21 September 2021

Five Inches Plus

 Good morning, world!  

We had three inches of snow when we arose at 0400. 

04:00
04:00-ish

At 0445, the power went out. With the aid of many battery-powered camping lights, lanterns, and the occasional flashlight, we went about morning ablutions, improvised breakfast, and a change in planned attire. 

I held a pocket flashlight in my mouth while I cleared 5"+ of heavy, wet snow off of the car, and off we went. More or less on time, too.

06:25, snowing in earnest

Roads weren't bad, since the ground temp is still above freezing. The snow immediately turns to slush, with the obvious result of wet, sloppy driving conditions. Not too slick, though, except where slush builds up between lanes.

So, with the exception of the power outage (think too many leaves still on the trees + heavy, wet snow + power lines), it's a fine morning.

Given our forecast, those ground temps may not remain above freezing for much longer. Ah well, just part of the grand pageant comprising Alaska. 

Have a great day, everyone.

18 September 2021

It Cometh

I haven't mentioned the weather lately, as we've all been distracted by a number of other topics. 

But of a truth, we all need a break from the unrelenting barrage of bad news and dire predictions. (Most of them are false, by the way. The predictions, that is.)

So while the heat rages across much of the Lower 48, and rain and flooding across the rest, here's something different.

Our lows have been in the upper 30s, and daily highs in the upper 40s to low 50s, for several weeks. Leaves began falling about a month ago. Accu-Hunch Weatherguess predicts widespread frost tonight.

So here's something with which you might clear your eyes, in answer to the question, "Reverend Paul, what does mid-September look like your part of Alaska?"  I took these on the way home from the store, about 30 minutes ago. It's currently 43°, if that helps.




17 September 2021

Dutch Sheets: The Showdown

 I like to sprinkle in encouraging prophetic words and encounters on the GH15 posts. When I do so, please allow them to do more than just encourage you, however. Use them! Holy Spirit releases these words and promises so we can pray and decree them. Also, as we do, strategies are birthed in our hearts and minds. The following word is from my brother, Tim Sheets, and is very powerful.


“Holy Spirit gave me a vision on August 11, 2021, four days before the impending collapse of Afghanistan started being revealed to the world. On that day, I suddenly became very alert in my spirit and had the feeling I was missing something. I pondered this prayerfully and asked Holy Spirit to reveal to me what it was. After a few moments, I began hearing from Holy Spirit, ‘It’s time for the showdown.’

“I knew Holy Spirit was referencing Elijah’s showdown with the 450 prophets of Baal and the wicked government of Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kings 18). An altar was built with a sacrifice placed upon it and the deity who answered by fire - Yahweh or Baal - would be proven as the true God. What a showdown!

“The prophets of Baal started the contest pleading with their god all day to answer by fire. They danced, cut themselves to offer blood sacrifices, and begged. No fire was released.

“Then came Elijah’s turn. First, he repaired the altar and, just to make a point, filled the trench around the altar with water. Then he prayed, ‘Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so that these people may know that You, Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back,’ (1 Kings 18:36-37). When he prayed, fire came from heaven and consumed not only the sacrifice, but also the water, dirt, and altar made of rocks!

“Yahweh was declared the only God and the prophets of Baal were killed. Though it was not immediate, the destruction of Ahab’s (and Jezebel’s) wicked government was set in motion. A new government eventually came into the land, as Ahab and Jezebel lost their lives.

“Holy Spirit reminded me of 1 Kings 16:33 (MSG), ‘Ahab made God angrier than all the previous kings put together.’ We see from this scripture God was paying attention. Ahab and Jezebel’s evil government was declared the worst in the nation’s history. The Message Bible calls them ‘Champions of evil.’ The mocking of God, persecution of His people, abuse of power, and breaking of His covenants made Him angry.

“In the analogy Holy Spirit began giving me, Elijah pictures the apostolic and prophetic in our times. At one point in the struggle, God told him He had preserved 7,000 people that hadn’t bowed to Baal, declaring that Yahweh was their God. These faithful ones picture millions in today’s Ekklesia who will not bow to wicked governments or fake gods. They confess that there’s only one King - Jesus.

“As I prayed into this, I began to see other similarities to today: the current showdown is about government changing and God returning to His rightful position. It’s also about the apostolic, the prophetic, and the King’s Ekklesia engaging to bring that to pass. Holy Spirit is anointing His Ekklesia with favor and people from across the nation will follow them in re-establishing God’s rightful place in the land.

“I saw a consuming fire falling in answer to our prayers. Ahab and Jezebel-type governments are going to experience the fire of God.

“Then God showed me a vast army of angel warriors I hadn’t seen before. They appeared in long lines, arrayed for battle, wearing shiny breastplates and holding golden bows with bronze arrows. Their countenance was stern and fierce, determined and confident - their eyes were fixed in a stare that could look right through you. The lines of angels stretched as far as I could see in all directions.

“At this point, the vision became more like a visitation. I told the Lord I had never seen these angels and He said, ‘They’ve rarely been seen on the earth, but I’m now releasing them in great numbers, in all the nations.

“I asked the Lord what these particular angels do and He answered, ‘They guard My glory and honor. They are coming to defend My honor, and prepare the way for My Ekklesia to expand My Kingdom. Those who honor Me, I will honor. They will rise in governing authority to reign with Me. I will increase My Kingdom favor to them and My glory will rise upon them. Words of wisdom, words of knowledge, prophetic unction, My supernatural faith, spiritual discernment, healings, and miracles will increase through My joint-heirs. These angels will assist them in protecting My honor and glory on the earth, and in bringing Me the honor My Father promised Me from the nations.

“‘You will now see the strong arm of the Lord. The aggression of heaven’s warriors will move on My behalf. You will experience the presence of My glory that advances My might to protect, save and strengthen. For I declare My people will now rise in My mightiness and strength. My power will be seen, My wind will be felt. You will feel the “breath wind” of Holy Spirit, the “breath wind” of My Kingdom.

“‘My passion will now infuse My remnant with passion for My cause. I am calling forth My passionate warriors. They will stand and not be shaken. They will display a hope, a confidence, and a faith that does not shake. Passionate warriors of valor are mustering to their battle stations. They have heard My call, along with My angel armies, and are rising in the darkness to push against hell until it literally quakes under My power.

“‘It is the season for demons to tremble, not My heirs. Arise and shine in My greatest glory hour. Arise and stand strong in the perilous time. Arise and challenge - with My authority - the abominations of the forever loser. Arise, and with My mightiness reinforcing you, destroy defilement. Dominate defilement and dominate evil. Hear My word, hear My prophetic word, listen to the message I’ve sent in resounding waves. Hear the prophetic assignments I’ve given that are now intersecting their moment.

“‘Arise with Me to reign, says the Lord, for I am rising in this world as never before. I will not be an indifferent bystander. I will rise and thunder against iniquitous roots that mock Me, torching them. I will rise against sin and its destruction. I will rise against idolatry, shaking and removing it. I will rise against governments that disdain My words. I will not close My eyes but will look, see, and judge in fairness. I will not stand down. I won’t relent. I will torch evil. I will not be mocked and I will not be stopped.

“‘My Kingdom’s army will now rise to march with confident valor. Prepared, armed, and backed by My wisdom, might, and resources. They will shift into covenant promises and inherit new territories. They won’t be stymied or stopped. For I will shake down that which blocks, freeing them. My Kingdom will NOT be shaken. Arise, pursue and recover all. For I have promised and I will keep My word. In the midst of turmoil, shakings, and perilous times, My grace will abound. My Kingdom will abound and will win this showdown, says the Lord.’


“In this time of shaking, good is happening. I was impacted by Yahweh’s interesting phrase, ‘breath wind.’ It’s time for the ‘breath wind’ of Holy Spirit to come to you. If you are feeling disjointed or perhaps broken, He knows how to put you back together, how to put you on your feet and make you a strong warrior again. A ‘breath wind’ is blowing all across the nations to revive.”

Pray with me:

“Father, we pray that Your fresh wind would come on Your Ekklesia around the world. Send revival winds, causing us to live again, to fight again. Make us strong, mighty warriors for Your Kingdom. We will stand - fierce, determined, and confident in the authority of our King Jesus.

“We ask for the ‘breath wind.’ Come and breathe into Your people. Breathe life, anointing, and courage into them. Lord, give supernatural strength to rise up, overcome and dominate. We declare that the wind of the Holy Ghost will dominate our adversaries, the forces of hell that come against us. ‘Breath wind,’ come! Come to the boneyard, the graveyards. Breathe life into them. And activate a massive angel force to defend the glory and honor of our King. We ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Our decree:

“There is a shift occurring and a fresh wind of Holy Spirit is beginning to forcefully blow. Wind of God, come, in Jesus’ name!”

(Today’s post was contributed by my brother, Tim Sheets. You can learn more about Tim ,here.)


Copyright © 2021 Dutch Sheets Ministries, All rights reserved.

11 September 2021

08 September 2021

Dutch Sheets: Our Testimony is Our Future

Why Did David Use a Sling? 

David staked claim to the land Goliath wanted, pointing out that it had been given to his tribe of Israel. David stated that he was in covenant with God while Goliath wasn’t. These historical facts guaranteed victory, but David continued to brandish his history. After asking, “Is there not a history?” he began recounting his personal history with God. David spoke of God’s supernatural ability given to him when facing a lion (1 Samuel 17:34-36). “I seized him by his beard, attacked him, and rescued the lamb,” he said. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, David also killed a bear! “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine,” David decreed (verse 37). This small, physically insignificant young man, had faith that was anchored—not to his own abilities—but to a history of God’s faithfulness.

It’s important to know that David stated that history. He said it. After teaching on the power of history recently, I was asked by a Messianic Jewish rabbi if I knew the meaning of the Hebrew word for “testimony.” I did not.

“The word doesn’t mean simply to convey something from the past,” he informed me. “Its true meaning is ‘to repeat an action or do it again.’ We Hebrews believe,” he continued, “that when we share about what God did in the past, it releases the same power into the present...in other words, power is released to ‘do it again.’

Whoa!

My head was spinning.

He continued, “That’s one of the reasons we share with our children the stories of what God did in our Jewish history. It’s not only so they’ll know their cultural history; it is also so the power in that history can be released to them today. For example, when we tell them about Passover and the Exodus, we believe God’s delivering and saving power that was demonstrated back then, will be released to save and deliver our children from bondages they may have today.”

Whoa times two!

The rabbi went on to tell me he and his congregation had been experiencing healings from repeatedly sending believers to sick individuals and having them recount healings they had received in the past. When they testified of their healings, power was released to “do it again.”

This drove me to my lexicons. While studying the word “testimony,” which meant exactly what the rabbi had said, one dictionary sent me to the Hebrew word for “remember.” Similarly, it doesn’t mean simply to think about something from the past; it means to do what is being thought about.3 This is why God tells us in Isaiah 43:26, “Put Me in remembrance...” He doesn’t require this because He, like us humans, sometimes needs a reminder. Rather, He is instructing us to ask Him, based on something said or done in the past, to take action today.

God “remembered” Hannah, who had been barren, and she conceived (1 Samuel 1:11). He “remembered” His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and commissioned Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egyptian slavery (Exodus 2:24). For God, remembering involves action.

This was life-changing revelation for me. I finally understood why God said we overcame satan by “the word of [our] testimony” (Revelation 12:11). And I knew why David stated his testimony of the lion and the bear!

After doing so, David then did something extremely interesting. He grabbed his staff, five stones and his sling, and approached the giant (see 1 Samuel 17:40). Why would David want to be encumbered with his staff when fighting Goliath? In those days, men carved symbols depicting their history on their staffs; it was their journal, of sorts. David’s staff no doubt depicted pictures of a dead lion and dead bear—his testimony, his history with God.

Who knows what other victories it pictured? Perhaps it had the phrase “God is my father” inscribed on it. Many scholars believe David was conceived “illegitimately,” that his father Jesse had an affair with a maid and David was the result. They believe this is why Jesse didn’t invite him to the line-up of his sons, from which Samuel planned to choose Israel’s next King. When asked if there were any other sons, most translations say Jesse referred to David as the “youngest” (1 Samuel 16:11). The word is actually qatar, however, and means “of no account; not worthy.”(4) David was an outcast. He stated in Psalms 27:10, “My father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me up.”

David refused to allow the rejection by his parents and half-brothers to define him. He also refused to allow Goliath to define him. “I choose, rather, to honor my history with God, who has become my Father, and from Whom I take my identity,” David implied in the Psalms. And when facing Goliath, he declared his testimony, grabbed his history (staff), and headed toward the battle. This is profound.

The Power of Testimony

David made one stop on the way to the battle, visiting a nearby brook to gather stones as ammo for his sling. Even this seemingly insignificant act was connected to history. The Hebrew word used for “brook” means “inheritance.”(5) That may seem strange, but Hebrew is a pictorial language, and this word pictures receiving something, then possessing the authority to control where it goes; thus, an “inheritance,” or a “streambed.” Actually, it is perfectly logical for Holy Spirit to use this symbolic picture of an “inheritance.” After all, it WAS David’s land, his inheritance. David took his “history” in one hand, reached into his “inheritance” with the other, then ran to face the giant.

WOW!

And yet, there is still one more connection to David’s history which played a part in this battle with the giant: his Judah nature, his DNA. Most Christians believe Judah means “praise.” That, however, is a derived meaning. In this pictorial language, the Hebrew word pictures the extending of the hand. It is because of this that it is a word used for “praise,” since raising the hands is a form of praise.

However, because Judah means to extend the hand, it also means “one who throws a stone.”(6) In his history, David was from “the tribe that throws stones!” I sometimes imagine David as a young boy, spending countless hours alone, watching the sheep. He obviously turned those times into many hours of communing with God. Early in that season, he must have thought, what weapon do I want to become proficient with? A bow? Somehow, that didn’t seem appealing to him. Perhaps a sword is what I should learn to use, he may have thought. No, that isn’t me, either. Suddenly from somewhere deep in the heart of this young shepherd boy, a thought began to waft up: I’m from the tribe that throws stones.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

I don’t need a sword or spear, David thought as he prepared to face the uncircumcised Philistine. The land you’re trying to steal belongs to the stone-throwing tribe - my tribe! All I need to do is reach back in my history and deep into my DNA.

We believers in America are going to defeat the giants invading our nation, and we will do so using the same weapon David used: our history. The God who formed and preserved America in her past will fight for her today. As you pray for our nation, boldly declare His past faithfulness, believing in the power of testimony. Speak of our birth; declare about the revivals of the past; wave the Appeal To Heaven flag.

I’ll share a few truths about America’s God-given history tomorrow in order to help arm you. But here’s a thought to end today’s post.

John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States and son of John and Abigail Adams, said the following:

“The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made 'bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God' (Isaiah 52:10)." (7)

Pray with me:

Father, we thank You for the many victories You have given us over the years. Thank You for the supernatural way You created this nation, giving us independence when it looked absolutely impossible. We have inscribed that history into our history books and hearts. Like David and his staff, we carry that history with us into battle. Our battle cry is, “Is there not a history?”

We refuse to fear today’s giants. They are small when seen up against You. We wave the Appeal To Heaven flag, just as Washington and his troops did, and say, “It still works.”

We wave the flag at abortion. We wave it at idolatry. We wave it at unrighteous government. We wave it at our godless education system. We wave it at a dishonest media. We wave it boldly and say, “You are coming to save America!”

Our decree:

We decree that victory in Christ Jesus is our inheritance. We will war with that truth.


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