Apr 24 2015

No more ceilings

I have been to many churches that believe in the gifts of the Spirit but never actually see anyone healed, prophesy, or move in the gifts other than speaking in tongues. It is really sad because there is so much more we can accomplish but ministry in most churches is based on the ceiling set by the beliefs of the leadership. The leadership determines what practices and beliefs will be acceptable and it is often their level of faith that determines how much God will do in and through the congregation. Romans 13 starts out with a mandate to obey those who are in authority over us because they have been put in place by God and one thing I have observed is that God often respects those authorities as well even when they choose to limit God’s promises and gifts.

A person can see miracles happen one after the other in a church where the leadership allows a lot of freedom but see no miracles at all in a church full of restrictions. Is it a different God? No, but the leadership determines what they will allow God to do even if they don’t realize they have placed him inside the box of their limited theological viewpoints. Theology is great but sometimes we let our experiences create a personal theology that isn’t in the heart of God and what we should do is trade that in for a deeper intimacy because the combination of intimacy and good theology make for a powerful ministry.

Serve your leaders with respect and honor, pray for them to have amazing encounters with God, and pray that the ceiling they have set is raised so God can pour out everything he has planned.

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Apr 5 2015

100 Mile Prayer Circle

Eleven hours ago we stood at the Southernmost tip of Washington D.C. at the beginning of an all-day adventure to circle the entire city in prayer. We started at the Jones Point Lighthouse just before sunrise where Major Andrew Ellicott placed a border stone in 1791 as part of the original 100 square mile borders of D.C. We worked our way Northwest, then Northeast, turned Southeast, and continued back towards where we started. Ten hours of prayer, ten hours of declarations over the city, stopping at each of the 40 boundary stone locations that outline the original coordinates that made up the District to declare blessing over the neighborhoods and claim the entire city as a prize for the Kingdom of Heaven. More than 1/3 of these locations are not part of D.C. today but we felt compelled to establish a spiritual boundary around the coordinates originally selected by the founders of this nation. At each stop we asked the Lord to release a new angel to stand by the boundary stone and declare the plans of the Lord over the city all day, every day, until the Lord returns. We are confident that he honored this request as we felt angels moving around us at many of our stops. On this day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus we have proclaimed that He will get everything He paid for on the cross and that this city which impacts the world will be impacted by God in a mighty way. Washington D.C. will be known as a city of God!

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