The Salty Church

In what we call The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” (Matthew 5:13)

Christ continues in verses 14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

My friend, Dwain Miller, said regarding this passage:

“We have lost our seasoning (saltiness) by not embracing our calling and responsibility as the Ekklesia. When we do embrace it, we prevent corruption in society, even as salt prevents corruption when it is used to preserve food. Each of us has a sphere of authority given to us by God, in which we must release our influence as the Ekklesia: our families, cities, and other areas of responsibility. However, the world has come to a place where they expect the church to function only in the realm of empathy and sympathy. They become nervous when we step out into our responsibility as the Ekklesia of God. The devil does not like us moving into the secular realm with Christ’s authority. That’s when things get stirred up, kingdom clashes occur.

“If we simply feed the hungry and clothe the poor, we are accepted. The church needs to be doing those things, yes, but we also need to take authority over the dark structures holding people in that bondage of poverty. We need to release them spiritually, to become everything God created them to be. When we do so, however, we stir up conflict in both the spiritual and earthly realms.”

Shockingly, the Pharisees didn’t approve of Jesus healing people and delivering sinners. He healed a blind man in John 9; they didn’t like it. He forgave a lady of adultery in John 8; they didn’t like this either. The disciples, now apostles, healed a lame man in Acts 3, which also drew their ire. Why would these kind, compassionate acts upset the antichrist crowd? Because the authority they moved in verified a message they didn’t like and caused the hearts of people to turn to Christ. It weakened them and strengthened the church.

It will be no different today. When the Ekklesia fully moves into society, saving the lost, healing the sick, raising the dead, and casting out demons, we’ll be persecuted by the religious and political. When we release kingdom strategies for systemic societal problems, we have been and will be attacked. We must prepare ourselves now for the confrontations we will face with the religious and political spirits operating in our time.

When the Pharisees and Sadducees had seen to it that Jesus was crucified, they thought they had rid themselves of their problems. The people had been following Jesus and causing them no end of troubles. We can imagine the religious leaders brushing their hands together after Christ was sealed in the tomb, saying to one another, “Well, thank goodness that’s over!”

It was far from over.

In Acts 2, the outpouring of Holy Spirit occurred. In Acts 3, the new apostles were filled with power and glory. They had a holy boldness deposited in them by the Spirit of God, and were unstoppable! They knew they might be, and likely would be, jailed and beaten for telling others about Jesus. But they did it anyway,

preaching an uncompromising message refusing to water it down, unafraid of who would be listening.

The disciples began working miracles and preaching boldly. Acts 4:13 says, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Dwain Miller said of this, “The apostles were not illiterate, but they were not rabbis, schooled in the Torah. However, the rabbis listening to them were having to acknowledge these common people who, having been with Jesus, were carrying out the exact same manifestation of the Kingdom He had demonstrated. They didn’t have an explanation for that.”

Dwain continues, “The religious leaders had told the people for hundreds of years, ‘You have to come to us to know God.’ They had control over the people having actually developed an antiChrist system in order to maintain control. They operated in power and wickedness. Now, their problem was exacerbated. There was not just one Jesus to deal with. There were increasing numbers carrying Christ within them and being baptized in the Holy Ghost. They were speaking a clear scriptural message and performing miracles. And the church was multiplying.

“In Acts 5:12, it says, ‘And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.’

The response of the Pharisees and Sadducees to all this was to throw the apostles in prison. But the Lord sent an angel in the night to open the prison doors and delivered them. Nothing could stop them, because God was with them.

The religious, political spirit wanted to shut the Christians up and shut them down. But those empowered by demonic spirits discovered a greater power was with the Christ-followers. And it could not be stopped.This is where the Lord has brought the Ekklesia today. We are in an Acts 4 and 5 season; we can see the anointing and authority growing in us. Holy Spirit is restoring our saltiness, our seasoning ability. The world is going to know once again that a people have been with Jesus.

Christ is looking forward to the sound of the clashing of kingdoms, because it means we are advancing His kingdom in the earth. A wise Pharisee named Gamaliel said in Acts 5:38-39 (NKJV), “And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”

We want God’s power and glory to so manifest through us that the world and religious community won’t know what to do with us. Let it be said of us, “What should we do with these men? We can’t deny that they have performed miraculous signs, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it” (Acts 4:16; NLT).

Pray with me:

Father, You are “leavening” Your Ekklesia, causing Your power and glory to rise within us. We are not discouraged by what is happening around us, with society’s spiritual demise. Yes, we grieve, but we are not discouraged. We see what we need to see. You have increased our revelation and we know You are filling us with the fullness of Your authority, grace, and strength for this era.

Lord, we thank You that the rising Ekklesia is maturing in greater and greater authority. We purpose to function with maturity in all You have created us to do. We loose this powerful identity shift on all those in the Church who will receive it. We will no longer allow the enemy to define us or our boundaries. We will do all You have called us to do. We’ll do it in love because that is Your nature, but we will do it. We know the purpose You have sent us forth to complete and we will do this. You will be glorified and made manifest through the activities of Your Ekklesia.

We pray that the Ekklesia (the church) will go forth in dunamis power. We have been given the keys to all You have in heaven. We will use Your keys and declare, “Kingdom of God, Come! Will of God, be done in and through us.” We pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

God has and is gracing the Ekklesia in America to be a determined force, expanding His Kingdom in every dark place!

Speak To The Storm

I like studying biblical words because of the added insight I receive from the different nuances of meaning. The Hebrew language, with its pictorial style, paints many rich pictures; and with a technical approach, the Greeks used to say they could say more in one word than other languages could in an entire sentence. A little arrogant, but possibly true. Without a doubt, God determined that these two languages would give us the Scriptures.

There is another reason I like to look up the original words used in Scripture, however. Some translations often use the same English word to translate different Hebrew or Greek words. And sometimes this is misleading. For example, the King James Version uses the word “time” to translate both chronos and kairos. However, one refers to general time (chronos), chronological time. The other, kairos, means strategic or opportune time. The importance of knowing which is used is immeasurable. From planting until harvest is chronos; the harvest window is kairos. If you’re a farmer, you better know the difference!

Another subject with which the KJV does this is fear. There are actually three Greek words in the New Testament which, at times, are all translated with the one English word, “fear.” One word, however, means “reverential fear or awe.” This is the word used when speaking of “the fear of the Lord.” Another word means “terror, dread or phobia.” This, of course, is a fear of harm, pain, or loss. It’s easy to see that knowing which word is used, matters. I have a “fear of the Lord” but I am not “afraid” of Him.

Then there is a Greek word that means “timidity or insecurity” - which is why I’m writing this post. Paul told his spiritual son, Timothy, “God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). The word is deilia: timidity, insecurity, bashful, or shy.

Timothy was facing criticism, persecution, and attacks from people. His youthfulness and inexperience, compounded by the magnitude of his task in leading the church at Ephesus, was causing him to be insecure. Paul was not telling him he did not have to be afraid. It was not that type of fear that was controlling Timothy. He was telling him not to be timid or insecure. In other words, “be bold, and believe in what God has put in you. He has equipped you

to do this!”

Sometimes the two fears of harm and timidity work together to paralyze or torment us. In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus and the disciples were crossing the lake when a vicious storm arose. It looked like they would not make it through this storm, so the disciples awakened Jesus, who addressed the storm with, “Peace, be still.” The storm ended immediately. Then Jesus asked the disciples an interesting and strange question, “Why are you afraid?” Then He addressed their lack of faith.

I know why they were afraid, don’t you? These were experienced fishermen, who had made a living on this lake. When they concluded this storm was bad enough that they weren’t going to survive it, you can believe it was true. It makes more sense, however, when you realize Jesus did not ask them why they were afraid. He asked them why they were timid or insecure (deilia).

Christ was telling them they could have - and should have - done what He did: rebuke the storm! Boldness was needed at this moment, not timidity. This storm was a demonic strategy to harm them. Jesus had already told the disciples, “We are going to the other side.” They should have acted on His words and did what He had done. I am certainly not suggesting that I would have done things differently than they did. I am simply pointing out the lesson Jesus was giving them: “When you have My promise or direction, believe it and act boldly on it!”

A friend of ours, on the front lines of warfare for America, one who greatly loves our nation, and whose life was severely affected by the 2020 elections, was recently given a dream that pictures this lesson. You’ll be encouraged by it!

“I can honestly say I had one of the best dreams I have ever had last night. I was in what was my house in the dream, lounging comfortably in bed. I heard a voice say, ‘Run and hide! There is a hurricane coming!’

“I looked out the window and saw a terrible hurricane barreling towards my house. I knew I would likely drown. The storm was fierce, destroying everything in its path. I stood up out of bed, and the water was already at my ankles, and I knew the storm was just starting. The wind was blowing and debris was flying around my house. Again the voice said, ‘Run! Hide! You have to save yourself!’

“I thought about it and stayed standing. I grabbed the side of the bed, closed my eyes, and tucked my chin to brace for impact. I responded to the voice calmly, ‘I will not run. I will stand my ground in this storm.’

“Everything got quiet. I opened my eyes and my house was in order. No damage and it was completely dry. I looked out the window and saw the storm in the distance...fleeing from me.”

My comments to this person were that God was not only telling her the storm would not destroy her. He was also showing her what is in her spirit. He has not given her a spirit of timidity or fear. He has given her a spirit of faith and boldness.

We need not fear the storms. We must stand our ground and face them with faith. And if we do, we will win. The storm will run from us!

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Pray with me:

Father, the last year has been difficult for many people. I’m sure some are tempted to retreat or, worse yet, abandon their faith. Some want out of the boat, others have decided they would rather be back in Egypt.

We pray that You would show them, as you did our friend, that deep within them they have the strength to overcome; that satan is an intimidator who wants us to think we are grasshoppers when facing giants and storms. But You have given us Caleb hearts. You said we are more than conquerors - we have more than enough strength in us to overcome. (Romans 8:37)

So we speak to the storm and say, “Be still! Stop! We will not listen to you, we will not run from you, and you will not destroy us. We are well able to possess the land, and we will do so. We are on God‘s timetable, and any delays will be used for our benefit. (Romans 8:28) Our times are in His hand. (Psalm 31:15). Everything He has promised, He will do. Our future is secure.”

Our decree:

We decree that as we resist the devil, he WILL flee from us!

Hold The Line

My friend, Jane Hamon, a seasoned prophet and leader in the body of Christ, recently had a stirring and encouraging dream regarding America. She says:

“We are now in a very important time of spiritual engagement, prayer and contending over God’s destiny and purpose for the United States and other nations in the earth. Romans 13:11 exhorts us to ‘know the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep.’ The Spirit of God is awakening watchmen and intercessors to watch and pray as never before.

“On February 2, 2021, I awakened from a dream in which I saw American cities seemingly being overrun by violent rioters in a dark night. Cities were on fire, massive destruction and anarchy was taking place. The rioters were lawless and demonized; in fact, their actions were totally inspired by the demons. A strong, demonic force thought they were in control. (I do not believe this was a reference to the riots that occurred last year in some American cities, but was instead a glimpse into the spirit realm regarding demonic activity currently at work.)

“In the dream, there was a force present which I recognized as riot police. I knew this was actually the Ekklesia who had been assigned to restore order and peace in the nation. They were standing shoulder to shoulder as far as the eye could see, with shields locked and full riot gear on, which I realized was modernized spiritual armor (see Ephesians 6:11-17). They did not have a sword in their hands, for the sword was in their mouths.

Jane continues, “Initially, I was uncomfortable with the imagery of riot police because of well-publicized instances when they’ve been accused of political repression against honest dissent. However, the job description of riot police is to control unruly crowds, maintain public order, discourage criminality, and protect people and property. When this is understood the imagery is appropriate for our current season of contending as the Ekklesia.

“In my dream, I saw a large angel with a megaphone intermittently shouting, ‘Hold the Line.’ When he stated this, the Ekklesia would march forward two thundering steps, shields locked, pressing back against evil. They were advancing even though every kind of evil was swirling around them. As they marched they released a sound of war (Hu-ah!), and light came from their mouths blinding the enemy! ‘Hold the Line’ rang out again, and once more the Ekklesia marched forward, pushing back evil. The gates of hell could not prevail, evil would not be stronger than God’s church.

“The sound the Ekklesia’s boots made resonated in the heavens and I realized the armies of heaven were marching with them. (Like the four lepers who said, ‘Why sit we here until we die,’ and got up to go to the enemy’s camp. God caused the sounds of angel armies to march with them, terrifying their foe.) In the dream, this sound caused the demons to scream in agony and panic as they realized they were not just dealing with humans (the church), God’s army on earth; they were also being confronted with the armies in heaven. Two armies advancing; two armies taking authority and dominion in the earth; two armies bringing God’s kingdom into the land; two armies pushing back against the very gates of hell.

“I believe the Lord is saying to His Ekklesia, ‘My people, do not be afraid of the night! The night does not belong to evil. I OWN THE NIGHT! The night only coaxes wickedness out of their hiding places, then when the light is turned on there is no place to run. The night precedes the dawning of the new day. For you are living in the manifestation of Isaiah 60 where it seems darkness is covering the earth and deep darkness and deception cover the people, BUT I the Lord am rising on you! And My glory will be seen on you! THEN nations (even this nation) will come to your light and kings and leaders to the brightness of your rising!’ (see Isaiah 60:1-3)

“And the Lord is declaring to His Ekklesia, ‘You may feel that you are living in a day in which evil has prevailed. However, I say to you, I am up to something! Did I not say that I would cause evil and corruption to be uncovered? Did I not say there would be days of chaos and confusion ahead? Did I not say I would expose hidden plans and demonic schemes?’ The Lord says, ‘Did you think it would be easy or look peaceful? Ha! Do I need to remind you that the greatest victories come after the greatest battles?’

“Psalms 2:1, 4 declares, ‘Why do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing? God sits in the heavens and laughs!’ The Lord says, ‘I assure you I have a plan for America. I assure you I have heard your prayers. I assure you that I am a God of righteousness and justice and I will have MY WAY.’

“You may feel you’re at the Red Sea and Pharoah’s armies are pursuing. You may even feel trapped and that your plight is hopeless. But the Lord says, ‘I have a plan! I am up to something that no one has seen before. I am going to move in a way that is beyond the natural, it is supernatural.’

“So, HOLD THE LINE, EKKLESIA!!! It is a time to advance even in the midst of darkness.

  • Hold the line through prayer and prophetic decrees

  • Hold the line with worship that opens the heavens

  • Hold the line for your own personal peace, joy, and faith

  • Hold the line for justice, truth, and righteousness

  • Hold the line for the coming revival and awakening

  • Hold the line for the destiny of your nation.

“Shake off the weariness, and break out of grief and disappointment! Rise up as warriors, empowered by Holy Spirit and take your land. Our victory has never been closer, but we must press through the night to the dawning of our new day.”

Pray With Me:

Father, we are thankful that You have a covenant plan for America and the light of Your glory is shining brightly into the darkness. We thank You that America’s greatest days are ahead, as Your Ekklesia rises up and takes its place of authority in our land. We set our eyes on You, knowing You are up to something supernatural that will usher in the greatest spiritual awakening in the history of the earth.

Lord, give us eyes to see what You are doing. Give us ears to hear what You are saying. Give us courageous hearts that stand ready to hold the line for righteousness, justice, and truth. Give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can push back evil, restore divine order, secure peace and see Your kingdom advance, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Our decree:

We decree the Ekklesia is arising in unity, with shields locked and a sound of victory in our mouths. The gates of hell will not prevail against us and America shall be saved! We will hold the line and advance the kingdom.

You can find out more about Jane Hamon here.

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Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29070

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