Day #7 Prayer and Fasting – Let’s Praise and thank Him in advance for answers for the specific requests we made during the fast – Getting ready for Four (4) Storms

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

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*Day #7 Prayer and Fasting – Let’s Praise and thank Him in advance for answers for the specific requests we made during the fast*  – *Getting ready for Four (4) Storms*

Dear Friends, the Lord has shown us further clarity on upheaval coming upon the world as shared in our School of the Holy Spirit series of Sunday, May 3rd 2020 on understanding the times and the season we are in..you can view the post by following the link hereunder:

We have made it top priority in engaging God when we go into the secret place by not just bombarding heaven with prayers but hearing back what He is saying.

We have got bad news and good news from this round of fasting.. The bad news first – All things works together for good to those that love God and to those that are called according to His purpose – Head or tail, we win because we are on Gods side..those who need to fear are those who do not have foundation in Christ Jesus – This presents opportunity to develop sound footing on Christ the Solid Rock of our salvation..  We have decided to summarize without giving further details from the message – May those who have ear, hear…. Some details are in the earlier post..

*What are the 4 storms and how can we get ready for it so that we can ride it and not crash under it?*

The list following are not in particular order:

*1) Financial Storm where governments run out of money and they can’t function as they should which will trigger unrest*

*2) Persecution Storm against the body of Christ and anything that stands and represent God*

*3) Drought storm where food will be low in supply as a result of natural disasters*

*4) Global Virus Storm*

*The Good News:*

The good news is that we have Christ on our side and He said He will never leave us nor forsake us and will be with us to the very end. (Hebrews 13:5-6, Matthew 28:20)

This is not time to be fearful but time to develop deeper root in Christ, submerging self in the word of God so that we can quench the fiery darts of the wicked one when we are confronted with thoughts, words and contrary action.

*Why the word?* Because Gods word silences every argument that could influence our thoughts which then influences or feelings, after long meditation on the thought and then this causes us to take steps that are not consistent with Gods word.

We can only arrest it at the thought level by speaking out the word that we already stored within us while digging deeper roots in the word.

This is not time for fleky, fleshly Christianity but well grounded Christians that know whose they are, why they have chosen to side with Christ and willing to die daily by carrying the cross… It is a time of testing and sifting –  to separate the wheat from the Chaff.. To strengthen that which is already weak, to return back to the first love.. That is why we need to develop deeper root now, not then.

From a strategic standpoint, this is time to focus on the core essentials as the Holy Spirit leads in whatever endeavor we are in and to manage the circumstances and situations as the Lord grants wisdom and grace… This is time to be spiritually discerning before jumping into any endeavor.

We have offered some suggestions in our May 4th post.

We conclude the 7 fast with Praising and Thanking Him with the eye of faith that answers are manifesting to His glory in Jesus name, Amen by meditating on the scripture below:

*Philippians 4:6-7*

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

*2 Chronicles 20:1-30*
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
20 After this, the Moabites, the Ammonites, and with them the Meunites came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2 It was told Jehoshaphat, A great multitude has come against you from beyond the [Dead] Sea, from Edom; and behold they are in Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi.

3 Then Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself [determinedly, as his vital need] to seek the Lord; he proclaimed a fast in all Judah.

4 And Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord [yearning for Him with all their desire].

5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord before the new court

6 And said, O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You.

7 Did not You, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham Your friend?

8 They dwelt in it and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your Name, saying,

9 If evil comes upon us, the sword of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You—for Your Name [and the symbol of Your presence] is in this house—and cry to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.

10 And now behold, the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whom You would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they turned from and did not destroy—

11 Behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit.

12 O our God, will You not exercise judgment upon them? For we have no might to stand against this great company that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.

13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their children and their wives.

14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.

15 He said, Hearken, all Judah, you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says this to you: Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

16 Tomorrow go down to them. Behold, they will come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the ravine before the Wilderness of Jeruel.

17 You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord [Who is] with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.

18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping Him.

19 And some Levites of the Kohathites and Korahites stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

20 And they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established; believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper.

21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered;

23 For [suspecting betrayal] the men of Ammon and Moab rose against those of Mount Seir, utterly destroying them. And when they had made an end of the men of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.

24 And when Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked at the multitude, and behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none had escaped!

25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take the spoil, they found among them much cattle, goods, garments, and precious things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry away, so much they were three days in gathering the spoil.

26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah. There they blessed the Lord. So the name of the place is still called the Valley of Beracah [blessing].

27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat leading them, to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

28 They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres, and trumpets to the house of the Lord.

29 And the fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.

30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest round about..

Shalom!

*Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe*
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