Friday, July 19, 2013

A Call to Prayer and Unity

Friends,

Recently I had a prophetic dream that a great earthquake was going to happen. People were being urged to 'get on the right side' of the fault line because it caused a great division between the two sides. I had this sense that it had to potential to divide our nation and create a great deal of destruction.

I do not wish to alarm anyone. God gives people warnings all the time, but what we see in dreams is often dream language that represent spiritual situations. Although the dream about an earthquake could speak of a natural occurrence, I believe it is more about what is spiritually occurring throughout our nation.

There are many issues on which we can be divided. That is certain. But we can have an opinion without succumbing to dishonoring one another, ourselves and our country. I cringe when I think what our awful behavior communicates to citizens of other countries. What I realized from my dream is that God is urging people to come to the Lord's side on every issue, or there will come a time when you won't be able to cross over again. He is separating good from evil; light from dark. He is separating sheep and goats. Those who are true believers from those that are not. A person can call themselves Christian but it is truly a person's deeds that speak the loudest. People know our doctrine by what we live. I urge you to not be double-minded any longer. Should you place your loyalties with those that deny the Lordship of Christ and deny God, whether by deed or doctrine? Come quickly to the Lord's side. This is not a time to hesitate! God is calling each person to choose this day whom you will serve!

The enemy has a plot to divide this nation using any means possible. The heightened emotions regarding political issues such as the gay marriage debate, abortion laws and the recent decision in the Trayvon Martin case have created emotional issues that are in the forefront of our daily news. The reality is, people on both sides of these emotionally charged issues are wrong. They have allowed bitterness to take root in their heart and fuel the anger, unforgiveness, and hatred that we see taking place. The enemy is using the news and even our president to promote his agenda of divisiveness.  I urge everyone in our great nation to come together in unity for a greater cause. Together we can heal the breach.


Patrick Henry declaimed, “Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” It is important that we all realize these political issues are also a smokescreen to keep us distracted rather than noticing the enemy has a much greater plan in mind. A divided nation becomes vulnerable to it's enemies. While we are busy fighting against one another, the enemy comes in like a flood and can catch us off guard.


Scripture in Mark 3:24-26 tells us, "And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but has an end."
  
Jesus advised us to bind the strong man so that we could plunder his house and take away his goods. I pray that we would not give ourselves over to judgment, anger and criticism but to demonstrate forgiveness, compassion and mercy towards those that are angered and hurt. The truth is, both sides of any debates must realize when they are wrong. God is not on the side of injustice, but He also is not on the side of of anger, destruction, hatred, violence and bitterness. A root of bitterness is in our land and we must come together in faith to pray it is released. The Bible tells us that a root of bitterness defiles many. Only love is stronger than bitterness, and it is love that will soften the angry heart.

I implore all of you to bind the strongmen of jealousy, bitterness, pride and lawlessness; and release the love of God, a spirit of forgiveness, repentance and the Spirit of Grace. Let's command the enemy to give up all the substance of his house and set souls free from the captivity and curse of bitterness. We must reverse this curse!

Finally, I would like to include a wonderful prayer declaration from Governor Rick Scott from the State of Florida. He is calling a statewide call to prayer this Sunday, July 21, 2013 to pray for unity. I have slightly modified the Prayer Declaration he released to make it specific for the State of California. I urge the readers to also modify it to the specifics of your state, and send it immediately to your pastors, prayer leaders, mayors, governors and others so that THIS SUNDAY we can all pray the prayers of agreement and decree and end to the enemy's plot of dividing our country. 

All credit for the original decree goes to Governor Scott. I have modified it slightly to add the part about "binding the strongman" and making it specific for the state of California.


**PROCLAMATION FOR STATEWIDE CALL TO PRAYER FOR UNITY**

WHEREAS, the people of California are strong and optimistic people who band together in times of crisis; and



WHEREAS, California has faced many challenges before - including natural disasters - with a spirit of unity and perseverance; and




WHEREAS, the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is a tragedy; and the Martin family, the family of George Zimmerman, and all those affected by Trayvon's death remain in our thoughts and prayers; and



WHEREAS, emotions are running high as we continue to grieve the loss of Trayvon and the toll that the tragic events surrounding his death have taken on the community of Sanford, Florida, and other cities and communities across our nation; and



WHEREAS, tragic events compel us to a time of deep reflection and prayer to find strength and peace in uncertainty; and



WHEREAS, Californians are unified in not only their resilience, but also in being a people of great humility, kindness, and compassion;

LET THE DECREE GO FORTH!
I BIND THE STRONGMAN OF PRIDE AND BITTERNESS. ACCORDING TO THE POWER OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST, HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION, LET ALL THE POWER OF SATAN AND THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY BE BOUND IN JESUS NAME. LET THE SPIRIT OF UNITY BE RELEASED. 

LET THE SPIRIT OF FORGIVENESS BE RELEASED BY THE POWER OF GOD. LET THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE RELEASED TO HEAL. LET THE SPIRIT OF GRACE, RECONCILIATION AND UNITY PREVAIL OVER DARKNESS, IN JESUS NAME.



NOW, THEREFORE, as a citizen of the Kingdom of God and the state of California, do hereby issue a plea for a STATEWIDE DAY OF PRAYER FOR UNITY IN CALIFORNIA, this Sunday, July 21, 2013.

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