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Choices and Rewards

Hoping this finds you well and blessed today. I am an avid book reader and recently stopped by Ben’s Books on Center St. If you have never been there and love to read and like good company and a hot glass of tea, Ben’s is the place to be. He has a great choice of books and at really great prices. Nearly everyone is going to the E- Readers and they are nice, however there is just something comfortable about curling up in the recliner and holding an actual paperback.

I am currently reading a book titled Choices and Rewards, how to live the life God loves to bless by David Cerullo. It is a really great book. Many times throughout the book I am reminded that Gods promises are indeed conditional. I knew this before, but this book just gave me revelation.

Again and again, God announces that IF we do our part then He will do His part. Often times I think about how many Christians continually struggle in the same areas, year after year. Myself included. But what I am realizing is, while many times we are waiting on God to do his part…………he is waiting for us to do ours.

The book of Deuteronomy is a book of blessings and curses. Now, we ALL want to read about the blessings, but rarely read the part that talks about what happens if we are not obedient. And we wonder why we struggle so much! Now granted, we live in a fallen world, therefore bad things happen to good people. But more often than not we are a subject of our own choices. Good or bad. We all have choices.

I remember my mom always telling me, “What you think about most, is what you’re most likely to live,” and, “The decisions you make today will determine where you are 5 years from now.” Now, I never fully understood that of course until I was much older. But, she is really right on, with both of those comments.

Now, the decision I made to come back to California 5yrs ago, has determined where I am today. Had I not chose to come back, I would not be writing for the Driller. I may not have had the opportunities in a metropolitan area that I have here in the small city. God knew where He wanted me; He put it in my heart. But I had a choice. I could have chosen to stay in my comfort zone. I had a nice house and a great job working for a credit card company, my husband worked for the state. OR we could choose to step out in faith and move back to California, with no jobs and no home, totally dependent on God.

I can honestly say, although it has been tough. We have been more blessed since we moved back to Taft than ever before. But it is because we were obedient and because I have purposed it in my heart to serve God with all my being, and seek His kingdom first. God wants to bless us, but sometimes we get too comfortable and choose not to obey when we know God is calling us.

That’s why the word says, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” Matt 22:14. That’s because few choose to answer. God gives you a choice every day. Will you serve him, and answer His call, and receive all that God has for you? Or will you choose to live in disobedience, (which is sin) and that becomes a curse. Friends, you have a choice, blessings or curses. Choose this day, to be obedient and God will reward you with far more blessings than you can ever contain. Be blessed and be encouraged. Email me at


“Open Your Mouth and I Will Fill It”

You know God never ceases to amaze me. This week I want to challenge you with my testimony. At the end of the year, I prayed and asked God to give me more, “God encounters,” In 2011. And by that I mean I wanted God to put more people in my path that needed to hear from Him. And He was not slow on answering my request.

Just 2 days later, my husband and I were having dinner in one of our favorite restaurants. I began looking around the room for someone to minister to. I knew God would pick someone; after all, there is someone everywhere we go. Now mind you, we can walk up to just about anyone in our own strength and try to minister to them. However, when it is a God encounter, God does the choosing, you just obey what He tells you to do. This was one of those times.

When we were done eating, I walked up to an elder man and told him what God had told me. His wife began weeping and thanked me. I blessed them and walked out. I felt so good, knowing that I had blessed someone. And yes I was nervous, I had no idea what I would say, but God said to me, “open your mouth and I will fill it.” And He did.

Two days later we were at another eating place; this one was a little scary. This person was a big biker looking man, covered in tattoos and piercings. God gave me a word for him. I went into the restroom, and said to God, “okay God I need to know that this is really you because this is scary.” Very clearly in my spirit, I heard Him say, “You know my voice.”

Okay, so I put on my big girl panties and I walked over to him and I told him, “I want to encourage you, the Lord told me to tell you that if you start your business, as long as you keep Him first, you will be successful. And you will never have to work for another man or woman again.” After he closed his mouth from the shock, he smiled, and said, “Thank you, thank you very much.”

Now here’s the thing, I wasn’t scared of him and how he looked, I was scared at what God told me to tell him! I could have really been off on that one. But I left, knowing it was God. Here it was barely January 1st and already I had 2 God encounters.  I just had to make myself available.

And again last week I was out at the grocery store and this sweet old man stopped me and started talking about potato salad and Tamales. When he was walking away, I said, “God bless you.” He responds, “I wish He would.” Talk about God opening a door to minister. I asked him if I could pray with him. He agreed. He says to me, “what about all these people?” I replied, “I don’t care about them right now.” He smiles and says, “Okay, lets get on with it then.”

And to be honest,  I really didnt care about anybody watching.

(But I haven’t always had that freedom, it took some time.=)

As we begin to pray, he looks at me and say’s, “You’re making me shake, why am I shaking?” I looked him square in the eyes and I said, “It isn’t me, its Jesus.”

You see, we don’t have to know what we are going to say or how to say it; we just have to be a willing vessel. God wants to use you the same way, but He needs you to be willing. So I challenge you, the next time you’re out and about, ask God to give you someone to bless, and He happily will do so. The more times you do it, the clearer His voice will become.

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You Are Wonderfully Made

You know God never ceases to amaze me. He is constantly stretching me, challenging me and keeping me on my toes. And truth be told, I LOVE IT!! I am so glad that He loves me too much to leave me the way I am. We all can improve, we all can grow. If you have stopped growing, regardless of age, than you should really take the time and seek the Lord. He is always trying to take us to the next level, but many of us get complacent. And friends, complacency is a tar pit! It will keep you bound forever if you let it. So I have chosen to tell the Lord, “Send me, use me, I will go, I will do it, challenge me, change me, and make me more like you.” I know many of you feel the same way and that’s awesome!  I want to encourage you to keep moving forward.

But I know for many of you, your worlds have fallen apart. You are struggling just to keep your heads above water. Whether the economy has struck you with fear, you have lost a loved one or maybe your marriage is falling apart. No matter where you are in your walk. God has not forgotten you. Let me say that again, God has not forgotten you! You have not been rejected by Him, you have not been abandoned by Him, though the world will fail you, He never will. He loves you more than your human mind will ever comprehend.

So whether you have been pushed out, pushed down, or let down, you can cry out to Jesus. He is as close as your heart. Friends, He has counted every prayer and bottled every tear. You are not alone! I know many of you are still waiting on Gods promises, your still clinging to the last bit of hope, friends, keep holding on. Your time will come, remember, when your going through hell, don’t stop and pitch a tent. KEEP MOVING FORWARD!! And keep believing, God is moved by our faith not by our emotions.

God has a plan for you and you are going to make it. Your life is far from over. You are in Christ and He loves you! And though the world has disappointed you, and people have let you down, God can be trusted, He is faithful to make good on His promises. All the promises in the bible are for you. They are not just stories we read about as history. They are alive, they are real, and they are for you. There is nothing good that God will withhold from you, but you have to step out and believe God for your victory. Start believing what God says about you.

What has God revealed about you in his word. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come. “(2 Cor 5:17)

Truth: I am born of God. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:26)

Truth: I am not fearful because I have not been given a spirit of fear. (Prov 28:1) the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Truth: We have been made the righteousness of God (Romans 1:17)

Truth: We have been saved by grace no more works. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Truth: You are the apple of God’s eye (Psalms 17:8)

Truth: Nothing can separate Christ’s love from you, Nothing! (Romans 8:38,39)

So pick your head up, stand up tall, and put your head back, you will overcome and you will be victorious! You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Be blessed and be encouraged.

A Prayer For You

You know most every day I try and put something encouraging on my Face book page. I usually get a few comments, some more than others. However the other day I felt compelled just to write a prayer out for my friends and family. To my surprise, many people responded. It wasn’t anything very special or so I thought. But it was something that they apparently needed. I really think we underestimate the power of prayer. Many of us wonder if our prayers even make a difference. Let me tell you that they absolutely do! Sure He is the God of the universe and can do whatever he wants right? Of course He can. But he did not design creation that way. He chose to co labor with us. That’s why we must pray the Lords will be done.

Even though something may be his will and his desire and timing, it only comes to pass when we pray it into fulfillment. So I felt impressed today to pray for all of you.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come humbly before you and I ask that you bless each and every person reading this. Where there is confusion; I speak clarity. Where there is fear; I speak courage. Father where there is discouragement and despair; I speak hope and strength in you. Father for those that are hurting in body; I speak healing and restoration in Jesus mighty name.

Father we give you all praise, glory and honor this day. Be blessed and encouraged my friends, we are on the verge of breakthrough, but it is going to take all of us praying together to bring it to pass.

Cindy Jacobs; URGENT Word for The Body of Christ

Cindy Jacobs: An Urgent Call for Massive Intercession
by Cindy Jacobs
Jul 20, 2010

Dear Believers in Christ,
A few days ago as I watched a news business channel, I received the following word from the Lord. As you can tell, it’s a serious warning. I know the nation is in a delicate condition now, but I believe that I need to send this word out. I ran it by Chuck Pierce and he said that it fits with what he has been hearing, only more specific on the economic side.
This is a wake up and it’s so strong.
A Serious Warning and a Call for Urgent Prayer
A warning received from the Lord on July 17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas:
A few days ago as I watched the financial news, the Lord clearly spoke these words to me, “The nation is teetering!” I then had a vision of the economy of the United States, on what looked like a “scale of justice.” He then went on to show me that we must fast, pray and cry out to the Lord for mercy and solutions that will balance righteousness and justice.
In praying to the Lord for wisdom about this word, I realized what must be done—it is time for the Church in America to stand up and take her place once again in the nation. I mulled over the fact that we have already lost so many of our liberties and this is what I heard, “If the Church doesn’t fast and pray for a faster acceleration of revival and awakening, the iniquitous sin structures in the nation will tip the scale that is teetering and there will be another great depression.”
Of course, this word shook me to the core of my being. Many of you may be aware that the Holy Spirit spoke to me almost a year before the September 2008 economic melt down, that there would be “no more business as usual.”
The balance of the economy is fragile and depending on the way we fast, pray, and how we cast our votes in the next election will depend on which way the scale tips. We must pray and do. We must pray and act. We must awaken the Church to the state of the nation without fear of pleasing man or fear for our reputation.
God is watching to see which way the die will be cast. If we shift the nation to Biblical values in the arenas of righteousness and justice, the economy will follow. If we continue in our stance of support for Israel, the Stock Market will stabilize and prosper, and that which is fragile will become strong. Supernatural solutions will be sent from Heaven that our natural minds could never reason, nor grasp and they will heal the land.
If we do not heed in this hour there will be a tumbling of our economy and dark days will be ahead to such a degree that our nation will possibly never fully recover from and have the greatness as a nation that God has favored us with for generations.
God have mercy. God send an awakening. God send salvation.
Cindy Jacobs
Generals International

The Power of God Is Still At Work

Recently I attended an AGLOW retreat. It’s an International- Interdenominational Ministry that I am a part of. All three days were power packed! God moved the very first night and people were lying all over the place. It was incredible. The speaker was good, although I don’t remember everything she talked about because the power of God moved so much. The worship was amazing and I found myself laying flat on my face during worship. There’s just something powerful that happens when I humble myself before the Lord. If you have never tried it, you really should. The Lord will touch you almost immediately. I realize you may not have the freedom in your church to do that, but when you get home you certainly can! God will meet you right there, He does me every time!!

The main thing I want to share is that the power of God is still working and He isn’t just using ordained ministers and talented people who can, speak, sing or preach. But even stay at home moms!!

I was helping to pray 4 people on the last day and a woman walked up that I had not ever seen. The speaker began praying for her and as I extended my hand towards her, (never touching her) I immediately began weeping. I was interceding for her. The speaker told me to minister to her, that I had something for her and she walked off. I smiled and thought to myself, “Oh dear God I don’t even have a word or anything…..” But the Lord knew exactly what He was doing!!!!

I was weeping and I began to pray in the spirit and all of a sudden it was as if I could feel all her anguish. My heart hurt for her, the pain was something I cannot even put into words. It was intense to say the very least. I continued to pray and as I did I began to cry out, I let out a deep agony groan, almost like you would hear when a woman is in labor. I did it twice. I was almost embarrassed, but the Lord did not let me stay there, even though I had no clue what was happening to me. In my mind I was asking the Lord, “What is happening to me?”The Lord answered me immediately, so I stopped long enough to tell the lady what was happening.

I looked up at her and told her that she had a hard time crying and expressing herself and that the Lord was using me to help her. That He was using me to intercede for her. I then gave her a couple of words and she confirmed that yes they were accurate. Now mind you I am still crying through all of this. I then asked her if I could lay my hands on her she said yes. I laid my hand above her chest and this overwhelming feeling of depression and anguish came over me. I was so overwhelmed by her pain, I can’t even tell you the feelings I had, they consumed me. It was wave upon wave of emotions.

I then was so overwhelmed that I dropped down to her feet in a crouching position and felt as if I was in labor. (I’ve had 3 children so I know the feeling). It was like I was having contractions, all I could do was just cry before the Lord and ask Him to heal her and help whatever pain she was dealing with. I can say now that whatever she had going on were some major deep rooted issues. She was also grieving and that was the majority of what I felt, I don’t know over what but she did confirm it.

I finally was so exhausted that I just remember touching her feet and then I went down in the spirit. I was still weeping before the Lord. But He began to minister to me and give me peace.

Later I find out that while I was laid out on the floor that she was left standing there!! She finally walked away. And I was terrified that poor lady probably thought I was a total whack job lol!!

Later I did see her and I felt like I needed to justify what happened but the Lord told me to leave her be and that He was doing a work and that I didn’t need to say a word. Her smile was enough assurance  to let me know she didn’t think I was nuts!!

Needless to say it was an amazing experience, I will never forget. I’m sure she won’t either. That experience did remind me of childbirth, (just like in the labor room there is no dignity and it isn’t pretty until after it’s all over!!) I went home and studied it and found out that it is called the “midwife anointing”. If you want to learn more you can check out my previous post; Prayers that birth the purposes of God.

To God Be ALL the Glory, I am so humbled and honored that He would use me in such a powerful way!! I know that woman’s life has been changed forever. Her miracle was birthed!

I just want to close by saying that you don’t have to be anything special for God to use you in a powerful way. You just have to be a willing vessel.—

*If you have a similar story or have more information on this subject,  the midwife anointing (of which I found very little). Please share..I know this gift is unique,  but I know I’m not the only one!!

Prayer That Births The Purposes of God

When we have received a revelation from God concerning His purpose for an individual, a church, a city or a nation, it is given to us not that we may simply sit back and let God bring it to pass, or even just declare it to those to whom it pertains. God reveals His secrets to His intercessors in order that we may agree with Him in prayer and literally birth them into existence. The role of the prophet and the role of the intercessor are closely linked. Not all intercessors are prophets, but all prophets should be intercessors. It was thus in every case recorded of the prophets in the Bible. Moses was a prophet, and he interceded on behalf of Israel, and because of his intercession, God spared Israel from extinction. Elijah was a prophet, but he was also a man of prayer, and his prayers prevailed over nature, and brought about the purposes of God. The fact is, when the Bible describes Elijah stooping in prayer for the heavens to release their rain, it literally indicates that he was stooping in the birthing position. I have seen it many times in ministry, when an intercessor with a midwife anointing prays for someone whose vision or ministry is near birth, that person often doubles over as if to squat for delivery, and begins to make loud groans as if in labor. That is what this article is about, the prayer that births the purposes of God.

The word “midwife” means “to bear young, to beget, show lineage, birth, make to bring forth, be delivered, labor, travail.” (Strongs’ Concordance #3205 Hebrew). This word is mentioned only three times in the whole Bible, and each time is highly significant. The first mention is in Genesis 35:16,17.

“Then they journeyed from Bethel, and when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said unto her, ‘Do not fear; you will have this son also.'”

Rachel, which means “good traveler” was between Bethel and Bethlehem when she went into hard labor. She had traveled from “The house of God”, (Bethel), and was almost to “the house of bread” (Bethlehem), when her time of giving birth came upon her. In the “house of God”, the place of worship, God plants the divine seed within us. He plants vision in us for what He desires to do in our lives. From there we “travel” towards the “house of bread”, the place where that vision is fulfilled. It is at this point in time when the midwife anointing is needed in the Body of Christ. Intercessors are there to “make to bring forth” the purposes of God for an individual, a church, a government or a nation. They are there to strengthen those in the Body of Christ who are “pregnant” with God’s seed, and to pray that “baby” through to birth. They are there to encourage the one who is to give birth not to give up on the fulfillment of that which has been “conceived” in them by the Holy Spirit. It is at the time of labor that this midwife anointing in intercession is needed most, for the one who is in labor is at the point of their greatest agony, and unable to “see the birthing”. They can only feel that unbearable pain and the impulse to “push”, they do not have the same ability to see God’s purpose in the midst of that agony as the intercessor does. In Rachel’s case, had there been no midwife, not only would she have died, but her baby would have died with her. This midwife braced Rachel up by saying “‘Do not fear; you will have this son also.”, or in other words “Don’t give up, I see the head! Keep pushing, he’s on his way out! All is well!” Intercessors, we must be watchful and alert in order to “see” God’s purpose in the midst of what looks like chaos and tragedy in the Body of Christ. It is up to us to partner with God and “birth” His purposes in the lives of our brothers and sisters, and in the destinies of the nations.

The second mention of the midwife is found in Genesis 38:27-30.
“Now it came to pass, at the time for giving birth, that behold, twins were in her womb. And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, ‘this one came out first.’ The it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said ‘How did you break through? This breach be upon you.’ Therefore his name was called Perez. Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand. And his name was called Zerah.”

In this instance, the significance of the midwife was to “show lineage”, or to certify which was the firstborn child, the true heir. Many times when God conceives vision in His people, the enemy will come along and sow a seed of his own, hoping to steal the birthright and the inheritance from God’s people. Jesus spoke a parable of a farmer who sowed his seed, and when he was asleep the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat. It was not obvious until the wheat and tares came up together that this had been done. And the farmer instructed his servant to let the tares alone until the time of harvest. At the time of birth, the intercessor is there to certify the authentic from the counterfeit. God gives the gift of discernment to the intercessor as an aid to effective intercession. The intercessor is able to discern between the holy and the profane. In this instance, the midwife tied a scarlet thread around the hand of the true heir, the scarlet thread being a symbol of the blood of Jesus Christ which marks believers as “true heirs” of God, and “co-heirs” with Christ Himself. The blessing was always to go to the firstborn. A part of that birthright was responsibility and delegated authority over the younger siblings. The firstborn was to receive double of what all the other siblings received, and it was for the purpose of taking care of the family after the father died. It is the responsibility of the intercessor to discern the sheep from the wolves, and protect the flock. The midwife said to the other baby, “How did you break through? This breach be upon you.” The word “breach” means “a break, a gap in a wall, to break forth, break open, or break down.” The significance of this in relation to birthing God’s purposes in the Body of Christ is that the “breach” is caused by sin. The devil would like to do whatever he can to prevent God’s purpose from being brought forth in the lives of His people. Very often, when someone is near the time of God’s purpose being realized in his or her life, the enemy will send a counterfeit to detour that person. The intercessor walking in discernment and love will recognize the counterfeit and turn the enemy’s assignment back on his own head. “This breach be upon you.” In other words “this attack be reversed on you”. This places great responsibility on the intercessor AND the one for whom he or she is interceding. Intercessors MUST guard their anointing and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in order to have this keen discernment, and those for whom they intercede must recognize and take heed to the admonitions of the intercessor. Much grief can be avoided if this is done, for in this instance the intercessor is a type of the watchman on the wall, spotting an enemy attack on its way to the city. The intercessor sees the attack and sounds the alarm. If the alarm goes unheeded, the enemy succeeds in carrying out his assignment against the Body of Christ.

The final mention of the midwife is Exodus 1:15-17.
“Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other, Puah; and he said ‘when you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son then you shall kill him; but if is a daughter, then she shall live. But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.”

There are several very interesting and significant elements of truth in this text as it applies to intercession. First of all, it is interesting that for all of the women of Israel there were only two midwives. The number “two” is symbolic of the power of agreement and certification of truth.
“By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established…Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:16,19,20). God foreknew that two was all it would take to get the job done. The power did not originate from the two, but from the One who said He would dwell among them, for “How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had surrendered them?” (Deut.32:30).
It only took two to birth and preserve God’s purposes in the lives of a whole nation. One intercessor may prevail in birthing God’s purposes for an individual, but for a tougher challenge God has ordained that there should be at least two. Intercessors also need covering, and prayer partners will see tremendous results not just in the situations for which they agree in prayer, but in their own lives as well.

“Shiphrah” means “splendid, i.e. a tapestry or canopy.” A canopy is a type of covering, and a tapestry is generally thought of as being a woven portrait, usually hung on a wall. Both are considered by God as being “splendid”. Intercession first covers those concerned, as seen in Joshua 2:4 where Rehab “covered” the two spies of Israel to hide them from the army of Jericho. Intercession places such a protective covering over those concerned. Intercession is a ministry done in the Secret Place of the Most High, and when an intercessor prays for someone they are in essence drawing that person into the Secret Place with them. (See Psalm 91). Intercession then looks at the finished product and not the immediate. If we cannot “see” a glimpse of the finished portrait, we have no direction with which to proceed. We have to be able to “see” what God is doing in order to partner with Him and agree with Him in our prayers. It is a vital part of intercession to see through the eyes of faith, for very often the natural will look as if our prayers are not being answered. It is our spiritual sight which sees the image of God’s desired accomplishment in the lives of those for whom we intercede, and without it we may grow weary in well doing and give up, thinking our prayers have not made a difference. Think of intercession as a tapestry, the prayers you pray are weaving God’s desired image into the fabric of people’s lives.

“Puah” means “to glitter; brilliancy.” That sounds a lot like “glory”! Make no mistake about it, one of the rewards of intercession is that the glory of God will at times be seen in the intercessor! Even as Moses’ face shone with the glory of God after descending from the mountain, spending so much time in God’s presence will show in the lives of His intercessors. After all, intercessors have “gone beyond the veil” and into the Holy of Holies where the High Priest sprinkled the blood on the mercy seat. And when we intercede, we must remember that our prayers are effective only when they are presenting the blood of atonement. Everything we pray must come out of the finished work of Christ on Calvary. Salvation, deliverance, healing, protection and prosperity – all were provided through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

This account in Exodus is probably the most significant mention of the midwife. It shows the responsibility, the power, and the reward of intercession. For in this text we see that the midwives triumph as God’s instruments to preserve His plan for His people. This is the responsibility of intercession, prayer that births and preserves God’s purposes in the Body of Christ and in the nations of the earth. Jesus taught us to pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” As we intercede we do not pray out of our own understanding of the situation, but we seek to hear the prayers which Jesus Himself is praying as He makes intercession on behalf of the saints. (Hebrews 7:25). We seek to find the mind of Christ regarding the situation, and get God’s strategy for warfare. The power of intercession is seen in the fact that the ability to bring either life or death was in the hands of these midwives. We bring life to the purposes of God, and death to the assignments of the enemy. The reward of the midwives was that “God dealt well with them.” Although these women disobeyed the king of Egypt, remarkable, no harm ever came to them. God also “gave them families of their own”. God protects the intercessors and provides for them. The midwives had been in the business of helping those who were giving birth to be delivered. But now God has also birthed life in them. Intercessors are rewarded for their faithfulness by being given vision of their own, life is birthed from them. They have travailed for the vision of others to be birthed, now they will travail for their own vision.

Finally, the text reads that because of the faithfulness of the midwives “Israel became great in number and in strength.” (Exodus 1:20). This should be the outcome of our intercession! The kingdom of God increases both in number and in strength! What an awesome reward, to know that one’s prayers have birthed not only strength and vision in the Body of Christ, but new sons and daughters of God as well!

God is indeed pouring out a spirit of intercession upon the Bride of Christ in this final hour. There is a Manchild to be born, and it is the overcoming church of Jesus Christ, the true sons of God. The Bride of Christ needs midwives to help birth this Manchild, to travail in prayer for such a One to come forth from within the people of God. For as the Scriptures state, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God…for we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” (Revelation 12:1-5; Romans 8:19,22).

Intercessors, be watchful and be diligent, for your adversary the devil roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith. Don’t let the dragon touch that Holy thing which God has conceived in His Bride. Guard your hearts and your minds against the subtle and the overt tactics of the enemy to distract you from the place of intercession, from the watchman’s position on the city wall. Recognize that the enemy seeks to discourage you from your intercession in any way he can. Do not underestimate the importance that you play in the Body of Christ!– Author: Jessica Brown Olsen

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