BUY GOLD

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Day 6 of the UP Prayer Walk and we are heading to Mackinac Island. We will meet 2 other teams and pray for Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. Please pray for us and go to facebook: Northern Fire for more updates.

“I counsel you to buy from ME gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich.” Rev 3:18

“He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and He shall purify His sons, and purge them as gold.” Malachi 3:3

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried by fire…” 1Peter 1:7

Jesus counsels us to buy gold from Him. His gold is the substance of heaven – faith, hope, and love.

We get this gold from men of God who have gone before us and been tried by the fire of God. Men like Jesus, King David, the Apostle Paul, Wade Taylor, Smith Wiggelsworth, Reese Howells and many more. These are the gold refined in the fire, and we do well to heed what they teach.

What is the currency we buy with? The only thing I have of any value in God’s eyes is my will. Father gave me a free will and He honors that will. Every choice I make is a sovereign choice. He lets me choose and reap the fruit of what I sow.

So today, will I choose the gold of heaven or the stubble of the world?

Our Voice

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Ken and I are under way with UP Prayer Walk 2016. Today, the Father reminded my of the power of our words.

Out of the mouth of babes and infants I have ordained strength … to silence the enemy. Psalm 8

The righteous see it and rejoice and all iniquity stops its mouth. Psalm 107

With the high praises of God in their mouths … the saints execute vengeance upon God’s enemies. Psalm 149

Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21

The Words I speak to you are Spirit and they are life. John 6:63

With the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10

And this scripture: Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Psalm 103:20. We must realize that the angels hear what we say. When we speak the Word of God the angels heed that Word, and perform it. And they do this with great power.

 

REVIVAL

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In July of 2013, Heavenly Father directed me to walk across Michigan’s Upper peninsula and pray as I went. He gave me two specific prayers:

1. Jesus said: “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” As I walked, I prayed that every Christian home and every church would become a house of day and night prayer.

2. Jesus said: “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest fields.” I stopped every hour, on the hour, and lifted this prayer to our Savior.

I prayed many other things over the 400 miles and 28 days. I was joined by men of God who trekked with me from one day to two weeks.

In the 3 years since then, I have recorded over 20 answered prayers from that trip – and I am sure there are more I am not aware of. Pastors have come out of retirement. New ministers have moved to the UP to evangelize. Yooper Christians are seeing the vision for lost souls and rising up to spread the Gospel. Prison inmates are being transformed into men of God. Houses of prayer are being formed. I could go on.

Because of the effectiveness of that prayer walk, Ken Ernst and I are hearing the call to go forth once more. We are leaving Monday, August 1, and will be gone the entire month. We will be praying the two prayers I used last time, and adding a third:

Jesus said, “In the last days, I will pour out My Spirit on ALL flesh…” In Acts, chapter 2, this Holy Spirit outpouring was accompanied by POWER! There were dreams, visions, prophesies, signs, wonders, and thousands being saved and brought into God’s kingdom. We should expect the same results from the Holy Spirit in these ‘last days.’

Ken and I will cry out for a Holy Spirit revival!!

Please join us.

GRACE TO THE HUMBLE

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“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  1 Peter 5:5 quoting Proverbs 3:34

Consider the humility of Jesus:

  • He gave up the adoration of angels for the rejection of men;
  • He gave up the throne of heaven for the manger of Bethlehem;
  • He gave up many crowns of gold for one of thorns;
  • He gave up the fellowship of the Father for battles with the devil.

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Consider the death of Jesus:

  • Lashed beyond the possibility of healing;
  • Beaten beyond recognition;
  • Scorned, blasphemed and spat upon;
  • Humiliated by hanging naked on a tree;
  • Left to die and be buried in a borrowed tomb.

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

“This Jesus, God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Let all people know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” Acts 2:32, 36

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

So many people want the fruit of Jesus’ life, but do not want to live his lifestyle. They live in pride and selfishness and cry out to God for grace. Jesus’ total surrender is not just an example to us, but a demonstration of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, HUMBLE YOURSELF under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-6

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession … let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.”  Hebrews 4:14, 16

 

ALL FOR JESUS

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Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life in this world will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

A few years ago I received a prophecy which Father spoke through a prison inmate. It has had a powerful effect on my life. I share it here because I believe it is for more than just me.

The Lord says, “I know it is hard to wait. Align yourself with God’s plan. I am sending strangers to bless you. Speak to the mountain.”

Notice the two conditions of that prophecy – align and speak. God said He would send strangers to bless me. He requires that I align myself with His plan. He requires that I speak to the mountain that is in front of me.

Over the last two years I have been aligning with God’s plan for a house of prayer on Drummond Island and the UP Prayer Walk 2016. And over the four years since the prophecy, Abba has sent several strangers with blessings.

I believe God has a plan for your life. I believe you must take responsibility to align yourself with His plan.

1.Deny yourself and commit to follow Jesus, even if it costs your life in this world.

2.Seek the Father for His plan.

3.Agree with Him and believe, no matter what people or circumstances say.

4.Speak what Father, even if you are only talking to yourself.

5.Take every action you can which aligns with the plan.

Not everyone is called to leave home or walk 400 miles to accomplish God’s plan. We are all called to live in God’s kingdom and bear fruit which will remain. God is calling you to something. Stop resisting His Spirit and take one step today.

MORE!!

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I am fascinated by the prayer of Moses as recorded in Exodus 33:13-18. Moses prayed to God: “I want to know you more, guide me with your presence, and show me your glory.” Moses was asking the Almighty: “I want to know you, so reveal yourself to me again and again.

This prayer was uttered following some amazing events. Before this prayer, Moses:

–          Had heard the voice of God speak from a burning bush;

–          Had seen the 10 plagues in Egypt and been God’s mouthpiece;

–          Had stretched forth his arms and parted the Red Sea;

–          Had witnessed God’s presence in a pillar of fire and smoke;

–          Had met with God for 40 days on the mountain.

After all this, Moses prays for MORE!!

David was a man after God’s own heart. Watching over the sheep, he had spent countless hours with the Ancient of Days. David had killed Goliath in the name of Yahweh Sabbaoth; seen God defeat the enemies of Israel; and been crowned King in fulfillment of prophecy. Most of all, David was in the presence of God when the glory of the Most High filled the tabernacle. David prayed: “Teach me your way, O Lord, to walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to fear your name.”

David asked the Father to teach him MORE. And to take over more of his heart.

Daniel had a unique relationship with God. This righteous man saw the God of Israel give him abundant favor, stop the mouth of lions, save his friends from the fiery furnace, and interpret dreams. Daniel spoke with angels face to face.

This lion hearted man fasted and prayed for MORE! “I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting…”

Righteous sons and daughters of the Good Shepherd do not look back, they look forward. They look to Father. Righteous people do not want more of the world, they want HIM!

God rewards those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:5-6

Father’s Mercy

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As we watch the news. As we live among our neighbors. We see this country slipping farther into the pit of unrighteousness – drawing nearer to the judgment of the Lord.

Father God has a remedy for sin. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

People must repent and seek the remedy. But most do not.

People know they are sinners and they know they must seek a remedy.

And Father suffers long with His children, that they would turn.

Nothing I can do will cause a sinner to repent or seek Jesus. I can pray until I am blue in the face; I can preach until I am blue in the face, but people have a free will. God does not step over that line. The Father draws men to Jesus, but if they resist, He does not force them. Yahweh suffers long, being patient in mercy.

This is what Paul meant when he said we suffer with Christ. In Philippians 3 he writes, “…that I may know Christ and the power of the resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death, that I might somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

Jesus Himself is the remedy. He suffers when people do not turn to Him. Jesus wept over Jerusalem saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how I long to gather you to Myself, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” The Savior sees the sinful who wander and suffer and die – refusing to be saved. He suffers with them. He suffers because of them. When we have fellowship with Jesus, we suffer with Him.

This is the balance and wisdom of God’s kingdom – to rejoice in our victory and rejoice in our suffering.

The true sons of God are ALL called to intercession and to preaching. We are called to pray and preach until we are blue in the face. And we should continue to do so. We will suffer with the Father and the Son, whether people turn or not. That long-suffering is part of knowing and worshipping the Great Shepherd and Savior whom we love.

 

 

A DIVINE EXCHANGE

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Derek Prince once taught a lesson on the exchange at the cross. For me, it has been a large rock in the foundation which Father has built in my life. Following is the teaching of Derek Prince.

Jesus said, “It is finished.” The heavenly decree is this, “The work which Jesus did is perfectly perfect and completely complete.” There is nothing more Jesus needs to do, He has done it all.

Consider the work of Calvary, a perfect work; perfect in every respect, perfect in every aspect.

At Calvary, a divinely ordained exchange took place – all the evil due to us was placed upon Jesus, that all the good due to Jesus might come to us.

Jesus was punished, that we might be forgiven.

Jesus was wounded, that we might be made whole.

Jesus was made sin with our sin, that we might be made righteous with His righteousness.

Jesus tasted death, that we might share His life.

Jesus was made a curse, that we might receive the blessing of Abraham.

Jesus endured poverty, that we might have an abundance for every good work.

Jesus was rejected, that we might be accepted.

Jesus endured our shame, that we might share His glory.

Jesus was bound, that we might be set free and live at liberty.

Jesus was pierced, that we might walk in the Spirit.

Jesus was made weak, that we might receive new strength.

Jesus was anointed to give us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD THAT WE MIGHT HAVE HOPE!!

Jesus finished His work on the cross and then rose from the dead. He sent His Spirit to help us apply this work to ourselves.

Jesus will return for His bride. The work of the Holy Spirit is to make the bride ready for the wedding feast of the lamb and the eternal marriage with Jesus.

SHAVUOT – THE HOLY SPIRIT

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This is a photo of Christians from Michigan and China, in Jerusalem, on the Day of Pentecost, 2015. I had the honor of being among them.

Sunday, June 12, 2016 marks the Feast of Yahweh known as Shavuot, or Pentecost. This is the feast of weeks. The God of Israel instructed His people to observe this day every year to commemorate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. And for over 1200 years, the Jewish people did just that. The Jews still observe this day. Many stay up all night and read from the Old Testament.

Since the Resurrection, the saints of Yahweh, both Jew and Gentile, who follow Yeshua as Messiah and Shepherd, also celebrate this day as the giving of the Holy Spirit.

50 days after Jesus rose from the dead, the Holy Spirit fell on 120 disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem. These were Peter, James, John, Andrew and 116 more; those who had remained faithful to Yeshua. And since they were also faithful Jews, they were together observing Shavuot.

The heavens opened. The Holy Spirit came into the room where true believers were celebrating a feast of Yahweh. There was the sound of a mighty, rushing wind. Tongues of fire fell from heaven and alighted on every one. The disciples were moved with power and went into the streets to preach the gospel and do miracles.

This was a direct fulfillment of 2 Old Testament prophesies:

“In those days I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh … there will be displays of My power … and everyone who calls on the name of Yahweh will be saved.”  Joel 2:28 (See Acts 2:1-21).

Notice that the giving of the Spirit was linked with evangelism from the beginning.

“I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel after those days. I will write My torah upon their hearts and upon their minds…”  Jeremiah 31:31-34 (See Hebrews 8:7-13).

On the very day that the Israelites were celebrating a part of the old covenant, the giving of God’s Word on stone tablets, God established His new covenant. No longer does Yahweh write his laws and words on stone. Now He speaks to us directly and writes upon our hearts and minds.

Jesus said, “When the Spirit of Truth has come, He will guide you into all truth … He will speak what He hears from Me, and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13

Paul wrote, “You are an epistle of Christ, written not with ink, but by the Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is the heart. 2 Corinthians 3:3

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

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The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy … self control.   Galatians 5:22-23

I once spoke to a man who was in prison for life, for murder. He freely admitted he did it. When I met him, he was in his 40s. This man committed the murder at 17 years of age and had been in prison since he was 18. He told me that he had been an angry young man. A friend said something stupid and he killed him.

He has become a strong Christian. This man of God said this to me, “Daniel, when you are out there preaching, tell the young people something for me. Tell them: ‘do not let a single act of anger ruin your whole life.’”

Or any negative emotion.

Consider that along with this quote from my friend Carol Brown:

“If you carefully retrace emotions, there is always a thought prior to the emotion. It’s like thoughts trigger emotional reflexes. So I think taking every thought captive is a way of guarding your heart—if your thought life is well disciplined that will form river banks for your emotions to run in and they won’t run amok.”

Carol is referring to 2 Corinthians 10:5, “…taking every thought into captivity unto the obedience of Christ.”

That inmate’s message is not just for young people. Our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, calls all of His disciples to walk in self-control. As we get older, our negative emotions have the potential to take over. A single act of anger, pride, or lust can ruin your life, but so can little deeds repeated every day.

Jesus said: “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.”

 

One of the purposes of this blog is to share testimonies and insights from people in Northern Michigan. If you have something to say, let me know and I will try to publish it here. northernfire1@outlook.com