In these times, it is vital the Body of Christ unite in prayer, with one mind and one heart, calling on the Lord to do what only He can do—heal our land. The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people which are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and forgive their sins, and heal their land.” If we will do our part, He is ready to do His!
David saw it like this: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It’s like precious oil, poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling down on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore” (Psalm 133 NIV).
I believe he is saying that as we, the many members of the Body of Christ, join together in unity, both in our respective churches, and corporately across denominational boundaries, something awesome will happen. I believe God will cause an increased and sustained presence of His Spirit--His love, to be so evident, the lost and hurting will not be able to resist His beckoning call.
Last year during corporate prayer at our church, I heard the Lord say, “The greatest revival the world has ever seen is coming and the churches will not be able to contain them.” I believe that time is now, the year 2014, and Psalm 133 is a key to this great revival.
I believe May 1st , the National Day of Prayer, is the catalyst for this revival. I urge you to attend a National Day of Prayer event being held in your city, and invite others. Wouldn’t it bring glory to God if so many Christians turned out, there wasn't room enough to contain us? What a testimony to the world around us! Let us all with one voice, unite in prayer and demonstrate to our communities, “JESUS IS LORD!” God bless you!
Pastor Sam Bradham
This promises to be an exciting year for the body of Christ! The Lord has spoken to us that "this is the year the Lord will be seen"! Will Jesus return in 2014? Jesus Himself said no man knows the hour or the day, only His Father. While we cannot say if Jesus will return in 2014 or not, what we DO know, is that the Father God intends for Jesus to be seen this year! How will that happen? This is the year the body of Christ is going to rise up and SHINE like never before! This is the year followers of Christ will truly die to selfish desires and pursuits, pursuing Christ, and being Christ-like. This is the year true believers will do the works that Jesus did, and GREATER - the year they will become "even as He is, so are we in this world." In 2014, the body of Christ will take its place of authority over the enemy and take back what has been stolen from the Church. This is the year we will operate in the gifts of the Spirit, moving in the supernatural and miracles, the Lord working with us with signs and wonders following. This is the year disciples of Christ will master the love walk that is so desperately needed in our world today. We will shine forth a bright light in the ever increasing darkness, and the darkness will flee! This is the year the world will see Christ in us, the hope of glory.
This is the heart of the Father God for 2014, and for YOU, His child. What will it take to make this prophetic vision a reality? It will take a people who are so in love with Jesus, so grateful for what He has done for them, that absolutely NOTHING matters except pleasing the Father. It will take a people who are more interested in pursuing HIS interests than pursuing their own. It will take a people so filled with the love of God and His great compassion for hurting humanity, that they are willing to appear foolish to witness the captive free, the blind eyes open, the lame walk, the dead raised. It will take a people so immersed in the Word of God that rivers of living water flow out of them. It will take a people so intimately acquainted with the Father, they hear His heartbeat, and move as one with Him. They will be quick to hear the Holy Spirit's quiet voice and quick to obey. These are the people who will walk out the perfect will of God in the earth today. These are the people who will witness miracles unlike any we've witnessed before. These are the people who will usher in the coming of Christ. Will YOU be one of us?
On February 21, 2013, Rush Limbaugh announced on his radio broadcast "the left has won". As host of the most listened to radio talk show in America, Mr. Limbaugh is a conservative who has pretty much given up on America. His declaration was broadcast to over 600 radio stations and into the hearts of an estimated 18 million people. Words are seeds, and he has planted words of despair and doom to many Christians. Has the left really won? Is our Nation truly on the fast track to destruction?
Some time ago, there were ten others who brought a declaration of defeat. Ten Israelites, one from each tribe, sent to spy out the Land of Canaan. They returned to declare to more than a million Israelites, "we are not able to go up against the people, they are stronger than we. The land is a land that eats up its inhabitants. We saw the giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers and so we were in their sight." They declared themselves weak, defeated, unable to go in and possess the land God had already given to them. Why? Because they believed what they SAW, rather than what God SAID. God called their report "evil" because it was contrary to what He had said. The people who SAID and those who BELIEVED the evil report never DID possess the land, even though it was promised to them by God. God told them, "as you have spoken in my ears, so will I do to you."
God told us, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land." (II Chron 7:14) God does not lie. As believers, we MUST unite in prayer for our Nation. We must cry out to God for forgiveness. And as we do, He WILL hear from Heaven and He WILL heal our land. The LEFT HAS NOT WON. The left will NEVER win as long as there is one believer who will stand in the gap for America. God is on our side. "If God be for us, WHO can be against us?" "No weapon formed against you shall prosper..." "My God always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus." "And THIS is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith."
Christians, do NOT believe the lie! The left has not won. Do not stop praying, do not stop believing, do not stop trusting God. He is faithful to His word and He is faithful to you! We must stand for America and believe for godly values to be restored to our political system. We must pray for our President and all our leaders that we "may live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." We must declare JESUS IS LORD over our Nation until the unseen becomes seen. We cannot be defeated, and we will not quit!
January 20, 2013 has been set aside to remember and mourn the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade—a decision that made abortion legal, a mother’s right to choose the destiny of her unborn child. It is conservatively estimated that there are approximately 1.2 million abortions performed each year in the US. In the 40 plus years since that historic decision, an estimated 54.5 million babies have been murdered in the place that should have been the safest in the world, their mother’s womb. In Jeremiah 1:5, God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly, I KNEW THEE;” The Psalmist David declared to God, “Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.” (Psalm 139:16 NAS). The moment of conception, God deposits a living spirit into that tiny egg and a flesh body begins to develop outside it.
As believers, we must NEVER allow abortions to become a normal, routine occurrence in our eyes. We must fight to STOP abortion! We may never get the law repealed, but there is much we CAN DO:
1) PRAY—Only God can bring about heart change. Pray that He will bring about repentance and a change in perspective; revealing the truth and exposing the lie.
2) KEEP THIS ISSUE BIBLICAL, NOT POLITICAL. Babies in the womb are FULLY HUMAN and created in the image of God. This is the TRUTH we must proclaim to our society. If these unborn babies are human, abortion is morally wrong.
3) VOTE AGAINST ABORTION—by voting FOR those who stand for life.
4) PREACH THE GOSPEL—Our stand includes the redeeming grace of the Gospel. People need Jesus! Mothers who chose abortion in the past need to know Jesus is waiting with grace, forgiveness, and healing for those who repent and believe.
The New Year is dawning. Would you like it to be better than last year? Are there things in your life, your health, your family, your church, your business, your NATION you would like to see change? What would it take to bring God on the scene of your need in supernatural power and manifestation of the Holy Spirit? Nehemiah, Esther, Jehosephat, Daniel, and many others have needed direction, help, strength, wisdom -- and have received it from God through fasting and prayer. What is fasting? Simply put, biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. Biblical fasting takes discipline and strength -- strength only God can give - and He does! Why should we fast now, at the beginning of a new year? Think about your days. Hopefully, you get up a little early and spend some time in the Word and prayer, communing with the Father. Have you noticed how much smoother your day goes when you are faithful to put Him first? What if we put Him FIRST in our year? Setting aside the first days of January to fast and pray, seeking Him, spiritually cleaning house and reorganizing our priorities according to His will. Praying for our children and grandchildren, our churches, communities and nation. In Matthew 6, Jesus sets forth the three disciplines of life in the Kingdom: giving, praying and fasting. He clearly states those who do these things in secret, alone with Him, He will reward openly, for ALL to see. We have a promise in the Word that assures us we will be REWARDED when we fast! We are fasting corporately as a church body January 1-7. Across the world, many other churches are calling a fast during the New Year. We encourage you to set your heart to participate. Let's not be the same in 2013 as we were in 2012. Let's press in to God -- there is MORE, and we should pursue Him with passion and sacrifice. Let's be ALL He has called us to be!
For more information on types of fasts, benefits, etc., visit www.jentzenfranklin.org.
Today in the height of the Christmas season, many families in Newtown are planning funerals for their children. Our nation reels in the aftermath of a tragedy unthinkable to most – a gun-wielding youth murdering defenseless kindergarteners in an elementary school. Many questions are being asked, and few have answers. Leaders wipe tears from their eyes and begin to talk about taking action. In the wake of almost daily shootings and mass murders, what do our leaders suggest? Greater gun control, more mental health services. Gun control is not the answer. Mental health services are not the answer. We cannot correct a spiritual problem with natural weapons. We must attack the ROOT of the problem, not merely address the symptoms. And what is the root of where our nation stands today? America has removed God from its schools. In a slow weaning of the presence of God, prayer was removed in 1962; the Bible was removed in 1963, and the Ten Commandments could no longer be shared in 1980. Since that time, statistics document the facts – ever increasing rates of crime: thefts, rapes, child abuse, murders. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” – therefore, cursed is the nation whose god is NOT the Lord. Can we point the finger at others? No, the Church has failed miserably. In the beginning God commanded Adam to bear fruit, to subdue the Earth, to have dominion and authority over it. Jesus came and restored that dominion and authority to His Church. The Body of Christ has failed to exercise that dominion, to take authority over the Enemy, and to maintain the rule of our King-King Jesus, on planet Earth. Jesus said, “If you ask ANYTHING in My Name, I will do it.” We have failed to pray. The Church has allowed God to be removed from our schools. In a nation where animals have more rights than unborn children, is there any wonder life has no value? It is not the “world” that is to blame for the tragedies of our Nation. The Church can no longer look the other way. It is time we repent for our failure to take a stand for Christ. It is time we cry out to God for our Nation like never before. Gun control will never be the answer. God control is the only answer. The only way to change a nation is to change the hearts of its people. That’s why God had to remove our stony hearts and give us hearts of flesh, with His Word written on them. God extended His hand to sinful mankind, redeemed us by the blood of Jesus, and recreated us to be like Him. God can change OUR nation! “If MY people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven , and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” God does not lie. If we will do OUR part, He will do His part.
I was driving along last year and spotted this saying on a church sign--"You are the Reason for the Season". I puzzled for a moment, my mind focusing on the traditional "Jesus is the Reason for the Season". I pondered this new thought. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas has ALWAYS been about Him. But why was He born? He laid aside His glory, His Divine nature, His power - like a garment, He put them off, so He could be born of a Virgin, by the seed of the Holy Spirit, fully God, fully man. He lived on planet Earth, a place He created. He walked among men, one of them. Why did He come? What would make the God of the Universe descend to Earth, take on flesh and dwell among us? What would compel Him to do such a thing? LOVE. "For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever should believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life." Suddenly I saw it -- it was for us, imperfect, sinful, unloveable, ungrateful us, Jesus left the splendor of Heaven. It was for us Jesus was beaten. It was for us, Jesus died that horrible death on the cross on Calvary. It was for us Jesus descended into Hell and whipped the devil -- He didn't need to do it for Himself -- He was already the Victor. He did it for us. Jesus Christ - Son of God, Son of Man, Savior, Redeemer, Deliverer, Healer. The Ransom paid for our sin, who set us free from the power of darkness. The One who redeemed us. The One who loves us. Yes, you ARE the reason for the season. Give Him thanks!
How awesome is our God! We just completed the Fall Healing School and stand amazed at our wonderful God! His Word was taught and caught by those who attended. The Word pierced their hearts and souls, peeling off doubt, unbelief, and wrong thinking, like layers of an onion. The Holy Spirit, the Teacher, ministered the Word to the people and brought revelation. The Truth you KNOW will set you free! The many testimonies of those who were healed inspired hope, while hearing the Word increased our faith. In the words of Jesus, "all things are possible to him who believes!" With so much evidence from the Word, and the witness of the Holy Spirit in our spirits, it was EASY to believe for healing. And did the Holy Spirit show up and show off during the Healing Service this afternoon! With faith abounding, people came forward to TAKE their healing! People who had suffered chronic pain left pain free! Others received healing for eyes, thyroid problems, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. But beyond the many physical healings, many received emotional healings and wholeness. Some received their healing in their seats by the power of the Holy Spirit. People arrived in pain, and left in joy! What a mighty God we serve!
And so it is with grateful hearts that we give thanks today for our many blessings. Thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus! He is our HEALER!