Jesus Christ, Man of Sorrow | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 11 –

Isaiah 53

1 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

 Jesus Christ did not always have a happy life. Jesus Christ was not a handsome or attractive man. Jesus Christ was a sorrowful man, full of grief, rejected and despised.

 Sorrow:

Physical and mental pain

 What was the sorrow of Christ?

 The pain of Christ…You are being beaten, slapped, spat on, hated and cursed by those you are giving your life for? What was the sorrow of Christ? You spend years pouring yourself into a group of people who vow to follow you and be with you, and in your hour of need they all abandon you? What was the sorrow of Christ? Hours before you are captured, you crying out to God in great distress and pain, and your followers are asleep? What was the sorrow of Christ? Jerusalem, the people God had pursued for thousands of years, who waited for the Messiah, does not even receive or recognize Him, though He left the right hand of the Father to show them the way? What was the sorrow of Christ? Our sorrows that he carried.

Grief:

Sickness, disease, sadness, grief

 What was the grief of Christ?

That He bore in His body the sins of the world. He was perfect and NEVER committed sin, yet he was beaten so badly he was disfigured more than any man…for your sin and mine. The cross He suffered allows our healing today. Our grief He bore.

 Isaiah 53

4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

So we see that Jesus was full of sorrow, grief, rejection from those He came to save! Since Jesus had such a hard life, did He seek to make it better? Was He seeking and reading on how to have His best life now? No, even still Jesus sought to do the will of the Father.

John 4:34

 34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Matthew 8:16-18

 16When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

 17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

 Jesus connection to the Father was so great, His love, devotion and faithfulness to Him were unmatched. He did all to please Him. This is our cue. We need not search out comfort, we need not search out vain and temporal happiness, but we have to seek the will of the Father, Jesus showed us the way.

 After Christ’s obedience was fulfilled did He not rise with all power? Did He not have total victory over death, hell and the grave? Jesus is definitely not suffering any longer, He is seated on the right hand of the Father forever. We should not expect half the grief and sorrow that Christ suffered, and God does promise to take care of us, and reward us in this life AND in the life to come for the things we give up or loose for His sake. He also promises us Joy in our fruitfulness and says we can be of good cheer for He has overcome the world. But the principle is that we do not SEEK the pleasures of life, but the will of the Father, this is what Jesus did. He had the transgression of the entire world laid on Him, He did not seek to relieve Himself from it, but He sought how He might fulfill obedience to God’s purpose for His life. He sought how to fulfill the scriptures that had prophesied of Him. And even when Peter said with good intentions that Jesus should not suffer, trying to show Him comfort and pity, Jesus rebuked Him, called Him satan, and told Peter that he did not savor the things of God, but the things of man.

Matthew 16

21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

 Though Jesus had many sorrows we cannot even imagine, His focus was pleasing God, and His victory came from it, and will eternally spring from it as He receives His bride, and rules and reigns over heaven and earth eternally.

 So we must follow suit and not look for the easy way, the comfortable way, but we must savor the things that be of God, working to fulfill God’s call, not our own desires.

 The first commandment is to love God with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength. And Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commandments. So let’s seek to fulfill this call, and victory will come from this, and the rewards will follow us from earth to glory.

 Jesus Christ man of sorrow.

Jesus Christ, victorious forever.

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Kim Clement’s message from God in 2004 – An Unusual Chain of Events for “311” | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 13 –

Kim Clement’s Message from God in 2004 – An Unusual Chain of Events for “311” (11-11-11)

Kim Clement is a prophetic messenger that has been in the Detroit Area for almost 20 years… He is known as a musical messenger who recieves gifts of the Word of knowledge and prophetic encouragement.

In January 2004 he spoke a word that he actually thought was for 3.11.2004. He heard 311, and assumed it was for March 11 of that year. Recently, he is realizing that he misinterpreted the timing of it. It was actually for 11-11-11. Many ignorant people would call him a false prophet, but really he’s just an imperfect human that embraced a gift of the Holy Spirit.

This is an example of how Holy Spirit gifts work. First you get revelation knowledge, then you work to get interpretive understanding, then you get action oriented wisdom. Sometimes it takes multiple members of the Body of Christ to accomplish the fullness of the Word.

Back to the Word… Today was my first time hearing about it. I was amazed! Its very accurate, it talks about the political changes of this season. It talks about Cains in the Church being exposed and humbled. It talks about the church culture changing into tarrying in houses of prayer. It talks about Kingdom experiences in Churches. It talks about a season of ending for major terrorism leaders. Major Evangelism in new ways and new areas… Even Medical discoveries to heal previously uncurable diseases. Overall, the Call will release an unusual chain of events in the Kingdom of God.

 Praise God for this Word!

Read it Here.

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FEAR MIX VIDEO For DETROIT | Countdown the The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 14 –

RETURN THE FEAR OF THE LORD TO DETROIT!

A few weeks ago praying on 8 mile the Lord showed me that the Fear of the Lord is coming back to Detroit. The fear of the Lord the key to economic revitalization, because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, and wisdom. But its really just the key to life. We need to be scared of God’s judgements, because they are real and God will shock you if you don’t understand it.

Watch this hot mix for Detroit!

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Dead Men’s Bones & Hypocrites Destroy the Legacy of the Next Generation | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 15 –

Dead Men’s Bones & Hypocrites Destroy the Legacy of the Next Generation

One of the stumbling blocks that God has shown must be removed in the Church is Dead Men’s Bones & Hypocrites. This is not really about who’s ministry is the most correct… this is about the children, and the next generation.

The Pharisees thought that they were righteous because they gave so much honor to the prophets of the past. But spiritually, they were prophet-killers, because they sought to kill the new message that God was bringing in their generation. In their zeal to protect and honor the old they destroyed their own legacy.

Dead Men’s Bones

for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also *outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 30 And say , If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Matthew 23

Jesus Christ is in charge of His Church. Holy Spirit is in charge of releasing fresh revelation of the Word in every generation. He reveals all truth (John 15). God’s mercy endures, His truth to all generations (Psalms 117).

17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break , and the wine runneth out , and the bottles perish : but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved . Matthew 9

New wine needs new wineskins. There are new movements, and therefore new organizations and organisms that God needs to build every generation. The new will not fit inside the old. But the new needs to honor the old, and the old needs to honor the new, so that both are preserved.

But unfortunately – in the history of the Church – new wineskins, new organizations, and new things that God is doing are attacked. Also, sometimes the new generation attacks the old.

51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted ? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Acts 7

By worshipping dead men’s bones and resisting the Holy Ghost, you end up a spiritual murderer.

Hypocrite – What you become when you resist the Holy Ghost

 Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites because they were actors.

 Hypocrite:

  • one who answers, an interpreter
  • an actor, stage player
  • a dissembler, pretender, hypocrite

24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Matthew 23

When you worship dead men’s bones, and resist the Holy Ghost (what God is doing now), you end up just delivering lines with no real life in them. You end up being an actor. There’s no spiritual life in it – its just acting – so you end up dirty inside.

As I have been planning for my family and raising my first son, God has shown me that I need to pass on to my family more than what I know, and the doctrine I know. I need to pass on a hunger for God’s Spirit and what He is always currently doing. I don’t want my grandchildren worshipping my dead bones, or the dead bones of the founder of any church, denomination, or movement… because if so, they will end up spiritually dead and deaf to what God is doing in their generation.

You need an understanding of the Word and an Awareness of what the Holy Spirit did and is doing in every generation. A true spiritual legacy is humility and a hunger for the Word and Spirit of God. My children won’t survive on my revelation. They may die if that’s all they get, because the times will have changed.

21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. Isaiah 59

Believe God for the Word and Spirit to fall on each generation. God will always do new things. The hearts of the fathers must turn to the children, and the hearts of the children must turn to the fathers (Malachi 4). 

Let’s repent for worshipping dead men’s bones and resisting the Holy Ghost. Let’s repent for being actors with more allegiance to organizations and forms than to God. Let’s also honor the prophets and fathers of the past, but build upon what God showed them by digging into God right now.

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Bringing Down Dividing Walls of Hostility | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 16 –

Bringing Down Dividing Walls of Hostility

We are still on 8 mile & Lahser everyday, from 2pm – 3pm, speaking, praying, singing, and declaring that Jesus Christ is bringing down the dividing walls of hostility between Jew & Gentile, Black & White, Baptist & Pentecostal, Calvinist and Charismatic, and every other unecessary division in our region. We are praying that God would continue to desegregate His Church so that we can show the world that He sent Jesus (John 17).

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one *new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby *: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Ephesians 2

Jesus Christ is slaying the enmity and breaking down the middle walls of partition in His Church. He is making His body one. His Body will no longer be dismembered, but remembered. We will remember and rightly discern the Lord’s Body. I can’t wait for the day when Sunday morning is not the most racially divided day of the week! God also wants to desegregate denominations, organizations, and movements. We are praying these mysteries into our region everyday!

There is coming a time when we will understand our different callings, and honor our different callings. There is coming a time very soon when we will play our different roles as ONE team, not team vs team. When Jesus is lifted high, and everyone’s eye is on Him, this will happen.

God also is uniting Jew and Gentile. God is raising up African, European, Asian, Native American, and Middle Eastern Believers who will see Jews as potential family members, while the world is persecuting them. Jews will join Gentiles as one new man in Christ, when the Church begins to take up the same burden and passion that Paul had in Romans 11 – to see the Jews saved. They will pray for them, love them, and preach to them until the work is done. Then when the Jews are saved, Jesus the Messiah will come on back to take over the earth, and we can get on with the Universe!

Let it be so now! Come quickly Lord Jesus, Amen.

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Intercessors are from Above | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 17 –

Intercessors are From Above

Believers, we have to know our identity as intercessors and priests. Too often we think we are on the bottom, looking up, when we pray for people, praying for cities, and nations. We have to know that in Christ, we already have all the authority. We pray over these things from uptop.

Let’s look at the first intercessor, Abraham:

22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23 And Abraham drew near , and said , Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?  Genesis 18

“Abraham stood yet before the Lord.” He was standing between God and the city of Sodom. Was he praying for the city with a victim’s or beggars’s menality? No – he knew He had authority with God, because he was God’s friend. He wasn’t under the city of Sodom, he was above the city of Sodom, talking and bargaining with God on their behalf.

Let’s look at the greatest intercessor – Jesus.

25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7

Jesus ever lives to make intercession. He is the greatest Intercessor. Jesus is in Heaven, and He is an intercessor. Jesus is from above. He saves people and lifts them up to His level.

Yesterday I heard a preacher on the radio (Dr. Tony Evans) share an illustration about people of the Kingdom being as referees, sent from the NFL office. He said referees are not to play for the fighting teams, but to officiate according to the rulebook of the NFL.  He said so many Christians choose to take sides (Democrat or Republican, Black or White, etc…) instead of concentrating on our kingdom identity above the issues on the field.

I loved that analogy, but I want to take it further… We are referees, and we get to call the fouls! We get to hand out the penalties according to the Kingdom rule book, the Bible. We decide who wins according to the rule book. Referees are not in the game or under the game, they are over the game. My main point is that as a citizen of the kingdom, we are spiritually above the world, not under the world, or in the world.

We live on earth, and we humble ourselves physically and socially to be servants. But what we do and say actually works on a higher level. What we bind on earth, is bound in heaven (the atmosphere). What we loose on earth, is loosed in heaven. We can bind the enemy with our praise. We declare who wins and who loses in the earth. We execute God’s judgements, forgive sins, and spread His mercy and glory and victory by faith.

We do this in agreement with God’s Word and with each other. That is why a full revelation of the Word of God, and full Unity in the Body of Christ is so important. Because we are on top – we intercede from above! We don’t beg earthly authorites for mercy and grace; we stand between them and God, declaring and conversating with God on what He will allow them to do. When our obedience is fulfilled, God can revenge all disobedience (2 Corinthians 10:6). This is why full repentance and turning of our hearts to God is so important. God allows us to execute judgements on satan when satan is not inside of us (John 14:30).

5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; 7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; 8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute upon them the judgment written : this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD. Psalms 149

Execute Judgements as an Intercessor from Above!

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A Throne Room Experience at Ford Field | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 18 –

A Throne Room Experience at Ford Field

For 24 hours, from 6pm on November 11 to 6pm on November 12, Ford Field in Detroit, MI will turn into a heavenly experience. The people of God will gather and seek to observe God at His Throne. We will go through the blood of Jesus and experience the Cry and the Joy that comes from true repentance to His heart. We will enjoy our Father as well. This is what it will look like:

Revelations 4

Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter *. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold , a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting , clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them *six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not *day and night, saying , Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was , and is , and is to come . 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying , 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created .

God, we pray for a throne room experience at Ford Field on 11-11-11. We pray that you would catch our hearts up into your throne, and that every word spoken would be spoken with awareness of the rainbow around your throne. We pray that all blessing, honor, glory, and power would be delivered to You! We pray that the 7 spirits surrounding your throne, the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, Counsel and Might, Knowlege, and the Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:1) would flow through every person in the field and in the area. GRIP EVERY SOUL with your presence!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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CONTEND BY NIGHT in The House of the Lord | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 19 –

CONTEND BY NIGHT! – Stand By Night in the House of The Lord

1 Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. 2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. 3 The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion. Psalms 134

There are certain servants of the LORD that are called to Stand By Night in the House of the Lord.

Wicked Deeds of the Night

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather *reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Ephesians 5 

A couple of weeks ago my wife told me that she visited a pregnancy center, and she got to talking with one of the nurses. The nurse was sharing with her how she knew a young woman who was a part of witch and warlock covens, and she purposefully got pregnant twice just to have an abortion as a sacrifice to satan. She also said that she used to work at a cemetery, and in the morning they often saw dead animals and pentagrams – evidence of satanic sacrifices. She said she called other cemeteries in the area and they all said they had the same things happening. 

Lou Engle has preached extensively on the doctrine of the shedding of innocent blood, and how it actually empowers the demonic realm. So I’ll let you ask him about that. But to me it was amazing that not only is it going on in the Detroit Area, in one of the pretty suburbs… but also that the nurse said it was increasing!

When we reprove these works, and other dark works that are similar, we manifest light and expose them. We fight with them and win because we shine the light on them.

The Power of Blood Sacrifice

26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not. 27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land. 2 Kings 3

In the Old Testament we saw an example of the power of a blood sacrifice. The King of Moab was having trouble fighting against God’s people. Then he offered his son, and killed him. After that Israel was defeated. 

Yes blood sacrifice is powerful in the demonic realm. But guess what – there is a blood that speaks better and louder than every act of violence, every child-murder, every ritual sacrifice, and every satanic offering. Its the BLOOD OF JESUS. He died once and for all. And since He was a sinless man, His blood is the most powerful.

Contending By Night

One of the reasons that the Lord is raising up the Tabernacle of David is to place His priests and intercessors back in their nightwatch position. They will plead (declare, fight, contend) with the authority of the Blood of Jesus Christ, and easily defeat the satanic sacrifices. Whatever satanic rituals, violence, innocent blood, drunkenness, idol worshipping clubs, bars, concerts, or musical orgies that may be going on in the city will be decimated in power, because the Watchmen will be worshipping the Lord by Night.

If God wakes you up to pray at night, don’t fight it! He could be waking you up to fight something very dark, and the night time is the right time! When you come to The Call on 11-11-11, come to fight and Contend By Night! 6pm Friday -6pm Saturday.

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Pastor Eric’s Perspective on the Solemn Assembly | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 20 –

 Pastor Eric Moore sent me this message… it was so beautiful I asked him if I could post it on my blog. He said yes, so here it is!

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You are probably aware that believers from around the country are going to gather at Ford Field on 11-11-11 for the CALL Detroit. For about three years I carried a burden that metro Detroit needed to gather for a solemn assembly. So when Lou Engle decided to do a Call in Detroit I immediately rejoiced! Lou’s organization, The Call, is based on Joel 2:15, “Blow the trumpet in zion, declare a holy fast, CALL a sacred assembly…”. (www.thecall.com) God is providing a powerful opportunity for the Body of Christ in metro Detroit to humble ourselves together in repentance and seeking God for mercy.
 
It is so important that we understand why we are assembling so we can properly prepare to attend.
 
The Forgotten Spiritual Discipline of the Solemn Assembly
 
Over the last decade I developed a deep appreciation for the Solemn Assembly. Prior to 2001 I didn’t really even know what a solemn assembly was and the vital role that it played in Biblical theology and in Church history. A solemn assembly is a corporate church discipline that brings a willing, humble church to a moment of repentance and belief in the efficacy of the cross and the mercy of God. The Church uses the discipline of a solemn assembly when she recognizes her sinfulness and the need to repent. Usually the driving force for a solemn assembly is dire circumstances in the community or nation.

The Church needs to reclaimed the solemn as a spiritual discipline. If you are over 30 years old you have watched the Church reclaim the spiritual discipline of fasting. As a child I never heard of anyone doing a fast. I was floored in the late 90’s when a pastor friend of mine in Canton, MI committed to doing a 40 day fast. I thought he was nuts! Our mindset has shifted about fasting. Now I know many people who fast, even doing extended fasts, me included! The same shift is beginning to happen with the forgotten discipline of solemn assemblies.
 
For a detailed presentation on the theology and history of solemn assemblies go to http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF09E09.pdf. Dr. Owen Roberts has a outstanding explanation entitled SOLEMN ASSEMBLY: Forgotten Means of God’s Grace;. Hope for the Survival of America. Here is a germaine excerpt…
 

Not only were Solemn Assemblies a very common aspect in the revivals of the Bible, but they were a very important part of the life of believers in America during all its early years. For verification of this one has only to consult the Sprague Collection of Early American Pamphlets at the Weidener Library at Harvard University. There will be found a large number of sermons that were preached at the Fast Days and Solemn Assemblies which were frequently called and earnestly attended by American believers prior to the general decline of true Christianity which characterizes twentieth-century America.

Our Fathers believed God was offended by sin. They themselves were deeply troubled both by the existence of personal sin in their own lives and by the presence of unconfessed corporate sins in the churches and in the nation. They regarded natural calamities as manifestations of the displeasure of God Almighty against sin and allowed such events as earthquakes, fires, volcanoes, epidemics, floods, and droughts to prompt them to special seeking of God’s face in fasting, prayer, and corporate repentance. They also sought the Lord in Solemn Assemblies in connection with wars, murders, rapes, etc., believing such outbursts of wickedness to be directly related to the general decline of moral and spiritual life in the churches.
 
The Call Detroit – Investing in Our Community’s Solemn Assembly
 
With fascination I’m watching leaders of churches come on board with support for the Call. It’s truly supernatural the way God is pulling it together. Historic black denominations like COGIC, Full Gospel Baptist, AME, independent Charismatic and Baptist are seeing God’s hand orchestrating this movement. The bridging between the black and white cultures is flourishing, not just because a new set of relationships is developing but also because the content of the conversations is so much more spiritually substantive!

 
In a recent meeting with key leaders in Detroit, Lou observed, “In all of the 18 CALLS I’ve done in America, I never been welcomed to a city like I have in Detroit. And I’ve never been welcomed by the black community until now.” Yea, God!
 
Getting on board with what God is doing requires adjustments on our part. (Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God, notes that it will probably bring a crisis of faith!) To really engage expectantly in this solemn assembly will require new levels of…
 
First, Contending. This solemn assembly is about contending in the spiritual battle in Detroit and our nation. The Call is not a concert to come and enjoy good music. We are gathering to fast and pray together. God gave us a way to deal with the spiritual forces of darkness. They were conquered at the Cross. When unconfessed sin is present in someone’s life or in a territory, demonic forces have a legal right to be present and active. Through confession the power of the cross is applied and the legal claim of darkness is negated. Even the Old Testament gives example of the power of confession when Nehemiah and Ezra confessed their sins and the sins of their fathers. Real change came about through genuine repentance. Come, having prepared yourself with personal repentance!
 
Second, Humility. Investing in this solemn assembly requires the true humility to identify with the sins of our community and of our fathers. Humility is the doorway to grace, which we desperately need. That was the humility expressed by Nehemiah and Ezra. Their prayers did not blame someone else for what was wrong. They embraced it as their own. The corruption in our city governments around metro detroit is not a reason to throw stones but to kneel down ask God to forgive us. So it should be with each of the sins devastating our community! Come, and cloak yourself with true humility!
 
Third, Unity. Joel’s call for a solemn assembly called for everyone-each tribe, young and old, male and female, old people and babies. Stop what you’re doing and come together! That’s the idea! Kneel together to find mercy. Just maybe the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven is found in the variety of expressions and passions in Christ’s Body. Come, even if you have questions about the other guy!! LOL!
 
 One last thought…
 
As spiritual leaders have gathered to discuss and plan for the CALL they consistently say, “We don’t need another prayer meeting, we need a prayer movement!”  Lou’s words pierced many hearts when he said, “Islam has a prayer culture, we have prayer meetings!” (Even those are not real well attended!) 
 
The Call is an event, an important event. God will hear our prayers and respond with mercy. But the full catalytic power of the Call is to shift us into a deeper place of love among the family, deeper place of intimacy and intercession before God and a deeper faith to live sacrificially for our community!
 
That’s what His kingdom looks like!!!
 
Love,
 
Pastor Eric Neale Moore 
 

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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Destroying Dogs and Wolfpacks in the Church | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 21 –

Destroying Dogs and Wolfpacks in the Church

What animal walks around with their tongues out and their mouths open? Gotta be dogs.

1 Deliver me from mine enemies , O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. 2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men...6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear ? Psalms 59

2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Phillipians 3

David had dogs persecuting him. Paul had people following him around speaking negatively about his ministry. Jesus talked about dogs as well (Psalms 22). These people who used their tongues and their mouths for evil were called dogs several times in scriptures. Don’t be a dog! Use your tongue for blessing and not cursing.

What animal hunts and maraudes as a group? Gotta be wolves.

15 Beware *of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Acts 20  

Wolves are similar to dogs… they followed Paul’s team in packs. They took it as their responsibility to discredit and steal his ministry fruit.

We don’t need any more wolf packs in the church – ministries who’s specialty is tearing down and stealing from other ministries. This is part of division and denominational divides. How often have you heard preachers that always have to diss the “big church” or the “small church” or the “baptists” or the “charismatics” or “those calvinists” or “those noncalvinists.” Its useless to tear down our brothers instead of build them up.

Its okay to reprove the works of darkness (Ephesians 5), but when we don’t speak for God we turn into dogs and wolves. Speaking for God involves Gods timing, Gods place, Gods responsibility, Gods Scripture, and Gods attitude. Its not dragging peoples name down behind their back. Let’s bind up the dogs and wolves within the Church, and lets loose a culture of:

 

– thanksgiving to others for what they have done,

– honoring others for who they are (not for who they aren’t),

– blessing others for the good qualities they have

– praying for others, and

– interceding for any of their deficiencies that we may notice.

Sometimes we think that God is like us, that our opinions are His. But His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. 20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. 21 These things hast thou done , and I kept silence ; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Psalms 50

The gang violence of the city is a direct responsibility of the churches’ dog and wolf-pack violence of the tongue. What we loose on earth is loosed in the atmosphere (Matthew 16). Our racial tension and division is a direct result of the churches dog talk induced division. iRepent for using my tongue like a dog.

What we bind on earth is bound in the atmosphere. We need to repent, guard our tongues, and bring down the authority of the dogs and the wolfpacks in the Church. No more barking! We are made in God’s image, not dogs.

Join us on Fridays leading up to The Call and join us at The Call in TRUE REPENTANCE….

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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