful to the living God under the rule of not one but two kings (Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar). Daniel had been promoted to one of the highest offices in the kingdom, and King Darius so esteemed Daniel that he planned to make him first over the entire kingdom.

This so infuriated Daniel’s fellow commissioners and the satraps under him that they plotted how to ruin Daniel. Yet such a task was no easy one because Daniel was “faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.” In other words, Daniel was above reproach.

The only grounds for accusation Daniel’s enemies found was to trick King Darius into signing a law that the people of the kingdom could only worship him for 30 days—a law which Daniel broke immediately by continuing to pray three times a day to his God, facing Jerusalem.

Paul reminds us of this timeless truth,

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This week, let’s aim to stand up for Israel and for what is right with the truth, integrity, and godliness. May we aim to be above reproach with a “clean conscience” before God as we boldly speak up on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.

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BIBLICAL FINDINGS


This report is a collection of historical findings that support the existence of places, people, and events of the Bible. If you have ever wondered whether or not the Bible is fact or fiction we hope this will help clear things up.

We start with individual videos that will open up in the YouTube app on your device or on the YouTube website on your computer. Then we provide two YouTube channels and the movie titled “Is Genesis History?”, and last are a few links to articles you can read. We hope you will be enlightened by these discoveries, and are inspired to share them with others.

Individual Videos:

Discovery of Noah’s Ark

Deep Scan of Noah’s Ark 2014

Noah’s Flood and Catastrophic Plate Tectonics (from Pangea to Today)

The Evidence of the Red Sea Crossing from the book of Exodus.

The Path From Egypt to Mount Sinai the Israelites Took in Exodus

Finding the Mountain of Moses: The Real Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia

Tour of the Golden Calf Alter (from Exodus).

Discovery of Sodom and Gomorrah

Joseph in Egypt: The Proof

Proof of the Israelites Living in Egypt

Proof the Shroud of Turin Bares the Image of Jesus

The Discovery of The Ark of the Covenant!

Comparison of the ISA Tile, Prince of Peace Portrait, and the Shroud of Turin

Caiaphas (the high priest that ordered Jesus to die) Ossuary (burial box)

A Video Tour of the Pool of Siloan and Hezekiah’s Tunnel in Jerusalem

Is the Bible true and Reliable? Isaiah 53 and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Remains of the cities of Jericho and Ai from the book of Joshua

9 More Discoveries that Confirm the Bible

Discoveries with Names from the Bible

Tour of the First Church of the Apostles in Israel

Evidence of Idolatry in Israel of foreign gods

Tel Dan Inscription: A Case for King David

Rare Inscription from the Time of King David

Ketef Hinnom Scrolls

Biblical History Lesson with Evidence from that Time Period

Top 10 Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology – Old Testament Digging for Truth

Top 10 Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology – New Testament Digging for Truth

Here are two great YouTube channels and a Movie to also visit.

Sergio & Rhoda in Israel: This husband and wife team live in the land of Israel. They travel the land making videos of the historical discoveries in order to share with the rest of the world.

City of David, Israel: The City of David in Israel is an archeological hotspot of many discoveries from the biblical time period. They show you King David’s palace remains, and many more discoveries of what is buried deep in this land.

Is Genesis History? If you are one that modern day science has convinced the biblical account can not be possible, then we encourage you to take a moment and watch this movie explaining the biblical narrative from a scientific point of view.

Websites that you can read instead of watch:

History of Jesus outside of the Bible

A Short List of Archeological Findings that Support the Bible.

Why is all of this important?

When we doubt the history of the Bible, then we ultimately doubt the free gift of salvation through the only Son of God Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said this, “For I am the way, the truth, and the life. For there no other way to the Heavenly Father except through me” John 14:6. All the stories lead to His story of redemption and salvation. So please share “The Report” with everyone you know, meet on the street, or even a customer service agent on the phone. You never know who needs these videos in order that they may believe, or even have their own faith in Jesus Christ increased more abundantly.

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WORDS OF WISDOM WEEK TWO

“Is there not a cause?”
1 Samuel 17:29

When David took food to his brothers while they were preparing to enter battle with the Philistines in the Valley of Elah, he was confronted with a choice. Should he to return to his father with news from the front or stay and fight Goliath?

David chose to stay and do his part: kill the evil giant! He was mocked by his elder brother as well as the establishment by being falsely accused of pride and disrespect, while all the others ran in fear of the threatening Philistine.

What was David’s response?

“Is there not a cause?”

David was confident in the face of naysayers, saying, “The Lord that delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37).

Israel is once again facing existential threats, including Iran’s acceleration of its nuclear and missile developments, the stockpiling of sophisticated missiles by Hezbollah and Hamas, and the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide.

Israel needs to know now, more than ever, that they are not alone!

We, as David did, have the choice whether to watch from the sidelines or take a bold stand with personal involvement and dramatic action on behalf of Israel.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.” Psalm 122:6

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WORDS OF WISDOM WEEK ONE

“Nevertheless, the Lord your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you.”Deuteronomy 23:5

Numbers 22-24 recounts the story of Balaam, a seer, and the king of Moab, Balak. After the Exodus from Egypt, Israel wandered in the wilderness, numerous and without a homeland. Surrounding countries refused to allow Israel to cross into their territory on their journey. The king of Moab, Balak, went a step further: he summoned Balaam, a seer from Pethor, to curse Israel for him. Baalam replied, “Whatever the Lord tells me, that’s what I will say.”

After the Lord gave Balaam the go ahead to meet with Balak, instead of cursing Israel, Balaam blessed them—not once, not twice, but four times (see Numbers 22-24)!

As Moses recounted this story to the Israelites, he reminded them: “The LORD your God turned the curse [of Balaam] into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you” (Deuteronomy 23:5). In other words, Moses confirmed what Joseph told to his brothers at their reunion after years of painful separation: what others intend for evil against God’s chosen people, God uses for good (Genesis 50:20).

In our lives, we will encounter difficulties and setbacks—and it seems in 2020, most of us encountered many—but the Lord is working all things for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

This week, how will you make a conscious effort to give thanks in everything –even difficulties—knowing the Lord will work all things for your good?