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Ask, Seek, Knock

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Ask, Seek, Knock

INTERESTING FACT:  I wrote this back in 2012 when I was attending Calvary Chapel, Jerusalem.  Today... I stay right around the corner from these very doors......   Amazing

(Mat 7:7-8) "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (8) For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

One warm summer morning I was laying on the floor praying asking of the Lord how do I draw closer to you?  I asked Holy Spirit to guide me to scriptures and reveal to me how to grow closer to himself and the Lord.  At that time I started to drift in and out of sleep.  The Lord and Holy Spirit gently spoke to me in a dream as I lay there before Him.

The dream started and I was in a city of stone.  Arched doorways held heavy wooden doors fastened together with metal findings and latches.  Burdensome, old doors beckoned me forward.  I heard the Lord tell me, “You’ve asked for my heart, you are seeking me now… now, it’s time to knock.”   I stood before the door and I knocked quietly not knowing what to expect.  Apprehensively, I began to knock slightly harder.  With each knock on the door I felt the Lord urging me to knock louder.  I did so.  Then yet another urge to press and knock even harder upon the door.   I started knocking and crying out to the Lord, so hard and ferociously that my knuckles started to bleed.  I knocked and knocked and knocked, but no answer.  I felt urged again to keep going.  I pressed past the pain, the bloodied knuckles, the exhaustion and I pounded the door with all my might.   I then lay at a heap at the bottom of the door, spent, exhausted, whimpering … barely able to raise my hand.  At that moment, completely used up and broken I became aware that someone had opened the door.  I felt myself being cradled in His arms.  He lovingly moved the hair from my face and I could hear Him whisper to me, you have learned what it means to KNOCK.

 “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find ; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “ Matthew 7:7-8

As in my personal experience above, the Lord answers those that seek to find Him.  His desire is not only for you to ‘find’ Him, it is still deeper – to fellowship and abide with Him and have a love relationship with Him. 

“9 Which of you , if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, you will give him a snake?  If you then though you are evil , know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those that ask him!” Matthew 7: 9-11

The desire of the Lord is that we simply turn our will over to Him and allow ourselves to take on HIS will for our lives.  When we seek the face and will of the Father and ask to be led by Holy Spirit we then start to seek and ask for things that are clearly in His will for our lives.   When we ask, seek and knock after those things the Father tells us:  “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

What are the things that the Lord so freely wants to give to us?  His desire is to gift to us those things that empower us in our daily life in Him and to walk in step with Holy Spirit.   “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23

The Lord’s desire is for us to grow even further in our walk with Him by spurring on those in the body of Christ that surround us.   With that He gives us the gifts of the Spirit.  “ Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one just as he determines.”  1 Corinthians 12: 7-11

With these gifts the Lord also sets up a parameter on how we are to operate and use these gifts.  It’s simple:  “Love NEVER FAILS.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled, where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part , but when perfection comes the imperfect disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man I put childish ways behind me.  Now, we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now, I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  Galatians 13: 8-12

As we ask, seek and knock, the Lord opens the door and we are before Him and in HIS love and mercy He stoops down to us and let’s us know that HE has opened the door and we are fully known.

 

It’s HIS desire to open the door, it’s my desire to knock until HE opens!

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“Are you ready to allow God to consume you with His Holy Fire?”

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“Are you ready to allow God to consume you with His Holy Fire?”

One of the  highlights from a recent conference was meeting brothers and sisters that are working and ministering to the persecuted church.  Hero's in the faith! 

Fabian is one such person.  Fabian was raised in a traditional Christian home.  In 1998 he had a very personal revelation of Jesus that was birthed  thru an all-consuming fire, a  fire that was ignited thru worship and prayer. 


During one such time of prayer Fabians heart was quickened .  He knew some way, somehow he was being called to the Muslims in the Mesopotamia area.  In 2011 while praying with a friend the lord imparted a vision, a blueprint to Fabian.  The blueprint started with a picture of a wheel.  The center of the wheel would be a House of Prayer and a training center.  The spokes would be reaching out and evangelism.  The rim of the wheel represented house churches.

2013 Fabian started to see his vision take shape and come to life.  He became painfully aware of a great exodus of the Christian church prior to  ISIS and now he states “ There is no one left that has not thought about leaving.  I have heard said’ “We have to leave, we have no hope.”   The Christian population in Iraq has now dropped from 1.5 million to less than 200 000 in the last 10 years.  Even pastors are leaving.  “The face of Christianity is changing rapidly in our area.”


Fabian shares how he was encouraged by Rick Ridings of Succat Hilell.  Rick shared a prophetic word with Fabian in regards to Isaiah 19 Highway and the altar of worship and prayer rising in North Iraq.  This prophetic word encouraged Fabian and his team to press deeper into the presence of the Lord.    


After a 50 hour continuous prayer and worship session the power and glory of God filled the sanctuary.  Things began to change dramatically and quickly.  Not only were there conversions but now training new believers to lead, disciple, be the church was in full force!  
Not only has the face of the church changed but now the names are changing as well.  Muhammad, Ahmed, and the once common muslem names are quickly becoming associated with the Christian churches and the rise of new converts. 


The more war rages, the more violence, fear and corruption take hold of the surrounding countries the more believers are laying their lives upon the alter of the Lord, allowing Him to consume them with God’s Holy Fire.   Fabian encourages us: “The fragrance from the fire must be released.  The fragrance from our burning hearts is the greatest evangelistic  that we have and carry.” 


Carrying the fragrance of the Lord upon them Fabian and his team venture into the refugee camps.  Mere men, broken and flawed… allowing the love of God to use them.   On one such day they were at a refugee camp where many people had been relocated from Nineveh.  They started to worship, crowds gathered.  They gave a short message about Jesus and his love and healing powers.   Men lined up to receive prayer and to take the team to their homes to pray for the sick within the tents.  Miracles started to happen.  Broken hearts were mended.
Fabian ministers to those who have lost their husbands, sons and son in laws to ISIS…  their children on deaths door… despair and hopelessness has become a way of life….  YET, thru the salt and light, love and mercy shown to the refugees by the “Followers of Christ”  peace settles into their tents as they turn their hearts to Jesus the Messiah. 


I watch his impassioned plea to the church to pray.  My heart is stirred to pursue the fire of God to consume all of me as a whole and not in part.  He urges us to pray for ISIS and a revelation of the One True God.  With eyes filled with tears he asks: “Are you ready to allow God to consume you with His Holy Fire?” 


Are we? 

Fabian and his lovely wife and children are in this together... living and serving among the people.  Prayers are always appreciated.  IF you would like more information please feel free to message! 

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