Morning Prayer Summary for Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Pastor Ray shared…

In the garage at my building, people will pull up behind someone that is exiting the garage. The car in front of them uses their remote door opener to open the garage door and they will follow that car through the door only to have the door come down on top of their car! So, my message is, there is nothing we can do to get through based on what other people do. We have to get through our plan on our own by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Sandy and I are one flesh, but each of us, individually, has to obey what God is calling us to do and live out our lives holy before Him. We might try to get through somebody else’s open door, but the problem with that is that the door might come down before we get there. For us, we have to prepare and do what we are called to do and not try and come in under someone else’s shirt tails.

Jeanie responded…

That goes along with Ephesians three. God is able to do far and above all that we would ask or think according to the power that is at work within you, not within someone else.

Pastor Ray…

In the nineties the Holy Spirit was really moving. My concern was that I would get really fired up and that I would slide back to my old ways which were okay but not fired up as much as I needed to be. Pastor Lynne would say she would never go more than a couple of days on any kind of major project without keeping herself revived. And she would do that by listening to tapes. It’s our responsibility to keep ourselves fired up. Isn’t that right?

I wanted to recount a couple things concerning the prophecy we read yesterday “2018 is the year of the Holy Ghost and fire” by Kenneth Copeland:

KENNETH: You know, a few days ago we were at home in the kitchen there, and Cindy was showing us the new 2018 calendar and all the pretty pictures and everything, you know. We were looking at all these. It’s a beautiful calendar. And I stopped and I looked at that and the Lord said this. It wasn’t audible but it was close. He said, “2018 is the year of the Holy Ghost and fire.” Luke 3:16, “John answered saying unto them, All I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire.” Glory to God. And then He said, “The big 18 for 2018; 9 fruit of the Spirit; 9 gifts of the Spirit.” Whoa!

Scripture focus…

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard-things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Galatians 5: 22-23 (MSG)

(22) But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, (23) Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. (24) And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. (25) If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward [walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.] Galations 22–25 (AMPC)

Pastor Ray…

Then we have the nine gifts of the Spirit which are the Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Discerning of Spirits, Faith for Miracles, Healings, Works of Power, Tongues, Interpretation, and Prophecy. All these things will be more evident in 2018 than they have been before.

KENNETH: But we’re going to have spiritual explosions going on throughout 2018 particularly in the areas of holiness and cleansing. Because let me go back to that again.

Pastor Ray…

I looked that word explosion up and it’s “a large scale or rapid or spectacular expansion or bursting out or forth in a large scale.” And it goes along with what we read yesterday. One of the things that Smith Wigglesworth said about the years and the days and the times that we are living in now, he prophesied about it in 1927. That we should as a church, as members of the body, begin to ask extravagantly. I thought that was interesting. First of all just you know give extravagantly which we are to do. But I like what he said that in these times we should ask beyond our brain, extravagantly. Begin to expect things that we never even dreamed of before.

You can go back and look at GPAN yesterday but just as a reminder he said that ministries would begin to pull the blood out, take the blood out of their ministry, they wouldn’t talk about the blood. They would begin to say “there is no Hell. There is no Devil.” They would take the Holy Spirit out of their ministries. It just goes on and on. So what he said is what we are seeing today in a lot of areas of the body. But he also said that to ask extravagantly.

Especially the areas where we will see spiritual explosions, there will be in the areas of holiness and cleansing. That is interesting to me that the Church would be more aware… there would be repentance, a holy life before Him and cleansing.

KENNETH: And notice what he was talking about there in that scripture in Luke 3:16. “Whose fan”—talking about Jesus—“is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.” You can’t put His fire out.

Now the chaff; what is chaff? Well, chaff is the sticks and the stubble and the hay and stuff. You know, you get through sifting the wheat and so forth, and you got nothing but that trash left. I want all the trash out of my life…

Pastor Ray…

So these are the things that we can expect. There will be an increase in the Church. The Church will begin, as Smith Wigglesworth prophesied, begin asking more extravagantly than ever. And you know an extravagant people drives the world nuts. I mean I remember when Pastor Mac and Lynne got a Cadillac and people were offended. Not everybody but you know this was 30 years ago. I remember seeing somebody in ministry years ago. We visited a church in Texas and the pastor’s kids came driving up and they each had a brand new Lexus. My reaction, at first, because I was barely into the Church, I thought “What? How could they?” It’s backwards thinking. In the late sixties, early seventies I had a really, really nice car and I actually sold it because I was embarrassed that I had a nice car. Because all the people I was hanging around with then had junk cars and they were proud of them. I don’t mean to go into that. That was another life ago.

So, we are to be extravagant, prosperous in every area. Amen.

KENNETH: … Hallelujah! Come on January! But that time is not just coming, it’s already here.

Pastor Ray…

So we are going to go out with a bang, extravagantly, blessed. Where the gifts of the Spirit, the Fruit of the Spirit are in operation. We are going on into 2018 and then he said.

KENNETH: Throughout the United States. Throughout Canada. Throughout all of North America. The big 18.

Pastor Ray shared…

If you remember when Pastor Mac a couple times has said “if this much money comes in, we will do…” He would have all the vision laid out for us. I believe and I know you agree with me, all of it is coming in. We are going to do that but we are going to do more. Because we are moving over into and through another door. And over on the other side of that door, there is more. And then beyond that there is another door and that will bring about even more. It’s over into extravagance!


We believe it and receive
Standing in agreement for it
And we are in agreement with our pastors
And with our church, with the body of Christ for prosperity like God sees it
And like He has already sent it to us – extravagance

Ms. Annie shared…

Every time I hear that word extravagant, it brings me back to something that happened about a year and a half ago. I was in a service where people were to pray in a group and you were supposed to get a word for the person across from you. And the word that came up in me shocked me so much. It was something so completely impossible and unnecessary. It was like I almost couldn’t say it and everybody’s mouth just dropped open. But that was what the Holy Ghost had put in my heart.

I am not telling you what it is because it was real personal to this person. But the next day I was driving to Morning Prayer and I felt kind of disturbed about that and just in my heart I said “Lord, why did I say that? Why did you have me say that and would You really do something like that?” and right away the voice of the Holy Spirit inside me said “Yes, to show and demonstrate My extravagant love!” And right then, right in front of me in the road I saw this vertical rainbow in what was a totally overcast sky. This rainbow just appeared and it was like a demonstration of how He swore to Noah with His covenant of mercy and the rainbow around that surrounds His throne.

But ever since that day when I hear the word extravagant… It was like He was saying “I will do something that will confound everybody and shock everybody and make their mouths fall open in shock because I will do something so unnecessary just to demonstrate how extravagant My love is.”

Ms. Jeani shared…

So remember with Abraham and the blessing. The heathens knew who Abraham’s God was because of how blessed he was. We are in a new covenant. So imagine, just imagine the Twin Cities, just in the Twin Cities, imagine in every area believers in education, believers in the media, believers in drama, believers in every area and they are prospering beyond extravagantly and the world says “They must be Christians. They have got to be Christians because it’s so extravagant, the blessing of the Lord on them.”

That is what He has for us right now. But He is wanting us to ask unashamedly. Hello! He didn’t even look like man when He hung on the Cross. And we are going to dare to ask timidly and with shame? Let’s honor that sacrifice today. Let’s honor when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and let’s be extravagant and let’s expect our lives to demonstrate His glory with the blessing.

The World is counting on it, whether they know it or not and they are about to find out.

Ms. Annie shared…

But I just want to clarify. This was not something financial. It was material but not with material goods. It was beyond that. It was something more impossible than that. And the Lord said “I’ll do that. I want you to ask Me for that. Because when everybody who sees that is going to know that that is a complete demonstration of My extravagant love!”

When the world sees His goodness upon His people, it causes them to repent. It causes them to believe He is good, that He is a good, loving God. And that’s what draws them to Him. Hallelujah. Glory to God! He is so good!

Ms. Annie led us singing Open Our Eyes Lord, We Want to See Jesus

Continued praying…

Father, we pray that same extravagant love over our country
That it would be manifest all throughout our nation in Jesus’ name

The following is a prayer for our nation by Pastor Lynne Hammond:

Father, in the name of Jesus, and according to your Word, we pray for those in authority in our nation. We lift up President Donald Trump, his family, his staff and cabinet members. Let Your Word cling to them and let them not depart from your plan. Strengthen them with mighty power by your Spirit to stand against wickedness, lies and deception. Guide President Trump’s decisions; let Your light shine upon his path and show him the path of reversal for every evil way. Continually surround him with godly men and women who impart wise counsel to him. Cause the way of the wicked to be set to confusion and come to nothing. Deliver us from the traps and snares the enemy has laid for us, and let the wicked be caught in their own devises and be brought to shame.

We take authority over the plots and plans of the enemy against this nation. Let prideful and lying lips be silenced in Jesus’ name. Slanderers will not be established in America. We pray for our Congress, our Supreme Court, our Military leaders and our intelligence agencies. Let the wisdom that is from above reign in this nation and be constantly speaking to our leaders. We exercise the authority you have given us to tread down all the power of the enemy. We cast down and demolish imaginations and arguments that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, and we bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. We bind spirits of strife and division, civil wars and tumults, spirits of hostility, lawlessness and blasphemy, and fires from hell that have burned in our cities.

We speak grace and peace over America. We pray and believe for the voice of truth, salvation, revival and restoration to be proclaimed and heard across our land. Grant unto your servants everywhere that with all boldness we may speak your Word. We pray for a mighty outpouring of your Spirit with signs, wonders and miracles. We expect the wisdom of this world that is earthly, sensual and devilish to depart and vanish until Your, mighty work in America becomes a beacon of hope for all people everywhere. We expect the voice of rejoicing to be heard in our nation for your goodness, mercy and prosperity, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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