Joining in Prayer & Fasting for Revival on the Central Coast

We, as a church body, are committing ourselves to prayer and fasting for ten days beginning Monday, April 9th and ending Wednesday, April 18th. 

Below are two videos where Lou Engle, prayer leader of The Call is sharing why he believes that Santa Maria/Central Coast will be instrumental in launching a wave of revival.  He believes that just as St. Mary birthed the baby Jesus, so Santa Maria/Central Coast will birth a fresh Jesus movement.  He believes that something powerful along these lines will coincide with the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Independence of Israel which falls on April 18th this year (1948-2018).  So he has committed to being in Santa Maria for the next 10 days (beginning tomorrow) to intercede for this move of God which many have prophesied is arriving soon.

Please join us in this prayer for the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit that we so desperately need. Come Holy Spirit! 

Open & Closed Doors

I’ve been thinking a lot about open and closed doors in our lives. Some seem to open before us without much effort and others slam shut in spite of our exhausting efforts to keep them open.

Those that we work so hard to keep open, have brought forth a new question to me: What is all this effort keeping us from?  Are we missing something God has for us because we’re trying to keep a door open in our lives that should be shut?

It does seem the only way to walk through a door our Father may be opening before us is to take our hand off the door knob of doors behind us that should be closed. Some of those things we may need to let go of, and firmly close the door to, could be as small as a bad attitude or as big as unforgiveness; as small as a bad habit or as big as an addiction; as small as problematic relationship or as big as a toxic one.

I have found myself asking God, “What are the doors that I need to close in my life so that I may walk through the door You are opening before me?”

This prayerful ruminating these past few weeks has caused me to remember a movie that came out a number of years ago called “127 Hours.” This movie chronicles the true story of a young man who fell while hiking alone in a remote area and whose arm was trapped between two rocks. He spent 127 hours trapped before he did the unthinkable…he cut off his arm to get free and save his life. What caused him to take this drastic measure was a dream he had of a young boy, his own son.  He chose to live rather than miss out on the wonderful family God had in his future.  

I haven’t been able to get this movie out of my head although it’s a bit gruesome for me to want to watch again.  But what an amazing, courageous thing to do!  At the end of the movie, this young man is pictured with his wife who he met later and the beautiful little child of promise.

When I think of the costly sacrifice this young man did to walk through the open door God wanted him to move through, the little doors I am having a hard time shutting seem utterly miniscule in comparison.

“I know what you’ve been doing. Look! I have put in front of you an open door that no one can shut. You have only a little strength, but you have obeyed My word and have not denied My name.” (Revelation 3:8)

Thank you, Father, that You see us. You see us! We haven’t been perfect but we have tried to follow You and have not denied Your name. You recognize that we are weary and have little strength and that’s okay with You. Your tender love reaches through our fatigue and gives us hope.

Out of Your great love, You have placed before us an open door that no one can shut! Open our eyes that we would be able to see it. Don't let fear or complacency keep us from courageously stepping across that threshold and into our destiny in You. 

~Teri

 

 

If My People...

You are sitting in your living room, eating dinner or a snack and watching the game or your favorite show after a hard day.  You’ve got your feet up and your smart phone in your hand. I’ve been there.  So have you.

Contrast this with Elijah, on a hill overlooking the sea, curled up in a fetal position – it says he had his head between his knees – in an agonizing cry to God for the rain to come.  The position he was in is not all that different from the position of giving birth.  Elijah was BRINGING FORTH a prayer in deep agony, a deep cry.

Contrast this with Billy Graham, who is with his staff checking out some land, whether the land is suitable for their purposes. While they discuss their options, when they turn to ask Billy his opinion, they are surprised to see Billy down with his face on the ground, seeking the LORD in prayer.

Contrast this with Charles Finney going into the forest to be with God, being met by what he described later as WAVES of liquid Love washing over him, increasing so much in intensity, that he asked God to stop them for fear that he would die.

Contrast this with Hannah, the mother of Samuel, before the Lord, crying out for a son, praying so intensely that Eli the priest thought she was drunk.

Contrast this with the 120 gathered in the Upper Room waiting for the fulfillment of Jesus word that they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from the time He ascended.

Contrast us in our easy chair in front of our TV with Daniel, on his face, fasting and praying and seeking until the answer came in the form of an angel.

Some of us, MOST of us don’t know what that kind of prayer looks like.  Maybe you feel that that kind of deep heart cry in prayer is for other people who have that kind of ministry.

But it’s not.  It is within you as well.

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