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I Hear An Abundance of Rain


Then Elijah said to Ahab, ""Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain." 1 Kings 18:41 (NKJV)

The drought is over! At our Friday night prayer meeting many things broke in the spiritual realm. We had been going through a period drought in the spirit and it took a crisis to break us out of it. It has been a long time coming. Not only has our church been feeling it, but many of the churches in this city, province and country have been feeling it. There is a growing spiritual hunger that is sweeping this nation of Canada. It’s about to change. I know it. It is time! God shall have dominion over this country once again.

I found this on the net yesterday concerning Canada

Around 1776 this prophecy was given by the Puritan Reformers, when the British Empire Loyalists turned north to settle in Canada in order to remain under British rule. When zealous Americans sought to persecute them because of this decision, the Spirit of the Lord spoke through their prophets saying, "Do not hinder these people. Let them move to Canada. Do not seek to incorporate the land of Canada into America. I am in the independence of America from Britain, and will mightily use this country. But Canad a has been reserved by me for the last days for a special work.."

Though this account cannot be substantiated by documentation, it is relayed by James Watt who was one of the leaders in Latter Rain Revival in North Battleford Saskatchewan, 1948 -1953. In the 1920’s Smith Wigglesworth and Dr. Charles S Price foretold of a significant revival in Northern Canada in the late 40’s. They described it as a great wave of blessing that would bring great hope to the world. But because man would introduce a mixture -God in grief would withdraw. The wave would secede, leaving a desert condition for a generation of 50 years. But at the end of the century, another wave would roll in, 10 times more the power and glory of the first. It would continue in blessing until the return of the King!

Twenty years ago I was sitting in church with my wife, I had a vision that never left me. I could never completely figure out it’s meaning. On Friday God told me to reveal it. I saw a desert that was extremely dry and as I surveyed this desert it began to rain a water more pure than I had ever seen. It began to flow and wherever that water flowed over the desert it blossomed with beautiful plants and flowers. After I shared, our pastor said he was also seeing it and in his vision he saw multitudes of people with their heads and hands lifted up drinking in that rain.

I had not told those at the prayer meeting that what I was sharing was received 20 years ago and after the prayer meeting was over a member of the congregation said that he had received a word from the Lord. The word was that someone had received a vision from the Lord years ago and that now was the time of it’s fulfilment. Right away I knew it was the vision God had given me.

On the Peace tower in front of our parliament buildings is written the first part of Psalm 72:8

"He shall have dominion also from sea to sea." This past Friday the clock on that Peace tower stopped at exactly 7:28 AM and pointed to that verse.

http://www.cbc.ca/ottawa/story/ot-peacetower20060524.html

Coincidence. I don’t think so. Today I read again the rest of that Psalm and it blew me away.

1 Give the king Your judgments, O God,
And Your righteousness to the king’’s Son.
2 He will judge Your people with righteousness,
And Your poor with justice.
3 The mountains will bring peace to the people,
And the little hills, by righteousness.
4 He will bring justice to the poor of the people;
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the oppressor.

5 They shall fear You
As long as the sun and moon endure,
Throughout all generations.
6 He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing,
Like showers that water the earth.
7 In His days the righteous shall flourish,
And abundance of peace,
Until the moon is no more.

8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him,
And His enemies will lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles
Will bring presents;
The kings of Sheba and Seba
Will offer gifts.
11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him;
All nations shall serve Him.

12 For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
The poor also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will spare the poor and needy,
And will save the souls of the needy.
14 He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;And precious shall be their blood in His sight.

15 And He shall live;
And the gold of Sheba will be given to Him;
Prayer also will be made for Him continually,
And daily He shall be praised.

16 There will be an abundance of grain in the earth,
On the top of the mountains;
Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon;
And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

17 His name shall endure forever;
His name shall continue as long as the sun.
And men shall be blessed in Him;
All nations shall call Him blessed.

18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,
Who only does wondrous things!
19 And blessed be His glorious name forever!
And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen and Amen.

Now is the time! Now it is your time Canada! Oh church rise up! Rise up! Become all that you have been called to be! Let your light shine before the nations! Quebec and Montreal, no longer shall you be called barren and a desert. No longer shall you be called an orphan. You shall blossom and out of you the nations shall be blessed. Turn from the things that distract you. Focus your hearts upon the King of kings and Lord of lords! Shout and proclaim to all, THE LORD REIGNS! Let’s get soaked!

 

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Joy In Spite of the Circumstances


A little boy was heard talking to himself as he strode through his back yard, baseball cap in place and carrying a ball and bat. "I’m the greatest baseball player in the world," he said proudly. Then he tossed the ball in the air, swung and missed. Undaunted, he picked up the ball threw it into the air and said to himself, "I’’m the greatest player ever!" He swung at the ball again, and again he missed. He paused a moment to examine the ball and bat carefully. Then once again he threw the ball into the air and said, "I’m the greatest baseball player who ever lived." He swung the bat hard, and again missed the ball. "Wow!" he exclaimed. "What a great pitcher!"

This little story is amusing but it teaches us something important about being a Christian. The boy instead of getting discouraged, emphasized on the positive. He refused to let his circumstances get him down.

Many of us go through dark times in our lives where God seems to be silent. We keep on praying but don’’t get an answer. We keep on knocking but doors don’’t open. Our circumstances don’’t change and so we get discouraged. We give up and declare, "What’s the use!"

If there was anyone who should have been discouraged over his circumstances it was the Apostle Paul. In bringing the gospel to people around the Mediterranean, he was beaten, stoned, whipped, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and sometimes he was left without shelter, clothing, or food. Finally he was put in chains in a prison in Rome. During that time he wrote the epistle of joy, Philippians. Listen to what he says in chapter 4:4-9

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

Does that sound like a man who was discouraged by his circumstances? His eyes were fixed on Jesus. During this time in the Roman prison, Paul won many people to Christ, including his own guards. How you choose to react in your circumstances can also have that same result

Choose joy today!

 

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Let Your Fire Fall


I am hungry for the fire. We need it to fall here in Quebec so desperately. My children just attended a youth conference held annually her in Montreal, They were blessed with concerts by the Newsboys, Sanctus Real, and Starfield. The speaker for the weekend was Monty Hip, one of the top youth ministers from the U.S. This year 1,500 youth attended the event compared to last year’s where 1,800 attended. They had expected much more this year. What happened? As usual in Quebec some churches couldn’t agree with others and the event was not even promoted in those places.

The big problem here is independence and it has infected the church. Many churches want to go it alone and there a few who will work together. Jealousy and envy are rampant between churches. The last crusade this province has seen was Leighton Ford in the late eighties. Since then one other evangelist tried to have a crusade in th Olympic Stadium but had to cancel it after the province’s largest protestant denomination told it’s members not to participate or promote it.

I weep over the church in Quebec. It is in a very sad state indeed. We need a miracle. We need the fire of God. This province is the least evangelised area in all of the Americas. It is deepest dark Africa. The enemy has such a strong hold over this province that can only be broken if men and women of God become bold enough to put aside their differences to work together. The church has to come together and get on their knees and fast and pray.

There has to be a great awakening in this city and province that will shake the church and awaken those who are asleep. I am hungry for it. All other desires are fading away.

Lord send Your fire and cleanse Your church. God do what you must to destroy te things that keep Your body apart. We need each other so desperately and yet many can’t see it. They can’t see beyond their four walls. They are so busy building their own little kingdoms. Send Your fire Lord! Burn it all up.

Recently we lost our last keyboard player because her husband believed he needed to go to the largest church in Quebec. The worship has suffered greatly because of it. We have had to sing with cd’s or accapella and because of this another family said they didn’t like the style of worship any longer and left. I weep because I feel so frustrated that I cannot lead worship in a way that allows freedom. I feel tied to the music on the cd’s. There are so many musicians in these big churches that are just sitting there hoping that they may get a chance to play or sing in the worship team and yet there are little churches like ours that suffer because we can’t find someone to play piano. Can you imagine a church that would actually send out their members to help in other churches across the province and city? Now that’s radical. That is the way the church should be. We have lost so much. So the bigger churches get bigger and the small ones suffer. We see in the book of Acts how the church when it is working togther can be so effective.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 (NKJV)

God help Your church here in Quebec! Open up our eyes to see Your truth.

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:20-23 (NKJV)

We have failed here in Quebec Lord. The world doesn’t see us as one. We fight and quarrel amongst ourselves and the world laughs. We build our kingdoms but neglect Your kingdom and the people in this province head for hell. Wake us up! Shake us up! Revive us! Let Your fire fall and burn up all the chaff.

Restore us, O God of our salvation,
And cause Your anger toward us to cease.
Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
Will You not revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
Show us Your mercy, LORD,
And grant us Your salvation.
I will hear what God the LORD will speak,
For He will speak peace
To His people and to His saints;
But let them not turn back to folly.
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land. Psalm 85:4-9 (NKJV)

 

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How Long Oh Lord?


"How Long Oh Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall." (13:1-4)

I can picture David writing this psalm with tears running down his face. Because of circumstances in his life, he felt as though God had left him. It is a cry of despair from a broken heart. A heart that longs for the fellowship he once had with God. He was on the verge of falling into a depression and all he could see was defeat.

All believers at one time or another pass through a dark tunnel where there seems to be no hope. God feels far away as we pass through it. Even Jesus when He was on the cross faced that despair. Sometimes it is brought on by rebellion. The bible tells us that sin separates us from the Father (Isaiah 59:1-2) and the only way back is to repent and turn back to God again. (1 John 1:9). Sometimes it is to build character and bring us to our knees. To discipline us in areas of our lives that need changing. (Hebrews 12:6-7) Sometimes it is brought on by tragedy and we question how God could of let it happen. If you don’t know God’s promises found in His word you can find yourself falling deeper and deeper into despair until it leads to depression.

At the end of the Psalm David turned his thoughts around. He remembered God’s promises and he begins to worship. He says in verses 5 and 6; But I trust in your unfailing love; "My heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me."

The greatest promise that we have as Christians is this, no matter how dark it seems, no matter how far we feel God is, we can rest upon the promise that He gave us in Hebrews 13:5. I like the description in the Amplified version. "

Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]"

Wow! All I can say is GLORY! Like David we need to trust the Lord’s unfailing love. He has never broken a promise.

Joshua 23:14 says; "And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.

Take courage turn your thoughts around today. Look up and worship. God cares and He is always there no matter how you feel.

 

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I Give Up On Israel – a commentary by Joseph Farah


I Like Joseph Farah have become quite alarmed at the way that Israel has been bending over backwards to try and appease those who want nothing but her utter destruction. The Muslims will not stop at the concessions Israel is trying to make. I guarantee you, that if Israel gives up parts of Jerusalem because of pressure from the U.S. judgement will be swift. Watch for it! Do I think that we as Christians should give up on Israel? Of course not. We need to pray for that nation and Jewish people as never before.
 
Gerry
 
I give up on Israel

Posted: May 15, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Joseph Farah


© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

WASHINGTON – I have a reputation as one of Israel’s staunchest supporters.

That reputation is due to several factors:

  • As an American journalist of Arabic heritage, I have done my best over the last 20 years to shatter the myths surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict – misperceptions based largely on effective lies, purposeful distortions and relentless propaganda efforts by Arab and Muslim regimes and their apologists among haters of America and Israel throughout the world.

  • As a freedom-loving Christian American journalist who had the opportunity to put my own boots on the ground in the Middle East, it is obvious that the Arab and Muslim world is dominated by tyranny, fascism and anti-Semitism – hardly a world we should want to see expanded.

  • As a journalist, I found that Israel was the only country in the Middle East that respected the free press. This again became obvious recently to us at WND when our own Jerusalem bureau chief, Aaron Klein, was prevented from traveling to Syria because he is Jewish.

  • The Jews, a people who have survived the deaths of many empires that tried to destroy them – including but not limited to the Egyptians, Romans, Babylonians, Persians – have only one homeland, Israel, continuously occupied by them for 4,000 years and never a nation-state belonging to any others.

Yet, despite all this, I am through defending Israel – at least the regime currently in power in Jerusalem, this useless coalition seemingly hell-bent on committing national suicide.

Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a man I once considered, like his predecessor, Ariel Sharon, a reasonable, rational, level-headed defender of his country, is set to visit Washington with his hand out.

He is asking for an initial commitment of up to $10 billion in direct U.S. aid to implement his plan for national retreat, appeasement of the global jihad and a new sellout of more than 200,000 Israeli civilians who have made their homes in historically Jewish lands in Judea and Samaria at the behest and recommendation of earlier Israeli governments.

Olmert is coming here to seek administration and congressional support for a new round of "disengagement" – this time from 90-95 percent of what we often call "the West Bank" and even including large sections of the city of Jerusalem, once regarded as the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

He does this fully knowing that last summer’s evacuation of the Gaza Strip has been an unmitigated disaster for the Jewish people, Western Civilization and freedom in general, as the terrorists from Hamas – kissing cousins of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida and Iran’s Hezbollah organization – now control the territory and more than ever threaten the lives of Israeli citizens.

He does this fully knowing that Hamas is preparing to establish a Taliban-like state through the Palestinian Authority – including the new territories ethnically cleansed of Jews.

He does this fully knowing that these newly abandoned lands will be, like Gaza, used as terrorist staging grounds and forward operating bases that will threaten not only Israel but neighboring Jordan and Lebanon as well and, eventually, liberated Iraq.

So I’m through making excuses for Israel. I’m through trying to understand the incomprehensible moves of a self-flagellating nation. I’m through trying to point out the moral rightness of a state and a people who themselves fail to discern right from wrong.

Like Jesus 2,000 years ago, I look at Jerusalem today and I weep.

I know I speak for many Jews and Christians throughout the world who see Israel’s surrender as a cowardly betrayal, a sign that the Jewish state puts more faith in Washington and "international diplomacy" than in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Israel has made the mistake many times throughout history of turning away from their God. Israel has made the mistake many times throughout history of putting faith in kings and men over the promises of Heaven. Israel has made the mistake many times throughout history of compromise with its ruthless enemies who seek not only the destruction of the Jews but the oppression of their own people.

Enough of "land for peace." It has never worked – not in Israel’s history, nor in any other nation’s history. Enough of retreat. Enough of unilateral withdrawals. Enough of staged surrender. Enough of the appeasement with evil. Enough of the madness.

Compromise with evil is evil. And that’s what Israel is doing. As for me and my house, I will not be a part of it. I will continue to serve the Lord and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

One thing is for certain. That peace will not come under the leadership of men like Ehud Olmert and Ariel Sharon. If the Israeli people want to disengage, it should be from so-called "leaders" like this – "leaders" in the image, likeness and tradition of Neville Chamberlain.

 

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Blessed Mother’s Day


I wish every mom a blessed Mother’s Day weekend.
 
May God blessings surround you and keep all of you.
 
want to thank God especially for my mom who has always believed in me and looked beyond my faults.
 
Thank-you Mom. Happy Mother’s Day! 

Christian Goth and Death Metal?


Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NKJ)

On Friday night our youth went to a youth concert put on monthly by a group of churches called Heart-quake. My teens like others like their music loud. But on this night it was even too loud for them. The worship band that was invited didn’t really sing. They screamed most their songs. The teens couldn’t make out much of what they sang. Our youth group left after the band got into their third song. It’s not the first time our group was not happy with what went on there. One night they had a youth pastor who came in and used many swear words during his talk to the youth. At one point the translator refused to translate some of the things he was saying.

What are we doing to reach our youth? There was a time when many church leaders were upset at rock and roll style music that came into the church during the sixties and seventies. I have no problem with many of the styles myself that have been introduced. Being a worship leader as well as being involved in music one way or another most of my life has helped me a lot. I have seen music from both a worldly point of view as well as a Christian view. That coupled with the Holy Spirit residing in me as well as the gift of discernment, helps me to be a pretty good judge of what has come from God and what has not.

We have seen much of worship that once was lost being returned to the church in these last days. For a long time dance was frowned upon, but it is now becoming more and more an accepted part of worship once again. I’m not talking about sensual dancing but dance that expresses joy in worshipping our Creator. But at the same time God has been restoring things that have been lost, the enemy is sowing other things. Things that are sensual. Things that satisfy the flesh more than glorify God.

As a boy I used to rush home to watch an afternoon soap opera called "Dark Shadows" It was a gothic based show with vampires, werewolves, witches and ghosts. It represented many things that God has told His children not to be involved with. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says; Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? Yet now Goth rock is being introduced as being Christian to our youth and much of our youth is embracing it. The Gothic lifestyle is completely opposite to the Christian lifestyle. They are not compatible. The term Christian Goth is an oxymoron. As a Goth you are told to embrace the darkness, but as a Christian you are told to embrace the Light. You cannot embrace both.

For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them. For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret. But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visible and clear; and where everything is visible and clear there is light. Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. Ephesians 5:8-14 (AMP)

Part of the thing I do each week is listen to much of the new Christian music coming out. There has been quite an increase in bands which would be classified as Goth or Christian death metal. Some of the stuff I hear that calls itself Christian makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Something that only happens when I am confronting demonic forces. You cannot understand a thing that they are screaming. And yes it’s screaming, not singing. It sounds like a demonic rage to me. Some of it almost sounds as if they are vomiting over the microphone. I’m not joking! If you can’t understand a single word that a band is singing or screaming, there is something seriously wrong with it. Words are a very important part of getting the gospel message across through song. I used to listen to some very dark bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and such, but none them even came as close to sounding as dark and demonic as some of this stuff disguising itself as Christian does. Has the church lost it’s discernment that some of these bands are actually being used in worship services? Who are the kids really worshipping through this music? I’m afraid that an angel of light has crept in amongst us. His name is satan. A master of manipulating music for undiscerning people.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9 (AMP)

It is very important that as believers we apply Philippians 4:8 to everything we do. It is also important that we ask God to help us truly discern the plans of the enemy to infiltrate the church and if there is one group he will try to reach it is those who represent our future, the youth. I’m proud of the way our youth used discernment last Friday. I pray God opens the eyes and ears of those who operate these city wide youth events, that they also may use the discernment that at the moment they very much seem to be lacking.

 

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