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Kingdom Connections International functions as an Apostolic Network operating globally in the spheres of Ministry, Government, and Commerce with the goal of connecting, empowering, and equipping people to accelerate them into spiritual maturity for the fulfillment of the end-time harvest.
by: Dutch Sheets
I want to share some thoughts today regarding Tuesday’s vote in Kansas. I am doing so today rather than yesterday, simply because all GH15 posts must be written and recorded the day before they are released. Therefore, yesterday’s post was recorded Tuesday afternoon, before Tuesday’s vote was finished. Of course, I am deeply disappointed with the outcome of the vote in Kansas. Yet, we must remember that when dealing with the free wills of people, we are never given the authority to control them, only to influence them. Given that fact, we don’t always experience the results we want, just as God Himself doesn’t. For example, it is not His will that any perish spiritually, yet many do (see Matthew 18:14).
I am quite sure that in response to our prayers, God did everything He could to change the will and thinking of many voters. He simply cannot always do so. Jesus could not change the heart of Judas, even after living and traveling with him for three years. Christ wept over Jerusalem because of their blindness and impending judgment (see Luke 19:41). He had tried to reach them, but could not.
Does this mean time spent praying for those who will not change is wasted? Does it mean we were wrong to conduct prayer gatherings and encourage people to pray for Kansas? Of course not. This is no different than preaching the gospel to a person or people, only to have them reject it. We are required to do what is just and right, even while knowing we will not always see the desired outcome. And God is faithful to give people a choice. Though we did not see the results we wanted, we can be sure God has stored up our prayers for Kansas and will still use them at the right time (see Revelation 5:8).
To the people in Kansas and around the nation who fought for the babies, I simply say, “You did well and must continue to fight for them.” After the reversing of Roe, this ongoing battle for life was to be expected. As insane as it is, one of the greatest battles of our time is for the lives of unborn babies. And even after experiencing setbacks, we must continue to fight spiritually and legislatively - just as we continue to preach the gospel, even though some reject it.
It is often stated that elections have consequences. They do, and those results sometimes have far-ranging effects, not just short-term consequences, lasting for a short election cycle of 2 to 4 years. When God’s influence is removed from a people/nation, systems of evil and sin begin to be built. Over time, the fruit of this accrues and multiples. Educators are given positions of influence, minds are molded, unrighteous laws are written that can be difficult to change, and more. Cycles of sin then perpetuate, bringing greater deception and destructive fruit; strongholds are strengthened. In our nation, unrighteous and ungodly decisions began being made decades ago. We are now seeing the horrible fruit of this. And I am not speaking only of abortion.
In America, God is showing us the fruit of rejecting Him. In Scripture, He calls those who do so, “fools.” Indeed. The greatest country on earth now has babbling, cognitively deficient people leading us; men who think they are women serving in cabinet positions; individuals creating national policy who contend that men can become pregnant (and attempting to punish those who disagree); Supreme Court Justices who can’t define what a woman is; educational leaders who contend that we should teach kindergartners they can change their genders; military leaders who believe “wokism” defines preparedness for war, and we could go on. The rejection of God creates insanity.
My advice to those in the church - and frankly, to all well-meaning Americans - who have bought into the progressive liberalism of our day is, “For the sake of your children and grandchildren, wake up.” To Christians in America who think the church should not be overly involved in political issues and elections, I would simply ask, “How do you think we got into this current mess?” Answer: by allowing unrighteous and ungodly people, who don’t honor God and His ways to be elected into government.
To the praying church (and others working to see America restored in various ways), “Do not give up!” Sixty years of godless evil cannot be reversed in a year or two. We are making progress. And when the great awakening God has spoken of comes in full force, it will be the game-changer. The change of heart caused by millions of people being born again will truly offset the godless, humanistic thinking of a generation. Then, and only then, will they genuinely care what God and the Bible say. Remember that we are creating this now through our prayers and by placing people into positions of authority and influence.
We must not grow weary in our efforts. God can do this! He has said, “America shall be saved.” Not many believed America could win her independence, but she appealed to heaven and prevailed. Very few believed Roe would ever be overturned, but it was. No one believed Ninevah could experience revival, but it did. No one in Israel believed Saul of Tarsus could become an apostle of God and writer of Scripture. I’m sure no one would have even considered anything as ludicrous as slave trader John Newton one day pastoring the greatest abolitionist in history, William Wilberforce…let alone writing history’s most sung ballad of all time, Amazing Grace. Don’t underestimate God’s ability to redeem.
Let God deal with the people, states, and governments that oppose Him. He will have His way with unrighteous governments and systems. Shakings will continue and intensify. Kansan believers, remain faithful, and keep standing for life. All Americans (and elsewhere) who labor and pray, stay focused. Stay in faith. Keep listening to Holy Spirit, not the circumstances around us. God will prevail.
Pray with me:
Father, comfort those who worked, sowed time and resources, and interceded for the passing of Value Them Both. Encourage them. Strengthen also those who worked for this in government. Let them know their labors were not in vain. You were watching and listening! Give legislators brilliant and creative legal ideas with which to approach this issue again.
We also ask that another opportunity be given for Kansas to end their covenant with death and enter into covenant with You. Do whatever is necessary for this to occur. We ask this as well for all states that are now in agreement with the spirit of death. Use the coming revival to awaken them - please bring it quickly!
And we pray for strength and encouragement to the overall prayer movement in America. Through intimacy with You, may those who pray for America find encouragement, strength, great faith, and endurance. We ask that our Helper, Holy Spirit, move on each intercessor, bringing refreshing and renewing. We pray that the accuser, our adversary who tries to wear down the saints (Daniel 7:25), fails in his attempt to do so. We declare our faith: we will NOT waver, we will NOT relent, and we will NOT fail.
We declare that though we are afflicted, we’re not crushed; when perplexed, we do not despair; and when we are struck down, we are not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) We will never quit!
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Mercy Takes Dominion Over Judgment
by: Jill O’Brien
When many of us were memorizing scriptures in the early days of our walk, we remember the familiar scripture from James 2:13, "Mercy triumphs over judgment". Oftentimes we can become too familiar with well-known scriptures. This current season more than ever is filled with opinions that immediately turn into judgments. We all have them. Personal judgments about people, ourselves, then corporate judgments about churches, businesses, governments, etc...The list is oh so long! In The Passion Translation which is taken from the Aramaic, the language Christ spoke when on the earth, it says it this way in context: James 2:12-13 "So we must both speak and act in every respect like those who are destined to be tried by the perfect law of liberty, v 13 and remember that judgment is merciless for the one who judges others without mercy. So by showing mercy you take dominion over judgment!" Going back to the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:16, God instructed Adam and Eve to not eat from only One Tree in the Garden which was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil for if you eat of it you shall surely die. Another name for that infamous tree is the tree of right and wrong or the religious tree. For the fruit that it bears is judgment, criticism, negativity, fault finding and of course, pride. This directive is for us today as well. We have become so accustomed to our right and wrong mentality without realizing it is carnal Christianity, and this mindset has produced a bumper crop of judgment throughout the Body of Christ and the world. I was living in Jerusalem in 1996. I was treated very rudely one day, in a grocery store, for not counting my shekels fast enough to pay the cashier. As I walked home carrying my groceries, I was telling the Lord that I could see why he called His people stiff necked. I went on to build my case about how hard and difficult they can be when you actually live in Israel and is not just a tourist bringing them money. The Lord became very quiet, and I knew… uh oh I was in trouble. Then I clearly heard the voice of the Lord, "Jill, Jill, Jill, Jill, Jill" . When God says your name 5x you know it's not going to be good. I said, "yes sir". He said, "Jill, I have not called you to be RIGHT, I have called you to be RIGHTEOUS! For my Kingdom is about Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit." I dropped to my knees that very moment on that sidewalk in Jerusalem and repented; to this day I carry the marks from that very moment. Forgiveness is the primary assignment when we have unforgiveness towards others, ourselves, even God, situations personally and corporately. I began to notice that forgiveness of course, cleanses us of our sins and brings us back into a healthy relationship with God and others but often the residue of the offense and the judgment lingers. The Lord led me to James 2:13 to use as a second action step to clear up the debris after the forgiveness piece. So by releasing our Mercy it takes dominion, it takes authority over the judgment we have released personally and corporately. What a powerful revelation and tool! The illustration I see in my mind is an old school blackboard filled with line upon line of accusations, opinions and judgments. As Mercy is released it wipes the board clean immediately, which then frees the person or organization to be tried by the perfect law of liberty which frees them up to receive healing, deliverance, even salvation. I have multiple testimonies of how this principle has worked in our life and the life of others in just the past few weeks! It literally wipes out the soul power that holds individuals in an old bad place. Then we pray Mercy back over ourselves to deliver us from peoples opinions turned into judgments that have tied us up and locked us down from the law of liberty. It is so refreshing to take dominion and use our God ordained authority to wipe the slate clean again. Now God is the Judge and this gets us out of the way for Him to Judge in His way and His time as He sees fit. We then step out of self-righteousness and back into Kingdom righteousness. They will know we are Christians by our Love and Goodness and Mercy shall follow us all the days of our life. Our Life and Times are in His capable Hands. Amen!
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