Taking Cities and Nations for Christ

“The Lord said to Joshua, ‘See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors.’. . . Joshua said to the people, ‘Shout! For the Lord has given you the city,’” (Joshua 6: 2,16).

Jericho. What a great story! Also a source of tremendous encouragement, it has for centuries spawned many wonderful, faith-inspiring sermons and songs. It seemed so easy: march, shout, gather the spoils.

Your Town, U.S.A. - what a different story. March, shout, no spoils . . . march, shout, no spoils . . . march, shout, no spoils.

Frustration, Disillusionment. Unbelief. Despair.

May I remind you that in both of the above verses God said He had given Jericho to Israel before there was any change whatsoever. Has He done that with you? Has He given you your city, and yet it still looks the same?

I have good news for you. When God states He has done something, from then on, as far as He is concerned, it is a done deal - He has given.

It is well worth considering that events in Scripture did not always happen as quickly as it appears they did. Though the book of Joshua can be read in a couple of hours, the conquest of Canaan under Joshua’s leadership took about seven years. The entire book covers a period of approximately 25 years. And at the end of the book, all the tribes of Israel still had not fully conquered all of their territories (see Judges 1:27-36). Later in Israel’s history, after a grand and glorious beginning, they experienced a sixteen-year delay in the rebuilding of the Temple (see Ezra 3-4). Through the ministry of the prophet Haggai, courage and faith to continue came.

Delays, setbacks, and long-term campaigns are not uncommon in the Kingdom of God. Though God has facilitated an acceleration in the pace of world evangelization, endurance and patience are still very key factors. You may not be as far behind as you think! Hang in there! We play until we win. God has given us our cities and nations, even though it may not yet look like it.

Is this comparison with Joshua and Israel valid for us today? Can we really take our cities and nations, or is that a lofty but unattainable goal? Consider this report of a city-taking shared by George Otis, Jr., in his book Informed Intercession.

In the 1970s Almolonga, Guatemala, was idolatrous and economically depressed. Alcoholism was rampant, poverty and violence the norm. Families suffered terribly due to the depravity that ruled. The Gospel did not prosper; persecution of Christian leaders was common.

In 1974, a series of five-hour prayer vigils began, and shortly thereafter,

God began to move. Deliverance and healings began to break forth, even resurrections from the dead. Conversions began to take place at such a rate that 90 percent of the 19,000 people in Almolonga became evangelical Christians.

The revival impacted every area of life: families, businesses, even the produce of the land. Nicknamed “America’s Vegetable Garden,” the fields produced three harvests per year, with five-pound beets, carrots bigger than a man’s arm, and cabbages the size of basketballs.

Crime disappeared so much that, in 1994, the last of the four jails closed. Aftershocks of the revival in Almolonga continued for years.

“Great!” you may be saying. “But what do those places have to do with my city, and what do they have to do with the watchman anointing?” Everything.

First of all, the Bible states, “What God has done for one city, He’ll do for another.” You didn’t know this was in the Bible? Sure you did. You just did not recognize the Sheets paraphrase. Most translations read something like, “God is no respecter of persons,” (Acts 10:34 KJV).

Another verse says, “God wants to save people in your city just as much as those in Almolonga.” You probably caught on by now. This is an interpretation of 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV): “The Lord is . . . not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Yes, there is hope for your city and mine, and there is hope for America. We are not at the mercy of sin, sinners, politicians, satan, or demons. Refuse to place control of your destiny in any of these! Choose to believe God is wiser and more powerful than the devil. If He wants to bring revival to America - and He does - then we can have revival, if we do our part.

No one said it would be easy. On the contrary, words such as persecution, tribulation, fight, warfare, wrestle, endurance, and others like them are all applied to us in Scripture. But so are such as victory, faith, overcomer, conqueror, power, authority, harvest, and miracle.

If we are willing to obey God fully, walk in faith, and never give up, we can have anything God wants us to have. And that includes revival.

Pray with me:

Father, we have moved into the era of taking cities and nations for You. Revival will take place on a never-before-seen scale. Your love for people, even those who are Your enemies is beyond our ability to comprehend. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Open our eyes to see that this love has not waned, that You are just as passionate to save the lost as You were the day Jesus was crucified.

Awaken passion and faith in Your people to believe for this revival. We know You can bring it - Your arm is not too short that You cannot save. You have prepared the soil, sown the seeds and the earth is ripe. Now, You are coming with the combined efforts of Holy Spirit, the angel armies, and the church. Hell has never seen anything like the triumphant campaign about to be unleashed on the earth.

We ask You to bring a fresh baptism of fire to us. Infuse us with holy zeal. May we be consumed with Your heart to save. In fact, we boldly ask You for a movement generating the most radical evangelists the world has ever seen. Baptize them with power and faith to do incredible signs and wonders to raise the dead, cast out devils, and set the captives free. That was Your mission statement when You walked the earth and it will now become ours.

We call forth this world-changing revival in the all-powerful name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We decree the great harvest fields of the earth are ripe and WILL NOW BE REAPED!

Portions of today’s post were taken from my book Watchman Prayer.

The Equality Act - Legitimizing Immorality

Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, called House Bill 5, otherwise known as The Equality Bill, “the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law.” 1

He is not alone in that sentiment. All Bible-believing Christians must make themselves aware of HB5 and the effect it will have on society in general, and the Church specifically. We must pray! But we must also contact our Senators now to let them know they must not pass this bill into law. I hope you will gain a full understanding of why as we discuss it here.

We are partnering today with Intercessors for America and FRCAction to bring you in-depth information on HB5 — voted on yesterday by the House. They had not yet voted by the time I had to record this, but the assumption has been that the House would pass it. The Senate will now take it up. Both of these organizations have been tracking this bill from its introduction and understand it well.

Intercessors for America helps us understand the bill from a point of definition:

HB5 is not really about “equality.” It is all about SOGI. What is “SOGI”? It stands for sexual orientation/gender identity. A well-funded, powerful movement is legalizing intimidation by attaching gender identity language to legislation and action of all kinds—even those that should have nothing to do with this concept. Pushing to make sexual orientation/gender identity an issue in much of our civic lives, and in the end, a protected class of citizens. It has become nationally championed. In the previous Congress, HB5 passed in the House but was not taken up by the Senate. Things have changed, however. HB5 has been reintroduced in the House, and with the shift of power in the Senate, it has a very real possibility of passing.

SOGI language has been inserted in treaties, commerce regulations, education standards, housing acts, local laws, and ordinances. It is a strategy. SOGI language supports and validates LGBTQ lifestyles, and forces the overwhelming majority of the nation to treat this as a preferred and protected class. By creating this “protected class” they are also elevating SOGI beyond equal treatment to a civil right. Special protections for LGBTQ will trump the rights of other people. This means that Christian daycares or schools may be forced to hire LGBTQ employees. What Jack Philips endured as a cake baker would become the norm and have a different result if these SOGI language clauses are adopted. Parents may not be able to decline hormone treatments for gender-confused children. SOGI clauses are legislating to the exception and restricting constitutional freedoms in order to achieve a pro-LGBTQ society.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that there shall be no discrimination of a person based on their “race, color, national origin, sex, and religion.“ The first four of these are included largely because they are intrinsic to the individual, are bestowed involuntarily, and are unchangeable, immutable. (Religion is voluntary, and is protected by the First Amendment.) As Peter Sprigg of Family Research Council points out, “while sexual attractions may be involuntary, neither homosexual conduct nor transgender behavior meets any of the other criteria.” To elevate someone’s “felt” and potentially changing gender to the status of a civil right is incongruent—it doesn’t qualify and it is a dangerous slippery slope. Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation makes a good point. “In the United States of America, people who identify as LGBT are free to live as they want. But SOGI laws, including FFA [Freedom for All], are not about freedom— they are about coercion. SOGI and FFA are about forcing all Americans to embrace—and live out—certain beliefs about human sexuality.” It is forcing all Americans to live under their beliefs, their choices and their reality.

You can read more from Intercessors for America on this topic, download a special report, and share a message with your elected officials by clicking here. There is a chart on the Special Report showing the 24 states which have already passed some form of SOGI laws. This is another battle that may be waged at the state level.

FRCAction gives us “an overview of some of the problems with the Equality Act”:

The Equality Act jeopardizes women’s privacy and safety.

The Equality Act’s expansion of the Title II “Public Accommodations” definition means that females would no longer have privacy in public bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, or even battered women’s shelters. State and local laws to this effect are already causing fallout: A kindergartener was assaulted by a boy in her school bathroom. A rape survivor was forced to quit her job when her employer began allowing men into women’s private facilities. A man was allowed residence in a women’s shelter, and nine women are suing because they were sexually harassed.

The Equality Act unfairly penalizes female athletes by allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports.

The Equality Act would undermine real civil rights gains women have made.

The Equality Act would interfere with the medical profession.

It would force doctors and others who provide legitimate hormone treatments and surgical procedures for patients with certain physical conditions to offer those treatments for individuals with gender dysphoria. Their moral or medical opinions about assisting individuals in physically altering their bodies would be disregarded.

The Equality Act could erode parental rights.

When Ohio parents declined hormone treatment for their child, the Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati involved child protective services, and the parents were ultimately stripped of their parental rights.

The Equality Act would severely erode religious freedom.

The Equality Act expressly exempts itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), our flagship religious liberty law.

The Equality Act’s expansion of public accommodations could require churches and houses of worship to violate their beliefs regarding how they use their facilities.

Its changes to employment law would prohibit some houses of worship from ensuring their clergy and employees abide by their doctrines or beliefs about marriage, sexual behavior, and the distinction between the sexes.

The Equality Act would inhibit faith-based charities’ ability to operate.

The Equality Act could be the most pro-abortion legislation to pass the House in a decade.

The changes would essentially create an abortion mandate...this also jeopardizes long-standing federal conscience laws that protect those opposed to abortion. The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion, would also be in jeopardy.

The Equality Act shamefully attempts to usurp the civil rights movement’s history and legacy.

In no way are one’s sexual conduct and inclinations equivalent to skin color. Suggesting or implying as much diminishes the hard-fought gains of this movement. Indeed, scientific evidence shows that “sexual orientation” is quite fluid and that “gender identity” is not fixed.

The Equality Act mandates an anti-life, anti-family, and anti-faith agenda upon all Americans.

You can read FRC Action’s entire article and contact your U.S. Representative by clicking here.

God knew what He was doing when He created us male and female. We should never mistreat anyone else, including those with whom we disagree on moral issues. Nevertheless, we cannot stand silently by and continue allowing immorality to become the law of the land. We must let our voices be heard, and we must pray.

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!

1 Catholic League Calls Equality Act ‘Most Comprehensive Assault on Christianity Ever Written Into Law’. 2/23/21:

Cover Me, I’m Going In

I must have watched too many Westerns as a child. I was having a very detailed dream, one so realistic my body and mouth were into it. My vigorous kicking and unintelligible mumblings awakened my wife, Ceci, who then awakened me.

“Are you okay? Are you dreaming?” she asked.

“Little Joe,” I mumbled, still half asleep.

“What? Did you say ‘Little Joe?’”

“Yeah. Little Joe Cartwright.” For those of you deprived of the experience, or too young to have been around, Little Joe (played by the late Michael Landon) was one of the characters on the hit Western television series Bonanza.

“I dreamed I was Little Joe,” I repeated. “And I was fighting a big dude in a boxing match. I was terrified of him, so my strategy was to keep moving so fast he could not hit me,” thus the kicking.

Ceci, insensitive as she was, thought it was hilarious (that’s a joke). That is because she was not in the boxing ring with the man whose main goal was to beat her senseless. She still brings it up once in a while, especially when I am having a graphic dream. “Who are you this time?” She chuckles. “Muhammad Ali?”

An often-used expression in Westerns was “Cover me.” This, of course, was said by those who were running into the open during gun battles. They wanted enough gunfire aimed toward the enemy to prevent him from successfully firing upon them. “Little Joe said it several times.” We must also cover each other, not with guns, but with prayer.

Let’s consider a few definitions of watchman that will enable us to provide effective prayer coverage.

“Protect” or “protector” are translations of the Hebrew words for “watchman.” Psalm 121:5, 7-8 tells us, “The Lord is your keeper [shamar] . . .The Lord will protect [shamar] you from all evil; He will keep [shamar] your soul. The Lord will guard [shamar] your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.” Four times Holy Spirit uses this watchman word shamar to insure us of His protection. The English word protect comes from two Latin words: pro, meaning “before,” and tego, meaning “to cover; to cover or shield from danger or injury.” One of the ways this protection comes is through the watchman anointing. Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock share the following two testimonies of prayer coverage in their book A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare:

Janet’s six-year-old son, Kevin, came in from school one day with a

defiant, sassy attitude.

“What did you do in school today, son?” Janet asked, puzzled by his mood.

“Played with a crystal ball the teacher brought. We asked it all kinds of questions,” he answered.

“Lord, what shall I do about this?” Janet, a new Christian, prayed silently. From deep within she heard, Break the witchcraft and curses that come with it.

“Kevin, come sit on my lap for a minute,” she said, still asking the Lord how to follow the directions she’d just received. She gave Kevin a big hug as he climbed on her lap. Surprised, she heard herself saying, “Father, in the name of Jesus I break the power of witchcraft and curses, and I take back from the enemy the ground he has stolen from my son. We give that ground back to You, Lord. Thank you for your protection and your blessing upon Kevin.”

After prayer, Kevin immediately changed back to her happy, sweet-natured kid. “That was my introduction to dealing with invisible evil forces,” Janet said. “In a nutshell, I quickly learned about spiritual warfare, and I’m still using it for both of my children.”

Kevin is now grown and drives a huge cattle transport trailer truck across the country. One night Janet woke up four times, and each time she “saw” a truck going off the road. The truck was the eighteen-wheeler Kevin was driving.

“I began binding the spirits of death and calamity, then I asked the Lord to send angels to keep my son’s truck on the road. I did it four times that night,” she remembers.

“At dawn, Kevin called to say, ‘Mom, I’m back in town, but I’m too tired to drive home. Four times last night my truck almost went off the road. Were you praying?’”

Janet fulfilled the role of a watchman as she covered her son from the evils of witchcraft and from physical harm. She was a protector - a role that is possible for each of us if we allow Holy Spirit to help us walk in this anointing.

“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. Amen.

Our decree:

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

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