Reflecting on the series of event this past week leading up to this Sunday, I can’t help but to remember a story told in Acts 5:1-11. A story of a couple who drops dead after lying to the Apostles about how much they actually sold their property for. But I’m not thinking about them as much as I’m thinking about the group of young men that were assigned to “remove the dead bodies out of the temple”.
This week I witnessed how God used and ordered the steps of a group of young adults at RED to “remove” some dead things out of our church. The Lord graciously activated their gifts. Some dreamed, while others Saw in the Spirit and some Sensed and quickly discerned and others just plain out had encounters with the “dead” things. But they all responded in Spiritual Warfare! They heard the call of God to step into the Gap and travail in prayer and worship. They quickly responded with their eyes on Jesus and walked and moved in the authority of God.
Our team has tremendous maturity and they continue to grow. I am proud of them. They removed some dead things in the spirit this week. There was not only a cleaning of the Building in the natural, but we witnessed a cleaning in the spiritual. What a blessing and honor to have experienced God’s quick response to our prayers and declarations as a group!
Matthew 18:18-20 came to life right before our eyes!!
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
There is Power in fervent Intercessory Prayer!
It has been a long 10 years since these young women went missing. we are thrilled to see their safe return home. This whole incident, the Lost being Found, reminds me of the scripture Luke 15:32: "But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; He was lost and now is Found."
I live just a few blocks from the area that the girls went missing. I was running errands at the nearby bank and noticed all the media from different parts of the World! All eyes are on Cleveland! As I contemplated on this wonderful and joyous occasion I was reminded of a prophetic word spoken over the North East Ohio Region about 10 years ago. It was written and has been circulated among the churches. In this word it said that Cleveland will be experiencing a great Revival and that all of the world would come to SEE what was happening here! Knowing that what happens in the natural is a foreshadow of what is to come in the Spiritual, I quickly understood the Miracle that was unfolding before our eyes! The return of the ones being held Captive, 3 women who lost the most exciting decade of any persons life, Young Adulthood; to be found and given another chance at life, what a picture of the condition of our generation today! The young adults are being held captive by perverse lies. They are being held captive by sin and lust of the flesh, and yes against their Spiritual Will. These young women's spirits were vexed. They will never be the same, their innocence stolen. Our children's innocence is being stolen and people between the ages of 14 and 30 are being deceived by the great deceiver and father of lies.
But God! He has promised Revival on this land. the Lost will be Found! and they will come home and regain their identity in Christ! They will come home and receive true freedom! Their wounds will be healed and their hearts mended!!
Look Up, and see the harvest! Look up and see God's glorious salvation come!