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April 23, 2020

Bringing a Message of Hope

[Beginning on 4/21, I asked my brother, Tim Sheets, to share some thoughts with us over the next few days, so we can pray with spiritual insight. We are going to talk about what God has to say to the Church and this nation right now.]

TIM SHEETS:

I believe that the Ekklesia has answers for the time we are in. We have been trained for some 10 years now. It’s time for us now. It’s time for us to make our stand. It’s time to rise from the trenches and begin the reigning. You can hear in the voices God’s given us in this generation that the prophets and apostles are not discouraged. They are giving a clarion call, “It’s time to stand up. It’s time to declare the Word of the Lord.” That’s what we’re going to do.

DUTCH SHEETS:

I have seen the same. Among those in leadership I have been speaking to, as well as those leaving comments on various online events, there is no fear. There’s no disillusionment. I see compassion and prayers for people who are suffering and hurting. There has been discussion about how to minister compassionately. There is zero intimidation, fear, or confusion. I have been struck by the fact that I feel like I’m watching and listening to a spiritual special forces. They are ready for whatever the assignment is.

I thought back 30 years to the end of the Charismatic movement. Back then, when traumatic events happened, there was almost a despair. Everyone would be saying, “If we could only get a Word from God. If there was only a prophet that could tell us what God might be saying right now.” So, I thought to myself, “What has God done in the last 20 to 30 years?”

On one recent livestream call, there were dozens of Believers on the call. Every single person had a Word from the Lord or knew what He was saying. They weren’t listening to the enemy. They weren’t listening to a fearful media barrage. They were listening to the Lord. They had profound, wise, mature strategies in how to pray. They could easily share what God was showing them. He has matured an element of the Body of Christ. He has restored apostles and prophets. I am happy to proclaim, “There is no drought of the Word of the Lord.” Because of this, we didn’t even have to wonder why we were taken by surprise, although some prophets heard a bit of what was coming. There is a company of people that God has made ready. This is going to further revival and awakening.

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Corinthians

16:13; ESV)

“In your hearts, revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. Do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Rejoice! Rejoice! The Lord is to be praised, for He is doing a marvelous thing! If we had been told about this sooner, we wouldn’t have believed it!

  2. If you have been feeling “down”, anxious, or afraid, literally stand up. Stand up and declare, “God is in control! I am His and He is mine! Jesus is the lifter of my head! He is always good and His goodness toward me is overflowing. Therefore, I will not fear, but I will look to those mountains. Where is my help coming from? My help comes from the Lord, who is the Maker of the heavens and the earth. He created all things by the word of His mouth. He will create a beautiful future for me and my family, and for this nation. I put my trust again today in Him alone.”

  3. Intercede for others you know that are afraid, stressed, have lost jobs, are sick, or otherwise in need. God loves them and cares about them. Pray for them over the phone, if possible.

  4. Don’t let the enemy isolate you. Jump on a prayer call or online prayer event. Call a friend or two and pray over the phone. Interact with one another. Declare the Word of God as He shows it you, and form the future with your faith and His Word.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! The earth and the fullness of it are Yours. You created all things and by Your Word all was created! Nothing was created, except by You. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You see the end from the beginning. You care for us, and You are always good! You will not give us snakes or other harmful things. You are the Giver of life and that abundantly. Where the enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy, You will intervene and stop him, as Your beautiful Church humbles itself to pray. You will save us and You will save our nation.

We declare, “God, You are in control! I am Yours and You are mine! Jesus, You are the lifter of my head! You are always good and Your goodness toward me is overflowing. Therefore, I will not fear, but I will look to the mountains that have risen up all around me. Where is my help coming from? My help comes from You, Lord, who is the Maker of the heavens and the earth. You will create a beautiful future for me and my family, and for this nation. I put my trust again today in You alone.”

Let my family and friends know this, as well. Give me perfect answers to their questions, especially when they don’t know You yet, Jesus. Let me rise up and war for their souls, as this is that season of harvest. What the enemy meant for evil, You are going to turn it for good! Let the Church be seen, and let us show You to the world around us. Let them see that we are unafraid and full of faith in the One we know and love. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God has been creating a spiritual special forces, ready to do His will!

Learn more about Tim Sheets here.